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    Programming Random Numbers

    ModNote: Per request of TyphoidHippo, I moved some posts from another thread to a new thread so they could continue their discussion on computer generated random numbers.... Your professor was right. The randomness generated by rand(3) is absolute garbage. The random results returned by...
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    Digital Audio Basics

    What do we mean when we say "digital audio"? At its most basic, digital audio is audio in any format that consists of ones and zeroes. However, there are several different formats that are all called "digital audio", and they are not all equal. This brief explanation describes some of the...
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    Modding cheap Chinese SDCs

    You'll notice I've never said anything good about CAD's SDCs. That's because I've used them and they're pretty terrible... or at least I've used the Astatic CTM-1000 that they also build. They seem to be basically identical to the Nady CM-90, but with slightly larger drill holes in the...
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    UCSC Wind Ensemble, Carnegie Hall, Feb. 15th

    Our wind ensemble is playing Carnegie hall on the night of Sunday the 15th at 8:30 PM along with two large ensembles from the general NY/NJ area. If you happen to be in the NYC area, it should be a really good concert. For more information...
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    Searching smaller words

    The four character lower limit is a real PITA, as most microphones have two-character or three-character names. WARNING: the index could grow significantly. :D WARNING: the tables will be locked during this process, so this will require downtime; I have no idea how long---that depends on how...
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    Pickups and Switchable Passive/Active Bass Guitars

    I'm assuming that active guitar pickups don't contain any electronics in the pickups, right? If I ever decide to replace the pickups on my switchable active/passive electric bass, I'm assuming I'd go with pickups designed for passive use and trust that the electronics can cope with the possibly...
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    ACM-6802T: The Mod From You-Know-Where....

    Tonight, I started to disassemble my pair of 6802T mics in preparation for doing a capsule swap. Unfortunately, I found out about Chinese manufacturing quality and consistency firsthand tonight. Out of the six screws, I was able to remove three (two in one mic, one in the other) without...
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    Mic Mod Challenge

    I just finished modding a microphone. The sole change was replacing a tantalum capsule coupling capacitor with a mylar film cap of approximately the same value (I think). Your mission: 1. Identify the make and model of microphone. 2. Determine which one is the modded mic and which one is...
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    Best Condenser Under $100 Shootout: EM reviews Behri B-1, Nova, MXL2006, ST51

    If anybody is interested in under-$100 (~$99 :D) LDCs, Electronic Musician did a nice review this month of the Behringer B-1, the M-Audio Nova, the MXL 2006, and the Sterling Audio ST51. The reviewer gives a good description of how it worked for various individual vocals, guitar, group vocals...
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    My band's website....

    Since a bunch of folks post their bands' websites and talk about them here, I thought I'd show off my... um... band... website. Okay, not the usual sort of band you see around here, but.... :D http://www.ucscwindensemble.org/ Be sure to check out the scrapbook area. Some fun evil tidbits...
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    Making Chinese Shock Mounts Work

    The group buy left me with a whole lot of shock mounts that didn't work very well (when you push on it to adjust the angle, it suddenly breaks loose and swings almost freely), so I decided to see if I could figure out how to make these cheap shock mounts not suck. I was able to do so for about...
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    U47 reissue?

    It looks like Telefunken is doing a reissue of the U47 longbody, which they call the U47V. Anybody know anything about it? http://www.telefunkenusa.com/products/show_product.php?item=7&cat=mics Of course, it costs somewhere in the ballpark of what a vintage U47 would cost, but it sounds like...
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    Still FS: FIREPOD (mint condition)

    For sale: FIREPOD in mint condition. I pulled it out of the box when I got it to make sure it worked, but otherwise, it has been sitting around in its factory box gathering dust since I got it as a replacement for a dead one a little over a year ago. I currently use a pair of 8Pre interfaces...
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    Mic modding party....

    So when the group buy mics come in, who here plans to mod their mics? Any detailed plans yet? Here's my list: Ribbons: keep as-is or upgrade to Lundahl transformers. Depends on how much the thinner ribbon opens up the high end on its own. Tube SDCs: 1. Possibly a tube swap (depending on...
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    50k Peavey pots for a combo amp

    Does anybody have a source for Peavey 50k linear tone pots. I'm trying to replace the very old, very bent pots in my church's amplifier. I've found proper bracketed pots to replace all the others (4x 1M, 1x 10k), but I'm stuck on the four tone pots. I can't even find a non-bracketed 50k...
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