Hello, I suppose self-introduction is necessary.

    • January 31, 2023 at 11:03 pm #4493
      James Johnston
      Participant

        Others are welcome to tag on to this.  This is James D. (jj) Johnston, more often known as ‘jj’ or “that (*&(&*( who keeps debunking nonsense”.

        Having a longer display name seems odd to me, because ‘jj’ (lower case) is how people most people actually know me. I have not recorded or produced music in a very, very long time, nor have I done any live theatre since about 1986. Rather I do digital algorithm research with a special attention on human hearing, audibility, immersion, and the like, and I’m the cheap Chief Scientist for Immersion Networks. Previously I was one of the main researchers into MP3, MPEG_2 AAC, and a variety of other audio systems at Bell Labs and then AT&T Research. While Immersion Networks has a variety of immersive production tools, recording tools, and so on, my goal here is more to address questions in the digital signal processing domain, things like “how to do a digital test of some filter or such”, and answer more technical questions (not directed to anyone’s product, please, but rather to theory, the math, human perception of sound, and the like). I can also often help when dealing with various audio mythology, as well as how to  run listening tests, and often more importantly how to NOT run listening tests.

         

        If you want to actually talk about Immersion Networks stuff I can point you in the right direction, but it’s not me, in general, unless it’s under NDA and involves how product works. Sorry.

      • January 31, 2023 at 11:38 pm #4499
        James Johnston
        Participant

          Replying for B.K. Doing some maintenance.

        • January 31, 2023 at 11:43 pm #4500
          James Johnston
          Participant

            Tasting again, 3, 2, 1, puff puff why is the sound guy taking out a shotgun?

          • February 1, 2023 at 9:30 am #4525
            Bob Olhsson
            Moderator

              J J also co-created the very first audio forum on what would later be called the internet. In 1985 it became obvious to me that audio production was headed into computers. I started going to  Berkeley McIntosh User Group meetings to learn about this technology. Being a life long audio nerd, I quickly started sitting with the computer nerds. One of the people I met there told me about a “back door” into usenet from a local dial-up bulletin board. (I recently learned that Steve Jobs paid for the dedicated phone line required for us to access “the net.”)

              When I started prowling around, I found a newsgroup called rec.audio. This contained thousands of discussions about audio that were completely over my head. For me, it was heaven because since high school I’d always chosen to be the dumbest person in the room so that I could listen and learn more.

              I learned an awful lot at rec.audio and have jj (along with Steve Jobs) to thank for that. I also met Bob Katz there. We are hoping to achieve the same quality of learning experience here for the next generation of audio people.

            • February 1, 2023 at 2:53 pm #4536
              James Johnston
              Participant

                Ya know, Bob, there were some “interesting” people there. I doubt that Bob will tolerate those folks, which is fine by me.  I am reminded both of the Honeyman-North Proposition of “USENET is a slow-moving parody of itself” and the meme yesterday on facebook,  of “Facebook and Twitter, home to the Dunning-Kruger paradox.”

                You make good recordings, by the way!

              • February 1, 2023 at 3:02 pm #4537
                Bob Olhsson
                Moderator

                  I thought the pre-AOL newsgroup was much better than what it became post-AOL.

                • February 1, 2023 at 4:17 pm #4549
                  James Johnston
                  Participant

                    Well, AOL was the start of “endless September” on USENET.  “It’s September” used to refer to when new college students got access for the first time. After AOL it was endless September.

                    Bitnet helped, too, in that regard.

                  • February 1, 2023 at 5:42 pm #4554
                    Gary Gottlieb
                    Participant

                      Nice to see you both here!

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