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Botnet for "wrapping" of listenings on Spotify: Why it is necessary

2 years ago


You knew that if to leave to be reproduced a playlist of Spotify with music of a favorite band on all night long, then in a moneybox of musicians about 72 cents will fall? And if to leave open a browser tab with the started Eternify service [it was closed not so long ago – a lane comment], then it is possible to earn the whole $2,30 for group?

Moreover, it is possible to organize a botnet on the old notebook and to earn $30 a day, "winding" listenings on Spotify.

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Acoustics: We discuss the nature of different sounding

2 years ago

Yury Fomin (at the left) and Artem Fayermark (on the right) / Photo of Stereo.ru

In the sixteenth release of a podcast "Sound" we discuss the myths connected with the nature of features of different speaker systems with Yury Fomin, the design engineer, the founder of the F-Lab company working with high-class products of Defender, Jetbalance, AVE and Arslab.

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The megaoverview of microphones for record of podcasts

2 years ago


Last update on September 28, 2015. Are added: Electro-Voice RE20 and RE320; Sennheiser e865; MD 421-II and 441-U; Pyle PDMIC58; Audio-Technica ATR-2100; Neumann KMS 105; Blue Snowball iCE.

It is very difficult to find the competent guide to selection of good microphones for record of podcasts: most of podcasters used only one or two sound recorders. Only audioengineers use a large number of sound recording devices, but they impose to them absolutely other requirements as carry out record in other conditions. Moreover, almost in all reviews examples of sound recordings are not given.

I decided to change it. Some popular microphones disappointed me, some were pleasant, moreover, I found these nuggets which were unknown in a circle of podcasters earlier.

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As the podcasting over the last ten years changed

2 years ago


All of us know that the podcasting endures the boom today. Since January, 2013 the quantity of podcasts in iTunes US grew twice (see the section "Activity" below). The podcasting attracts vendors of content with the fact that it remains rather poorly developed area on a modern media landscape. Many ask whether the podcasting is a new form of blogging, remembering similar boom which occurred at the beginning and the middle of the 2000th years and proceeds still.

When I began to write own podcast, I paid attention to how this sphere is poorly studied. The majority of researches about which I read was concentrated around behavior of listeners that in principle it is useful for marketing specialists to know, however other questions concerning a podcasting were left without answer.

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Acoustics for background scoring of rooms

2 years ago


In the fifteenth release of the show "Sound" we speak about acoustics for rooms, the different myths connected with this In more detail about a podcastTo listen to this releasesubject [] [].

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Return of an era blamed

2 years, 1 month ago


In the USA only 21 plants on production of vinyl records function – one of them is Cascade Record Pressing located near the city of Portland in the State of Oregon. Many plants were closed with the advent of CD and a MP3.

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As it is made: Counterfeit and these Beats by Dre

2 years, 1 month ago


In the first post of this series similar Beats by Dre were sorted, but they were counterfeit. Having disassembled two pairs more of Beats Solo HD earphones purchased on Amazon and Target I was surprised when I saw, distinctions between counterfeit and original earphones are how small: counterfeit parts were so similar that I managed to assemble one pair of earphones consisting half of original elements, and half – from counterfeit.

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As it is made: We sort Beats by Dre

2 years, 1 month ago


Disclaimer: Many noted that earphones which we disassembled were, most likely, counterfeit. We understood a situation and published detailed comparison of these and original Beats earphones. TL; DR: as it became clear, original earphones practically differ in nothing from a counterfeit copy from the point of view of production.

If you go by the train, fly in the airplane or just go down the street, then with very high probability can meet somebody in earphones with the b logo. The Beats company waged very successful marketing campaign and now reaps its fruits. The price label on their earphones just transcendental – $199. Perhaps with them not all is so simple, and in them there is something special?

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We speak about home theaters

2 years, 1 month ago


It is a transcript of the 13th release (31.07.2014) of a podcast "Sound". In it we speak about home theaters, them components and different myths which surround this subject, with Aleksey Choubin, one of leading experts of Audiomaniya. Alexey works in Audiomaniya four years, in the field of house audio and cinema – more than fifteen years.

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Just about a sound: We discuss volume compression

2 years, 2 months ago


Plates, especially old which were written and made till 1982 with much smaller probability were exposed to mix during which record would be made louder. They reproduce natural music with natural dynamic range which remains on a plate and is lost at the majority of standard digital formats or formats of high resolution.

Certainly, there are exceptions – listen to not so long ago left Stephen Wilson's album from MA Recordings or Reference Recordings, and you will hear how good can be a digital sound. But it is a rarity, the majority of modern sound recordings loud and compressed.

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