The Big Think

March 28, 2010


Filed under: Audio,Business,Music,Technology — jasony @ 5:40 pm

I’ve spent most of the day reconfiguring my studio and trying to integrate all the new gear. The audio interface (a MOTU UltraLite Mk 3) is wired in and I’ve managed to chase most of the buzzes and hums down. I also got the Midi interface (MOTU Midi Express 128) in place and everything is wired up and communicating correctly.

The bad news is that, if I want to use any of my MIDI instruments, it looks like I’m going to have to type in all of my old instrument names by hand. Several thousand of them. There doesn’t seem to be any way for Logic to auto load them, and I haven’t found a utility online to do it. I’ll keep looking, though.

The good news, the very good news, is that I will possibly never touch the old MIDI gear ever again. I’ve been auditioning the sampled sounds that come with Logic and Soundtrack Pro and… holy jumping Judas on a Vespa, WHY didn’t I make the move to sampled sounds before? It’s just stunning the difference. It’s like going from riding around in this:


to suddenly being shoved into the cockpit of this:


Yeah, they’re both red, and they’ll both get you there (kind of) but I know which one I’d pick. In thirty minutes I’ve knocked together a tune that sounds miles better than anything I ever did on MIDI. And I haven’t even loaded the half-terabyte, seven library bundle of East West sounds (I’m waiting on the giant 2TB hard drive).

I’m a long, long way from getting my head around Logic Studio, but the sounds are going to totally change everything. Just wow.

Here’s a quick audio file I threw together in just a few minutes with the first sounds that came up in the sounds browser. Didn’t edit, mix, or do anything but bounce it down. Quite a change from MIDI.



  1. Yowza!!!!! Man, you have me salivating now. Hm. Hmmmmmmm.

    Hmmmmmmm. Gotta salivate some more, and shuffle some things around.

    Meanwhile, how many of those several thousand old sounds did you actually use? I say fugetaboutit.

    Comment by barrybrake — March 29, 2010 @ 9:35 am

  2. You have a point, and I’m considering it. I just hate to see a good 10 modules go to waste. I’ll probably label my favorites and forget the rest.

    oh, who am I kidding. I’ll end up typing four thousand in by hand. You know me.

    Comment by jasony — March 29, 2010 @ 11:04 am

  3. No!!!! NOOOOO!!!!

    Consider the fact that you got good value out of those modules. You just got through saying that you probably won’t even use the patches you used most, not to mention the ones you never used even once.

    Your new stuff has new sounds that are far superior. I say you give your modules a good pat on the back and a hearty thank-you for 10, 15, 20 years of service, and not waste time on it.

    Comment by barrybrake — March 30, 2010 @ 12:04 am

  4. (As you can see, I’m gearing myself up for a paradigm shift.)

    Comment by barrybrake — March 30, 2010 @ 12:04 am

  5. I know, I know. But it’s one thing to dump a single JV1080 and something else to cut loose, realistically, 8 modules. I still have my vocal “ding” sound (which is more part of my branding than I’d realized!) Believe it or not, some of the Proteus 2 sounds still stand up to the new ones. I maintain that the oboe on the Pro2 is better than any of my new stuff (though I still haven’t loaded the EastWest library yet- waiting on a hard drive). The oboe doesn’t have native reverb, but I can add that in post.

    Comment by jasony — March 30, 2010 @ 8:02 am

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