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  1. Nice little program. I had to try it two times, to get an impression how "loud" or "soft" it can get. I think I'll do that in more length soon. What "should" the curve look like? @RB: Perfect translation
  2. The video is amazing. It's not completely unexpected, that some of our senses can trick others, though. I'm not sure how we can see these results in terms of the use of DAWs, but probably you would expect the one to be better (sounding) which looks better. At least that would be MY first assumption. I agree with Jester Fu, that the blackout function is there to focus on the sound, and only on the sound. If you see that something has to be there, you are more likely to actually hear it as well (or imaginge to hear it) even if it is too quiet.
  3. Yes, it is a great program! Pretty straightforward to start up, what makes it valuable for beginners. I only used it as a voicerecorder, so far because I had to hand in some spoken audio-files as part of an assignment for university. If it had taken me hours to find out how it works I probably wouldn't have used it. I messed a bit around with the program to discover some of it's functions recently and ended up recording different tracks in no time... that's quite satisfactory for me :-) I can really recommend it if anyone is looking for a simple audio-recording tool.
  4. Musescore is great. Really easy to get to know the program and you get decent results in no time. My favorite freeware tools (however not all of them are taken from the "musics" area) are: 1. Hugin A great and powerful panorama photo stitcher. http://hugin.sourceforge.net/ 2. Winamp Don't really need to say anything about that one. I fell in love with Winamp about 15 years ago. Now it has lots of features I don't really need and use, however it is still free, so nothing really changed for me. What I especially like is the shoutcast-radio part. www.winamp.com 3. Pitch Perfect Guitar Tuner Recently I used that tuner-software a lot. It works with any microphone for your computer. I have hardware-tuners at home (I love my TC electronics polytune) and I prefer them to software, but at the moment "at home" is roughly 15 or 16000km away, so picking them up is not really an option ;-) Until I get back Pitch perfect works perfectly. http://www.nch.com.au/tuner/index.html 4. Audiograbber Already mentioned. Best tool to convert your CDs to mp3 and store them on your computer I used so far. http://www.audiograbber.org/ 5. FreePDF That tool does ONE thing. It installs an additional "printer" that exports your documents into PDF files. Absolutely basic but one of the most useful tools I ever installed. Sorry for the page being in German. http://freepdfxp.de/xpDownload.html When I read about the iZotope Vinyl tool, the first thing I did was downloading and trying it. Unfortunately without any success. I didn't get it working on my PC.... a couple of days and installing, re-installing passed until I finally gave up. Today, however, I thought "Hey, why not google for a similar program"... and what I found wasn't a similar progam, but the iZotope vinyl as a Winamp plugin which works perfectly. :-) Nice little program! You can download it here: http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/downloads/iZotope_Vinyl_for_Winamp_2_584_p/free.htm
  5. Hm. I agree partly to the question if musicians can hear/follow a converstion in a crowded sourrounding better. I play music for a couple of years now and I have the impression, that I'm pretty bad at understanding people in a noisy place. Maybe it has to do with the reasons RB already mentioned... the songs which are playing :-D I already noticed, that I am recognizing the songs playing pretty soon. Quite a while earlier than my mates. But to be honest, I don't really know if my hearing for voices is any better than that of the people around me. However I totally agree on the point with "hearing in layers" I definitely do that! I do that in rehearsals, I do that when we play shows, I do that when practising. That pretty much made learning the guitar possible for me. I took some tabs I found on the internet, took the song and tried to figure it out. I tried to seperate the guitar from the rest of the band.
