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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Once again, magically expensive items are only different in your mind on: April 22, 2014, 08:07:42 PM
I'm a wannabe audiophile. And I think a lot of it is a kind of OCD; we want it to be perfect, and if we believe it IS perfect, then we can relax and enjoy it more.
I'm suspicious of 'premium' sound systems enhancing the bass to give an extra depth which makes the speakers sound better on first listen but is actually not an accurate reproduction. One reason why I hate trying to judge speakers straight up. It might sound better now, but is it genuine?

I've heard that CDs are purposely flattened so they don't clip on low to medium speakers so it sounds better on average speakers.
People who work in professional studios tell me that the final mix sounds a lot better before it's turned into CD format but I haven't gotten to confirm this.

Also I listen to the start of Alison Krauss's New Favourite to quickly judge a new sound system on how it holds bass. That song is much harder on speakers than dance music.

You touch on a lot of things I enjoy thinking about. Audiophiles in my experience tend to listen at music, music lovers listen to music. A music lover can get lost listening to the most crackly, fuzzy sounding 78 (old time vinyl for anyone who doesn't recognize that) if the performance is good, whereas many audiophiles will run from the sound. In addition, I've always wondered at audiophile mentality where someone spends tens of thousands of dollars on gear to reproduce music when it was originally recorded on a mixing board utilizing $.29 cent patch connector wires from Radio Shack! An attorney friend of mine who paid $40,000 for a pair of speakers in the early 1990s keeps one of those wires on his desk to remind himself of how his hobby cost him more than it probably should have. And he still owns the speakers which are taller than he is and are kept in a tuned listening room.

It is true that mastering engineers master to the medium - something mastered for radio will sound different than something mastered for mp3 players, and something mastered for CD will sound different yet. But most of us save audio files in digital format. Some use FLAC, I prefer wav as do all of the engineers I work with. There is a reason programs like ExactAudioCopy use wav as the default copying format.

It is also true that what we hear in the studio doesn't sound the same as the finished product, but there are many reasons for that. In our studio we prefer to record to tape then transfer to the computer for editing. There is huge debate over whether analog is better than digital, and I work in both, but I can affirm that after listening to music for 4-5 hours, something that was tracked digitally exhausts me whereas something tracked to tape doesn't fatigue me at all. I also get to listen to first generation sound, meaning it has only passed through recording devices on the way in, and playback devices on the way out, one time. No audiophile has ever heard anything sound as good through their ridiculously expensive systems. But you can only do so much with first generation sound - as soon as you add a second/third/fourth instrument or voice you have to start creating space to hear it, which requires adding eq, delay, panning, reverb, whatever it takes. That first generation sound fast becomes a squashed, artificial sound when individual instruments/voices are lifted from the mix and listened to solo.

There really is no right answer to all of this, except that if you like it it is right for you. I'm a music lover so I don't get caught up in how it sounds as much as I do the quality of the performance when I'm listening privately, but I do my best to make it sound exactly as you want it to sound because I'm delivering a service.

I thoroughly enjoyed this post!  more more!  beerchug
why do you prefer listening to wav over flac?  i don't get that.  unless you mean to work with, then i get it.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: video hosting performance: local vs youtube/vimeo/etc. on: April 21, 2014, 12:44:25 PM
The local one paused to buffer a lot for me too -- of course that is not because it's local per se -- but rather a reflection of the local server's performance weaknesses and the bandwidth limits of its location.
How can I make it faster?  other than getting a private server option, that is, which is way more expensive.  shouldn't i have enough bandwidth to play smoothly once in a while?  I've never had good performance on videos i've locally hosted...and i've tried at least 3 different web hosts.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: video hosting performance: local vs youtube/vimeo/etc. on: April 21, 2014, 12:01:58 PM
locally hosted:


Do you guys notice a difference?  I do.  vimeo plays perfectly.  the locally hosted one sometimes flickers a lot, sometimes pauses to buffer, sometimes you need to press play multiple times.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / video hosting performance: local vs youtube/vimeo/etc. on: April 18, 2014, 04:23:37 PM
There are certain educational video clips i want to organize and put together in a website (wordpress).  Youtube is difficult because their contentid is so aggressive and most anything gets taken down.  Is there another host with a less aggressive system?

