My week in a nutshell…

Things done this week:

  • Windows 10 preview running in a VM 100% ok…
  • Zoom MS-50G – write program changed via USB enabling communication via sequencer… (Hint: use MIDIOX “Control Panel” to change Programs – Patch:1-6/1-8 and 7/1-2 will give you your 50 patches)
  • Set up Fender Mustang to communicate via USB…
  • Frustration dealing with SAPO (South African Post Office)…

Thursday a short week! :)

ESXi – Sound on your Windows 8.1 VM for WYSE C50LE thin client – The EASY way…

After lots of reading and struggling for more than a day, I finally got this right! Once you understand how to do this, it becomes a “Walk in the Park”!  There is no reason, like in other mentioned posts and wiki’s to remove and re-add the VM, all you have to do is add the values to your Configuration Parameters of your VM.

To get your Windows 8.1 VM sound-enabled, you have to do the following:

  1. Shut down your Windows 8.1 VM
  2. Right-Click on the VM > Edit Settings > Option Tab > General > Configuration Parameters
  3. Add the following lines:

    sound.present / TRUE
    sound.allowGuestConnectionControl / FALSE
    sound.virtualDev / hdaudio
    sound.fileName / -1
    sound.autodetect / TRUE
    sound.pciSlotNumber / 35

  4. Note: The sound.pciSlotnumber value of 35 I used by looking through the values and finding the next open PCI value.  Just look through the entries…

Start your VM and test by using MSTSC.

You can now use your WYSE device with full audio.

RPi RuneAudio: Adding a new function – Fade Volume over Time.

Screenshot:

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Background:

My baby-boy is 7 weeks away and my wife asked me to create a radio for the playback of some music.  Well, the first thing I had to look for was a release that would give the user a smooth experience, easy to understand interface and hackable.  To do this, I had 2 choices, first being Volumio, but the interface and code a bit dated.  I then started looking at RuneAudio.  

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Amarula Cream – Thanks to Kevin!

This is EXACTLY like my mom used to make!
LEKKER HOME MADE.....<br />
AMARULA CREAM<br />
 1 tablespoon coffee (any kind of coffee eg Ricoffy)<br />
 8 shots whiskey<br />
 1 can condensed milk<br />
 200ml full cream<br />
 1 teaspoon honey<br />
 Mix coffee, whiskey, condensed milk, full cream and honey and mix well.Pour into bottle and leave in fridge for 7 days. Shake daily.<br />
 Makes a 750ml bottle of amarula cream

LEKKER HOME MADE…..
AMARULA CREAM
1 tablespoon coffee (any kind of coffee eg Ricoffy)
8 shots whiskey
1 can condensed milk
200ml full cream
1 teaspoon honey
Mix coffee, whiskey, condensed milk, full cream and honey and mix well.Pour into bottle and leave in fridge for 7 days. Shake daily.
Makes a 750ml bottle of amarula cream