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by morphine
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Persistence of Vision
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: Persistence of Vision

Oh wow, that's way cool :) Can I have your job?
by morphine
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11089

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Oh, congratulations. What was it awarded for? Distance, or BBQ lifetime achievement?
by morphine
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11089

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Captain Ned wrote:
And at that beach there won't be some madman flinging hyper-velocity potatoes at them.

Actually, that'd make it doubly interesting. Fire the potato from the BBQ spot, and have a contest between the gerbils at the next beach over to see who caught it.
by morphine
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11089

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

It was nice to see all the fireworks celebration just because I attended :P
by morphine
Mon May 07, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Fiber optic vs cable
Replies: 27
Views: 1674

Re: Fiber optic vs cable

Although real-life examples will certainly vary, I would take fiber if given the option because it's easier for them to upgrade your speed at some point, but most importantly because overall it's more reliable and it's easier for techs to figure out why the heck you can't see cats on the interwebz. ...
by morphine
Sun May 06, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Ticking and Popping Sound
Replies: 91
Views: 6011

Re: Ticking and Popping Sound

My first bet is sound drivers. To diagnose, use onboard audio for a bit and see if that clears the problem up.
by morphine
Wed May 02, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: 'Gipsy Danger' Workstation
Replies: 19
Views: 2565

Re: 'Gipsy Danger' Workstation

steelcity_ballin wrote:
128GB of ram. OK I got this: Spin up a bunch of Virtual Machines each with their own instance of <popular game here>. Then just tab to the one you want to play. Goodbye initial loads.

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by morphine
Wed May 02, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive
Replies: 24
Views: 1726

Re: Odd repetitive seeking noise from a supposedly idle hard drive

Reading this thread reminded me of when hard drives were so loud and slow that they sounded like you were dragging a piece of card stock over 20 grit sandpaper. I have a 13" platter drive on the desk behind me. It is partially disassembled so now it is "Modern Art". :D I've been aske...
by morphine
Tue May 01, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: AMD RYZEN 7 1700 good for music production?
Replies: 3
Views: 765

Re: AMD RYZEN 7 1700 good for music production?

Generally, Intel processors are the superior choice for DAW work in particular. Having said that, the Ryzen 7 1700 should be perfectly serviceable.
by morphine
Tue May 01, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: PSA: Windows April Update adds app specific audio playback device
Replies: 5
Views: 770

Re: PSA: Windows April Update adds app specific audio playback device

Holy Gates thou art closest to heaven...
by morphine
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 5266

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I think it's time to note that there's no need to go overboard these days when it comes to making a silent PC. Cases and fans are just so much better than they ever were that you don't need to do much to keep a system quiet. I'm running: overclocked 6700K, GTX 1080 Ti FE, Noctua D15S, Define C (two ...
by morphine
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 5266

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

Derp, I meant the R6. I've recommended the R5 for so long that I forgot that the new model was already out :)
by morphine
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 5266

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I've always built as-quiet-as-possible PCs without getting into fancy fanless PSUs and whatnot. Half your problem is the case, the other half is what you put in it. I recommend the Fractal Define R5, or the Define C (which I personally own and can attest for), and a Noctua D15S. Seeing as you alread...
by morphine
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dawbench - The killer Bench that broughr me here
Replies: 1
Views: 912

Re: Dawbench - The killer Bench that broughr me here

Glad you found our use of DAWbench, er, useful. :)
by morphine
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: How to? ... Fractal Define C and Noctua D15S
Replies: 9
Views: 1207

Re: How to? ... Fractal Define C and Noctua D15S

ALWAYS outside the case. If you do it inside the case, you're in for a world of hurt as you'll have very little space to maneuver, tighten screws, and so on. Since an installed cooler (with screws) is by far the safest thing to grab on, that's exactly what I do—when the cooler is assembled, just gra...
by morphine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)
Replies: 40
Views: 3846

Re: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)

Check out the couple of models I linked above.
by morphine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)
Replies: 40
Views: 3846

Re: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)

deputy dawg wrote:
DPete27 wrote:
morphine wrote:
Acer Predator XB271HU for $179.33

I'm SOOOO tempted to click buy and just see what happens. I don't even need that monitor.

