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  1. I think I was one of the indignant ones. Facebook is a PITA when it comes to having a forum-like discussion. IMO it's people's short attention span and mobile devices that are killing social networking, including Facebook. I'm smart enough not to use my iPhone for surfing the web. I don't even have it enabled. I still like big screens. But it doesn't matter because most people have jumped to mobile for everything. The quality of the web experience has diminished for everyone. I have a theory that people are not pissed off all the time because of politics. They're angry all the time because they're trying to look at the world through a keyhole... tiny little screens. I'm self-aware that those devices annoy me for anything other than texting and talking. Facebook is even old news. Both my sons are in their 20s. My youngest son doesn't even use Facebook anymore. He says it's for "old people" My older son has a Facebook account, but is hardly ever on it.
  2. I think I have too much gear, and I haven't bought anything new in years. Too much gear for me has to do with maintenance. I have two older boards that are old enough already that I've had to recap them. I try not to complain. What would be worse is if I didn't understand electronics at that level and didn't know how to recap them. I can pretty much fix anything, except don't ask me to refinish a guitar or a gun stock. Whatever I learned about woodworking in high school shop class I've mostly forgotten. Too much gear is like too many guns. It's the same story. Rust never sleeps, so even the guns I hardly ever take to the range I have to take apart every now and then, clean and re-lube, then put them back in my gun safe. Same with cars when you fix everything yourself. I could definitely have too many cars/trucks if I had all the ones I like. I'll never have more than two vehicles. Too much work. From a maintenance perspective we can have too much stuff in general. And from a space perspective as well. I sometimes long for my late teens/early 20s when I could fit everything I owned in my Chevy van. Now it's more like I need a second house for all my stuff. Oh yeah... one other way people can have too much gear is if they get having lots of gear confused with being a musician. It's same story as having lots of guns doesn't make one a skilled marksman with any of them. You have to get to the range on a regular basis just like you have to keep your chops up on whatever instruments you play and stay proficient with the gear you have.
  3. Sounds about right. I've never played a computer video game in my life, but I still suffer from the effects of it being so pervasive in society. For example, movie effects are downright comical to me. Far inferior and less convincing than 30 years ago. Most of the audience doesn't mind or doesn't notice that movies look like video games. Many people are desensitized from playing video games too much and over too many years. I get around this whole mess by watching mostly classic movies and listening to older music, or good well produced new music with real musicians. Music and movies are both on the ropes trying to compete with gaming and other forms of electronic entertainment. IMO, it's part of the "Dumbing down." I agree that gaming is the "New Beatles" so to speak. Most music lovers I know are my age, give or take a decade. There are exceptions, like my sons, but I raised them right. Gaming can certainly become a destructive addiction in the same way drugs can. It's the same process as far as the mind is involved. And I'm sure it impacts the way people interact with others.
  4. Yeah, that works when it's in context like that. But usually the conversation with people goes something like this... Me: What kind of DAW are you using these days? Other dude: REAPER Me: Mmm hmm... but you didn't answer my question
  5. RANT Well, we need something else because "DAW" has not been used right for a long time. Using it to describe only the software is incorrect, but now everyone does it. A DAW is the software (if any) AND the hardware combined. I think I'm the only one who remembers. "DAW Software" is correct when referring to the software part. Either people are too young to know that or so old they forgot what early DAWs were and why it ain't software alone. /RANT
  6. I went to high school with a girl named Leilani. We were pretty good friends. She was part Hawaiian. Her name is Polynesian. I know how to say it right, but I'm not sure how to spell how to say it. Hers was kinda between Lay and Lai (Lie) for the first part, and Lon-ee for the second. She had a long string of "First-names." One of them was Patricia. I wont say the rest of her names because yours might be her.
  7. And Karate is not "kur-rat- ee" It's "Kah-dah-tae." Like when I was in a junior in high school... "Be careful, Beck knows that thar kur-rat-ee and he's a brown belt. They're more dangerous than black belts because they have not yet learned to pull their punches. He'll hit you as hard as he can and you'll be dead before you hit the ground." (True story) Hot damn! I've always been an artist. creative musical artist and martial artist. It's all about balance... Yin and Yang.
