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  1. I just got PSP 2020 a few months ago and they actually did embed the ability to block the messages now inside the program itself. Help->Message Preferences->Uncheck the things there. That saves on all of the other roundabout ways of achieving the same results now. They also included a Help->Messages to allow you to manually check out ads if you so desire. This may be new to 2020, since I have not had a version since PSP 5 (c. 1998), and may be the result of negative user feedback. I got it to see if it is a viable alternative to my aging Photoshop 5.1, and so far have not had any issues with what I have been doing. VideoStudio 2020 and PhotoMirage also have the same menu features.
  2. That was my assumption as soon as I saw the UI. There are a lot of "free" things out and about today just to get people on spam lists, it seems. 🙁
  3. Am I missing something, or is there no way to import a reference image/video into this?
  4. Some VSTs let you manually adjust drum maps internally (preferred), but you can also set up drum maps in CbB. Whichever you try/use, be sure to save your work as a template so you can load it easily down the road.
  5. That is a good question. The highest version with "New" on their feature list is in Assistant (2 of them), the rest are in all four versions.
  6. +1, and the other reason for this is to save the CPU. Repeatedly processing things that should be baked in (i.e., you are never going to want them back) creates an unnecessary burden.
  7. +1 on the considerations above with 4K. Unless you are close or the monitor is huge, you can be buying yourself into eye strain. After reading a lot of advice here, I specifically backed off 4K and went with an ultrawide monitor. More ergonomic for viewing with only the eyes and can edit documents side-by-side (if you need such a thing). The one feature it does have that didn't stand out till I used it is that it has "true black" capability. The contrast from that is significant in reducing eye strain - something to also consider regardless of what you decide upon.
  8. Not tried the CbB redition yet but made me curious how it differs from Scratchpads?
  9. Thanks guys, so these have been out a while. Based on the feature set and drivers alone these are well positioned to take over the lower end market. I just wanted to check if they were intended to be a limited run, then gone. I am still up in the air about pre-ordering one, since they are coming mid-May. Side note - I have never run the Saffire off the wall wart and forgot it even came with one, but on initial troubleshooting is seems it actually damaged the PCIe lane it was in on the motherboard. I moved the PCIe card up next to the GRFX card (bad location for it), had interference, then dug up the wall wart and those went away. Just something to note if anyone is still running FireWire - don't bus-power the unit.
  10. My Saffire is starting to give me grief, and Focusrite recommends not upgrading Win10 past 1809 (already done). The sample rate comes up all over the map and trying to do anything with Windows Sound Control Panel sends MixControl into a tantrum. Workaround if anyone is in the same boat - start Saffire, launch MixControl, set sample rate to something you do not want to use, then set it back. So far that works 100% for me, but is annoying, and not sure when a Win10 update will do it in for good. Anyway... I start looking through new USB interfaces, and a MOTU M2 and MOTU M4 popped up. 32-bit/192KHz with digital loopback (a feature I want). The pricing is incredibly competitive ($169.95/$219.95). B&H has reviews on them, but then says "New item released in limited quantity." Anyone know if they were released (in limited quantity) or if this is intended to be a limited run item? It only comes in 2 in/2 out (M2), and 4 in/4 out (M4), but I do not need more. Drivers is my bigger concern. MOTU has a good reputation in this department, so I was wondering if anyone is familiar with these.
  11. I am glad you posted this... I opened up GP a couple times after I got their email and the song list was very scant (only about 10% were viewable). Funny thing was I saw "Father and Son" on that shortened list and chuckled "Oooh, I always wanted to learn that solo!" I only knew it from "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" but it is a nice tune, so seeing that listed did inspire me to walk off with my acoustic and play for a couple hours. I came back in and GP was still open, so I scratched my head wondering what was the point of the score to a 5-chord song? This update was required for me to see the full listing. I just installed that but the list is still a little odd to me. I "assumed" this was geared to be a learning tool (?), so the song choices didn't make sense for some artists. Whomever did these must be an AC/DC fan... that listing did show even before updating the software and is one of the bigger ones present, but looks like Bach is #1. Def Leppard... just "Hysteria." Def Leppard stood out because of a news article about someone composing a hate-filled blog post till a friend sent him a video of Phil Collen teaching "Pour Some Sugar on Me" to kids. After he got the email, he deleted his blog work and smiled. YouTube took over the market for tutorials, I think, and the video is rather cute. (I miss Steve Clark!).
