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1  General / The Forum / Re: DJ Needed to play on Saturday night, 10-2 £90 @ Hermanos Cafe Bar, any takers? on: September 05, 2012, 11:19:56
Hi mate, just sent you a PM with some info and links to mixes. I'm up for spinning Hermanos too if there are spots available.

Cheers,
Justin > Mr Fantastic.
2  General / The Forum / Re: Record Swap Meet November 26th Big Chill on: November 25, 2011, 17:29:44
Tomorrow (Saturday 26th) at Big Chill Bar but i'm told it's now down in the bar and not up in the Georgian Study.
Stop in for a pint and a record while the missus is xmas shopping.
The emphasis is on trading but we're not opposed to buying and selling if you happen to come along but don't have anything to trade.
At the moment there are no plans for another event so miss this one at your peril!
I've picked out some rare Eastern European obscurities for those of you looking for far out stuff to sample or for those of you that are just interested in music from Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, etc...

See you there.
3  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: Does any one in Bristol fix 1210s ? on: October 25, 2011, 18:35:11
Email me at phantasm38@yahoo.com for Technics 1200/1210 repair/service and mixer servicing (cleaning all the beer out from the weekend gig sort of thing). Can do some mixer repairs but just depends on the fault (depends what, if any new parts are needed).
I will rewire Technics 1210's with new cables and gold plugs, do the pitch fader modification to take out the 0 position click, etc... waaaaaaaaaay cheaper than the high street places.
If you email say you saw it on Hijack.
4  General / The Forum / Re: Record Swap Meet November 26th Big Chill on: October 25, 2011, 18:24:28
Bump.
5  General / The Forum / Re: occupy bristol on: October 25, 2011, 18:22:46
I already 'occupy bristol' mearly by living here.
6  General / The Forum / Record Swap Meet November 26th Big Chill on: October 09, 2011, 13:03:07
High Noon Music presents a day and night of vinyl delight

Upstairs at The Big Chill Bar Bristol

Afternoon- 2-5pm Record Swap Meet-

In the Georgian study at the Big Chill Bar ,bring all your unwanted vinyl, doubles or any spare items to trade with other people, listen to good music and generally obsess on all things vinyl. Selling isn't banned but in the spirit of the event trading is preferred. Feel free to turn up with one 7",a whole box or just yourself. Stay the whole 3 hours and socailise or just pop in for ten minutes.


Evening -11pm-2am- High Noon Dj's-

While Norman Jay rocks the spot downstairs Ben Dubuisson and Mr Fantastic from High Noon continue the vinyl theme upstairs. Everything from Hip-Hop, reggae, funk and beyond all played on good old vinyl. Also showcasing some of the forthcoming releases on High Noon including a selection of fresh 7"s due to drop in the new year.
7  General / The Forum / Re: Not at Glastonbury 2010 Thread on: June 24, 2010, 17:34:22
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Come along to the Glostonbury festival - Golden Lion, Gloc. Rd. Half pipe for skaters, food, beer, dj's on the roof and all that!
8  General / The Forum / Re: Funk, Soul, Old School Hip Hop and Rare Grooves on Fridays on: January 26, 2010, 18:30:29




At last - it works!
9  General / The Forum / Funk, Soul, Old School Hip Hop and Rare Grooves on Fridays on: January 26, 2010, 18:16:57
1st Friday every month at The Park, Clifton Triangle:-



2nd Friday every month at The Spotted Cow, Bedminster:-



10  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: How good a PC do I need to run Serato/Traktor Scratch? on: June 19, 2009, 13:23:25
An MPC is a computer, just one designed specifically for making music. Like how an electronic typewriter is a computer designed specifically for making documents. I'd prefer a general-use computer myself, as I've never had a problem with one that wasn't easily fixed. Each to their own though, eh?

Oh also, the reason studios use Mac is that the people (often idiots) who book studios are only trained on Mac and, like you, all baselessly assume that a Mac is better than a PC.

Yes, an MPC is a computer but then again toasters have computers in now but that doesn't mean you can use it for anything else other than toasting bread.
I don't necessarily mean that MACs or PCs are better than one or other but Serato seems to work better on a MAC and isn't written for Vista, as yet as far as I know. I'm trying to help anyone avoid the trouble that I have had. This is the point of this thread, is it not?
I'm not meaning to antagonise anyone here - just giving my opinion based on my findings, having been making music for a very long time with a lot of experience. Might not bother in future and just let people make the same mistakes. 
11  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: How good a PC do I need to run Serato/Traktor Scratch? on: June 18, 2009, 10:22:20
Serato support told you a porkie and you were left trying to run a bit of software on a incompatible OS, you can't go saying what you said in the quote above based on your experience. The facts just don't hold up.

