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Around 2003 I bought my first mac, a G5 dual 2GHZ
One year later a processor burnt out on it.
Two years after that it likes to shut down randomly and spin the fans up like mad.
Soon after I bought a g4 laptop.
Three years later the logic board burnt out on it.
One year after that was fixed, the battery no longer charges and disconnecting it from the battery shuts it down.
My first IPhone died 4 months after buying it.
3 pairs of IPhone headphones all gradually lost sound in one earbud.
My 1 year old macbook pro now has problems with the AirPort connection. All signs are pointing to it being a hardware problem. I haven't found a single forum post with a resolution that is permanent. The apple care expired a month ago and I forgot to extend it.
My point? I have bad luck and Apple hardware may look nice, but it is worse than some other manufacturers. Yet it can cost a few 10 percentages more.
Is it worth it? I like not installing OS X every year or two to keep it running, although my bad windows experience was with win 2000. I like not getting viruses. I like the audio/video performance. I like Logic, which is why I switched in the first place.
But to be honest, the Apple hardware experience is getting me down. Nothing but failure after failure. And to make a repair will cost $300, due to the closed nature of the hardware. If I were on Windows I could at least pop a new CPU in myself for less than the cost of $350 Apple Care or the $300 flat bench fee.
Apple hardware is just like everything else I guess.
It just works, until it doesn't.
|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.
|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.
|Logic 8 Performance Environment Tutorial||
I get into Logic's most lauded feature in this tutorial. Many people say that Logic's MIDI handling power is unparalleled. It's all contained in a page called the environment, where you can route incoming midi into modules that modify the signals.
|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.
|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: