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Up close and personal with Marina

Monday, May 17th, 2010

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My ticket has arrived to see Marina and the Diamonds at Leeds Metropolitan University Student Union on the 31 May 2010, Lindsey thinks I’m having a mid-life crisis, it’s been about 26 years since I last purchased a ticket to see a pop group that was charting for a mere tenner! Lindsey didn’t want to go! So billy no-mates is going on his own!

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Hidden information on some Music Compact Discs - HDCD

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

The next time your browsing through your compact disc music collection, assuming you still purchase or collect compact discs, have a look for the HDCD symbol on the back of the compact disc box, or on the sleeve notes.

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HDCD - High Definition Compatible Digital, or HDCD is a patented encode-decode process, now owned by Microsoft since 2000, that improves the audio quality of standard Redbook audio CDs, while retaining backward compatibility with existing Compact disc players.  Not to be confused with SACD (Super Audio CD), it can only be dedoced on some compact disc players that have HDCD support.

HDCD encodes the equivalent of 20 bits worth of data in a 16-bit digital audio signal by using custom dithering, audio filters, and some reversible amplitude and gain encoding; Peak Extend, which is a reversible soft limiter and Low Level Range Extend, which is a reversible gain on low-level signals. There is thus a benefit at the expense of a very minor increase in noise.

But since 2000, Microsoft acquired the company and all of its intellectual property assets and included the technology in Microsoft Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Player 9, 10 or 11 running on Windows XP and Windows Media Player 11 running on Windows Vista or Windows 7 are all capable of decoding and playing HDCDs on personal computers with a 24-bit sound card installed.

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Media Player 9 indicates the presence of an HDCD by enabling the logo in the control bar at the bottom of the application window.

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This was changed in versions 10 and 11; if an HDCD is inserted into a compact disk player with WMP 10/11 running, the HDCD logo appears only if the HDCD feature is disabled. So again, the HDCD logo only appears if you’ve got it disabled.

To enable HDCD decode on Windows Vista and Windows 7 you need to enable it. Select Tools/Options/Devices/Speakers in Windows Media Player

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Does it sound any different, well you have to test it and find out!?

I’ll blog in another post, how you can re-rip all your CDs including this new detailed information!

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More GaGa at the MEN Manchester

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

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Lady GaGa Monster Ball Tour - 18th Feb - MEN Arena – Manchester - Video!

Friday, February 19th, 2010

It was an interesting night, being thrown back in time to the 80s, watching all the dressed up fans (freaks - myself included, which reminds me of another band and song - ‘all the best freaks are here’ ) in their gear! But an enjoyable, fabulous set and songs. Worth the wait! I only wished I had another ticket to see her again!

It gets much loader, when GaGa comes on, and wipes out the camera microphone, I wondered why Lindsey was complaining one of her ears wasn’t working properly today! Mine are okay, but I’m deaf anyway! Please also note, if you are one of the freaks going to the Monster Ball, the video does contain spoliers!

Lady GaGa Live at the Monster Ball, 18 Feb, MEN Manchester

Lady GaGa Live at the Monster Ball, 18 Feb, MEN Manchester

Lady GaGa Live at the Monster Ball, 18 Feb, MEN Manchester

Lady GaGa Live at the Monster Ball, 18 Feb, MEN Manchester

Lady GaGa Live at the Monster Ball, 18 Feb, MEN Manchester

Lady GaGa Live at the Monster Ball, 18 Feb, MEN Manchester

I think Freddy would be very poud!

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Alpha Beat supporting Lady GaGa, 18 Feb, MEN Manchester

Friday, February 19th, 2010

I didn’t really anticpiate taking my compact digital camera because I didn’t know how well the photos and video would come out, and despite the notice on the entrance to the MEN stating cameras and digital recording devices would not be allowed, I think everyone at the MEN had a camera or phone with a camera! The only problem is I only took, on memory card, which was rather full, but here is a small clips of the evening to give you a flavour, and I apologise for the picture, video and audio quality - it was loud, that loud, it overloads the microphone on the camera.

Alpha Beat supporting Lady GaGa, 18 Feb, MEN Manchester

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Semi Precious Weapons supporting Lady GaGa, 18 Feb, MEN Manchester

Friday, February 19th, 2010

I didn’t really anticpiate taking my compact digital camera because I didn’t know how well the photos and video would come out, and despite the notice on the entrance to the MEN stating cameras and digital recording devices would not be allowed, I think everyone at the MEN had a camera or phone with a camera! The only problem is I only took, on memory card, which was rather full, but here is a small clips of the evening to give you a flavour, and I apologise for the picture, video and audio quality - it was loud, that loud, it overloads the microphone on the camera. Also please note the language on this clip is rather strong, a bit stronger than Gordan Ramsey, if you know what I mean, plenty of F-Words!


Semi Precious Weapons supporting Lady GaGa, 18 Feb, MEN Manchester

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GaGa - FANASTIC, BRILLIANT, BLOODY GOOD SHOW GIRL!

Friday, February 19th, 2010

We went to see Lady GaGa on her Monster Ball Tour last night at the MEN Arena – Manchester

In a few words, FANASTIC, BRILLIANT, BLOODY GOOD SHOW GIRL!

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Lady GaGa - the Monster Ball Tour

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Received our tickets to see Lady GaGa! (now that’s going to provoke a response!)

Mid-life crisis!

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Tagging mp3s

Monday, July 6th, 2009

squeezeplayI’ve been a little pre-occupied with things, and needed to return to tagging my music cd and mp3 collection, which is a mamouth task, converting all the tags to ID3v2.3 ISO-8859-1 and downloading all the album art, amongst other things going on in andysworld!

But these are the tools I use for free, Mp3tag v2.43 (http://www.mp3tag.de/en/) to tag the music collection correctly and it also downloads album art, and also Album Art Aggreagator v.1.4.6, batch album art downloader. The URL is broken for this, so use Google. I also use iTunes integration for playlist creation, but I’ve recently stopped using this, because my collection has grown, and it takes a while for iTunes to startup and shutdown.

Here are the current Library Statistics

Total Tracks: 10,991

Total Albums: 1,173

Total Artists: 1,316

Total Genres: 107

Total Playing Time: 789:36:50

and I’m only about a third through!

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Friday, March 20th, 2009

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