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Everything and Nothing / Happy Turkey Day!
« on: November 26, 2015, 12:59:32 PM »
For those who celebrate it. Hope all is going well! I landed a new job late October about 2 miles further from my last job at a startup. Too bad they went under as they could have ruled the college world! But that's another long story. Anyways, have a safe and happy holiday!


Computers, Internet and Technology / Amazon Fire TV Stick
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:28:33 AM »
Anyone pre-order it? I ordered two. One for myself and the other for my girlfriend. Since we both have Prime it's a quicker way to watch it vs having to fire up other components and couldn't beat the initial price offering. Basically 2 for the price of one. Unfortunately that was only for 2 days which has since passed. Looking forward to playing with it once it arrives. Still on the fence about a Roku 3. Not sure if they've got a Roku 4 in the wings either....


Everything and Nothing / apparently shut/shutting down
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:19:59 AM »
I have been on that site since pretty much Gideon ( days) started it up. Apparently this is something to do with revenue (I was paying $40/year for past handful or more there) and I got no email stating this was happening/happened. Rather disappointed with that as I was on the site in the past couple of months or so and saw nothing on it stating it was shutting down.

Anyone have information link it in here as I'd like to find out what happened.


Everything and Nothing / Am I a putz or a whack-job?
« on: January 12, 2013, 12:30:21 AM »
I have been into rock/hard rock/metal/extreme metal since roughly 1974-ish but in the '80's I got exposed to jazz (experimental - jean luc ponty, stanley clarke/etc....) and it tickles my fucking fancy with some of them. BUT that is also when I got into *electronic* music a-la Tangerine Dream. I got wicked into Jean Luc Ponty in that time-frame and I know he did a stint with Zappa in the '70's as well. BUT his Cosmic Messenger was so f-n impacting/impressive it STILL blows me away to this day. Am I am retro-dick? I LOVE that album and I think the one after. Same goes for Tangerine Dream, I loved them for their 80's sound till roughly mid 90's because it became commercial IMHO. I know they have a ton of movie stuff along with their regular releases but they went too *happy* IMHO* compared to Green Desert and beyond (esp. in mid 90's IMHO). I loved their stuff and would have paid a good price to see them live back in the early 90's but then changed direction like JLP did. I also was into KennyG back in the day (his first big release, after that = nty). Also was into Clarke/Duke project but that's another ball of wax.

Anyways, being 50+ now and still into the old stuff and extreme metal (I LOVE this shit! death/black/doom), am I a cog in the wheel, or a regular joe still moving forward with life BUT still digging current/old shit? I feel old now! HAHAHAH

Comment as you see fit folks! I can take it!


Everything and Nothing / RIP Ernest Borgnine
« on: July 09, 2012, 03:03:59 AM »
95 yrs old and was still doing voice-overs. He was a great actor. He will be missed, especially by Spongebob and Patrick!

Computers, Internet and Technology / Diablo 3
« on: April 22, 2012, 03:58:24 AM »
So who has pre-ordered this one? An oldie but goodie from Blizzard. I did and am going to see if I can get into the beta which I believe is happening this weekend. GW2 I heard was next weekend for another beta.


Computers, Internet and Technology / Guild Wars 2
« on: April 22, 2012, 03:57:32 AM »
So is anyone pre-ordering and going to get to go into game 3 days ahead of non pre-orders? I did yesterday and am on fence if I want to blow $150 on the collectors edition for the art prints, figurine, etc....

Heard this thing looks amazing and that they have double the number of servers compared to the original. Also, original took 2Gb disk space, new one will require 25Gb of disk space!


Everything and Nothing / Should I dump my website?
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:27:34 PM »
I have had no new members sign up in ages, I had a virus that hosed me for awhile last year and frankly not that busy on the music side. I figured I can just use my reverbnation and bandcamp pages to put any info out (and eventually dump myspace still to come...).

What do you think? Domain is coming due in <60 days.


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).


