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Don’t hang the DJ Рyet

If you grew up with music in the 80’s then chances are that this¬†announcement¬†is waaaaay cooler than the¬†Beatles¬†on iTunes.

Finally you can get 7 Smiths albums on iTunes.

So, How soon is Now? Well definitely not too soon. Happy listening…


Meet my MacBook Air

Let me share some thoughts in this first post from my new MacBook Air 11″.

I got the baseline model yesterday:

  • Screen: 11″
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • SSD: 128GB

What I like

Sleep – Wakeup

One other thing is the almost instant wake-up from sleep. Open, close, open, close, it’s just there as soon as you open it. Veeeeery handy, when some distraction comes along, even the briefest, just close it, and 40 secons later, reopen it and go on instantly. It’s magic, as some might say…

Keyboard

A full size, Mac keyboard on a portable device this size, do I need to say more…

Battery Life

Pretty decent, I get 4h30 out of it with WIFI and full brightness. Nice…

What I don’t like

Keyboard

No keyboard backlight, seems silly, but you get soooo used to it…

Real world performance

Being a little scared off by the 1.4 GHz processor¬†I immediately started throwing the same stuff at it that I’m using on my MacBook Pro 15″ i7 (with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD – my workhorse for professional use).

And I find it really usable. I’d even say astonishingly usable.

Of course it’s lacking some RAM to do some serious VMWare Fusion (4 GB would be nice if you order on the Apple Store), but a Win7 image just boots and handles nicely.

But that’s probably not the point in owning this little gem, is it?

On the other side I was able to play a nice little arrangement (11 audio tracks, 4 midi tracks, loads of effects)¬†in Propellerheads Record/Reason without any hiccups/dropouts which in itself is incredible (and probably due to the lightning fast SSD). So I’ll be definitely¬†using the MacBook Air for¬†making¬†music (for mixdown and mastering I’ll go to the MacBook Pro though).

Conclusion

I’m impressed, that even the base model (you could get a bigger processor and more RAM) performs that well.

I did not expect any miracles, but this thing really threw me off. And it will be a really nice complement where the 15″ MacBook Pro is too big (train, plane, …) and where the iPad just doesn’t cut it.

So I somehow think of it as an “iPad for media creation”, compared to media consumption on the original iPad.

The conclusion in two words: LOVE IT!




Propellerhead – Reason 5 and Record 1.5

Reason 5 and Record 1.5 are here and ready for the world.
I use this since version one as my primary songwriting tool and I already ordered my upgrade…

have a look at the amazing features at propellerheads.se

Finally one Apple gadget I don’t have to buy

I just watched Steve’s keynote about the iPad and I am happy to announce that this is the first Apple gadget that does not trigger the “must have” effect.

Seeing the keynote I really don’t get the excitment about this thing:

  • It’s yet another device to carry around, too big to fit in a pocket and too limited to really be of any serious use.Seriously, do you’d want to write a 30 page Pages document on this thing?
  • Oh yeah I forgot: it’s an eBook reader…Wait, I’ve never seen one of those – and it comes with an eBook store – now there’s some real innovation.
  • The battery lasts for 10 hours… Yay, great. And then? You’ll have to carry some huge Mophie Juice Pack…The battery of my Sony eBook reader lasts for 1500 page turns.
  • And most of the really needed stuff is missing. I fully agree with this article.

Record – the new genius Application from Propellerheads

Record_Lead_f.png Finally the veil of silence has been lifted on the beta phase of the newest upcoming product from Propellerheads.

It’s simply called Record and it helps you to do just that – record your music as easily as possible.

It inherits the basic “modus operandi” we know from Reason (that I use extensively) and it has been great fun using it to record some songs during this beta phase.

Record will be out on September, 9th 2009 (090909 – got it ?).

What we somehow already know:

The rack, the cables and all the nifty stuff we’re used to:

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The Sequencer:

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The Transport:

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What is new:

The big bad mixer:

Dynamics, EQ, Sends, Inserts for each channel:

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Master channel with Dim and Control Room outputs:

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And much, much more…

Head over to the Proppellerheads site for more details.


Blend in concert this Saturday

Blend Hardronic 2008 ePoster

Blend are in concert this Saturday at the CERN Prevessin site starting at 8pm sharp.














B L E N D in concert

Blend Divonne 20080621 e-Flyer For the “F√™te de la musique”,

Blend will play live at:

Divonne, 21 june 2008, 22:15

“La Poste” Stage

See you there…

See the Agenda of Divonne for the full program!