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11026 / Re: Does it say SPAM!?
« on: December 06, 2007, 11:28:08 AM »
 :ohreally: Personally, I don't get the purpose of any of this. He said... she said... who gives a shit. If I were the moderator of these forums, there would be zero tolerance for this kind of pointless childish squabling,... no matter WHAT CLAN you're a member of. If people feel that it's necessary to do this kind of thing in an attempt to have a popularity contest by way of social disagreements,... then do the easiest thing: make a poll and take a vote, "Who likes/hates me?" It saves us all the guesswork!   :yuck:

poetry / essays / short stories? / Re: Quotes
« on: December 06, 2007, 05:33:27 AM »
"There is no heaven of glory bright, and no hell where sinners roast. Here and now is our day of torment! Here and now is our day of joy! Here and now is our opportunity! Chose ye this day, this hour, for no redeemer liveth!"

-Dr. Anton Szandor LaVey (1950-1997)

/dev/random / Re: Worst Knockout EVER
« on: November 29, 2007, 08:46:01 AM »
Jesus christ....

I can't tell if it was the first punch that knocked him out and sent him to ground or if it was him loosing his balance and smacking face first into the ground that did it.

HOLY SHIT! It's a thousand miracles he didn't snap his jaw bone in half with that last knee drop!

edit: Oh yeah, after looking at the different angles, he landed a swift left hook to his temple. That's how you do it, kiddies! Jabs to the face hurt 'em, but a hard hook sends 'em to the ground permanently!  :evilalien:

art, music, etc. / Re: Multi-track Recorders
« on: November 29, 2007, 08:04:45 AM »
I'm using my old tried and true Sonic Foundry ACID Music 2.0. Sonic Foundry sold out to Sony, so if you've lost the activation codes to permanently unlock the software AND all the plug-ins for effects and MP3 coding, you are pretty much shit out of luck if you want to install it another machine or something happens and your hard drive shits itself.

Sony has been good to me in that regard.  They transferred Sonic Foundry's customer database over... When I upgraded to new hardware and reinstalled the OS, my old Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 5.0 wouldn't register anymore.  I called up sony and gave them my registration code, and they found my info in their database quickly. 

I was thinking of hacking the registry to make it work, but I'm glad I called.  They said, yeah a technical issue prevents Sound Forge 5.0 from being registered anymore, so how about we upgrade you to 7.0?

So I got a free Sound Forge upgrade, which made me happy.

Currently I use:

  ACID Pro 6.0
  Sound Forge 7.0

In the 80's / 90's I used to use a Tascam 4-track, then a Tascam 8-track.  (both cassette-based)

P.S. newer versions of ACID allow you to chain all sorts of F/X on each track in realtime.  It also lets you create various F/X, volume, and pan envelopes which in effect become a kind of automated fader style mixing - except you're drawing curves rather than moving faders...



The problem I face is that the computer I have it loaded on is a P3 500mhz with a 9gig HD (OS: Win98). Of course, 9gigs is a pathetic excuse for a hard disk these days. I had all the loops and demo loops that came with the software stored in a folder on the HD itself to save load time, as well as other loops and samples I had collected online, AND tracks that I had recorded myself... which took up 3 gigs in and of itself. Do the math, the OS takes up in the ballpark of 1 gig, which leaves only 4 or 5 gigs for other things. Of course I'm a gamer too, and it's quite a pain in the butt having to delete one game and install another one when I get tired of playing one. That system is probably 10 years old now, and I have another one, so it wouldn't bother me at all to use that system for recording/music creation and this one for everything else. But eventually I would like to get a brand new larger hard disk for that machine, loaded with Win98 and not ever connected to internet to prevent installation of malware and other disk consuming junk. While it would be easier to just copy everything from one drive to another, I'd like to prevent the existence of whatever other crap lurking in the shadows (as well as frivolous unused junk files) might be contained on that drive after 10 years of usage without virus protection. To start from a basic OS with the music software, nothing else.

I scoured the web and found instructions on how to deal with the issue, but alas, like a bonehead again, I think I lost the piece of paper I had that URL written on. Ya, perhaps one of these days I'll give Sony a ring and ask them what to do about it.

ACID Music 2.0 features volume and panning envelopes like you described, but doesn't allow you to fade the applied effects volume in the track, which kinda sucks. What really sucks is the fact that you can only use ONE of the plug-in effects at a time in the project. I've found that the best thing to do is to save that track with the effect applied to it, but sometimes a glitch involving the EQ plug-in in either the software or my computer itself causes the newly created tracks with EQ to be of a reduced sampling rate/quality than the original.  :WTF: I suppose it would be nice to be able to chain the effects individually per track. The only ones I'd find use for would be used for vocal tracks. I do the ghetto thang and use a crappy old computer mic to record vocals. It helps to tweak the EQ of the track to thicken up the sound. Reverb and/or delay is nice too. The main thing I'd find use in is a compressor/limiter to regulate the volume of vocals being recorded, but then again, it wouldn't do much good without being applied to the recorded input signal before it hits the disk.

