Jan 26 2014

Cover Your Gear with Digital Deck Covers

Being the gear junkie that I am, I recently upgraded my Native Instruments Maschine MK1 to the white Maschine Studio, as well as picked up the Mackie MCU Pro. I sold the old Maschine to do the upgrade and, well I just wanted the MCU, so I ordered it. I started to notice that dust was accumulating a little more than usual. This is due to the fact that I have to use my fan – yes even in the winter. See, I have two little kids living upstairs who are just about the noisiest little dudes in the world. So when I try to get work done or even sleep, I have to drown out the noise when they are home.The fan is the best noise machine I have.


Anyway, the fan constantly running has caused a high drift of extra dust, so I needed to cover all my gear, and quick. So I began the task of searching high and low for equipment covers, and realized there were none to purchase. Neither NI or Mackie sell covers for my products nor does Akai offer anything to cover the MPK-25. In my Google searches I came across a cool joint called digitaldeckcovers.com. Going through their site, I quickly realized this place made covers for almost every peice of gear under the sun. You just select the manufacturer from a … Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 17 2014

Don’t Put Up With Slow Website Hosting – MOVE

pingdom_downtimeAfter many years of constant downtime notifications from two separate monitoring sites, I finally had enough, and changed hosting providers. With the multi day outage back in November, constant alerts that my sites were down multiple times a day, slow email communications – I just couldn’t take it any longer. I had to do something about it.

Now the sites I host are in no way high visitor sites, averaging a 100 visitors per week . I’ve had some heavy traffic sites when I posted something on stumbledupon.com but nothing that sustained over 48 hours. This video of a kids band playing Enter Sandman brought a lot of visits for about a week.

My site is the basic site, utilizing caching, Cloudlfare, all on WordPress. Nothing special. I had stopped posting for a little while because it became such a hassle just to get into the admin console of WordPress. It was so damn slow, I couldn’t take it.

While doing clean up at Justhost, preparing for the move, I noticed that I was constantly being CPU throttled via the cPanel dashboard, which was interesting, since I had a very low visitor count. I didn’t look into that, as I had already made the decision to move anyway.

So I searched and searched for a new host, and stumbled across a company called Arvixe. I have never heard of them and I really don’t even know how to properly say the name. Is it “arrr’ vix”? I don’t know. This time in my search, I was not looking for a good price. I was looking for up-time stats and user reviews. Real user reviews. I would pay extra as long as I didn’t constantly get downtime alerts or have constant slowness while  logged in. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 09 2014

New and Improved


Noisegate95 has been moved to another host for faster access. We have been having major downtime and outages on our old host. This has been resolved with this move. Please stay tuned for the full story and enjoy the new and improved site.

Sep 21 2013

Fly Like An Eagle

Ever wish you could soar through the wind without a care in world. Here is your chance. Take flight and welcome aboard “Eagle Airways”. Fly Like an Eagle!

Sep 15 2013


RK on Death

I’ve come to realize that “death” is immanent. There is no way out. You cannot cheat death. You cannot avoid death. Eventually one will meet death.

I’ve noticed that the older I get, I start to realize how much time I might have left. Sort of like a countdown. You realize at a certain point that you have more yesterdays than tomorrows and for a brief minute, I get depressed at that notion.

I start to feel bad for all the older folks, my parents who must have this very thought. “How much time do I have left? Have I fulfilled my life to the fullest?” Reminds me of the end of Private Ryan, when the old man is at the cemetery and asks his wife if he has been a good person. That part brings tears to my eyes more and more as I get older. Or the part in the movie “The School of Rock” when Sarah Silverman’s character asks Jack Black’s character if he “contributes to society”. I find myself asking myself, “Do I contribute to society” almost everyday. The answer is mostly “Well I try”.

I recently came across an album by Our Lady Peace titled “Spiritual Machines“. A concept album – a few tracks are filled with inventor Ray Kurzweil quoting from his book “The Age of Spiritual Machines” about machines, computers and of course, death. Towards the end of the album, there is a track titled R.K. On Death. I have listened to this track over and over again. Thinking about it’s meaning.

“Take death for example. A great deal of our effort goes into avoiding it, yet we make extraordinary efforts to delay it and often consider its intrusion a tragic event. We’d find it hard to live without it. Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it. If death were indefinitely put off, the human psyche would end up, well, like the gambler in the twilight episode. ” – Ray Kurzweil

Realizing this quote is absolutely true,  I did however find that the Twilight Zone episode “One For The Angels” is a little bit more true to the trying to deny death concept. Read the rest of this entry »

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