Hammerhead Ray

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X/Y ~ Goran Kajfes
X/Y ~ Goran Kajfes
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian beauty., 18 Dec 2013
In a recent "invisible jukebox" article in Wire magazine, Archie Shepp said "I can't think of a single white performer who had a significant influence on the evolution of musical within this idiom" (i.e. Jazz). It may not count as influential from the point of view of people like Archie Shepp, but to my ears the best Jazz around at the moment on CD is coming out of Scandinavia.

And in particular, this is the best Jazz record I've heard in years.

It's a double CD: CD1 ("X") is the Subtropic Arkestra. CD2 ("Y") is a sharp contrast: Kajfes multitracking trumpet over analogue synth.

The Subtropic Arkestra tracks build on from… Read more
StarTech 1 Port PCI Parallel Adapter Card by STARTECH.COM
Bought this card for new PC (running Windows 7 64-Bit) with no parallel port on motherboard in order to use an old HP LaserJet. Does the job perfectly BUT the installation is not quite as per the manual:

My Windows 7 PC did NOT identify new hardware.

Not a problem though. After fitting card and booting up PC, went to Device Manager, and could see that Card visible to operating system under "Other Device" as a "PCI Simple Communication Controller". The "PCI . . . Controller" icon had a yellow exclamation mark over it, indicating a problem (no Driver, in this case).

Right clicked on "PCI . . . Controller", and selected "Update Driver Software".
Put… Read more
EMU 0404 PCIe Soundcard by E-MU
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this to replace a Terratec Phase 22 PCI soundcard. In comparison with the Terratec, the EMU's sound quality is slightly crisper, but just as important the reduction in noise is very significant (presumably because the EMU card has RF shielding): I no longer get breakthrough from the PC's LAN connection.

The EMU card is physically easy to instal, but did present a problem in so far as, initially, the PC did not recognise the card - it couldn't 'see' it. This was solved by removing and reseating the card in another PCIe slot.

Once the card is recognised by the PC, loading the drivers is straightforward (this installation was on a WIndows 7 PC): one simply… Read more

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