Archive | May 2014

Must Watch Playlist for NI Massive Beginners

If you’re like me, and tired of using presets on Sylenth1, Massive or (insert preferred synth here), then this YouTube playlist by thesoundtutor is a must watch. It’s over 4 years old, but the quality of the concepts introduced are priceless. You will initially learn how to combine different oscillators, how to mess with wavetable positions, and how to adjust Attack-Delay-Sustain-Release envelopes, but it will go deeper than that as you start to see all the various knobs/filters/effects route through each other. The take-away is that you can apply this knowledge to most other synths. Treat it primarily as a course in sound design, but if you’re actually looking at creating your own phat Dubstep/Glitch/Neuro bass then this will be twice as sweet. Enjoy!

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Writing Your Own Currency in Just a Few Lines of Code


Writing Your Own Currency in a Few Lines of Code
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I’ve been following the development progress of Ethereum lately, which many have described as the “Cryptocurrency 2.0,” utilizing Bitcoin’s revolutionary decentralized consensus concepts while creating a whole new platform for building distributed applications. One of the most touted selling points of Ethereum is the ability for developers to create and manipulate Turing complete contracts on its blockchain. Ether, Ethereum’s internal currency, serves to power these contracts and the applications that arise from them. These contracts run in the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), but one will be able to use several higher level in-house languages (Serpent, LLL, and Mutan) to write the contracts that compile to EVM code. The Ethereum client exposes an API that can be accessed through Javascript, supplying various useful methods for interacting with Ethereum contracts. Hidskes’ blog post goes on to teach you how to write a backend Ethereum contract which will then interface with a simple HTML/Javascript frontend. This essentially serves as a functional albeit simple currency, with send/balance features but a 100% premine. You won’t be able to get anyone other than yourself or a friend to use it, but the proof of concept is there and that’s all we need to get started. It’s very straightforward, illustrative, and eye opening to the possibilities of decentralized app development with Ethereum. Check it out!

Demystifying High Frequency Trading

Demystifying High Frequency Trading

I recently came upon this great article by Rishi Narang of Telesis Capital exploring the popular misconceptions about high frequency trading (HFT), which has frequently come under fire in the media as being a root cause of the 2008 crisis and 2010 market flash crash. Proper education, documentation, and public awareness of the diverse roles different types of high frequency traders serve will only help investors as the financial field becomes increasingly automated. Seeing HFTs for what they are, as weapons in an overall investment arsenal (akin to algorithmic trading) will foster a better understanding of the market as merely a function of the people involved. Narang says the following, before separating truth and myth from HFT’s criticisms:

Capitalism is fundamentally about this: if you are willing to take some risk, you have a shot at reaping some reward. What would be unfair is if some people were being prevented from taking such risks and having such opportunities. And that’s assuming that we’re talking about something that is of unlimited supply. If supplies of resources are limited, then simply being late to the game is a sufficiently good reason to be very fairly left out of an opportunity. I’m not saying that there exist no facets of HFT that are unfair (very good arguments can and have been made about flash trading and naked sponsored access), but to label the activity in general as unfair is plainly wrong.

Check the full article out and tell me what you think.

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