Also, how come locally hosted videos have such poor performance compared to the youtubes and such?  can it be fixed?  that is, is it possible for a locally hosted video to playback on a browser or mobile without too much headache?  every time i try, there are always problems...it won't start, you have to press play like 5 times, buffering is super slow or nonexistent.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Skype and Webcam: HD or not? on: April 18, 2014, 01:58:36 PM
i have the logitech 1080p webcam.  I've used it with skype and have not really experienced any problems.  the other end of skype always tells me how crisp my video is, so people love seeing you in HD.  obviously, the encoding is happening onboard, so i've never noticed any performance hit on my pc.  the HD quality is good for a webcam, but nothing special...similar to an above average smartphone camera.

i have no real complaints.  i want to say these bandwidth issues are not even worth considering, I'd just go with the higher resolution camera.
131  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: April 17, 2014, 04:20:26 PM
@Wraith- is "moleware" a word?  huh

I think I'll just stick with Sublime. Kiss Especially since I already paid for it.  Grin

Funny thing about Atom. From the way the website is talking about it, it almost seems like they're reinventing that other "everything editor" (EMACS) - except this time with a more "modern" interface.
Sublime won me over as well.  That preview margin is just too cool.  I don't know if it is terribly practical for me, but I can't live without it any more!
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 09, 2014, 05:18:36 PM
WinXP, the most successful OS of all time.  True?
To my mind, Windows XP's importance in history is on the level of the light bulb.
133  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Logitech Revolution MX Mouse - Spring Cleaning on: April 08, 2014, 09:23:22 PM
oooo...you got the newer MX.  Nice.  I've been wanting one. 
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Hot Chicks Boost Weather Ratings? on: April 07, 2014, 07:32:28 PM
Eagles Video - Dirty Laundry (click settings and switch to 1080p)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzT10MSgKtU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzT10MSgKtU</a>

I'll be singin this all day now.   SadGrin
Damn, that is a tight groove.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Hot Chicks Boost Weather Ratings? on: April 06, 2014, 08:46:47 PM
Pretty tasteless if you ask me.

But then again, isn't that The American Way? undecided
er...the title should read:
Dead Hot Chicks Boost <insert anything> Ratings!!
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple on: April 05, 2014, 04:29:50 PM
I'm telling you, I f---ing love this program.

Agree. Thmbsup  I just bought a copy last night. Didn't even wait for my trial to expire.

That's not something I'll do all that often. smiley
haha...same here!  I held out for like 5 days.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple on: April 05, 2014, 03:44:38 PM
I've established a new semi-rule (is that a word) for myself. Unless something I'm already using isn't working; or I need some capability not being addressed by tools I already have - it's no new writing/ideation software until I complete at least one project I'm already working on.
This is something I am learning from guys like you as well.  As I mentioned, my search for tools like these led me at one point to doing it in Autocad.  Which only works for me because I am a total expert at it, not because it's a good way to do it.  But even then, it was still a bit de-spiring lol.  Like, the inspiration will hit, you try to go record it on the computer...and the tools destroy the inspiration (Visio, Personal Brain). Well, that's no good  tongue!

Scapple b--ches!!  lol.

Brain RAM full-->Scapple (snapshot of RAM recorded)-->Flush RAM-->All information recorded, nothing was lost, Brain RAM free for new ideas.  Minimal stress/pain/time. 
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple on: April 05, 2014, 03:34:40 PM
I've been checking out the other recommendations here...

I still think Scapple is pretty unique, and mainly for it's simplicity.  Several of these other ones *can* do everything Scapple does, but it takes more clicks, more manual reading, more sorting through options/buttons/preferences.  And Scapple is not free, but very cheap $15.

I work with a lot of technical people where English is not their first language.  But they are highly intelligent.  The way we get through our ideas and conversations is with a lot of simple diagrams.  arrows and lines and boxes with text inside.  that's why I like Scapple so much, it can be used in practically real-time to do these kinds of things.  If it were, say, Visio...I'd have to sketch it on paper, take it to my computer, futz around with all the tools for a while, maybe an hour, and come back with the digital ketch.  Scapple...right there, takes a few seconds.  Bam!  

