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  1. This reminds me of a dude I follow who has a facebook page for his "band". Only I can't find any of his music or links to it on the page. Sometimes I think these guys are hoping to build a band, start a FB page. Things don't take off the way they plan. The page still sits there a year later, last post being a year ago. Or maybe he died?😮 Hope not.
  2. This is where I'm sitting too.......but GAS. Nuff said. I mean if you're going to throw me 10 other plugins......I know it's a marketing tactic. I guess I like being marketed to like this lol. As an aside, another very pleasant mastering surprise for me was Waves Abbey Road TG Mastering chain. I picked that up on a deal. Unlike Lurssen you can adjust those modules. Also several killer presets included. No it isn't like Ozone or TRacks where you can load up tunes stand alone and master them. So what? Master them in the daw.
  3. Wow Kenny! I knew you were a good player. Had no idea you were such a good mixer/compo maker.Kudos to you man! You got da funk!
  4. I dunno Craig. That might be interesting.😉
  5. I guess it never really bothered me if one guy gets a better deal on something I might have paid more for earlier. Things are always changing. Companies are trying to flex with the market and times. The only thing that has bothered me so far is when I'm in the middle of a mix trying to pull plugs for a track. I open the IK list and see a lot of choices. This seems to be because they load these duds on the list that you don't actually own. They want you to click on it, go to the custom shop and buy it. Nada. It just frustrates me and I go pull a Waves or similar plugin so I can get my mix done. I don't have all day to move out of my mix to do that. I am probably less likely to return to my IK list the next time because I'm not sure what I actually own and what was a dud they put on there for me to chase after. I want a tool box with tool I can readily pull and use. I notice the same thing with Amplitube. I would rather have an occasional email instead of them swamping my plugs list with useless stuff. As far as my general perception of the company and their products are concerned, I think they have a great product line that covers a lot of bases, right up there with many of the others. In a nutshell, they are a great company that excels at marketing, and I mean REALLY excels at marketing. Their schtick for the plugins thing is the group buy which seems to be very effective. I have participated in several of those and I feel I got a good value for money spent. Having said that, it really is marketing at it's best. I know that. Plug X is priced higher than it's really worth because you never know how much value someone will put on a plugin. To you it might be worth 149.00, to me it might only looks like 49.99 or less. In the end you wind up with a bunch of plugins. There's also the idea that buying a product at a lower tier on a group buy sets you up for them to get an upgrade out of you later on. Notice TrackS MAX version was not offered. They did throw some nice deals into the mix this time though IMHO, ARC is great if you don't have it. Yet you will want ARC 3.0 when it comes out. This is what keeps the train moving. These guys need to eat too . I don't begrudge them that. As far as what Cclarry and kitecrazy mentioned, It's those little things that can loose a customer, such as not allowing unlimited time to download sounds. Charging fees for things other do for free. Might seem small. It isn't when you consider you've lost a customer or at least left a bad taste in their mouth. Err on generosity and you'll win every time. Go the other way and things won't go well.
  6. One thing I have noticed is IK makes their top tier program the most visible on the web site making it more difficult to find the lesser programs. For instance they tout the full version of Sampletank when searching "Sampletank SE". Eventually it can be found buried deeper on the site. I think it's potentially misleading to the customer. Yes the info is there, it just isn't always readily apparent. I looked at my customer products list and admit to being confused about TrackS in general. I know it's a shell that runs either stand alone or in the DAW. I have a bunch of the modules for it...after than I'm not entirely getting the whole picture. My scan list shows a bunch of stuff I either can't access or I don't have. It's just really annoying to click on a reverb to be told I either don't have it or I need to re register it. I don't have the MAX version. TBH I just want to be able to easily access the programs and use the plugins. Here's what shows on my products list. - TrackS 5 Custom shop -Tracks S Custom shop ( I have two of these showing on my list. ) -TracksS 3 Deluxe -TrackS Standard Is the Tracks custom shop merely the portal to buy TrackS gear? If so, this would explain why I have multiple copies of what looks to be the same thing. Another thing that isn't so clear to me is I'm pretty sure I remembered upgrading my ARC to 2.5 not long ago, yet on my products page it shows ARC 2.0 with a "2.5.0" release notes icon under it. Did they round up the numbers here? Or do I only show 2.0 instead of 2.5? If this is the case, why are they showing me 2.5.0 release notes?
  7. Starise

    Kingston 240gb SSD

    Kingston 240gb SSD 29.99 As is customary, does not appear cables are included.
  8. Starise

    NI Restructure

    I think it's an educated guess since it's happening with so many other software companies. Not factual. They certainly have a reason though. Could be making a subscription look good through corporate mumbo jumo....(translate that BS), to butter us up for that. WE HAVE SOMETHING AMAZING, AWESOME TO ANNOUNCE!!!!! I'm not worrying either way. If they do that I'll stubbornly hang on to what I have that works right now and use other program that allow me to do similar things. I use a lot of stand alone synths and smaller mixes. I don't need the cinematic instrument stacks.
  9. Starise