/dev/random / Re: Tastyspleen Nation State
« on: November 28, 2007, 09:46:20 PM »
Civil rights!?! What the hell is that?

art, music, etc. / Re: Multi-track Recorders
« on: November 28, 2007, 09:03:50 PM »
I'm using my old tried and true Sonic Foundry ACID Music 2.0. Sonic Foundry sold out to Sony, so if you've lost the activation codes to permanently unlock the software AND all the plug-ins for effects and MP3 coding, you are pretty much shit out of luck if you want to install it another machine or something happens and your hard drive shits itself. :( I'd highly recommend such loop based software. I'm not sure how other software programs work, but this one... the number of tracks is only limited by the amount of RAM you have. This particular program doesn't give you the option of EQing each track individually, but you can use a seperate editor or the included EQ effect to edit the track, save it, and then use that new track in the project. It does have the ability to set the volume of each track, fade it in or out, or pan it left or right. It would be nice to have individual real-time peak level monitors for each track, but it has a master volume peak monitor. Finding which track is too loud can be a little tedious because of this, which is why some of my own stuff sounds kinda crappy, I never took the time to tweak the volumes perfectly. A program like this won't work for recording seperate instruments simultaneously to independant tracks, for bands using such software I'd assume they'd make a looped click track to record the drums first, then have the guitars match their riffs to that track once it's finished.

art, music, etc. / Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« on: November 28, 2007, 08:20:34 PM »
For those of you looking for a good guitar, I would highly recommend trying out an Ibanez. My JS100 Joe Satriani signature model is one of the best guitars I've ever played. When I try out a guitar, the first thing I look at is the neck shape. My philosophy is the smaller the neck, the easier and faster it will play. A big chunky neck seems harder to play. I believe that the less wood you're holding in your fretting hand, the more reach and room you'll have to play. That's why I don't like Gibson Les Pauls, Fenders, or B.C. Richs. I typically like a shallow flatter neck size, and most Ibanez guitars such as the RG, SA, and JS all have it. I would recommend the JS over the other models for several reasons other than just the neck. It's controls are simple and efficient: a 3-way toggle switch for pickup selection, one volume knob, and one tone knob that pulls out to engage the coil tapping to turn the dual humbuckers into single coil pickups (which gives you an excellent selection of tones). The body is basswood, which is bright, crisp, and loud with plenty of sustain. The output jack is recessed into the body and angles the plug upwards toward the strap peg, an excellent feature that allows you to tuck the cord in behind the strap without stress on the connector, which is good to prevent the plug from coming out during performance, or to plug into a wireless strap mounted transmitter for live performance. The body style is your typical Ibanez strat, but with a completely rounded and smooth contour for comfort. I'm not even a Joe Satriani fan, but I am a huge fan of his guitar. It's not that cheap, a new JS100 will probably run you somewhere from 600 to 700 bucks. The top of the line authentic model, the JS1000, will run you upwards of 1000 bucks. The JS100 has Ibanez pickups, while the JS1000 has DiMarzio FRED pickups. The JS1000 has a slightly better double locking tremelo system, and different hardware, which doesn't amount to much of a difference to me. You could always buy matching DiMarzio FREDs and install them yourself if you want and save some money.

For those looking for a cheaper, more basic model, I would highly recommend the Ibanez RG321mh. It has simple controls, just like the JS100, a 3-way toggle for pickup selection, one volume knob, and one tone knob controlling the dual humbuckers which are mounted directly to the body (better than plastic or metal mounting brackets for increased sustain and more accurate signal sensitivity). It has a fixed one-piece bridge, no pesky double-locking tremelo to worry about fine tuning and tinkering with (which also makes using different string gauges much simpler, spring loaded recessed bridges are pain in the ass to set up when switching to a heavier or lighter guage string set). It's a mahogany body, for a nice smooth warm tone. I believe it comes in a natural mahogany finish, or black. It sounds awesome, just like one of the more expensive models. It's really cheap too, around 300 bucks. I'm not sure if Ibanez currently produces them anymore, I certainly hope so, whenever I get some extra cash set aside, I plan on finding one.

art, music, etc. / Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« on: November 28, 2007, 05:47:56 AM »
I haven't taken any photos of my gear with my webcam yet, perhaps I'll get around it one of these days. Here's what I currently use:

Main Guitar: 1996 Ibanez JS100 Joe Satriani signature model, traslucent red, (strings: Ernie Ball Super Slinky .9's) (modifications: Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates coil-tap humbucker at neck position)
Secondary Guitar: 1983 B.C. Rich Mockingbird, hot pink (strings: Gibson Flatwires flatwound .11's)

I moved away from normal amps several years ago and went with a rackmount component system for flexibility, sound quality, and the ability to direct-out record.

Amp Rack:
Aphex 106 Easyrider 4-channel automatic compressor
Marshall JMP-1 tube preamp
DigiTech GSP2101 Studio Tube preamp/effects processor
Peavey Classic Series 120/120 dual mono tube poweramp

Floor Effects Units:
VOX model V847 Wah-Wah pedal
BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone distortion pedal
vintage (circa 1970's) Morley model PFV volume/phaser
DigiTech RP-6 multi-FX floorboard

To hear some of my music, click the link in my signature, I have free MP3's posted for download in the music section of my site.


art, music, etc. / Re: Top 5 drinking songs?
« on: November 28, 2007, 05:07:33 AM »
By default, any five songs by Clutch...


AC/DC - Have a Drink On Me
ScissorFight - Drink, Fight, and Fuck
Hank Williams Jr. - Family Tradition
Mojo Nixon - Don't Ask Me Why I Drink
Dick Delicious and The Tasty Testicles - Waking Up In a Pool of Vomit and Dirty Needles

The last band is an old local Atlanta metal band, not sure if the guys are still together, probably not. I highly recommend them. "Porno-metal", always really funny shit. Google them, perhaps you might find a free MP3 of them somewhere. I've always been a fan and supporter of this band since back in the 90's when I first heard them. Check 'em out, you'll love 'em!

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