January 5, 2013
Many of us (who aren’t programmers for a living) do not see the background work that goes into creating a single working music making program. I am not a programmer myself, but given the complexity of simply using an application – I’m betting that it is not easy to create one. When an app is finally released on the shelves (or on the internet) – it isn’t a final product that needs no more work. Users will undoubtedly discover problems with the software, or find something that simply does not seem to flow. Consequently, developers and program coders are hard at work, even after the app has been released on shelves.
For consumers and musicians this is a welcomed idea, as it means that the software they worked so hard at learning will still be around when revisions are made again. Any good software worth its weight will have a …
December 12, 2012
inMusic, the parent company that owns Numark, Alesis, and Akai, has been pretty busy this year. All three of their leading companies have been releasing much of the gear featured at Winter NAMM 2012 and teased through YouTube videos and company press releases. Gear like the Numark 4TRAK, the Alesis QX line of MIDI keyboard controllers, and the very popular Akai Synthstation 49 and MPC Renaissance. In addition to releasing tons of new gear this year they also acquired formerly AVID owned M-Audio to round out their line of professional audio equipment. We will likely see more from inMusic this year at Winter NAMM 2013 in January and we will have plenty to report from the show room floor.
We first saw the Akai MAX 49 almost a year ago at Winter NAMM 2012 and our first impression was that the MAX 49 was a collection of improvements …
December 10, 2012
Learning how to use your software or hardware to create digital music can be confusing. When you look at programs like Ableton or Traktor, you should realize that what you are looking at is a tool, not a machine. Think of it like this – there are more than twenty different types of wrenches you can use to turn a bolt or screw in a nut. Some of those wrenches won’t work because something around the bolt is obstructing its path, and some of those wrenches will work for more than one situation – but one of them is almost always preferred over another.
Basically, there’s a right tool for the job – and knowing how the tools works will help you find the right one.
This analogy goes for those who are just learning how to use a DAW. These workstations contain many tools, some which are better suited …
December 7, 2012
Science fiction writers have contributed a great deal to science and technology, using only their imaginations. The idea of robotics and artificial intelligence has been predicted and discussed many time and time again, and the same questions begin to pop up. Other than the obvious fear of human beings creating other life that is more intelligent than them, there is the question of whether or not robots could actually have personality. Movies like “I, Robot”, which was actually based on a written book, have explored this concept – leaving us with more question than answers. Regardless of predictions made by famous authors and movies created in their likeness, robots will likely become part of our future.
Robotics has not been limited to film. The same types of concepts appear in music as well. A producer could spend hours in Ableton creating tracks using digital sounds, but be disappointed in the …
December 3, 2012
If you’re into manufacturing or engineering, then you may already understand the various engineering processes that allow materials to be transformed into the objects and machines that surround us today. Many of these processes start with some sort of machine that takes a basic design and whittles it down into something more complex. Examples of this would be investment casting or forging, where basic materials are changed into a different form using a variety of techniques and procedures. New advances in machining and engineering are allowing us to create objects using an additive process, instead of taking away parts from a basic piece. It allows complex parts to be created without the need for giant mold or extraction machines.
Music engineers tend to take the opposite approach when it comes to designing songs and soundtracks. Most of us will load out our favorite DAW like Ableton, and build a …