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Posted: Jul 4, 2017 - 10:30am

Still love my new preamp, its working perfectly.

Just added the last two turntable tweaks and I'm done.  I have known about record weights and turntable clamps for a long time and never really gave them much thought.  They seemed pretty expensive for something simple and what was the return in sound ?  The other thing I've known about but never really could find a simple answer to was the resonant vibrations in the tone arm which can be very profound.  

SFW got my attention to this part of the noise chain when he mentioned the nasty affect the dust cover has when it is attached during playback.  It was a big duh, just never really mattered until I got this far.  The tone arm is also susceptible to weirdness and unwanted vibrations.

So I stumbled onto this website and found the Hal O Jr titanium tone arm damping clamp and a medium weight aluminum record weight (its listed under the uber expensive titanium one) for what is essentially peanuts.  The difference was immediate and overwhelming.  They should help out any turntable and make a noticeable improvement for little risk.  The damper is removable, adjustable and returnable if it doesn't help.  Hard to lose on trying it out.  Herbie is a one man show evidently and has been doing this for a long time and has racked up some impressive kudos along the way.

That's it for now.  Have a Happy 4th everybody !!



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Posted: Jun 5, 2017 - 9:57am

The reimage of the music puter is done and the new USB interface is working well.  Very well.  If it keeps functioning as it is out of the box, I'll give it two thumbs up right now.  It works well with Audio Technica MM carts.  The input impedance matches up very well for carts with lower impendances like the AT's.  Took several months of studying and hands on comparing of other devices to make this the final choice.  It replaces my trusty old ART that just plain wore out after ten years.  The new ART didn't do it.  Tried two of them.  Sending one back and keeping the other just to have a back up on the shelf.

My copies of Sgt Pepper and All Things Must Pass arrived last week.  Virgin vinyl ... {#Jump}

So after a couple of shakedown rips I'll be slicing the shrink wrap and going for it.

Gonna be anal and rip once right out of sleeve and then do my standard cleaning and archival ripping to compare the sonic differences, if any.  I would be really surprised if there is none.

Hey, its keeping me off the streets ... and occupied.  {#Music}
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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 - 8:32am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 
I hope so.  Actually bit the bullet this week and pulled the trigger on starting to part with some of my collection.  Nothing precious yet but some nuggets that I was satisfied with my rips and was willing to let go to see what it would feel like.  Its weird.  You spend 50 years of dragging them around, taking extreme measures to protect them and still try to enjoy them.  Now its the time you never expected to reach where its time to let go.  Bittersweet, very ...



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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 - 12:57pm


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Posted: Mar 19, 2017 - 1:56pm

 kurtster wrote:

I thought it was funny actually.  

Poor sentence structure on my part.  
'it' referred to the song not heroin.    

 
Good to hear...    {#Lol}
That "In the Cellar" recording that cleaned up is pretty catchy.  
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Posted: Mar 2, 2017 - 6:04am

 Skydog wrote:
 
I was confused by this{#Arrowd} ,.........{#Redface}


 
I thought it was funny actually.  

Poor sentence structure on my part.  
'it' referred to the song not heroin.    


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Posted: Mar 2, 2017 - 5:06am

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And skydog, no heroin for me.  One of the few things I never tried along the way through life.  Prolly woulda liked it and we all know how those things end up.  There were other things though ... 

 

 
I was confused by this{#Arrowd} ,.........{#Redface}

  kurtster wrote:
 Heroin does funny things to people ...  I've tried it over and over again through the years.  Now I'm gonna have to dig it up and try one more time.
  


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Posted: Mar 2, 2017 - 4:58am

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That is interesting. Her voice is more distinct but not as warm. Thanks for giving it a try.

 
Yeah.  Tried it a couple of different ways.  There was a background noise that sounded like a diesel idling outside the room or something.  The guitar amp was obviously too loud.  Shoulda played it unamped, coulda had a chance for a nice moment there.  That's the way it goes.

And skydog, no heroin for me.  One of the few things I never tried along the way through life.  Prolly woulda liked it and we all know how those things end up.  There were other things though ... 

 
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Posted: Mar 2, 2017 - 3:25am

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Ok sports fans, I got as far as I think I can take this thing without screwing it up too much.  Reminds me of Clapton's Mainline Florida track from 461 Ocean Blvd where his vocals are so lost in the guitars.  Heroin does funny things to people ...  I've tried it over and over again through the years.  Now I'm gonna have to dig it up and try one more time.

