:: Saturday, February 15, 2003
SOUND RECORDING FOR DUMMIES
in the last few weeks, I've been trying to get some songs of KEMPY's recorded.. he had the brilliant idea of recording it all at his place, on his shiny new computer setup.. said likely beers would be involved.. lo-fi stoner chill out surrounding's.. I thought.. "sounds like a fucken plan duuuude"..
but as these things usually go, nothing fucken worked.. with the blame squarly put on KEMPY's cheerfully decorative, yet totally useless PC cinderblock he bought for the suspicious cheap amount of $500. (note: unlike a lot of other things in this world.. when it comes to computers you GET wot you PAY for.. if you pay in peanuts, expect monkeys..)
first recording session wuz spent wasting 3 hours trying to figure out why his PC monitor wouldn't switch on after connecting everything up, gibbering around with power cables like baboons trying to get shit to work - turns out his video card wuz totally busted.. and needed to be replaced.
today, a few weeks later, apparently this wuz all fixed.. I thought.. "yay.. problem over.. it's ALL smooth sailing from here.." so.. I turn up.. install some sound software.. then, realise.. the computer has no working soundcard.. the thing's installed in the back with all the happy speaker/line-in/mic/line-out plugs, but the stupid PC wouldn't acknowledge it's existence. I fuck around with a few settings.. but, completely out've my depth on the befuddling XP setup.. I gave up.. couldn't get the fucker to make sound..
next we thought.. "hey, lets try burning a CD".. so, I show KEMPY how to dump CD tracks to the hard-drive.. then, woop up the CD-burner proggy.. proceed to dump tracks into it.. press "BURN".. and the thing claims there's no CD burner, it's installed.. I've been using it for the last 10 minutes to rip CD tracks to PC.. yet, it claims it doesn't exist..
no working soundcard... no working CD burner..
(and apparently, the other CD-ROM wuz busted too.. when you put a CD in.. you couldn't take the damn thing out, without rebooting the PC.. and if the PC wuz really fucked.. you couldn't switch it off to restart, without pulling the fucken plug from the wall.. um.. YAY?)
finally.. we thought.. "hey, lets get the printer to work".. got XP to recognise it existed, it installed it.. we went to print, and realised KEMPY hadn't put any ink in the fucken printer..
all in all.. after tinkering around with the paperweight for 2 hours.. the only thing I managed to do, wuz figure how to get the "BCC" field to show up in his e-mail proggy..
oh yes.. REAL PRODUCTIVE!
crazed visions of me pummeling the shit out've this PC with a sledehammer come cheerfully to mind.. ;)
:: Spoz 6:50 PM |