Just another Easter afternoon

No, no — I’m still 27.

And I’ve got a new pair of jeans and a coat. Yeah.
Tom Tailor and Urban Republic have been gentle to my wallet, I got both for less than $150.

Nothing new in the music department, but I’ve been recording sounds around town with the Zoom H4 which I’ve bought a couple of weeks ago. Great little gadget, if only it had better microphone preamps and no "silent beep" problems, I’d be willing to pay $50 or even a $100 more for it. Good thing it has XLR inputs. All in all – it’s a $300 bargain, highly recommended.

I guess I’ll be uploading stuff to my Freesound page quite frequently from now on, so please go visit it once in a while :)

Before I forget: Zoom H2 will cost $200, fit in your hand and record in 5.1 surround. Nice.

I’ve bought a new computer too, but don’t tell my parents. ‘Rogue’ (2.6 P4, 1GB RAM, Abit IS7-V, Radeon 9800) was getting very tired, very slow, and very noisy. So ‘Fray’ (C2D 2.13, 2GB RAM, Gigabyte 965P-DS3, Nvidia 7600GS) took its place, and ‘Rogue’ is chilling on a side now, enjoying the retirement.
I’m happy with the investment, it’s damn fast and very responsive. I can go as low as 2ms (but keeping it at healthy 7ms) with latency in Reason, Nuendo and Kontakt 2 with Audigy 4 (at 48k/24bit) — and that’s quite a difference, looking back at the >40ms I used to work with. Also, the PSU that came with the case is absolutely silent, it’s almost freaking me out. I got used to ~30dB the old one used to produce :)

I’m still waiting for the first "Buffy Season 8" comic to appear in my mailbox. It’s been more than two weeks now since TFAW sent it my way, and I’m getting a bit worried here. My "Tales of the Slayers" got lost in the mail recently, but Amazon was kind enough to replace it free of charge, so I finally received it last month (after almost 8 months). I really wouldn’t want to lose this first edition like that :/

What else… Yeah, don’t try to use TakeMS 133x 4GB SD cards with the H4, the result is slow startup (some 20-30 seconds), dropping out (if recording for more than 10 minutes), and slow stopping time (also 20-30 seconds). I wonder if the Sandisk version behaves the same way.

I’m gonna have some afternoon Nescafe classic now, maybe finish F.E.A.R. Extraction Point (not bad) while sipping it, then maybe draw something, we’ll see.

Have a fine, easy, happy Easter :)

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