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by commodorejohn
Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: Games as time capsules
Replies: 15
Views: 699

Re: Games as time capsules

The Descent soundtrack is basically a full double album of ass-kicking '90s industrial as filtered through the General MIDI standard:

by commodorejohn
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Your unusual approach to modular!
Replies: 48
Views: 2145

Re: Your unusual approach to modular!

I buy my modules in pre-configured hard-wired packages with lovely panels laying out all the functions in relation to each other and creating a nice workflow. I understand these are fairly popular in the broader musical community.
by commodorejohn
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Arp Omni Troubleshooting
Replies: 28
Views: 1110

Re: Arp Omni Troubleshooting

Good to know, thanks :)
by commodorejohn
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Arp Omni Troubleshooting
Replies: 28
Views: 1110

Re: Arp Omni Troubleshooting

First step: check the tantalum caps - they'll fail dead short which will pull the rails down. Think I may have stumbled into this myself as mine also went dead in a similar manner while I was recapping it (PSU works, but no joy on powering the synth itself.) Just to ask before I try, is it safe to ...
by commodorejohn
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: Creating transitions
Replies: 33
Views: 2460

Re: Creating transitions

I actually like the record scratch idea, a song sounding like it ended via physical means rather than just ´stopped playing´ is something I hope to accomplish. My favorite for this is still the album version of "Knife Edge" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer - I assume they contrived to stop the motor on a ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Zip drives, USB sticks. Do you trust them?
Replies: 26
Views: 483

Re: Zip drives, USB sticks. Do you trust them?

Modern gear manufacturers are weirdly reluctant to include USB master functionality even for highly-standardized things like mass storage or MIDI connectivity. It's one of the things that makes MIDI-over-USB so aggravating to use in a non-DAW-centric setup.
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What new booty did you buy?
Replies: 7704
Views: 646016

Re: What new booty did you buy?

Mmm. I should pick up a full-size one of these days...though the Mini has served me faithfully :)
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Zip drives, USB sticks. Do you trust them?
Replies: 26
Views: 483

Re: Zip drives, USB sticks. Do you trust them?

I'm having a good chuckle over the linguistic drift from Iomega Zip drives to "zip drive" being one of the pile of assorted synonyms for a USB flash drive that have accumulated over the last ~16 years :lol:
by commodorejohn
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Zip drives, USB sticks. Do you trust them?
Replies: 26
Views: 483

Re: Zip drives, USB sticks. Do you trust them?

strettara wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:59 am
I trust good old fashioned pen and paper. It is time consuming no doubt, but nothing beats just writing down the 1s and 0s on acid free foolscap in archival ink. Some people prefer hex but a hex on that I say. Binary is the language of truth.
Ten out of ten medieval monks recommend sheepskin.
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Zip drives, USB sticks. Do you trust them?
Replies: 26
Views: 483

Re: Zip drives, USB sticks. Do you trust them?

I have some that have been reliable over the years, some that have crapped out completely, and some that still technically work, but have gotten corrupted and needed a reformat. They're damn useful for transport, but I don't trust 'em for long-term storage. But that said, with any backup strategy, t...
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: KORG to Remake ARP Odyssey
Replies: 772
Views: 101110

Re: KORG to Remake ARP Odyssey

I might have to try that sometime, but I suspect that softening the resistance would only make it harder to get precise pitch-bends. Just a dumb design all-around, and one that I would gladly have forgiven Korg consigning to the dustbin of history. (Imagine a Kodyssey with a Korg-style joystick in p...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 25, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Sequential's "magic" vintage knob.
Replies: 18
Views: 819

Re: Sequential's "magic" vintage knob.

If you read engineers discussions from back in the day, they didn't like the variations in tuning and stability and were always looking to improve it and get to a theoretical ideal pitch stability and tracking. Asking an engineer to 'make things worse' was not something you asked for back then. Mus...
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Gear That Ought To Be Cloned
Replies: 81
Views: 2494

Re: Gear That Ought To Be Cloned

I'm still waiting for someone to do a modern analog drum machine that isn't fundamentally an 808/909 clone. Give me some kind of ultimate combo of the Mini Pops line, or a CR-8000, or...anything else, please?
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: Creating transitions
Replies: 33
Views: 2460

Re:

When it comes to transitions I will often "compose" through them. In other words I write little melodic and harmonic sections to get from one section to the next all while trying to keep the ears attention :party: This in particular is very good advice. Lots of good sonic/synthesis bits have been c...
by commodorejohn
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: Multitracking and reverb?
Replies: 17
Views: 963

Re: Multitracking and reverb?

I'm using all-hardware except for the actual mixing by choice, so as useful as VSTs are, they're not what I'm looking for here. But the advice about recording a dry and wet channel has been very useful, and I figure on doing a second pass for the reverb after that.
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Your Tunes Here
Topic: "I Need a Way" A Pink Floyd styled tune.
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: "I Need a Way" A Pink Floyd styled tune.

Really digging these - thanks for sharing!
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 27, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Behringer MiniMoog Clone
Replies: 989
Views: 100211

Re: Behringer MiniMoog Clone

Of course, this is more general to the Minimoog, but it never fails to amaze me how dirty and nasty this beast can get all by itself. Working on a piece where I really wanted a big crunchy power-chord sound, and I didn't even have to bring in any FX for the job - between oscillator FM and the extern...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Music Software
Topic: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.
Replies: 72
Views: 2130

Re: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.

Trying to get the hang of Cool Edit Pro. We'll see how it goes.
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Music Software
Topic: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.
Replies: 72
Views: 2130

Re: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.

Anyway, nearly a week later, I've recovered all the bits I could recover and re-recorded the rest, so I'm back to where I was last Friday, huzzah.
by commodorejohn
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What new booty did you buy?
Replies: 7704
Views: 646016

Re: What new booty did you buy?

Picked up a Boss VO-1 as a birthday present to myself. Need to borrow a spare mic, though.

Also, bought for me by my brother: a Stylophone Gen X-1 :)
by commodorejohn
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Music Software
Topic: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.
Replies: 72
Views: 2130

Re: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.

See, the thing is, I don't need realtime effects processing, etc. All of that stuff I'm doing in hardware, and in general I'm much happier and focus more effectively with a simple tool that does a few things I need than a complex one that does a million things I don't. Audacity would be perfect for ...
by commodorejohn
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Music Software
Topic: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.
Replies: 72
Views: 2130

Re: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.

Yet again, the problem isn't that it crashed. That's irritating, but understandable. The problem is that, thanks to stupid design decisions that have never been fixed, crash recovery is a major freaking ordeal when there's no good reason this should be the case. Scheming out an alternative that woul...
by commodorejohn
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Music Software
Topic: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.
Replies: 72
Views: 2130

Re: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.

You can boilerplate and legalese and CYA all you want, but this does not change the fact that if you offer up something that is, in its design, clearly intended for a particular purpose, you are in essence making a claim that it is fit for that purpose. If you need to throw the rabid lawyer hordes o...
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Music Software
Topic: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.
Replies: 72
Views: 2130

Re: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.

While I understand the frustration of losing work, and this is rightfully something that should be improved, I have seen crashes in commercial software and hardware as well. In the ideal world we'd have no crashes in either case but in the open source case at least you can look at the source, compi...
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Music Software
Topic: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.
Replies: 72
Views: 2130

Re: Dear Audacity: please die. Horribly.

i think you don't understand the simple concept of free and open source. you think it's free as in a free beer? no, it's free as in you are free to use it, copy it and or even modify to your needs it if you want it. that freedom does not come with a guarantee. I understand what you're saying just f...

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