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dBpowerAMP: Seemlessly Convert Audio Between Most Formats

Published on December 9th, 2005
Category: Audio and Video
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I’ve been using dBpowerAMP Music Converter or, as it is often called, “dMC” for a long time now. From the dBpowerAMP website, they say that it is “often called a Swiss army knife of audio.” They could not have been more right about that!

When I found this audio converter, I was just looking for a tool to convert my WAV files to MP3 and vice versa. I discovered that it did a lot more than that. Below, I’ve outlined the best of their many features.
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System Overhaul

Published on December 8th, 2005
Category: Rants and Raves
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Congratulations! If you are seeing this, then you are viewing this blog from my new web server! I explained it a little more in depth in my hosting hack article. Basically, I really loved my previous host. But the disk space, bandwidth, and POP3 servers were getting in the way of my plans. I also changed my blogging engine from Movable Type to WordPress! I did this because I was tired of the way Movable Type rendered pages. They produced them statically instead of dynamically. (It’s technical jargon. Don’t worry about it). Another reason is because there is no telling where Six Apart (the makers of Movable Type) is going with their prices. There may be a day when I will have to switch because they charge for their blogging software. I rationalized that it is better to experience the hassle of switching now, when I have fewer articles, then later. On the other hand, WordPress is under GNU’s GPL copyright. So, it will always be free!

I’m still getting used to both this new host and this new blogging engine. I think I’ve worked out all the kinks in the system. Chances are that you will not even notice the change, which is a good thing. But, if you do notice a broken link or something PLEASE contact me and tell me about it!

Chord Song Transposer: For Piano Chords or Guitar and Tablature

Published on December 5th, 2005
Category: Audio and Video
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With the holiday season and all the Christmas music, I’ve decided to write this article. When I was young, I used to sing solos in church. But for some reason, probably the awkwardness of adolescence, I stopped singing. This past year, I’ve gotten back into solos. But, I provide my own accompaniment by playing the piano at the same time. However, I do not read actual printed music to learn how to play songs. Usually, I download the chords, which are usually intended for guitar, and try to make some sense out of them. I always have a problem when I get these chords from the Internet. This is because tenors and sopranos with wide voice ranges normally sing popular music. I am the total opposite of the norm. I am a baritone (bass) and my voice range is very narrow. Because of this, every chord sheet that I download has to be transposed.
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