"...my nephew quit Safari. ^%^%#*^@#"
Use Firefox and SessionSaver extension. Creative PC users do so.
"... I went to a drummer's studio in NYC and installed the new M-Powered Pro Tools on a Laptop PC running Windows XP. We had to..."
So, your point is that PC sucks, because Avid coders can't write software drivers for Windows? OK, I can't give b*jobs either, because I'm a straight guy. Is that a serious argument? Office for Mac sucks too. Why is that? Because M$ can't code properly for Mac. Period. End of discussion.
The Ultimate Portable Studio
Subject: Not a hugely impressive article.
Date: 2005-07-04 14:57:22
Response to: Not a hugely impressive article.
I wrote you a long response and then my nephew quit Safari. ^%^%#*^@# Sorry for the delay in responding...
Ok let me start over again... First of all, I apologize if I ruffled any feathers calling you disgruntled. Obviously, you know your stuff and I respect everything you had to say. That doesn't mean that I agree with it.
I too started doing music on a PC in 84 using an old program called Texture. Then I moved to Sequencer Plus until I discovered the Mac Plus and Performer in 89. I switched to Opcode's Studio Vision in 91 and then Pro Tools in 95 after they implemented MIDI.
I have to speak from my own experience and say that installation on a PC is still quite a few more steps than a Mac, even in 2005. Just the simple fact that the Mac has a functional desktop (not just for shortcuts) rather than having to go to My Computer to see a hard drive, open a simple window or open a CD that was just inserted is a bit stupid in my opinion.
As I said previously, last week I went to a drummer's studio in NYC and installed the new M-Powered Pro Tools on a Laptop PC running Windows XP. We had to install two sets of drivers, disable hyperthreading and then install Pro Tools. When we booted Pro Tools, it would not recognize the hardware. We called M-Audio and had to remove and re-install the drivers twice before Pro Tools would see the hardware. The drummer would never have been able to do this installation on his own. (And you mention OMS, most people 5 years ago couldn't configure that either.) I have spent a great portion of the last ten years doing support, installation and training around the country and I can tell you that when I convert a PC user to a Mac user, they are relieved and thrilled and always say, "this is so easy, why can't PC's be this easy?" Maybe it's become 2nd nature for you, but for most professional musicians, who have spent their careers playing an instrument or working with tape machines, computers are overwhelming. The mac is less overwhelming. If you do use both, you would have to agree that there is truth to that statement.
Your 2nd paragraph talking about MIDI controllers - I agree with you that having a volume knob is convenient - but the audience to whom I was writing this artcle for, is most likely a bit intimidated by MIDI as well. Maybe not, but the Keystation 49e does have a Volume slider, just not the vast amount of sliders that the Oxygen or Radium has. I still think for "most" musicians (new to recording), the sliders are not that neccessary and not really used.
"Lets talk sofware."
"Cubase: Hate it.
Nuendo: Love it."
See? You *obviously* have *no idea* about what you're talking. We're talking about two *identical* applications, although Nuendo has more "post" features. But we're talking about music making. They are the SAME applications. Identical. Oh, wait, they come with a different default colour scheme!
"Pro Tools is the standard in professional music"
I'm already bored hearing that same old argument. Hey, a century passed :)
If you want to talk using examples, I will do it. Let's take Hans Zimmer. A Cubase/GigaStudio user, with tons of rigs and tons of awards. How's that for creativity and professionalism?
"...the Mac was made for creativity and it is. It ships with software to do music, photos, video, etc and the Apple software is simple, brilliantly designed and easy to use. It all works together."
You pay DOUBLE. If you pay the same amount for a PC with Software , you'll get *at least* the same, with more power to boot. I don't want to pay for pretty icons and transitions effects. I won't pay for iPhoto, I'll use Gimp (excellent). I will use OpenOffice. I will use Lilypond (the best notation output, period).
Creative guys/girls should have figured it out by now.