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  • in reply to: Website Feedback #522972
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    Oh yes, every time I post I get an error message from WordPress: ‘…critical error on your web-site…’. I assume this is normal and just a problem in PHP…

    Martin

    in reply to: Website Feedback #522967
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    Hi bo bin,

    Thanks for the feedback. That data on formats is extremely useful – many thanks.

    It does seem that this thread is only rarely read by the admins. Yours is the first reply I have had, although the emails that I get suggest that some are answered.

    The latest mod to the WordPress template removes even the vague ‘kontakt’ metadata, and replaces it with ‘Free Download’, which then gives a pop-up form which eventually goes to a download page. So an index to formats is hugely important to prevent people wasting bandwidth.

    I’ve now spotted the pre-ticked ‘Notify me…’ which explains why I was getting all of those emails from other people!

    I’m amazed that you found my bagpipes – they are buried very deep on the site, and only a specific search will find them! No wonder no-one has reviewed them… CH goes on about toolkit sounds, about organic synths, and yet when I submit one it gets ignored and put in a cul-de-sac. Ah well…

    Martin (synthesizerwriter)

    in reply to: Website Feedback #520171
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    Hi,

    Some constructive feedback:

    1. Some instruments don’t actually say what format the download is in (e.g. Yamaha S400-B) – is it Kontakt 6, for example?

    2. A lot of instruments just say ‘Kontakt’ as their format – is this Kontakt 5, or 6?

    3. I get emails all the time of your replies to people. I suspect that there is a notification set up somewhere that shouldn’t be…

    4. Am I supposed to have access to the wordpress /wp-admin pages for this site?

    5. Why do the …/feed pages just display the raw XML?

    6. I offered my database of Master Keyboards (compiled from the old forum) as a potential resource some time ago. I haven’t heard anything since, and you haven’t added it to the ‘Resources’ tab…

    Cheers and stay safe,

    Martin (synthesierwriter)

    in reply to: Website Feedback #293413
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    Hi,

    Forum Post #280112 from TarynS looks like spam from a bot.

    Cheers,

    Martin

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    SSD is about 4x the price of spinning disks, so that might be something to consider. Also, don’t forget backups – especially for ‘home-made samples’ and other files that you have created. One approach is SSD for fast everyday access, copied onto a spinning disk for backups, and you need to decide about the backup interval (continuous, daily, weekly…), incremental or full backups, retention policies (’round-robins’!), as well as proper backup scheduling software utilities.

    Every disk I have ever owned has failed eventually (always suddenly, never with any warning). Recovery of data from them has been… disappointing…

    This stuff can’t be repeated enough: Do you have a backup of your work? Is it somewhere well away from a flood, fire or other event/person that kills your main computer? Do you have a disaster recovery plan?

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    What was really scary was the YouTube chat during the countdown before the video where the winner was announced. Over a thousand people were in the chat an hour before the video was shown, and they worked themselves up into a total frenzy…

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    @dore_m: The scene was not part of a video game… Unless you count a specific instance of reality as portrayed in a TV programme as being a video game…

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    @Sam Hi, My instrument (29 Bagpipes Synthesizerwriter) started out in Ableton Sampler, and I converted it to Kontakt to put it on PianoBook! Having multiple formats for instruments is a good idea – a lot of useful information was being gathered in the previous forum (is there any way of seeing it?)… particularly about converting from one format to another… Martin

    in reply to: Sampling Hardware Synths #34996
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    FM synth emulations tend to be good at the mathematics, but less good at capturing the imperfections of the digital implementation and the hardware: DACs, reconstruction filters, buffer amplifiers, etc., can all contribute to the special ‘timbre’ or ‘feel’. As an example: the original Yamaha DX7 only had 12-bit resolution for some internal digital signals, and these (plus analogue reconstruction filters, and more) give the output sound a very distinctive ‘noise floor’ and other characteristics that a modern 16/24 (or higher) resolution digital emulation needs to add to compensate for the relative perfection! The Reface DX has its own uniquenesses, as you say, and actually, Alchemy probably does as well, and these could be in the digital domain (dithering, headroom, gain staging…) or the analogue domain. One synthesis technique that rarely gets talked about is Analysis/Synthesis, where the difference between the source sound and the synthesized version is produced (a ‘residual’) and then that residual is synthesized as well, in an iterative approach that gradually gets closer to the source sound…

    in reply to: Website Feedback #34211
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    Hi,

    One of the outputs from the previous forum was a database on Master Keyboards, something that composers need to be well informed about! I’m assuming that the online spreadsheet (via Airtable) is a candidate for the ‘Resources’ tab?

    https://airtable.com/tbltjTGNiQrzVJ0Ta/viwoG5BY0ZaXsGeP3?blocks=hide

    Cheers,

    Martin (Initial collator of the database, and one of the two editors…)

    in reply to: Website Feedback #31491
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    Er, I edited a reply and it has vanished from here!

    in reply to: Website Feedback #31441
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    Hi. Thanks for the new web-site and forum – much nicer! However…

    My instrument isn’t in the library any longer! If you search for it, then it is located here:

    29 Bagpipes Synthesizerwriter


    But this isn’t linked to from anywhere in the ‘Library’ tab drop-down (I looked at everything…I think.)

    My profile also says that I haven’t uploaded any instruments!

    Do I need to upload it all again? What happens to the stuff that’s already there?

    Martin

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