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Originally Posted by 8 Octaves
At my workplace, there is an expectation that I work all my waking hours.

That's a terribly unhealthy work ethic! I'm glad you ignore that, at least a little, and take time to play piano smile Got to enjoy life.


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I might update it when I have time. (this one has some clipping).

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There are several topics floating around here right now.

#1.) Nobody seems to be buying that Mr Super Hunky and Monica are the same person.

#2.) Internet security and anonymity.

#3.) The fact that we will discuss just about anything in the 2 weeks prior to the recital opening date. I just want to note that this has been a very sensitive slice of time in the past where some deeper issues seem to surface. [Probably because are nerves are shot due to the recording process and we're almost looking to smack someone as a result!.... 'Almost'!

Anyway, the good news is that because most of us here have respect for one another and appreciate what each other has accomplished, we always seem to patch things up. Usually producing a stronger bond than before.

Just an observation.

George, you paid me some very nice compliments and I can't tell you how much that means to me. Actually I can, and I did.

Just like you, I would love to be friends with like minded/similar interest people. From what you have described as some of your interests, I would like to be friends with you as well as many others here. There is no reason why we can't be nor is there any reason to over complicate the basic concept.

Some people openly say who they are and most use some creative user name for a whole slew of reasons.

If someone represents themselves as say 'waterski-boy 69', then I would realize that they could have chosen to represent them-self by their real name [Bob Smith], but chose not too for whatever reason. Asking someone to disclose private/personal information that they previously had chosen not to disclose to be available to everyone on the planet would be exponentially against what the person wanted to begin with. You could even say that asking a person to divulge personal/private info to the world could create an awkward situation for everyone involved if things don't go as planned.

For this reason alone, I personally refer to someone as they wish to be referred to. Even if it seems a bit odd.

And being born with the last name of 'Super-Hunky' can get a bit odd at times. Especially when I'm talking with dudes!



As others have said, you can find out just about anything on anyone if you really want to. The user names are just a type of internet privacy fence. But you can see around the privacy fence by using the 'private message' feature which was created specifically for this purpose.

So, in actuality, there is, and really never was any problem here. Al that was needed was a fine tuning of the compatibility knob that's all. Public info is public. Private info is private. Perfectly compatible.

Now let's eat!


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Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky
.......where some deeper issues seem to surface. [Probably because are nerves are shot due to the recording process and we're almost looking to smack someone as a result!.... 'Almost'!


That explains everything

Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky


If someone represents themselves as say 'waterski-boy 69', then I would realize that they could have chosen to represent them-self by their real name [Bob Smith], but chose not too for whatever reason. Asking someone to disclose private/personal information that they previously had chosen not to disclose to be available to everyone on the planet would be exponentially against what the person wanted to begin with. You could even say that asking a person to divulge personal/private info to the world could create an awkward situation for everyone involved if things don't go as planned.

For this reason alone, I personally refer to someone as they wish to be referred to. Even if it seems a bit odd.

And being born with the last name of 'Super-Hunky' can get a bit odd at times. Especially when I'm talking with dudes!


As others have said, you can find out just about anything on anyone if you really want to. The user names are just a type of internet privacy fence. But you can see around the privacy fence by using the 'private message' feature which was created specifically for this purpose.

So, in actuality, there is, and really never was any problem here. Al that was needed was a fine tuning of the compatibility knob that's all. Public info is public. Private info is private. Perfectly compatible.

Now let's eat!



Very well put ****** (no it's just not right)..Mr SuperH


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Surprisingly easy, barely an inconvenience.

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I'm going to change the conversation again and bring it back to topic. grin I played the music I'm thinking of entering into the recital in my lesson last night and my teacher was very encouraging and I think a little stunned & happy that I have attempted something that is well above what we've done in lessons so far. So I'm feeling very very excited and a little nervous about doing my very first recital. I only hope that I don't get shot down for my little mistakes (because no matter how many 100's of times I'm playing this little bit of music I can't do it with no mistakes blush ). Now I'm just waiting on my MIDI to USB cable to arrive and I'm going to attempt to record it. It's all a bit daunting as I have no idea how to go about it all, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. smile


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MandyD you will never get shot down for mistakes in these recitals.


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I finally got a "passable" recording! Just 2 mistakes but no major derailment. I'm going to try to get some better takes and if all else fails, I'm going with what I got.

I notice my recordings seem low in volume as compared to other people's given the same volume setting on the PC. I'm recording with a Samson C01U microphone using Audacity. My recording level is set correctly because I am just ever so slightly clipping (twice in the entire recording, and I can't hear them). Is anyone using compression? Or, is it microphone placement? I'm placing my microphone about 6 feet back from the front of the piano.


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Originally Posted by MandyD
So I'm feeling very very excited and a little nervous about doing my very first recital. I only hope that I don't get shot down for my little mistakes


First recital - good for you! Congratulations! No, no one gets shot down for mistakes. My first recital was back in March and I made a lot of mistakes. Everyone was accepting and encouraging and it was a lot of fun. So much fun I'm doing it again! smile



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Originally Posted by dpaws

I notice my recordings seem low in volume as compared to other people's given the same volume setting on the PC.

If you have a low recording level you can boost it with Audacity using the 'amplify' function.

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I notice my recordings seem low in volume as compared to other people's given the same volume setting on the PC.

If you have a low recording level you can boost it with Audacity using the 'amplify' function.

Thanks, timmyab. I tried that and if I enter anything greater than 0, it disables the OK button (presumably any amplification will only add clipping).


