Post images on Instagram with a laptop or desktop

Absolutely no phone or extra software needed

You probably know this, but the header image above shows Instagram running in a laptop window, and it has no functionality for uploading images. Yeah you can add kludgy software or extensions but you can do it without those with a few simple clicks.

Note: this tutorial uses the Chrome browser.

Step 1

From the ellipsis (3 vertical dots) in the upper right corners, select ‘More tools’, then select ‘Developer tools’.

Step 2

As circled in red above, be sure the phone icon is highlighted blue.

Step 3

Refresh your screen and you will see, as circled in red above, the upload icon has magically appeared.

Step 4

Voila!

You are now posting images as though you were on a phone.

Now, go follow Revolution Oscillators on Instagram!

If you’d like to say special thanks Yehuda, follow my music production project Anxiety Forest on Instagram too.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Common hardware issues to look for when purchasing a used, b-stock or unopened 2018-2019 Waldorf Quantum

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Waldorf Quantum is so unique and so amazing, it is worth a few rough edges in my opinion. Nonetheless, a consumer should be aware of product characteristics, good and bad. If you are going to buy a new or used Quantum made in 2018-2019, you should be aware of some common hardware issues.

I stress these issues do not apply to Quantums manufactured after 2019. All computer based technology including the greatest synthesizers ever made, of which the Waldorf Quantum is one, have probably a 1% defect rate. This post is not about standard technology defects and it is not about firmware issues either. Ordinarily, if you have a brand new synth of any type that is DOA or has some hardware flaw in at least the first 30 days, send it back to the reseller for an exchange or refund. If they won’t do that, cease doing business with them in the future.

I had 2 Quantums manufactured in 2019. The first one fell into that 1% defect rate, and went back for reseller exchange right way. Initially I was reasonably satisfied with the replacement. After 8 months however, I chose to send my mid-2019 purchased Quantum in for repair in February 2020 to protect my resale value. The following is quoted from my post 6th month thoughts about the Waldorf Quantum, It is important to note point 1 below is super easy to resolve, point 2 would be easy to ignore and point 3 you probably wouldn’t know if I didn’t tell you.

  1. Squeaky keys – This one is the easiest to fix. You don’t have to tolerate it or take pass on a used machine with the issue. This condition is common to many brands which use Fatar keybeds. The keybed just needs lubrication, check with Waldorf support or your dealer.
  2. Touch screen sensitivity and/or dead zone – Most of the issues with this are firmware design, fixed in OS 2.0+. You may notice in the image above, the 6 control areas on the left and right sides of the screen are redesigned to reflect more accurately that there are no buttons for selections like normal and mod; the whole rectangular area is a touch area/button, which once you understand that, makes selection a snap. The middle selector knob between save and previous has been programmed to scroll through selection choices much more accurately and easier than previous touch only selections. You could get a new screen through warranty that is purported to be more sensitive, however the firmware changes make a world of difference and you may not care. Likewise, many Quantums have a dead spot on the right 1/4″ of the screen that can be fixed with a screen firmware update (not to be confused with the OS firmware, this is completely distinct and not currently upgradable from SD or USB. A user upgradable screen firmware may become available in the future, but there is no guarantee at this point). I think many people will not bother to deal with repair of these screen issues since the beta take almost all the pain away. To replace the screen or update the screen firmware, you will need to ship the synth to a warranty center.
  3. Voices with inconsistent resonance – See image above. I wouldn’t have even noticed this if I hadn’t read about it. Thanks to Paul Cotton, who provided these issue confirmation instructions and .wav files: Boot, load a patch > Init the patch > Turn off OSC1 in the OSC MIX (so audio will be just filter self resonance) > Left of the screen, change analog filter 1 cutoff to 67 and resonance to 85.5 , then repeatedly play middle c to cycle the voices. Before fix .wav / After fix .wav To fix this, you will need to ship the synth to a warranty center.

In repair, my Quantum was swapped out for a new one. This Waldorf Quantum rocks. It looks and feels like all $4000 of it should. Be sure to read New Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer is a Beauty for more details. More than 6 months later from that post, I can tell you I am still in awe of my Quantum. Currently I am running a beta version of OS 3.0 and that awe continues to grow.