Just did it. Guess I'll find out!

Oooooh boy. PLEASE keep us all updated at every step. This gon be gud.
by morphine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My daughter, the artist
Replies: 12
Views: 1626

Re: My daughter, the artist

Mr Bill wrote:
I would have voted but there is no "like us on facebook" link.

If you have an FB account and are logged in, you can click on the dark area and that box asking for a like will go away.
by morphine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)
Replies: 40
Views: 3846

Re: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)

LG 23MP48HQ-P for $110 at Newegg. 24", VESA mountable, and has a 75-Hz refresh rate. Acer G276HL for $130 with EMCPSRX29. 27", VA panel, 1920x1080, built-in speakers. I also spotted this, but the price cant' be right. This is usually $600+: Acer Predator XB271HU for $179.33. 27", 144...
by morphine
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Can a 2-way / 10" woofer produce great midrange?
Replies: 13
Views: 7056

Re: Can a 2-way / 10" woofer produce great midrange?

This should help solidify the ongoing advice: the great majority of studio monitor speakers are 2-way designs. The woofer handles the midrange, and a tweeter for the highs.
by morphine
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Surround Sound Capture
Replies: 10
Views: 1978

Re: Surround Sound Capture

OP, I may be missing something, but I still don't get it. :) You say you want to do real-time encoding on the fly, but what's your ultimate goal? Is it connecting to an HT receiver and/or a set of speakers with DTS/DDL? It just sounds what whatever you're trying to accomplish in the end is probably ...
by morphine
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Surround Sound Capture
Replies: 10
Views: 1978

Re: Surround Sound Capture

Can you offer some context on what the end goal of this is, meaning what do you want to do with the captured signal? I think the task is currently looking more complicated than it needs to be.
by morphine
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 10485

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

Yeah, I rarely bother with a detailed analysis of what order an algorithm is; if you can just eyeball it and make an educated guess as to whether it is better than, equivalent to, or worse than linear, that's generally good enough. Thank the maker. Although it's important to know the order, the mat...
by morphine
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 11089

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Oy Vey, hotels in Holland are pricey that weekend. Even worse than August, so book now. OK, reservations made. This time I won't forget the mini glow-sticks in my hotel room. Another thing to remember in planning is that the 23rd is bang-on the solstice, so the sun goes down later than we're used t...
by morphine
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Clip style mic for gaming
Replies: 8
Views: 2401

Re: Clip style mic for gaming

We reviewed the ModMic and Nathan loved it lots. For another recommendation, I like the Sony ECM-CS3 that Scott recommended me. It's fantastic. But I think that that ModMic is by far the better choice for using with the 'phones.
by morphine
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 2568

Re: USB to XLR

I did find more stuff in Google, but I felt those links would suffice. Let me know if none of it works out for you.

If you decide to go with something powered, Behringer has a $200 rack-mountable conversion unit with about three kitchen sinks.
by morphine
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 2568

Re: USB to XLR

The first link (Matrix X-spdif) does more than 16-bit and it's also bus-powered. Why did you go for the Fohhn?
by morphine
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 2568

Re: USB to XLR

I think this is want you want. Matrix X-Sdpif - $200. There's a "v2" but I don't think that's necessary. Some other stuff I've come across: Fohhn Airea . Does exactly what you want and is bus-powered, but hard to find. Yellowtec PUC2 . Likewise, but jeez that price, and probably hard to fi...
by morphine
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 2568

Re: USB to XLR

Okay, do you have an SPDIF output handy, or just USB ports (ex: laptop)?

edit: Never mind, that's specified.
by morphine
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 2568

Re: USB to XLR

The obvious question is... do those PA speakers also have analog XLR inputs and/or balanced TRS inputs? I bet they do. And at that point all you need is an affordable interface with either of those outputs (sub-$200, more close to $100) and you're set. For this specific simple scenario (a single PC ...