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  1. Yeah, part of the reason I have my speakers mounted to the desk with old CRT stands is that the thick padding under the carpet made using real stands impractical, plus the CRT stands make it easier to get to that door behind the desk (which is just access to the circuit breaker), but a big part of it is that the entire thing can be repositioned without any measuring or anything*, the only real limiting factor is cable length (the computer is racked on the other side of the wall to the right to keep the fan noise down, so its position is permanently set). Should make it pretty easy to do some fine tuning of the position. If I want to get really fancy I could clamp a board to the desk and actually mount a reference mic at the ideal listening position that way so that it moves with the rest of it, and then look at the frequency response in real time while I move the desk around. Not sure if I'll bother with that but i might. EDIT: I also need to learn how to properly flush out and clean an oil tank, because there's a pretty big one in the other side of the basement that's completely disconnected. If there's a practical way to get it cleaned out and safely cut a couple small holes in it without blowing it up or something I might make it into a reverb chamber, but that's a along term goal. *also I already had one so even paying the inflated internet prices for another identical one was about 2/3 the price of a single LCD monitor arm that could handle a 25 pound speaker, much less two of them plus the rest of the parts it takes to convert them into on-desk monitor stands.
  2. It's already asymmetrical because one wall is about 12" of concrete and the other is 3/4" drywall on pine studs with an even bigger untreated space on the other side, so it'll be weird no matter what I do. I could get enough 2" Owens Corning 703 to make 6 24"x48" panels for $75 so I'll stick with DIY, should be able to do the whole room for $200-$300 that way depending on how much coverage I need (not counting bass traps).
  3. What did you fill your acoustic panels with? I'm going to need to make a couple, if only to kill the first reflections on the concrete foundation side of the new room (the other wall probably doesn't matter much since there are going to be racks in front of its first reflection point anyhow).
  4. Lugging this crap through about a dozen moves is finally paying off.
  5. Imagine how much money the design firm that came up with this was paid: Let's be real, the worst covers are usually high budget, major label affairs.
  6. This thread is mostly full of the best album covers of all time, though. Even as a middle school kid who was pretty deep into thrash when it came out I thought this cover was pretty crap, and it hasn't improved with age.
  7. Moved into a place with a basement office. I'm standing abut 2/3 of the way from the back wall in this photo, it's pretty large. I'd say 25 - 30 feet front to back. Going to be weeks before I'm really set up but it's going to be worth it. I even got some big hooks so I can run my cables across the ceiling and actually be able to keep the floor vacuumed for a change. Only major issue so far is that the people who built it put in half a dozen nice ceiling lights but they're on a dimmer, and that's probably going to cause all sorts of noise issues so I need to swap it out for a normal switch and put in some low wattage bulbs to keep it cozy. EDIT: I also need to bolt a pipe or something to one of the beams in the ceiling and clamp that tall rack to it, because the carpet has something like 3/4" of squishy foam underneath it which is nice for making the room less reflective but it means anything that's even slightly top heavy wobbles all over the place and will probably tip over and kill somebody. The keyboard stands and shelves are OK but that rack is a death trap without some extra support.
  8. It's the opposite for me, I only really listen to music I already know online, because the experience is so disposable that way that by the time I'm finished listening to a track I barely remember what the previous one sounded like, whereas with physical media I can listen to something once and remember it a decade later. So streaming/Youtube/etc. become just a way to make some noise in the background, like radio used to be, or occasionally to check something and see if it's worth buying a physical release (although even that can be hard to tell, because a lot of stuff that sounds bland streamed sounds really engaging on vinyl or even a cassette if it's well made which they usually aren't). Physical media, especially records, is where I actually learn about stuff. Working at a record shop for 6 years and having access to their records taught me more than 4 years of lessons in high school and a music degree combined. And it's not some demonstrative hipster fashion thing, that shit is driving up prices and making physical media worse.
  9. More or less, although I'd say that the idea of "generations" as it's usually used, which started around WWI and is intimately tied to the rise of youth culture as a market after the development of the automobile and the general shift from families to individuals as the primary economic agent in the wake of the industrial revolution, is also very closely tied with marketing and the defining characteristics of a given generation are largely a combination of how much material security people in a given age range tended to have during the first 20 years of their life AND what was being marketed to them. But maybe the most important thing to keep in mind is that "generations" are a silly concept that doesn't mean nearly as much as people think it means, and this whole theory is based around the idea that it's funny to overanalyze something that's too vague to bear that kind of overanalysis anyway. Generational analysis is about on par with having a very serious, measured discussion of whether Batman could beat up Superman. It's fun and games until people start to actually take it seriously. EDIT: also when people talk about "generations" they're almost always just talking about middle class white people in North America (the most powerful youth market of the 20th century).
  10. All it's saying is that people who come of age during high points in the economic cycle tend to be entitled, people who come of age during low points of the cycle tend to resent the ones who came of age during the high points, and beyond that it's mostly superficial differences driven by the o=youth culture industry. It's not complicated.
  11. I was born in one of those gaps where I don't exactly fit in to any of the marketing demographics we call "generations," so by not being from any generation I've got a kind of a unique perspective on them, and what I've observed is that boomers and millennials are almost exactly the same. If you take the Konratieff wave starting around WWI when the modern marketing industry began, and superimpose the new technologies and fashion that were being marketed to people between 15 and 25 at the peaks and valleys, that's what generations are. The rising slopes make boomers and falling make produce. If you offset it so that it's a bipolar wave, was born right around the zero crossing between Gen X (punks) and Millennials (boomers).
  12. One of the absolute worst mainstream tracks of all time. Top 10 hit in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Canada. That second Canada was supposed to be "Ireland" but I'm leaving it. EDIT: also Allmusic gave it 4 stars and calls it "an inspired timepiece with an ageless message," that's how bad it is.
  13. Yeah, it definitely looks really cozy. I'm in the middle of a move and the people who were here before me were running a graphic design business out of the basement, so they have a huge, finished room down there that's amazing as a studio in terms of logistics, but it's the opposite of cozy because it was designed by the kind of graphic designers who also did their entire home in 100% Ikea. I'd love to have something as cozy as what's in the picture (but with the size, wiring, lighting and double walls of what I got). No time to repaint or anything before I started moving, though.
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