Anyway, I just got a call from a co worker that her daughter's water broke and she's off to Virginny in the AM to be a grandma again and I have to go in and cover for her the next three days.  So I'm done with this for the evening.  Let me know how I did with this.

Same old  CLICKY



Oh and I see that someone went into the mixtape folder and tried to download.  I turned that function back on.  So get em while you can if you want em.  They'll be gone by the weekend.
 
That is interesting. Her voice is more distinct but not as warm. Thanks for giving it a try.
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Posted: Mar 1, 2017 - 7:33pm

Ok sports fans, I got as far as I think I can take this thing without screwing it up too much.  Reminds me of Clapton's Mainline Florida track from 461 Ocean Blvd where his vocals are so lost in the guitars.  Heroin does funny things to people ...  I've tried it over and over again through the years.  Now I'm gonna have to dig it up and try one more time.

Anyway, I just got a call from a co worker that her daughter's water broke and she's off to Virginny in the AM to be a grandma again and I have to go in and cover for her the next three days.  So I'm done with this for the evening.  Let me know how I did with this.

Same old  CLICKY



Oh and I see that someone went into the mixtape folder and tried to download.  I turned that function back on.  So get em while you can if you want em.  They'll be gone by the weekend.


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Posted: Mar 1, 2017 - 5:26pm

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kurtster, can your technique lower the volume of this guitar?  I suppose it could be done by isolating the guitar track, and then using it to cancel or mask the original volume, but maybe one could just lower the tallest peaks.

 
Hard to say.  Though I might be able to bring up the vocal which would accomplish the same thing I think you are asking for.  Without the pre mix individual tracks, I can't do something like that the way you suggest.  It appears that was recorded on someone's camcorder so there is no real mix per se to work with.  I can take a crack at it for S&G's but I might make it worse.  

I went and found the 'official' vid for this song.  I sure could very easily get rid of the annoying clicks that run through it.  Don't know if they appear on the CD version.  The INXS song Disappear has some similar clicks that showed up on the rip and from several different sources. 

Here's the official version.  Do you hear the clicks ?  If you're familiar with the song, are they intentional ?   Cuz you never know.

 


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Posted: Mar 1, 2017 - 5:09pm

 rhahl wrote:


kurtster, can your technique lower the volume of this guitar?  I suppose it could be done by isolating the guitar track, and then using it to cancel or mask the original volume, but maybe one could just lower the tallest peaks.

 
good question, that guitar is to loud{#Arrowd}


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Posted: Mar 1, 2017 - 4:51pm



kurtster, can your technique lower the volume of this guitar?  I suppose it could be done by isolating the guitar track, and then using it to cancel or mask the original volume, but maybe one could just lower the tallest peaks.
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Posted: Feb 28, 2017 - 6:40am

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 One conclusion I will make on CD's though is that given a choice, I'll take a Japanese release first over anything else.  For whatever reasons, they just do it better, even with vinyl.

 
I have some Japanese cd's and yes they sound good, 
favorites are Delaney & Bonnie's "Motel Shot", Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" and Marc Benno's "Minnows" which btw any cut from that album would work here on RP


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Posted: Feb 28, 2017 - 6:33am

 rhahl wrote:

Some how-to videos instruct to search for it each time, probably a copyright thing. What you are doing may be considered fair use, but who knows?

 
Is what it is.  I've noticed that many more vids are blocked from download with conventional means.  Work arounds do keep popping up like the one you have.  Fair use is black and white and grey all at the same time.  Its a funny thing.  When I do my thing to audio tracks, I end up with certain rights to my versions.  I dunno.  Back in the original Napster days, I went after old stuff, things that were long out of print, no longer available anywhere, not the new stuff.  There is still a ton of stuff that is out of print, but now you can find most of it on youtube.

Music is probably the most subjective thing there is in existence.  And analogue is the most subjective form of it.  Every pressing of an album is different from a previous version in some way.  They get mastered by different people.  The sound levels are different.  You can take a vinyl, play it on one turn table / cartridge set up, the same TT / different cart, different TT / same cart and play them all through the same amp / speakers and they will all sound different.  CD's are now pretty uniform and less dependent on playback rigs / more dependent on mastering from the issuer.  One conclusion I will make on CD's though is that given a choice, I'll take a Japanese release first over anything else.  For whatever reasons, they just do it better, even with vinyl.

