The Big Think

March 24, 2010

Happy Birthday to X

Filed under: Macintosh,Music — jasony @ 8:46 pm

Mac OS X turns 9 years old today. I have continued to use the old OS 9 since then. I use X, but do all of my professional work on OS 9… until now. It’s fitting that tomorrow I will accept delivery on my new 27″ iMac. Yup, from now on I’m OS X only! I’ll miss Vision and OS 9, but technology changes, and eventually you have to change with it. This move was brought on by the confluence of several events: the continuing dilapidation of my G4 MDD, the need to update my sound pallet, and an upcoming feature film audio mix. Fortunately, all three of these things came to a head in my “off season”, so I am spending quite a bit of time at night curled up with manuals and new hardware. The Fedex guy has come to our door for the last five mornings straight (except Sunday).

I’m a bit nervous about finally making the switch to Logic and Digital Performer since I was probably among the fastest Vision users in the universe (a distinction that’s akin to being one of the fastest Cobol programmers around), but I’ll get it. Change is good, right?


  1. Whoooooaaaaaaa!!! Yer actually doing it. Logic and DP. Man. I keep hoping that by the time I switch DP will be obsolete and there will be some other far better way of doing things.

    Comment by barrybrake — March 25, 2010 @ 12:46 am

  2. Whadaya say we form a website that raises money to award to someone who will revamp Vision — while, of COURSE, avoiding patent infringement ;-‘) — for the modern age?

    Comment by barrybrake — March 25, 2010 @ 12:48 am

  3. Holy wow, the fateful day has come at last! Godspeed on this bold new venture.

    Comment by seanmctex — March 25, 2010 @ 7:41 am

  4. Yup, making the switch! Logic is intimidating, but the demo files that come with it show a truly awesome amount of power. Not sure about the MIDI implementation yet (I still don’t have the new hardware integrated), but the audio stuff puts DP to shame.

    I hate to say it, though, but so far I actually prefer the DP interface. *GULP*! I can’t find any way in Logic to chain songs together (it might be there, but a cursory look hasn’t shown it).

    It came down to a simple question: do I look for something that does what I’m used to, or do I accept that people have refined the varying ways of working with Midi, and maybe I just need to adapt how I do stuff? I’m diving into the latter philosophy with both feet and hoping I don’t drown. I know that my 40 year old grey matter will thank me for keeping it elastic.

    Comment by jasony — March 25, 2010 @ 9:57 am

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