The reason that Macs are used in creative places is the same as the reason that PCs are used in office environments; a quarter of a century ago the applications required for both types of work were only available on one platform or the other. Once an OS has conquered an industry and people have spent their working lives working with certain apps those industries are reluctant to change. It doesn't mean that what divided them 25 years ago is true any more.

I used to hate MS like everyone else, but they sorted out Windows with the release of 2000, and my XP install has literally never, ever crashed on me due to an OS problem. How much more stability can I ask for? I'm really platform agnostic, I'll use whatever; I sold my Mac to Wascal cos it wasn't being used, but I used OS X quite a bit, I have a couple of linux boxes and a couple of XP machines. I've found all of them to be as stable as each other. It winds me up to see people attributing magical, immeasurable 'stability' to one platform or another based on nothing more than preference.

The doctors and dentists was just a pop culture reference for fans of Vic Reeves Big Night Out, no offence was intended.


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I see what you're saying but the fact is that music software such as Cubase, Reason, etc.... IS available on both PC and MAC - yet if you go to a professional studio they all use MAC. My original point is not to run serato on a PC running Vista reardless of what Serato tell you - as you said they told me a porkie, so what's to stop them saying the same offical line to everyone else. The whole point of this is don't run Serato on Vista as it isn't compatible, not don't by a PC. I'm not making out that MAC's are faultless but they run Serato - which if you go to the top was what the whole point of this post is all about.
Anyway, i've changed my mind today - all computers are crap - make music on a sampler that isn't controlled by a computer - such as an MPC and live instruments and record it onto tape. DJ with vinyl. That's what I do. Therefore computers are out of the equasion from now on. My original purchase of Serato was so that I could DJ in USA without having to lug 2 boxes of records through customs, promting them to ask for my non-existent work visa. Had I not had to DJ overseas I wouldn't have bothered with it in the first place.
12  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: How good a PC do I need to run Serato/Traktor Scratch? on: June 17, 2009, 17:36:17
Well, I'm an IT professional who has owned both Windows and Mac boxes and I know doctors and dentists and various other high-standing members of the community.

 Grin

For a start, you're running an application that wasn't designed for Vista on Vista. XP mode is only a kludge, it's not always going to work. You can't extrapolate your problems running apps on an unsupported OS out and project them onto the Windows platform as a whole. I've been using Windows for audio work and djing for donkeys years and have never had an issue with crashing bar dodgy USB cables/ports/broken hardware.
Yes i'm aware that it wasn't designed for Vista but only discovered that since aquiring Serato. I had my laptop before getting Serato and was told by the Serato technical help that it would run on Vista. I'm also aware that the XP mode is crap but thought i'd try it just incase it worked. My whole point to my post was don't buy a Vista based machine if you're getting it specifically for Serato as it has trouble running properly - even though Serato people tell you it's ok. Mine does run in as much as it lets you play tracks but try doing anything such as adjust the latency to allow scratching or even point to the directory that your tracks are in and mine throws up blue screen of death and reboots. Serato technical help had never heard of this before and confirmed that the spec of my machine is well above their recomended minimum requirements. My point about using a MAC is that if you go to any professional design studio or music studio (and i've been to quite of few of both) they all use MAC's - now there must be a reason for that. Surely everyone isn't just causght up with the MAC/iPod fashion statement just for work? Also, everyone I know that uses Serato has a MAC and none of them have any problems, even on older machines. Your comment on dr's and dentists, witty as it was, i'm asuming is because i said I'm an engineer - I was merely pointing out that i'm not some thumb fingered baffoon who doesn't know what he's doing yet i'm still having trouble. This post is after all, advice. I therefore gave my experience so as to help whoever might want to know. If you know better then ignore what I have to offer. I only wish I had read something of this nature before buying instead of taking the advice of Serato's technical help.
Today's top tip - use records for DJing with. That's worked for me for the last 20 years.
13  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: How good a PC do I need to run Serato/Traktor Scratch? on: June 17, 2009, 09:43:45
My advice is avoid running a PC with Vista as I tried this and Serato doesn't like it at all. Blue screen of death happens when trying to adjust the latency for scratching. Had multiple emails to and fro with their technical help and they never managed to fix it as basically it wasn't written for Vista - only XP or MAC. Tried running Serato software in XP mode on Vista and doesn't like that either. Gave up in the end thinking i'll save for a MAC but instead Serato sits in the box doing nothing. My advice is though, use a MAC and not a PC based laptop however fast your processor is or how much RAM you've got. MACs are much better machines - hence the price difference, but it's worth it for this type of application. PC's are fine for ordinary people who sit in cafe's pretentiously writting university assignments but not for memory hungry art or music software.

That's so full of rubbish I don't know where to start.

