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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

doginthewoods it wasn't the RIAA curve - it was Dolby (433 comments)

The RIAA compensation curve is inserted at the lathe, and is not on the master tape itself. Actually what it usually was, was Dolby NR un - decoded tapes. Dolby encoding was usually done at the end of the final mix to two track. But a lot of times, Dolby was applied at the first stage of the mix down to two track - IOW in say a 24T, there would be 24 individual Dolby units encoding each track. The 2 track, and the multi track tape boxes and track sheets were noted "with Dolby" (and which flavor, usually A or C), so whoever pulled them knew to fire up the Dolby rack. But in the rush to convert from tape to CD, as you say, a lot were converted with the Dolby encoding "un-Dolbyed" . And a lot were transferred without even taking the time to properly bias, or even align the the playback machine, so there would be this mis alignment / mis bias smearing, best heard at the top end, in the CDs. When CDs came out, record companies saw a goldmine, and they rushed transfers, often hiring people with not even a passing knowledge of audio engineering, to do they jobs-they hired the cheapest, and got cheap results. They would put these untrained people in a room with a 2 track and a CD recorder, and a stack of tapes. The idiots would clean the tape heads, open the box drop the tape on, set the levels, and hit play and record, then read a book for maybe 20 to 40 minutes, then pull out the CD ,label it, hit rewind on the tape machine, rebox the tape and go to the next one. And quite a few didn't even bother to set the levels, either. The Engineers and Producers that spent long hours getting the sound they wanted on the master tapes, saw their work ruined, and they were quite pissed when they heard what happened to their mixes.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

doginthewoods Warmth and Vinyl compression and more (433 comments)

Having been around mastering engineers and lathes "back in the day", and during the change over from tape to digital, I can contribute a couple of points: 1 -tubes - for a long time lathes, and mastering consoles used tubes which naturally warm up sound. Tubes handle even harmonics differently from solid state. Mastering consoles also used stepped EQ's - that is, instead of a continuously variable resistor, they used a gang of military spec resistors on a rotary switch, and some mastering engineers swore the stepped mastering consoles sound better. 2 - LPs come compressed- way back it was discovered that the needle couldn't track lows and highs well - the needle would skip and bounce, so the RIAA came up with this compression / restoration scheme that rolls off the top and bottom during the cutting process, and restores it in the amplification process. That is why you LPs will sound thin if they are not plugged in to "phono in". That input has the RIAA curve circuitry built in, while the other inputs are "flat". With the development of laser beams in place of a needle, tracking is more accurate, but, because of the cutter. the RIAA curve is still needed. 3 - and one other thing and that is tape. Almost all LPs are made from recordings made on magnetic tape, and tape saturation will warm up a track. The signal alteration during the recording process - from microphone to console (desk) and through signal processors, to multi track tape machine to 2 track mix down, then over to the mastering lab to be mastered and made ready for the cutting lathe - a master cut onto acetate, then metal copies of that are made for the pressers, which use injection molded vinyl to create the finished product, is way different. Today, it's microphone into a digital recorder of sorts - Pro Tools, Cubase, even Garage Band, etc., then completely produced and mastered and outputted in digital. The only issue is file format degradation if the end product winds up as an MP3 or 4.

5 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

doginthewoods Re:fight it out in court-- Money? (481 comments)

Ahem - fight it out with whose money? This is something that cops bank on when they stop people of lesser income. It costs money to fight back, and if you don't have it, you can't fight.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

doginthewoods US laws ---- vs the world and blowback (419 comments)

The US is in a weak position, because in order to create a uniform standard of international law to address this sort of thing, the US will have to work as an equal with other countries who are already suspicious of US motives. The US knows this, which is why they are trying to bulldoze their way through this. The issue here is international law, and the laws of other countries involved. The HUGE problem is this: If MS is forced to turn over the data that is in another country (and possibly causing MS to violate the laws of that country) , then another country, using exactly the same ruling, could force a US company to obey its laws. Here's and example: Russia finds a worm , virus, whatever in some software that it's government is using, and that their data was stolen. Russian law allows confiscation of all computer hardware and the people involved held in jail until trial in Russia. The Russian government decides that the infection was present in software that was on the computer at the time of purchase, and as a result that company must have Russia's data, so now Russia can send its enforcers over here and confiscate..... Ooops. What MS is doing is trying to prevent a very shortsighted US ruling of opening a Pandora's box that can be used against the US.

