MP3 Patent Countdown

Various Sagebrush programs are able to record and play MP3, but only if you already have an ACM MP3 audio codec installed on your computer, which was common during Windows XP but less¬† likely in later versions of Windows. We do not bundle an MP3 encoder with our products because the technology is covered by … Read more

Add New Instrument Voices to MouSing

Recently we described how to add new instrument voices to WinChime, beyond those pre-defined in the drop-down list. TL;DNR version: Enter the MIDI instrument number (minus 1) in the edit box portion of the drop-down list. You can do the same trick in MouSing, on the MIDI tab main window. We actually forgot this trick,¬† … Read more

5th Blogiversary

The Sagebrush Blog began on April 9, 2007, so we are five years old today! We haven’t actually been blogging continuously all that time, taking a hiatus from April 2009 to October 2011. It is hard to avoid the dreaded blog-poster burn-out. We got better. My current goal is to post at least once a … Read more

Installing MouSing on Ubuntu Linux

Install Wine and MouSing using the procedure described in Installing RecAll-PRO and RecAll on Ubuntu Linux. If using the MIDI option in MouSing, install the Timidity MIDI daemon as described in Installing WinChime on Ubuntu Linux. If using MIDI, go into menu Options-> Preferences->MIDI and change the MIDI Output Device to an existing device. Adjust … Read more

Voice-O-Graph

Remember when voice recording was hard? Rare? A special event? Cost money? Required special hardware? Full size ad at Vintage Ads. More ads and hardware photos at Pinrepair. Recording on YouTube. (hat tip BoingBoing) Related Posts: Recording in the News Anniversary of BetaMax Decision

Ambient Sound at Disney World

Check out this interview with the person who designed the ambient sound system for Disney World. More than 15,000 speakers have been positioned using complex algorithms to ensure that the sound plays within a range of just a couple decibels throughout the entire park. It is quite a technical feat acoustically, electrically, and mathematically. How … Read more

Particle Physics Wind Chime

Stanford physicist Matt Bellis and developers attending Science Hack Day SF have created a program to render subatomic particle collisions as musical notes. Particle parameters, such as energy or angle, could be mapped onto volume or pitch of a note. Read the Article in Symmetry Breaking magazine [no longer available or not found] or download … Read more