After getting through the semester – except for the final – I finally upgraded to Snow Leopard. I just wanted to make sure I was in the clear and didn’t need this machine for anything major just in case there were problems.
My friend Steve received an extra copy of MacLife and said he would be sending it to me instead. The last MacWorld or MacLife that I saw in the book store had a cover story about the top 10 Mac problems. Interesting.
Last Friday I finally broke down and ordered a mouse for the MacBook.
“Despite all the hype, Apple computers still make up less than 10% of total computers in the market.”
– Cakewalk (makers of Sonar Digital Audio Workstation).
My musical experiments with the Macbook have been limited for two reasons. The first problem is my crazy schedule, which doesn’t show signs of letting up until after the Spring semester is over and I graduate. Even when I’ve had time, the physical layout of my studio has not made it convenient to work with my controller keyboard (Korg Triton). With a little rearranging, I was able to juggle things to make this work in a more ergonomic fashion.
Now that I’ve been using the Mac for a while, I began to think about backups. It comes with a feature called Time Machine, and there’s even a wireless drive that is designed to be used with this feature. At $200 for 1 TB, the drives are a bit pricey, and I missed the recent sale where you could get a 2 TB Time Machine drive for the 1 TB price.
My adventures with the Mac have been so varied since my last entry that it has been hard to keep up. Getting my own laptop at this time was definitely a good decision. My schedule has become so crazy that I need to have a machine with me to keep projects rolling, particularly in those short periods in between tasks, and during times when I am just waiting for someone.
For example, right now I am at the Subaru dealership getting new break pads/rotors. This was an unexpected stop, taking way too much time out of my already jam-packed day, but luckily I had the Mac with me and was able to get a few things done.
Lots of recording since I last posted. Tried GarageBand for one experiment, though the many pre-composed elements that come with GarageBand are a real turnoff for me. I still have a tentative relationship with loops to begin with, especially when they are not simply percussion or drums. Anything melodic is a cop-out from my standpoint, though occasionally they will spawn something interesting.
For all of the minor technical problems that I’ve had (which I think are universal for any computer), I need to step back and comment on some of the many positives of writing/recording with the MacBook Pro. These observations fall into two categories: Software (in this case Garageband) and Hardware (the combined touch/click pad with multi-finger interface).
Native Instruments’ free VST synth platform Kore is a nice tool. It comes with many great patches, and works well on PC, but the Mac version appeared to have lots of trouble recognizing a MIDI input from a Triton… or so I thought. Read about my wild goose chase…