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Here it is, 4.6k words of angst! And I’m dead tired! This was so difficult to write because, well, the request was very unspecific and I had a clear goal in mind and ended up going too far! But it’s okay, I think! I hope! Anyway, this is Shinsou angst for a good friend and all of you lovely readers~

Saturday night is date night, since it’s the only day you and Shinsou don’t work.

Being a pro hero is hard, but it’s a job you know Shinsou worked very hard to get. You didn’t want to be a hero, but you supported his dreams completely and got a job that would allow you to stay up to date with the things he does. You work as an editor and second designer in one of the more famous hero magazines, and it’s a lot of work to read and criticise article after article, and make changes to the magazine’s design to match the flow of the stories. It leaves you with very little time to spend away from a keyboard, so you’re often working from home.

Shinsou, on the other hand, is barely home. Sometimes it is lonely, but you’re comforted immediately after you change into one of his baggy jumpers or the much larger sweatpants he wore to bed the night before. Even after washing them, his clothes always smell distinctly like him – although of course, cleaner.

Your friends from high school sometimes express how rare it is for two people with such hectic occupations to still be together. They’d tease and giggle about how cute it is that Shinsou and yourself are still like a new couple, when the reality is that you started dating 4 years ago.

Even before you started dating, you and Shinsou were casual, comfortable friends. It was really just a last minute mutual decision to start introducing yourselves as a couple to people who asked. You’d spent so much time together in the general education class during your first year that it was considered, as Monoma from Class B had called it, “a cold day in hell” whenever you were not seen together.

In recent days, you’re not see together unless you’re both sleeping (Shinsou is usually only sleeping for two hours at most before he’s up again, moving around the room as quietly as he can as he get’s ready for another day at 4 in the morning), or it’s a Saturday.

This time, it’s Saturday, and you’d both come to the agreement that date night wouldn’t be anything too big or special this week. A movie, some real food (“I can’t believe all you’re eating is delivery food and cup ramen every day.”, “Well I can’t believe you’re not eating anything at all on most days. What? Don’t give me that look; you think I don’t see your cheek bones almost protruding out of your skin?”), and lots of cuddles. Shinsou was not going to let you get up to pee without holding onto any part of you within reach for as long as he could.

Unfortunately, it was more like you’d have to cling onto him until you physically couldn’t anymore, and that was when he was standing at the front door dressed head to toe in his hero gear.

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Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, 11/03

This show completely blew me away. I was in some degree of tears from the second I saw Ben Platt walk onto the bed for the opening scene to the second I left. I’m not kidding- literally the best day of my life.

I had the full OBC except Garrett who played Heidi. Here are my opinions of the cast:

Garrett: Garrett was good. I thought she acted everything really well, especially towards the end of the second act. What pissed me off was how people behind me were saying “ohhhh she’s not as good as Rachel.” Like no. Stop. She’s amazing. When she came out to stagedoor she was so nice and really took time to talk and smile at everyone even though it was late on a Friday night.

JLT: Her acting is literally incredible. Whenever she was in scenes where she had to cry, my heart ached and I forgot for a second that I was watching an actor, not a grieving mother. Her voice is also better than I thought- in my opinion the cast album really doesn’t do her justice. Her voice live is incredible.

Michael Park: When Larry broke down in You Will Be Found, I sobbed so hard. I just couldn’t get over how genuine the performance was. Even though I normally didn’t like To Break In A Glove, he performed it really well.

Will Roland: hE SAiD kInkY!!!!! His voice is literally??? So??? Fucking??? Amazing??? Like he should have more solos because HOT DAMN. And whenever Jared was on I was always laughing my ass off (while still sobbing because oh my god I’m actually here and in the same room as my idols wtf).

Kristolyn Lloyd: ALSO SPOT ON VOICE!!! Her solo in Good For You made me literally gasp because I didn’t know she was that good. She portrayed Alana really well especially in Act 2.

