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Re: PC or Mac? whats better for music?

They're on a network because the machines are shared with non-technologist students who need access to that particular network for a variety of reasons. Oh. Hard luck. At least you can TELL the students Rule 1 for a DAW is "Keep it stand-alone, don't try to combine it with general functions&qu...
by Exalted WombatSun Mar 28, 2010 6:27 pm
Forum: Windows Music Topic: PC or Mac? whats better for music? Replies: 145 Views: 34655

Re: PC or Mac? whats better for music?

[quote="cfb4] Beacause, at the time, our IS Services were planning a migration to Vista and cessation of XP support. To stay on the college network with PCs, we would have had to upgrade to Vista. As it turned out, they are still mostly on XP - but that was not the plan at the time. Please see ...
by Exalted WombatSun Mar 28, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Windows Music Topic: PC or Mac? whats better for music? Replies: 145 Views: 34655

Re: PC or Mac? whats better for music?

even the most diehard PC user in our institution was wholly sympathetic to our discomfort at the prospect of having to 'upgrade' to Vista. Why did you HAVE to upgrade to Vista? I can't think of a single music application that required this? Though I hear horror stories of institutional I.T. departm...
by Exalted WombatSun Mar 28, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Windows Music Topic: PC or Mac? whats better for music? Replies: 145 Views: 34655

Re: PC or Mac? whats better for music?

My main tools are Cubase and Sibelius, on PC. I don't follow the Mac support forum for Cubase. But Sibelius lumps the two platforms together. PC and Mac have both had recent os changes. The Mac seems to be causing more problems. Mac people get religious about it. I've used both. I can't understand w...
by Exalted WombatSun Mar 28, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: Windows Music Topic: PC or Mac? whats better for music? Replies: 145 Views: 34655

Re: Help my sax mic gives me terrible feedback.

I'm slightly dubious about these clip-on mics for sax. If recording, the last place you would position a mic would be pointing straight down the bell, unless you were after a really honky sound with the lower few notes disproportionally loud. Also, wireless mics often have a degree of compression in...
by Exalted WombatFri Mar 26, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Help my sax mic gives me terrible feedback. Replies: 10 Views: 4981

Re: Focusrite Saffire 24DSP vs Steinberg MR816x?

Correct me if I'm wrong. But I don't think Steinberg have ever got very directly involved in hardware - they outsource the job and just put a badge on the result. Once it's working well enough, they sign off on the project and lose interest in further development and support.
by Exalted WombatFri Mar 26, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Focusrite Saffire 24DSP vs Steinberg MR816x? Replies: 34 Views: 9423

Re: backing track mixing and vocal

Make a rough mix of the backing track that you THINK will both support the vocal and leave enough space for it. Then have a first try at recording the singer. Were you right? If not, adjust the mix. Some singers benefit from a guide track doubling the vocal to help them stay on pitch. This can be ad...
by Exalted WombatFri Mar 26, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: backing track mixing and vocal Replies: 6 Views: 3460

Re: Focusrite Saffire 24DSP vs Steinberg MR816x?

Steinberg will withdraw support for the MR816x once they've sold enough of them. They always have done this with hardware, and I'm afraid they always will.

SMP24, Midex, Houston....
by Exalted WombatThu Mar 25, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Focusrite Saffire 24DSP vs Steinberg MR816x? Replies: 34 Views: 9423

Re: Untreated Room: SM7b, RNC or Decent Headphones?

You asked about getting a vocal to "sit well in the mix" but all the conversation has been about microphones. Perhaps some of it should be about mixing. For a start, where's the rest of the song coming from? What instruments, recorded how? How do you approach the mix?
by Exalted WombatThu Mar 25, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Untreated Room: SM7b, RNC or Decent Headphones? Replies: 10 Views: 7218

Re: Recording questions

If I said to you "which instrument sounds most like a gun shot" would you choose bass guitar or bass drum? Maybe for the rumble of distant heavy artillery... What WOULD you choose for a gun shot? You can transfer basic recorded wav files from any DAW to any other. I'd suggest you think in ...
by Exalted WombatThu Mar 25, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Recording questions Replies: 8 Views: 3172

Re: is everyone going through the same thing as me

Sounds like you're making a living in music. That's good! Are you employed as a songwriter? In that case, selling one out of ten is a pretty good average!
by Exalted WombatWed Mar 24, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: is everyone going through the same thing as me Replies: 24 Views: 5983

Re: Vocals without headphones

You also need to ensure that what bleed there IS doesn't sound odd!
by Exalted WombatWed Mar 24, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Vocals without headphones Replies: 7 Views: 4737