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Published: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 13:55:28 -0800

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Resistors in a circuit--does it matter much?

Sun, 29 Jan 2012 13:55:28 -0800

Noob electronics question: Can I replace a 3Mohm 1/2 W resistor on a guitar pedal circuit with a 3.3Mohm resistor? Or even a 3Mohm 1/4W resistor? Will this cause the circuit to not work? Does it matter that much? I'm new to DIY electronics and can't find the answer with a google search.

Microfilm Digitization: What's the Better Machine?

Fri, 07 Oct 2011 12:37:36 -0800

Librarians, Record Keepers, Microfilm Users: I have a big digitization project coming up and I'm wondering if you have a preferred microfilm scanning machine. I'm working for a company that needs to digitize approximately 1200 rolls of microfilm (16mm, will use a PC running Windows 7). I've found the ST Viewscan [PDF] and the ScanPro 2000 come closest to what I think we'll need. Do you have experience with these machines? Are there better machines for this job? How do they hold up when scanning so much microfilm? Are there major differences in the software?

Also, since my boss asked me and I don't know, is it possible for scanning software to pick up the index that's already on the film? No, I'm not really sure why it would matter, but now I'm curious.

Are votechs worth it?

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:38:41 -0800

I'm thinking of heading back to school in network management/IT, but I'm thinking of going back to a vocational school. So would something like Keller/DeVry be worth it? I already have a couple of master's degrees, one in lit and one in library science, experience with databases, working in management, building websites, etc., and have been out of work for the last few months. I'm wondering if adding some vocational network/IT experience would look good to employers (because simply telling them I can do it with a library science degree doesn't cut it lately).

I'm looking specifically at Keller at the moment because it offers a Graduate Certificate that could give me a general base in the field. I've also looked at Associate's Degrees, but I'm not sure if they're better. Since I have real experience, it seems that the certificate is a better move as a job seeker (please correct me if I'm wrong).

So, I'm wondering if Keller or some other tech school is worth it? I don't need theory or another degree, I need vocational experience. Would this be a good career choice and enable me to get a job in a different field in the Pacific NW or would it be just a waste of time/money?

Something like Battiato's Fetus, but not Foetus.

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:17:04 -0800

I'm looking for albums along the lines of Franco Battiato's Fetus. Any suggestions on recordings, readings, music scenes? I love the collage feel of the album, the instruments used, the songwriting and actual sound of the album in general. I'm looking for prog/psych albums of the 70s, but nothing in the prog vein with 8 minute solos (yes, I like Yes and King Crimson, but I'm looking for more avant garde poppish tunes than technical prowess wankery).

Here's where it gets tricky. I know quite a bit about:
* Tropicalia and its influence on Brazilian music.
* American psych.
* Post-punk and industrial.
* Newer stuff like Battles.
* UK psych, especially the proggy portions of the Canterbury scene.
* Krautrock.
* Fela
* Thomas Mapfumo

I know something less about, but like:
* Goblin
* Morricone
* Vangelis/Aphrodite's Child

I have a feeling that the Italian/Greek connection is what I'm looking for right now.

So, given the caveats (and sorry about all that, I know this is a bit specific and a bit of a long shot), is there a place I should start to find out more? Other scenes I should check out? Other time periods?

Nasty noises when recording to a computer?

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 15:57:20 -0800

Recordingfilter: Why do strange buzzing noises and "zzzt"s appear when someone isn't touching the guitar strings while recording on a computer. I've had this happen in several studio setups (all recording to a computer with different software) in several houses in different locations with several guitars/basses.

In a former house that was old with some iffy wiring in places, I noticed that sitting in front of the computer could cause it (which I figured was the monitor, and was right), the heater coming on, or sometimes even just a glitch with the computer. This was going direct and with a mic/amp setup using an older SG. The SG is a little noisy anyway, so that was easy to understand and fix.

A few months ago in a basement studio, however, I noticed that the same problem would happen in a mic/amp situation and the computer was in another room. Recording bass (Rickenbacker) through an amp with a mic was the worst with many strange "zzzt" noises when the bassist's fingers moved from the strings. I chalked it up to weird wiring in the house, but it turns out that the owner of the studio had an electrician come look at the wiring (for a separate reason) and the electrician said that all of the outlets were grounded and in working order. Also, recording guitar in a mic/amp situation, the pickups on the guitars I was using (an older Epiphone hollowbody, a newer Ibanez hollowbody, a tele, and my SG again) would buzz if I was facing the computer, which was in another room separated by a wall with some of the outlets on the same wall and a few on another.

