It’s almost like a new brain, and I get to fascinate/annoy my fellow musicians at the same time with all the new noise. Everybody wins!
Yes, I just turned in the first draft of my new book (along with author and all-around electronic music guru Mike Levine) iPhone and iPad For Musicians For Dummies to the good folks at Wiley Publishing.
Sure, other apps like Stitcher Radio provide the functionality that Apple’s Podcast app does (pulling together different progranms into a single feed), but I bit on the Podcast app because I already had my podcast subscriptions set up inside iTunes. The subscriptions themselves synced fine, but I decided to unsubscribe in iTunes and just stream the episodes. Two drawbacks: Had… Read more →
The stuttering audio problems returned late last night, even despite the UC-33 being off and unplugged. Heck, they continued even after I removed ALL of the MIDI gear. So that’s a problem. – until I noticed some nasty red flags on my user folders when I tried to save a track within Reason. Out of curiosity, I rebooted from the… Read more →
Another fun part of upgrading is seeing what devices still work with your new system. So far, my GI-20’s USB capabilities are gone (it’s officially not supported in Lion), and my UC-33 is stalling audio on my machine right now for some reason (tonight’s troubleshooting includes testing USB cords, USB hubs, and working with the Mac’s audio and MIDI settings… Read more →
If anything, just let this be a warning to never try and install Windows 8 on a dual-drive Mac Mini system. It doesn’t work. Trust me – I have many days of effort to attest to it. I encountered several warnings that it was difficult, but I tried every possible configuration short of voiding the warranty and disconnecting one of… Read more →
Most studios know enough to test their systems and read up on issues before upgrading the OS on their recording computers, but it’s important to remember that applies to all devices in this post-PC world – even your phone. Such as the tuning app that suddenly displayed everything a half-step sharp last night after the iPhone iOS 5.1 upgrade. And… Read more →
So now that the major players are represented with Apple’s announcement today, it’s clear that cloud music has yet to intersect with streaming music. All three (Amazon, Google, and Apple) require some form of ownership, either via music services or download, before you can listen to the music. True streaming services like Mog, Spotify, or Rdio don’t require file ownership… Read more →
The new IMN podcast is up – download it here or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm. The PocketGK amp simulator for the iPhone/iPad does a few things the Amplitube simulator I purchased earlier does as well, then has some much better and somewhat lacking features. First, both programs take input from the… Read more →
Folks used to working with the Mac version of Garageband will probably notice a little loss in functionality – only 8 tracks, and the audio recording process isn’t entirely intuitive. Monitoring of the audio signal being recorded isn’t on by default, and you have to record in the instrument section and not the track view. Editing in the track view… Read more →