Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Final thoughts on '08

This year brought a lot of change for me, I suppose I'm not feeling brave enough to air it all in public. Hopefully 2009 will continue the trend of change. I hope to have an official website, as well as a more professional blogging system set in place. I will take some steps to make my blog more visible, and will also start blogging about personal projects. More specifically; music, electronics, and photography projects. All that while also juggling school and work. Who says the daily grind can't be exciting?

PS3

I got a Playstation 3 over the holiday. So for my next trick, I will install linux on it and see if I can run some emulators. FTW!

Old school DOOM

I have been having the strangest urge to fire up this classic! The feeling seems to have come out of thin air! I can hear the music in my head...

If you are a DooM nut as well, check out this wiki I found devoted to DooM, it is good stuff!

The one thing I miss about Reason...

not reason as in sanity, but the music software Reason! I miss the Redrum drum computer. It's x0x style sequencing made beat sculpting fairly fast. For the life of me, I cannot find a V.S.T. that is comparable. I wish I was a leet coder, I'd just create my own. I am not about to spend $300 to get Reason just for a drum machine, but sometimes it is tempting. I don't understand how such an obvious concept has eluded V.S.T. programmers for so long now. One alternative I have my eye on is FXpansions Guru This seems the most like redrum, and has a ton of new tricks as well. I have no commitment to any D.A.W. so I have also been paying attention to some that offer step sequencers, and/or drum machines built in. Sonar would be perfect, if the rest of the program wasn't so complex. Seems to me they made Sonar to be complex for complexities sake! I noticed Pro Tools has a nice looking drum machine built in, but Pro Tools seems so restrictive with it's RTAS format. Well the quest continues...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Group buy update.

Well I got in on the action and ending up saving $200+! In the end, the Silver Box collection costs 100.00 €, I don't live in Europe so that's about $140 USD. The price is back to the usual 255.00 €, that's approx. $365 USD, so I feel I made out pretty good. Even at full price I recommend you check out D16's software, it's pretty tight.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Gift ideas for musicians from Make:Blog

In case you aren't an RSS junkie like me, you may not have read this article, so I thought I'd mirror a link to it. A nice list of some DIY projects for musicians.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

group buy your way to some great software!

Right now d16 is running a group buy promotion. For every new person that opts in, the price lowers! The price is already gotten pretty low, but together we can make it even lower! So why should you? Well, D16 has designed spot on emulations of some truly sought after gear. Namely the TB-303, TR-808, and TR-909. These are classic bits of kit for anyone who is into rap, hip-hop, techno, funk, and well any semi-recent music style. These sounds refuse to die, and even if they fade from sight for awhile, they always come back. Why spend $1000+ on ebay for just one of the three? They don't even support general midi! So if you want some new gear, at a great price, get in on this deal!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Outstanding customer service...

May be hard to find, but it still exists. I recently took advantage of a buy one get one for free deal. It involved buying the Blue synthesizer, so I could get Albino for free. Since Albino is $189, I felt this was a really good deal. Unfortunately the dealer I bought it from got my order messed up, and I did not receive my promo code to claim my free synth! Well the people at www.robpapen.com were so helpful in making sure that I got credit for my purchase. I was really impressed by how fast they responded to my initial email, and kept in contact with me, to reassure me that the situation would work out. Needless to say, I'm so impressed that I would recommend anyone looking for a new soft-synth should check them out. Not only will you get incredible sounding synths, you'll get reliable customer service. I think I will buy predator soon, to finish off my collection!

On a side note, I purposely omitted the name of the company who messed up my order, because it was an honest mistake, and I've previously only had positive dealings with them.

Friday, December 5, 2008

GTA IV for the PC is full of Bugs

Ah bugs, what would life be without them? Whether it's creepy crawly bugs, or the bugs that inhabit computer software, they certainly enrich our lives. Well, apparently GTA IV has so many bugs that one reseller is offering refunds on a case by case basis. I have been looking forward to this game for awhile, but I held off on purchasing it on launch day. Now I am glad I did! I feel bad for the people who bought the game, but truth be told, I also feel bad for Rockstar. Bad publicity is rarely good for any company, but I feel that Rockstars track record is not one of failed launches. I hope people cut them some slack, and grant them forgiveness, even if they did release an unfinished product.
That brings me to another point. Why do these companies rush? How could these bugs have slipped past quality control? Were they testing the game on PC's that were all running the same configuration? I feel that when a company is porting a game, they should take even more precaution to make sure the transition is smooth.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Too good to be true synth deal

However, it is true! Linplug is offering some fantastic deals on their entire product line.
I urge you to check them out, if you have any money burning a hole in your wallet. My favorite is the deal where you get Blue for free if you buy Albino. These two synths alone could keep anyone busy for quite a while. I say "could" because anyone who knows a musician knows they love gear! The more the merrier!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mortal Kombat VS. DC

EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!1
Seriously, instead of fatality, there will be lametality. UGH.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a pleasant Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Left 4 Dead pt. 3

Well a friend of mine graciously bought me a copy of Left 4 Dead in celebration of a job he landed. I think it was also because he wanted to be sure he had a buddy to play with :P
So, how does the full game compare to the demo? Let me just say the demo really did not prepare for the insanity that would ensue in the full version! This is quite possibly the funnest multi-player game I have ever played! Most likely this is due to the fact that Left 4 Dead was developed as a multi-player game first and a single player second. Most games are developed with that philosophy in reverse. Which is why many times multi-player can feel tacked on, like an after thought. In Left 4 Dead it feels as if the single player exists primarily to practice for the multi-play. Since Left 4 Dead is based on the Source engine, it will be interesting to see what the modding community creates.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Left 4 Dead pt.2

Okay, so the Left 4 Dead demo is now up on Steam. So I indulged myself a few rounds, and was blown away! I have always been a fan of horror/survival, and this encapsulates the genre perfectly! This game is like being dropped right into a George Romero movie. The demo doesn't allow you to play as the other side ( zombies ), but I didn't really mind. Playing as a survivor was thrilling enough! I'll probably post more about this, as I haven't been taken with a game for awhile now. Left 4 Dead is the real deal, every bit as awesome as the hype! And, no I don't work for any of the companies responsible for it's creation, I'm just a fan!

