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So, recently I was setting up a new rack of effects for processing vocals, and when I turned on my ALESIS Quadraverb … it was not working. Just a blank screen though the backlight was lit. What’s the point you ask?? I’m glad you asked that! In the process of troubleshooting my unit, I found a long list of reset procedures for lots of ALESIS products. So, I thought I’d post that list here for anyone that may need it. Plus, it’ll help make sure that this information doesn’t disappear by having it on another site. Here is the list:
- ADAT – Power up while holding PLAY and RECORD. “Drum on” Hrs will not be reset
- ADAT-XT – Power up while holding PLAY and RECORD. “Drum on” Hrs will not be reset
- BRC – Power up while holding PLAY and RECORD
- AI-2 – Power up while holding STORE. (Adat tape header information will also be cleared)
- D4 – Power up while holding OUTPUT and VOICE.
- DM5 – Power up while holding OUTPUT and VOICE
- HR-16 – Power up while holding ERASE, DELETE, and RECORD
- HR-16B – Power up while holding ERASE, DELETE, and RECORD
- Midiverb III – Power up while holding INT PROG and STORE
- M3 – Power up while holding BYPASS and PROG
- Midiverb 4 – Power up while holding PROG and D
- MMT-8 – Power up while holding ERASE, PAGE A and PAGE
- QS6 Keyboard – Power up While holding number ZERO and THREE buttons
- Quadrasynth – Power up while holding DATA buttons 1 and 4. Note that this only clears the edit Keyboards buffer. Currently there is no hard reset/re-initialization routine available.
- Quadraverb – Power up while holding BYPASS and PROGRAM
- Quadraverb GT – Power up while holding BYPASS and PROGRAM
- Quadraverb 2 – Power up while holding PROGRAM and COMPARE. This is a soft reset (sets global to default, clears edit buffer but leaves user memory intact). Power up while holding PROGRAM, COMPARE and >BLOCK. This is a hard reset(set all functions to default and clears user memory).
- S4/S8 Sound – Power up while holding DATA buttons 1 and 4. Note that this only clears the edit Modules buffer. Currently there is no hard reset/re-initialization routine available.
- SR-16 – Power up while holding ERASE and PLAY
- X2 Console – Power up while holding ALT, ERASE FWD, and DEC. This is a soft reset Factory mute parameters will be loaded into memory. Currently there is no user hard reset or Re-initialize routine available
This list was originally found on Sweetwater’s website, their page is here. If you have never bought anything from Sweetwater and you want or need music gear, those guys are amazing to work with. Their support after the sale is second to none in my humble opinion. I hope this list helps anyone that may need it!!!
I have to share something with everyone now. Anybody and everybody that knows me, knows that I am a die hard UNIX and Linux fan. I made the majority of my career managing UNIX and Linux boxes, with a server to admin ratio of sometimes 100 to 1. Everyone also knows that I am a die hard Debian fan, my distro of choice for my servers and my desktops is Debian, hands down. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t use or like other distributions, I mean every one has it’s place and purpose. I really dig Ubuntu and SuSE and I cut my teeth on Red Hat and CentOS just as an example.
That being said, the purpose of this post is to tell you about another distro that I just recently checked out called Linux Mint. I know a lot of people have found it since it is in the number one slot over at distrowatch. On the recommendation of my friend Steve, I tried it out and I have to tell you that I was absolutely blown away by it. It’s based on Ubuntu which itself based on Debian so right there is a plus in my book, it has a solid core and foundation, but that’s not what blew me away.
Just in case you need to know your Internet facing IP address, I have setup a new page just for the purpose of showing you that information and more, right down to your longitude and latitude just in case any of you are hiding some ICBM’s in your backyard and want to reach out and touch someone! So check it out, go to http://yerip.com and see what it has to say about you, and before you say it, I know this has already been done. There are other sights on the net that show you what your IP address is, but I wanted one that wasn’t going to display ads or have any ulterior motives, just quickly and cleanly providing a good service!
Here’s a quick tidbit for any and all Windows jockeys out there. Need to figure out what is chewing up all of your system resources? Need to do it quickly and easily? Have no fear, Laz and the PowerShell are here. Some of you may know this already, so let those who don’t have some air!
OK, bring up the PowerShell (*note, this is different from the DOS “like” Command Prompt and can usually be installed through Windows Update). Once the PowerShell is open, you can use the ‘ps’ command to get a list of the currently running pr0cesses, but believe you me there are a lot of them and they scroll by all unformatted and hard to read and stuff. All in all you get a bunch of info that is hard to understand!
