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by PhilShapiro
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Creating pauses between tracks in iTunes
Replies: 12
Views: 4745

So what do you use for DJing now? CDs. Someday, when I have the $$ and the time, I plan to move to a laptop. DJ'ing is just a once-in-a-while hobby for me these days though. I started out dj'ing mp3s (on a PJB-100 ) but didn't have a way to preview tracks, so I switched to CDs. And once I got used ...
by PhilShapiro
Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Creating pauses between tracks in iTunes
Replies: 12
Views: 4745

For editing mp3s (and AACs) on a Mac I've heard good things about Fission, from Rogue Amoeba: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/fission/ It's pretty cheap ($32) and is supposed to be very easy to use. It edits the encoded files directly without encoding/decoding so there's no (additional :)) loss in audio ...
by PhilShapiro
Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Shortlisting songs on the move with an iPod
Replies: 3
Views: 2084

I had the same reaction; I have a 3G iPod Nano and would really like to have the new on-the-fly features. But it looks like Apple is going to force us to buy another iPod to get this. And I doubt that there's any technical reason why they couldn't do this on the current gen ipods. Apple has updated ...
by PhilShapiro
Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Laptop DJing
Replies: 647
Views: 177965

kitkat, I've been thinking about the same thing, buying a laptop just for DJ'ing. Personally I prefer CDs but these days fewer venues have CD players on site. And I already have plenty of desktop computers. I've just started looking; one resource I've used to find good deals is dealnews.com. Checkin...
by PhilShapiro
Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Web question - blocking IPs
Replies: 13
Views: 7327

Instead of adblock I'd go with adblock plus. Adblock is no longer being updated and doesn't work with firefox 3.0. http://adblockplus.org/en/
by PhilShapiro
Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:20 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: iTunes and the 'spinning beach ball' of death
Replies: 23
Views: 10277

I used 10.4.11 for a month or so before upgrading to 10.5 last week and didn't have any problems with iTunes or otherwise. I don't have any "haxies" installed (like APE ) or any downloaded iTunes plugins; these can cause problems. I agree with straycat, run Disk Utility and check things out. In gene...
by PhilShapiro
Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:20 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: BPM Counter for Mac OS10
Replies: 11
Views: 5151

Haven't tried it on 10.5, but bpmWidget works OK with 10.4 & latest iTunes. It's a dashboard widget which is a little less convenient.

http://rzepa.net/david/bpmWidget/index.html
by PhilShapiro
Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:36 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: eMusic Song/Album recomendations
Replies: 210
Views: 69042

Jonas wrote:eMusic Europe just added a whole bunch of the great Black & Blue Sessions CD's with music recorded in the 70's and 80's.
Dammit. Now I'll have to get an eMusic account. I resisted for so long...
by PhilShapiro
Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: Song IDs
Topic: [Answered] Smoke That Cigarette, Tex Williams
Replies: 1
Views: 1022

how about the song in the opening scene of "Thank you for smoking"? It's called "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" and the recording is by Tex Williams. A fun song for a great movie. :) I don't think I'd lindy to it though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke!_Smoke!_Smoke!_(That_Cigarette) htt...
by PhilShapiro
Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:26 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: RIP Nellie Lutcher
Replies: 0
Views: 1303

RIP Nellie Lutcher

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/15/arts/15lutcher.html http://www.boston.com/news/globe/obituaries/articles/2007/06/14/nellie_lutcher_blues_pianist_from_roaring_20s_singer/ From nytimes.com: Nellie Lutcher, 94, R & B Singer, Dies By PETER KEEPNEWS Published: June 15, 2007 Nellie Lutcher, a singer an...
by PhilShapiro
Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:00 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: vcast and autoid'ing songs
Replies: 3
Views: 2481

The technique is called acoustic fingerprinting and it's a kind of music information retrieval.

I believe that this is a completely different scheme than the one ccdb (gracenote) uses; I'm pretty sure ccdb uses song lengths & number of tracks.
by PhilShapiro
Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:20 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Ray Sings, Basie Swings
Replies: 6
Views: 2755

Ray Sings, Basie Swings

Anyone heard this one yet? It's an interesting idea, at least. The samples sound good to me but I don't know if there's anything I'd DJ off of it. If you haven't heard of it, this CD is a mix where they combined an old recording Ray Charles made with new recording by the current Basie ghost band. ht...
by PhilShapiro
Mon Jul 17, 2006 1:35 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Portable HD MP3 Player
Replies: 49
Views: 18994

The iPod has a very limited on-the-fly playlist feature. You can add items to a special playlist and remove them, but that's about it. You can't move items from one playlist to another or change their order, or modify any other playlist, or delete songs from the device. If you have a computer to plu...
by PhilShapiro
Fri May 26, 2006 5:36 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: iZilla Media Monster
Replies: 1
Views: 3288

iZilla Media Monster

Anyone heard about this one? It sounds like an April Fool's joke to me.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/izilla.shtml

It says it has built-in support for ripping from CD/DVD and vinyl, and includes 2T (aka 2000G) of storage.
by PhilShapiro
Mon Apr 10, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: DJing Pet Peeves
Replies: 54
Views: 24168

Swifty wrote:Not a false ending, but I always get looks at the break when I play Cab's "Are You All Reet?"
A DJ around here occasionally plays that song and hits the pause button for a few seconds during the break. Evil, and probably not an OK thing to do, but the first time I heard it, it totaly cracked me up.