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Here's my problem 10

Posted 5 years ago

This issue about copyrights and protection has so many layers and hooks into society’s fabric that it’s hard to pick on just one but I willcertainly try. It is legal for me to stream music in the form of a radio station. In fact, we do this already through eTracks. Here I can stream pretty […]
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Tag you're it 6

Posted 5 years ago

I have been fully immersed in a project to tag a big library of classical music properly. It has been a real eye opener – both by the amount of work necessary and by the prehistoric nature of the state of the art. Tags are one of the most critical components to building a library. […]
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Warning labels 9

Posted 5 years ago

I am always tempted to do whatever it is I am told not to unless there's a good reasonable explanation of why I shouldn't. This is good advice for manufacturers to understand.
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Sharing the future 12

Posted 5 years ago

A 5 year old girl isreprimandedby her teacher for not sharing with her classmates. “Don’t you like to share?” Asked the teacher. “Yes I like to share, I just don’t like other people touching my stuff.” And so you have it. We live in a world where sharing will increasingly become the norm – not […]
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Protection! 10

Posted 5 years ago

I have been thinking a lot as of late about protection for musicians, writers and inventors. The core question is this: does it make sense in this age for society to protect their property to the extent currently afforded them? For inventors it’s 17 years, for writers and musicians it’s their lifetime plus 100 years. […]
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Do what works 9

Posted 5 years ago

The debate over long interconnects and short speaker cables vs. the opposite rages on. My opinion is unwavering and counter to the rule of thumb: long speakers cables and short interconnects are best as power amps have a better ability to drive a complex load than does a preamp. Your mileage may vary and most […]
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What is a good recording? 7

Posted 5 years ago

In response to my post Making Peacea reader asked the question “what exactly is a good recording?” Great question and here’s what’s interesting: we all know a great or poor recording the moment we hear one. At one of my seminars yesterday I was demonstrating the PWD streaming music and selected an unfamiliar Miles Davis […]
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Computers in the listening room 2

Posted 5 years ago

Spending time in Holland this week speaking with people about streaming audio brings home a point made to me over and over – “I don’t want a computer in my listening room”. This even with the knowledge that our upcoming Silent Server is, in fact, a dedicated computer – which seems to be ok to […]
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Making peace 13

Posted 5 years ago

Many of you are familiar with the Audiophile’s dilemma: well recorded music sounds better on a high-end system and poorly recorded music sounds worse. It’s the problem of extremes: a high-end system extends the extremes – better sounds better, worse sounds worse. The problem with this lack of homogenizing is we tend to restrict what […]
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Out of our control 2

Posted 5 years ago

Yesterday’s post on our macro view of complexity brought to mind an interesting change in technology that took place in less than 100 years: we no longer have individual understanding of our machines. When Emil Berliner and Thomas Edison came out with their Gramaphones (later called record players) they were able to grasp, manipulate and […]
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Macro disortions 3

Posted 5 years ago

I am always fascinated by macro views – those all encompassing views of complex interactions we tend to think of as simple andexplainablewhen in reality they are terribly complicated and intertwined. Let me give you some examples. Ever stop and wonder what the rules and mechanisms of automobile traffic patterns might look like to a […]
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How much is enough? 2

Posted 5 years ago

A question being raised by folks interested in the debate on sharing is how creators (musicians, authors, inventors, artists) get back to where they were before the internet changed everything for them? The simple answer is they can’t. I think this observation may be at the heart of many people’s frustration. J.K Rowling, the author […]
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Donate music? 21

Posted 5 years ago

There are hundreds of ways musicians and authors can make a great living being rewarded for their efforts in a world where music and literature are openly and freely shared. Here's just one. I am sure there are many more.
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Sharing 30

Posted 5 years ago

Sharing books and music has been a part of our culture for as long as there have been books and music and the mere notion that industries want to change that dynamic by shaming us into believing it's immoral and illegal is, in its self, shameful.
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Squishing dynamics 20

Posted 5 years ago

Have you ever wanted music playing at a background level to be easier to hear the full content? To do that you need to squish the loudest notes and turn up the volume on the quietest notes - and if this was a variable feature with the volume control ....
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What's in a name? 2

Posted 5 years ago

Names are used to identify people, places, things in our lives. Sometimes we use nonsensical names to describe a function that otherwise confuses and straight wire is just such a name.
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Computer Audiophiles 8

Posted 5 years ago

Chris Connaker, the founder and head of Computer Audiophilesent a note out that the webzine just turned 4 years old and hit 200,000 unique visitors. Quite an accomplishment and our congratulations to Chris and the crew. I bring this to your attention because it wasn’t too long ago the words “computer” and “Audiophile” would have […]
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$100K turntables, circus act? 11

Posted 5 years ago

Does the mere fact there are $100K plus turntables and $250K plus power amplifiers available as serious products, featured and reviewed by the magazines, hurt or help the high-end? Of course an argument can be made for both sides – mine would be it hurts the high-end. Why? Because it turns many potential high-end customers […]
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What happened to my free service? 0

Posted 5 years ago

Yesterday Wikipedia went dark in English speaking countries to protest what they believe is a threat to the freedom of the internet. I am not going to comment on that as most of you know my feelings already. However, I do think this subject is related to music and its demise. The music industry died […]
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The map 10

Posted 5 years ago

Some recordists offer a map that details how the recordings were made and where the performers and recording equipment was located. How great this is to help us evaluate our equipment and systems.
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Absolute what? 11

Posted 5 years ago

A recording is true to what? To the studio monitors used to balance the sound? To the way the studio monitors sound in the mixing room? What is the "actual" sound of an electric guitar? Is it the sound of the playback monitor heard by the artist? Or the playback speaker heard in the recording room?
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If you had to do it over again 4

Posted 5 years ago

Once in a while I get the itch to clear the decks of all my equipment in the system and start over. The propects of doing this are both exciting and frightening.
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Flavor of the month 1

Posted 5 years ago

It wasn't that long ago that loudspeaker and receiver manufacturers were building products based on their sizzle and flash - their great bass performance or hot tweeters. It was an era of demoing with sound affects records rather than music.
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