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Today, I bid farewell to my old package manager, “MacPorts“, and migrate/reinstall/reconfigure pretty much everything that had to do with development to Homebrew. Boy! That took me half of my day. This leap also took some considerable amount of courage for me, since I kept relying on MacPorts for almost two decades. So far, so … Read more

Prior to this month, I was grappling with a bit of dilemma. On all of my 4 functioning workstations (MacPro, Mac mini, and two laptops), I had different versions of command-line job tools installed. So when I call up a tool – say, “jQuote” for assessing/quoting Japanese VO scripts – it’d behave differently across workstations… … Read more

May the new year be filled with opportunities, positive ideas, and happiness!皆様の新しい年が希望と喜びに満ちた年になりますように。令和3年度も何卒ご贔屓のほどよろしくお願いいたします! Best regards,Oki – m2pi

A new mic preamp is here in our studio: BAE 1073MP: Sonically speaking, it’s a significant leap forward from Focusrite ISA One that we used for 11 years (!). Now with my beloved AKG C-414 XL-II, my voice sounds PRISTINE to say the least! After using this 1073MP for an hour or so, I switched … Read more

TTM – Telegraphic Transfer Middle. I came up with this command line tool, to download the month-end list of TTM rates for specified year. Here’s how it looks: You are welcome to download it, and use it if you’d like:

First of all, we now have a new recording room. The room is fully tuned, and is VERY quiet to the point that silence hurts my ears! I thought we were ready to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis … but I was wrong. The wave was so huge! Due to the coronavirus-related lockdown of the … Read more

Until today I kept wondering how I should get to my trusty old Dashboard apps … then found out that the feature is stripped off entirely from this new Mac OS (“Catalina”): It took me a while to figure this out myself. Oh well… 🙁

It took me some courage to finally jump off the cliff, to get a Catalina-installed machine. Phew!! Since my main task is voice production, I really had to make sure my audio tools run flawlessly. I must make sure my main audio interface – UA Apollo Twin Duo – functions well via Thunderbolt 3 ports. … Read more