When my mom's PC crashes, I will not let her get another tower. She's gettin one of the mini Macs. I'm not fixing her computer anymore.
I don't really see the point with the iPod shuffle, though... if I wanna hear a particular song, I wanna hear that song... you know? I guess there are some people who don't care what order their music is in, though...
i'm thinking it is iCrack: give you a bit for $99, and you'll come back for the REAL stuff.
I think you're onto something.
I agree. It smacks of, "Hmm...if we make it this tiny and cute and affordable, how are we going to fit in the functionality that lets people choose what song they want to hear? ...ah, screw it, let's just get rid of that functionality and act like that was the plan all along!"
But the Mac mini!
I think that might be their mindset.... that and the idea that if someone gets this and likes the interface it uses, then maybe they'll get more things Apple. But I still wonder how it got past the drawing board, it's just kinda.... weird.
My mom's seriously talking about getting a Mac mini. The heavens will sing.
Freak question, but do you know if GarageBand 1 can record two tracks at one time? Or is this a new thing with GB2?
I have no idea. I've never used GarageBand. You might want to grab a copy of Pro Tools Free
, but unfortunately it only works under OS 9.
I have OS9 on here (don't I? I haven't dug that deep yet)... would OS9 recognize an interface hooked up to my laptop? That's the only issue I can think of... other than I haven't really used OS9...
Go Apple menu > System Preferences > Startup Disk
and you'll see a folder that says Mac OS 9.2.2. Select it and hit Restart.
To boot back into OS X, when you're in 9, go Apple menu > Control Panels > Startup Disk and do the same thing.
Pro Tools Free should recognize whatever audio interface you're using. It actually has most of the capabilities of Pro Tools LE. Limitations: You have only 8 tracks, and you can't do stereo tracks. (But you can fake a stereo track by taking 2 mono tracks, putting them in the same Mix And Edit group by themselves, and panning them hard right and hard left.)
The other big limitation is the fact that you're in 9 instead of X. d'oh! Strangely enough, the head engineer at the studio where I work INSISTS that Pro Tools runs smoother in 9, which is particularly evident when using the Scrub tool.
It makes sense, I guess, if you think about how sound is a higher priority in OS 9 than it is in X. But having to use 9 still sucks my will to live. Digidesign REALLY needs to come out with PT Free for X already. I mean, the whole point of PT Free is to get people hooked on Pro Tools so they buy the real deal. They could strip away more of the functionality, and they'd still get more people to convert to Pro Tools just because it's easier to do everything in X.
ALSO! In OS 9 and OS X, whether you're using Pro Tools Free or a Pro Tools MIX|24 system, you always have to "bounce" (save) your tracks in real time. If your project is a 3-minute song, it'll take 3 minutes to bounce. If your project is a 2-hour feature film, it'll take 2 hours to bounce.
But in OS X, you can do other stuff on your computer WHILE Pro Tools is bouncing tracks. You can't do that in 9. You just have to wait for it to finish bouncing.
I need to go to sleep.
this is a new thing.
(i LOVE garageband. potools is annoying when mac-ing.)
why do you need to record two tracks at once?
(mind you, i am way into the "using what you have for what you are doing" aspect of anything artistic, so if i wanted "stereo,"i would just duplicate the track)
i mean, i'm a pixelvision and holga fan, too, so yeah. very into the "use what you got" thing.
It's nothing super-crucial, I suppose, but it would just be really nice to be able to record instrumental and vocals at the same time... guitar or piano and vocals. I'm used to doing it that way, but I know I need to learn how to sync separate tracks up at some point... I guess...
are you sure there's not a way to record two different tracks at the same time? like, two tracks for two mics, one track each. Someone on my friends list said it's possible to do two but no more than two, but I don't know how. I'm not real GB savvy...
Hmm, I never tried.
The way i'm set up (i.e. not very), I'd always be bleeding over from one mic to the other anyway, so it would be silly to separate them.
And yeah, you can record instrument and vocals at the same time. Just don't screw up. :-P
How are you set up, just out of curiosity? I'm going to have a mixer going into my interface, if that makes any difference in how this might work.
I never thought about the screwing up part. In that case... how hard is it to sync up two different tracks? Or would that be dependent on the kind of latency I got through my interface? I think I'm talking in circles... My only experience with separate tracks was on a PC with Audacity and that didn't work at all.
I'm pretty sure you're advanced well past my knowledge/desire as far as recording.
After all, I use the little mic built into my iMac monitor. :-)
Sync-ing tracks shouldn't be hard--you can record the keyboard art, and play it in headphones and then as you sing along. And the loops are built to measures.
Anything beyond that is beyond me. :-)
I had the exact same reaction. That mac mini is a disgustingly good idea -- if they'd released that six months ago, I'd probably have snagged one of those instead of the eMac...
also: hello! i stumbled on this way back after that one joe's party. thought i'd check in on ya.
Hey! You should have said hi. I would have invited you to that New Year's party, but I couldn't find your email address.
ha! i feared that finding your journal during a drunk google session might have creeped you out. :-P and i hadn't read for a while before yesterday, so....
and for the record, you never responded to that OTHER online hello i sent you. :-P
'Cause they're so darn tiny. And tiny is just... cool.
Speaking as a Mac junkie, the iPod shuffle is useless to me -- not enough songs to put in. But the Mac mini is interesting.