Has anyone ever had this problem or anything similar? Is there a way to fix it without rewiring an entire house? Would a noise gate work to get rid of the strange noises when a hand moves from the strings? Is it old pickups vs. computers?

All I know is that it drives me crazy and once I think I have it fixed, it comes back or we switch locations. Please let me know if I'm not clear enough on the noises that I'm hearing and I'll try to find some examples later.


Experience with a Boss DR-5 sound module?

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 10:29:25 -0800

Does anyone have experience with a Boss DR-5 sound module? Are there other sound modules worth checking out that are in the same price range/usability/portability scale? I've used a DR-5 before and liked it, but it's been years. I want something that we can use live either as a real time instrument or as a backing instrument (pre-recorded parts to play over with live instruments and in conjunction with an older sampler--usually for atmospheric sounds/layers). I want something that I can use as a drum machine and a sound module. I think that covers "wants". As for "don't wants," I don't want to have to deal with a laptop live because of the nature of the music we play, which is why I'm looking at sound modules.

Is the DR-5 easy to use in a live situation? Is it easy to move between sound patches and the songs in memory? Are there any problems with recording onto a computer or tape with a DR-5? How is the sound quality? Are there memory problems with the system?

For what it's worth, I also like the Roland MC-307, but they're a little harder to find at the moment. How are the 303s?

I should also add that I'm not necessarily looking for vintage instruments, but I think it's closer to the price range I'm looking at than newer models.

Thanks for your help.

How can I get the tremolo on my Fender Princeton to sound more tremolo-y?

Sat, 07 Apr 2007 21:49:32 -0800

Fender Gear Geeks: The tremolo on my late 70s Fender Princeton isn't as tremolo-y as I want. Is there anything I can do? My Fender Princeton is a wonderful amp and I was just playing with the tremolo last night and noticed that it isn't as full as I'd like it. You can hear the effect when the depth is all the way up, but the regular tone still comes through, which doesn't create the desired effect. When I took it in a year ago to have the tubes changed, the person said that the reverb and tremolo tubes were reversed. The reverb now works better than it did before, but I'm wondering if switching the tubes caused a problem with the tremolo (I'm not totally convinced the amp dude knows what he's talking about). Is my problem normal for the Princeton amplifier? Does this model of amplifier just not have the tremolo power that the 60s Bassman did (I had a '64 for years and loved it)?

Uninsured-patient health clinics in Portland, OR?

Wed, 29 Nov 2006 16:30:43 -0800

Any suggestions on health clinics for the uninsured in Portland, OR? I've had an earache for about a week and figure I should probably go get it checked out. I don't have any insurance at the moment so I don't want a visit to the doc to cost a fortune. I've been told about the Portland Clinic, but I'm wondering if there are any other suggestions from those who may know. I don't really need a free clinic, just one that isn't going to charge an arm and possibly a leg to look at my poor uninsured ear. Thanks.

Music price guides online?

Tue, 16 May 2006 17:56:59 -0800

Can you recommend a good online record/CD price guide database to help sell part of my collection? My wife and I are moving so I'd like to weed out some albums that I don't listen to anymore. They run the musical gamut of early jazz records to japanese folk (with lots of rock, country, and "other" in between). I'm trying to find a good price guide so that I can sell these on my own through various online sources so that I don't just get the requisite $4 at the local store. I've looked at Recordmaster, but can't get much information without paying the $25. There's Goldmine as well, but I don't want to pay $40, especially because I'm not sure if that's really what I'm looking for. And I've tried looking at GEMM and eBay, among others, to figure out a price, but a lot of my stuff doesn't show up there (and if it does, it's usually someone who is looking to gouge the buyer). So does anyone know of anything that is around the two prices mentioned that I can look at to get a rough sense of what to sell my treasures for?

Where did Buddy Holly get his hiccup?

Sun, 29 May 2005 08:56:54 -0800

Is there someone who was a direct influence on Buddy Holly's vocal style, a combination of people/styles, or was all of it just something truly original? I can hear a lot of the musical influences on Buddy Holly, but I can't think of a person or genre/style that may have influenced his idiosyncratic singing. Thanks for the help.