  8. I see it as isolation in general being the new normal, which just happens to include music. So it has a lot to do with people being chained to smartphones and other devices, which is how they interact with the world around them. I'm still part of the resistance. I use my iPhone for talk and text only. I use no apps. I won't use my mobile device to get online. I have all that crap turned off. I manage things that way on purpose to keep myself grounded. I'll listen to music through earbuds, but I still prefer the communal experience in a car with friends, or the hifi at home. As for isolation in creating music... I've been doing that since the early 80s with analog tape, then MIDI, then adding digital recording where it was useful. I played all the instruments, sang, did my own harmonies. A regular one-man-band. I still work that way with both vintage and modern technology. And others were doing it too, and long before me. Take a group like Boston. That was a band started by one guy in a basement home studio, Tom Scholz layering the parts down on a Scully reel-to-reel, 12 tracks on 1-inch tape. Then we had solo artists like Steve Winwood (Arc of a Diver) who did basically the same thing... played all the instruments, including drum machines. So the technology to do it yourself in isolation has been around for decades now. That being said, there is something different these days. Can't quite put my finger on it except to say perhaps there's so much information, distraction, and too many options. Virtually anyone can make music, and yet so few are really making it from the heart... the soul. I could liken it to paint-by-number artists compared to the classic freehand natural artists.
  9. Interesting stuff. It has been happening by accident for many years. Some cars just sounded better than others... ideally those which the interior was resonating cleaning and not buzzing like some kind of giant insect. Those giant insects with curb feelers came a bit after my time. When I was a teen my cars were optimized for drag racing. I had a Mustang Mach I that I put some Jensen 6x9 triaxials in. I was already playing piano and guitar then, but I didn't know much about treating a room, much less a car. I just fell bassakwards into getting those into some kind off sweet spot and you could hear the car and sound system cooperating. I had two street racing buddies with the same model Mustangs and also with the same Jensen speakers because those were a thing then. They installed theirs different ways in different places and nothing sounded right. So yeah, if my 17-year-old kid self could accidentally get it right I could certainly see it being a science that uses various parts of a car's interior to even replace the cones altogether. Especially knowing what I know now about all things audio that I didn't know then of course.
  10. I'm holding out for Windows 9. In all seriousness that driver super power of Windows 10 does sound pretty cool.
  11. I froze my studio years ago to Win XP SP2 and Adobe Audition 3, and one of the best Pentium 3 mobos ahead of it's time then... ASUS P3B-F. It's blazing fast and I know it well. As some may remember I advocated saying goodbye to the endless software upgrade trap more than a decade ago. Of course as always the heart of my studio is still analog. Digital is an also-ran in my studio. I sync analog and digital keyboards to analog tape during mixdown. My system might seem to be more work for someone familiar with only today's technology, but I come from yesterday. It's easier and less costly for me to use older recording gear same as I do older guitars and keyboards. Frozen in time. No one has ever accused me of being trendy. I skipped all that Windows Vista, Windows 7 and etc rigamaroo we talked about a lot in this forum back in the day.
  12. I have a sneaking suspicion only the people who can log in will be weighing in on this question. ;-)
  13. I've used a small Nesco food dehydrator for years to bake tapes. Other brands will work as well. I use an Acu-Rite digital thermometer with a remote probe that goes inside the dehydrator so I can monitor temperature. Once it gets up to temp it doesn't vary so much as a degree for the hours I run it. It's rock solid. Basically a small portable convection oven. I bought a couple extra trays and cut the bottom out of one to use as a spacer to make room for 1-inch and 2-inch tapes. One hazard of using a gas or electric kitchen oven is that they can go up and down quite a bit in temp to maintain the average you've set it to. It's like cooking and why we preheat ovens. But even after preheating in a conventional oven the heat source, gas or electric element, shuts off and on. That's fine for food, but depending on the oven you can overheat a tape and destroy it. Also many newer tapes made after a certain date are not prone to "sticky shed." 3M/Scotch, Ampex/Quantegy and BASF/EMTEC changed the formulas of problem tape. BASF only had a couple models with problems. The worst was PEM 469, which was made to be an Ampex 456 compatible. PEM 468 on the other hand never had any problems and is one of the best tapes for archiving. The trick is knowing what tapes are what by model and year, which I do. So if anyone has any questions about a specific tape I'll be happy to help. If you don't have any numbers I can tell you by the box style alone... if it's in the original box of course. Now and then to my chagrin my Nesco dehydrator turns my tapes into various fruits and vegetables, as you can see from the attached pic. [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"Nesco.jpeg","data-attachmentid":32159172}[/ATTACH]
  14. Shucks, forget to mention my Fostex R8 and Sony Super Beta Hi-Fi SL-HF350. The latter still seems new because I haven't used it much.
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