/Steve

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

I just wanted to take the opportunity to give my thanks to all the Vet's who have served our country with honor. It's because of your service and sacrifice that our country remains free. I'd like to extend the same gratitude to the veterans of our allies, your sacrifice is admirable, whether in service of your our country, or in the service of others. Happy Veterans Day!
/Steve

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hail to the chief!

Well America has elected Barak Obama, and McCain has just given a gracious concession speech. I guess I'm not too surprised; Obama had so much going for him, from the fact that he would set an historical precedent, to the more mundane reasons, such as the fact that he was propped up by the media, as are most democrats. It'll be interesting to see if Obabma is actually capable of doing the uniting he would have us believe. In the meantime, I don't see my life having any kind of immediate changes, I'll keep doin' what I do, whatever that is :P

Election '08

Alternatively, the duel of the dimwits. Now are the dimwits the two candidates, or is it the two collective political factions of America. I have pretty much lost total faith in this country that things could even get this bad. How two people like McCain and Obama could even get within striking distance of the White House. McCain is an old hat, career politician. He or his advisers stick their fingers in the air to see which way the wind is blowing, then they try to posture themselves as being the leaders of the trend. Essentially McCain is John Kerry pt.2. Obabma is a fresh face, but he is no less a career politician. He has not accomplished anything in his entire senate career. This guy sings "change and hope" as much as Karl Marx chanted "revolution". This is scary that so many people are hypnotized by a catch phrase. Does any school in America even teach critical thinking 101? How to question what you are told. How can so many people just accept, without scrutiny, anything they are told. We have truly become the land of the ignorant. I know the way I'm talking could be construed as elitist. I am simply talking as a man who has studied American history, and appreciates the sacrifice of those who have come before. The fact is, no one today knows what it's like to go without, to suffer for your beliefs and be persecuted to the point of death, for a love of liberty. And sometimes, those who don't appreciate what they have, don't deserve to keep it.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Left 4 dead pt.1

You must see the video! I say this game looks better than a horror movie.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The indamixx has me thinking.

Discovered through the magic of RSS. I have been looking at the Indamixx, and I like what I see. I wasn't sure the day would ever come, but I actually see potential for linux as a music creation platform. I've used EnergyXT before, because it is cross-platform.
I used the windows version of Hydrogen, and it was really cool. The windows version isn't as up to date as the *nix version, so the fact I liked it, I feel, is a good sign. Actually after using Hydrogen I found myself wondering why no developers for windows haven't created a drum machine like it. To me, the design is so obvious and user friendly. I haven't used the other applications yet, but the screenshots look promising. However I am torn about using linux only. There are some windows music applications that I am quite taken with. I suppose that means I will have to try out wine, or else I may have to dual-boot.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Disturbing Youtube Video

This person is obviously one disturbed individual...

New Star Wars MMO

If you are a Star Wars fan, and a gamer, you've probably heard that EA is releasing a new MMO developed by Bioware. Bioware developed the much loved Knights of the Old Republic, an rpg that is still an enjoyable game today. In this article EA and LucasArts make their intentions clear that they are targeting World of Warcraft with their new game. This is a pretty bold statement, as I believe they are the first to say their goal is to challenge Blizzard's MMO stranglehold. My impression is this: If any game could, this is the one to do so. Star Wars has a humongous fan base to draw from, and as I mentioned previously Bioware has already proven they can do Star Wars right. I look forward to watching the progress of The Old Republic.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nord Modular Workaround.

In researching the Clavia Nord Modular G2. I've run across some complaints about the company not supporting new OS's. Well, I can recommend one work around. It involves virtualization software. You could use Microsoft's free one, or you could use Mojopac on Windows, and Parallels for Mac. Basically using either of these softwares you can run XP forever! If that doesn't thrill you, bear in mind you don't have to commit an entire hard drive to either software. Mojopac will happily run on a thumbdrive, and parallels can run inside of Mac OS. Teaching you to use these software's is beyond the scope of this article. If you have decent computer knowledge it shouldn't be too tough. I've used Mojopac before, and the installation was totally guided, requiring minimal user input. So hopefully this helps anyone out there who has had to upgrade OS's, and found their editing software unsupported.
-Steve

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lack of feng shuei

Even for someone as unorganized as myself, I have a new appreciation for those who have mastered the art of feng shuei. Right now I am typing this entry on my PC, which is on the floor, my monitor is on top of the PC, my keyboard is in my lap, and my knee is a mousepad. I think I'm going blind from eye strain, as I'm squinting to see the screen. Since all my money has gone into moving and bills, I can't get a desk for a few weeks, so I will have to make due with this strange setup till then. I really miss my laptop! I never posted about how my faithful laptop gave up the ghost, it was a sad day indeed. But I digress. I forgot how insane moving can be, and don't look forward to doing it again!