I respect your opinion but i'm not some knob that doesn't know what he's talking about - firstly I have a PC based laptop runnning Vista that I CANNOT get to work with Serato even with their techincal help plus i'm an electronic engineer for a living and do know the odd thing about computers so not so full of crap. My opinion is based on months of messing about with my shite laptop which is a dual core machine with just over 2 gig of RAM so i'd say my opinion is quite well educated.
Maybe you could point out what you don't agree with.
14  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: How good a PC do I need to run Serato/Traktor Scratch? on: June 16, 2009, 18:08:38
My advice is avoid running a PC with Vista as I tried this and Serato doesn't like it at all. Blue screen of death happens when trying to adjust the latency for scratching. Had multiple emails to and fro with their technical help and they never managed to fix it as basically it wasn't written for Vista - only XP or MAC. Tried running Serato software in XP mode on Vista and doesn't like that either. Gave up in the end thinking i'll save for a MAC but instead Serato sits in the box doing nothing. My advice is though, use a MAC and not a PC based laptop however fast your processor is or how much RAM you've got. MACs are much better machines - hence the price difference, but it's worth it for this type of application. PC's are fine for ordinary people who sit in cafe's pretentiously writting university assignments but not for memory hungry art or music software.
15  General / The Forum / Re: JAy-Z needs to think of a new LP title on: June 16, 2009, 17:38:53
Jay-Z is releasing "Blueprint 3" in September.  Not sure what post-Def Jam Jay-Z will be like, let's hope for another genius collaboration with Linkin Park.

I think Jay-Z needs to actually retire and stop just threatening to retire in the usual publicity stunt manner. He also isn't as good as commonly atributed to him - he stole his style from The Jaz back in the early 90's. 'Post Def Jam Jay-Z' will be as dull as 'Def Jam Jay-Z'. Def Jam is rubbish nowadays, which is why Russell Simmons sold it.

For more reviews of your favorite bullshit artists check out www.myspace.com/beatsbymrfantastic

16  General / The Forum / Re: DON'T SLEEP! Presents 60 YEARS OF 45's: A CELEBRATION - SATURDAY on: April 03, 2009, 12:14:22
Gonna dig out some gems for this one ya'll. Looking forward to it.

I finally got round to hearing your "Soundtrack to a Bank Job" mix - it is literally fantastic  Pimp

Thanks. Glad you're diggin' it. Working on a new mix - different theme but i'll stick it up here when it's done.

Yeah it's wicked - looking forward to the new one  Pimp

The new one will be ill - lets just say that it'll be a whole lot of unusual records from unusual places stitched together to create an hour or so of chin stroking and head scratching! hehe!  Huh
17  General / The Forum / Re: DON'T SLEEP! Presents 60 YEARS OF 45's: A CELEBRATION - SATURDAY on: April 03, 2009, 10:26:48
Gonna dig out some gems for this one ya'll. Looking forward to it.

I finally got round to hearing your "Soundtrack to a Bank Job" mix - it is literally fantastic  Pimp

Thanks. Glad you're diggin' it. Working on a new mix - different theme but i'll stick it up here when it's done.
18  General / The Forum / Re: DON'T SLEEP! Presents 60 YEARS OF 45's: A CELEBRATION - SATURDAY on: April 01, 2009, 11:23:45
Gonna dig out some gems for this one ya'll. Looking forward to it.
19  General / The Forum / Attention all Hip Hop promoters! on: December 03, 2008, 18:23:02
I know it's really last minute but i'm looking for a promoter that might have a guest slot available on saturday 6th december as I have Kutmasta Kurt (Threshold Records boss, producer, DJ, pig wrestler and tractor racer) record shopping and hanging out with me in Bristol this weekend before he does ATP so I said i'd see if I can find him a last minute gig. He'd usually charge something like £500 but as it's a low key last minute affair will do it for much less on this occassion just really for something to do so for a promoter a great opportunity to get an expensive special guest for cheap. Let me know if interested. 07876 786728 or phantasm38 at yahoo dot com
20  General / The Forum / TONIGHT!!! on: November 21, 2008, 17:52:03
Me (Mr Fantastic) spinning the finest Funk, Rare Groove, Hip Hop, etc... at the Spotted Coew in Bedminster 10 - 1am.
21  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / Re: THE FREEAGE EP...... on: November 21, 2008, 17:45:24
Two Thumbs Two Thumbs

cheers you two,i know it seems like begging compliments,but its good to get feedback!

anyone think its missing anything?more bottom?to much eq?i think there a bit quiet in spots and aint got my mastering down totaly,any tips out there?

More songs!!!  Grin
22  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / Re: THE FREEAGE EP...... on: November 06, 2008, 18:39:06
Just downloaded and listening right now. Nice stuff dude!