“So, what are we doing here?” you ask. Well, this is where just like with the ‘ps’ command (and the PowerShell in and of itself too), Windows takes some inspiration from UNIX and not only adds some nifty commands to help wrangle all that information that goes scrolling by, but also the idea of “piping” commands or a more simpler analogy, a way to link commands together. Making them talk to each other, work together and share information like never before. You pipe commands together with the ‘|’ character, and it allows you to run a command and take that output and send it to the next command. You will see this in the final command we will use, take a look:
ps | sort -desc cpu | select -f 20 | ft -a;
So, let’s take a look at what this command or set of commands really, does. First off the ps command gets the current list of processes running on the machine along with certain information about each and every one of them like the ‘Process ID’, the ‘ProcessName’ and the amount of ‘CPU’ time it’s using to name just a few. We then take all of that ‘ps’ data and “pipe” or feed it into the ‘sort’ command, telling sort to … well, sort that information by the ‘CPU’ column in “Descending” order. We then take all that sorted data and use the ‘select’ command to only grab or select the top ’20’ items in the list. Last but not least, we use the ‘ft’ command to “format” the list that we have now, which has been cut down to just the top 20 processes sorted by how much of your CPU they are using starting with the most at the top of the list and then listing the top 20 going down from there.
Ultimately, you run this command just like you see it above and you will get a list of the top processes that looks like this:
PS C:\temp> ps | sort -desc cpu | select -f 20 | ft -a; Handles NPM(K) PM(K) WS(K) VM(M) CPU(s) Id ProcessName ------- ------ ----- ----- ----- ------ -- ----------- 197 14 6700 11456 92 1,008.66 2744 AODAssist 422 15 6272 11572 53 886.27 1112 svchost 2398 1032 115224 10804 420 863.37 2020 AvastSvc 827 48 253744 247248 371 641.55 1388 svchost 1132 106 86252 118472 421 575.07 3596 explorer 140 69 45028 49456 173 572.51 5012 Everything 485 47 46612 69228 284 565.83 9608 explorer 1535 90 33912 49260 433 453.93 1460 svchost 717 52 29416 27460 124 451.45 1352 svchost 363 43 41048 11472 176 370.32 4436 svchost 909 63 94836 129776 726 366.38 6388 dopus 596 54 24476 26196 248 364.06 5136 avastui 684 44 22172 23564 241 352.66 1048 svchost 140 13 119472 113980 183 328.48 6972 vmware-usbarbitrator64 300 13 9940 14796 64 306.90 6516 WmiPrvSE 346 31 35176 29280 203 302.42 4688 tlbHost 225 24 1431016 1339160 1460 263.47 1500 stacsv64 865 81 27488 36708 149 216.86 1420 svchost 202 16 7300 15020 96 215.45 1744 WHSTrayApp 110 10 7144 10368 58 200.74 3252 BitMeterCaptureService
There you go, a nice handy little list of your top offenders! If you keep a PowerShell handy, it can be a very fast way to take a quick look at what’s going on under the hood of your PC. Enjoy!
I have found one of the coolest apps ever for making lists, using a virtual whiteboard, taking and re-arranging notes, outlining and even more stuff I haven’t even figure out yet. It’s an app called ‘Trello‘ and I originally found it on my iPhone for iOS. A few days later I was sitting here at my computer wishing I had it to use on my computer too. Low and behold I went to their website and it’s a web app as well that you can use on any PC/Maz/UNIX/Linux box that has a web browser and an Internet connection! Imagine my surprise!
So, finding that I could use it on my PC and my iPhone (you can use it on Android too, BTW), I just had to share this so everyone could get the benefits of this amazing application too. Now, before you get started, just one thing to share because this irks me when I run into it most of the time, and that is that you will be asked to create an account or log in with Google. Normally, I don’t like this because I figure why do I need to create an account just to use an app, right? Then when I realized I could use it in a browser on my PC the reason became clear. That’s how I can have all of my data in both places. So, YES you can indeed work on the same set of lists, the same data, all the same stuff between your mobile device and your PC at home. Cool, huh?
I highly recommend this app and service, it’s really cool and very productive, it really does a great job of organizing my data. You can create these lists and then move the data elements around by clicking and dragging, and etc. Plus you can drill down to and within each individual element and add more data to each one. It is just amazing what it can do, and therefore what you can do with it. So go try it out … NOW!!
Check out Trello today, you will thank me!