Thanksgiving Open Thread, Delivering in Beta

On US soil today, it’s Thanksgiving. I’m over 3600 miles away, myself, from the place that began as home this year in New York, but ready to celebrate a day off anyway as I take in Eindhoven’s STRP Festival and prepare for performing on Saturday back in Berlin. But whether you’re in the US or in one of the many other parts of the world where we count readers, let’s pause to consider what makes us thankful. I’m immensely thankful to have the opportunity to make music. I find it’s always worth reminding myself of that, and reminding to fight …

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Comment of the Week: “I don’t want play in the club”

Photo: Home Taping Is Killing Music, (CC) andy in nyc. This is a profound comment on so many levels. I’ll let it speak for itself: Yes, you can contact with me. But, if you would want that I played on your party on cassettes, then I refuse. I do not play on cassettes any more. In general, I don’t want play in the club, because people come there to drink and to search partner for copulate. This is bad. – Artjom, Russian DJ and alternative interface researcher, commenting on Homemade Cassette Tape DJ Mixers + Max/MSP PC We feel you, …

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Studio Busted by Waves Anti-Piracy Police Shares Experience

We asked to hear from some actual studios targeted by plug-in maker Waves’ anti-piracy police (aka “banpiracy.com”). Here’s one report from Nick Buxton, via comments: I haven’t read all the comments but wanted to add our experience; all our recording software is legal, we use uad plugs but wanted to see how waves worked; couldn’t get a demo version, so tried out a “copy” on personal projects; decided what we already had was better so decided not to buy; but didn’t erase the “copy”; stupid; now maybe we were denounced, although since we didn’t use it on any commercial projects, …

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Monday Morning Feedback: How Do You CDM?

Peter has disappeared for a well-deserved break. I can’t replace him. I can’t even see myself getting to the place from which I could see the path which would allow me to tell you something about music or audio which he hasn’t already covered at length and in depth. However, I can tell you plenty about the inner workings of the CDM sites. So I’d like to give you a bit of an update on where the site has been going, ask for your feedback on how you use the site, what you’d like to see from us in the …

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This Week in Comments

Our readers are smarter than your readers. And, erm, this writer, sometimes. Keyboard Magazine, 1985: Recalling music tech from back in the day. I remember that issue. Was surprised to notice that it’s now 21 years old. Crap. *I’m* old. Those were coolest issues with the SoundPages, the little flexible tear-out 45’s. Heh, I think that was the year I got my first synth, an SH-101 with the pitch bend neck and guitar strap (still have it). Good times, good times. -Eric Graphics, Schmaphics: It’s about the experience, right, Nintendo? (Especially when you can’t see and have to play by …

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This Week in Comments

Posts this week stirred some controversy and discussion from big issues to small: “The OLPC program is not perfect, but at least they’re trying something. It’s open and there is a great deal of room for the individual countries and regions to adapt them to their needs.” -David Wagenbach in a heated debate on the value of adding music software to the One Laptop Per Child initiative, aimed at China, Brasil, Thailand, Argentina, and (possibly) even the US and Canada “Akai got one big thing right with the MPD16: getting there first. They were way ahead of all these other …

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CDM Forums: Keep Up With Comments and Messages

For those of you not in the know, you can keep up with the flow of comments on CDM and messages on the CDM forums via RSS feed. (If you’re like me, you’re loving the new beta of Google Reader, which makes reading feeds a whole lot easier.) Create Digital Music comments CDM Forum posts (Create Digital Music / Create Digital Motion combined) To follow the feed of a post you’ve replied to, you’ll find an RSS feed inside comments, too, but it’s usually more convenient just to follow all the comments since they’re relatively low volume. As always, if …

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Omniscience is Way Cool

Being behind the scenes on a website is great fun when everything is working. Site admins can have an overview of everything going on: Instantly seeing new comments, forum threads, incoming links, spam forum signups and reader feedback gives a faint feeling of superiority which is just delicious. With CDM2.0 we’ve tried to bring some of that flavour to you, the punter. We’re not letting you into the site stats or referrals just yet, but we do have RSS feeds for all posts, comments and forum messages. If you haven’t been watching those recently or aren’t into RSS yet (you …

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