Some Like It Deep (November Edition) – Deep House and Techno at Tota Lounge, Toronto!

Some Like it Deep returns to Tota Lounge for another intimate night of deep, silky house and techno on Friday, November 9, 2012.

Some Like It Deep Flyer Nov 2012

Click to view the flyer full size.


Deep Lineup

Get your Deep House and Techno!

This event starts at 10 PM and goes deep into the night. Admission?  It’s free, brothers and sisters.

Since its inception, Some Like It Deep has rocked Tota every month, and this one promises to be bigger and even deeper.

Location:

Tota Lounge
592 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
416-866-8878 / http://totalounge.wordpress.com/

Full details at the Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/108863039273406

Been looking for fresh online deep house mixes?

All the DJ sets from August’s event are available here, in mp3 format. Download them now, for free!

The next Some Like it Deep is scheduled for December 1, 2012.

MIN and DEEP and Eric Prydz

Blogged here only for posterity.

Back in September, Sarah asked me to help her with a graphic to use as a Facebook cover image to help promote her Deep House / Deep Techno event series in Toronto, “Some Like It Deep”. So I suggested we take this brushed aluminum stereo volume knob image that she had found, with a printed scale from “MIN” to “MAX” – but we should change “MAX” to “DEEP”. She liked the idea, so after a few minutes of photoshopping I provided her with this:

Control knob scaled "MIN" to "DEEP"

min-deep.jpg - originally to promote the "Some Like it Deep" event series. (Click to enlarge)

A “Deep” Meme Is Born!

Eric Prydz's Facebook Page with nebula graphic

Erick Prydz Facebook Page, a couple hours later! (Click to Enlarge)

Sarah loved it and used it as her cover photo. I rather liked how the seamless extrusion turned out on the sides, and its dimensions were tailored to perfectly fit the 851×315 cover photo spec. A few hours (and presumably a few shares) later, it appeared on Eric Prydz’s page as his cover image as well!

Now the pic is all over the place, on Facebook pages, tumblr and peppered through Google Images searches.

Enjoy the image, and feel free to use it where you like. I’m proud of it. i only feel bad that the original “MIN MAX” image is uncredited, but I have no idea where it got ripped from.  Information wants to be deep.

Thank-you from Some Like It Deep

Toronto's Deep House and Techno Event Flyer: Some Like It Deep, Oct. 2012Thanks to everybody who made Saturday’s “Some Like it Deep” event a success. It was the night’s biggest turnout yet.

People were well rewarded with amazing deep house and techno sets from Hardeep, nebula, Martin Fazekas and Jackie Spade.

Recordings will be posted soon on juggernautmusic.com. Stay tuned!

Macbook Intermittent Audio Output: A Widespread Problem With A Solution?

Well, let’s not get excited and say “solved” just yet. But I have a hunch.

After much googling around, few people seem to want to pursue introducing a soldering iron to the logic board to replace a damaged or worn-out jack. Yeah if you don’t know what you’re doing it’s risky, but with proper tools it looks like this might be easier than we thought.

Looking at the shields and shape of the audio jacks

Here we can see the shape of the jacks. They are surrounded by a metal shield. There is a good chance we'll be able to find the jacks without the shield.

Still more googling scored me an eBay auction for a MacBook A1181 Logic board with some superb hi-resolution photos, which offer some good insight into the form factor and the PCB footprint of the combo optical/analog audio jack.

Click on any of the images in this article for a closer look. I cropped, then resolution-doubled them in GIMP so that WordPress can get them blowed up real good!

A front-on view of the Macbook's audio jacks

Here we can see that the jacks are actually made of a white, or naturally-coloured plastic.

In the remarks I have read so far, the jack itself seems to be pretty elusive.  A combo 3.5 mm stereo jack / TOSlink audio port isn’t exactly a standard Amphenol or Switchcraft item I can just order up from Digi-Key (although I’ll admit I didn’t check Mouser or Newark).  I did however find references to “combo optical headphone jacks” on a couple of chinese trading sites.  I think this might be an excellent lead!

In particular, I think my new favourite web page might be “Audio Jack – Shop Cheap —–Audio Jack from China —–Audio Jack Suppliers at WONDERFUL WHOLESALE [^(oo)^] Welcome inquiry us on Aliexpress.com”.

Closeup of the side of a Macbook audio jack shield

Closeup of the side of a Macbook audio jack shield

There are a couple of jacks on there with footprints close to the Mac jack. The problem is that these cheap parts are all about $2 to $5 each, and they all seem to have about a 10-piece minimum. So that’s $20 to $50 for every part I want to try to fit into the Mac Logic board, then throw away when it doesn’t work.

I think my next course of action is to request datasheets on the products that look close. Most electronic component manufacturers offer downloadable engineering drawings of product outlines and lead placement.

Underneath MacBook Logic Board

Let's look underneath the jacks. I have added the yellow outlines to show the footprints of the thru-hole jacks, visible as solder lumps.

Once I get a line on the jacks I’ll share my results. For that matter I think I’ll report on all my progress in this endeavour. If I could get a bag of a hundred of these jacks, I could probably repair Macs with intermittent audio jacks for a $50 flat rate. Don’t worry, if I find that holy grail audio jack, I’ll let everybody know what it is, so that the skilled can effect their own repairs too. I’m not a total asshole.

The truth is out there.

Cheap China Jacks - Maybe they fit the MacBook?

(From Ye Olde Cheap China Audio Jack Web Shoppe) Could it be this simple?


Update: After a couple hours, I found similar 3.5 mm headphone/optical jacks on eBay!

3.5mm combo TRS stereo / mini TOSlink optical jacks on eBay

3.5mm TRS stereo / mini TOSlink optical jacks on eBay

OK now this looks promising.
“10Pcs 3.5mm 1/8 Female Audio Connector DIP Stereo Headphone Jack PJ306B” for $4.99, shipping included. Looks like this product has more pins than what Apple’s using … Check out the ebay listing!

Drawing of eBay combo 3.5 mm TRS / Mini-TOSlink Optical jacks

The promising drawing. We're on the right path.

Suyin Optical/Analog 1/8″ Audio Jacks Found

Oh and by the way: according to this page there is a product, Suyin p/n 010189FR008GX01ZL, but I haven’t found a drawing. Suyin’s European web site only seems to talk about their custom fabrication/design services.

The page does point out that the connector has an integrated LED IC. I’m not really sure what an LED IC is, but it makes sense that optics would need to be inside the connector.

And the hunt continues …

Deep House and Deep Techno in Toronto: Some Like It Deep, October 13, 2012

Some Like it Deep returns to Tota Lounge for another intimate night of deep, silky house and techno on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Deep Lineup


Toronto's Deep House and Techno Event Flyer: Some Like It Deep, Oct. 2012

The flyer. Click to enlarge.


Get your Deep House fix!

This event starts at 10 PM and goes deep into the night. Admission is free!

Every month we’ve been rocking Tota, and this time will be no exception.

Where?

Tota Lounge
592 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
416-866-8878 / http://totalounge.wordpress.com/

Full details at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/446977508687072

Been looking for fresh online deep house mixes?

All the DJ sets from August’s event are available here, in mp3 format. Download them now, for free!

The next Some Like it Deep is scheduled for November 3, 2012.