Mike Faist: He’s so??? Good???? Like even when he’s just standing on stage not saying anything in a scene, my eyes are drawn to him. He has such presence it’s incredible. And he jumps SOOOO high in sincerely me. Like??! How?!?!

Laura Dreyfuss: HOLY HELL. SHE IS STUNNING. Requiem blew me away. I already connected so much with the song and the lyrics already- to hear it live was just… heartbreaking in all the right ways. Her character’s chemistry with Evan was so believeable too. Also she’s so pretty??? And just ACJRKKRJD

BEN PLATT: I GOT TO SEE HIM OM FG. He is incredible. Astounding. Astonishing. His voice is even better live than on the cast recording. His voice is seamless and I couldn’t find a single flaw in his performance. He also becomes the character so much. Even when he’s standing or sitting not doing anything, he still has his nervous ticks. He does a good job of looking around to involve the entire audience which made the show feel really personal. Also when falls down and the notecards go everywhere he was literally shaking. His entire body. Shaking. I was blown away. (Can we also talk about how he attacks Zoe in kisses like EVAN calm yourself).


I noticed Garrett made an interesting acting choice. During “So Big/So Small” she made a joke when she said “so big” referring to how Evan had grown up so much. I didn’t remember RBJ doing that, but I thought it worked well to bring a bit of light to a rather heart wrenching song.

Ben Platt looked at me. Multiple times. Every time I felt like dying and my heart stopped. Most notably at the end of the show, right before he says “all I see is sky for forever” he looked up when he was quiet and standing still AND MADE DIRECT EYE CONTACT WITH ME FOR A SOLID 30 SECONDS while the other cast was doing the “all we see is sky for forever” vocals. I WAS DYING GUYS. And one other scene he was sitting on the filing cabinet or speaker Thing (I don’t remember the scene) he looked at me again for like 15 seconds.

During the “you will be found (reprise)” when the gallery voices started playing, it skipped. Like I’m pretty sure it’s recorded but it skipped “yo-yo-you” and then it was fine. Just an interesting mishap!!

Also Ben almost fell. He was backing up off of the circle platform with his bed on it and his foot stepped on the edge. He had to walk backwards quickly to not lose his balance. I thought that was hilarious but I don’t think many other people noticed.

The auction for BCEFA at the end was amazing. They sold two casts for 3k each. I bought a button for 10 dollars because I’m not rich enough to buy that lol.

STAGEDOOR was SO cool. Garrett and Michael came out and Garrett was so nice and smiled and talked to me. Michael looked tired as hell but still went out and talked to people anyways. I’m really greatful I got to meet them!!!

Passive or Active? We’re talking about speakers... not the other thing.

When it comes to live sound audio systems, they can be as simple as a single speaker, microphone and cable plugged into the back of a powered cabinet to a full multi-channel line array system with 256 channels of audio and various broadcast feeds.  But, all systems start with the basics, and while there may be more parts added, the basic structure stays the same.

While there are many variations, there are two types of basic systems that you can expect to use early on in your career as an audio technician: Active and Passive systems.  Here is a short list of the differences based on an analog mixer based FOH (Front-Of-House)

The difference between the two systems has to do with how the speakers are powered.  Many smaller systems have moved to active or “powered” speakers, where the amplifiers that convert the signal from a line level signal (in Volts) to Watts are built into the speakers themselves.  This means that the amplifiers are already configured to the speakers built into the cabinets, and requires less cable and equipment to set up. The disadvantage is that you are limited in the amount of power you can install in one speaker cabinet.

Many venues and large music tours continue to use separate power amplifiers and “passive” speaker cabinets. This allows for unlimited configurations of speakers and amplifiers, and enables expansion of a system for bigger shows.  The downside is that passive systems are more difficult to transport and require far more components, as well as more accurate configuration to ensure the power output and impedance of the speakers match the amplifiers.