  12. Man, I need to get off my butt and play with this more. It has updated twice since I used it last 😕.
  13. mettelus

    Melda 17

    As impressive as MXXX is, I find that I do not use it as often as I thought I would due to its complexity. It would be really hard to trial that before the sale date vanishes in 3 days, but with the 3 month trial you could definitely get a better feel for the effects it has over what you currently have in MXXX Core. I am also not sure if you would be charged again for which core effects you already have filled from other purchases. MXXX unto itself is half the cost of the entire MCompleteBundle, so that is something else to consider. For me, MXXX is something that is configured case-by-case, so not something that can be easily thrown onto a track and tweaked until you are familiar with its guts. I often find it is significantly easier to trigger, and later understand, focused FX that are daisy chained in the FX rack... complex routings internal to MXXX can leave me scratching my head later on about what I actually set up in the first place, especially if you throw in complex FX like MPowerSynth.
  14. It says right on the page in the "100,000 face shields per week" that this is transforming the company from music accessories to medical necessities! Better get your music stuff now... the day may come that they stop dealing in that musical "rubbish," but might custom order sterile (and disposable) guitar pics at $35 a piece for you!
  15. That seems to be how it works... There have been so many products thrown out over the last few years that I logged in and found I had 7 things registered in my account, qualified for the crossgrade and had $44 Jam points. I do not recall ever buying anything, but was like, "Fine, I'll bite." I should have read further than page 2 of this thread first, this downloading is a nightmare...
  16. Wow, there is a home insurance company here that charges less than that for a lifetime policy... Kicker is when you cancel, they give it all back to you!
  17. +1 to the above, I have a 100W Carvin set to 25% power output that is rarely used above 2 on the volume setting... guitars do not put out full frequency spectrum, so 15 W concentrated on just what a guitar is outputting is rather loud. If you have the chance to try one a a store, you will understand. Another side question is are you planning to mic the amp for recording or just jam on it at home? The speaker size (going from a 12" speaker to 8" speaker) will affect tonal quality at volume, but lowers cost dramatically. If not planning to mic the output, they often come in varieties up to 20W, which are fine for jamming, and you can record ITB as mentioned above. Oddly enough, most pawn shops around me have more quality amps than guitars by far. A few years ago this video for a "Dual Duty Talkbox" caught my eye, so I ended up nabbing a megaphone on clearance while walking out of a department store one day for like $6. Tubing was $10, and a 20W practice amp was $40 (closed-back Rogue, so not high quality). That amp is not the greatest standalone, but I had zero qualms putting holes in it and wiring it up similar to the video. Another side comment... ITB can also be a cheaper solution with jamming in most cases, since amp sims have a larger arsenal of FX at your disposal with no intermediate noise/signal loss. I have a 200W PA system connected to my audio interface, so actually jam more through the PA than the amp these days. It is also the same setup for recording, so is nothing more than arming/recording the track you are already on rather than dealing with mic'ing a cabinet.
  18. mettelus

    Melda 50% off.

    If they had this at the end of the three-month trial it would make more sense. People new to them aren't going to get much from a trial in the next 3 days. Maybe they will revisit this for July 4th, but is usually a year-end event.
  19. A mask also keeps you from inadvertently touching your own face. People do not realize how ingrained or common this habit is until you start touching a mask. The culture difference between Asia and Western nations is immense. People in Asia wear masks if not feeling well to protect others and let others know. Western culture is to save oneself. NZ's approach was a good one... assume you have the virus and wear a mask now to protect others (and thereby yourself). The use of a coffee filter as the center layer of a cloth mask in the OP is a good one. They do plug fairly quickly from moisture, so an inner layer of cotton might make them usable longer. Anyone who has actually worn masks knows that they plug with moisture fairly quickly under exertion. Even if a cloth mask is only 90% effective, it is better than nothing, and you won't be touching your own face when wearing one. Without a vaccine, this can recur as quickly as it started, so learning to wear masks responsibly and accepting them as no big deal will help everyone. People not wearing them for vanity, or making fun of others is terrible. Going forward, Mother Nature has been dumping these out in rapid succession, and the next could be worse. Even some who lived through SARS blew this one off initially.