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Nulll Collective
« on: May 11, 2010, 01:17:41 PM »

This is a new deal with Nulll that is at least 5 different members contributing to putting out crushing heavy doom/funeral doom. Here's a link to the site: and there are links to the free downloads they are putting out. For those into ultra-heavy/sick/crushing/punishing doom this is right up your alley! Stijn Van Cauter is the one behind this (Until Death Overtakes Me, Beyond Black Void, and many other projects).


Everything and Nothing / Making a drone (do we have a thread on this?)
« on: February 17, 2010, 06:26:58 PM »

I'd like to hear ideas on how folks come up with their drones, what they do to manipulate them (and programs you use for this including built-in effects of the program, say Ableton Live and resonator or something along those lines).  I have yet to really come to terms with this and want to get a better handle on it so I can start doing more of my own in regards to drones. For compositions I just use the piano editor and flesh out progressions and try to remember to save them for future re-use/re-arrangement. But mainly this is for Drones, if there is another thread, link it to this one or vice versa if you would.



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Issues with XP Pro SP3 and Motu 828Mk II FW
« on: January 22, 2010, 07:23:13 PM »

I picked this up from my buddy for $300 as my M-Audio Omni Studio decided to lose the left channel output after having it for awhile. So I figured, let's install the latest drivers. Talk about having problems! Sheesh! I finally got a solution that worked and allowed the CueMix console and SMPTE Console to load with latest drivers.

Backstory - Apparently the MS FW drivers worked ok in XP SP1, but were broken in SP2 and still in SP3 release....I found an older driver that worked but had a lot less functionality available. So I found a thread recently at the motunation forum about a free FW driver for XP and Vista 32 bit. I snagged it and after cleaning out old M-Audio stuff from registry the newer driver (MOTU) still wouldn't load up the CueMix Console (device on an bus at unsupported speed or something to that effect).

So I removed the MOTU software, deleted the m*asio.drv file from system32 directory (the uninstall does NOT remove this file and is NOT backwards compatible per the forum too....bad uninstaller, bad MOTU coders...). I then rebooted, installed this AVT FW driver (kudos for the app that comes with it, it allows you to select to install it and go in place of the MS FW driver and can use to change back to MS if you want to (nice coding!)), rebooted, system came up ok. I then installed the latest MOTU drivers sans 828Mk II turned off/unplugged. I rebooted again, plugged unit in after login, turned it on and finished device discovery. All looked fine (as before btw). I rebooted again for good measure and loaded up CueMix Console - HUZZAH/VIOLA! It worked! I loaded the SMPTE Console and it came up as well! I was VERY VERY happy that it is working now. You do not know the headache I've been working through trying to get it to work with the latest drivers. Guy at the forum said "reset your system, it doesn't like overclocking" which turned out to be crap, i.e. made ZERO difference on trying to install latest drivers (at that time) and I said so in forum. No response. Also was told MOTU works best with a FW card with the TI chipset (mine is a Dynex 400x1/800x2 card w/Lucent/Agere chipset). And try and reach tech support via phone - NO LUCK AT ALL (and local to me in massachusetts....).

So bottom line is with that AVT FW driver the MOTU behaves much better, i.e. I can run CueMix (Mixer) now in XP Pro SP3.

I also put (at the time) the latest driver from MOTU for my Vista Ultimate 64 install and it went a LOT better compared to XP. It was pretty much smooth install. I haven't updated it to the latest driver. Mainly it is for Win7 support. Anyways, I will update Vista at some point. For now XP is working as I hoped it would so I can stick running it w/Live vs booting to Vista. I should work in Vista more though.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Anyone using Korg Nano's with Ableton Live?
« on: January 15, 2010, 03:45:01 PM »
If you are, what ones? I am thinking of getting the NanoKontrol just for midi mapping the knobs and sliders for something in a compact form. If/when I get back to work I may get the Akai APC40 to work with Live. If I was working I'd get it now with the %15 off one item at GC. Still will consider that though as a present to myself..... But being out of work is making me not do it just yet. I have till end of the month for the discount.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Nodal - Generative Music Software
« on: December 18, 2009, 04:22:41 PM »
Was initially for the MAC, now have Windows version out (free for x number of days, ~3 wks maybe). $25 to register it (and free upgrades to next major release, i.e. 2.0) Check out the tutorial on it as it's rather interesting.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Ableton Live 8.1 and Max4Live support released
« on: November 26, 2009, 12:24:01 PM »

