30/07/2021

2021/07/30#p1
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Happy Friday.

It's been three months since I cancelled my World of Warcraft subscription (this time round) and longer since I stopped playing. Again. I found it boring and repetitive while continual redesigns and reworkings of core gameplay became too much and too frequent to bear. I just wasn't enjoying it and felt my time could be spent better elsewhere.

Some prominent YouTubers and Twitch streamers have also finally said enough is enough, long complaining about game quality but finally pushed over the brink by the current issues at Activision Blizzard — the lawsuit against the company for fostering an environment of abuse, discrimination and harassment. It's appalling that not only was this culture allowed to exist but that they have not taken their employees seriously when trying to report it.

Ever since the merger of Blizzard with Activision, game quality seems to have suffered. Sources have allegedly reported that all the community's fears, about Activision being driven solely by profit, have been borne out and that it is a struggle to get things done. That staff morale would have been nosediving doesn't help but it still doesn't account for some of the decisions being made.

I've said to my family that I'll probably look at WoW again come the next expansion but, with everything that's going on, who knows when that will be. The next patch for the current content is now delayed so we could be waiting for well over a year at this point.

Hopefully, by then, Blizzard itself will be in a better place and some of the previous focus can be regained. Not only do they need to start listening to their employees by also listening to their players and community. Their employees will tell them what works and doesn't work within the company while their players can tell them a lot about what does and doesn't work in game.

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2021/07/30#p2
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That feeling when you record something and it sounds awesome in real time but when you listen back to the recording there's a section right in the middle with a load of feedback that wasn't there when playing live.

I'll check if it's there on the recording and try re-exporting the audio.

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2021/07/30#p3
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The feedback occurred between the mixer and the Mac so going to have to do it again.

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MrHenko says:Reply to MrHenko

@colinwalker How is your setup? Is it possible to listen to the audio after it's passed through the computer instead of before the computer? It'll help to catch those things.

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Colin Walker replied:

It certainly is possible, I'm just in the habit of listening straight from the mixer when I don't have the Mac connected.

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MrHenko says:Reply to MrHenko

@MrHenko (Or maybe "what is your setup" is the correct way of putting it.)

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MrHenko says:Reply to MrHenko

@colinwalker Aha, you use it stand alone at times. Then I understand. Is there a way to connect the computer back to the mixer (lika a "Tape Return" or similar) in a way so that you can listen to it via the mixer, without recording it back onto it self? What mixer are you using?

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Colin Walker replied:

I'm using a Behringer QX1002USB mixer – it's relatively basic. I just need to stop being lazy and move my headphones. 😆

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MrHenko says:Reply to MrHenko

@colinwalker Sure, but eveything that gets in the way of the creative process is a hassle. That mixer has a built in USB audio interface, right? But you use a separate interface, correct?

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Colin Walker replied:

No, I'm going direct via USB. I have a separate audio interface but the USB out from the mixer serves well enough.

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MrHenko says:Reply to MrHenko

@colinwalker In that case I think you don't even have to move your headphones to get the post DAW signal. Just press the "USB/2TR TO PHONES/CTRL RM"-button and the signal going to the headphones should be the return from the computer, as opposed to the mix from the mixer.

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Colin Walker replied:

Thanks, I'll have to try that. I've not concentrated on the mixer too much, should really learn how to use it properly lol!

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2021/07/30#p4
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That old school #acid sound...

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MrHenko says:Reply to MrHenko

@colinwalker Nice!

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pesho says:Reply to pesho

@colinwalker Dope 🥳

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Colin Walker replied:

Thanks 🙏

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