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  1. I have ordered the crew to tie me to the mast and plug up their ears with beeswax.
  2. Toddskins, I took the phrase "hurt their hearing" to be "injure their hearing" rather than to cause pain, but you point is well taken. Ear protection is certainly not the desirable aesthetic criterion for the volume of a performance. Your other point: " A lot of immature people like music LOUD. Probably because they don't know anything about conversation or have anything worthwhile to speak about, i.e. animals who party.," raises an interesting question. Is the performance intended to be the background music for what is primarily a venue for conversation? Clearly a dedicated concert is not, nor is a movie theater. An elevator clearly is not designed as a music venue, and a restaurant probably falls somewhere in between. If a musician is unfortunate enough to be performing live in a restaurant, it is probably tempting to play loud enough to discourage conversation, if not to drown it out. In a free-for-all venue like a hard partying country western bar, it is probably probably part to the ambiance to add to the mayhem with too -loud music. Shouting in such places is probably how people like to communicate, if not with broken bottles and fisticuffs. In places where normal conversation is expected, I would agree that the contracted musician just has to realize that his work is not considered that important by the owners or patrons, swallow his ego and accept the money in lieu of appreciation of his work.
  3. This is not entirely a Windows problem. Unlike the old CRT monitors, the various pixel-based monitors (LCD etc.) have a fixed array upon which the display can be projected. They are designed to display optimally only at their "native resolution" i. e. one pixel in the original map matches one pixel on the display. Enlarging an image in software means that the image mapping has to be recomputed so that it takes more pixels per image. If the original image occupies the full screen (fills all the pixels available) then mathmatically there is no way to represent it using more pixels without exceeding the size of your screen in pixels. That will put some of the recalculated pixels location in the real world to be off your screen, meaning you will need to scroll the screen to see them if you can see them at all. Making a single image on the screen larger requires that the area of the map that represents it must be located, the imgage defined and recalculation applied to make it occupy (you guessed it) more pixels. But the original map only contains the original data, so the new image clarity is limited by the interpolation used to guess where it would fall on the new mapping. It is the same problem you get when you try to enlarge a digital photograph. Within limits the image still appears sharp, but as you continue to enlarge it eventually turns into an unrecognizable collection of squares.
  4. The name is confusing. Perhaps they should call it Acid Pro ME.* *Apologies to the youngsters for an elderly Windows version reference.
  5. M2 is a connection protocol not a transfer protocol. That is the M2 means that the device connects with a different "socket" than a standard PCIe slot. Most, but not necessarily, all devices that connect using M2 will have direct access to the PCIe bus. The M2 connection can also serve devices that use SATA III and USB 3 as a transfer protocol, and those devices will be limited by those protocols transfer speeds. If your motherboard has open PCIe slots there are SSD's that will plug into those without the need for any adapter.
  6. The only generally recognized indication for an SSD is when you have a plugin that you are streaming large numbers of samples in real time from disk. In that case it may show clear superiority in loading the samples compared to a reasonably fast ( 7200 rpm) mechanical hard drive. Many sample players load samples into memory and play them from RAM, which is much faster than an SSD, so once loaded into DRAM from whatever storage, there is no benefit. Are you finding problems with the storage you are currently using or do you just want to buy a Ferrari to commute to work? btw If you are a speed fetishist then you will want, not just an SSD (typically connected by SATA) and go with something that connects directly to the PCIe bus.
  7. That is what they are offering it for to for me--and the only thing I have from Arturia was a miniFilter freebie. So I guess their definition of a customer is pretty broad. On the other hand, I just do not see myself spending any money for another sampled VI at this point.
  8. You mean you should not run as admin. DOH!!! or You should run as admin. DOH!!!
  9. It certainly does. On the other hand if you skip an upgrade you will likely pay $160 or more to upgrade to Pro if you find something useful in the future. If you do not find anything useful it is possible that you can just sit on 10.5 and acivate it when 11 comes out and get a free upgrade then like Sergio did, but that is something of a gamble since they could change their policy in the interim.
