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Polymath, musician, awesome.

Sheet Of The Week – Across The Line (Linkin Park)

Yes, no posts for a while. Been busy learning new non-music things. Anyhow, here is something “old school”. Enjoy!

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Upgraded Server

We had some downtime yesterday. The computer that has been running the sites, while working fine, was on a dead end path. It was running Ubuntu 18.04 that was 32bit. There is no real upgrade path from there, and moving to 64bit Ubuntu 20.04 proved to be a couple hour endeavor yesterday.

Anyhow, it seems most everything is working fine right now. There are still a couple of backend things that I need to sort out, but the web part seems fine now.

Chrome Extensions

Like 90% of the world, I’ve had to spend a LOT more time on the computer than I want. Don’t get me wrong, I spend a lot of time doing stuff on the computer, but it’s become quite a bit more.

The browser of choice is Chrome. There are plenty of extensions what make the browser more versatile and just better. Chris Betcher has two posts on his favorite extensions. I generally agree. Some good picks in there.

I would add the extension Print Friendly & PDF for making PDFs of webpages. Honey for saving money while shopping Online. And 1Password which is a paid service, but it is so worth it. Have ONE password to rule them all, and it manages all the others. And tells you when you reuse a password. And when a password on a site might be compromised.

Anyone have any extensions they use a lot?

Teaching During Pandemic

Yes, it’s hard to do the Zoom lesson. However, there is one great program that makes it easier to use two microphones while doing a lesson. Audio Hijack. I have a little complex setup that allows me to use the MacBook’s mic, but when the instrument mic kicks in, Audio Hijack “ducks” the MacBook’s mic down. Meaning it lowers the volume so you get the real mic not the crappy MacBook Mic.

Anyhow, Audio Hijack has been essential in teaching. I love it. Here is my setup.

How Ribbon Microphones Are Made

There are three types of microphones you’ll encounter. The dynamic mic such as the the venerable Shure 57 and Shure 58. The condenser mic such as the AKG 451, or the famous Nuemann 87. And the lesser known ribbon mic, such as the Royer 121.

Here is a very interesting video of how a ribbon microphone is made.

Yes I know, yet another Ribbon mic video. I’m sorta fascinated by them at the moment. Please indulge me.

Plethora Of Neckstraps

So, it seems that Gruv Gear, makers of my favorite cart that I bought in 2014 (it’s now a Krane AMG500 cart), are now getting into the saxophone neckstrap business.

The last neckstrap I bought, which I use still, is a Just Joe’s strap. I do need another strap or harness for Bari Sax, as the weight of my bari just kills my neck (even with the Just Joe’s strap).

Who else is in the neck strap business nowadays?