Power To the People

The reason there are different kinds of systems all comes down to power is managed.  All shows begin with some of the smallest values of electricity called millivolts, which is one millionth of a volt and also known as “mic level” (although there are some mics that produce line level signal). This is the level of signal electric guitars send to amps and that microphones generate or register to the audio console.  Not all consoles use the same type of audio jack for microphones or for other insturments, so always refer to the manufacturer or even the manual to determine which inputs accept

The next stage of power conversion is from millivolts to volts. This is a 1,000 times increase in power! This is often produced by insturments such as DJ consoles, other on-stage mixer outputs, keyboards and other digial devices. Mobile phones and media players’ headphone jacks also produce audio in a line level signal.  This is *NOT* the same voltage as what is put out by microphones, so do *NOT* plug a line level input into a channel that is designed for mic level only!

A “line” level output is also the same output most mixers send after the signal has been processed and is being forwarded to amplifiers. From there the power is sent to an amplifier to be converted into a more effective signal called watts. Now, what is the difference between Volts and Watts? What about Amps?
Audio engineers get the question “What’s the difference between amps, volts and watts?” enough that it is best to try to simplify the answer by using an analogy.

If we think of electricity as water flowing through a pipe it can help us understand amps, volts and watts. Amps would be the volume of water flowing through the pipe. The water pressure would be the voltage. Watts would be the power (volts x amps) the water could provide (think back to the old days when water was used to power mills). So with this analogy in mind the definitions below for amp, volt and watt should be easier to understand:

Amp – an ampere is the unit for measuring electricity. The accepted standard unit used for measuring how fast an electric current flows is an example of an ampere.

Volt – the basic unit of electromotive force, equal to the electromotive force, or difference in potential, that causes a current of one ampere to flow through a conductor having a resistance of one ohm.

Watt – the basic unit of electric, mechanical, or thermal power, equal to one joule per second or 10 ergs per second (of a horsepower): for electric power it is equal to one volt-ampere.

Back to our analogy; electricity is the flow (like water) of electrons through a conductor like a wire. The rate at which electricity flows is measured as an electric current. The electric current is measured in amps. What makes the current flow? In our water analogy we could say a battery would be the pump that makes the water flow which creates pressure in the pipe. The pressure is the voltage. And as we said before the watts are the power the water could provide (like to a mill wheel). The watt is a measure of how much power is released each second.

My brother has a real life vintage Neo Geo arcade machine at his house. The music in the Magician Lord game in it sounds like Perturbator (or is that the other way around, since Neo Geo was out waaaaay before Perturbator?)..Also a Ms Pacman cocktail table arcade machine. We had lots of fun playing with these this past Thanksgiving at his house! This is a pic of my son Greyson’s 2 year old little chubby hand on a joystick for the first time. My brother and I talked about how we never even knew, as kids, thats theres an actual kick drum going on in Pacman that really does make it sound like the dude (or dudette in MsPacman’s case) is running around in electro-land to some hardcore gabber music. You only hear it when its played with the speakers in those certain cabinets the machines were originally built in! We must always remember to be thankful. For family. For food. For badass vintage arcade machines and the glorious music that flows from them :3💖 hehehe

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John Entwistle: ‘We came down some carpeted stairs onto stage. Keith started running and didn’t stop. He careered across the stage and over the edge, knocking over two speaker cabinets. The crowd burst out laughing, but when he got to his feet, he was covered in blood’..


Henk Hulstkamp: “Did you know that Keith felt of the stage that night in Amsterdam? When they came on stage, Keith came of running the stairs on the right side of the stage (which is a small one) and he forgot to stop. He tried to get his balance again, but he felt in the audience and took some speakers with him in his fall. I was standing maybe three feet away from where he felt and with some other people we lifted him up on the stage again. He shook his head, which was full with blood, jumped behind his drums and the show was on. This was my 1st WHO Concert and since then they are still the best for me.”

To my poor cat and my neighbours, I am so not sorry.

