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by SoundInMotionDJ
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:13 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Do people prefer the sound of mp3's?
Replies: 3
Views: 2529

Has anyone ever listed to satellite radio? I've never heard it myself, but wiki says it's 128 kbps. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XM_Satellite_Radio I have listened to XM. It is certainly better than FM, and not as good as a CD. But, it was in someone else's car...so I was not accustomed to their ca...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:18 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: MediaMonkey - software to organize your mp3
Replies: 7
Views: 3917

Yup. Love it. I got media monkey because it handles FLAC & FLAC tags (or Vorbis comments, if you prefer) as easily as it handles ID3 tags. Media Monkey will also convert between formats on the fly. You can burn a CD with wav, mp3, FLAC, and m4a and the conversion will happen on the fly. In addition,...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Do people prefer the sound of mp3's?
Replies: 3
Views: 2529

Do people prefer the sound of mp3's?

A very interesting article about the rising preference for the sound of an mp3 among young(er) people. http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/03/the-sizzling-sound-of-music.html And another that takes a decidedly less optimistic view... http://i.gizmodo.com/5166649/ipods-and-young-people-have-utterly-destroy...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:17 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: hearing test - equal loudness contours
Replies: 12
Views: 4902

Eyeball wrote:Oh, no! 11K!!! :cry: :cry: :cry:

Could my pc speakers play a part in it?
It is likely that the PC speakers are not producing over 11kHz.

Get a good set of headphones for the test.
by SoundInMotionDJ
Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:13 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Strategies for reducing treble harshness on 1930s tracks
Replies: 24
Views: 9745

Re: Strategies for reducing treble harshness on 1930s tracks

Have you run an RTA on both recordings to look at the content? Audacity has a built in RTA that is good enough for these purposes. What's an RTA :?: Here is what the RTA output of Audacity looks like (I forget what song I used to make this...but it was some modern pop song with lots of bass in the ...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:44 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Strategies for reducing treble harshness on 1930s tracks
Replies: 24
Views: 9745

Re: Strategies for reducing treble harshness on 1930s tracks

When I hear 30s music played on vinyl or shellac (which, fortunately, you can quite often hear in London), I don't notice any problem with harsh trebles - the music just sounds great, even though there is extra surface noise. Somehow, those harsh trebles are there when the music is on CD, but not t...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Strategies for reducing treble harshness on 1930s tracks
Replies: 24
Views: 9745

Re: Strategies for reducing treble harshness on 1930s tracks

Most 1930's music has about 40-50dB of dynamic range. That is not a lot of range to try to get all the content into. Further, there was no practical way to have a home based playback system actually reproduce much in the way of either low or high frequencies - so the mastering process tended to favo...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:53 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: External Sound Cards for Laptop DJing
Replies: 152
Views: 70028

But for DJ purposes, the enhanced "loudness" effect of subtly boosting highs and lows actually is an asset for Swing DJs given the typically-underpowered sound systems we use and the typically-larger spaces we need to fill. (Highs and lows tend to get lost more easily in a big spaces.) This sounds ...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:38 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Anybody Shuffle?
Replies: 13
Views: 5756

I often use random when I'm listening to music. Sometimes the combinations are interesting, thought provoking, and lead to inspiration to use when crafting a set. BUT...I would never use random/shuffle when I was at an event. The day I think random will pick better songs that I can, is the day I han...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: High-speed tagging?
Replies: 14
Views: 11060

How does using standalone tagging software interact with library managers like itunes/jriver/etc? Do the managers automatically update their library (since they typically build their own library files instead of loading all the id3 tags each time) or do you have to do that manually? I typically do ...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: High-speed tagging?
Replies: 14
Views: 11060

The most advanced id3 tag manipulation program I've found so far is Mp3/Tag Studio . Unlimited trial version: http://www.magnusbrading.com/mp3ts/ +1 I love mpi3TagStudio for batch edits. I use eMusicTagEditor for one off tag editing. Both are worth the $$$. If I had to choose, I'd go with eMusic Ta...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Volume - how to increase it?
Replies: 15
Views: 6802

If you are curious... Disconnect the sound card from the speakers. Play a 1kHz signal through your computer. Turn the volume all the way up. Use a volt meter that can read RMS to measure the voltage of the signal coming from the sound card. As I said before: 1.228Vrms = +4dBu 0.775Vrms = 0dBu 0.3162...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Volume - how to increase it?
Replies: 15
Views: 6802

All you, as the DJ, can really do with a laptop is provide a quality "line level" output (licking the yellow, visually speaking). Does a headphone output provide this quality? I don't believe it does, but I might be wrong. "Line level" is about quantity, not quality. Most pro-audio equipment is set...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:26 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Volume - how to increase it?
Replies: 15
Views: 6802

Thanks Stan - great advice :) Are you sure that the Turtle Beach card 'adds noise' by the way? The Turtle Beach card will pre-amp the sound, but adds a lot of noise in the process. I haven't noticed this. The card I use is the Audio Advantage Micro portable USB Sound Card as described here: http://...
by SoundInMotionDJ
Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Volume - how to increase it?
Replies: 15
Views: 6802

For individual tracks, it is possible to use (almost) any sound editor to increase the volume. As a more general solution, a sound card that will pre-amp is OK. The "best" (for some value of "best") sound cards do not function as pre-amps. So, they will pass "line level" at most. The Turtle Beach ca...