The Electric Web Matrix
April 12, 2012 10:46 AM   Subscribe

DIY Audio, DIY Electronics, DIY Guitar, DIY Synthesizers, DIY Recording. Fundamentals of audio. Optimize your Mac for audio. Build a music server. How vacuum tubes work. Tour a brass instrument factory. How to maintain your clarinet, trumpet, flute, saxophone, guitar. All this and much, much more at THE ELECTRIC WEB MATRIX.
posted by HumanComplex (17 comments total) 115 users marked this as a favorite

 
Thanks for adding about 5 pages to my Big Ol' List O' Projects. Just in case I ever had a chance of finishing it or something...
posted by mysterpigg at 11:16 AM on April 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah, my reading list just grew. By a bunch. :-)
posted by mosk at 11:32 AM on April 12, 2012


Oh boy, there goes the next month...
(this is awesome!)
posted by TheCoug at 11:34 AM on April 12, 2012


Reading the saxophone maintenance page almost made me want to drag mine out of the closet... then I remembered all the maintenance it probably needs.
posted by supercres at 11:39 AM on April 12, 2012


More like the eclectic web matrix! Very handy, thanks.
posted by iotic at 11:46 AM on April 12, 2012


Oh my....
[This is good]
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:50 AM on April 12, 2012


Very nice.
posted by caddis at 11:56 AM on April 12, 2012


I can FEEL all the free time in my life being sucked out just by looking at the link descriptions. This is like flypaper for a certain kind of person.
posted by lekvar at 12:02 PM on April 12, 2012


This is specific to audio projects and is somewhat similar.
posted by VTX at 12:04 PM on April 12, 2012


I am going to look at a bunch of these. So far it reminds me a great deal of an old favorite of mine, Sam Goldwasser's stuff. Link. Thank you for posting this here!
posted by bukvich at 12:16 PM on April 12, 2012


Someday the web will be full of great, detailed, topic-specific resources full of tutorials and helpful hints and articles and stuff. Like The Great tech mags were, the kind you'd subscribe to for decades, before they all got turned into People-ish fluff.

That is SO far from the case. (Name THE great Chemistry site? THE great Genetics site?) And so I dub EWM Very Welcome Indeed.
posted by Twang at 12:38 PM on April 12, 2012


There's a lot of great stuff on here and it's collected and presented well. For instance, I feel like I could direct a beginner to the page Everything You Were Afraid to Ask About Cables to introduce them to the types and uses of cables for recording. It all seems pretty level-headed and informational for the most part. On the other hand, I have this tendency to judge websites based on their appraisal of the acoustic importance of cable types and I couldn't help but notice that the Audio Cables page is a bit....uhhh.....what? Since the rest of the site is so wonderful, I'll give them a pass on this, but come on:

"Thus the effects of high performance audio cables remain among the purest demonstrations of the limitations of the study natural science; which is the disparity between the naturally occurring phenomenon and the simplistic, measured, simulated version of reality."
posted by nTeleKy at 2:37 PM on April 12, 2012


OMG, THANKS!
posted by bashos_frog at 3:00 PM on April 12, 2012


The Synth DIY list includes some of my favorite sites, so that's good.

The Mac Audio Optimization page has some strange ideas in it: Proceed with caution.
posted by b1tr0t at 3:48 PM on April 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


-b1tr0t-

Yes indeed, some very strange statements there. Kind of audiophile woo-woo stuff.
posted by bongo_x at 6:25 PM on April 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Thanks for posting. Must build tube pre-amplifier!
posted by conrad53 at 7:13 PM on April 12, 2012


Do use USB2, SATA or a NAS for audio storage in conjunction with a FireWire audio device. [MOTU firewire audio interface here, and external USB2 HDD. Works just fine for me. I have no idea what the dude is talking about here]

I think he means that if you use a FW audio interface that you should use a different buss for the drive(s). I don't really agree with this statement (I use a MOTU interface with a daisy chained FW drive), but I've heard it said elsewhere. Maybe some FW devices are finicky about daisy chaining? I've heard people talk about this, but never witnessed it. YMMV
posted by readyfreddy at 11:27 PM on April 12, 2012


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