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Discussion on: Are you coding more in your spare time due to COVID—19?

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Arswaw

Honestly I've been practicing piano more. It's brought me more satisfaction in recent months than programming has. I still enjoy programming, but music is a joy all its own.

Otherwise I'm playing Half-Life: Alyx and Doom Eternal.

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Patryk

I finally took the time to play with LMMS, as I don't have a piano.

Been needing a new hobby, and have missed making music. I played bass in a band, but that was almost 15 years ago.

If anyone wants a free / libre replacement for FL Studio, I recommend it. Works in Linux too!

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Arswaw

Well if you want to buy a keyboard, which you totally should, then I have a recommendation.

The Yamaha DGX-660 is the one that has helped me return to music. It sounds like a real grand piano. It is difficult to distinguish a recording of this and a concert grand.

It also has some useful features such as recording and transposition.

It is $800. I understand we're in the middle of a plague and money can be tight, but at the point where you feel ready to start looking, you should really consider this one.

Thanks!

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Patryk

Probably won't be for a while. I'm doing the nomad thing, so no room for a piano at the moment 😅😅

But I'll consider it when I settle down somewhere, thanks.

LMMS is fun, because it can synthesize everything from synths to pianos, drums, etc. Great for electronic music, but you can get some rock sounds too. And $800 cheaper than an $800 piano 😁

I'm sure there are other great tools. When I had an actual guitar, I used guitarix as a virtual amp.

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Pierre-Louis Deschamps

I would like to play bass but I moved to the countryside without it. So I spend more time coding.
How can you play Half-Life? The screen makes me sick after 10 minutes playing!

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Arswaw

I use the Vive to do it. What's your rig?