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Audio issue resolved and new PSU does work! So system up and running. I replaced the mobo via RMA and inspected the CPU socket and it was fine. All 4 mem slots work and know they are good as I did run memtest86+ for 11+ passes each stick. Also ran prime95 64 bit for ~6 hrs and temps peaked at 82c on one core only, rest high 70's which is about what I expected. I had to redo paste a tad and all temps dropped from 5x to 3x and been there since.

The audio issue turned out to be I have to plug my speakers into the GREEN plug (rear Front speakers) not the black rear Rear speakers. That's if you want to run 5.1/7.1 setup or reconfigure to use that port. So it sounds awesome on the monitors and louder than older board was.

Happy with it overall. Next year I may rebuild other DAW box or possibly consolidate to one but doing that doesn't allow me to multitask as much (putter on DAW while waiting on something to fini in game on other box and switch via USB KVM).

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: December 27, 2011, 08:20:34 AM »
I heard there was a fair amount of issues with the game still that you have to find/use some mods to make it more playable? This may be due to the persons computer but that's what I heard. I been holding off buying it cuzz I never finished the prior one and already play enough on Perfect World International online (and need to fini one vanquish quest in GW to get 2 more titles then try and grind the cartographer quests out (95+ % on all 3 maps...)).

I just rebuilt my box w/i5 2500K CPU, 16Gb corsair vengeance, still same HDD's, new Corsair HX650 PSU and stock cooler (kept zalman off to side for time being as I don't plan on oc'ing and it runs low 30c at idle). Video still XFX GTS-250 1GB PCI-e card I bought last year or year before. No plans on blowing $400+ on new graphics card for awhile.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: December 27, 2011, 08:14:27 AM »
Immortal - Live at Wacken '07 - awesome!
Newest Grave, Agalloch and God Dethroned and one or two others...

I replaced my mobo, cpu, memory and PSU (have yet to verify it is good but initial test with pin jumpering is ok). So the mobo may or may not have had dmg'd pins on the CPU socket as it wouldn't come up with dual channel memory (only channel B both slots worked, then I inspected socket and saw 1-2 pins hosed a bit). So anyways, I RMA'd it back to NewEgg and got my replacement last night and this morning I popped in 2 sticks in dual channel mode and all seemed well in the world. Then it ran with all 4 4GB sticks in as well....but the rub is NO audio out the rear panel connections....It could be the cable crapped out but will test that on other desktop tomorrow.

I got a Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 mobo and it's pretty sweet. I actually loaded the XMP profile1 to get memory running at 1600Mhz speed (defaut was 1333 but memory rated at 1600). I know the azalia works as I plugged speakers into top of case so that basically rules out the cable. But I have a) no output on rear panel plugs nor input via headset mic. Top of case works fine for both....I am waiting to hear from a forum and Gigabyte on this issue as well. NewEgg per paperwork says I got 18 days to return it....that doesn't give me much time to get this figured out. It isn't a driver issue (device manager shows all well in the world) and I updated the driver via Gigabyte site today just in case as well as flashed F10 BIOS (came with F9) and no difference. Nothing in BIOS I can see would affect it (other than disabling Azalia = no top case audio in/outs).

Anyone have any ideas?

I went with:

GA-Z68-UD3H-B3 mobo
4x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 PC12800 1600Mhz mem
Corsair HX650 PSU (still tbd on it's wellness still but think it might be ok, initially it seemed dead and using older PSU from original build)
Intel Cooler, may replace with Zalman 9500 I bought (think it may interfere with slot 4 of memory)
Intel i5 2500K since I couldn't justify another $100 to gain 100Mhz and Hyperthreading since I don't do a lot of video editing or photoshop stuff.

I hope it is something I missed but don't think so, and will be very upset if I have to take it down yet again for another week or more to wait a replacement....but atm using top audio it sounds ok but want rear panel for I think better output (Realtek HD audio I think vs Azalia driver stuff).


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 22, 2011, 07:44:39 PM »
Kalpamantra - Saur Maas compilation = simply awesome!

I snagged 4 more of the compilations from the main site and haven't gotten around to listening to them yet BUT what I heard from the latest one it was quite good! Kammarheit and Svartsinn also have a track on some of the other compilations. There's a fair bit of stuff to go through on each release as well. Cheer Pete for getting on one (as well as Mystified and possibly others here).


Everything and Nothing / Re: Article:; "What is the point of a 6-hour song"
« on: November 08, 2011, 06:46:38 PM »
Doesn't anyone remember 9th Streets 24 hr of beethovens symphony done ambient style? I have it on a DVD but can't play it in the car (damn you auto makers! lolz).

o.O  my friend is on there! Visions - Frederick Arbour of Cyclic Law/Longing For Dawn (his doom band) = SWEET! Snagging it now and nice to see some others (Kammerheit/Troum) on it too! And Gratz on being on the release.


Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Myspace - Thats it
« on: October 09, 2011, 04:52:03 PM »
I am pondering dumping Myspace as well due to convoluted menus to get to what used to be very simple things (emails and friend requests). Since when did friend requests become automatic and can I turn that off? I don't recall that change. I am just sick of all the advertising schlock on it compared to over a year ago....and I rarely log into the site. I emailed a bunch who continually mail me updates to remove me from their list yet they don't comply? Another negative checkmark from them AND myspace.


