Heck, I'm still trying to figure out how to *make* MP3-s, never mind stroe
'em. Trying at this point to get my chords (one pewr measure) to flow one
into the other as opposed to sounding like a drumbeat - tried volumne
tweaks and so on, to no avail.
Meanwhile, I don't even own an iPod...
There are ear buds, and then there are ear buds. You have obviously
listened to only the crappy ones that come with an iPod. The higher
end ones are unbelievable and more comfortable. When I received my
iPod the first accessory I bought was some of the little plastic and
rubber adapters, for lack of a better word, that slip over the end of
the iPod ear buds. The rubber grommets come in three different sizes
so you'll get a good fit and there's a huge difference in sound
quality. That's the cheap way to better sound.
I've also noticed that they make my tinnitus louder (it's already
constant). Earphones aren't as bad as earbuds, but best for me is
regular ol' speakers.
I mainly use them when tweaking compositions, so I don't drive otehr
people in the house insane listening to the same 5 measures over and
So, I jus thave a pair of Maxell digital ones - they're good (for me) for
what I use them for ;) But I'm not an audiophile, so I don't know much
at all about headphones.
Now that could be interesting.
*40*? Wow. If I ever need to get new ones, I know who to ask for advice
I'm finally looking at electronic music composition/production stuff
again after roughly 15 years.
For my laptop and portability, it's looking like a keyboard controller
and some kind of USB "audio interface" from many new and unfamiliar
companies, like E-MU, Echo, RME, M-Audio, Presonus and Apogee.
E-Mu has been a biggie for a few years, that much I know - but not much
else. Basically, I got a Sound Blaster Audigy 4, but I don't use the
"interface box thingy" - I think it's supposed to let you plug in all
your "entertainment system" stuff into the audio card, but I don't have
an "entertainment system", so I just use the sound card (I can plug my
old Yamaha elecvtric piano into it, but haven't bothered yet...)
SO, to be honest, I don't even really know what "controllers" means...I
use a really old (as in, ca 1991...) bit of notation software, and
recently got Cakewalk Sonar 6 XL and am just beginning to figure out how
to use it. But I don't have a "recording studio" or anything remotely
like one, jsu the sound card. SO, although I'd like to be able to give
you some info, I can't offer very much at all :(
I got Cakewalk Sonar Home Studio 6 XL, and it's supposed to do all of
that, most esp. in combination with Roxio Easy CD. My problem is with
the MIDI commands and/or patches, but this isn't a Music NG so I'll skip
As for converting MP3 to CDs, you can do that merely by opening the MP3
files in Windows Media Player and following the instructions. Main
problem si that doing it that way also seems to lose all fo the
author/etc. info, so you have to be sure to write it down and then label
your CD. Also, I've not seen that a CD can be written to durther once
the session ends. But, the files *will* play on a CD player.
Thanks, but why go backwards? ;)
I'm trying to remain libre/free/opensource and Nero looks proprietary.
I rarely use my CD/DVD writer/player anymore, and USB keys are bootable
and everything else is downloadable.
That's the kicker, th eprice. I looked at a BR system. Good grief.
Literally thousands of dollars. MEanwhile, I've not even decided yet
whether it's worthwhile to get an HD teevee. Min advantage is that the
falt scree plasm things are light and easy to move, also smaller than ou
rurrent behemoth - still using the 200 lb SOny from 1997 - but the picture
is still great, so...
((Ha, still have a curved-screen Magnavox from about 1981 - pic on it is
still good as well, tho' it doesn't hook into much of anything any more.))
THe system I looked at was the whole thing - TV, speakers, blueray
thingies, stand, etc. $5K.
SO, we're there, like, Hmmm, spend $5K on a souped-up teevee, or put $5k
into growth investments... Not much of a choice there <LOL!>
The cable does offer HD programming, tho' most is stuff I don't really
*want* to see in HD...
That's one of the things I don't particularly like, that shiny plastic.
What's with that - why not *matte* black? The shiny stuff also struck me
as distractingly reflective; I also just do not like the look of it. I'd
want to put some sort of frame around it...
After a point, it's lost on me - even with my glasses, the astigmatism
isn't 100% corrected, so part of any purchase decision would be to not
pay for more technology than I can actually sense, so to speak, rather
than only looking at the numbers.
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