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Tutorial: How to listen to your “local” radio stations on your computer December 28, 2009

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This is a tutorial on how to listen to  “local” radio stations on your computer!

Why?  I know, I can hear some of you saying right now “just turn on a fricken radio!”  Well, this method has a couple of advantages… one, it doesn’t require a radio!  Two, it might let you listen to more channels, with better clarity, than you will get on your typical AM/FM, even some of those “HD radio” streams!  Ok, ok, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) based on where you live.  But, for an example, I live south of Seattle and using this method I can listen to any of 67 “local” radio stations from my desktop, most of which I would be lucky to tune in at all on a convential radio where I live.  I would be interested in hearing from you that live in more rural areas too!   I’m not sure how or why the software I will detail in this tutorial works the way it does but I’m curious to know how well it works in other parts of the world too.  Let me know, mkay?

Let’s get started!

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Pandora podcasts! Music production unveiled January 19, 2007

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Pandora podcasts, from the friendly folks who brought you Pandora Radio, are a new collection of podcasts focused on a behind-the-scenes look at music production.

From “Recording vocals” and “Electric Guitar Effects” to “Drums and Drumming” this new podcast seems to hold promise for those wanting to expand their knowledge of how music is made.

http://blog.pandora.com/podcast/

What if Splice Music was a martial art? December 18, 2006

Posted by oktyabr in make music, personal, splicemusic, tutorials.
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My research has led me to the realization that creating music using Splice and participating in the Splice community isn’t as casual as it may first appear! In fact I’m quite certain that sometime in the distant past there might have been a secret discipline involved… one that I have come to call SPLICE-FU!

Think you are worthy?

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Windows music creation: MIDI studio for FREE! October 19, 2006

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Music Composition: MIDI studio for FREE!

If you don’t know what MIDI is it stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface” and encompasses not only common protocols that enable different software and hardware to exchange data but also may be thought of as a means of conveying the information itself (i.e., “.mid files”). If you need more than that it’s been around since the early 1980’s and google will turn up quite a few links Wink

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Windows music creation: VST wrappers aka Softsynths for n00bs October 19, 2006

Posted by oktyabr in audio, make music, software, tutorials, Windows.
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Music Composition: VST wrappers aka Soft Synths for n00bs

I’m no musician!!! And this topic is much broader than I could possibly cover here by myself in any reasonable amount of time! But I absolutely love sound and music. I love pressing a button and making a sound, especially if it is a sound uniquely tuned by me. Are there others out there too? I think so… So let’s make a sound:

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Windows music creation: Synthesizers and Effects October 19, 2006

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Music Compositon: Synthesizers and Effects

One of my sparkling gems in this category has to be ZynAddSubFx! This isn’t just a “synthesizer”, it’s a whole freakin synthesizer workshop! Polyphonic, multitimbral and microtonal, this bit of kit comes with so many bells and whistles that the author could probably write a 200+ page users manual, if he wanted to. Superior to many of the commercial soft-synths (and hard synths too!) out there this one won’t cost you a dime. Cross-platform too! Of course Zyn isn’t the only FREE “softsynth” out there!

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Windows Music Creation: Tracker apps October 19, 2006

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Music Composition: Tracker – apps

This is something that I have been exploring to some depth in the linux world (just ask me! I dare ya! Laughing ) and have accumulated some valuable links for the windows world as a fringe benefit!

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Music Lovers Freeware: #4 Slimserver cover art? October 19, 2006

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Cool Slimserver trick #1: Cover Art!

It depends on which “theme” you use for your web interface but most of them support cover art, even browsing by cover art! This also requires that each CD has it’s own folder; not a bad idea if you are just getting started with this stuff and you have a big collection you intend to rip (I use a directory structure like “music/artist/cd title/songs”!)

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Music Lovers Freeware: #3 Setting up Simple and FLAC October 19, 2006

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Setting up SIMPLE and FLAC is easy!

Just install both applications by clicking on the installers. Simple has the most “complicated” interface but all the controls should be intuitive if you look at them a bit. Anyway, first you want to pop a CD to rip into one of your PCs drives and start Simple by clicking on the “CD ->MP3” desktop icon…

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Music Lovers Freeware: #2 audiophile music server October 19, 2006

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Audiophile quality personal music server

FILL UP MY FREAKIN HARDDRIVES BABY!!!!

Yeah, someone actually said that to me once. Facts:

1) Personal/Family/SOHO servers are popping up more and more. The day isn’t far away where a private file/print server will be as common as any other appliance of convenience.

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Music Lovers Freeware: #1 Intro October 19, 2006

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Yeah, but why only FREE?

Because one of my essential beliefs is simply that creativity should never be hindered by whether or not you have money to spend!

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restore list of packages with dselect September 4, 2006

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Had seen this howto before but thought there was also one using apt-get? Can’t find that one yet but will post if/when I do 🙂

Basically it involves generating a text file of all installed packages and then saving it to a disk, remote host, email, etc. Then on a fresh install this list can be used to install all of the previous packages automagically. Useful for reinstalls or mass deployment over similar systems!

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A Beginner's Guide to Fixing OS X July 4, 2006

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Apple Matters | A Beginner’s Guide to Fixing OS X

This is meant as a serious article, I’m sure, but I’m blogging it because I found it funny that a NINE STEP “beginner’s guide” starts with rebooting the computer and ends with #8 Run to the Apple Store and #9…  tadaaa!!!   REINSTALL OS X!!!   LOL!

Doesn’t leave much in between the two except spending money.  Funny how installing one of the several Mac compatible linux like Ubuntu or Yellowdog wasn’t included as an option 😉

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How to Think Like A Computer Scientist February 20, 2006

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This is a very through and easy to follow tutorial for Python.

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