I was pretty excited when I saw RocketPower's "e-laboration" Web site and service mentioned on your cover [see "Web Page: We Have Liftoff" by Peter Drescher in the April 2000 issue of EM]. I immediately jumped to Rocket's site to learn more about using their services in my business, but I choked big-time when I found the following in Rocket's terms of service:
Intellectual Property Ownership(a) Collaborative Sessions. As between the parties, You and/or Your assignees retain all rights, title and interest in and to any Content You contribute to a Collaborative Session. You hereby grant Rocket Network a perpetual, royalty free, worldwide, transferable, sublicensable, non-exclusive, irrevocable license to use, reproduce, perform, display, electronically transmit and create derivative works based on any Content You contribute to a Collaborative Session, and You hereby warrant to Rocket Network that You have full power and authority to grant such a license.
I don't know about Mr. Drescher or you good folks, but I am not about to agree to such terms, nor would I subject my clients to it. Rocket Network has a great idea, and perhaps even a great product, but they need to "launch" this policy!
Ken "Moe" Crayola via e-mail
Ken and EM-Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. On investigation, we found that the Terms of Service document you read was an outdated link on our site, and we have removed it. The Intellectual Property Ownership clause you quoted is not (and never has been) the active agreement between Rocket Network and our customers. The official Terms of Service document in effect for users of Rocket Network Internet recording studios resides on our reseller Web sites (currently Cubase.Net and Harmony- Central.com).
The official Terms of Service agreement contains a different Intellectual Property Ownership clause. For example, the Harmony Central agreement reads:
(a) Collaborative Sessions. As between the parties, You and/or Your assignees retain all rights, title and interest in and to any Content You contribute to a Collaborative Session. You hereby give Harmony Central and Rocket Network permission to use any and all Content You contribute to a Collaborative Session in any way necessary for the sole purpose of conducting that Collaborative Session pursuant to this Agreement, and You hereby warrant to Harmony Central and Rocket Network that You have full power and authority to give such a permission.
In layman's terms, you own your contributions to an Internet studio. You give Rocket Network permission to post and receive your contributions in a collaborative session. Furthermore, you confirm that you have the authority to grant that permission.
We apologize for any confusion the terms of service may have caused, and we have updated the link on our Web site. Most importantly, we would like to reassure our current and future users that the terms of service described in your letter were not and are not our policy. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding this subject, please send your queries to webmaster@ rocketnetwork.com.
The people responsible for the outdated link have been forced to sit at their desks and download the entire Pink Floyd back catalog on a 14.4 Kbps modem-prepaid of course!-Sara Perkins, Rocket Network
DUAL PERSONALITYIn the search for the ultimate DAW, I have decided to build my own workstation from the ground up so I can select the components with the quality and features that suit my needs and budget.
My "dream machine" has a dual-processor motherboard. In order to make use of the second processor, I must have an operating system and software designed to take advantage of the feature. Windows 98 does not support dual processors. Windows 2000 does, but at present it lacks support for multimedia, a shortcoming that disqualifies it for serious audio and video use. This leaves Windows NT 4.0, which supports dual processors and is supported by a lot of audio software.
Sonic Foundry's Vegas Pro is the only digital audio program I know of that has dual-processor support. Aren't there any others? Support for dual-processor streaming has been relatively common in the "processor-intense" graphics arena for quite some time. Hasn't anyone in the audio industry caught on to this?
Joe Garcia Tempe, AZ
Joe-Thanks for your letter. In fact, a number of PC digital audio programs can employ dual processors running under NT. For example, along with Vegas Pro, Steinberg's Wavelab 3.0 and SEK'D's Samplitude are multithreaded and will address both processors. Even Cakewalk's Pro Audio can use dual processors to accelerate audio-processing tasks.
I have to warn you, however, that I've experienced many compatibility problems with the dual-processor, dual-boot systems I've had over the past ten years. Several of my audio cards wouldn't work in a dual- processor system, and recently I learned of a software application whose install routine won't work in this system. So check with the manufacturers of the products you're considering to be sure that they're dual- processor compatible. You'll be amazed to learn how many companies have never even tested their products on such a system.-Dennis Miller
DOCTOR'S ORDERSIn the April 2000 issue of EM, I read the letter from Mr. Rex Perry regarding the use of Ginkgo biloba for the treatment of tinnitus (ringing or noise perceived to be in the ears).