about 4 months ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

doginthewoods An end run (502 comments)

" One of the reasons why companies put data centers in Ireland is to comply with EU rules about the locations of personal information. If the US can pierce EU rules regarding personal information simply because someone in the US has access to the servers, then that could lead to EU rules prohibiting such access." And the US is attempting an end run around the established Interpol channels and other countries' laws. And, in typically ignoramus US fashion, the US is unaware of what precedent it will set, if this is successful, and how it will blow back in their faces, if another country tries it. As much as the US would like to ignore reality, the truth is the servers are in another country, and,no matter who owns them, they are subject to that countries rules and regulations. The US is attempting to impose its laws on the rest of the world. You are right- this is not a matter for the US courts, it is for the world court to decide. And my bet is the WC will decide that the laws of the country where the servers are located will prevail.

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

doginthewoods two points (1330 comments)

The SC has now opened two doors: 1- who will define what "Christian values" are? Could a Catholic bookstore charge Baptist patrons more? And what of non Christian companies - can an conservative Jewish run business be allowed to flog customers that do not cover their heads? The way the ruling is, anyone can claim Christian values, no matter what they may be. I could now sell my fictional daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Leviticus and nothing can be done to stop me, because it's "Christian values". or heck, even a return to polygamy. And note what Robert Reich said today - in sum, to quote the court -âoeThe most straightforward way of doing this would be for the Government to assume the cost of providing the four contraceptives at issue to any women who are unable to obtain them under their health-insurance policies due to their employersâ(TM) religious objections.â IOW, the court just established single payer for people who cannot get health coverage, even if it is their employer who fails to provide it..

about 6 months ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

doginthewoods A couple of things: (1010 comments)

"it's self-evident. if you believe in unprovable things your brain is defective." not so long ago, radio was considered to be "magic". "Unprovable" things could also be worded as "things we haven't been able to prove / have not discovered / our senses do not detect, yet". We know that ultra violet light exists, but our eyes and brains do not detect it. Without technology, we would not know that UV existed, so, using your premise, our brains are defective. Uh, wrong... And This: "religion is the politics of spirituality". IOW, a smart person sees through the dogma of a religious sect, which is, after all, nothing more than a social group that functions the way all social groups do. They have rules of membership, and it is these rules that smart people see as being irrelevant to their spiritual values. For example, it is not true that you will go to hell if you are not baptized by complete immersion. Silly. Smart people see that there is no need to belong to a particular religion to have any spiritual values, and by and large, they are suspicious of the motivations of the religious leader, and skeptical of "worship"of some deity. Which is why some religions have a fit if you do not belong to a religious group. That makes you a threat to the foundation fo their social group, and they can't have that, so, whether you be atheist or an independent believer in some sort of cosmic order / cause and effect / karma, that makes you "the enemy". Religions do not liek people who ask too many questions and they insist that their dogma be taken on faith alone, and you are showing a lack of faith by asking too many questions. Which is why I got out of organized religion long ago. They do now want their followers to be too self aware, because self awareness leads to seeing through a social construct, and society in itself.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

doginthewoods Indeed What? (285 comments)

I taught my kid how to use her imagination and create things like music, art, and prose, and to get out and do things and make things happen. And she did very well for herself. And she still thinks vid games are for couch potatoes.

about a year ago
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Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons

doginthewoods and to add to this (208 comments)

Tell the president, if he gets a daily briefing (Aug 6, 2001) from the CIA entitled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US" about a very possible terrorist attack on the WTC (which would be attempt #3) the should do more than say "OK, you've covered your ass".