Not sure if anyone uses Max/MSP but Live now officially has a release which supports it. 8.1 came out recently but I am not going to spend any money (unemployed) for Max4Live ($299 for Live 8 owners I believe, $99 for Max owners to get Max4Live). Anyways, it seems to be a bigger/burlier/harder to learn program than Reaktor (which already has tons of stuff made by users) so I don't see me getting it.

Anyone upgrade to Live 8 anyways? Going for Max4Live?


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NI Komplete 6
« on: November 21, 2009, 10:29:37 AM »
Anyone bothering with updating their prior versions to this? Sweetwater has it for ~$150 today only. I am not going to bother with it for the time being. Till I get working or feel I need to update I'll look into it later. You get a new GR ? Pro, Absynth 5, Kontakt 4 for new instruments/updated instruments and Massive, FM8, Battery (doesn't say which but probably 3) and something else.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Korg M3 Xpanded 61 key synth
« on: August 27, 2009, 05:47:09 AM »

I may be possibly getting one of these tomorrow if all goes well. I am looking at trading my v-synth, hardshell case, sell my extreme to my g/f and rest is money -15% discount till 8/31 and I still get the MR-1 digital recorder via rebate I have to fill out (nice field recorder from what I can tell for free, can't complain there or ebay it ;-) ). I watched a longer video about it and was surprised at all the stuff you can do with it. One thing may be to expand the memory but that depends how much sampling I want to do with it. Since I'm not in a band the 64MB should suffice for now. But it looks like it's a beast in regards to Karma(2?) tech in it as well as x/y touch screen! That was new to me! Plus the 8 buttons for chord progression setup or drum pad usage.

So what do you think?


Everything and Nothing / iTunes Library Updater tool - why I hate it
« on: April 16, 2009, 03:15:26 PM »
I am not sure if I checked or didn't check a box in this tool but I got the latest one and installed it and ran it to update my iTunes library on my WHS box. What I HATE about the damn thing, and this is probably what happened before but didn't realize it was doing this, is that it MOVED stuff from directories into artists names/directory layout, i.e I have a Drone Download Project directory which contains Year 3-7 directories and their respective tracks, now I have Year 6 only in there with limited tracks, it MOVED stephen philips tracks to his directory with drone download project subdirectory...WTF?

I am NOT happy because now I have to go and FIND them all in their respective directories and MOVE them back to the DDP directory/ stupid is this program or am I?'s probably what hosed things up last year at some point too....I just wanted to update the library with new stuff I had put into directories. This thing wreaked HAVOC on my various artist directory to the point that I may not even bother trying to put it back to the way it was, multiple albums inside there in their own directories with possibly subdirectories....gah, I am starting to hate iTunes. What is there for an alternative to it that will work with the iPod? I just need something to load/unload from it when I want to change things up.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Ableton Live 8 out now!
« on: April 04, 2009, 06:49:40 PM »
I ordered boxed version and downloaded it from the site. It doesn't come with EIC2 and latin percussion on the download (big download btw). It contains new instrument collision and a new audio effect as well as an updated Operator. I installed it on both systems (daw and laptop daw) but haven't messed with it much yet. Has new looper tool as well as other stuff. Update from Live 7 suite to 8 suite was $229 (plus applicable tax) with $30 discount. Not bad considering cost of previous 2 upgrades were ~$400 from 5->6 and 6->7.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Across the Rubicon - Elegy
« on: March 31, 2009, 10:09:39 PM »
Anyone heard this one? Martial stuff but it's quite bombastic/intense! I was going through what's on my WHS and decided to check it out. I don't remember listening to it (at least for quite some time) and find it quite good for a martial release! I want to check out more of their stuff!


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