  20. The architecture is similar between them, so it isn't that terrifying. They come loaded with presets, so playing around on the easy screen often gives a start for tweaking most of the time. MDrummer, MPowerSynth, and MXXX are challenging if you delve into the guts, so there definitely are a few that can be overwhelming if you get off the EASY screen (start page for each). Usually most of the unique features of individual plugins are exposed there. Many of multiband (MB) ones have a free counterpart as is, so the multiband sets several of them apart as "free" versus "paid" versions. To get the best bang out of this, it would be good to check out tutorials for plugins that interest a user for a specific application first (can sort on the main web page by plugin application; for example:Effects->Guitar). Check those out to get a feel for them first, and then redeem the 3 months trial. I would recommend the tutorials on band usage for sure (the multiband ones, all of which behave similarly)... Melda has some of the best crossover control out there. Also, if people find ones they like, 4 plugins go on sale at 50% off each week (the Eternal Madness sales), and they all are 50% off around Christmas, including the bundles. I am not sure if you can buy out of a subscription, so keep this in mind when the trial expires.
  21. This is actually not accurate. There are portions of the registry specifically untouched by registry tools so that 1) people cannot simply bypass software trials via registry cleaning (ethical reason) and 2) they often get paid not to do so by major software vendors (monetary reason). If the machine is offline, I highly suspect it is indeed registry entries that are not being cleaned, and you will be hard-pressed to find a cleaner that will remove those entries.
  22. I must admit that I do find the TP aspect entertaining, since that is a domestic product (for the US) and one of the prime output products from the P&G site in Mehoopany, PA. They always had a stockpile of logs there so big you could see it from the road even when I was a kid, and the log trucks are always moving in/out of there. It is even more entertaining because I executed this "self-fulfilling prophecy" over 20 years ago. After getting underway, I told my watch section that the Chop (supply officer) was sweating bullets because he didn't bring enough TP along. Sure enough, everyone began stealing a roll and hiding it in their rack. Two days later the Chop says to me, "I don't get it, we just went through over 1/2 the TP inventory (3 months worth) in 2 days!" We were only going to be out for something like 3 weeks anyway, and had 6 months onboard. A couple days later the look on his face was priceless when he found out why it happened 😁 The self-fulfilling ones are easiest to pull off, they just need a good (fake) rumor, and *poof* they become real.
  23. People are going to see this thread pop up and not realize it was March 15th LAST YEAR (2019). The cert expiring certainly doesn't surprise me, since that costs more money by far than keeping the site alive; but you are not logging in or sending any information to the site other than a download request IIRC. Being able to still download it is a good reminder for those who missed it first go-round. As for one-off songs that fail Riffstation analytics, it is pretty accurate and has a nice set of features useful to anyone wanting to dissect music (audio microscope, tempo manipulation, etc.). I personally have experienced dozens of situations where Melodyne has fallen flat on its face, and I paid a lot more for Melodyne than Riffstation (I *think* I got Riffstation when it was around 20USD).
  24. This is my concern as well. These people are finite in number, take years to train, and are being exposed more and more simply because it is their job function. You cannot simply ramp up/shift manufacturing to churn out medical professionals. The other concern is that transmission has been claimed to be most contagious from 1-5 days when the carrier is still asymptomatic. It mirrors the situation for a long time that the highest risk for contracting a staff infection is at a hospital. Medical professionals are over-exposed to this situation as well. Unfortunately, the first case was reported locally late last week... the person affected was only tested due to risk factors (age, health) and that they had traveled to NY the prior weekend - not that they showed any symptoms. At that time, roughly 1 in 4000 had it (via test confirmation) in NY, yet this person came home with it. There are still SO many details of this situation still up in the air. Be safe out there.
  25. I would hazard a guess that the answer to this is pretty much no across the board. In the U.S. specifically, the "unemployment rate" is flawed in a couple of regards... 1) it doesn't include income and 2) it doesn't include people who either do not meet the criteria, or have failed to upkeep status. Essentially, it is a number that is gamed and doesn't take into account people struggling or those it has locked out from being counted. The census is a better indicator in many regards. New numbers will come out in a bit, but in 2010 the statistic that stuck out most to me was that 1 in 6 people live in poverty in the U.S. That number was knocked down to 1 in 7, but isn't any better IMO. Someone working two jobs to raise a family (i.e. "employed"), yet living in poverty is an embarrassment.
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