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Why is this so hard?
I've been trying to get a performance setup going with a laptop on OS X leopard, some max/msp apps, sooperlooper and some midi/osc hand and foot controllers.
I'm trying to get sooperlooper to act as a master, slaving max/msp and the sequencer. Max triggers instruments in the sequencer as well.
Mainstage: Likes to lock up and complain about drivers not being up to date. It's fine when I turn the keyboards off during startup and then back on afterwards. But then I lose all my mappings. Not good in a live setting - I have other things to do besides map 5-10 controllers. No tempo timed effects due to the lack of a sequencer - but that's not a big a deal as the former issue.
So on to....
Logic: I use the environment to route my keyboard to some synths, route those into sooperlooper and all is well. max/msp is syncing to sooperlooper like a dandy. Let's sync Logic to sooperlooper's midi beat clock. Oh, whoops, Logic CANNOT DO THIS!
So on to...
Ableton(14 day trial)
Setup working nicely (except for some max/msp problems now resolved). Buuuut, routing midi from my pedal to SL is not working inside Ableton. No big whoop, I fire up midi router and get it going. Sooo, how to I switch patches in the middle of a song. It seems I cannot, without making my midi controller change midi channels on patch changes. It cannot.
Ableton day 2...
Looking foward to a little jam. SooperLooper is no longer responding to my footboard. Well...it responds to the first record, or overdub it receives, but nothing after that. I mess with it for 1.5 hours. It starts working. Then stops. I cannot get it to work again. I go to the forums. I cannot remember my old username. There is no way to retrieve it. I register a new account. An admin must approve it.
It's been a bit of a struggle, althought I managed to get the Logic setup working the best and make some pretty sounds.
|Hip Hop Tools and Techniques||
I've never been much of a hip hop producer. I've never had an MPC or used samples very often. I've done a bit of sample chopping, but it's typically been my own performances, chopped up and rearranged. I've tried to make hip-hop from scratch and hopefully those compositions did offend anyone with the label of 'hip hop'. I've always felt that something is missing in my track - maybe what is missing is 'the sample'. Not just a drum hit, but samples of dense, textured and rich sounds from the mid to late 1900's.
|Watching internet on the TV||
We've had a computer connected to our TV for the past two years. Our Samsung 32" LCD has a VGA input. We had cable for a year since it was coming free with our internet, but cox got stingy and decided to take that away. For the 5 years before that, I didn't have cable.
|New Mac NoteBooks||
I've been using a Mac G5 desktop and a G4 Aluminum PowerBook for the past 5 years. Each unit cost around $2500. Ouch. Each unit has broken down once. The G5 had a processor replaced. The PowerBook's logic board started acting up and then bit the dust.
The repair experience was excellent. I'd rather they not break, but stuff happens.
The G5 is still holding its own in Logic with two 2Ghz processors. The thing is still ferocious even as it gets a bit long in the tooth. The PowerBook can run Logic and MainStage enough to get through a live set, but anything else will kill it, so I'm considering a newer model.
I made a trip to the apple store today and loaded up a benchmark file that runs 100 tracks EXS24 with a ringmod, reverb and some other effects on it. You can unmute the tracks until logic chokes.
Here are the results:
|I'm a mac||
Around 2003 I bought my first mac, a G5 dual 2GHZ
One year later a processor burnt out on it.
Soon after I bought a g4 laptop.
Three years later the logic board burnt out on it.
My first IPhone died 4 months after buying it.
3 pairs of IPhone headphones all gradually lost sound in one earbud.
|Installing Komplete 7||
I'm instaling NI Komplete 7 right now. Almost done after 3 hours of swapping disks. It's 90GB off a stack of DVDs which each take about 15-25 minutes to copy to disk. What a chore to install! However, there are things you can do to enhance the next few hours you'll be spending exploring the presets - if you're lucky enough to have enough time when finished.
After the first disk is done, all the plugins are installed, so you can poke around a bit while the massive Kontact and 9GB Battery are installed. You can also start up ServiceCenter up and get your serial number input. I didn't try to register until the install was done, didn't want to mess anything up.
Manuals for all the products are installed the Applications/Native Instruments folders in OS X. The libraries are in Users/Shared. I excluded this folder from Time Machine backup for the duration of the install, so it will not make requests to the disk while the DVD is being read.