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  1. Nah - these days I can laugh about it In the first days - not so much. What's hard to wrap ones head around is: if arguments fail, and you think, the explanations you provide are flawless in their logic, how can anyone possibly mistake them? That's a big question for me. And in these somewhat post-factum times, it's even more confusion. People tend to cling to absurd theories, believing the earth was flat, no matter how reasonable your arguments seem. That's real tough to swallow; he even saw/heard it with his own eyes/ears, when we took that vid with his smart phone. I mean: what exactly does it tell him, when there is no audio? Exactly like before? Better not think about it :-) cheers, y'all, have a nice day!
  2. Hi y'all, Here's something that happened almost a year ago - I think I needed some time to get over it :-) So you all now that business sometimes doesn't turn out as expected, and in most cases we shrug shoulders and call it a day. So do I usually, but then I had this client nearly to the day a year ago. He called me, and ask whether I could aid him with a video he made at his daughter's wedding, and while watching it the other day he encountered severe "sound problems". I said "sure", and later that evening I got a mail with a .mp4 vid. He already told me that he was using his smart phone. So I was prepared for all sorts of mishapps you might think of in such a situation, like too much reverb in a church, boomy sound, too quiet, too loud, and the likes. So, without knowing what would await me, I opened up that video. There was sound for about seven seconds, and then - very abruptly - silence. For the rest of the whole long video. Opened it in a video editor, opened it in my DAW - yep, it almost certainly showed that the microphone gave out it's life during a wedding (oh the irony!)! Well, the other day I called the client, and told him that his problem was beyond repair. He asked me, if it was OK for him to come over, and see for himself. Stupid me just said "OK". Later that day, I had him standing beside me, I opened up his file, showed him the waveform, and told him that there was no audio from past seven seconds onwards. I asked him, if he would make a short video here with his smartphone. Well, he agreed - we recorded for about thirty seconds, and guess what? No audio! The mic definitively was gone. So after a bit of small talk, we said good bye, and off he went. Of course he was charged nothing - I couldn't do anything for him. But while in bed that night, I felt sorry for the old buddy. And after a while I had an idea - at that time I thought, it would be t h e idea. Little did I know. So the other day I wrote a mail to him. My idea was as follows: during the whole vid you see lots of people with smart phones, even a guy with a handy cam. I was very confident that almost all of the wedding would be in one way or another on tape! So I offered him to put those pieces togehter and merge them to his video, so that his daughter would have a souvenir from her dad of her wedding. Actually I was so optimistic, I started splitting the video in several scenes, so that it would be a lot easier to maintain them, while going through the audio files of lots of other videos. Little later I got a mail back - I was thinking of printing it here (but would have to translate it into english anyway, so I go the easier way here). It took some time, until realized I was gazing at the screen with my mouth open. I checked in on the audio I got from his video, pulled that volume up beyond crazy, and: nope - nothing. Beyond seven seconds - no audio! I tried several other things, just to make sure that there was no audio in no way whatsoever. I also remembered that just the day before we took a little video just to ceck and see. And we had no audio at all. As if a big (a very big) blinking, pointing finger was above that smart phone yelling: "The goddamn mic is dead!" I really, really would have loved to hear how this story ended :-) greetings - take care of yourselfs, and if things go south: remember, other's have been there too! snafu
  3. I've had a weird week, and what I got from the postman last morning made it all more weirder. It's a CD from Japan. But first things first... My younger brother currently resides in Japan. He told me three weeks ago that he has met a guy from spain who also makes music, and uses Samplitude. Since my brother told me, this guy Alvaro, would also "run around with a field recorder, and record everything in Japan he get's his hands on", I asked for a mail-adress, because lately I do the exact same (run around and record everything I can lay ears on). So we had a short chat via mail. I tried my best to write in spanish, at least the few things I remember from school. Unfortuntely that a) isn't much, and is not specific in the means of audio. I told him that I look for every kind of mono recordings I can get. In retrospective, I should have been more specific or write in english. To make a long story short: Yesterday I got mail from Japan, containing a CD with about two hundred mp3 tracks with strange sounds, obviously all from: monkeys. Each and every track. I told a friend and he revisited my mail I wrote to Alvaro. He than told me that "mono recordings" is not properly translated with "grabacion de mono" (which actually is not correct by means of grammar and vocabulary), since "mono" in spanish means "monkey". Now I'm a bit wiser - but still don't know how to translate "mono recordings" into spanish. And on the other side of the world is a guy who will still in ten years remember that "strange dude from germany with a passion for monkeys". cheers snafu
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