The searching I did last night for sound files for youtube acceptable uploads was interesting.  Seemed to be little focus on the quality you can include for whatever reasons.  Finally did figure out, at least I think, that there are only two formats that can be used.  Mp3 and AAC.  Obviously AAC will be the choice for the highest resolution.  So with that, its back to work.

 
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Posted: Feb 28, 2017 - 1:15am

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Thanks.  It worked @192 k  such as it is

Cool link btw, bookmarked.

Its on the plate.  I'll get back to you on this.

 

Edit :  Already opened it up and taken a peak.  Someone has already worked on it.  I can see signs.  Done a couple of things.  It will never be great, but maybe I can improve it some.  We'll see.
 
Some how-to videos instruct to search for it each time, probably a copyright thing. What you are doing may be considered fair use, but who knows?
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Posted: Feb 27, 2017 - 5:26pm

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Thanks, I will listen.

The key to that Skynard song is J.J. Cale, who wrote lots of songs made famous by Eric Clapton, e.g., After Midnight, Cocaine, Same Old Blues, Don't Go to Strangers.



 
Very familiar with JJ Cale.  Long been a fan.
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Posted: Feb 27, 2017 - 5:15pm

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Interesting.  And a great Skynard song very nicely done btw.  I thought that there were file size and audio quality limitations that were attached to uploads.  The audio on the Tubular Bells was spectacular on my shitty puter speakers.  Kinda got me stoked.

Be nice to just upload the wav files intact and like you say attach the album cover for a video part.  I've got around 500 songs just sitting.  It would be nice to get them up and who knows, get enough views to generate some click money.  Something I've been kicking around.

I need to google youtube for dummies or something ...

Thanks much !

Since we're on a roll I have a folder sitting with all the songs from my last mixtape for S&G's.  Sourced from 100% pure vinyl.

CLICKY
 
Thanks, I will listen.

The key to that Skynard song is J.J. Cale, who wrote lots of songs made famous by Eric Clapton, e.g., After Midnight, Cocaine, Same Old Blues, Don't Go to Strangers.




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Posted: Feb 27, 2017 - 3:48pm

 rhahl wrote:

Impressive, young Skywalker.  Most impressive.

I think you should upload it to youtube with just a picture of the album cover.  I see no reason to include a video montage since that is not the point. Label the channel and each song "high quality/remastered". You could add a brief description of what you did to each song.

Pink Floyd Remasted Songs (a channel)::
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkLD1wPHFVIGu92JLCdUYLg

Mike Oldfield 'Tubular Bells' Live at the BBC 1973 (high quality / remastered)
https://youtu.be/l7MY_cdUL1E
Has a few comments about the process.

A good groove:


 
Interesting.  And a great Skynard song very nicely done btw.  I thought that there were file size and audio quality limitations that were attached to uploads.  The audio on the Tubular Bells was spectacular on my shitty puter speakers.  Kinda got me stoked.

Be nice to just upload the wav files intact and like you say attach the album cover for a video part.  I've got around 500 songs just sitting.  It would be nice to get them up and who knows, get enough views to generate some click money.  Something I've been kicking around.

I need to google youtube for dummies or something ...

Thanks much !

Since we're on a roll I have a folder sitting with all the songs from my last mixtape for S&G's.  Sourced from 100% pure vinyl.

CLICKY


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Posted: Feb 27, 2017 - 2:05pm

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Since y'all are now pretty familiar with my stuff and what it is ... are they worthy of uploading to youtube ?  There's lots of different offerings of these songs I have done already there.  Am I just adding to the clutter, or are they different enough to put up ?

I admit to being a video luddite and have never put anything together.  If I did, about all I could do is put a picture of the album cover up and attach the music file to it.  I know it can't be all that hard, but ...  Obviously, I would want to upload the highest quality version of the file.

Any tips to get it right out of the gate ?
 
Impressive, young Skywalker.  Most impressive.

I think you should upload it to youtube with just a picture of the album cover.  I see no reason to include a video montage since that is not the point. Label the channel and each song "high quality/remastered". You could add a brief description of what you did to each song.

Pink Floyd Remasted Songs (a channel)::
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkLD1wPHFVIGu92JLCdUYLg

Mike Oldfield 'Tubular Bells' Live at the BBC 1973 (high quality / remastered)
https://youtu.be/l7MY_cdUL1E
Has a few comments about the process.

A good groove:



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