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Monday, 2 February 2015

audacity keyboard shortcuts on mac for "transport > skip to start" and "transport > skip to end"

i was messing around in audacity on my mac and couldn't figure out the keyboard shortcut to move the cursor (in logic it's called "playhead position") to the start or end of the track. the Transport menu in audacity just shows diagonal-looking arrows pointing top left and bottom right:

i tried combining arrows with different function keys and found out that on mac you use the fn (function) key with the arrow keys:

skip to start (left arrow):
fn + <--

skip to start (right arrow):
fn + -->

then i found out you can also just use the letters j (track start) and k (track end)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Batch-convert multiple wav files to flac on mac: xACT (Audio compression toolkit)

If you want to convert a folder of audio files (WAV, AIF, etc) on mac to e.g. FLAC, then install xACT.

This makes my life easier when I publish samples on ccMixter. I export Regions or Tracks from Logic Pro X as wav, then open them all at once in xACT, then batch-convert them to FLAC because ccMixter wants users to upload files as FLAC.
Please upload a preview in 128k MP3 and individual tracks as FLAC. Upload small samples as FLAC in a ZIP.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Book Review: Instant MuseScore

Packt Publishing asked me to review their new book Instant MuseScore.

Here's my review:
First off, if Nicolas Froment, MuseScore's CTO, was a reviewer for this book, then you know it's gotta be good :) He's helped me personally, several times, with getting started with MuseScore and knows what he's talking about.

I was pleased to see there's an installation section for Linux :)

One thing I can totally agree with the author on is learning the keyboard shortcuts--composing will go much faster.

If anyone is interested, a powerful, but more programmatic alternative to MuseScore is Lilypond.

Lilypond is a non-graphical, music notation software that uses its own notation (programming language), written in simple text files, then compiled to produce music notation in a PDF, MIDI and/or PNG file. Here's the Lilypond tutorial.

Here's my review of Instant MuseScore on amazon.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

[SOLVED] skullcandy crusher headphones - bass boost only works when i hold in the embossed skull button

i got the skullcandy crusher headphones for christmas :)

the instructions say to put the red end of the 3.5mm connector cable (2 lines) into the headphones and the other end (black, 3 lines) into the audio device (e.g. laptop, phone, etc). but when i did this and turned up the bass using the slider on the left headphone speaker, i couldn't hear any bass unless i held in the embossed skull button on the cable.

(unless my product is defect, then) THIS IS WRONG! when i put the red end of the cable into my laptop and the black end into the actual headphones, THEN THE BASS WAS ON THE WHOLE TIME, without having to hold in the skull button! :)

once i figured that out, WOW what a great, shaking sound experience! :)

here's my amazon review for the skullcandy crusher headphones.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Book Review: "Instant Audio Processing with Web Audio"

I was asked by Packt Publishing to review their new book "Instant Audio Processing with Web Audio".

Here's my generalized review:

In order to get the most out of this book you MUST download the code bundle from Packt. It is full of great, working examples of how to play audio in the browser using jQuery and the Web Audio API. Worked totally fine on Ubuntu Linux 13.04, in Chrome v31.0.1650.63.

I also recommend reading the "Bonus Recipies" PDF mentioned in the intro, first.

The book suggests using the Apache server to test the examples. I recommend using python's "SimpleHTTPServer", which works on Linux and Windows (and Mac, I assume, but have not tested), instead of messing around with a bloated XAMPP/LAMPP bundle, just to get the apache server (php and MySQL aren't needed). Here's how to quickly and easily set up the python web server.


Here's my review on amazon.
Here's the book on Packt's website.
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