Tuesday, August 29, 2006

OLGA Offline

The lawyers win again, the rest of the world loses.

The On-Line Guitar Archive has been forced offline. Here's a screenshot, I don't think even it's there anymore:



Monday, August 28, 2006

Broke At The Bridge

I have been playing the heck out of the Fender and haven't changed the strings since it came back from the fret-job/set-up. All the credit for the strings lasting so long has to go to Deoxit D5 (which I wrote about previously). There are still no real signs of corrosion on these strings. Granted, they are not as bright-sounding as a brand new pack but they are well broken in, sound great, and play well.

I have been working on some really fast rhythms that have put a lot of stress on the low E. It finally couldn't take it any more and broke at the bridge. Too bad it didn't break at the other end, I could have saved it. Anyway, many thanks to my local luthier for telling me about Deoxit. It's saving me a fortune on strings.

In other news, Brad over at Brad Sucks recently blogged about a Windows DAW application called REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Prototyping and Efficient Recording). This thing is amazing! The executable weighs in at barely over 1MB but it packs a punch that will knock the lights out of many other similar products out today. It's powerful, easy to use, flexible, feature-rich, customizable and should appeal to both novice and seasoned digital recording enthusiasts. It's a fully-functional shareware application with no built-in timeout nonsense. $40 for the non-commercial user, $200 for commercial use. IMO, this is a bargain for either usage based on my experiences with it.

Try it, you'll like it!


Saturday, August 05, 2006

More Musix .50

Well this isn't good. I am not having any luck getting version .50 to play nice with any of my equipment. I'm not sure what is going on. Rosegarden hangs on both of my systems. Hydrogen starts to load but then immediately closes. I got Jack to work with the Audigy2 ZS based system but as it is I am not getting much done. I'll keep trying though but it looks like Studio To Go! will remain my main audio distro for now (which is a good thing in a way--since I paid for that one!).


Friday, August 04, 2006

Linux Music Studio: Musix .50 LiveCD Released

Musix GNU+Linux .50 has been released. This is a well-crafted distribution based entirely on free software designed specifically for musicians and DJs alike. It boasts a large selection of applications and I have had good experiences with previous versions. Language support for "Spanish, Galician, Catalan, Basque, English, Portuguese and French... German and Italian too." You can run it as a LiveCD or install to your HDD if you wish.

Several fixes included over the .49 distro, and .50 can now be considered the stable variant. Check out the changelog for more information.

Download Information:
md5: ec8371e7af063a0efb4e431c3ccd88dc

FTP Download

Official Bittorrent has not been posted at this time.

Linux Tracker Bittorrent

GPG Signature File

To obtain the Public Key for this project use the following command line:

gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 0x5320454D

To check the signature file against the ISO image use the following (when you have both files in the same directory of course):

gpg --verify MusixGNU+Linux-0.50.iso.sig MusixGNU+Linux-0.50.iso


Thursday, August 03, 2006

If It's Too Loud...

I'm laughing, I don't quite know what to make of this...

Jamming on the Fender with a GNX2 Eric Johnson patch through the ol' Deluxe 85. My eight-year old comes in and yells, "It's too loud dad!"