I hope this is public enough for you.subatomic pieces wrote:If you've got a legitimate complaint with a TapeOp review, or with a Joel Hamilton post, then fucking say it already. If there is something specific in one of the reviews or posts that you think is an outright lie, bought-and-paid-for by a manufacturer, then fucking say it.
It's quite obvious that Joel is posting "reviews" of gear in this forum with the sole intent of being compensated by the manufacturer. It appears (and he has yet to deny) that he has figured out that the faithful readers of this forum have started taking his advice as fact. That is true -- I can't tell you how many times Joel has "outed" a nice piece of gear, only to have it's eBay price skyrocket in the weeks after.
When I joined this forum, I was a wet-behind-the-ears college student, looking to learn more about recording. This forum was my PARADISE. Just look at the old locked forums -- I learned a lot from this place. I have grown to expect full disclosure from the "experts" on this forum, only because that's what they used to provide. The kind of posts Joel is posting, and the other bull I've come to see on this forum, have made me lose respect for it - friendly? helpful? Only after a word from our sponsors.subatomic pieces wrote:Please don't spoil a friendly and helpful messageboard with this childish bullshit. Do you really expect FULL DISCLOSURE everytime someone recommends a piece of gear?!?! Come on... It's the gawd damn internet for crying out loud.
And about the "gawd damn internet" bit -- if you expect the internet to be devoid of a bunch of "failed comedians" who nitpick and make fun of everything, uh, you've never been on the internet.
Again, I expect the forum to be just that - an open FORUM for discussion. The professionals/moderators should be giving helpful information and encouraging open dialogue about recording, not posting a thinly veiled ADVERTISEMENT for some gear they got on the cheap. I was so disappointed to find Joel's name on an artist endorsement list for some of the gear he "recommends".subatomic pieces wrote:Do you expect MORE disclosure from Joel or other professionals/moderators than you do from the guy who claims that his C1000 is the best mic for everything without mentioning that the C1000 is the most "high-end" mic he owns?
And about the "professional" bit, I make my living from music. I am a music industry professional and I have a bachelor's degree in the music business and recording industry. That said, there are some "non-professional" members of this board who have taught me more than I could ever teach them. Just because they're not "sponsored" doesn't mean they can't do something creative and innovative with their C1000. When this magazine and board were created, "creative" and "innovative" meant something.
I have stopped reading both, actually. The magazine still arrives every month and I page through it, slightly disappointed at the higher ratio of ads-to-content than previous issues. The mag was supposed to be a rag-tag side project by a bunch of engineers, not an income stream for a bunch of non-journalists. And yes, I have purchased the TapeOp book and supported however I can (so don't think I'm not appreciative of their hard work).subatomic pieces wrote:In addition, you're obviously free to STOP READING BOTH THE MAG AND THE FORUM. I appreciate humor (when it's actually funny) and a certain amount of OT shenanigans. But, most members around here DON'T appreciate people taking jabs at the people who go out of their way to provide us with massive amounts of free information.
As for the forum, well, you can clearly see the issues we have with it, so I won't expound. Just know that I (and others) have moved on. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to stop talking about recording and music so I can actually get some done.