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  1. As Bluzes is suggesting, audio editing software like Audacity or Adobe Audition will have ways to globally edit clicks and pops out the way I suggest noise removal, equalization, and normalization can relatively quickly be done, one mouse click per record side. But set it high enough to get any annoying audible click or pop, and you'll hear the sound dip at that point. Your adjustment will create a new problem. Set your noise removal (such as for getting rumble out) too aggressively, and you'll muffle your recording, or add wind chimes! This software has a learning curve. Expect to take a lot longer with your first few records, retrying things many times, to get to the point where you can do it faster with later records. But manually removing clicks and pops, as we're both warning, without adversely affecting the resulting digital recording, is a slow and mentally challenging process even when you learn to do it right. If I was determined to do with this a record I owned in fair condition, I couldn't buy it digitally, and I saw the same record on eBay for $20 that really was in VG condition and the seller warrants he's listened, it sounds pretty clean, I'm spending the $20 rather than trying to digitally edit the recording I own that needs hours of work!
  2. My answer was getting too long without input from you which would make parts of my answer moot. Let’s try it this way: Personally I don’t recommend the all-in-one solutions like you’ll see in a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog or wherever for converting records or tapes to digital. I don’t think they do a great job. If those work for you, fine, go for it. They will save you time. There’s no way around recording the analog material in real time—you don’t have to listen—you can do something else while recording, but you wouldn’t know if the record skipped. After it's recorded, you have to listen to it to find the problems--maybe not the whole recording though. Checking the results after editing has to be done in real time. Right there you’re up to a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio, 2 or 3 hours of listening to digitally record and check one hour of analog material. It’s the editing, though, that *really* takes time. If you want every tick and pop from the record gone so it sounds clean, just consider that it will take about a minute to precisely locate, remove, and check your work for each click you can hear, and even a very good-condition record probably has dozens. A worn out record will have many hundreds of clicks. Yes software can globally remove many minor ones, but the louder ones need to be surgically excised one at a time. It is painstaking work. So the condition of the records is critical. On the other hand, once you learn how, removing turntable rumble, applying equalization (adjusting bass-mid-treble etc.) and normalizing (bringing the loudest part of the recording to the proper peak while leaving softer passages soft) is relatively quick, because each of those is one mouse click and maybe 15 second wait for the whole record side, before you crop it into tracks. If that's all you want to do, and if like Frank Barrone on Everybody Loves Raymond, you prefer that scratchy record sound, then maybe 2:1 or 3:1 is all you need. What equipment do you already have for this? Do you have a turntable and cartridge that still work well and can connect to an amplifier? Do you also have a way to play the tapes? Do you still have an AV receiver with phono inputs and tape monitor inputs (these ports will take 2 pairs of red-white RCA audio cables, plus a tape monitor switch) that you can connect the turntable and tape deck to? I think the best way to buy this gear, if you don’t have it, is in a local thrift shop or garage sale which sells old stereo gear, but it’s a gamble, as your purchases may die quickly. Old transistors and belts and wheels tend to quickly develop problems 30 years later. You can get it on eBay, but the old heavy gear is expensive to ship and must be packed with great care. Do you have a computer sound card, or a USB accessory, that you can connect the amplifier’s outputs to, to get the sound into your computer? Do you have audio editing software that can process old recordings and the will to learn how to use it? Does your computer have a CD or DVD burner drive, and do you have blank disks or another digital playback method, even an iOS or Android smartphone? Personally, I weeded out most of the analog material I had because it takes so long to convert and because I knew I wouldn’t listen to it again often enough in digital to make it worth my time. And if you can buy it digitally, just do it. Your time is valuable. But I did digitally record some analog recordings, drum corps and otherwise.
  3. EDIT: Sorry, Jim, I double-clicked my Enter key by mistake too soon. I'll finish and repost the whole thing.
  4. Every show deserves a chance. Maybe they do a 30-second quartet of "For Holy Name Shall Be" and do a show that everyone can get behind. But I see far more potential downside than upside to this because of what it will remind people.
  5. Seriously?? Considering the show title, that's ironic. If ever there was a summer when Cadets could have used a bounce from audiences united and pulling for them, 2018 was it. So why on earth would new people design a show with four presumably amplified singers which, right off the bat, reminds people of the fired director and turns some in the audience completely off? Tone deaf.