  10. This seems to have fallen out of regular distribution. Any legitimate retail copies that are left out there are likely to be priced as a rare antique. It seems to me Cakewalk used to sell it for about $99, but the only source I found for remaining stock wants $169.99 plus shipping for it. That is pretty steep for something that was being given away free as a promo not so long ago, but if someone really wants it (or if they have a valuable project that absolutely requires it to open and modify) I guess they will pay the asking price. Be careful of cracked versions which may be more readily available. Buying someone's used copy will doubtless violate the traditional Cakewalk license terms that prevent transfers from the original licensee.
  11. Running as administrator represents a special case of a general permissions violation issue. In general an application has the same privileges as the logged on user to access a folder. If as ordinary user Fred, you create a folder, then Fred will own the folder (and any new material added below that folder by inheritance) and can then access the folder with full permissions, and Fred can also grant permissions to others to read, write etc. to that location. If those permissions are not granted, then other users cannot access that folder or its subfolders. If Fred is logged in and opts to run an application as an administrator, then the application is no longer running under Fred's account, but under the administrator's account. It surprises people to learn that an administrator does not automatically have unchallenged access to all of the folders on the computer in recent versions of Windows. So if you were an application running as administrator you would be unable to write to or create a subfolder under a folder that had been created/owned by Fred, unless Fred had set permissions for you to do so. It works the other way as well, so that if you created a folder while signed in to an administrator account (John), an application started by logged on user Fred would not be able to write to that folder. I am not saying that is your problem, but it explains why the problem often happens when running as administrator. Check to see what the permissions are for the folder under which you are trying to create the audio folder, and try changing access of that parent folder to full control by everyone unless you have a reason not to do so. https://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/set-file-folder-permissions-windows/
  12. Of course it is unethical to subject anyone to damage from your actions if it can be avoided. It surprises me that no one seems to have tried to fix liability on the deep pockets (typically the venue owner) for this kind of injury. True, the damage is cumulative, not widely appreciated, difficult to link to a particular incident, and partly the result of the (usually) voluntary participation of the injured, but that was the case with the tobacco lawsuits that cost the cigarette companies millions. Liability issues aside, why would a musician want to damage anyone's hearing? It is also a mystery why regulatory agencies that often strictly enforce regulations designed to prevent low risks like fire prevention, ignore this clear and present danger in the "ordinary" operation of a facility. I do not recall ever seeing anyone walking around with a dB meter at a concert, although apparently you do. As a practical matter, musicians often have little control over the volume of the stuff that comes out of the speakers or how close to them the seats are placed, but it is an issue they should raise with the responsible parties if it is warranted. I would think that the partly deaf patrons who often demand that their disability be catered to by amping up the output regardless of the damage it will cause to the still intact hearing of other audience members should also be aware and considerate.
  13. It sounds like this is a Windows problem, since it affects multiple applications. Check in Windows device manager to see if it is shown as working there. If not, then restart the computer and check again. Still not showing--check connections to various USB sockets, direct connection rather than a hub. If no physical connection works, then suspect a driver issue, perhaps as the result of a Windows update. It looks like it is class compliant ie the driver not separately installable, but it might be possible to delete the device in device manager and re-install/plug in the device again to see if there is some type of corruption.
  14. If you reinstalled on a new machine then you will need a new activation file from the website. The serial number is not part of the activation process. The activation request is a file generated by the program which you need to use to get a new activation file from the Cakewalk server. Last time I checked this still worked. If you install Cakewalk Command Center on the new machine you can use that to install Z3TA+2 and it should automatically do the activation as part of the installation. https://www.cakewalk.com/Support/Knowledge-Base/2007013384/Offline-Activation
  15. Are you talking about standard compact cassette tapes with one stereo track running on each side where you turn the cassette over to play or record the second set of stereo tracks. Players for those should still be widely available at most thrift shops or your grandma's basement, although the quality of the tape may well have degraded and you would need to find one with the type of noise reduction used to record the originals. If you are looking for something special with four tracks on the same side/direction of the tape then an old PortaStudio or the like would be harder to find. The issue with those is that many of the original units had only two track output requiring a mixdown to stereo in the box. It may be difficult to pull four independent tracks out without potential synchronization problems when you try to put them back together due to tape stretch or capstan variability. But surely you can find a transfer service that can do something if you are willing to trust your tapes to the mail.
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