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Upgrading your music Mac to OS X Lion
I did a silly thing the other day. I upgraded to Lion - the first release of an operating system update. I'm a user of Logic, Native Instruments, Aalto and a few other plugins. My brain said no, but my nerdy right hand said "yes, buy, OK, confirm, yes". Don't do it without a backup. You've been warned. Audio plugins and programs are notorious for breaking on x.0 revisions.
I did a bit of research on my most used plugins. These days I'm using the NI Komplete package for almost everything: complete it is. Logic and recorded audio round out the sound. I have an album 'In the works', but also a month old daughter, so I decided I didn't have any pressing projects to get done, so the upgrade would be a fun little after hours project. So I didn't have any pressing audio work to get done - nor should you if you'd like to upgrade to OS X Lion.
During my research I found that I had never been running Logic in 64-bit mode. There is a checkbox when you 'get info' on your Logic Pro applicaiton which determines if you run the 32-bit application. Since I've always been in 32-bit mode I decided I would upgrade, Native Instruments plugins being busted in 64-bit mode until September.
Aalto works fine. I also have a plugin from sound-toys which I rarely use - but it is reportedly broken. I'd love to get the decapitator and echo-boy plugs from them - maybe when I'm farther along on the album.
Now Logic - it's virtually unchanged. Just one little full screen button which is virtually useless, since it breaks the screen set functionality which Logic is renown for.
The one bug I've found is that the scrollbars don't work so well when scrolling down - like there is some kind of log curve which makes getting to the bottom a bit of struggle. Bug submitted to Apple.
If I could go back without much hassle, I probably would - for the time being, there aren't many must-have features. The operating system scroll bars piss me off - they are pretty small. It's like they are trying to get you off the mouse/trackball and onto the trackpad/touch/gesture bullshit they think is the future. Drop the price of the 'magic' touchpad and I wouldn't be so mad - $79 for a trackpad, lord-a-mercy. Some folks have really complained about how windows zoom up from a tiny dot - in the case of Logic, I actually like this. It gives me a chance to see that a window is behind another one before the foreground window takes over the whole screen. I don't claim to be master of screensets, and sometimes I end up with a mess of windows - now I can see what is behind my arrange window.
There are some interesting concepts in Lion - but that's all they are for now, concepts. Unused programs will shut down when the computer needs more resources. You'll have revisions of documents to revert to and won't need to save anymore. However, many applications don't have these features yet - they aren't automatically added unless they follow recent Apple coding guidelines. Apparently Logic does not. And what does a revision mean to Logic? Will the audio files for your project be saved at every change? Will a destructive edit no longer be destroy without using Time Machine? Will Logic be shut down while you pop over to read some email? How long will it take to fire back up? Why is there a scrollbar bug in Logic - did they even test it?
Hopefully they will pull some engineers off of GarageBand X to release Logic X in the near future - or at least take care of some Lion bugs. Anyone else find other bugs?
|Creating and cleaning your own samples in Logic||
So you're creating a sampled and layered instrument. Maybe it's a drumkit or a set of bells.
In my case I sat at my drumkit and recorded all microphones. I hit the snare from very soft to very loud. I then did the same for every other drum.
|Control Logic using your iOS device - officially.||
Control Logic with your iOS device by buying TouchOSC, the extremely useful application for your iDevices. That's a new feature in the latest Logic update. The somewhat limited line item in the release notes doesn't explain much so I did a little bit of hunting about.
The creators of TouchOSC have a press blurb outlining the usage scenario:
"All one needs to do is to start up Logic Pro or Express, make sure the iDevice is connected to the same WiFi network as the music production computer, go to TouchOSC’s network configuration page and select the name of the machine running Logic. Voila! Everything should be set up and ready to go in perfect harmony. As usual firewalls might prevent this miracle from happening, so if you run into any trouble, try disabling your network security software temporarily and try again."
|De-essing your vocals||
Something I rarely do is de-ess vocals. It's always been something that didn't really bother me in the past. The other day I wrote a new song that included the lyrics: Floating through space, haven't seen a face in so long. You spin you go round the sun.
I played it on the home stereo and it was very apparent. The S sounds were nasty sounding. They didn't pop out on my studio speakers or headphones, but they really distracted on the consumer equipment for some reason.