Current college radio jocks prepare and mix via their own laptops—a big iPod with a keyboard that can crunch numbers. But it’s hard to cue up actualities, or “sound bites” in radio-speak. I couldn’t find an open or college-budget “cart machine” (also called “soundboard”), so I whipped up my own in Max/MSP. The Mac-only application is linked below.
Stations once used magnetic tape cartridges (carts) to automate blocks of programming (before microprocessors and contemporary PCs), but the term stuck and was expanded to all sounds played on a show. Whether played haphazardly with iTunes or with a physical sampler or Instant Replay setup, this practice makes good radio.
Directions: Group your WAV and AIFF sound files by folders within the same directory. The app will prompt you for this “carts directory” on load. The player itself is self-explanatory.
Mac-only. Tested on 10.6 only. No guarantees, your mileage may vary, etc.
The bonus pack includes a few carts produced by/for WYBC Yale Radio (to start your collection).
Made this for a friend, as we couldn’t find any online. The background is lighter than the actual kernel panic screen, but it goes better with a MacBook Air this way. 1440×900
Click image for full size. Photoshop doc available here.
WCP has been updated—same name, but mostly gutted for the better, so check it out!
A cart player or cart machine plays sound bites. Stations have used them for ages and they have only recently gone digital. I wanted to run my own sounds from my laptop during my show (fsck, tech talk on WYBCX, Thursdays at 5 p.m. EST), so I built my own in Max/MSP. I’ll leave the screenshots of this old player up, but there’s a newer version available here.
Edit screen (for you tinkerers)
Edit screen (for the audio routing)
Edit: A Dropbox blog post claims that the event is over, even though the pages are still accessible, so your mileage may vary.
In commemoration of the start of my new tech and productivity weblog, the ever-thoughtful Dropbox is gifting you 1 gig of storage space for free. In reality, it’s the consolation prize for the online treasure hunt they kicked off today (Dropquest 2011). You can suffer through the journey or you can follow my answer key below (in order) and finish the hunt in under a minute. With the least number of steps, it’s the fastest guide on the Internet. (Thanks to everyone who submitted links and helped to remove steps.) Enjoy!
Pro Tip: Hold down your “new tab” button (usually ⌘ on Mac and “ctrl” on Windows) and click on the links (in order) to open them in rapid succession.
////////////////////////////////// SPOILERS! //////////////////////////////////
- Do the puzzle (the bottom right box will be empty),
- Enter: 33739
- Either use this image to fill in the Sudoku,
- Enter: baff1e
(that’s the number “one” in there)
- Enter: drew houston
- Enter: badcabbage
- Enter: 1133471056
- Enter (case-sensitive): Dr0pbox heaRts U
And for additional Dropbox space, don’t forget:
+ 250 Mb for every friend invited (and an additional 250 Mb if he has a .edu address)
+ 250 Mb for finishing the “Getting Started” tutorial (on the home page)
+ 768 Mb for doing the social activities on this page
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