At present, tinnitus has absolutely no cure, and there is no scientifically proven relationship between the ingestion of ginkgo biloba and diminished perception of tinnitus.
We see a significant number of patients who have tinnitus in conjunction with hearing loss, and none of the patients who have tried ginkgo biloba as a treatment for the tinnitus have reported any change in the quality, intensity, duration, or frequency of their tinnitus episodes.
Tinnitus is often reported clinically in conjunction with both noise exposure and hearing loss-especially high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss, which often results from noise exposure. Remember that even acoustic instruments such as the violin and piano can create sounds loud enough to damage hearing over time.
To date, ginkgo biloba is unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, adequate dosage information for the average adult user is unavailable. The best treatment for tinnitus is hearing protection and the prevention of hearing loss caused by noise exposure. Interested persons should seek the counsel of an audiologist and otolaryngologist for information. The audiologist should obtain a baseline audiogram in order to monitor changes in hearing acuity over time, and the physician can counsel patients on dietary and lifestyle issues related to tinnitus (for example, sodium, caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol).
Finally, a number of very good musician's earplugs that can be filtered for particular instruments are currently on the market. And the work of Marshall Chasin is an excellent reference for any musician who wishes to protect and preserve his or her hearing.
May is Better Speech and Hearing month, and participation by your publication in raising awareness of the need for hearing protection is warranted.
Sara Ashburn-Reed, M.Ed., CCC/A, F/AAAThe UCSF Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center
HELPING HANDI just have a quick addition to David Rubin's reply to Felix Herzog's letter in the May 2000 issue of EM. Everything that David says is true for a data CD. Adaptec's Easy CD Creator will let you burn an audio CD using MP3 files, but in the background it converts them to Red Book audio format, so there is no gain in the amount of time available, but your regular CD player can play it. I hope that's helpful.
Dave Walker via e-mail
I NEED SOME SPACEIn my small home studio, I have two Alesis Monitor Ones connected to an Alesis RA-100 amplifier on a shelf a few centimeters above my computer monitor. Each time I turn on the amplifier, the image on the monitor starts shaking. How can I isolate these interferences?
Paulo Jorge da Silva Costa via e-mail
Paulo-The problems you are experiencing are common in the personal studio. Because desktop space is at a premium, the various components in a recording system are pushed close together in order to maximize this space. Unfortunately, some of the components, such as your computer monitor, are very sensitive to electromagnetic interference (EMI)-those dreaded emissions from the large magnets within monitor speakers. It is likely that the EMI from your unshielded Alesis monitor speakers is making the image on your computer VDT screen wobble.
The problem, however, is easy to fix. Simply move your speakers away from your computer screen. A distance of 8 inches will usually do the trick. While you're at it, put some distance between your power amp and the computer screen as well.
If you simply must have your monitors next to your computer screen, consider investing in a pair of shielded monitors. These monitors have a shielded enclosure that prevents EMI from escaping and causing problems with your equipment. For more information on shielded monitors, see the article "Little Wonders" in this issue of EM.-Gino Robair
FOND FAREWELLIt is with great sadness that I write to inform you that electronic musician David Michael Matuch (featured in "Creative Space: Home Electronics" in the May 1997 issue of EM) passed away on April 14, 2000, at the age of 35 from complications due to his lifelong battle with muscular dystrophy. David completed his third electronic/ambient CD, Brainstorm: Adventures in Hypoxia, shortly before his untimely death.
Interested readers can purchase Brainstorm as well as David's two previous releases by contacting me at JD990@aol.com. All proceeds will go toward the family's funeral and medical costs.
Michael Mooney via e-mail
ERROR LOGMay 2000, "What's New," p. 28: The faders on the Roland VS-1880 portable digital studio are not motorized.
March 2000, "To Tell The Truth," p. 62: Guitar Center regularly sells the Oktava MC012 for $249.