I want to stress that I believe all currently manufactured Quantums are at this same level of high quality control. I would not hesitate to buy a new Quantum today. Waldorf is a top notch company, I have nothing but high regard for them and the Quantum. The true mark of a company is what happens when there are problems. Waldorf and Sweetwater pass with flying colors.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

More revolutionOSC Waldorf related pages
Updated periodically – Wavetable Synth Comparisons
Updated periodically – Sequential Prophet X or Waldorf Quantum?
Updated periodically – Wavetable Editing Tools
Updated periodically – Quantum/Iridium Presets
Updated periodically – Quantum/Iridium Wavetables & Utilities
Updated periodically – Waldorf Quantum
Updated periodically – Waldorf Iridium

More revolutionOSC Waldorf Quantum related posts
June 30, 2019 – Waldorf Quantum joins “Studio”
July 28, 2019 – First month thoughts about Waldorf Quantum
October 2, 2019 – Inside the Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer
December 15, 2019 – 6th month thoughts about the Waldorf Quantum
April 20, 2020 – New Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer is a Beauty

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Hacking a Windows 10 administrator password

Irreplaceable music and/or video files of priceless value could be yours again, if you know what to do next.

Maybe you just forgot your own password…

If you are in physical possession of a Windows machine, you can easily reset the passwords with a small amount of technical direction.

Download Ubuntu 16.04.05 GNOME LTS

Download Linux onto a non-target Windows system. If you have preference to download another Linux distro, feel free. The important facet here is that it has a Live or Test mode so you can run Linux from the USB drive (2GB+) without installing on a hard drive.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGNOME/GetUbuntuGNOME

Create a bootable USB drive on Windows

Again, do this on a non-target Windows system.

https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows

Shutdown Windows with shift key

Do this with the actual target Windows system that you need to replace the password on. Hold the shift key down and select shutdown. It is important to hold the shift key down so the drive is fully released from hibernation. If you do not do this it may cause complications mounting the drive from Linux.

Insert the USB drive in target system

Boot with the USB drive, immediately upon power on tapping escape until it lets you select boot device. Select the USB drive to boot from.

Start a Linux terminal session.

$ sudo fdisk -l
$ sudo cd /media
$ sudo mkdir mnt
$ sudo mount /dev/sda1 mnt # <– substitute bold with your drive name from fdisk above
$ sudo cd Windows/System32 # <– case important
$ sudo cp -a osk.exe osk.exe.orig
$ sudo cp -a cmd.exe cmd.exe.orig
$ sudo cp cmd.exe osk.exe

Exit and shutdown the Ubuntu session, remove the USB drive.

Boot the target Windows system

  • Select the Ease of Access icon.
  • Next select the On-Screen Keyboard.
  • This will execute the renamed cmd.exe and bring up a command prompt as shown below.
  • Now you can type ‘net user’ to show all user accounts.
  • Then type ‘net user Administrator *’ to reset the password for Administrator as an example.
  • Do this for all user accounts and login with the new password, you should be set.

Be sure to copy cmd.exe.orig to cmd.exe and osk.exe.orig to osk.exe to undo the backdoor you created.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Essential Social Media Information Technology for Musicians and Activists: The Facebook Scraper

https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug

Sharing without it can be less than optimized

Everyone has seen it or had it happen to them. You share a web page you know has a photo/video and Facebook does not see it. Another common issue is that you change the photo/video or edit the headline/text and Facebook does not see the changes.

Facebook Scraper to the rescue. Using this tool to clear Facebook’s cache is indispensable in my opinion. In a perfect world Facebook’s auto-scraping of your shares would precede display, but in the real world it often fails to keep up, so you need to manually reset the cache. Super easy.

  1. Enter the URL
  2. Press the ‘Debug’ button
  3. Press the ‘Scrape Again’ button (Occasionally you will have to do this several times. I had to do it 3 times for this article)

There may be other issues which cause bad image display. Generally Facebook prefers something close to a 2:1 aspect ratio for the image. A Facebook scrape on a near 2:1 ratio image usually does the trick.

The Facebook Debugger/Scraper also shows various other Open Graph settings which may be beyond your ability to change unless you have admin access to blogging software like WordPress which allows customization of these settings.

Social media posts with good images ALWAYS get significantly more views and shares, it is a fact.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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revolutionOSC Diversification Campaign

Looking for people of color or non-Americans with an eye towards becoming moderators. Revolution Oscillators needs racial, ethnic and geographic diversity.

Are you synthesizer or electronic music savvy and not a white American?

Do your politics fall between Democratic Socialist and Revolutionary?

Do you have time to be more than an administrator, and be a near daily participant, sharing your gear, music and local politics?

If so, Revolution Oscillators wants you.

We are looking to build a world of equals. If you are a POC anywhere in the world, including the United States OR any race/ethnicity outside of the United States in Central or South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, or Oceania, Revolution Oscillators needs your fellowship and guiding participation.

Join our Facebook group today and let me know you want to help us grow together.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Deluded musician thinks he has enough synthesizers now, Sequential Pro 3 joins studio

Will 4 flagship level synths satisfy?

Think so, hope so.

Adding the Sequential Pro 3 to the Sequential Pro 2, Sequential Prophet X and Waldorf Quantum really touches all sound worlds I need to touch. Now I desperately need some Jaspar stands and new studio monitors.

Like any synthesizer addict, I’d love to have hundreds of all synth persuasions, but space is at a premium, as is time to effectively learn and use the synths.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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New Waldorf Iridium Page

Waldorf 16 voice all-digital Iridium desktop

The Waldorf Quantum and the Sequential Prophet X are like the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster of the synthesizer world. It’s a BIG deal for an all digital desktop version of the Quantum to be released.

Hover over ‘Synthesizers’ on the menu bar or go direct:
https://revolutionosc.com/waldorf-iridium

Thanks!
-Yehuda

More revolutionOSC Waldorf related pages
Updated periodically – Wavetable Synth Comparisons
Updated periodically – Sequential Prophet X or Waldorf Quantum?
Updated periodically – Wavetable Editing Tools
Updated periodically – Quantum/Iridium Presets
Updated periodically – Quantum/Iridium Wavetables & Utilities
Updated periodically – Waldorf Quantum
Updated periodically – Waldorf Iridium

More revolutionOSC Waldorf Quantum related posts
June 30, 2019 – Waldorf Quantum joins “Studio”
July 28, 2019 – First month thoughts about Waldorf Quantum
October 2, 2019 – Inside the Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer
December 15, 2019 – 6th month thoughts about the Waldorf Quantum
April 20, 2020 – New Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer is a Beauty

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Replacing the Sequential Prophet X Keybed

Replacing the Prophet X keybed is very easy

Removing and/or replacing the keybed on the Sequential Prophet X synthesizer is a relatively simple process involving nothing more than a screwdriver.

***Thanks to Tom Fabinski for his keybed sacrifices and sharing the info and images for this post!

To start, unplug all power/audio/MIDI/USB cables

Instructions for replacing the key bed are as follows.

  1. Unscrew the screws in the wood ends (see WoodRightSide.jpg and WoodLeftSide.jpg above)
  2. Flip the instrument over and place it face down on a soft material.
  3. Unscrew the two screws which hold the wheel assembly to the bottom metal work (see WheelToMetalScrews.jpg above)
  4. Flip the instrument back over and remove the screws in the sides of the metal housing (see ScrewsRightSide.jpg and ScrewLeftSide.jpg above)
  5. The front panel can now be opened, it is hinged at its rear.
  6. Remove the key bed connectors and aftertouch cable connector from the main PC board (see MainBoard.jpg above, the cables outlined in red)
  7. Close the front panel and flip the instrument face down again.
  8. Remove the 10 screws which hold the key bed to the bottom metal work (see KeybedScrews.jpg above)
  9. While holding the front panel closed, and the key bed to the bottom metal work, carefully flip the instrument front side up. Open the front panel, and remove the key bed.
  10. Remove the aftertouch extension cable from the old key bed to install on the new key bed. It is taped in place.
  11. Install the new key bed and reassemble the synth in the reverse order of disassembly. Take care when re-installing the key bed screws as they can strip the key bed standoffs if they are overly tightened.

IMPORTANT: The keybed standoffs are plastic. To avoid over-tightening and stripping standoffs when installing the keybed, DO NOT use an electric or powered screwdriver.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Updated periodically – Sequential Prophet X or Waldorf Quantum?
Updated periodically – Prophet X Samples & Utilities

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New Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer is a Beauty

3rd one is a charm, this Quantum is righteous

Yay, my Quantum is back from “repair”. It was gone one day shy of 2 months, which was faster than expected, especially with COVID-19 virus world in full bang…

Waldorf service (via Sweetwater, then Korg the USA service center) gave me a completely new synthesizer. The screen is a beauty. It has the touch sensitivity I would expect, the XY pad will blow your mind. There is no bubble in the middle or dead spot on the right edge. The keyboard has quiet keys, and the panel has all the right buttons, even the Komplex Modulator has a printed line under it.

This Waldorf Quantum rocks. It looks and feels like all $4000 of it should.

I want to stress that I believe all currently manufactured Quantums are at this same level of high quality control. I would not hesitate to buy a new Quantum today. Waldorf is a top notch company, I have nothing but high marks for them. Even more so, kudos to Sweetwater.

I’m retired now, but most of my pre-retirement career was in technology related industries. It’s a fact that 1% of technology products are going to arrive DOA, with some elemental flaw or go down in the 1st 30 days. It is so important to choose who you buy technology from wisely. Most of the time your dealer is going to take your money, ship you the product and that’s that. It’s that rare moment when something goes wrong that resellers really show what they are made of.

