Tag Archives: Mac Pro

Everytime I Write Something Orchestral

28 Oct

It ends up sounding like Lord Of The Rings. I guess you have to start somewhere.

Seriously though, I am glad to finally have the CoMpUtAtIoNaL PoWeR to score something like this without the computer so much as breaking a sweat!

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100 Posts, 44 Days of Silence

14 Oct

This is technically my 101st post, meaning that my last post was the 100th. That was 44 days ago.

No matter. The past 44 days have been full of gigging developments and happenings, so there is loads to talk about.

SEPT – OCT SUMMARY:

-Gigged with a new corporate band in SD. Great band, great $$, great location.
-More Skeetox madness in Orange County
-Played with ICE CUBE
-Played my last Throwback Thursday game
-Wrote a proposal for the PADRES for a program called ‘Baseball Through Music’
-Did two gigs with Jane Lui for her CD RELEASE including one last night in San Francisco.
-Played a wedding for my friend Mike Giardina’s sister
-Got some cool new students
-Got a new computer
-Made more beer can chicken
-Had dinner with some old friends that I hadn’t seen in a very long time
-Played a nice Bar Mitzvah gig in PV in some insanely oppresive heat.
-Watched the Padres choke away the season (rather a market correction than choking)

Right now I’m in the middle of a waiting game, awaiting word on a number of ‘potential irons’ I have in the fire. Stay chuned.

Case In Point

23 Nov

I wrote this cue this afternoon. It’s in a style called ‘Dramedy’, and this isn’t the final mix. With a good amount of luck, I might be able to get some of this in a big show. Can’t say more at the moment. Anyway this cue is probably 80% finished. The percussion needs groovifying, some stuff needs gentle quantization, and there’s just more work to be done. But you get the idea.

For this song I had to launch a couple instances of Kontakt for the violins and cellos, and as the project stands, it’s pretty much maxing out my processing power.

CPU's peaking!

If I wanted to and anything else to this project, I really wouldn’t be able to without freezing some tracks or bouncing some down, which is possible but then makes editing the frozen tracks a big pain.

Captain, we need more power!

Computers

23 Nov

Computers are expensive.

Can't live without it

But in order to run lots of tracks and plug ins, you need one with serious processing and RAM capabilities. If you’re running Logic, that has to be the mac pro (above). It’s the only way to go. It costs $3,000 though. Three grr!

All the music I’ve made up to this point has been on my Macbook, which was lovingly given to me as a starter computer for pursing music on the computer, and this little workhorse has earned its keep.

Macbook

This computer is about 2 and 1/2 years old, which may seem young. But this isn’t an apples to apples comparison. Even a brand new macbook isn’t equipped to handle heavy audio production. Dual Core processing with 2GB of RAM just isn’t enough if you want to go deeper. I have scraped by with workarounds and eschewing heavily sample laden stuff until now, but if I want to start doing a little bit of scoring, then I’m going to have to take the plunge. It should be a glorious, liberating plunge. But I don’t want to go in the hole for $4,000, so I have to find the money somehow. And I’m moving into uncertain circumstances in San Diego in the near future. $4,000, I thought you said $3,000? Well I need a better sample library as well, and probably a UAD card also.

People that I talk to doing what I do scratch their heads in amazement over the fact that I’m doing all of my work on an old Macbook. It’s been great. but I may have to pull the trigger very soon on something mightier. Especially if a promising lead with an old friend with great industry connections pans out…