Category Archives: Companies I Support

Evernote For The Win!

I love Evernote for many reasons. Here are my top 5:

  1. Note syncing. I can get my synchronized notes on any computer or mobile device that I use. I regularly use 3 computers, and an Android phone.
  2. Print PDFs to Evernote. I don’t know if this is a Mac only feature, but my standard print dialogue has the option to print to a PDF saved in Evernote. I use this all the time to track receipts of online purchases. I can then organize and tag the notes as needed.
  3. Note emailing. I often get meeting notes emailed to me from co-workers. I simply forward the email to my Evernote email address, which automatically creates an Evernote note.
  4. The API. I recently created a Chrome extension named NoteFuser that connects records in new.familysearch.org and geni.com to your Evernote notes. The API and development environment was a pleasure to work with.
  5. Awesome help. The first time I used the email feature, I received an email back with some hints on how to more effectively use the email feature. Awesome!

I could go on, but those are my top 5 favorite things about Evernote. Evernote does things right.

Switched to Digis

My Comcast cable Internet access recently became really slow with occasional outages. The price had also jumped from the 6-month introductory price of $30/month to $53/month. So, we decided to give Digis a try.

So far, we’ve been really pleased with the service. The technician that came and installed the antenna gadget actually knew what he was doing. They called a couple of times in advance to confirm the appointment, the technician showed up on time, and was very friendly.  The Internet connection is also very responsive. I’ve been very pleased with it so far.

When we first moved into our place, our primary means of communication was our pre-paid cellphones. We have Vonage phone service, so we needed an Internet connection to get our phone up and going. The Comcast guy came out, told us it was wired up, and left. We then tried to use our cable modem, and got no connection. I was on the phone with Comcast support for an hour (on my pre-paid phone) trying to debug it before they finally realized that it wasn’t my computer, it was their network. A half a week later, they sent another guy out who said, “Yeah, I don’t know what the last guy did, but it definitely isn’t hooked up right.” Finally, we had Internet access, but it took over a week to get set up.

Digis, on the other hand, did things right the first time and even showed us how we could get a rebate on the installation fees. Thank you Digis!

Utah Recording Studios

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My brother Dave runs Noisebox Studios which offers the best value recording services of any Utah recording studio. Located in Orem, Utah, Noisebox Studios is a great choice for any band or music artist who is looking to get a top quality recording at an affordable price. If you are a musician in Utah Valley, definitely check out his studio. Dave’s use of state-of-the-art software, equipment, and deep music knowledge and talent make recording at Noisebox Studios the best choice for Utah artists.

State-of-the-art Software and Equipment

recording-equipment.jpgNoisebox Studios uses a variety of state-of-the-art software including Pro Tools 7.3 HD2, Sonar 6.2, and Melodyne 3 for pitch correction. The studio has a whole array of incredible equipment that I’m not going to even attempt to talk about since I don’t know what most of it actually does, but check out the studio pictures.

Deep Music Knowledge and Talent

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Music from BYU which has given him a solid foundation in music composition, song writing, and instrumental performance. He is a very good drummer and pianist. He has 18 years of drumming experience and 22 years of piano experience. He studied percussion under Jay Lawrence and Dr. Ron Brough, and studied Jazz Piano under Jim Kirchner. During his time at BYU he played in various Jazz Combos, Panoramic Steel, Percussion Ensemble, and was the drum set player for the BYU Men’s Basketball pep band. While finishing school, Dave taught drum lessons at the Crescent School of Music in American Fork, Utah.

After graduation, he accepted a position as a sound engineer at Utah’s famous Tuacahn Amphitheater in St. George. There he met the band Kennedy, and he recorded their first album together. He now enjoys recording, mixing, and mastering music full-time at Noisebox Studios.

Bands and Artists Recorded

Artists that Noisebox Studios has recorded, mixed, and/or mastered include Truman, BYU’s 2007 Battle of the Bands winner; Kennedy, a popular local band of St. George; Mark “Fingermix” Smith, who is a past Pearl award winner. Check out the Noisebox demos page to hear some of the songs and see some of the other artists that have been recorded, mixed, and/or mastered at the studio.

Services Offered

* Recording – vocal, instrumental, audio books, and podcasts
* Mixing – even if you’ve recorded your own music
* Mastering
* Composition – full orchestrated compositions to accompany video, games, etc.