I don't use fb a lot, myspace even less and I am seriously considering closing that account due to all their f-n advertisements and cluttered pages and things a bit harder to find (like mail and friend requests for instance and on top of that auto-approving friends? I want to turn that off asap).

I haven't gotten an invite to G+ but would be willing to check it out. I put my latest music over at bandcamp and am considering dumping my domain perhaps next year....would save me ~$106/yr but been with them for several years (

I am not a huge user of FB or Myspace or other social sites. I don't have the time to manage a bunch of them and would prefer to dump one in the near future = remove all tracks, then delete account a week later probably....not sure how to send info to all friends *freely* to let them know I am dumping the account.


Thanks folks. Tomorrow is Day #1 for me at the new job. I am a bit nervous and excited at the same time! As long as my ezpass xponder works as I fly thru the tolls I'll be happy! Need to check traffic in the morning to make sure nothing bad on first day for orientation! Don't want to be late!


Well had 2 interviews yesterday w/2 companies (one walk-in, other phone (contract job)) and walk-in called today for 2nd interview. Then got call with offer. In meantime contract called and wanted 2nd interview (had 3rd interview w/diff company tom. morning) and had to push it out (before news from first company) to do 2 tomorrow. Then the call came and I accepted offer of first interview/company. So hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll be in a new office/company WORKING after ~a year out since last job. I am very much looking forward to this position and manager liked me a lot for what we talked about/my ideas and QA lead liked my background/interview as well. Sooooooooooo here I come to go back to work (sung underdog style)! As long as all goes well with background check and employment history check I'll be HAPPY as a pig in shit!


I can't justify this and am at latest Live 8.2.5 which came out recently. There is still so much for me to figure out in that product. What blew me away was opening up a drum rack and having ALL the pads (16 per group) all available for individual tweaking (volume, send/receive, etc). And it's something else to learn to code in (M4L). I know it gets you more under the hood of Live for stuff Live doesn't do (at the time or easily) but can't justify it cost-wise or need. I just updated to NI Komplete 7 and now 8 is out and I am not going to it until it is %50 off as how I went to 7 (from 5). And Absynth is a beast and newer Reaktor + Kontakt 4 et al is too much for me even to get into atm. Do you remember which album of yours I bought awhile ago? I need to find it and dig it out to spin it again/rip to my WHS server. As I want to get your later stuff but I don't know what I am missing! Anyways, glad to see someone here using M4L for their stuff. Lots of potential from that additional interface to Live for damn sure, but have too much to still get a grip on/with (Live stuff + NI instruments from Komplete).



Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: July 24, 2011, 09:30:30 PM »
Short update. I recently uploaded my split with Fearsore to my bandcamp page at in case you want to hear the tracks I did with Wiley back in '06-'07 when we finalized them and artwork. $1/track or $8 for full download in case anyone likes it. He also does bass for These Are They old-school death metal (he played keys in Withersoul out of Virginia previously which is how we met since Shroud of Bereavement did a split with them).



Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: July 19, 2011, 06:29:16 PM »
Yeah, I am on reverbnation now too but only a few tracks, one from all my releases and a split I did w/Fearsore awhile ago that noone wanted to pick up since they didn't know Fearsore (Wiley Wells from These Are They and virginian doom band I am forgetting the name of, the one that Shroud of Bereavement (when I was in the band) did a split with.

Anyways, I got my website back to working as it should using just the URL now and tightened up things via the .htaccess file and added logo my buddy did for my reverbnation page (looks nice, I just increased the size to fit what default splash image was). So now I am happy that it's back and working as it should after being in a screwed up state for many months and my lack of working to fix it lol. Now that I also have my Komplete 7 update I am starting to get motivations to start doing some more music. I want to re-resurrect Mired In Twilight as well but my buddy has been so busy we both haven't done anything music-wise in a long long time.


Marketplace / Re: Entire Music Collection for Sale
« on: July 15, 2011, 06:47:13 AM »
Awww man, Early Man (does it contain the slate piece as divider?) I ordered it via someone I know from his shop some time ago and package arrived missing a bunch of stuff, if not all and that was one set that was missing (including the slate). I was kinda pissed but he couldn't do anything about it (no other copies I think or something along those lines). But I don't have enough in paypal atm for it....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Ultimate Ambient Synth
« on: June 15, 2011, 04:45:18 PM »
I thought the Bachlet was great ... but that barn full of sound is totally remarkable !!!   8)

Barn full of sound? Was that the clip of jesus being born in the hay with all the animals farting! Oh wait, that isn't really ambient  ;D but still CLASSIC for Robot Chicken haha. Couldn't resist, sorry to derail if I did!


I see that you can't sell your music through them, basically allow someone to stream or download the track(s). I'll think on it. I still have my stuff over at soundclick, artistserver (pay yearly for more space there) and myspace (god I hate all the frggin advertisement there....considering dumping them). Then there is soundcloud is it? Another cloud site to put stuff into.


PS - your url link is not complete ;-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: May 14, 2011, 03:38:47 PM »
I have set up a page at recently to promote the music some more and listed it for digital download (individual and all). Anyone else using this or Reverbnation?


What do you think of reverbnation as a site to promote your music? And how does the reverbnation player hook into Facebook? I signed up to bandcamp and listed my last release there and was wanting a bit more info from someone/anyone who's using reverbnation as a tool as well.


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