Archives: January 2007
The main thing I learned is that there's something to be said for spending a bit of money. While it's fun to get all this jank for free and all, quite frankly, there isn't enough time in the day. I probably spent two hours trying to figure out how to make it so the mouse pointer didn't go across the entire screen when I moved my finger, say, a centimeter. (For what it's worth, I wasn't actually able to figure this out. I just gave up.) Then another hour spent trying to figure out where the example patches for PD are stored. I was finally able to get sound to come out of the computer, but by that time, I simply didn't care any more.
No offense to the FLOSS banner-wavers, but Jesus Christ, by the end of the process, I was willing to press "accept" on any damned EULA you put in front of me just to have a help file that said something besides "todo: write help file." Now, all that said, this is a fairly comprehensive package, and it's non-invasive. You just download the ISO, drag one of the folders to your hard drive, boot from the CD, and you're golden. No partitioning nightmares or configuration hell. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's true. After 15 years, Linux is almost to the point where you can, like, do something. But not really.
METALIEN iAXE629-MA USB GUITAR plugs straight into your PC or Mac computer without the need for any other hardware. The package includes "Guitar Combos BEHRINGER Edition" modeling software from Native Instruments, which turns your computer into a guitar amp.
Now, I can certainly understand the need to make a dollar or two. That makes perfect sense to me. Especially if you're broke. But there's this little thing called "pride," and quite frankly, I'm wondering how bad Native Instruments needs to make money at this point. I mean, really, now. Come on, guys.
Urs Heckman (U-He) just released a public beta of the 2.0 remake of his original flagship product, More Feedback Machine. I haven't played with it yet, as I'm swamped right now. However, if UI quality is indicative of sound quality, this is the best delay ever. I'm a huge fan of Urs' UI work (far beyond my design skills) and this one is certainly up to his normal standards. Free to try the beta out, $79.00 to pre-order the real deal.