The Workbench

Check out what’s been on the occasionally-proverbial workbench lately.

SynthBox 2011.10 Kinduva Testing Release

Posted October 25, 2011 @ 2:12 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

I’ve been adding minor tweaks to SynthBox and I thought I’d go ahead and issue kind of a release. (Kinduva? Get it? Nevermind.)

Not much has changed on the TODO list but a few things just tend to work better and there are some added apps. A lot of the recent work has been just in keeping up with the way the Arch release engineers have changed ISO building in the last 6 months or so. Experimental (i.e. largely untested) support is in place for loading a persistent config from a USB stick… To use this feature, just pop in a USB stick (which should automount to /media) while SynthBox is running and copy the whole home dir to the USB stick by issuing this command from the terminal:

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Planting a Garden

Posted July 6, 2011 @ 7:40 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

This is a new type of “project” for me: planting a garden. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now since I have a bit of land of my own, and finally it’s come to fruition.

Constructing It

I went with a raised-bed garden, which means I made some 4 foot by 8 foot frames out of untreated 2x8s, and within the frames I added some organic soil to the native soil and mixed them together. Around the outside of the garden, I put up a fence to hinder critters from helping themselves to the fruits of my labor.

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SynthBox 2011.06: Concept Release 2

Posted June 8, 2011 @ 2:21 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

Published a new concept version of SynthBox today. SynthBox is a live-performance-synth-centric bootable live Linux ISO, though it’s shaping up to have some other neat applications too (like being a DAW on a stick).

What’s New

Here are some changes made since the last “concept release”:

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SynthBox 2011.05 concept release

Posted May 18, 2011 @ 2:05 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

I say “concept release” because I’m not sure it even qualifies as a “testing” release… But here it is for you to try. There are several caveats to note:

  • Jack defaults to the “dummy” driver because I had trouble getting ALSA to work in a virtual machine. If you happen to try it on a real machine, you might be able to get the ALSA driver working.
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Sump pump installation

Posted March 14, 2011 @ 12:31 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

To combat the mostly-minor water accumulation trouble in the basement where the studio is being built, we decided to put in a sump pump. This wasn’t a minor undertaking by any stretch, and I don’t recommend doing it unless you absolutely need it or you love annoying dirty projects. For us, it was the former: there’s no way we could take a chance with water accumulation being a problem in the studio. The sump will keep the water level well below the basement floor at all times so we don’t get water leaking up through the cracks.