Archive for June, 2008

28Jun

www.m-dphotovideo.comSo my client requested that his website be all in flash and have that flash look. So I came up with this concept. I was a little reluctant about doing a site all in flash since generally that is not such a great idea. Search engines don’t like it, and they end up not being as user friendly. Considering the target audience, which would probably be those that already know the company, it wasn’t such a bad idea. I designed it all, and programmed it to make it smaller. The only issue is that the file size is actually smaller than it says while loading. No biggie! Go and check it out: http://www.m-dphotovideo.com

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27Jun

So for the past couple days I have been working on a flash based streaming music player (which is located at the bottom of this post, just scroll down to see it). This is complete with a loading bar, scrubber to fast forward through a song, playlist, and other standard features. I am calling this version .5 beta. I still need to develop a volume bar, and add some text about what time a person is at in the song etc. However for the most part this is pretty solid. There are 2 bugs I am currently working on fixing, which includes a bug with the function in flash that gets called after a sound ends, and 2nd the track progress bar seems to go crazy on occasion. I believe the second problem is a result of the full file size not being discovered while loading the file. I am hoping there is some ID3 information in the mp3 files that could assist me with that issue.

The songs in this player include a No Robot song and 3 demos I gave to the band so we can work on them, and 3 version of older songs we had; however, in my opinion most of these songs are very rough, I would suggest sparing your ears hahaha. I am trying to fill up some space in this blog right now because the player is too wide, and it is covering the menu so I will show you how easy the xml playlist is the use.

It is very very simple…. simply name the track, and the file. These files can be anywhere on the web or locally. Furthermore, the xml playlist it self could be located anywhere. Woo!




’’People Shootin’ Hat’’ - (No Robot) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3   ’’Viking’’ - (Parris Random Demo) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3   ’’Gunfight In A Gas Station’’ - (Parris Random Demo) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3   ’’Marshmellow’’ - (Parris Random Demo) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3   ’’Flame (old)’’ - (No Robot) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3   ’’Pressure (old)’’ - (No Robot) http://www.blah.com/the.mp3

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25Jun

Update: I suppose high-tower went out of business so here is the homepage – http://www.parrisstudios.com/hightower

This is one of my strongest examples of my CSS and flash animation skills (not action scripting). I created the css and flash while brandRBX handled all the graphics, including logos, concepts for the flash animation and designs through out the site. I really loved working on this site. It features a css drop down menu (no javascript), which should work across all modern browsers.  I have styles built in for 3-4 different types of pages, bullets, menus, 3 different styles of a stretchable rounded edge boxes, which are essentially the same but in different colors. All in all a very full website. I completed the css and flash in roughly 2 weeks.  Check it out. Also read the blogs on their website they have some pretty awesome information about security. Check out the site: http://www.high-tower.com

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24Jun

I suppose I’ll use this as my first post since it is the coolest thing I’ve done in the past week or two (in my opinion).

So [noROBOT] was low on cash (we had about $300.00), and we needed at least 3-5 microphones. One of which was a yamaha subkick. I voted against buying it since I thought $370.00 wasn’t worth it for the microphone. I really wanted that heart pounding bass drum sound though. So after some research online I found out that a bunch of people made their own “subkicks” based on the yamaha design. Truth be told, yamaha stole the idea from the DIY subkick creators actually.

HISTORY TIME:

In the past there was this nifty speaker made by Yamaha called the NS10. This bad boy picked up the lows of the lows. So someone out there discovered that it would be super useful to pick up bass drum frequencies. After this started catching on throughout the forum world Yamaha started to discontinue the NS10 and shortly after the Yamaha Subkick went on sale for the nifty price of $370.00 US.

The Jeff and Parris Method:

For those of you that don’t know him, Jeff is the drummer of [noROBOT] woo! Him and I decided to create the most amazing subkick ever. So we went down to “Music Go Round” bought a 30 dollar tom shell which was 12 inches, and I decided to pull my 10 inch bass speaker out of my old bass amp. We mounted the speaker into the tom with L shaped hinges that didn’t bend (we had to use a hacksaw to get it to fit just right) then we stripped down a standard XLR cable on the female end and wired it up to the speaker. The first version got the job done, but it didn’t sound like what we wanted. Definitely not earth shattering. I talked to Tim over at Earcandycabs.com about speakers and he set me on the right path. After researching about several different 10 inch speakers, I settled on the Eminence Legend BP102 10 inch bass speaker which has a usable frequency range from 40hz-2khz which makes it perfect for picking up those sounds you can only feel but not hear. This one seems to have gotten the job done. At first we had a tom head covering the speaker, but it made the bass drum sound boomy, as if we were hitting both the tom and the bass drum simultaneously; however, we removed it and it sounds great. We are currently recording drums with 12 microphones. A ton of SM57s (even for overhead) then 3 mics on the bass drum (akg d100 on the beater with a shure 52 and the subkick on the front). With the money we saved we also bought an Audio Technica AT3031 for the high hat and a Shure beta 57a on the top of the snare. I had a senheiser e609 guitar mic which we placed under the snare which sounds really awesome also. 🙂 Sound clips up soon!

Future Upgrades and Other Info:

The microphone signal is currently way too hot. I had a 20db outline pad in the form of the Tube Pre from Presonus. Apperently even the subkick from yamaha needs something like this to be used properly. I also read that the Yamaha subkick has no resistors or anything of that sort. It is simple a 6 inch speaker with a cable plugged into it. We decided however to go a step further. We are adding a crossover and lpad to add resistance and have a sort of level control completely built into our subkick itself. This will eliminate the need of using a preamp to pad it. Also most people in the forums have been saying 6-8 inch speakers are ideal to creating something like this and that any ol run of the mil speaker will work. I will disagree with them completely. 6-8 inches will work, but the only thing size relates to is clarity. The most important factor about finding a speaker is the range of tones it can output. Ours was 40hz-2Khz which is perfect as mentioned before. The reason being that 40hz is the lowest possible recording frequency and people start rolling off at 32hz. So if you guys can find a speaker that will do this for you I say go for it, have fun and save some money.

By the way I am no pro. I have learned the above by talking to people and experimenting. Hope it helps someone out!

Parris

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