The Great Passage group

Your Unique Passion: Encouragement from The Great Passage

In this Fall 2016 Anime season, there is an anime that is may fly under the standard Anime radar. The show does not contain high-intensity action, over-the-top slapstick comedy, or unbelievable science fiction tech, but rather a normal, everyday modern life involving adult characters. It is The Great Passage/Fune wo Amu, an anime based of a novel by Shion Miura. Overview of The Great Passage/Fune wo Amu Airing on the [ . . . ]

Gaia Point

Balancing Money for Your Hobbies

Some of you who are Anime and/or Video Game fans might be also audiophiles, or at least want better equipment to enjoy your shows and games. Maybe you have browsed audiophile sites and maybe lurked at some forums and got super jealous at others’ fancy and pricey equipment. You also may have noticed that the price of equipment is rather high, and certainly out of most of your budget ranges [ . . . ]

Gaia and the Chromecast Audio

Chromecast Audio: An Affordable Sound Upgrade

I mentioned on a previous post about buying a Chromecast Audio unit. Well, after a couple of weeks testing at my living room at my new apartment, I am quite enjoying my hi-res streaming on my system! And it took only $35.00 USD to do it. Small, easy to hide, and only needs to get plugged in a power jack and an audio jack, you can easy stream your music [ . . . ]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Soundtrack

YMLTA: Final Fantasy Record Keeper OST

For this month’s You May Like This Album, it is another video game soundtrack, but this one is more of a remix and rearrangement album. This album is the soundtrack for mobile game Final Fantasy Record Keeper. In this game, you venture onto various worlds and “Realms” that are taken from other Final Fantasy games. You also will get bonus party members from various other Final Fantasy games, and everything [ . . . ]

iphone7 Gaia no audio

Apple and Its Divorce of the Headphone Jack

As you may already know about the reveal of Apple’s iPhone 7, many are talking about one ambitious move Apple did for their new flagship smartphone: They removed the standard 3.5mm audio jack. Even after Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak publically told them that it was a bad idea to take out the audio port, Apple still went ahead and removed it. Yes, a feature that has been an absolute essential [ . . . ]

PAX 2016

Experiencing PAX For The First Time

Ahh, almost a full year living in Washington state, and so my first year at Penny Arcade Expo. Went with two buddies of mine and I finally got to see what all the hoo-hah was about. The only other time I went to a video game convention was at E3 some eons ago. Although I want to say I had a great experience then, honestly I did not. Insanely crowded, [ . . . ]

Stardew Valley Original Soundtrack

YMLTA: Stardew Valley Soundtrack

For this month’s You May Like This Album, here is something a bit different: the Stardew Valley Original Soundtrack by ConcernedApe (Eric Barone) Calm and Quaint Score This soundtrack is light and relaxing. There are no giant orchestras or vocal songs usually seen on modern games. For those of us who grew up in the 8-bit and 16-bit generation of games, this soundtrack feel will feel nostalgic. I enjoyed on [ . . . ]

Macross Series Collage

Macross & Music’s Power to Move

A couple of weeks ago, I saw Macross Delta episode 19 and there was something that “resonated”. Warning: Contains minor spoilers on the Macross Delta series. Episode Disposition In the episode, a dubious military supplier named Berger Stone talked about the power of music, especially as a weapon. He discussed about how music either help gain major victories in wars, or even caused them to start in the first place. [ . . . ]

Tascam Editor Winter

How To Convert PCM to DSD For Free

As a premium music collector, you might have many different audio formats in your collection: FLAC, WAV, DSF, DFF, ALAC, AIFF, and maybe even lossy AAC and MP3 (shudder). You might want to convert some of your files, either for certain devices with restrictions, or want to see if converting might make your music sound “better”. Maybe converting your PCM (WAV, FLAC, etc) music to DSD might improve it, or [ . . . ]

Gaia and my old Sharp LCD

My TV Died

Ahh, today my TV just died. 10 years going strong, then the screen would just turn black, and the power button blinks every second. I try to stay calm, maybe the connections are a bit loose, maybe the power cord need to be re-inserted. Still the screen is turning black. I start to get agitated, look up my TV online and see if others had the same issue. Googled and [ . . . ]

QUADRA Single Collection

YMLTA: QUADRA Single Collection 95​-​07

On this month’s You May Like This Album, I present the Quadra Complete Selection 95-07 / Single Collection (2016 Remaster), a pure electronic instrumental and techno album from QUADRA, also known as Hiroshi Watanabe. Hiroshi Watanabe, a prolific DJ, remixer, composer, and overall awesome musician, has had many aliases you probably have recognized in video game and anime: QUADRA, NITE SYSTEM, DJ FX, Crunky Boy, DJ Mazinger, DEEP EMOTION, DJ [ . . . ]

Raquelle on Stairs

Listening to Music on the GO

Despite wanting to stay inside as much as possible under your cozy blanket, right in the sanctuary called your room, there are times when you must go outside the the real world and enjoy your portable music. Many of you had a very good reason to go outside more often than usual: Pokemon GO just came out! Collecting all the Pokemon by catching them sort of in the real world, and [ . . . ]

RELIFE Image

ReLIFE: Music Nostalgia of Youth

This anime season, the TV series Re:LIFE aired. It is human drama-type anime that has the themes of career, high school, second chances, and self-improvement. Centered around 27-year old part-timer Arata Kaizaki, he is recruited into an experimental program called ReLife Project after he got drunk and lied to his friends on his career. Instead of being transported back to his personal past to change his future, he instead takes [ . . . ]

BERNIS - The stars my destination

YMLTA: Bernis – The stars my destination

For this month’s You May Like This Album, I present a Vocaloid album: The stars my destination by BERNIS (aka Jizel). This soothing, uplifting trance album that utilizes Hatsune Miku is one that will brighten your day or night. Miku’s voice is not harsh, and all the words flow and compliment well with the music. It is very melodious, with great compositions and mixing that does not sound like indie work at [ . . . ]