macOS Catalina Speech to Text

Voice Control
Voice Control

macOS Catalina made accessibility worse for users that utilize their voice to type. This is a multi-faceted issue, and I will walk you through my daily hell.

(if you want to know why this matters to me <–)

I’m still 3 music-based articles behind, so I spent portions of this weekend putting together this article while I revisit Prolog. Not much I can do when the software I’m reviewing is broken or suddenly has a major updating looming.

I really should write more how-tos I suppose. Anyway, on to the rant.

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You don't use your software, and neither do your users.

Nobody uses software?
Nobody uses software?

Developing, testing, documenting and reviewing software has led me to one inescapable conclusion:

NOBODY ACTUALLY USES THE SOFTWARE

Ok, clickbait aside, a day doesn’t go by where I realize that there’s chasm between users, testers and developers. It has been particularly apparent to me lately, and it’s delayed the article I expected to have ready today.

More after the break.

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20 features from Ardour/Mixbus 6 that I wish every DAW had.

The banner thing, these are fun to make
The banner thing, these are fun to make

With Mixbus 6 arriving on the scene, I decided I wanted to highlight some features that Mixbus has that I wish every DAW had.

This is in stark contrast to my previous article about Ableton Live. I originally wrote a “10 things about Mixbus” article in late December, but I decided to “wait until after NAMM”. The Live article was an extension of thought of this original article.

Hop on through for the fluff.

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Fluff and Failure

No article last week and no “real” article this week, so I thought I’d spend an hour or two writing something to discuss why.

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20 things I hate about Ableton Live

20 things I HATE about Ableton Live
20 things I HATE about Ableton Live

I was going to release a different article this week, but instead I was doing some mixing work in Ableton Live for Gater (a young teen that makes fairly interesting music).

Of course I became supremely annoyed within seconds, and as I do, I started to write down my grievances as they arrived.

Now it’s this article.

VALID FOR LIVE 10.1. Future updates may render some of this information invalid.

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Z-Guitar Stand - The Best Guitar Stand

The Z-Guitar Stand
The Z-Guitar Stand

This is a review about an otherwise mundane item. Let’s start with some meta-info and click through for the rest of the review:

  • I paid for this.
    • Nobody is paying me to do this review. I contacted the maker and he did offer me a discount (at my request) as I explained that I was writing this review regardless of his response. I will be losing money on this review… read to the end ;)
  • This is my favorite single guitar stand.
  • It’s the product of a small business making smart decisions to provide a high quality product.
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Site Updates

Site updates this week! Click through for a list of what I’ve done this week, if you care.

If you don’t care, then hopefully the next article will tickle your fancy for esoteric articles about things you can’t find anywhere else on the web!

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2019 in review

2019 in Review
2019 in Review

I wanted to take some time to discuss what I did on this website in 2019, talk about donations/contributions and discuss what I spend donation/patreon money on.

Plus some goals and ideas, I suppose.

Let’s get to it.

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What I learned from 6 months with VS Code

Chrome Debugger
Chrome Debugger

Speech to Text works in Emacs for me now that I’m on macOS Catalina, and I’ve switched back to using Emacs (my computing home).

I learned a lot while exclusively using VS Code for 6 months, and I’m writing this article to give an overview of the “major” things that I took away from it.

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Hornet Autogain and Christmas

AutoGain Pro mk2
AutoGain Pro mk2

NOTE: The author replied in the comments asking me to make a support ticket, which I have done. I originally attempted to do this but it froze my browser. I have since found that my adblocking setup was causing this, which is clearly my issue.

This week I was trying to write a review/how-to on using Hornet AutoGain Pro mk2, however I spent about 15 hours just trying to get it to work.

I never managed to get it to work. Results were either:

  • Nothing happens.
  • Distorted.
  • Display shows something, but the audio doesn’t change.
  • Something does happen, but it’s so subtle that I don’t find value in it.

So I’ve scratched the review/how-to. I simply can’t get the thing to work.

I can’t say it’s a bad product, but I can say that the video tutorial is not helpful and there is no manual.

I generally like Hornet products (like LUMeter and I find Spaces to be quite useful at times), but AutoGain Pro mk2 just doesn’t do it for me.

Click through to see how I wrap Christmas presents ;)

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Digital Performer 10.1: Done Quick (Video)

DP 10.1, done quick.

If you read the text article then there’s not much new here.

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