Loops for Real Drummers: Musicianship, Technology Don’t Have to Compete

Loops have gotten an unfortunate reputation as being a stand-in for real musicians or real musicianship – perhaps because, too often, they are. That’s why it’s always refreshing to see a discussion of how looping can incorporate musical technique. Like many electronic musicians, I have zero background in drumming; I’m a keyboardist and was trained in Classical Piano. But then, part of the gift of being a composer is getting inside the heads of musicians who play instruments you can’t. And when it comes to understanding rhythm, there’s a limitless supply of work to explore from around the world. Ryan …

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GarageBand 09 and Logic: Compatibility, About Those New Guitar Effects…

Following GarageBand has long been a good way to follow what improvements might be in store for Apple’s flagship Logic. And many Logic users use GarageBand as a sketchpad for bigger sets – Apple, of course, hope that GarageBand is a gateway drug to their delicious higher-end studio. GarageBand ’09 is no exception. New Models Lessons may be the feature about which you’ve been hearing the most in GarageBand ’09, but the major improvement in the software itself is the new guitar amp and effect modeling. I’ve confirmed with Apple that this is a new engine from the ground up, …

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M-Audio Axiom Pro Offers Novation Automap Rival – If You’ve Got the Right DAW

While Novation was refreshing their Automap software for NAMM, M-Audio was unveiling their own dynamic controller technology, called HyperControl. M-Audio has one (big) edge on Novation: their controller technology can access ASCII keystrokes – something I’d love to have in all keyboard control editors. And HyperControl sounds like it has some promise, at least on paper – especially with the absurd number of controls M-Audio has packed onto the layout. There are just two catches. One, there’s the (ahem) styling on the Axiom Pro keyboard. To put it diplomatically, it’s not terribly … subtle. Two, you get support for some …

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Nodal: Generative Music Software for Mac (Free for Non-Commercial Use)

If you’re interested in generative and algorithmic music – music that evolves organically rather than being pre-composed in start-to-finish linear fashion – you won’t want to miss this site. Nodal is a free (for non-commercial use) app for developing generative musical systems and transmitting MIDI. You’ll need a Mac (PowerPC/Intel) to run the software, but even if you’re on Windows or Linux, you’ll find a number of interesting research papers on the site. vinayk writes: The program is called Nodal – osx only, BEAUTIFUL interface, and FREE, it does a bit more sophisticated things but I basically plugged the output …

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My Logic Studio Review for Macworld: Big Overhaul Pays Off

My review of Apple’s Logic Studio (including Logic Pro 8) is now live at Macworld.com (it’ll also be in the January 2008 print issue). Summary: Pros: Single-window view speeds editing and setup; MainStage program ideal for playing instruments and effects live; powerful, easy-to-access editing and take management tools; bundles Soundtrack Pro but halves the price; no more dongle; can sync with others via .Mac or Bonjour. Cons: Some MIDI features are still obscure; MainStage doesn’t integrate with Logic or ReWire. Or, to put it more simply: take away a dongle, slash the price, and make Logic easier to use, and …

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Logic Environments: Connect Logic to Nintendo NES via MIDINES

Logic’s Environment, a modular layer in the program for creating custom configurations, isn’t well known to many Logic users. But if you can get used to its slightly unusual interface, it’s capable of some really powerful stuff. You know, important music stuff. Like connecting Logic to your Nintendo NES game system. Jonathan Flugel writes: The MIDINES evironment was created based on this chart: http://www.wayfar.net/0xf00000_midi_chart.php The environment allows for control of the 5 channels of synth/audio that the NES [supports] Here are the 5 parts: 1-2 – Pulse Synthesizer waves 3-4 – Triangle/Square waves 5- sample channel Since this is also …

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Call for Help: Logic Environment Round-Up

With the release of Logic Studio 8, several soundware houses released custom Logic Environments / sound packs. Taking advantage of Logic’s unique modular engine, beneath its shiny new skin, has some real potential. I’m trying to organize a round-up of everything out there, so if you represent a company doing commercial Logic development — or have some Environments you built yourself for personal use you’d like to make available to others — let us know! Community development has worked well elsewhere (sound packs for Ableton Live, ensembles for Reaktor, patches and externals for Max, ReFills for Reason, to name a …

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MainStage in Logic 8 Gets Maintenance Update

Logic Pro Studio 8 is barely out of the gate, and it’s already got an update. MainStage 1.0.1 resolves stability and usability fixes, and offers to save parameters when you switch patches. Check out the update if you haven’t already gotten it via Software Update. (There are related application support fixes releases, so in general, I’d give Software Update a spin before starting work with Logic 8.) Anyone up and running with Logic 8? Care to share thoughts?

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Logic Upgrade, Free For Buyers Back to August 1?

Via comments, cyberpatrolunit has found information on Apple’s upgrade policy for Logic Pro Studio 8. Talked to someone at Apple today; they told me that ANYONE who made a Logic purchase on Aug 1st or after is going to get the free upgrade. WooHoo! Of course, that still means you’re out the US$500 difference after the price cut, but at least you’ll have the latest and greatest without paying any more. [Updated] Full details on the upgrade at Apple’s site … or, I should say, the promise of additional details September 26 when fulfillment begins.

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