But how am I supposed to resist the speaker cabinet that I have, plus 4 more inches to diameter of the speaker, times 4, all in one nice unit, for the same price as the little 1x8? I just can’t is how. This thing sounds incredi-fucking-bul. I’m very happy with my purchase. :D


Nice Rack Canada recently completed this Axe FX II modeling platform build for a recreational player.

Without a fixed catalogue or criteria for use we engineered a system that offers the user a great deal of flexibility in amp & effects choices with a super easy & expeditious interface for programming and control.

The audio configuration is endlessly reconfigurable with the click of a switch with pristine, studio quality audio and dynamic performance from any of the amp models in the Fractal Audio Systems Axe FX II.

The monitor outputs from the Axe FX are routed into a Matrix Amplification GT1000FX stereo power amp into a Port City Amplification 2x12" Speaker Cabinet. We re-wired the cabinet from a Mono 2x12" into a Stereo 2x12".

For quick access to all amp parameters a FXUnits RAC12 controller is running in parallel with the RJM Music MasterMind GT-22 main system MIDI controller.

To expand the user control range of the system we included 4x External Switches & 3x Expression Pedals. The Tempo & Tuner switches are programmed globally with the Magic switch being available on a “per preset” basis for any expression switching function necessary in the local preset. External Switch 3 is wired in parallel with the Toe Switch in the Mission SP1 Expression Pedal. The switch function is globally programmed to Activate or Bypass the Wah Block in the Axe FX. In the event that no Wah Block is present in the preset, the switch can be purposed as necessary.

The Boss FV500L Expression Pedal 1 is programmed on a “per preset” basis as necessary.  A 2nd Boss FV500L is used for Expression Pedal 2 and is globally programmed for Volume Block control. The Mission / RJM Music SP1 is used for Expression Pedal 3 and is globally programmed for the Wah Block control.

For the fastest possible setup and tear down time we built up a custom patch panel on the rear of the rack. The colored tabs coordinate with the user’s cabling to make patching an almost automatic process. The MIDI Controller board is connected over a single 7 Pin XLR cable with the connections being wired in parallel to 3x 3 Pin XLR jacks. These 3 jacks can be used in an emergency if the user becomes separated from their 7 Pin XLR cable.

One thing I’m getting into is prolonging the ending of a show, staying onstage longer than we’re welcome. I’m starting to have private moments playing in public, playing with the strobe lights, lying on the floor until I get really comfy. One night, on the tour, I ended up on the floor with these smashed speaker cabinets around me, got really comfy and just lay there for about fifteen minutes. The tour manager had to come on and ask me whether I was asleep or not! That’s my aim - to fall asleep onstage at the end of a gig. Smash everything then huddle down and appreciate the peace.
—  Matt Bellamy - Melody Maker [28/6/00]

Taking another look at the White Album poster made me notice what George was holding here… it appears to be a digestive biscuit. So, I had to take a photograph - and bring back these anecdotes regarding the biscuit incident. :)

“One member of the studio personnel closely involved with the LP [Abbey Road], who prefers to remain anonymous, recalls a very bitter row between John Lennon and George Harrison during the time that Yoko was attending sessions in her double-bed. ‘She got up and took a digestive biscuit off the top of George’s Leslie speaker cabinet. George saw this from the control room window and got into a big argument with John. The biscuit thing was soon forgotten; it seemed to me that they just wanted an excuse to argue, to air their pent-up resentments.’” - The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn [x]

“As we were listening, I noticed that something down in the studio had caught George Harrison’s attention. After a moment or two he began staring bug-eyed out the control room window… Yoko had gotten out of bed and was slowly padding across the studio floor, finally coming to a stop at Harrison’s Leslie cabinet, which had a packet of McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits on top. Idly, she began opening the packet and delicately removed a single biscuit. Just as the morsel reached her mouth, Harrison could contain himself no longer. ‘THAT BITCH!’ Everyone looked aghast, but we all knew exactly who he was talking about. ‘She’s just taken one of my biscuits!’ Harrison explained. He wasn’t the least bit sheepish, either. As far as he was concerned, those biscuits were his property and no one was allowed to go near them. Lennon began shouting back at him, but there was little he could say to defend his wife (who was happily munching away in the studio), because he shared exactly the same attitude towards food.” - Here, There And Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles by Geoff Emerick

the signs as things my classmates have said/done


*girl drops paper onto bunsen burner* 

*paper catches on fire*

 girl: “oh look, the paper is burning, just like the rage and fury in my soul”

taurus: “i would study for the quiz, but this is the first time i’ve done bad in history and i’ve never had to study for history before. i’m too stubborn to change that now, so i’ll just let myself fail.” 

