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Friday, January 02

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The Wonders Of Modern Technology II

I've been loading and re-saving all my old Acid projects.  The problem is that the loop files are not saved with the project, and when you come back 8 years later and re-install everything with later versions of the software on a different operating system on different hardware* it can't find the loops any more.

It has a built in search function that activates on load when it can't find a loop in its old location, and it's reasonably smart.  If you have, say, 20 different loops drawn from five compilations, once you've found the five main directories it will sort the rest out itself.

The only problem I had was with the "Short_technology" loop I used in Film At 11.  I actually edited that one in Sound Forge to get it just right, and I haven't seen the edited .wav file since 2001.

So I tell Acid to search all local drives, and after grumbling for two or three minutes, it actually found it.  I don't know how many files there are on Nagi; there's no convenient Windows equivalent of the df -i that tells me I have 3.5 million files on Yurie.  But there's at least 600,000 files on my C drive alone.

And yet, I was able to find the right one.

* We're talking about Acid Music 2.0, Windows Me, and a 1.2GHz Athlon vs. Acid Music 7.0, Vista 64, and a quad-core 2.4GHz Phenom.

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Let's See If I Can Get This Right


Everything installed but the games
Oh boy oh boy oh boy
Later compositions became progressively more complex

I reduced the original screenshots down so that you can view the slideshow* but if you really want to see: 1 2 3

* Without needing a 30" monitor.

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Thursday, January 01

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You Don't Appreciate What You Have Until You Go Poking Around The Filesystem Trying Things Out

I wanted to get Crimson, Blue and Fabulous - a compilation of blues brass loops - in the previous Sony Creative sale* but missed out.  Fortunately it popped up in their New Year's sale, and I snagged it this time.**  And it is good.

Since they had a selection of loop packs at $20 each, I got a few others as well, more-or-less on spec.  Browsing around now, I find I have dulcimer loops.  Over 150 dulcimer loops.  And zither loops.  I mean, mandolin, sure, got plenty of mandolin, but dulcimer?

And they actually sound really good.***

I also picked up Poser 7 on sale.  I have Daz Studio, which is free but not as powerful as Poser, and Carrara Pro, which is a lot more powerful than Poser but not as friendly.  Of course, I've hardly used either one.

And I grabbed a copy of Manga Studio too.  Now I have everything I need to produce terrible 3D CGI comics!

Update: Ijits.  All the missile sound effects are labeled "missle".  18 of them.  Perfectly consistent.

* That was a buy-one-premium-pack, get-two-standard-packs-free sale.  This was a selected-packs-at-half-price sale.  Worked out about the same, I think.

** List price $59.95, online price $39.95, download price $29.95, sale price $19.95.

*** I have 60 CDs and 1 DVD of Acid Loops that I've assembled since 2000.  There are now 115 "Standard Collection" disks (from $29.95 each), 23 "Classic Collection" disks (from $19.95 each), 17 Premium Collection packs (2 disks each, from $59.95), and a bunch of other stuff like a 10 CD $425 sound effects set.  I want them all.

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Progress

I have Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium CS3 and CS4 installed now.  That's something like 12GB of software.

(I have all my Acid loop libraries loaded up too - that's another 32GB.)

Now I just need to install all my Photoshop plugins - I have the Eye Candy bundle, and the KPT collection, and a couple of others.  And I have to install each one into Photoshop and Fireworks and Paint Shop Pro individually.

But at least I can have Firefox open while I do it.

Update: 30 installs later, I'm mostly done.  Now I just need to install something that I've forgotten the name of and cannot find.

Update: Texture Anarchy.  You know, without computers, I'd have no hope in hell of keeping track of all the stuff I have on... my computers.

Update: And - done!

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