September 19, 2022

Got myself a new mouse to match my old keyboard!

But really, my previous mouse just failed me with a broken middle mouse button. *sigh*

Previously owning both a Logitech keyboard (G413) and mouse (G403), I now find myself owning both a Razer keyboard (BlackWidow V3) and mouse (Basilisk X HyperSpeed).

Feel free to read my blog post about how my new BlackWidow V3 compares to my previous G143.

I genuinely hope both the Razer keyboard and mouse will last at least a few years longer compared to their Logitech alternatives. I guess I'll just have to use them a lot, and see for myself whether they actually keep up in the long run!

September 1, 2022

Bought a Google Pixel 6A after owning a refurbished Google Pixel 2 for a while

I did it. I bought myself the (relatively) new Google Pixel 6A. It's the budget version of their 6 Pro flagship phone. Already owning a refurbished Pixel 2, and thus being quite familiar with the Google smartphone experience myself, I knew that my next mobile device had to be a Google Pixel as well.

Let me tell you, it does not disappoint. If you're looking for the most pure / true Android Software Experience to be found on a smartphone out there, Google Pixel is where you should be looking.

The hardware is not all too bad either! They have a great camera that comes close to competing with those available on iPhones. This is mainly because of the Pixel's A.I. constantly rectifying the images, in real time.

Also, here's my attempt in trying to make my home screen as much productive / anti-distractions-like as possible.

August 27, 2022

Got myself some quite effective Night Glassesᵀᴹ :-)

Actually, they're the Somnilight Amber Sleep Glasses to be correct. And I totally love them.

As an all-nighter VJ / daytime worker, I'm forced into the Dolphin Sleep Chronotype (I'm usually more of a Wolf Chronotype).

Drastically toning down all incoming blue light for a few hours before going to bed helps a whole lot for me personally.

July 16, 2022

Got myself a brand new watch ⌚

Because why flip a phone, when you can flick your wrist instead? I also got myself a physical calendar. Again, two steps further from unnecessary digital distractions. :-)

April 26, 2022

Got myself a subwoofer!

Had to upgrade my Scarlett 2i2 to a Scarlett 8i6 in order to use 4 outputs, instead of the regular 2.

Happy owner of two KRKs Rokit 5 (thank you Dennis Baptist), I went for the KRK S10.4 subwoofer.

Let me tell you, ... this boy SLAPS!

April 11, 2022

Razer BlackWidow v3 Mechanical Keyboard

Got myself a new mechanical keyboard because my previous one, the Logitech G413 (82EUR) purchased 3 years ago, started to behave weirdly (double keystrokes / ignoring some inputs). Main differences?

The Razer BlackWidow v3 (95EUR) has the ability to display all colors as backlight, whereas with the Logitech G413 you're stuck with red. Razer uses their 'Razer Green' switches which are basically a pro adaptation of the Cherry Blue switches, while Logitech uses their 'Romer G' switches that are closer to being a better version of the Cherry Brown switches.

The Razer BlackWidow v3 also has extra media buttons on top, that I think are quite handy now that I've been using them for a couple of hours. For tilting your keyboard slightly forward, the BlackWidow v3 provides two options either 6º or 9º, while the Logitech G413 can only tilt at one fixed angle of 8º.

I was happy with both keyboards, but the first one needed to be replaced due to dysfunctionalities. So I went for a similar (but up to date) model at the competing company. Hope it will be worth the test!

March 6, 2022

Ableton Push 2 Display Syphon/Spout

I found that, using MaxMSP, it is possible to 'hack' the Ableton Push 2 Display into forcing it to show custom content, instead of it's usual parametric information. You'll have to manually put the Push in to 'User Mode', and then basically run the patch below in order for MaxMSP to take it over from there. The patch uses David Butler's imp.push package, and expects a Syphon/Spout path in order to receive external video from. This video source could be sent directly from your favorite VJ or Mapping software.

Here, I use VDMX's Syphon output for example. I'm previewing 4 layers (+ 4 mask layers), 2 logo overlays, 2 selected colors (both white) and my main output (black for now).