December 9th, 2001

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what you get when you mix too much equipment with too much time

[geek]

so in the interest of keeping boredom at bay and finding something better to do with my computer, this week i dug an extra soundcard out of one of my storage boxes- an SB AWE64 i had the chance to get my hands on about 3 years ago- ISA, but still a good card.

i popped that in and reconfigured VTT to run as a "proper" dj setup with a master and monitor out, but wasn't happy with the software EQing... even on a pIII-750 it just takes too long to respond.

so i hauled my 500 upstairs and reconfigured VTT again, this time simply to send channel 0 to one card and channel 1 to the other. this is, IMO, where one of VTT's shortcomings lies- it needs support for sound cards with two separate line-outs, as that'd allow for one line-out into each channel of the mixer...

(& no, you do *not* want to see the cable mess behind all of this combined with a two-amplifier, four-speaker setup.)

anyway, that setup works decently, provides lots of fun- a mixer & mouse/trackball setup is fairly ergonomic, and having the pioneer upstream of the amplifiers seems to clean up the signal coming out of the computer- i can't explain it other than saying the cabinets just push a *lot* harder this way...

the only real purposes for all of this are playing around that can't be done on vinyl, and pre-programming sets without worrying about wearing down needles or records- & since i don't have a complete vinyl setup right now, i guess i'm kinda just getting my fix too ;)

soon to come: installing those integrated amps i bought two months ago. really.

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