  6. Agree on this looking bad. And it may represent a potential problem that either Dan Acheson or Tricia Nadolny knows but hasn't come out yet. Or maybe it's relatively innocent, that he just wasn't able to talk about the rule and policy changes adopted this week. It doesn't seem they'd been officially announced at time of Trisha Nadolny's post. But by saying, or having a DCI spokesperson say, NO, submit questions in writing, it makes it look like he's ducking something. You don't have to take a reporter's questions if you don't want to be on the record about whatever's asked. The better way to handle that, if you must decline, is to just not take the call or return the message. You don't say, NO, submit your questions in writing. Of course she's going to report that response, and it looks bad.
  7. A couple people expressed worry that Hop may sue YEA for wrongful termination. I don't think he successfully can do that. He resigned.
  8. No problem, I almost made the same mistake too. The rest of your post I agree with. I think most of us would say that with GH and other key people gone, Cadets will have an incident-free summer in 2018, but I don't blame any organization for being more cautious this year than we would be.
  9. Are you confusing UPenn with Penn State? I almost posted something about the irony and then realized this article was about Franklin Field Penn and not Happy Valley Penn State. Or has UPenn had its own issues too? Most universities have.
  10. Sweet. Heaven. "The law" will not be deciding on the great majority of these assaults and other incidents of extreme sexual harassment which occurred past the statute of limitations. Does that mean in your mind that until there is a criminal conviction, GH is entitled to the benefit of the doubt, even from the court of public opinion? Would you be willing to take him at his word that he did nothing wrong, and that all of these incidents either never occurred or occurred but were consensual? In your mind, should he still be running the Cadets until "the law" at least indicts him? Because it would be true, would it not, that if even one of these incidents occurred as all those victims stated, he would not be qualified. Would you allow your daughter to march in Cadets if he were running the corps, pending at least a criminal indictment? You might want to go back to the post early in the thread from hostrauser which calculated the mathematical chance that this many victims, many of whom provided corroborating details to Philadelphia Inquirer journalist Patricia Nadolny, could have independently invented all this. Did you read her articles? Did you watch the victim interview in one of her articles and the other victim interview for local TV news? Your post said nothing about his victims of sexual assault and extreme sexual harassment, but it's hard not to infer that you're inclined to at least question their honesty ("two sides to EVERY story"). There's only one sympathetic victim in your post: George Hopkins. Just Wow.
  11. I appreciate the info. As we can see from the Cosby case where the incident was said to have happened in Pennsylvania and this was the one state they could still criminally charge him in, PA has a longer statute of limitations for rape than many other states. Other states need to extend this--it's too short. It often takes years for victims to come forward and that delay by itself does not mean their claims are bogus. Liability insurance often excludes claims where criminal behavior was involved, for obvious reasons.
  12. If this allegation is true, it's another example of Hop's/YEA's rubber stamp board not doing due diligence. EDIT a day later: I'm removing the rest of this post which said I hoped the former YEA board members get personally sued--not the corps--not YEA--but board members I feel failed in their duty to oversee and protect corps members, staff, and volunteers from GH. It has since been pointed out to me in a PM that the financial impact on board members would not be what I intended, because the board would have malpractice insurance that would shield the board members from financial responsibility for this. I realize my unedited comment remains in replies below, but I'm editing this anyway. I'll also say in response to a reply pointing out that lawsuits always go after the organizations, and not just individuals: it's true attorneys will always recommend that, but most of the victims who have said anything about this have said that they still love the Cadets and YEA and don't wish to hurt the organizations' ability to move forward. Let's just hope that if they sue anybody, it's Hop and Hop alone. As I and Brasso and maybe others have said elsewhere, personal liability insurance, even if Hop had it, normally excludes willful misbehavior. It's hard to argue what he did wasn't willful misbehavior, so there is likely no insurance that would financially cover GH in lawsuit judgments or settlements here.
  13. Obviously sex abuse is not a problem exclusive to Pennsylvania, but with the growing list of famous and semi-famous prisoners and potential prisoners in PA for sex abuse, they may have to start doubling up.
  14. I think a second summary thread is an excellent idea. Hardly anybody wants to read 300+ pages of an older thread to catch up, and people who try often add a reply that's already been made repeatedly or rendered moot by later developments.
  15. Yes.... keep that thought. Heavy drinking has been a common coping strategy around here lately.