Mr F.
23  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: Paning on: October 29, 2008, 18:47:25
Not sure if this is your thing but I occassionally have a sound or instrument 75% in one speaker and 25% in the other to give that old excitement of stereo thing that was overdone back when stereo was first invented. Works nicely when you get your delay or reverb tailing off to the other speaker. Generally just mess about and keep what you think sounds good would be my advice - with everything, not just this topic.
24  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / Re: New Funk mix for download on: October 23, 2008, 10:57:34
Nice one.. really enjoyed this.. will have it in the car when Im speeding across the country at the weekend.. I look forward to the inevitable pile up on the motorway  Laughing
Nice. I've listened to it while driving and noticed that it doesn't really work when you're in a traffic jam on the M4. Definately more suited to nailing it around back streets knocking over market stalls and the inevitable cardboard boxes and dustbins that are lying around ;-)
25  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / Re: New Funk mix for download on: October 22, 2008, 17:48:43
On the DL now.

Tracklist?


Here's the tracklist:-

Alan tew - Road Runner
Orchestre Tany Turens - Autoroute A Peage
John Gregory - Kojak
Lalo Schifrin - Bullitt main theme
Ralph Carmichael - Switchblade Theme
Mikis Theodorakis - On The Streets
Isaac Hayes - Pursuit of the Pimpmobile
J.J Johnson - Willie Chase
Blackbyrds - One Gun Salute
Rhythm Heritage - Theme from S.W.A.T
Les Baxter - Hogin Machine
Les Baxter - Hot Wind
Isaac Hayes - Run Fay Run
Johnny Pate - You Can't Even Walk In The Park
Johnny Pate - Shaft In Africa
Quincey Jones - Money Runner
Dennis Coffey - Theme from Blackbelt Jones
Badder Than Evil - Hot Wheels
Don Julian - Theme From Savage
Alan Tew - The Heist
Geoff Love - Three Days of the Condor

Extra info - the car sounds and tyre screeching was librally used from various sound effects records including a Grand Prix record.
26  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / Re: New Funk mix for download on: October 22, 2008, 17:46:23
ooh looking forward to checking this later... btw I said hello to you at UPFEST yesterday but you didn't recognize me Cry

Sorry man, put it down to old age.

27  Food for your Ears / Hijackers' Tunes and Mixes / New Funk mix for download on: October 17, 2008, 17:23:58
New Funk mix titled 'Soundtrack to a Bank Job' - full of 70's chase soundtrack type Funk.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YCA9EIWU

28  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: Good cheapish H/W compressors on: February 15, 2008, 18:14:23
I had a Behringer Composer Pro and it was good for getting a nice crunchy sort or compressionm ideal if you want to dirty up your beats and also a Samson (can't remember the model) which was decent quality for a budget compressor which lacked the crunch of the Behringer. Depends what you want to use it on. Sold them both due to upgrades but now amongst other things use a TC Electronic Tripple C which is superb as it's a multiband compressor which basically means that you compress the high, middle and low frequencies seperately, or can be used as a normal compressor with nice tube emulation settings. I think these were around the £300 mark when I bought mine, but i'd think you'll get a second hand one cheaper now. Best thing I ever bought for my studio for less than £500!
29  Food for your Ears / The Desk / Re: Tricks of the trade on: February 15, 2008, 16:39:40
Not many 'tricks of the trade' - mostly beef between 2 dudes so here's a genuine one -
this will beef up any drum break - run 2 copies of the same drum track - on the 1st leave it natural with no effects or compression, then the 2nd compressed to f@ck, then mix the 2 together and if done properly you'll get the effect of a transient designer without having to spend £400 on a transient designer. I reiterate - IF DONE PROPERLY!!! you have to get your levels correct of course, set the main track to optimum level then turn up the compressed track until it kicks. For extra flavour - add an extra 808 kick with a little compression and possibly through an SPL vitaliser. Nice!

http://www.myspace.com/beatsbymrfantastic
30  General / The Forum / Re: UK Hip Hop Special * JAZZ T plus SOBER & DRIBBLA @ NATIVE Thurs 28th FEB on: February 14, 2008, 19:28:46
Hey Dai, yep hopefully gonna be a regualr-ish thing - just as long as muhfuggah's turn up and give us enough income to keep doing it!!!!! You know all about that! Possibly every other month for openers. Plus we gotta get some good guests.
See ya there!
31  General / The Forum / Re: CLASSIC MATERIAL - HipHop from the golden era to present day 26 Jan @ E-Shed on: January 23, 2007, 16:26:22
Hi Adam,
I haven't been to these parts before. I only just registered. You gonna be there?
32  General / The Forum / Re: CLASSIC MATERIAL - HipHop from the golden era to present day 26 Jan @ E-Shed on: January 22, 2007, 19:21:25
Yep - it's gonna rip!!!
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