To think, all Bush had to do was to read the PDB, and warn the airlines to step up security and be alert for a possible cockpit takeover. Maybe even install a lock on the door - there was time to do that.

about a year ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

doginthewoods two things: (926 comments)

TV and ignorance. Ignorance allows people to be easily manipulated, because they don't know or don't question, and TV / mass media is the manipulator that encourages ignorance and sells fear. Turn on the tube and count the instances of violence in 4 hours, on a major channel. Count the number of shootings, explosions, bullets fired. Count the number of violent "others". Informed people who are not subject to a daily barrage of scare tactics are not easily led, so best to keep them dumb and scared, and they will vote against their own interests every time.

about a year ago
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Can There Be Open Source Music?

doginthewoods Question: (183 comments)

So how is a musician going to make a living in music? Would you ask your doctor to be open source? Would you ask him to operate "for the door? Would you ask you mechanic to work on your car "for exposure"? Do you expect people to give money to musicians out of sheer appreciation? Let me tell you from experience - this does not happen. I have yet to compose and record a sound track that I was paid for out of the goodness of the client' hearts. My wife has several CDs out, performances done on camera, and she needs the royalties from singing, composing, publishing, recording, rights to the master, re- use, etc., to live off of. Let me ask this question, then - why are musicians held to a different standards than doctors, teachers, workers, etc., who expect to get paid for what they do? Would you guys code / IT for free? Of course not.

about a year ago
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Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

doginthewoods Make a careful note (716 comments)

that these exemptions have been used for years by GE, Exxon, etc., and they have never been called to Washington to defend themselves. Why Apple? Why now? And, most important, if Apple is held to an interpretation of the tax laws, Will Exxon, Halliburton, GE, Wal -Mart, the Koch Brother, etc., also be called in and held to the same standards? I think not. Congress knows very well that these companies are their funders and they will get a warning very soon to back off of Apple, lest they be dragged into the spotlight.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats

doginthewoods I think there is an issue being ignored (327 comments)

which is, most countries tax profits made within their borders. That is, if Google made money in France, then they must pay taxes in France. So, demanding that these companies pay taxes twice, on the same overseas profits, is not reasonable. Which, IIRC, was the point of why the tax exception was written that way.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?

doginthewoods my input (159 comments)

I recently took a position at a small industrial equipment manufacturer. We are looking to buy a new ERM software package and my boss, who is looking forward to buy the thing, knows nothing about computers or software. I will be providing basic IT training to the senior management and I am looking for your input on the scope and content of said training. I am thinking: basic components and architecture -> networking -> software -> proprietary vs open source. What do you think?" This has less to do with tech, than it does with salesmanship. What you are selling here is information - you have to teach them in a manner they will "buy" it. To start, in order to be successful, you should learn who you are "selling" to. Some SM's will want to know everything, some just want to know how much it will cost and how much trouble, other may want to know how it will improve the company. Know your audience is the first step to successful "sales". Save your tech jargon and KISS, and keep your pitch in terms a 7th grader can understand. PP is a good idea, but I think it would be good as a simple back drop, if you use PP, then PP should serve only to reinforce your points. Don't be the guy who puts up a PP slide, then reads off of it - you'll lose them quick that way. My suggestion is to build your presentation and allow for a Q and A, maybe as you go along, or maybe at the end, but I think it is a must that you allow them to ask questions and then answer in front of all of SMs. I suggest a step by step response, so you can make sure they understand it as you go along. One SM may not want to see it the way another does, or may not know how to ask the right questions, biut another does, so this will help you make your case without risking blowback, like "you never told us that in presentation."

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can a Blind Singer 'See' the Choirmaster's Baton?

doginthewoods simple ways (189 comments)

is to use a remote mike either on the conductor or on an ensemble member, to simply speak the precount or downbeat. or a footswitch, to be stepped on in time to to music, although this can be tricky with different count ins. The footswitch could be rigged to a relay, that would "thump" the underside of the piano bench or a chair. either could be used with a small amp and small monitor speaker, or maybe an open ear ITE monitor

about a year and a half ago
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West Virginia Won't Release Broadband Report Because It Is 'Embarrassing'

doginthewoods Better to be called (183 comments)

West Virginia, then South Ohio...

