Tuesday, April 08, 2014

My Favorite Programs

     I decided to help people out and list the best programs that you may not know
They may be obscure, but are highly useful and lightweight.
Then I got carried away and started listing everything I use.
 I may or may not get around to sorting this out better and including links for everything.


My Favorite New Programs in order of most used:  Alternates in Red:

LastPass, KeepPass (Password Manager - access all websites with 1 master password)
Greenshot (Screenshot - uploads to Imgur, save to file, etc)
DesktopSlides (Wallpapers Cycler - downloaded in High-Res (2560x1440) from WallpapersWide.com )
TeraCopy,FastCopy
Sandboxie
Link Shell Extension  Hardlinks provide the ability to keep a single copy of a file yet have it appear in multiple folders (directories).
YawCAM (to use webcam as motion sensitive security)
DirSyncPro
DiskPie
Process Lasso
DriverSweeper
IrfanView
UltraISO, TotalMounter, Alcohol 52% 
Eraser (Secure Erase) or WipeFile
MP3Tag
Tag&Rename
Album Art Downloader
AutoClicker
EasyBCD, VisualBCD (easily edit Win 7 boot menu entries for dual Boot etc)
GetDataBack NTFS
PDFStreamDumper (manually check for [malicious] javascript in PDF files)


Preferred Mainstream Programs:

TrueCrypt
AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014
Malwarebytes Anti-malware (free)
uTorrent
Google Chrome, Google Chrome Canary (devel)Mozilla Firefox
HexChat (IRC)
foobar2000, Winamp
Spotify
VLC Media Player
Media Player Classic - BE (Black Edition) ALL codecs built-in
Media Player Classic - Home Cinema x64 
Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) 
K-Lite Codec Pack x64Shark007 Codecs
Serviio free (DLNA Home Media Server), or Mezzmo($)
SierraChart (Financial Market Analysis)
Pidgin, Trillian (Instant Messaging)
TeamSpeak 3, Ventrilo (alternately Raidcall)
WinRAR, 7-Zip
CygWin (run a Linux shell or programs on windows)
OBS Open Broadcaster Software (stream desktop or games to twitch.tv), or XSplit
FileZilla (FTP Client) and FileZilla Server (FTP Server)
WireShark (requires WinPCAP)
Non-Free:
ShadowProtect Desktop (Automated Differential Network Backup)
Microsoft Office 2003 (because lightweight/portable) or free LibreOffice, OpenOffice
VMWare Workstation 8, VirtualBox 4.1.4


LiberKey (contains hundreds of tiny utilitarian programs):

CCleaner
ImgBurn
Unlocker
Remove Empty Directories
DupKiller
CrystalDiskInfo (View HDD SMART data and temperatures)
Process Explorer
Process Monitor
Autoruns
Revo Uninstaller
Everything (lists everything by filename = indexes hard drive to a text file)
FreeFileSync
DSynchronize
TimeSync (Syncs clock, use nist1.symmetricom.com, since I disabled Windows Time Service)
CurrPorts (list all open TCP/IP ports and what process opened them)
LibreOffice (instead of M$ Office)


Programming/Coding:

Notepad++
Sublime Text 2 or 3
Eclipse IDE
WinDiff,Compare It! (line by line File comparison)
HxD (Hex Editor)
Visual Studio 2010 ($$)
Python 2.7, PyQT, QT 4.8.4


Cloud Storage:

Dropbox
MediaFire Desktop
BackBlaze


Bitcoin:

Bitcoin-QT
MultiBit
MultiDoge (Dogecoin)
Electrum, Armory (alternatives)


Video Encoding:

Handbrake
MeGUI
MKVToolnix (MKVMerge, MKVInfo)
MediaInfo
AviSynth
FLAC Frontend 


Overclocking:

MSI Afterburner
RealTemp
GPU-Z, CPU-Z, HWMonitor
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
Fritz Chess Benchmark
IntelBurnTestV2.exe
Hard Drive Benchmarks: CrystalDiskMark, AS SSD Benchmark, HD Tune, HD Tach
Prime95, SuperPI, ORTHOS
HWiNFO64


Pro Audio, Music Production (most $$$):

Audacity
Ableton Live 9.1.1, FL Studio 10.9, BitWig Studio 1.0.4
Arturia Analog Factory
Arturia Spark
KORG Legacy
Traktor 2
Maschine
Kontakt 5
Massive 1.3.0
ASIO4ALL
impOSCAR 2
this list is far from done.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Pegboard Nerds - Hero in Ableton live

Pegboard Nerds - Hero

Ableton Live Project

Ableton Pack .alp 400mb (samples, stems, everything)
Ableton Set .als  - 223k  (just template)
Hero (my reproduction) - 43.1mb (FLAC)
Pegboard Nerds - Hero.flac - 44.3mb Original (FLAC 1118kbps 16bit/44.1khz Lossless)

Waveform Comparison  (new - top, original - bottom)


So there is a remix contest of this song, and they provided stems, but they are so hard to use, the only ones that actually line up to each other are the Outro ones.
There were also no drums included.
I packaged up all the existing stems and all the samples I used into an Ableton live pack singular file.
There's a lot of work that went into this.

Feel free to use this to make your own remix and submit it.

I'm also going to see Pegboard nerds at their concert @ Webster Hall this friday 4/11/2014