I’ve never had a defective musical product in my life before, but my first Quantum was in that 1% experience, as I documented in First 48 hours – Waldorf Quantum joins “Studio”. It had a non-functional key, other keys were unacceptably noisy and one of the oscillators had 2 Resonator buttons instead of Particle and Resonator buttons. This was just past a time period where people were waiting months for Quantum preorders to fill. Immediately Sweetwater shipped out a replacement with prepaid shipping back for the old one.

A month later as I documented in Some first month thoughts about Waldorf Quantum I was very happy with my 2nd Quantum. In time I did become more aware of some screen characteristics, a bubble in the middle of the screen, a dead zone on the right edge and a general lack of the touch sensitivity I would expect.

My bubble wasn’t that bad, I didn’t even blog about it and I have seen more significant bubbles online. And though it didn’t impact use of the synth, the bubble was kind of like a coin sized dent on the hood of a brand new Ferrari. It sullied the shine of a state of the art machine just a bit. As I blogged about in 6th month thoughts about the Waldorf Quantum, the pain of the dead zone on the right edge and a general lack of the touch sensitivity was reduced by OS 2.0 beta redesigns, but it was still an issue I wanted resolved.

There is little doubt in my mind that the Quantum is so amazing and so unique that I could have lived with these ‘quirks’. Some luster was missing though, and I didn’t have that I want to buy another Waldorf product feeling like I do with Sequential products.

As 2020 arrived, two unrelated events cemented my decision to send Quantum #2 for repair. For one, at the beginning of February I was planning to buy a Sequential Prophet X, so I knew the pain of the Quantum gone bye-bye for 2-4 months would be less. For second, for ministry business reasons in the middle of February, a few of us were making the 3 hour drive from Chicago to Sweetwater to take a tour of their operation.

Advice: Never visit Sweetwater. No wonder that place sold $850 million dollars worth of gear in 2019. What an amazing place, what great people. You will never want to buy musical equipment anywhere else after you visit there. Stay far far away.

Anyhoo, I missed the final stages of the Quantum OS 2.0 beta so I was anxious to see what the release version was like. So far so good! The sound packs are nice too.

My corner of the Waldorf Quantum world is better today, amen.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

More revolutionOSC Waldorf related pages
Updated periodically – Wavetable Synth Comparisons
Updated periodically – Sequential Prophet X or Waldorf Quantum?
Updated periodically – Wavetable Editing Tools
Updated periodically – Quantum/Iridium Presets
Updated periodically – Quantum/Iridium Wavetables & Utilities
Updated periodically – Waldorf Quantum
Updated periodically – Waldorf Iridium

More revolutionOSC Waldorf Quantum related articles
June 30, 2019 – Waldorf Quantum joins “Studio”
July 28, 2019 – First month thoughts about Waldorf Quantum
October 2, 2019 – Inside the Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer
December 15, 2019 – 6th month thoughts about the Waldorf Quantum
April 20, 2020 – New Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer is a Beauty

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Spoiled brat mega-millionaire Behringer’s recent abusive and bullying harassment of journalist is the final straw

Behringer music products removed from revolutionOSC and boycotted for foreseeable future

It has to be said and acted upon. We may live in an age of out-of-control self-entitled billionaires and mega-millionaires like Donald Trump and Uli Behringer, but we don’t have to passively tolerate and encourage it.

It’s sad and potentially messy. Like wannabe fascist dictator Trump and his MAGA cult, in the online synthesizer world, Behringer has a great deal of mindless cult followers ready to rationalize, excuse and support any abuse Uli and his companies can dish out, as well as add some of their own bullying to the mix. Sigh.

I’ve never been fond enough of Behringer synths to actually buy one but I have tried to share in the joy that many feel brings synths at reasonable prices to the masses. Though there are some debatable and controversial aspects to Behringer products, the products themselves are not what the revolutionOSC boycott is about.

The hype about bringing synthesis to the masses is quite ironic, because Uli Behringer is the type of arrogant uber-wealthy person, that in past ages revolutionary guillotines were made for.

In typical right-wing conservative fashions, Behringer has used his power and money to war against free speech and corrupt legal processes to punish those journalists and even online users, who dare speak criticism of the mighty. All Behringer’s actions, going back years are documented and factual, there can be no rational debate about the actions themselves. I won’t repeat the history of Behringer’s abuse, Google will reveal a treasure trove of verifiable facts.

At this point it is safe to say Behringer is not likely to grow up and stop having his immature rich boy temper tantrums. His products have as much yuck factor as living in a Trump Tower or wearing Ivanka Trump clothes.

Effective immediately all Behringer product pages have been disabled. There are better alternatives to Behringer products, the physical products themselves and ethically.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Trying to make sense out of all the wave* variant synthesizers out there today in 2020? Read the Uptown Oscillators Wavetable Synth Comparisons.

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