November 1, 2007

Leopard, spots, yeah, whee...

by Chris Randall

Got Leopard installed on both my Macs. A few minor problems, but they were largely related to networking, and were easily resolved. My initial thoughts: I'm so pleased I spent $129.00 to get some features that have been in Outlook and KDE for years.

I haven't done more than a cursory examination on the masses of audio software installed in my iMac, so I have nothing to add to the conversation there, but everything seems to be okay. I'll edit this post with a full report as I do my testing.


Well, I haven't done a complete and total torture test in all the hosts I have (which is Logic 7, Logic 8, Live 5, Live 6, Cubase SX3, Cubase 4, Plogue Bidule, Tracktion 2, Tracktion 3, DP 5, and all the stupid little ones like GarageBand and Metro and that kind of asshole shit), but in a pretty thorough examination in Live 6, everything seems to work. That picture shows our entire product line on a single channel in Live, with the "About This Mac" window open on top. And boy, it sounds great, too. I think I'll name this song "Motherfuckin' Swamp Thing, Bitch!" Or maybe I'll exit without saving. It's a toss-up.

But everything seems to be fine, at least on the Audio Damage front. Take that as you will.



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Nov.02.2007 @ 2:34 AM
Nice :) You had no problems with ableton after the upgrade then?

Nov.02.2007 @ 6:42 AM
heh, you really don't like macs, do you? :)

If you could let us know about Tracktion 2 that'd be great.


Nov.02.2007 @ 7:07 AM
you wont be able to update cubase 4 to 4.1 unless you did it *before* the OS upgrade...installer is broken in 10.5 (tho the app works ok)..Steinberg apparently coming up with a fix shortly (har har)


Nov.02.2007 @ 10:50 AM
Chris Randall
You guys need to keep in mind that I don't use any of these Mac DAWs for making music. Their sole reason for being on that machine is to test and trouble-shoot Audio Damage products. That being the case, if they have a problem, it's not my problem. OSX is far too fluid a platform for me to consider it for my professional work, and I won't be Switching any time soon.

I vastly prefer it for my e-mail/web surfing/i-chatting, though. I like how Mail, Safari, iChat, and iCal are all integrated, and getting more so, which is why I have both an iMac and a MacBook. The only reason IE would ever be open on my PC is if I was looking at an HTML manual or something. I never, ever download anything to it; everything goes through the Mac first. I don't even have a virus scanner on my PC. Don't need to. ;-)



Nov.02.2007 @ 3:11 PM
What does that mean - far too fluid?

Nov.02.2007 @ 3:28 PM
too many updates/changes to the OS and core audio I think.

Nov.02.2007 @ 4:48 PM
Chris Randall
They can't manage to go 12 months without making some sort of drastic change that affects 50 to 100% of the audio developers out there. I think I'll take a pass on investing a not-inconsiderable amount of money in a working platform that schizophrenic. I left Mac OS for Windows for music purposes circa 1996, and have never looked back. And all those programs I bought in 1996 still work fine. Master Tracks Pro 5.1 ftw!

That said, I like iChat. ;-)



Nov.02.2007 @ 7:23 PM
I got you. I've been using Macs all my life (SE baby!) but - sacrilege - I've been getting pretty fed up with Apple recently myself. The thing, as a former technical support engineer, I LOATHE Win perhaps as much as you loath MacOS. So I'm just sticking with what I know.

Ironically, I barely use the iPrograms.


Nov.02.2007 @ 8:36 PM
Chris Randall
I don't think I made myself clear. I don't loathe OS X at all. In fact I quite like it. I just don't trust my professional career to a bunch of pot-smoking hippies with OCD.



Nov.03.2007 @ 7:15 AM
"I just don't trust my professional career to a bunch of pot-smoking hippies with OCD."

Ironically, by selling products such as Dr. Device, that demographic is probably a major stream of revenue for you.


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