Conclusion of a series of feature requests for Akai MPC Live II

Thought I’d throw out some feature requests so that people can jump in and tell me that this isn’t the place for them, Akai doesn’t read this forum anyway, and that half of what I want is stupid. Oh, the things I have to look forward to.

Seventh, WHY is there no save button in the Sample Edit screens? WHY do I have to go through a dozen steps to save a sample? Why not just provide a button, pop up a screen, allow me to select the location and name and save the sample? How has this been overlooked for this long?

Okay, that would be a good start. I expect none of it but would be very happy to find these things in the next update.

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Series of feature requests for Akai MPC Live II

Thought I’d throw out some feature requests so that people can jump in and tell me that this isn’t the place for them, Akai doesn’t read this forum anyway, and that half of what I want is stupid. Oh, the things I have to look forward to.

Sixth, since the core of the MPC is Linux, please allow remote access to video. I’d like to be able to open a screen on my PC that shows what is on the 7” screen on my MPC Live II. This would allow me to make better quality instructional videos. The USB 3.0 connection to a PC would have plenty of bandwidth considering resolution and required FPS.

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Series of feature requests for Akai MPC Live II

Thought I’d throw out some feature requests so that people can jump in and tell me that this isn’t the place for them, Akai doesn’t read this forum anyway, and that half of what I want is stupid. Oh, the things I have to look forward to.

Fifth, you’ve started down the road of adding plugins for the MPC to use (Hype, Mellotron, Solina, etc) in standalone. Please add the 809, the Bank, the Noise, and the Wub to the plugins that work for the MPC in standalone.

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Series of feature requests for Akai MPC Live II

Thought I’d throw out some feature requests so that people can jump in and tell me that this isn’t the place for them, Akai doesn’t read this forum anyway, and that half of what I want is stupid. Oh, the things I have to look forward to.

Fourth, I hope you are already working on this, USB audio standard at the OS level, not something sitting on top of the Linux kernel. That 8 ms is tolerable, but the only way you can get to 48kHz is by creating native support.

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Series of feature requests for Akai MPC Live II

Thought I’d throw out some feature requests so that people can jump in and tell me that this isn’t the place for them, Akai doesn’t read this forum anyway, and that half of what I want is stupid. Oh, the things I have to look forward to.

Second, you have Splice on the MPC. Include Melodics. Why? Because then I could practice and improve my finger drumming without having to be connected to a computer.

Third, the MPC has a controller mode for USB, what about Bluetooth?

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Series of feature requests for Akai MPC Live II

Thought I’d throw out some feature requests so that people can jump in and tell me that this isn’t the place for them, Akai doesn’t read this forum anyway, and that half of what I want is stupid. Oh, the things I have to look forward to.

First, when I’m on the piano roll using the pencil, when I hold the shift button and tap something, it should select it. And if I continue to hold the button and tap things, it should select them. Imagine how easy it would be to edit a chord if you could select the pencil, hold shift, select the 3, 4, or even 12 notes and then immediately be editing them.

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How bad is iOS15?

scheduleOctober 5, 2021

I am using an iPad Pro with an Apple Keyboard/Trackpad. When I run the Discord client and try to enter text in the text entry field at the bottom of screen…

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SEE WHAT I AM TYPING?!?!? GET YOUR TEXT PREDICTION RIBBON OUT OF THE WAY!!!

What the hell? I AM USING A KEYBOARD DUMMIES!

How does something this simple get past Quality Control?

Abortion, Covid-19, and why you’re wrong.

A simplification of a foundational concept of psychology is,

People change when it hurts bad enough

I also want to remind people of Hanlon’s razor

never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity

With those two things in mind, let’s talk about freedom and responsibility. First we will separate freedom from license. Consider James Bond (007). He has a “license to kill.” So what is it that he has that is different from anyone else? He has the ability to terminate someone at his own discretion with no repercussion. Consider your license to drive. It gives you the ability to travel on motorways to the destination of your choice with no repercussion.

Obviously license is given to you by a licensing authority to have the ability to act without facing repercussion for the action for which you are licensed. There MAY be limiting factors AROUND the use of license (speed limit when using a motorway), but the fact you were using an automobile on a motorway is not a violation. WITHOUT license you are prohibited.

Freedom on the other hand is considered innate. It comes from “all persons being created equal…” (regardless of your position of a supernatural creation or a natural one). There is no licensing authority on a freedom. A freedom exists because you do.

