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#16
Heh, personally I don't have a problem with that, that's where I started, and considering the cost/income ratio when you are starting out (which is basically 100% cost, 0% income), it makes it very difficult for new talent to be able to develop their skills or raise awareness.

The downside is, apart from the obvious virus risks, that Sonar is somewhat 'choosy' and with no access to support, you have to fix any problems that arise yourself. This does give good practice with delving around in the guts of the program though, oddly enough :D

To be honest, if my Nan hadn't died and left me some money I would probably still be using pirated software...
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#17
As soon as my current money problems are out of the way, I'll definitely give it a go again :) Though I expect I'll need to re-learn a lot of the basics.

Now; We need to get some of the old posters back here somehow :P I saw Kara a few weeks ago, and Aldo + WF were here but vanished.
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#19
Will do :)

I've got my YouTube channel up and running now, trying to space out the uploads of older stuff so they last until I'm actually making new stuff.

The biggest mistake I ever made was to buy a computer with the USB sockets on the top, facing upwards, they've become little dust collectors that are a nightmare to clean. One of them refuses to power my Midi keyboard and the other one only when it's in the mood. I've got myself an internal USB2 card which I'll be installing this week, I just hope that fixes the issue.
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#20
You'll need some compressed air to clean that dust out. If needed take your PC outside and have a good clean.
After that, simply get some USB extension cables or a USB hub if your USB card doesn't work out. Or just do what I do - Leave everything plugged in all the time.

Backplate USB ports are generally better though. Ports that appear elsewhere on cases are usually poorly wired unless you have a good case.
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#21
Well, that's the new USB socket installed, now comes the fun bit. Part of me just wants to reformat and reinstall everything, it'd make like much easier in the long run, but the downside is the amount of trouble it is to set everything back up again. Especially since I've just changed service provider, so I need to make certain things like Steam and Origin know my new address in case of password issues first.

The Installation is about 4 years old on my computer, which isn't terrible, but IS enough to make the clunkiness noticeable enough to annoy.
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#22
Wow, I usually format every 6 months :) That and because I'm usually upgrading my components.
It's a lot easier to start fresh these days - You just need to make sure you have a good check list of every program you need to re-install (and the programs readily available on a USB disk, for example)
You can also backup your profiles (such as Firefox, Chrome etc) with specialized software. I use MozBackup to backup my Firefox and Thunderbird data before a format.

Not sure about Steam.. I'm one of the few people left that doesn't use it :)
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#23
The biggest issue is making sure I've got my password, which is easy, and then seeing if I can get the Cloud service to synchronize my Savegames, that way I think I can just store my saves on their servers and then once I've re-installed Steam it should be a matter to just syncing things up again. If that doesn't work, it's no real biggie.

Yup, I will probably back up my Firefox settings, though I'll probably do the rounds with checking my Email and Password with every site I visit before I jump in, there's usually something that slips through though. It's checklist time... :/
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#25
Surprisingly well, all things considered, that's the format and reinstall complete, kept my Firefox profile, which makes life a lot easier. Sonar is now reinstalled, just need to get the VST's up and running, my soundcard drivers up to date and make sure the amplifier setup still works :)

My only mistake was finding an old copy of Windows 7 Professional, which is good, but forgetting that my Network Card is newer than the OS I was about to install, and thus, no drivers. Took a while to track down the make of my Motherboard (who designs a MB where the name of the board goes under the graphics card?) so I could get hold of them.

Should hopefully be one or two more days and I can start tinkering with things on Sonar again.

EDIT : Of course, there's also the matter of about 300 Windows updates...
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#26
who designs a MB where the name of the board goes under the graphics card?
Well, if your graphic card is the size of a small moon... Then that's hard to avoid :)

No Windows 10 for you then?
Hunter

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#27
Heh, I will admit, my Graphics Card is a Sapphire Pro, which is kind of a brick...

I will be going Windows 10 eventually, but I'm going to leave it a few months, there still isn't a confirmed compatible driver for my Audio card, so I'll stick with the setup I'm comfortable with till at least then.

Got my choir synths working, the amplifier is up and running, and I'm just running through some of my other stuff now, forgot how time-consuming it is installing all this stuff :/ The only problems I've had so far is that is a drum machine that is convinced it's in trial mode and keeps adding a 'pssshhhhh' noise every 20 seconds, and my Midi Keyboard sometimes suddenly refusing to talk to Sonar, which is a bit more of a worry, but it might just be a question of finding the right USB port to go through.
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#28
Forgot how much I hated tweaking Sonar so it will talk to everything :/

Still, actually started playing around with the Synths again and recording things., Nothing to show yet but hopefully this will change as I get more of them working properly.
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#29
What keyboard are you using? I think a lot of musicians these days just use any old keyboard, since SONAR does most of the work. Unless you're feeling nostalgic, ofcourse...

I still have a Yamaha S03 in storage. It's a nice little (well, medium) synth but really dated now!
Hunter

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#30
I use VST's almost exclusively, so I just use an Axiom 61 Midi keyboard, my computer does all of my tone generation :)

Sorry for the absence, we had a bit of a dilemma here, unfortunately the family dog died suddenly last week, the vet thinks he may have been poisoned. It's taken us all by surprise and we may have to talk to the Police, since there have been a few incidents of poisoning in the area lately.

Normal service will be resumed shortly.
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