Working on the RolandRadio network

Today i was in the Radio studio checking the network and adding a new WLAN Access Point. After searching for the equipment for a while I remembered that we put everything under the ceiling. And there we now also placed the new (but old) access point. After some stress with its configuration it is working fine and now we can use WLAN and also will have a guest network for visitors in the studio.

RolandRadio2020 – my new hobby :-)

I am rebuilding the whole RolandRadio-System. New Server, new radio automation software, new homepage, new functionality. New everything.

First we have bought a completely new radio automation hardware. Some nice “games-pc”. All this modern stuff like SSDs, HDMI, 8.1 soundcard and everything build in an very very old 19 inch full-metal rack-case from the late 90s. Heavy stuff but horrible fast. Running Windows 10 and mairList 6.2 Professional for the radio automation. And a new monitor, keyboard and mouse. Total cost for this setup? Roundabout 600 euros for the hardware and about 1400 euros for the software. 2000 euros in total.

Old Server-Case, but ultra-fresh hardware and software: RolandRadio2020

Thats what i call a nice hobby πŸ™‚ But hopefully this invest will help run RolandRadio for the next ten years or so. The old system runs 24/7 since 2013 and is still running, but the mainboard is weak and reboots are kind of gamble. So new hardware is needed.

I’ve set up the hardware a few days ago and today i temporarily installed mairlist, the license, imported the database of the old (and still running) RolandRadio and started to clean things up to have a nice and stable chiptune-radio-station.

Cleaning up the Database of the radio automation software – takes its time.

Also i have tested the stream and set up a new beta streaming-mountpoint on streaming.rolandradio.net called rolandradio2020. My own streaming server is running since the beginning and I should also update this server and add some https-protocol to it. But that’s hopefully the last thing i will do on this project later thisor next year.

So thats it for the moment. If you want to participate in any way on RolandRadio i will be happy to hear from you,

Building a new RolandRadio

At the moment i build a new rolandradio.net radio station annd also move the whole old radio station data and music files to a new server system.

as the old radio station server conatins a lot of music not fitting the concept of rolandradio.net i first migrated all data, converted the database into the new mairlist 6.2 format and after that deleted all unwanted sound-files from my drive. Now i am deleting the obsolete database entries. This takes horrible long. As the path of the drive changed the database-manager tries to detect the file, times out and deletes the entry in the database. Nearly two hours of wasted time πŸ™‚

How to install XAMP, Laravel and PHPStorm on Windows 10

Installing XAMP on Windows 10

First i installed XAMP 64-bit-version from https://www.apachefriends.org/de/download.html This package installs a web-server and a database-server, so the basics to do some nice online development in a local environment. As said i only installed Apache, mySQL-Server and FakeMail. No TomCat, no Mailserver, no Statistics, no Perl, cause no other packages are needed for my Laravel and mySQL-Project. If i want to test mail functionality later on i will use a real external mail server to be sure everything works as expected.

Add your software to your environment path

After installing XAMP i added php and mysql to the environment path of my user, so i can start php and the mysql command on every path i will be in my terminal. That is needed to run laravel artisan and other php-based commands from the shell.

To do this type “path” in your Windows search and start the system settings to add more directories to your path:

Install Node.js and Composer

Next i installed the current 64 bit version of Node.js from https://nodejs.org/en/ without any extras, following with the Windows Version of Composer from https://getcomposer.org/download/ – First entry on this page is “Windows Installer”. Load the .exe and install Composer. Make sure Composer finds your PHP-Directory from XAMP, which should be c:\xampp\php\php.exe  but may differ in your setup and depends on the directory you installed XAMP first. No options where installed with composer either.
Check in your terminal shell if composer is available with the command composer -V 

Install Laravel

Now install Laravel by typing composer global require laravel/installer  on your shell in your home directory

and add %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Composer\vendor\bin  to your path.
you can check your path with the command “PATH” and will get some like this result:

Create a new Laravel-Project

You can add a new project by typing laravel new projectname  but i prefer doing it on the IDE side, so i start up PHPSTORM and open a new Project. chose laravel/laravel as package, leave version on “default” to use latest Laravel version and just click create. Now wait some time and your first laravel project will be installed. This will take several minutes. Stay tuned. Don’ panic πŸ™‚

After that PHPStorm asks if you want to install the npm dependencies. Yes you will. You can do it manual by typing npm install  in your project directory. this also will take some time. oh, boy.