    NI Restructure

    Hmmmm....maybe I will pick up Sampletank. Sort of like comparing apples to oranges. Still..... I need an excuse to buy Sampletank
  10. Thank you all for your comments. Come on out for the next one Aug 31st 2020 and I'll provide the beer and hamburgers!! Not quite as warm as Louisiana here. The trees are beginning to drop their leaves. Heading into fall. I designed and built the porch with a little help . The round poles are reclaimed antiques from an old house that was demo'd. I refinished those, seven in total. Floor is Azek. I built a gazebo on the corner. That's what I'm sitting in. The only thing we still need is an outlet or two so Kenny can plug his electric in. Oh, and I am planning to come back and listen to these other tunes. Can't break away for that long right now, but I'll be back!
  11. Here's my small contribution to the day.
  12. The 4L4000 rocks. GI is a little clunky. The main thing with these guys is ilok. I've been using the cloud and don't like what it does to my computer. I like the plugs that much that I'll probably eventually buy ilok.
  13. Kenny I'm going to leaf that whole rake thing alone.
  14. Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Here's a video I made of the area with a tune I composed and recorded.
  15. I think one counts for two here.
  16. Well I attempted to enter. Checked all the boxes, Facebook, Bandlab. I already have a Syncro Arts product not the one given as a prize here, so I was on that mailing list. I received an email from Bandlab, saying all I needed to do is what I already did. Unfortunately these are tied to different emails so I don't think I was identified correctly and will likely forfeit my entry
  17. I love these group buys. Sure I know IK wants a long term customer, so does Waves and all the rest. What businesses are you familiar with that sell to a customer only once and stay in business lol. Well ok , maybe if you sell jets to oil rich Arabs the markup is so high you can afford to wait awhile before you sell again. In most companies this isn't the case. I don't know how Melda manages to do it. Whatever you buy is going to need an eventual update or upgrade. Maybe "they" will come up with a cool feature or another product we can't do without. Similar to the fast food business, they sell a lot for little but they make most of their money on soda. Waves wants a "reup" every so often. Just so you know, this isn't a rant, just the observations of a possibly deluded mind A little trickle coming in from a large customer base might just be enough. Value is what value means to you and no one else. I remember when TRacks mastering plugins first came out, mid 80's? early 90's? They were cutting edge. They were indirectly emulated by many. You can't do that stuff overtly or you'll be sued. Sadly back then cracks were easy and abounded. I'm glad IK has a better way now to manage this using a portal. I bought all of the Amplitube stuff up to v4 including Slash and all the rest. The only reason I haven't upgraded it is I'm not mainly a guitarist even though I released a guitar album on Amazon. I tend to stay in acoustic territory most of the time. I love the Stealth limiter. It's been around awhile and continues to shine in that category. I upgraded ARC to 2.5 during a sale last year. I highly recommend it. The single plugins, compressors and such aren't over the edge but work well, probably better than most that come in DAWs. IK's mastering plugins are some of the best IMHO. The way I see it, might as well buy it on sale and upgrade later as to buy it while not on sale and upgrade later I like the Lurssen but don't need it. I have a bunch of mastering programs and signal chains to get me there. Still, this and the Leslie are very tempting, and this is what IK are good at with me. Throwing in one or two things that make me reconsider. If I reconsider I'll probably eventually have it.
  18. Cool! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the soon to be wifey. The only thing I sometimes wish my studio had is a urinal.
  19. Gotta love those Russians! Like this guy who makes his own jet engines in the garage, you know, for fun. He made a model that could easily be a drone. Also made his own jet bike.
  20. I liked this music. I can tell you still have the chops. If you feed me a T-bone steak dinner I'll sleep to AC/DC. I'm a little drowsy now but that is no fault of yours. If you're playing this at 2am though it might be helping the neighborhood unwind. It's great unwind music., and believe me, I need to unwind. Hope ya keep sharin' wit us.
  21. I picked up a very annoying hum in my studio interface. After spending hours crawling under my desk re routing cords, checking grounds in my power panel, the hum was still there. I invested in a good power strip with EMI/RF interference protection. I had my interface pegged as the suspect and was ready to replace it until I remembered my cable company recently replaced the line running to my house. Initially I discounted this as a potential problem because my cable worked fine and all of the connections in the house were grounded to each other. Just so happened that the cable tech called to see how it all went ( they subbed an outside contractor to install it underground). I mentioned the hum issue thinking the whole time it couldn't be the problem. The tech came by to check the work and found the earth ground coming into the house was not ran.He added the ground. Problem went away. I wasn't under the impression that cable lines were capable to transmit that much if not grounded. So if you get a ground loop type of hum FYI don't eliminate this as a possibility.
  22. Hang in there Ken. It's tough for sure. There really aren't words for a grief like this. It just hurts. You will get through it. No, life won't be the same. I'm sure she would want nothing more than for you to go on and live life to the fullest. I'm sure there's a lot of life left to live. Best to you. In my thoughts and prayers. Don't hesitate to PM me if you need someone to listen. I'm no expert in this but I can sympathize and listen.
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