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Jack Stoner

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  1. Jack Stoner

    I bought a Behringer

    I'll admit it up front, I bought a Behringer, UMC 1820, recording interface unit - and I like it. I downsized my home recording studio from a unit with 8 preamps to one with 4 (along with some other items). I was doing OK until I needed more than 4 inputs for a current recording project for a client and will need at least 6 for an upcoming project for another client. After looking at what is available (I hate Focusrite and Presonus hardware) and what I've had in the past it came down to either the "inexpensive" Behringer (that gets good reviews) or something $1000 range similar to what I downsized. So, I bought the Behringer and used it yesterday on a recording session, and did good. Surprisingly the Cakewalk reported latency for a 64 buffer is lower than the MOTU 4pre that I have. If I had a full bore studio or like I was before with high end equipment I wouldn't have looked at Behringer but for a home studio its very adequate. Its not "throw away reverse engineered junk" like early Behringer was.
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    Ozone 5 left?

    I have Ozone 5 and 6 but find I mostly use 5 for my "traditional country" mastering. 6 seemed to be a step backward compared to 5. Because 5 does what I need, I haven't found a need to upgrade.
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    Ozone 5 left?

    If you still own it, you can download it from Izotope. I had a problem with mine and contacted Izotope and they sent me a link to download it again.
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    Apollo 11 - a true story of failure

    The Univac (I think either 640 or 1218 don't remember) computers had a "4 microsecond memory cycle time". The telemetry processors, which fed data to the Univac's had a 4096 core memory and a slower memory speed. In 1966 speed wasn't a pressing consideration. The Univac's were connected to the 4800 BPS "High speed" trunk lines to transfer data to Houston control center and to Goddard Space Flight Center. Most of the data, tracking and telemetry was written to mag tape and the tapes sent to Houston. Both the Univac and the Telemetry processors were discrete component (transistors) machines. The I/O console on the Univac was a Teletype machine.
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    Apollo 11 - a true story of failure

    Ed, if I told you I'd have to do you in. LOL
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    Apollo 11 - a true story of failure

    With all the humor about Apollo 11, I actually was involved. I worked at the NASA Ascension Island Tracking station for Apollo 7 through 12. I worked in Telemetry. The Ascension Island tracking station and the tracking station in Spain were the two tracking stations that tracked the Eagle to the moon landing.
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    My wife passed away

    Condolences to you and the family.
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    Win 10 V1903 Saga

    The original issue of 1903 caused dropouts and Resplendence Latency Mon showed system problems. I fell back to V1809 and then reinstalled 1903 and it seemed to be OK. Wrong! it still had latency and dropouts. I again reverted to V1809 which is OK. There is a long thread on the gearslutz forum about this and then another thread on the tenforums.com about the latency and dropouts and along with affecting audio it was also affecting video processing and gaming. Finally, Thursday 6/27, Microsoft released KB4501375 and that fixed the latency and dropouts for audio and video processing (and probably gaming). If you have an early 1903 version installed, install the KB4501375 update. If you have been waiting for a fix, the current 1903 upgrade includes the KB4501375 update. The "fixed" 1903 will show build 18362.207. I ran Resplendence Latency Mon for over 15 minutes and no reported problems. Prior to the KB fix it would show problems at various timeframes after about 2 minutes. Here is the link to the post on the tenforums with information on the release and direct links to download KB4501375 if its not offered in Win 10 updates. https://www.tenforums.com/windows-10-news/135597-cumulative-update-kb4501375-windows-10-v1903-build-18362-207-june-27-a.html
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    Win 10 V1903 Saga

    If you re-read my post you will see that KB is incorporated in the current 1903 upgrade.
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    What was your first audio interface?

    First computer based recording interface was an Alesis IO26, along with Sonar 6. It had a lot of drawbacks and it was replaced by a Focusrite Saffire pro 40
  11. I've got an older version, but this looks like the replacement. https://www.amazon.com/Blitz-21024-Metal-Cloth-Original/dp/B01KVYVWZQ/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=blitz+cloth&qid=1560371250&s=arts-crafts&sr=1-3
  12. I use a Blitz cloth to wipe down the strings on my Pedal Steel. It would probably work for others too. The cloth seems to last forever. Paul Franklin, a "big time" Nashville session picker first told me about the Blitz cloth.
  13. I use GHS "Brite Flats" on my basses (they used to be called "ground wounds"). However they only make a 4 string set and I have to buy a separate string for the 5th string. I buy them at juststrings.com as they stock the separate string for the 5th string.
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    How long have you been playing the guitar?