Finally check if everything is installed OK and start you laravel project by typing “php artisan serve” and check your localhost in your browser if there is a laravel page.
you also will see the favicon served to your browser in the protcol of the laravel server

Done. Happy developing πŸ™‚

Really nice favicon-generator

If you want to do some favicons for all plattforms and get sourcecode and images done at ease, you shall give

https://realfavicongenerator.net

a try. It’s incredible easy. For all browser, all platforms and your favourite technology.

I used it for a small project i am working on and was stunned how easy it was to generate all kind of icons from one source with adding som enice options to the image itself.

SID Chip Club: a vinyl album of real C64 house muzak :-)

So that is a nice project I have supported a bit. Yes I know. It’s SID and not AY. But who cares. I’ve done a few SID-based things long time ago too. Not that good as this little 12 inch vinyl long-play, but who cares.

So if you want something very special go and invest on a nice project of LMan. Klick here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lman/sid-chip-club-vinyl-album-real-c64-house-and-techn

Oh, and you also can get this vinyl in pure black, a C64 cartridge, the source codes, digital downloads and much more.

Net&Work 2019 – Some new music from Kangaroo MusiQue

I was at Net&Work in Frankfurt / Main this weekend and I didn’t liked this event very much. But I met a nice guy also making music on Apple Mac with Logic X and so we talked a little. And after returning home I was in the mood for checking my synthesizers if they still work πŸ™‚ And they do. So this is about one hour work in my little studio. 

So I opened a new Soundcloud-Account which you’ll find here: https://soundcloud.com/user-214430667

And also you can download the MP3 of my new little song:


Oh, my husband want to use this track in our telephone system, so I did a WAV PCM, 8kHz, 16bit, mono version too:

How to install MongoDB on Windows to run with XAMPP

Oh yeah. Today i installed XAMPP into c:\xampp to work with a local environment at my Windows 10 Pro Computer. But instead of MySQL i wanted to use MongoDB. 

After installing XAMPP i installed MongoDB Server Community Edition. First i tried to custom install the software at c:\mongodb  but then the database service won’t start. So after messing around and trying to get it fixed i gave up and installed MongoDB with the default path into C:\Program Files\MongoDB  Works perfect and the service is running without producing errors. I also downloaded MongoDB Compass Community Edition for having a nice visual database editor. 

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My entries at Evoke 2018

At Evoke 2018 i have done three things to participate at the competitions. First a picture, ranked 13th of 22 at the Freestyle Graphics Compo and a CPC Soundtrakker tune, I uploaded as MP3/OGG entry, because there was no tracker combo πŸ™ My MP3-Version of the tracked music did not made it through the preselection :-D.

Here is the picture. As I had no graphics Program on my laptop (deleted all for music stuff for holidays) and didn’t get into GIMP fast enough so I used my iPad and ProCreate to do that thing. As I lost my Apple Pencil all was done “by Hand” πŸ™‚

Me and my husband Marcus

Me and my husband Marcus. Picture taken by Octoate

T3ki’s demo-entry “Caty Dance” ranked 6th at the Alternative Platforms. T3ki asked me at the party if I can make him a tune for his middle-part with 2:30 length and I did it within an hour. This tune can be downloaded here as MP3.  You can listen to it above: 

Caty Dance – Middle Part

The Die Drei Lenore also did a tune, played first with not correct working speaker pa-system, made it through the preselection and ranked 16th of 16 πŸ™‚ not that bad at all πŸ™‚

Some Pictures from Evoke 2018