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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.
After the Battery install is done, you can fire that up in demo mode and bang on the keyboard. You can probably start up other stuff, but I took a look through the manuals before starting Battery. You need to select your midi controller if you're using Battery in stand-alone mode. You can then pick presets inside the plugin towards the top.
After the install is done, submit your ServiceCenter serial number (located on the back of the install case). Then download and install the updates, which, for me totalled another 1GB or so.
After all this, I have 13 new plugins for Logic to scan for a few minutes and then, finally, use.
|Songwriting and Performance Tips||
These tips masquerade as being written for 'Poetry Slam' performers.
|Apple headphones = crap + ouch!||
I dropped my iPhone on the cement the other day when coming home from work late at night - I must have been delirious. The music started skipping shortly thereafter. I decided to give it a reboot to see if it would fix it. The phone decided to not come back on. I immediately booked an appointment at the Apple store. I went in later that day. They pushed the power button and my old phone came on. They were puzzled - "What's wrong with it?". I walked away, relieved.
|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.
|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.
|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.