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Friday, December 15, 2006

  G is right out. Anyone for D?

The latest svn of ardour2 apparently has a fix for the "cleanup" option as of rev 1200 - which is good, as last night I was up til 3AM doing overdubs of Billy Joel's "She's got a way" (and doing some internet christmas shopping), and accumulated dozens of fragments over the course of the evening... setting 1213 to rebuilding now....

BIG note to self: Quit smoking before you completely lose the ability to hit a high E. I started off trying to sing this song in it's original key (G), and to hear my voice squeak up there was really not a happy experience. I transposed it down to E, and was still squeaking, so I ended up in D, which is more or less my natural key.

In my increasingly distant youth I could hit a G.

Having jack sync working is a godsend. Example: I generated the first audio track from rosegarden at 60bpm, including the melody. It clipped heavily, but as it was basically a scratch track, I didn't care, and recorded another track with just the base piano part later, in perfect sync with the first track, no melody. There's still a mistake or two on the base piano part, but I can go back and fix that, easy, but I wanted to work on gates and vocals in general, so I just ignored those problems and started doing overdubs. I have had unfixable, one take only, audio recording for a long time, and this is just wonderful!

7 vocal takes later I had about half a decent vocal track when cut apart. Another note to self - try recording in the morning.

Three crashes last night - two of rosegarden sequencer, one of ardour. The sequencer seems to die most when it sits idle a while, then gets a big transport move. I really have to start running this out of gdb soon. Ardour2 crashed on an export (not so much crashed, but took up 100% of cpu and ran all night). . But, not bad for about 6 hours of work. I'd redo the export and post it but I'm hating my voice too much this morning.

It's nice to know that my cpu fans (which are turned down to the minimum) are running fast enough to keep the system going through that sort of abuse.

Haven't crashed kernel rt11 or rt14 yet, either.

I didn't pick up any discernable noise on the analog recordings from the computers in the basement or the mess of cables, so I'm still cooking with oil.

I do have to sit down shortly and focus on getting JUST ONE song done by christmas, but I have other work to do for the next couple days and won't be able to get back to it til sunday. Or so I tell myself....
 
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