Bad Attempts to Advertise Shamelessly

Ad Banner Version Many

The above is my latest attempt at an ad banner for the site; click it to see the full version, as always. I still like the “Emptyeye” font, and I managed to deal with the superfluous site address that was in my last attempt. It doesn’t have any cutesy anime characters, or any characters at all in it for that matter, but it’s actually sort of a nice contrast to a lot of the typical advertising you see on Project Wonderful (As I’ve mentioned before, most of its clientèle are webcomics). I’m trying to find dirt-cheap banner ads at the moment. My one attempt to this point has failed, but I shall press on.

Tomorrow is the DDR Tournament. Wish we luck, because I’m going to need it. On the other hand, from reading the topic, it sounds like a lot of the players that would destroy me won’t be there, so maybe I’ll have a chance after all.


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    • Tom on March 29, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Well, I found this site through your shameless advertising.

    Do you have a tutorial about how to make a PC into a home recording studio or know where a simple one is online? The ones I have found are fairly hard for me to follow. Email me if you have any advice. Thanks!

    • emptyeye on March 29, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Well, glad to see the advertising worked, if briefly (Until I realized I was going to burn through my PW funds in a matter of days, and scaled back a bit).

    As for making a PC into a recording studio, you can theoretically do it on the cheap, though the sound quality will suffer (my recordings, especially a lot of the Musical Doodlings period, are proof of that). All I really have is a sound card, and anything I do currently goes directly into that, and I record with my audio program of choice (That being a really old version of Cakewalk SONAR). If you look hard enough, you can probably find cheaper programs than that, or try changing from Windows to Linux–one of the distributions is specifically tailored to audio/video editing.

    • Tom on March 31, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Well, I was thinking of going open source–something like Audacity. I’ll probably get a new (used) system this summer, and worry about a sound card later. What I need to find out, and it’s hard since I’m in Japan, is what else I need in terms of plugging the instrument into the PC. Can I use my own effector and amp?

    • emptyeye on March 31, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Yeah, open source is probably the way to go if you’re on a budget. I actually have a Ubuntu Studio DVD sitting right near me that I should try out at some point. One can, of course, “acquire” the pricier programs for free if one is so inclined, though I don’t condone this.

    To answer the second question, I’ll admit to being completely clueless about Japanese pretty-much-anything, but providing instruments and cables and whatnot are the same as they are in the US, that’s actually the easy part. My laptop, for instance, has a microphone port on it (Even leaving out the soundcard I bought recently); with a 1/4″-to-1/8″ converter, I can actually plug an instrument directly into the computer and record it, and also use that as the “amp” so to speak (Though, again, it doesn’t sound all that great).

    So to actually answer the question, yeah, you should be able to use your own amp, either by hooking a microphone to your computer, putting it next to the amp, and playing, or going from the amp’s output (Which should be on the back somewhere) to the line input on the computer.

    Hopefully that helps.

    • Tom on April 5, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Yeah, I think that does help. Thank you!

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