    I've been "Trying" to play guitar since I got the first one when I was about 12. I'm 81 and still "trying". LOL
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    Bad Win 10 V1903 Latency

    I thought I was home free with the new Win 10 1903 version - Wrong! I came across a thread on the gearslutz forum of a user complaining about Latency problems with 1903. I didn't run the Resplendence Latency Mon program after upgrading to 1903 as I assumed all was well. As it turns out all is not well and I get hits/dropouts with 1903 that I never got with all the older versions. I have a dual boot system with the "Windows Insider" advanced versions. Running Latency Mon on the Insider version is clean with the same hardware. I restored to the older 1809 version and it too is clean, just 1903. I'll leave it on 1809 until a newer 1903 build is released before I try it again. If your one of the early upgraders and haven't checked Latency, best to do so now.
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    Bad Win 10 V1903 Latency

    As reported on another thread my Latency problems have been resolved by reinstalling 1903. I reverted to a Macrium Reflect disc image I made before upgrading and then downloaded/installed 1903 again. All seems well with the second install. I've ran Resplendence Latency Mon for over 10 minutes and no hits.
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    Windows 10’s May 2019 Update

    My latency problems were solved by reverting to a Macrium Reflect disc image I did before upgrading to 1903. Then downloading/reinstalling 1903. Latency Mon has run for over 10 minutes without a hit. FWIW on the first install of 1903 my MOTU 4pre interface unit drivers were corrupted. The MOTU CueMix program saw the 4pre but Sonar and Studio One did not. I had to do a repair of the 4pre drivers. On the second (good) install of 1903 the 4pre drivers were not corrupted.
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    Bad Win 10 V1903 Latency

    I also had an issue with my MOTU 4Pre USB interface unit on 1903 version. It was showing as working OK in the Device Manager and the MOTU CueMix program detected it OK but both Sonar Platinum and Bandlab Cakewalk and Presonus Studio One 4.5 did not detect the MOTU. I had to do an uninstall of the 4pre and drivers, reboot and then do a new install before the DAW programs would again detect the 4pre.
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    Windows 10’s May 2019 Update

    I installed the 1903 version, Wednesday. No problems that I know of. Some add-ons may have to be reauthorized which happens on most major upgrades. I checked my Isotope Product Portal and it showed all my Isotope products still activated. However my PC is relatively recent hardware. i7 6700K CPU, 16GB Ram, SSD, etc. Some of the Win 10 updates are not "kind" to older hardware and won't even be offered to some.
  20. From another recent thread, I recently sold off some high end equipment and "downgraded" my MOTU to a 4pre. It works as good as the MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid I sold with one exception, there is no mute switch for the monitor speakers like there was with the MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid or other interface units I've had over the years. Nothing can be muted in their CueMix control program to mute it either. This was confirmed by MOTU support. The only way, in the unit, is to rotate the digital encoder monitor volume control to "off". As its a digital encoder control it takes several complete turns of that control - a hassle. Fortunately, I found an old "Nanopatch" control unit that I forgot I even had. Its just the thing. It has a (push button) switch to mute and even a volume control. Its placed between the 4pre outputs and the monitor speakers.
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    MOTU 4pre - No Monitor Mute Switch

    MOTU support told me there was no way; no switch or nothing in the CueMix program to do it. I don't want to mute everything - I want headphone audio - just control (mute) the monitor speakers when desired. The added Nanopatch unit between the L/R Monitor (Line) outs and the speakers works OK. It even has a volume control, so I don't have to mess with the volume control (encoder) on the front panel. I have it set for a loud signal and control it with the volume control in the Nanopatch. If I want to mute I press the "mute" switch. It is, however, an extra piece of hardware to get around what MOTU forgot.
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    Can't update BIOS on AsRock Z97 Pro 4

    The ASRock procedure lists two different ways to flash from a USB stick. Have you tried both ways? FWIW I had an ASRock board on one of my builds. Didn't have any problems with BIOS update. It was a "gamer" motherboard.
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    Focusrite - UGH!

    I was going to close my recording studio and sold off most of my equipment. Can't quit... I have paying Karaoke customers that want to record CD projects. I had a bad experience with a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, both hardware and the control/configuration program and trashed it (the estimate to repair was within $45 of what I paid for it and that did not include shipping costs bothways which would make it more that I paid for it). Fast forward about 7 years and with the new Scarlett line and good ratings I found a new Scarlett 18i6 on sale and bought it. Bad move, the "simpler" control program still sucks as I was on my own to figure out how to set it up so I could get direct monitoring and playback from Sonar audio (couldn't get both without changing control program configuration). To add, 4ms was the best recording latency I could get that seemed to be reliable. To seal the deal, the 18i6 would hang up and have to be repowered to work. It was sent back for refund... I'm now looking at another MOTU.
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    Focusrite - UGH!

    CD project mixed and mastered (with Ozone 5) and delivered to a happy client.
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    Focusrite - UGH!

    The session went well today. Recorded 12 (Karaoke) songs for the singer today. The client is my best customer as this is the 8th CD project I've done for him.
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