13th Nov2012

Burn MP3s with K3B without converting to WAV first (Linux/Ubuntu)

by Gyro

Today I got fed up with having to use the Sound Converter to create WAV files from MP3s I want to burn for my car, Yes, I got a crappy car stereo that will not play MP3 CDs… drop it already.

So, turns out it is quite easy to get K3B to convert the MP3 files on the fly, all you got to do is install the plugin for it:
# sudo apt-get install libk3b6-extracodecs

That's it, now you can burn Music CDs with K3B by adding MP3 files to the list directly.

Enjoy! (and share) ;)


14th Aug2012

SoundBlaster 5.1vx activate all speaker channels Ubuntu 12.04

by Gyro
Today my sound card decided to stop playing sound on all 6 channels, and instead just played regular stereo (front left and right).

After some searching I found this simple fix to activate all speaker channels of a SoundBlaster 5.1vx on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise:

Open daemon.conf
# sudo nano /etc/pulse/daemon.conf

390160_Fluance SXHTB 125x125



06th Jul2012

Merging video, multiple audio tracks, and subtitles into one file

by Gyro

As a movie lover living in a household that speaks 3 languages, multiple audio tracks are a must for a movie, and at least English subtitles for those of us who are not native speakers of the audio we are listening to.



02nd Jul2012

Scenic – A Video Conference Software on Steroids!

by Gyro

Scenic is an on stage telepresence system that allows for real time transmission of audiovisual data over any IP network. Scenic can be used in various artistic contexts, so that two different creative spaces can communicate with each other or present a combined performance. Thus, a dramatic work could be performed simultaneously in Paris and Montreal, with actors viewing each other and replying live over the network.

Scenic facilitates the transmission of high quality streaming audio-video at a guaranteed low latency on quality networks. It can transmit a maximum of 64 non-compressed audio channels, offers numerous audio and video codecs and allows the choice of compression ratio.



15th Jun2012

Download MP3s from GrooveShark™

by Gyro

I have long been a fan of GrooveShark. When I am not listening to Coast2Coast or other Talk Radio, GrooveShark is usually my choice for audio entertainment. Looking back, it's amazing how many new musicians I only know because of GrooveShark, and it almost hurts thinking about all the awesome music that I would have never had the opportunity to listen to otherwise.

While listening to some tunes, I though how awesome it would be to listen to them in the car… but how to I download music from GrooveShark?



18th May2012

Install handbrake video converter on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

by Gyro

If you are using Ubuntu 12.04 and would like to install the video converter tool "handbrake", simply follow these instructions:



11th May2012

Internet Radio & Podcast for Web Craftsmen 2012

by Gyro

Here are some awesome Internet Radio Stations & Podcasts every web craftsmen will love.