scheduleMay 6, 2021

I just came across this little guy! I think I may have purchased this around ~2004 for university? It definitely pre-dates me having a proper DAW or recording gear.

Side A of the cassette is one long recording of the TV? A lot of old commercials and crappy daytime television, I’ve been able to get a lot of nice sound and voice slices from it.

Side B contains a lot of quick audio notes such as a guitar melody, chord progression, playing synth or a loop from my old Korg ElecTribe Rhythm. As you can imagine there are a lot of nice sample/loop points.

This will be fun to layer upon and build out some nice pieces.

Waves Plug-ins, Logic Pro and Apple's M1 processors

scheduleApril 29, 2021

According to Waves support site:

Waves software is not yet officially supported on Apple Computers with the new Apple Silicon M1 processors. We are working on providing official support. We expect developments in the near future and will update this page with new developments as they are available. In the meantime, here are our findings:

❌ Logic Pro, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut Pro Although Apple has announced that its proprietary DAWs are officially supported natively on M1 processors (without Rosetta 2), we have found that Waves plugins do not load or work properly in these DAWs on M1 processors.

This doesn’t mean we need to return our M1 back for an Intel Mac…

My setup is as follows:

We can right-click Logic Pro.app -> Get Info (or select and ⌘ + i) and select the “Open using Rosetta” checkbox.

This will run Logic Pro under the Intel emulation (this should only be needed if you run plug-ins that aren’t yet M1 native).

I’ve now setup an empty project with a single software instrument track using Alchemy and have successfully applied the CLA-2A compressor to the track!

This is my first test, but I imagine that any non-M1 plug-ins will work when using Logic Pro under Rosetta 2.

scheduleApril 28, 2021

…I just noticed “Logic Pro X” dropped the “X”

scheduleApril 28, 2021

The new Quick Sampler in Logic Pro XΜΆ is so easy and useful..

TIL:

You can quickly add a Drum Machine Designer track to your project based on a sliced sample.

  1. Add a sample to Quick Sampler, then click Slice.
  2. Make adjustments to the slices in the Sampler waveform display.
  3. Click the Action pop-up menu (or Control-click the Sampler waveform display), then choose Create a Drum Machine Designer Track.

Logic Pro automatically creates a new software instrument track with Drum Machine Designer inserted. Each sample slice is mapped to a pad in the Drum Machine Designer. Each pad corresponds to a particular MIDI note.

First Inspirations

scheduleApril 28, 2021

I’ve been enjoying the creative prompts over at Valhalla DSP’s blog and thought I’d piggyback a little.

Music has always been a part of my life, I remember not being allowed to watch MTV but I’d wake up early on Saturday mornings to sneak some time in (this was when MTV was actually playing music videos).

I was lucky to have teenage cousins that would tape either from the radio or from their own collection and give me mix tapes. Because of this I was obsessed early on with Smashing Pumpkins, Deftones, Weezer, Nirvana, Presidents of the United States of America, The Cranberries etc…

Though I grew up in a fundamentalist evangelical household, it wasn’t often I was denied “secular” music (though my parents were stoked if I found something at a christian bookstore) and if I was denied, I’d request Marylin Manson or whatever on the next mixtape and later on just grab everything via Napster (I know, I know…).

I was and am still guitar obsessed, synthesizers came towards the end of my teenage years when I discovered Radiohead’s “Kid A.” I had never heard a record like that but I lived with my Sony Discman and just listened over and over trying to figure out how they were making all those sounds. But ultimately I wanted to be like Billy Corgan (minus being an asshole).

This was the first Smashing Pumpkins album (though it’s a collection meant to be a sort of mixtape of itself) I borrowed from a friends brother. I didn’t even own a CD player yet and had to listen via the CD drive on our old Gateway 2000 PC running Windows 95. I listened to “Hello Kitty Kat” over and over and over…

I owned this album on cassette but vividly remember the music video, one thing I did love about 90’s music was the distinct vocal stylings amongst all the artists.

Though I never cared to venture beyond “Dookie,” I can’t leave this out, it’s what led me to start playing drums in the 6th grade and later guitar. I probably wore the tape out. I convinced my mom to buy this for me and later she freaked out as she saw “fuck” appear in the lyrics for the track “Longview.” If I remember correctly, I “promised” I would just “skip” that song when listening.

Aside from Smashing Pumpkins, the other band I would obsess over throughout my teens was Deftones. I bought “Adrenaline” and later all the albums, “maxi singles,” import versions, you name it.

scheduleApril 17, 2021

Welcome Eldon Max Diver! Born the 13th of April weighing in at ~3 kg πŸ˜€

scheduleApril 8, 2021

Finished reading: Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software by Rosenberg, Scott πŸ“š

Software is a heap of trouble. And yet we can’t, and won’t, simply power down our computers and walk away. The software that frustrates and hogties us also captivates us with new capabilities and enthralls us with promises of faster, better ways to work and live. There’s no going back. We need the stuff more than we hate it.

scheduleApril 5, 2021

Starting to dig into Apple’s CoreMIDI documentation and I finally understand the complaints about terrible documentation and broken API’s in the Apple dev world.

scheduleApril 4, 2021

New ambient piece “Currents and Tides” posted via my Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, etc…