So what about limitation? Are there limitations on freedoms? What happens when you walk into a movie theater and yell, “Fire!” And there isn’t one? You are exercising freedom of speech. People panic, run out out of the theater, some are trampled to death… but you have no responsibility right? That’s not your fault, right?

You take a loved one to the firing range. Both of you are there voluntarily shooting at targets, you turn and accidentally shoot them. There is no responsibility here for the injury or death because you were just exercising your freedom of, “keeping and bearing arms,” right?

My point is freedom is inseparable from responsibility. In some freedoms there is a responsibility to act (like voting). In some freedoms there is a responsibility to not act. In the separation of church and state clause you have a responsibility to not impede someone’s beliefs. However, is there a limitation to this?

Let’s look at the fourth amendment. This protects citizens against search and seizure? Is this protection against ALL search and seizure? No, it’s against unreasonable search and seizure.

Let’s go back to the first amendment. Are there limits to the freedoms there? Obviously yes. Defamation and slander to name two. What about the second amendment? Yes, there are limitations. You can not own a firearm if you are a felon or have a dishonorable discharge.

Two things are true. We accept limitations to freedoms and we accept that freedom comes with responsibility (freedom is not license). Why? Why do we accept this limitation? Because we understand the truism, “your freedoms end where mine begin,” AND the converse, “my freedoms end where yours begin.”

Where does this put vaccination? TLDR; get your shot, and STFU you coward. Expanded version? Regardless of your beliefs you do NOT have a right to imperil me or risk my life for the sake of your ignorance, cowardice, or convenience. Expanded further, just like I can’t walk in to a theater yelling, “Fire!” under the protection of freedom of speech, you CAN NOT skip out on getting the vaccine or mask mandates because of your belief (acceptance of claims without evidence) OR faith (acceptance of claims despite evidence) OR religion (the codification of belief and faith).

I’m tired of people demanding their inability to accept reality to play second fiddle to that which consistently comports to reality to the exclusion of all other possibilities (what we call evidence). No, I will not sit quietly while you demand the country go through another Dark Ages. No, I will NOT pretend that your belief, faith, or religion hold ANY validity regardless of HOW deeply held, while you cower behind it imperiling my wife and my children.

I’m calling out your beliefs of convenience that are more strongly based on the selfishness, narcissism, and egocentrism, of what you BELIEVE freedom to be, rather than what it is. Freedom is NOT an excuse for idiocy. Freedom is not an excuse for cowardice. Freedom is not an excuse for ignorance.

…Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

That’s the Declaration of Independence speaking. It’s in THAT ORDER for a reason. You CAN NOT have pursuit of happiness WITHOUT liberty. THAT IS TRUE. But it is NOT the ONLY truth.

YOU CAN NOT HAVE LIBERTY WITHOUT LIFE! Dead people have no freedoms. THE REASON freedom is fought for and people die for it is BECAUSE there is no difference between slavery and death. Slaves have nothing to lose by fighting for freedom.

Don’t call me a sheep while you are taking animal medications pretending that it is a better solution. You’re the only one acting with the intelligence of a barn yard animal.

WHAT ABOUT MY BODILY AUTONOMY?!?!?! Why don’t you accept that argument from women needing an abortion? Since you won’t accept that argument from them, violating Doctor patient confidentiality, and inserting yourself in a decision that not only has nothing to do with you, it’s already been legally decided by the Supreme Court, I won’t accept your hypocrisy in using it.

BUT THEY’RE KILLING BABIES!!!!! So is your ignorance, idiocy, and cowardice in not getting vaccinated. So no, I don’t accept this argument.

IT’S JUST THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY MAKING MONEY!!! Because they make MORE money from the public getting two vaccine shots than they do from hundreds of thousands of multi week stays in an ICU? But that’s just the beginning. Many ICU patients die and family gets to pay. Pay for medical bills and pay for funeral expenses. That’s DEFINITELY cheaper than two FREE shots, right?

And you have NO rational, reasonable, logical argument. “I don’t wanna,” is the realm of toddlers. And I don’t care if you don’t want to.

I know the next TRUMPeting of a conspiracy is going to be, “oh noes, all the conservatives are dead cuz freedom required them to not get vaccinated and now the dead can’t vote…” so what? MOAR GERRYMANDERING! NO, BETTER, require a 3/5’s compromise under “the vaccinated are slaves to reality and we in our enlightened religion aren’t slaves and slaves only count as 3/5’s of a vote…”

Stop acting like an ass… horse… whatever, this isn’t “Animal Farm,” stop being a coward, grow up, put on your big girl panties on (whatever gender you claim), and get vaccinated.