gemini: this lanky, seemingly harmless kid punching some asshole in the face for being sexist


*girl in tears over an assignment that doesn’t make sense*

*girl suddenly wipes her tears away and rips the paper, throws the pieces on the ground and storms out of the classroom*


during a debate in english my freshman year

*boy stands on table*


virgo: this girl in my writing course hiding under the counter quietly humming la vie en rose to herself

libra: “do you think if i flirt with the teacher a little bit she’ll pass me? because she seems lonely and i really don’t understand standard normal distribution so if i don’t do something i’ll fail”

scorpio: this group of kids in french class who screech and make crying sounds anytime the teacher mentions homework


*condom hits whiteboard*

*boy in the back of the class runs and grabs it off the floor*

“MY BAD, didn’t mean to throw that it just slipped out of my hand.”


*my friend and i complaining about the way our history teacher grades*

kid that sits across from me: “you two are just pansies who can’t handle the unfair reality of education and the brutal, hellish assignments that are forced upon us.”

aquarius: this kid hiding a bluetooth speaker in a cabinet and playing careless whispers off and on throughout the class period


teacher: “we’re going to be working with fire in our lab today”

boy who sits behind me: “I DIDN’T KNOW WE’D BE WORKING WITH MY MIXTAPE”

*boys pulls a stack of CD’s out of his backpack and passes them around*



Another key component of Pink Floyd’s early sound was the Leslie speaker: an amplifier and speaker cabinet in which tweeter horns and a bass reflector rotate on motorized spindles, creating a Doppler effect for a characteristic vibrato sound. A speed control could vary the rotation from slow “chorale” to fast “tremolo”, and changing the speed while a note was being played had a very distinctive effect. It was originally intended to make the Hammond organ (with much disapproval of the Hammond company, which went as far as modifying its interface connectors in a fruitless attempt to make them “Leslie-proof”) produce a sound more closely resembling a pipe organ. It was made for use with other organ brands as well, and Richard Wright used it extensively with his Farfisa as well as Hammond. However, Pink Floyd’s most interesting use of the Leslie happened after the Floyd asked Abbey Road’s engineers to craft a way to mike a grand piano through a Leslie as an experiment at the beginning of the Meddle recording sessions in early 1971. When Richard Wright tested it with a high note from the piano, it made a sonar-like pinging sound, literally setting the tone for the introductory part of the epic masterpiece in progress that soon became known as Echoes.

One night, on the tour I ended up on the floor with these smashed speaker cabinets around me, got really comfy and just lay there for about fifteen minutes. They had to come on and ask me whether I was asleep or not. That’s my aim - to fall asleep on stage at the end of a gig. Smash everything then huddle down and appreciate the peace.
—  Matt Bellamy
  • ~RAJIGAZE continuing last week's program with Uruha and Kai~
  • Reita: it'd be a pity to miss it!.*
  • Ruki: this RAD renewal work is chasing me like a demon...
  • Reita: which reminds me, I bought a new (speaker) cabinet so I'm looking forward to the rehearsals. when I'm standing on stage, it's important for me to feel the bass in my back, you knowー. oh and, RAJIGAZE is starting soon! I'm sure you guys are all sleepy about 30 minutes before it starts, aren't you ? ?
  • *play on words: he wrote "if you don't listen to it, it'll be your loss!" (ハドソン (hadoson) > 損 (son) > loss).