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Mandolin Picker

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  1. Consider that when you go online to update CbB, Windows will also begin to update in the background - whether you want it to or not. I recently had an experience where Windows 10 updated the night before an event we were scheduled to live stream. The update wiped out the audio drivers. The live stream wasn't accomplished because we had no audio and couldn't figure out why until a deep dive much later. These types of incidents can make a person look very foolish, especially if it is in front of a paying client. An event like this can result in not just loss of a client, but perhaps other legal issues for failing to provide contracted services. Yes, CbB is free, and they can do what they wish. I still wish they would make it so that you could export a file with the latest info from your CbB install, upload it to Bandlab from another computer that is on line, and get a file back that I can upload to keep my CbB running. It would also be nice if CbB would provide a toaster message indicating that "Cakewalk will need to update in 30 days" so that you can do it before it goes into Demo mode. Just my thoughts.......
  2. You're welcome. 😊 When you said you had used something years earlier, it immediately made me think of the Sonitus plugins. I wish they would update them as they are really nice.
  3. Included in CbB, is the Sonitus EQ. It has been in SONAR for a while. It has a nice 50 and 60 cycle hum setting.
  4. This is especially true with updates to the OS. There may be nothing wrong with the actual interface, but changes to the OS make existing interfaces unusable. Had that occur recently with a Win 10 update, and there have been a number of articles recently concerning a Mac update that breaks lots of stuff.
  5. Question - what is it about these wave editors that makes it easier/quicker to edit the spoken voice files?
  6. Curious if anyone is using CbB for recording audio book narration? If you are, any insight into setup, etc. that you found was different from recording music. Thanks
  7. Another issue that is raising up is the use of cloud based services to inject ransomware. There was the recent issue in Texas (22 city/county/local government agencies) as well as a number of dentist offices. In both circumstances the agencies/offices were using a cloud based service. The attackers came in through the service and then branched out to the individual offices and agencies. Remember, 'cloud based' simply means someone else's computer-server instead of yours, and you have no control over it.
  8. Oxford, Alabama - where it does snow on occasion (of course its gone by the next day! 😉)
  9. If that isn't easy enough for you, then you can purchase a Smart Oven that can burn down your house for you thanks to its interactive app! Smart ovens have been turning on overnight and preheating to 400 degrees At least three smart June Ovens have turned on in the middle of the night and heated up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The ovens’ owners aren’t sure why this happened, and June tells The Verge that user error is at fault. The June Oven debuted in 2015 as a $1,495 countertop oven* that uses a camera and computer vision to identify food that’s been placed inside. The company raised nearly $30 million in funding and released its second-generation version in 2018 for $599. It’s billed as “seven appliances in one”: an air fryer, dehydrator, slow cooker, broiler, toaster, warming drawer, and convection countertop oven. It also pairs with an app that allows people to choose their temperature and cooking settings, as well as live stream their food as it cooks thanks to the built-in camera. https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/14/20802774/june-smart-oven-remote-preheat-update-user-error *That's what us old folks called a toaster oven that you can get at Walmart for $30
  10. And from that great statistician Yogi Berra, "Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical."
  11. Using the latest version of CbB and mine is showing the Video option under Views
  12. If you want to see/hear something unique, there is a web site that is playing back the entire Apollo 11 mission in real time. It includes over 11,000 hours of audio from mission control. Also has video that is synced to actual events as they occurred. It is a very neat web site. https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/
  13. Exactly. Subscriptions came about when the various software programs matured. Microsoft did this with Office. I have Office 2010 (use to need it for work) and there is no credible reason to switch to a newer version. In fact, I could probably go back to Office 2007 without any issues. Writing a document hasn't changed in the past nine years, spreadsheets still perform their calculations as they have done for the past nine years, presentations are still using the same stupid animations, and they are trying to phase out their Access database. Why should I upgrade or pay monthly for what I already have, that works, and works well. In fact, since I retired I hardly ever use Office and instead use LibreOffice, the free open source software suite.
  14. My first ever DAW was a nice little program called Kristal Audio Engine or KAE. It was limited to 16 tracks but it was easy to use and work with. Their web site is still up (https://www.kreatives.org/kristal/) and it still works fine on older machines. This was followed by a free copy of Cakewalk "Plasma" that was on a Computer Music DVD. It was a nice step up from KAE. Later I upgrade to Cakewalk Home Studio, and they even gave me a discount for having Plasma. Stayed with Home Studio for a while, then finally upgraded to X3 and then to Platinum.
  15. One thing to be aware of is that Cakewalk by BandLab does require an occasional connection to the Internet once it is installed. If the software can't call home, it will come up in Demo mode and at that point you will no longer be able to save any work you do. This is a change from previous editions of SONAR that could operate without any internet connection. See this post from Noel (the lead designer of the software)
  16. Mr. Robinson also wrote a Star Trek novel about Garak called "A Stitch in Time." If you like the character of Garak you will really enjoy the book. He traces the history of "Plain and simple" Garak - his childhood, his work in the Obsidian Order, his loves and more. And he writes the book in the same "voice" as Garak in DS9. https://www.amazon.com/Stitch-Time-Star-Trek-Space-ebook/dp/B000FC0UXU
  17. And herein is the core issue. I have an older laptop (about 10-years old; AMD dual core with 2GB of RAM) that runs Windows Vista 32-bit and the last version of SONAR Home Studio. There is no internet connection on the laptop, so I am not worried about viruses, etc. I still use this laptop when I want to record a track or two. Then I transfer it to Cakewalk and mix, etc. Even though its an old laptop it still runs well and does what I need it to do. The Home Studio version also runs well and does what I need it to do. Now here is the rub. If Home Studio was under the new 'lease' option, six months after the last install it stops working. Not because anything is wrong with the software, or hardware, or anything else. It stops working simply because it runs past a particular date. That is planned obsolescence, and we are seeing it more and more (not just Cakewalk, so I don't want to seem like I am picking on them). If I have something that works regardless of whether it was given to me free of charge, or if I had to pay for it, I should expect to be able to use it for as long as I can keep it working. Do I expect the manufacturer (or developer) to support it forever? No. I don't expect Ford to support a 58 Edsel, but others may (and do). As long as I can keep it running, why shouldn't I be allowed to. If no one owns anything anymore, then we are always beholden to somebody.
  18. And this development is indeed very discouraging
  19. One thing to remember is the resolution of the screen. If it is an HD screen (1920 x 1080), it doesn't matter if it is 18-inches or 60-inches, it is still 1920 pixels across and 1080 pixels vertical. The bigger the screen, the bigger the pixels. So you may find that the larger screen is actually harder to read when you are close to it. You also can't "fit" anymore stuff on the bigger screen than the smaller one, because you are still working with 1920 x 1080 pixels. If you instead move to 4K, you now have 4096 × 2160 pixels, or slightly more than double the number of pixels from HD (true doubling of HD would be 3840 x 2160, so you get a few more pixels to work with length wise). You could place four times as much 'stuff' on the screen when compared to HD.
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