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So, we've been doing some housecleaning. puff

A few of the dead forums are gone, and the archives have been cleaned up. For those of you who may not visit the forum summary page a lot, please do take a look.

As we know, MPN founder Craig Anderton and original MPN alumni dr walker and Gus Lozada have all lit their forums back up. We love this, of course. Some of the well-established forumites have taken over existing forums (like Composition and Songwriting ). Others have started new ones (like the Photography forum ). We love this as well...

We're honored to be joined by several new members taking over existing forums (my good friend Brian McConnon resurrecting Drum Talk ) or starting new ones like Matt McGlynn's RecordingHacks (intentionally one word! grin ) mic forum, Steph Marsh and Justin Perkins doing their Mastering/Vinyl Cutting and More forum, Mike Molenda's Guardians of Guitar forum...and this just in: Mike Metlay (ex-Recording mag) just agreed to co-mod the Virtual Music - Online Collaboration forum. How ridiculously cool to have all these fine folk join our community!!! cool

So, what else do we need, forum-wise? idk

I'd kinda like to see a forum for live performance, a forum for general recording, and one for a podcasting. I believe it would be a good idea to have a video production forum right next to the photography forum as well - a lot of the musicians I know are into the video thing. I'm also playing with the idea of having a New Products forum, which would be a dedicated place for manufacturers to submit post about new product releases (that forum would have to be curated) and maybe another one for MI/Pro Audio industry news so that there aren't three different threads in three different forums about Etsy buying Reverb.com, etc.

We’re not in any hurry though...and I do think we should be wary of having too many forums. Sites can lose focus if they get too fragmented. In other words, the Keyboard Corner's sports threads will stay in KC. They’re a part of our community. smile

PLEASE NOTE: this thread is not locked. We do want to know what you guys think! If you've got some time, please take a minute (or more!) to browse the forum summary and let us hear your suggestions.

Thanks so much for all your support! wave

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I think the title of our forum which is known as "RecordingHacks" does not encourage as much traffic as we could get.
I participated in the "Studiotrax" forum for several years, until it closed down about 2-3 years ago, so I have seen the incredible expertise such a forum can attract.
After looking at our "RecordingHacks" forum I *think* its intent is to cover all topics on audio recording: capturing, mixing and mastering.
But its short description does not make this clear.

The short description for this forum is:
"Microphones: RecordingHacks"

The longer description for this forum is:
"The official discussion forum for recordinghacks.com, an online magazine about recording gear and techniques...and home to the world's best microphone database and search engine!"

The short description starts with "Microphones:" which might lose some people not interested in this specific topic.
The word "RecordingHacks" is a cool term, but by itself does not convey that this a place to discuss all aspects of audio recording, capturing, mixing, and mastering.

A different short description might convey an intent to cover all aspects of audio recording, capturing, mixing, and mastering (if this is what we want this forum to be about), and thus encourage wider participation.
Here is my suggestion:
"RecordingHacks, Audio Capture, Mixing, and Mastering"

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The forum is called RecordingHacks because that’s the name of Matt’s site (www.recordinghacks.com). Same deal with Mike Molenda’s Guardians of Guitar - both of their new forums are meant to let their online communities have a place to chat, which neither one had until we did this.

The idea is to try and make an actual Music Player Network by connecting some of these online communities.


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A different short description might convey an intent to cover all aspects of audio recording, capturing, mixing, and mastering (if this is what we want this forum to be about), and thus encourage wider participation.
Here is my suggestion:
"RecordingHacks, Audio Capture, Mixing, and Mastering"

But that’s not what that forum is about. idk

Here’s the forum description, from the forum summary page:
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Microphones: RecordingHacks
The official discussion forum for recordinghacks.com, an online magazine about recording gear and techniques...and home to the world's best microphone database and search engine

Make more sense? This one’s really more about mics than anything else.

I actually want a different forum for audio capture and mixing with a mod who’’s more into that aspect...and we have a brand new Mastering forum.

I do appreciate the input. It is valuable, and i’m not telling you you’re wrong - just letting you know what I was thinking.


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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
I do think we should be wary of having too many forums. Sites can lose focus if they get too fragmented.


Agreed. Forum members (finger pointed at me) can lose focus also. So many forums now, so little time. wink


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I wanted to post a question about live recording using digital mixers, perhaps getting some user experiences with some commercial gear, e.g. Behringer, Allen&Heath, Soundcraft. However, it didn't seem like it fit with the Microphones: Recordinghacks subforum, so I held off. I ended up buying one anyway but I think a Recording Gear and Equipment subforum (or the like) would have been a logical place to post it.

How about a question on drum mics and their mounting for live recording? Microphones: recordinghacks?

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With regards to live performance, while different questions could fit in other forums, I think it would be interesting to have one place for all things Live Production - lighting, video, sound reinforcement, monitoring, even stuff like staging, working with production companies, etc.


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I would like to do someting more in the Live area...just not sure what, nor who who mod yet.

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So, I think I'm in the right topic to put out an idea or request. But if I'm what I'm looking for already exists and I missed it, please point me to the right forum and topic.

Would it be possible to have a forum or sub-forum to discuss repairing gear? It could be all types of instruments, from synths to guitars, maybe even a section for actual repair techs to let us know where they are or to provide general advice in how to repair some things on our own. In my case, I have a few older somewhat vintage synths that need minor repairs and I could really use some help from knowledgeable people in how to best get it done. From how much things ought to cost, to sourcing the best parts, to finding local service techs, the latter of which I struggle to do where I live. I'm not keen on shipping my older gear around the country to get this work done.

It seems that many of the forum members have quite a bit of expertise in this area, which I noted from a recent topic re career change. I do see how some things might be contentious, and we'd need to ensure we aren't posting up proprietary information to avoid legal hassles. We could also cover modding gear (for example, replacing old 3.5" floppy drives with something more modern, and even cosmetic mods if anyone is into that kind of stuff). I know these things are already out there on the net all over the place, but much of it is dated, some of it is inaccurate, and the parts are no longer available, etc.

Anyway... just a thought for consideration. smile Thanks.

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It's actually a really good idea - thanks! thu

The first problem with starting a new forum is getting folks to moderate it. If you want to start a post about this in The Keyboard Corner (by far MPN's most populous forum), I'm happy to see where it goes.

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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
It's actually a really good idea - thanks! thu

The first problem with starting a new forum is getting folks to moderate it. If you want to start a post about this in The Keyboard Corner (by far MPN's most populous forum), I'm happy to see where it goes.

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Thanks. smile I'll give it a go in KC sometime soon... I've run out of time for today, sadly. frown

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No rush at all. I'll be glad to support the initiative.

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I suggest we not create another sub forum. There are maybe a dozen members (i.e. fellow geeks) that regularly participate in these discussions. But I think you have way more people reading or at least skimming those threads just out of general interest, learning etc.

Its’s among this latter group where you potentially find someone with a similar issue or prior related experience. Create a repair sub forum and I think you lose many of those people.

Admittedly guilty of droning on and on about tech stuff that many don’t care about I still think keeping these threads in the main KC forum is of more value than moving it off to a sub forum. These threads do seem to move off the main page fairly quick, but so what? Nothing stops anyone from resurfacing them whenever the mood strikes and I’ve never seen anyone complain.


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