Sunday, April 06, 2008

Link to John Stewart Video

Click on the above link (or cut-and-paste it into your browswer) to see a clip from one of John Stewart's final performances. You Tube is amazing - there are many other clips of him available from the Kingston Trio days clear up to 2007, but this one is my favorite.

Is there anyone out there who could help me with some computer issues related to preservation of the KCAC tapes? I'm sure it's simple once you know how to do it, but I really need someone to walk me through the process a few times. Every time I think I have it figured out, the computer crashes or the audio file gets converted to some weird format that I can't use or something else happens that leaves me completely frustrated and baffled.


Fran Bennett said...

Hi Tom - Can you detail your computer issues?

Tom Wright said...

Fran -

Thanks for the response. I'm never sure, when something goes wrong, whether it's a software problem, a hardware problem, or just me not knowing what the hell I'm doing. As an example, I can burn music CDs in .wav format on my computer, using all the proper settings (as far as I can tell), but the CDs won't play back on any of my players EXCEPT a 10-year old boombox! In every other player (including recent ones that play MP3s), they just spin uselessly.

Some DVD-R's read OK, others just generate a message about "runtime error 217" followed by a variable 8-character code. Sometimes a DVD-R or RW simply makes the whole system crash within a matter of seconds.

Every time I open Windows I get error messages announcing that Tray Starter and Instawrite Control Center have stopped working. Sometimes it crashes after those messages appear, but usually it doesn't and I'm able to enter Windows normally with no apparent ill effects.

There are other issues related to Sound Forge and audio file conversions, but I'll make another stab at them this weekend and see if I can make any progress. I have a Sound Forge user's manual but most of it might as well be written in code. It never seems to tell me what I need to know or how to resolve whatever jam I get myself into.

I have Windows Vista, which may be part of the problem. It came pre-installed on the computer, but from what I've heard it is notoriously unstable and many people refuse to use it.

The computer itself is an HP a6114x refurbished unit, bought new in December.

Any advice you can offer would be much appreciated, and whatever I learn will definitely be applied to digitizing the KCAC tapes. Thank you again,


Marty said...

Call me. We might be able to get together next week

Marty said...

Thanks for the John Stewart video Tom. I was sad to hear of his passing but am reminded again how wonderful it is that we have such powerful reminders of what it was that drew us to these artists in the first place right there at our fingertips. Wish we had a You Tube video of Bill Compton introducing Mother Country to the KCAC audience

Jeff Crawford said...

Try theses plug-in's for your PC and with the software (Sound Forge)
Also maybe try to use the the updated version of Sound Forge from Sony. Here is the free trail version link:

Let me know if can help in any way. The KCAC audio tapes are very old and need to digitized.

Jeff Crawford