  6. Sorry to dig that topic out again, but I had to laugh so hard at the part about "drummers being musicians" ;-) I think that is an interesting debate. Yes, a computer can be a music instrument, but it depends what we use or abuse it for. If it is really used to create sound in real time with an action by the user creating a sound played by the speaker then it is more or less doing what a keyboard would do. I still don't know what to think about hitting a button on your computer to make him play a lengthy, pre-recorded sample. Is it still a musical instrument then, or is it only a big mp3/wave-player? If we distinguish between these two cases, where do we draw the line? With my little bit of physical background, I wouldn't say, that one is "more" real than the other. It's just two different things. Two different ways to transfer energy. And if the soundwaves are the "leftover junk of other actions" is rather a philosophical question, right? ;-) :-) A BIG BROAD smile :-) Because everytime a smart question is asked everyone has the opportunity to learn something and that question clearly made me think about it! Finally back to the question if a computer is an instrument: The answer is YES! You always can use it as part of your Percussion-Kit, next to your saucepans and wastebins ;-)
  7. You're welcome! And I forgot two websites.... both deal rather with background-knowledge, than with offering complete projects, but are also worth a look, if you want to dive into that area a little deeper: http://www.geofex.com/ www.diystompboxes.com I think that's all for now :-D That's definitely enougn stuff to keep you occupied for the next years ;-)
  8. HI Jon, I'm still working off plans from the net, there are heaps of them. We have a pretty good and active forum in Germany, but there are also several ones from English-speaking countries. Some of them are selling complete DIY-kits, others are selling the components. Two German websites I can recommend: http://www.musikding.de/ http://www.uk-electronic.de/ Basically both of them are shops. They are selling kits as well as single components. However, I don't know to which countries they ship. What I recently do is etching my own soldering boards, drilling them and buying the components I need. There are lots of layouts all over the internet. Good places to start are: http://www.tonepad.com/ (FX-Projects) http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/ (Projects) http://www.madbeanpedals.com/ (Projects) The websites so far deal mainly with building effects. "Copying" well-known, existing (boutique) pedals, as well as some layouts which were developed by the board members. Following websites deal with building (tube) guitar amplifiers: http://www.madamp.biz/ http://www.tubetown.de/index.html I hope that helps you getting started :-) Koof
  9. The offers look pretty interesting. I finished a couple of DIY projects myself, but "only" guitar distortion, fuzz and overdrive pedals, emulations of well-known guitar amps and/or preamps and a pretty cool speaker simulator. That means... rather small and compared to your project, cheap stuff. I didn't build anything with real tubes in it, yet. If this is one of your first DIY projects, be careful before testing it the first time, double and triple-check EVERYTHING. That can save you a lot of headache In case you already finished several ones... never mind Anyway... DIY is a great way to kill some time (and money! )... I wish you the best of luck with your preamp and hopefully you can use it after you finshed it.... wait. Hopefully you LOVE it ;-) Upload some pictures once you finished it, or maybe even earlier...
  10. That is hard... my top ten is constantly changing. I try it anyway! 1. System of a Down - Chop Suey 2. Chevelle - Comfortable Liar 3. Green Day - Time of your Life 4. Pantera - Walk 5. From Autumn to Ashes - Placentapede 6. Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name of 7. Primus - My Name is Mud 8. Seether - Remedy 9. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge 10. Rise Against - Re-Education (Through Labour) Most of these songs are accompanying me for years now and I seem to never get fed up with listening to them. However, ask me again in a couple of years... some songs will probably be the same then, some will change. But that's life, right?! ;-)
  11. Nice stuff so far! My Top-5 Toys: 1. Schecter TSH-1 I LOVE that guitar! 2. EOS 500d ..taking Photos with that camera is so much more fun, than with a small digital camera :-) 3. Nice and fairly cheap laptop... exactly what I was looking for 4. What would I do without a soldering iron? Definitely not building my own distortion/overdrive pedals for my guitar-setup ;-) 5. ....the different fuzzy and not-so-fuzzy-but-nevertheless-cool-sounding little boxes I step on when I want to have a unique guitar sound ;-) I'd love to show you some pictures, but I don't have any...sorry!
  12. Wow! The article is great! I really like it! Very informative and SO true... for many many things in life! Thanks!
  13. Hey guys, the Semi-Acoustic guitars they sell at ALDI aren't that bad. I play guitar now for 7 years, own a couple of guitars myself (cheap ones, as well as decent ones) and recently I bought the one at ALDI because I'm in Australia only for half a year and couldn't bring a guitar along. The guitar is alright. You get what you pay for. There are better guitars out there, but you also have to pay more for them. Of course you can talk to a professional beforehand, but if ju just want to start playing and learning, you can give that guitar a shot. I mean you can't talk to anyone about the guitar at the store, but if you don't need to... get it!