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How can I best convey my love for Berlin … Is it the life in almost everyone you see on the streets, is it the fashion lady that sits across from you on the u-bahn with the small grey pug that says “I’m a fashion dog, too, and I don’t care”, is it the older guy totally dressed in white (complete with matching white gloves), is it the sax player that’s wailing on a 1/2 scale sax, is it the guy playing awesome Arabic music on the bagpipes down the street … and so much more that I won’t even go into? It’s not easy being away from Dan, but he knows what this place means to me … and I’m grateful to him for that. Liebe gruss aus Berlin!

The following 22 minute video is an excellent intro into one of my favorite worlds … the world of TOUCH. First off, it’s amazing that his favorite multi screen setup (see pic) is exactly what I’m looking at right now (touch on the slant and standard monitor facing). Also … thanks to Slate, it’s been 3 friggin’ years in the making, but they finally released the Raven software that will work with Nuendo PC. I’ll finally be able to check it out.

Here’s the video on the latest update to the raven touch software …

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So, I was talking with Dan this morning at breakfast about surround sound delivery. There are three consumer categories:

1. hi-end audio
2. home theater
3. gamers

There are basically three ways to deliver media:

1. Bluray
2. FLAC
3. MP4 video

My real hope over the last 5 years, would be for the 5.1 (non-classical) music community to stop goofing off and court the gamer community. They are the ones that probably have the largest installation (actually, I’m banking on better cooperation with the VR community).

Regarding the delivery media, even though it has no copy protection, I find FLAC to be the most logical delivery media. Most hi-end systems can play 24/96 5.1 FLAC from a dongle without any difficulty. My Android phone can easily play 24/96 2.0 files.

Any thoughts or comments? FYI, when you buy any of my project mixes, you’ll get an additional full set of 24/96 mixes that can be played on your system in 5.1.

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So … I just got a HUGE lesson in the complexities of surround system setup. recently, after completing the 5.1 surround mixes and DTS-CD of “chamberland”, I wanted to hear it in our second surround room. I put the disc in the player and ARRGGG! it was all wrong! what should’ve been in the rear was coming out of the front speakers and all sorts of things were going wrong on equipment that was about 8 years old, but perfectly capable of playing a DTS data-stream!
So … in order to check things out I took the disc to a local Magnolia HiFi (the original magnolia store) and played the disc. it played perfectly … in fact it sounded GREAT!
So … I then went about the task of replacing the entire system in the second room. The DVD player, the receiver … everything … and it still played back wrong! AAARRRGGG! What’s going on!
Next, we learned more about the audio setup settings in the DVD player (who would’ve thought that these would be important). The DTS-CD was fine … the DTS streamplayer proved this, but what was going wrong?
So … not being one to give up, I bought a new state-of-the-art reciever-amp and plugged it into the system … it didn’t work! the same thing happend, it was all squashed into (but not entirely) into the front LCR speakers. I was feeling sick now. THEN … we remembered to go back to the audio setup on the BluRay player. Sure enough, a whole “NEW” selection tab called “PCM multi-ch” showed up. It wasn’t there before, but now that we put in a new receiver … I selected it … AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY. the 5.1 mix sounded AWESOME!
Moral of the story … there really is none, except for the fact that surround remains a complex topic, requiring that you know WAY too much for your own good. I totally know that surround is being held back (if not killed) by idiot designers that want to put in new, whizbang buttons and settings to make it as complicated as possible. Hell, if it took me 3 days of intensive work and phonecalls with DTS, how is Joe Average supposed to listen to his favorite music in surround. This is just crazy!
But … now that I’ve learned my lesson … damn, does it sound good and I now have 2 pro 5.1 systems in my facility … a rare blessing indeed!

DMH

Had an awesome time at the PMW Grammy Tech Summit … Got a chance to perform at the EMP museum (using Live and my iPad TouchOSC) during registration. Later that afternoon, I had the chance to sit in on a rehearsal by DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) that involved an electronic dj set (he was djing his own music) along with an awesome 4-piece string ensemble.

I was taken aback with his inteligent handling of subjects such as global warming, history, human expolation an how they can be integrated into the field of electronic music… this dude is deep!

You can check out a link to his new book – the book of ice here.

DMH

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