about a year and a half ago
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Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

doginthewoods No the missing piece (436 comments)

is Ammunition (and ammunition making equipment, like reloaders) control. Nowhere does any of these proposals address that. Simply put, a gun with no bullets is as deadly is a brick. And if it was as hard to buy bullets as it is to buy prescription narcotics, then we would not have nearly the number of gun related deaths we have now.

about 2 years ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

doginthewoods you must be a mind reader (1435 comments)

"Should one aggregate and publish with intent to criminalize law-abiding citizens in the eyes of the public?" You tell us you can read the minds of the publisher? You tell us that you can divine the intent of someone you do not know? Get real. And you create a false equivalency. #1 - the paper published what is a matter of public record. for all we know, they could be doing this to let people know who to go to in case they happen to need the help of a person who owns a gun. Certainly, my interpretation of the paper's motive is just as valid as yours is, and is supported by the same facts, which is to say, none. But the truth here is that a gun owner has a huge responsibility that comes with owning a deadly weapon, and they are obligated to be "above" and to be wiser than than others, just as a black belt is obligated to avoid a fight until he or she is attacked. Gun owners should be harder to provoke, and more level headed, and more observant about other's actions and attitudes. And above all, they should never threaten someone with bodily harm, nor death, nor threaten property. They should never brandish a weapon, unless under real and present threat of attack. And certainly, the gun owners should not be trying to intimidate the press for printing public information which they do not like. And I say this, because I own a gun, and was taught from the day I could pick up a gun - always assume its loaded, do not handle it until you have visually checked it to make sure it is not loaded, do not point it at anyone, unless you are fully prepared to kill them, never put your finger on the trigger until you are prepared to shoot, and be practiced enough that you are certain that you can hit your target the first shot. Which is why I find the ranting for owning any type of rapid fire weapon, an admission that the person is too stupid and untrained to be able to hit the target on the first shot. You want to defend your home? Get a nice 16 gauge pump shotgun. Just aim in the general direction and you are gonna hit something with one shot. And if it happens to be a home invader, the sound of the thing is enough to scare them off. And you won't risk your .223 or .40 caliber ammo going through walls of your house and hitting somebody in the next room, either.

about 2 years ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

doginthewoods the 2nd amendment (1435 comments)

please, then, explain your interpretation of the first phrase of the 2nd amendment, which qualifies the second phrase. That is, are you part of a well regulated militia, and tell us how you are "well regulated"?

about 2 years ago

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data recovery for katrina survivor

doginthewoods doginthewoods writes  |  more than 7 years ago

doginthewoods writes "I need some serious advice about data recovery for a friend who had two non RAID drives underwater in New Orleans' Katrina Flood. BTW, we can thanks Bush's government for the flood and for the long delay in getting our hands on the drives, but that is another rant.

Friend was in the mixdown stage of a CD when Katrina hit. All that escaped was a preliminary mix CD. The studio did not make off site back ups. F*($^&(!!!. Excuse me. And friend really wants to finish this project, not only for the music itself, but to close the door on Katrina. This is the last thing that is keeping the door open to that horror.

I have the drives (two 40 Gig), and examined them all over with a magnifying glass. The HD frame and circuit board are dirty, but not too. i can see gunk & corrosion on the PC board resistors. I carefully opened the lid to visually inspect the platter, and they platters are mirror clean. It looks like water didn't enter the platter housings at all. I am not sure how freely they spin,- I'm going to take a chance on a power-up.

The person I am helping is still putting a life back together and is pretty short of money. But is emotionally ready to finish work on the album.

I am asking the Community if there is anything that I can do before spending the money to send to drives out to a data recovery house. I am wondering about swapping the drive circuit board, maybe a bearing lubricant, if needed. I know electronics and drives well enough to be able to swap the circuit boards. But I don't want to risk losing the data, if my meddling may cause problems. But if I can save some money, and I hear data recovery can cost $1000 USD for both drives, and I understand the limits of safety, I would like to give it a try.

Thanks to any who reply, thank you for helping a gifted New Orleans singer, and I look forward to your help."

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