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Scott Scowcroft
Re-purpose HOAs and other videos.
Re-purpose HOAs and other videos.

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A freind just launched a new online buisness ... fun license plates for walkers. Something to put a little humor into the day.

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Great. Just what the Middle East needs

More weapons.

Trump: #InOverHisHead

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Our children will remember these days not unlike how we remember Watergate

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TRUMP: In Over His Head

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Who knew?

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Universe to Quark and back again
Now how cool is that!

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French Retain Intellectual Superiority

Yesterday the USA had Canada envy.
And today?
France envy.

Ping: +Olivier Rebiere, +Ray Hiltz

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Healthcare Common Sense

Trumpcare sure does feel like a Healthcare by committee. You really want to put the health of your family for generations to come in the hands of Congress?

Meanwhile, no one has explained to me why single payer is bad for Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany or any other "major industrial" country. If it's good for them, why not for U.S.?

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Music lessons via Skype or Hangouts

+Terry Leigh Britton is back! Check out his latest tutorial on how to conduct live music lessons via the internet.
How To Give Remote Piano Lessons via Skype or Hangouts-On-Air Tutorial

Here is a tutorial on how to give remote piano lessons (or any instrument, really) using a virtual instrument (VSTi) host.

I use Cantabile in this video as the host, and Voicemeeter Pro "Banana" as a virtual mixing board, and I show setting up the piano lesson using both Skype and Hangouts-On-Air.

Hangouts-On-Air have a far better option for the audio for music. Its "Studio" mode is far, far superior to either an HOA's "Voice" mode or Skype's compressor for audio, so though it takes up the last half of the video, I felt it was important to show how to set that up also.

Here are useful links:
Voicemeeter setup file:

Voicemeeter Pro "Banana"

Cantabile 3 (Demo download includes free "Lite" version)

For Hangouts-On-Air - CHECKLIST

1) Set up a YouTube channel if you haven't already

2) Click your user icon at the top right and select "Creator Studio"

3) Click at the left into "Live Streaming" and click on Events

4) Click on the far-right on "Create new event"

5) Select "Quick (Using Google Hangouts On air)" from the radio buttons toward the right near the bottom - that sets up a Hangout-On-Air as the format

6) Set it from "Public" to "Private" or "Unpublished".

7) Start the hangout by clicking "Go Live Now" -- that does not mean you need to start calling now, it just lets you get the viewing links and set up the audio and video in advance. (You can also schedule events to happen in the future in advance... even after this step!)

8) At the lower right, click the "Links" button to get the link to the YouTube video to share, and also an embed code for putting it on your blog page (which can be a private page, of course, only visible to your student), and then DEFINITELY copy the link from the top address bar that leads back to this HOA, which you can email to yourself and to the other person(s) so they can join it. When you return to it, just hit the "Join" button and you are in. Up to 10 people can participate in a normal hangout. (Up to 25 if you have a "G-Suite Basic or Business" account.)

9) Click the gear at the top and set your microphone to Voicemeeter Output and your speaker to Voicemeeter Input. I advise changing the audio from "Voice" to "Studio" and keeping your levels at or below -12dB. Click "Save".

10) This HOA is now set up - clicking the "Start Broadcast" button will begin the recording. You can continue without recording by just leaving this open and not hitting the "Start Broadcast" button. When finished Recording (that is, "Broadcasting"), hit "Stop Broadcast" FIRST and then hit the red-phone button at the top to hang up. If you do not hit "Stop Broadcast" before hanging up, it will continue recording for four hours then disconnect itself.

11) Once all this is set up, hit the Red Phone to hang up and shut the hangout window if you are not making the call right away. This all stays available as long as you don't use it (so retain that link from the address bar you got - makes it a pseudo "Skype" for you and your student to use, with better audio!). This now also appears in the list of your scheduled events at at the bottom, where you can change the time so it is scheduled for a specific date by editing the "Basic Info" page, or you can alternatively start the hangout from there on your end, and get the address bar link and other links to share if you had forgotten to earlier. It will stay there until you use it, so if you don't ever broadcast and stop-broadcast, it stays around to use again and again. You can get rid of unused ones by checking the box to its left and going to the top under "Actions" and selecting "Delete".

12) Extra: You actually can view the live stream from the tab to the right of the "Basic" one which now shows a "Live Control Room" link. View the stream from the "Preview" section by hitting the play button in the middle of the video there. The "Public" view will not be active until you show up to start the broadcast.

That's it! Seems like a lot the first time, but it is really quite simple. This checklist will always be handy, though!

When ready, click the link you saved to enter the hangout, hit "Join" and optionally start the broadcast (begin recording) when you are ready. Or just re-use this as a hi-fidelity version of Skype by having students join at the proper time with their link.

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Easy way to create sound isolation for you mic
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