Pieces

What a lovely track from Oliv, Frankie, Peter, and Olivia – couldn’t resist to take Oliv’s lead sheet (merci mon ami!) on a stand, and to play along with my double bass:

Thanks to my friends for all the fun, and thanks to you for listening, as always.

Edit, from August 23rd, 2020: Got a nice remix of this track from our master mixer Oliv, merci beaucoup mon ami! So listen to this version rather than mine, it’s really better:

Thanks for listening 🙂

2nd edit, from August 24th, 2020: You probably saw it from the waveform already, and also probably heard it: Oliv’s mix is louder than mine. So I wanted to know how much louder, and I reimported his mix and measured it. Looks like this:

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A remix done by a friend

About -13LUFS (average loudness units full scale), and peaks are even above 0dB. I’m going for a mix target of -16LUFS and -1dBTP, which means that his mix is double as loud as mine (3dB difference means doubling the output). Interesting.

So to include the track into an album, I’d have to still take mine, or to reexport his with my target loudness… albums should have a consistent loudness in my opinion.

Again, thanks for reading. And again, merci Oliv for the nice remix 🙂

3rd edit, from August 24th, 2020: after discussing some technical things with Oliv and Richard, Oliv gave me his .wav file of his remix (above), which I then remastered to my usual loudness of -16 LUFS and -1 dBTP – so here is my final version of that track (in case no one adds anything):

And this is how the waveform looks after exporting it to the track above:

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remastered a track from a friend, now it’s at exactly -16 LUFS and -1 dBTP
hear it at www.wikiloops.com/backingtrack-jam-197039.php if you like

Thanks again to everyone involved, thanks to you for listening 🙂

Through time and space

I found that lovely and dreamy track from Stephan and Mark, and I wanted to bow my bass on that a bit – but the strings I have on the instrument aren’t really the right ones for that, so I ended up just trying to stay in tune (was a bit flat on one fifth towards the end…):

Thanks to Trommelkloppe and to Fishinmissio for all the fun, thanks to you for listening to my after-work practising 🙂

Delayed

What a fun track from Alessio, Charlotte, and Pat – really couldn’t resist that one:

So it’s grazie, merci, and danke to my friends – and thanks to you for listening to us having fun 🙂

Matthias

My second upload and collaboration plucking the big fiddle:

Thanks to FrankieJ for his awesome template, and thanks to you for listening, and for hearing me learn a totally new (to me) instrument 🙂

NBD, and Mr. Booze

“NBD” is a term from talkbass.com, the biggest forum for bass players word-wide, and it stands for “new bass day” – so if you use it, you’re reporting about a new purchase, normally with pictures.

So here you go:

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Big bass violin, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

Got it for a very good price including lots of add-ons like a stand, a pickup, a French bow, and a bag from a member of a German/Swiss forum for bass players, bassic.de. It’s a Christopher DB202 which means it’s all laminated (plywood), and in gamba shape (but with a round back, most gambas had a flat one).

So today I connected the pickup and my microphone to the audio interface like this:

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Double bass recording setup, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

and then I played a Blues together with Nils, Peter, and Philip, called “Mr. Booze”, like this:

Not that easy to handle an instrument that big in Bb flat minor for your first one, but fun anyway – thanks and merci to my friends for the music 🙂

More in bassic.de and in talkbass.com – and thanks for reading, and for listening.

Tuna the cat, black & white, from August 4th, 2020

Today I took a photo of our cat again, sitting on the chair at my computer desk, looking out the veranda door. I cropped that photo into a 5:4 format again, and made it black & white using first the Olympus Workspace, and then Silver Efex. Back in Linux, I added my usual midtoning in RawTherapee. Looks like this:

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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

She got extra payment for modeling that nicely 🙂

As always, thanks for viewing.

Fleur d’Hiver

I added a bit of a low end to the second half of this beautiful track from Philip and from Peter:

Thanks to my friends for all the fun, and merci to you for listening.

Tuna the cat in different aspect ratios

Today we took several photos of Tuna, and I cropped some of them into different formats later. So here are some of them, in 16:9, in 4:3 (the native format of my camera), and in 5:4.

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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
photographer: Mitchie Suadi-Lonien
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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

All three of these were taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk2 camera and a Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/1.4 lens.

As always, thanks for viewing.

“Stop typing and crawl me!”

From yesterday, after work, taken by Mitchie:

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“Stop typing to these Wikiloops folks! Crawl me instead!”
Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020

As always, thanks for viewing.

Camera comparison: Olympus vs iPhone

Today I was out – I wanted to take a walk to compare the new iPhone SE (2nd gen, or 2020) with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk2. The iPhone has a 4mm/1.8 lens which has an angle of view comparable to a 28mm lens on a film (or the so-called “full frame”) camera, so I mounted a comparable 14mm/2.5 Panasonic lens onto my Olympus cam.

Originally I just wanted to walk, but I was warned about the weather (thank you Shi), so I took the car and went to Mönchbruch first, and around the airport later. So here are some photos “out of camera” (without further processing) from both the Olympus and the iPhone:

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So what do I see?

The Olympus photos straight from the camera with the standard or “normal” jpg profile are flatter, and leave more room for further enhancements – while these from the iPhone look heavily processed already, with a hint of HDR, contrast, colouring etc. already applied, and this may well be what most people (including me in some cases) would actually prefer. You can really take these and share them because they’re kind of “ready”, while these from my camera need some further work to make them look really good.

Awesome. Who would have thought that?

So yes, these are comparable which is a great result from a sensor only 1/3.5th the diagonal size of a Micro Four Thirds one (see the focal lengths of 4mm vs 14mm), and even with “only” 12 megapixels that iPhone isn’t really much worse than the 16 MP camera, at least in good light like here.

And like most modern mobile phones, there’s software built in to further “enhance” your photos to taste which means that you really don’t need any processing software or even a computer for “development” anymore. There are even three good looking black & white profiles, so see a last photo I took after returning home, and what you can do with it in camera:

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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
mono iPhone profile
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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
silvertone iPhone profile
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Tuna the cat, Mörfelden-Walldorf 2020
noir iPhone profile

Cool. Understandable that for most people these cameras in modern mobile phones are all they’d ever need…

As always, thanks for viewing, and for reading. And thanks again to my friend Shi who saved me from a really heavy shower 🙂