Thanks for posting the Wedgewood show on Dime. I downloaded it earlier today and it is really good quality. I only wish that I had had as much success with my Sheffield recording which is very distorted
I notice from your notes on Dime that you adjusted the recording level manually. This is something i have always been reluctant to do for fear of being seen by the security guys so I have always trusted the auto gain facility (AGC) on my mini-disc although it doesn't seem to have worked for me this time.
Were you stood near the front of the stage or were you quite far back? Any pointers you can give for good clear recordings would be greatly appreciated. I use a Sony Mini-Disc MZ-NH700 with battery box and binaural mics, which usually works a treat but I think some of my settings may have got screwed up somewhere.
I clicked on the link that said it would be personalized for me upon download. It then gave me the option of "Find" or "Save". "Find" brought up a window that said "Windows does not recognize this file type" and "Save" tried to save this file
You need to download a "torrent client" like Azureus, if you havent already installed one on your PC, this will then download the torrent. Other wise trying to open a torrent file is like trying to open a Jpeg without haveing an photo imaging software on your PC. This might help
Thanks for the pointer. So I've read up a bit on torrents to try to understand how they work but an IT degree might help, which I don't have.
I've downloaded utorrent, installed it and opened the torrent file. It started downloading at between 0 and 3 kb/s, which is slower than the pace of a crippled snail, got to 1.5% downloaded and appeared to come to a halt. It's going to take a week to download at this rate.
I have 4(7) seeds and 0(1) peers. Am I doing something wrong?
What are the advantages of torrents over downloading from megaupload or something like that? I must admit that at the moment I'm not seeing any.
Many thanks to rokie for going to the trouble to upload and sorry if I sound ungrateful, but frustration is getting the better of me!
Hi blade, I would love to help, but it sounds like you have done everything right so far.
The advantage of BitTorrent over a standard download is that you download parts of each file in parallel from a number of sources (seeders), so each person has to supply a fraction of the bandwidth and the download time should be that many times faster. I definitely works, 22 people have downloaded my concert so far.
Live music posted on torrent trackers is always in lossless FLAC format files which are large, so downloading the traditional way from somewhere like megaupload would be impractical.
The only suggestions I can come up with are: 1. Check on the Dime site that uTorrent client is allowed (some clients are banned, I use Bit Tornado). 2. Check that your ISP is not blocking torrents (some people have to change the TCP port settings in their client to circumvent this). 3. Make sure your firewall is open for your client.
[EDIT] 3.45pm. Ignore everything below because I've got it to work! ==========================
Thanks rokie, but still no luck. 45 minutes later it was still stuck on 1.5% so I gave up.
1. Dime does allow utorrent (I checked). 2. Check that your ISP is not blocking torrents (some people have to change the TCP port settings in their client to circumvent this) - How do I do this? 3. I checked my firewall settings and utorrent was open.
Any help or tips would be appreciated.
 I restarted it and it took up from where it left off (1.5%) and reached 1.8% before stopping again. I went into troubleshooter on the utorrent FAQ page and there was a question "Why is my torrent stuck at a certain percent?"
So I clicked on this and got this:
32. What does availability mean? That number tells you how many unique copies of the file are available between yourself and the peers you're connected to. If this is less than 1, you most likely will not be able to complete the torrent. The only thing you can do is wait and hope a seeder hops onto the torrent to allow you to complete it. You can also try and request a "reseed" on the tracker's forum. Sometimes, this may never happen because the torrent was abandoned, and you may need to find the torrent elsewhere.
My 'Availability' figure is 4.017. Is this high or low?
Now you've got it working you'll be downloading music like there's no tomorrow. Log in to Dimeadozen and try the search submenu. There are a couple of other HB gigs on there and literally millions of other bands' shows.
By the way, the etiquette is to try to keep your 'ratio' about 1:1, so other people download from you as much as you got from them. You do that just by leaving your client window open after you've completed your torrent. It's not always possible to stay 1:1, but the spirit of the thing is to be a seeder for a while once you've completed.
There are lots of other torrent 'tracker' sites on the web, some quite dodgy and dicing with prosecution for sharing copyrighted material. Dime is a good, well-behaved community however.
I've replaced the audio from sparkcyn's Wedgewood videos with rokie's audience recording and will post them all onto youtube. I'll do one every week or week and a half, just to keep it interesting. Here's Radio Wars: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1NkIh56ouE