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I notice my recordings seem low in volume as compared to other people's given the same volume setting on the PC.

If you have a low recording level you can boost it with Audacity using the 'amplify' function.

Thanks, timmyab. I tried that and if I enter anything greater than 0, it disables the OK button (presumably any amplification will only add clipping).
Have you tried the normalize and the equalization functions?

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I notice my recordings seem low in volume as compared to other people's given the same volume setting on the PC.

If you have a low recording level you can boost it with Audacity using the 'amplify' function.

Thanks, timmyab. I tried that and if I enter anything greater than 0, it disables the OK button (presumably any amplification will only add clipping).
Have you tried the normalize and the equalization functions?

Thanks, noobpianist90. Normalize will only go to -1 dB, and equalization (I want a flat frequency response curve) if I equalize up (by any + dB) it just increases the frequency of the clipping.

I'm going to try a few different microphone placements and see if any sound better, but I won't be able to tonight. I feel like I want to keep the signal processing to a minimum, so, maybe it just is what it is. cool


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Originally Posted by dpaws
Normalize will only go to -1 dB, and equalization (I want a flat frequency response curve) if I equalize up (by any + dB) it just increases the frequency of the clipping.


No, not that way. Normalize it down about -3dB or -4dB, and then amplify it. That way, the high decibels are normalized to the lower ones and all are amplified.

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Normalize will only go to -1 dB, and equalization (I want a flat frequency response curve) if I equalize up (by any + dB) it just increases the frequency of the clipping.


No, not that way. Normalize it down about -3dB or -4dB, and then amplify it. That way, the high decibels are normalized to the lower ones and all are amplified.


Oh! I see what you are getting at. I'll try it out and see what happens. Thanks!


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Normalize will only go to -1 dB, and equalization (I want a flat frequency response curve) if I equalize up (by any + dB) it just increases the frequency of the clipping.
No, not that way. Normalize it down about -3dB or -4dB, and then amplify it. That way, the high decibels are normalized to the lower ones and all are amplified.
Oh! I see what you are getting at. I'll try it out and see what happens. Thanks!

Please note that this would be a last resort kinda thing, and you might have to play around with the exact normalize and amplify dB levels. If you overdo it, you might lose out on the dynamics in your recording.

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Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky
There are several topics floating around here right now.
(...)
#2.) Internet security and anonymity.
(...)

Mr Super-Hunky Although I know your real name long time ago, you will always be Mr Super-Hunky.
And why? Because your name (and avatar) are almost as a brand of Piano World; your opinions are always scathing (but not offensive), direct and intelligent; you are respected by most of the participants of this website; and you are one of the most popular members of this community. You excel amid +70,000 members, which is remarkable.
And I wish that will continue this way.


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If I mention llamas, log cabins or underwear models in conjuction with piano my husband says ---Oh, are you talking about Mr. Hunky-Dory? (Sorry Mr. Super-Hunky smile )

I'm in. I didn't think I was going to make it.

I was struggling between 2 choices and surprised myself by going with what was (for me) the harder piece. I made a point of playing through flubs - and while I'd like to say this is representative of what I can do in front of a live audience, the fact is that playing for my computer is getting easier and easier... playing in front of people is still a real problem for me. So....this is probably BETTER than I'd do if I were in your living room smile

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Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky
There are several topics floating around here right now.

#1.) Nobody seems to be buying that Mr Super Hunky and Monica are the same person.


Doubt if even the Transformers could make that transformation...

Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky

#3.) The fact that we will discuss just about anything in the 2 weeks prior to the recital opening date.


I've noticed that trend too - it's almost as if the Call for Submissions is taken as a Call for Contentiousness also...

Originally Posted by mr Super-Hunky

Some people openly say who they are and most use some creative user name for a whole slew of reasons.


I have 3 reasons - Trapper John was my favorite character on the great, old TV sitcom "M*A*S*H; I've been live-TRAPping a lot of varmints and other critters on our property here and my wife came up wife this use; and I shoot TRAP (clay pigeons) on a regular basis at our local gun club...

While the name conjurs up images of a cantankerous, grizzled, flea-bitten old Mountain Man (thus evoking an avoidance-response in some yuppies & other "city-folk"), I assure you that I'm a highly refined, cultured, superbly educated - and sensitive - gentleman of leisure.


Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky
Now let's eat!



One of the more profound things you've ever uttered.... laugh

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First, I must say that even after all of the thoughtful explanations, I still don't really understand the need for anonymity, but that's my problem no one else's.

All of this nonsense started here:

Originally Posted by GeorgeSchiro
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I feel that if we were neighbors in the real world, you,
me and our wives might enjoy sharing time together.
My name is George. What is yours?

I think some folks may have been concerned I was after their names, social security numbers, credit card numbers, etc. I was only hoping for a first name. To me it just seems more friendly - more human - to refer to a person by his or her real first name.

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Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky

Because of this, I don't want to create any problems, I have decided to allow guys who want to address me by my real first name [which is ******], to do so.

I absolutely insist however that the ladies here continue to address me by my real last name which is Mr. Super.....well, you know the rest.



Dear Mr Super-Hunky, well this creates a conundrum...now those who were trying to hide behind non-gender-specific names will give the game away if they call you by your first name, ....or maybe they will be pretending to be ladies and address you as Mr.Super-Hunky (for obvious reasons, I don't abbreviate your name smile ) ---- or maybe the women will pretend to be men and call you by your first name....
How can we trust anything or anyone from here on in --- oh dear, what a kettle of fish!



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