Signed — An Army Veteran

Edit “But what about people that can’t get it for medical reasons?”

You mean people that HAVE a rational, reasonable, logical reason NOT to get vaccinated?

Amateur Radio Needs to Catch Up (pt.5)

scheduleJuly 3, 2021

This is a continuation of a series of articles recommending improvements for the Yaesu FT-2DR.

Get rid of everything on the right side of the radio and make it flat.

Starting at the bottom, the EXT DC IN must go. The USB 3.1 standard allows for 9 watts of power and data to use the same connector. Stop requiring connectors to do a single job. If it MUST be on the radio, make it do as much work as possible. Combine the data and DC power connector into a single connector, and put it on the bottom in the right corner.

Next one up, the MIC/SP connector. GET RID OF THIS. Have you NOT heard of bluetooth? Why are you requiring the use of cables in 2021? Make a MIC/Camera handheld device that is bluetooth based. Make the Mic rechargeable by having a micro USB connector on the bottom. This way it can use any phone charger, connect to a computer, connect to the port on the bottom right, etc. And while we’re talking about a camera, 12 MP. Period.

We’ve already talked about the Data connector.

Now we are down (up) to the microSD card slot. This is unnecessary. If the radio can connect through USB (which we’ve already addressed), make it so that the storage inside the radio is read like a drive on the computer that is connected. Then backup files, logs, and configurations can all be accessed directly. The software for configuring the device can read and write directly to the onboard memory. Since there is going to be a camera and applications, a minimum of 32 GB of onboard storage is a must.

With all that gone, we can now make the side flat so that someone can set the radio on its side and use it as a monitor (connecting a bluetooth keyboard). The power cable will not knock the radio over when connected. This makes the configuration field expedient and functional.

Amateur Radio Needs to Catch Up (pt.4)

scheduleJuly 2, 2021

Android

This is a continuation of a series of articles recommending improvements for the Yaesu FT-2DR.

Add a computer to a handheld and make a SmartHT™. Use Android so that people can use the mountain of already available Android software. They can edit/resize photos, create/edit documents, log, track satellites… This would become the most common radio in the field during emergency exercises.

73 - WN7ANT

Amateur Radio Needs to Catch Up (pt.3)

scheduleJuly 1, 2021

Tri-Band

This is a continuation of a series of articles recommending improvements for the Yaesu FT-2DR.

Time to add 1.2 GHz. Why? Data speeds. This radio must be able to handle 256kbps data speeds to other radios, repeaters, and nodes. This can be done using C4FM and 128K baud transmission. Using this speed, a 12 MP JPEG (average 5 MB) could move from one device to another in 20 to 30 seconds.

73 - WN7ANT

Ultralight Backpacking and Bushcraft (pt.2)

scheduleJuly 1, 2021

Another group of enterprising individualists call themselves Bushcrafters. If they do not have it with them, they can make it or improvise. They bring tools to the outdoors. They build a place to sleep, capture/hunt/forage for food, and pride themselves on their knowledge of technique for doing it themselves.

Tomorrow, we start comparing and contrasting…

Upgrading the Prusa i3 MK3S to a 3S+

scheduleJune 30, 2021

I got the upgrade for my Prusa i3 MK3S. Since I needed to tear down the extruder anyway I included a Copperhead heat-sink from Slice engineering. The thing I’m looking forward to today is getting this functional again. Looks like this right now…

This started life as a kit that I assembled. It’s the second tear-down/rebuild while I’ve owned it. I figure if I can build it I’m qualified to repair and upgrade it.

Ultralight Backpacking and Bushcraft (pt.1)

scheduleJune 30, 2021

There are many forums that address Ultralight backpacking. A common concept you will find is reducing your pack weight to 10 pounds (4.54 kg) to achieve the moniker “ultralight.” Another is not bringing the kitchen sink. The idea is to take only what you need and will use. Many try to turn this into, “leave important stuff at home.” Only idiots do either of those things. Nowhere in UL backpacking is anyone ever told to leave a first aid kit at home, forget those prescribed pills, or not bring a map because it weighs too much. These are myths told by people to support their need to bring the Kindle, iPad, Android phone, radio, TV, and… kitchen sink. They love their sixty pound packs for a three-day hike.

Tomorrow…. The other side of the story.