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Comment: Re:GoG? (Score 1) 373

by manicb (#46269043) Attached to: Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

PlayOnLinux also makes it pretty easy, and explicitly supports a lot of GOG installers... Currently enjoying Neverwinter Nights from the GOG Insomnia sale on my Linux music production rig. Still, native versions are nice, and I won't buy a game from them if I have reason to suspect a native version is available.

Comment: Re:Unfortunate Card Naming (Score 1) 142

I happen to like being able to choose a video card based on specs. I can find what I want at the price I want.

The difficulty is in understanding what you want. If I sometimes get choppy performance in a game, does that mean I want faster memory or more memory? If I want good rendering performance in Blender using OpenCL, what is the break-even ratio of core clock speed/core number?

Comment: Not great for audio (Score 1) 129

by manicb (#45075279) Attached to: Milestone: The Millionth UK-Made Raspberry Pi

Mine is idling at the moment; I couldn't get an acceptable audio setup. I wanted it to pair up with one of my synths (Novation X-Station) which has an audio interface, so I could use it for playing long samples, backing tracks etc. Wouldn't have minded if it had just turned out to be too slow or unstable, but I think the problem is a mixture of not enough USB power and general poor linux audio. Ah well, back to my netbook for that application, and it was cheap enough that I don't mind having it kicking around for a rainy day project. Home/SSH file server, perhaps?

Comment: Re:Musician's prospective (Score 1) 617

by manicb (#44852637) Attached to: How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

You've hit on a really interesting point with construction kit songs. It is now common knowledge that anyone can download the tools, read some magazines and *produce* a track. What's a shame is that there is still very little knowledge of how to *write* a track.

There are plenty of blogs, forums, articles out there, countless books on theory (I'm sure I could find something second-hand for pennies....) So why are there entire subgenres of music that are unable to execute a basic modulation? And why do the handful of pop songs that modulate up towards the end do it so, so badly? Has there ever been a hip-hop track with a tempo change? Why does every emo band think that "vocal harmony" means doubling the line up a third? (Not intended as a slight on the specific genre; at least they acknowledge the presence of more than one musician in the band to do the singing).

We need to get people listening to better-written music. The industry filter was never a big help.

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