System Rebuilt - Audio Latency and a Little History

I finished installing a clean version of Windows 10 without any extraneous software or apps. That has corrected the problem.

Sometimes it's good to be reminded that my work computer is not a toy.

In rebuilding everything, I ran across some familiar "Gotchas" one of which was the issue with audio latency and buffer size. After installing my sound mixing software - MixCraft 9, every MP3 I played using Windows Media Player had an annoying "ticking sound" in the background.

If you ever run into this issue the remedy for this is simply to raise the Core Audio from 41000 Hz to 48000 Hz. You can go higher if you like. I like to keep it at the lowest acceptable common denominator for my video editing program.

I'm remastering some older music from my personal library. My history with music production goes back many decades. In 1981 I opened my first recording studio in Costa Mesa, California. I had no idea what I was doing and ended-up getting a letter from George Lucas's lawyer threatening to sue me because I'd attempted to get a business license under the name 'Industrial SOUND and Magic' - I still chuckle over that one. Most of my clients were people who were recording self-help tapes, ect. The studio soon became my personal playground and was where I first began to explore technology in an 'outside of the box' creative way.

During this time I was working a day job at a NATO ammunitions factory. This remains one of the greatest regrets of my life.

Back then everything was on reel to reel and cassette tape. So to edit you physically had to splice the tapes and tape them together. I had a "mixer" which allowed me to plug in multiple tape decks and turntables. I still have that mixer packed away somewhere in the garage. Film editing was the same way - all physical. Personal computers had just begun to arrive on the scene and I remember day-dreaming about how a computer could be used to edit film and sound - all my friends at the time thought I was nuts. This is nothing new - most people still think I'm nuts.

In 1977 a young man named Domineco Monardo who went by the name Meco, released a disco version of the first Star Wars film soundtrack. It was a huge popular success. But it was what he did after that, in 1978, which captured both my attention and imagination - and it still does. The soundtrack from The Wizard of Oz. This is what I am currently digitally remastering and sweetening. Below is my remastering of the last musical segment only found on his special edition 12" vinyl release.

Until next time ...


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