I'm even so crazy that I got super pissed at one point (as to the lack of tools I liked) and I started doing all these things in Autocad.  Scapple has already proved to be remarkably effective for me, I've been sending my brainstorms out the past week to my buddies, and it has been excellent.  I'm telling you, I f---ing love this program.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Micro-review: Scapple on: April 03, 2014, 04:55:28 PM

I LOVE this program.  For me, it is the perfect brainstorming tool I've always been looking for.

It's easy to change the look of each element.  It's easy to put background shapes around a selection of elements.  It can export easily as images, pdf, whatever.  You don't need a "center" like most mindmaps.  It's easy to link things together with lines or arrows.  It's easy to do simple alignments of elements.

I've been looking for something like this for years.  I tried a whole bunch.  Things like Personal Brain are too fancy and complicated.  Mindmaps never worked for me at all.  Visio is too much and too hard to do simple things.  I settled on Edge Diagrammer (thanks mouser!) for a while because it was the easiest of those flowchart tools to use.  Regular notetakers and outliners are not freeform enough for brainstorming.

 thumbs up thumbs up
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: April 02, 2014, 11:59:32 PM
Vista for Vurbal, XP for me  Wink

And none of the above for 40hz!  Grin

Sorry. I couldn't resist. (Although I probably should have. Wink)
I don't know what mood you've been in this week...but I like it!  Cool
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 02, 2014, 06:02:34 PM
142  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day on: April 02, 2014, 03:17:44 PM
Damn 40, you just blew my mind....again!

Well, I just scrapped half my cartoon ideas (they weren't good anyway).  But now I have better ideas.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best Investigative Journalism magazines or webistes? on: April 02, 2014, 01:12:32 AM
Thanks foe-dee!!  That is good enough for me.  thumbs up
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Best Investigative Journalism magazines or webistes? on: April 01, 2014, 11:54:24 AM
I'm looking for some that are as honest and no-BS as possible.  Any recommendations?

I came across this one for Germans:
145  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ocster Backup Pro 8 disct expires 3-31-14 on: March 31, 2014, 09:39:04 PM
There was once a time when I knew all the software companies like this.  That time is no more.  because I don't give a S---!! anymore.   cheesy

That's my reaction right now because my brain just went "What the f--- is Ocster and how come it's never passed through here before?"

looks cool though.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: April 1, 2014 on: March 31, 2014, 09:35:32 PM
Google: "We are changing our Terms and Conditions so that personal data will only be accessed upon expressed written consent of the individual."
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hypothetical hypothetical question on: March 31, 2014, 11:24:13 AM
This one gets saved, 40.  Thmbsup
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: March 31, 2014, 10:44:01 AM
That will get it done!!

Sure does! ohmy

I think it's a riot how she mirrors Mick's stage moves - and then does them 10X better. Talk about getting pwned! Grin Grin Grin

Definitely check out 20 Feet from Stardom.  These ladies have talent, brains, and above all, class. Their interviews and comments speak volumes about the music industry - and those people that make it work despite their contributions remaining mostly unacknowledged. I expected there to be some bitterness in places. But there wasn't any. Just a lot of laughter, philosophical perspective, and the occasional moments of sadness about the break that never seemed to come despite promises made.

It's on NetFlix. Watch it. Thmbsup
I'll definitely check it out.  I've already watched this clip 4 times. I'm wearing out the grooves.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: March 30, 2014, 10:53:18 PM
Just finished watching the docu-bio flick Twenty Feet from Startdom (highly recommended btw) which examines the crucial but often under-credited role of the backup singer.

In the course of the movie, they played this segment from the 1995 tour by the Rolling Stones which included the incomparable Lisa Fischer in an eye opening performance of Gimme Shelter. Lisa kicks into high gear around the 2:25 mark and shows The Stones what fronting a rock vocal is supposed to be about:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctrC9FtkmYA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctrC9FtkmYA</a>

Thanks Mick! Why don't you take the rest of the night off and leave Lisa and the boys to handle the rest of the show. tongue
Thmbsup Thmbsup Kiss Kiss onfire tease

That will get it done!!
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft: All your data are belong to us. on: March 27, 2014, 05:49:41 PM
My question is not with security.  I've accepted the fact that email is insecure.  I just want a company to say "we are not allowed to poke around without your consent".  Not, "if we have to, we will poke around all we want, and remove stuff and do whatever we want."  I have no problem with the technology itself, even if it sucks.
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