January 2008

Family10 Jan 2008 11:18 pm

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Mandy’s well on her way to liking Christmas as much as her Mommy does.


But she thinks you’re supposed to chew your presents open.


And then chew on them when you get them opened!

ITF Business&Music09 Jan 2008 05:22 pm

Here at RipChord Studios, I’ve always used n-Track for my recording software. It’s a multi-track recording program that will record as many tracks as your computer will handle. It works great and is one of the cheapest programs available.

It was created by a guy in Italy, Flavio Antonioli. He does a great job of supporting it, fixing bugs, and implementing feedback from users.

Years ago, I think it was when we went from version 2 to version 3, I had a problem. The new version wouldn’t open files created with the previous version. I sent him an email about the problem, not sure if anything would come of it or not. Not only did I get a reply very soon, but attached to the email was a new build of the program that fixed the problem!

We’re on version 5 by now. I’ve recorded several albums with it: “Purpose” from AHQ, “A Heart Like Yours” from Heartbeat, an upcoming release from my buddy Pete, and of course the stuff from Acoustic Persecution. I’ve also done quite a bit of live stuff using it on my laptop.

I recently emailed Flavio again, requesting a small feature. He emailed me back saying he would add it.

> A small thing I would find helpful is the option to add a button to the toolbar which would toggle the “Song Comments” window. I use it fairly frequently and it’s kind of a pain to have to always go through the edit menu.
> Thanks, keep up the great work!
> Tom

Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll add the button in the next version of the program.

Best regards,
Flavio Antonioli.

The big guns in the multi-track recording field are ridiculously high-priced. n-Track is cheap, it does what I need to do, and it does it well.

Family03 Jan 2008 09:40 pm

Here’s a few pictures ranging from a while ago to just recently. Click to see full size.


She makes for a heavy laundry basket.

Hoosierville02 Jan 2008 11:55 pm

Out here in Hoosierville, you need serious snow equipment. Otherwise you’d be buried and stuck in the house all winter.


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This is my father-in-law on his monster snow blower clearing off our driveway.