Mac Users: Beware QuickTime 7.2? (Hey, Apple, Easy on the Updates!)

Users are reporting a number of serious problems with QuickTime 7.2; see our sister site, Create Digital Motion, for more. (Or head straight to MacFixIt, though already we’re hearing isolated reports that haven’t even hit MacFixIt yet.) Possible symptoms: difficulty with Adobe applications, Rosetta failing to work entirely (yipes!), video file problems, and more. This yet again illustrates that you need to be careful installing incremental updates when you rely on your computer for music and production work. Sure, you can’t use Rosetta (PowerPC compatibility) for music work — but wait until you’re on tour and have to load a …

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Easy Audio Transcriptions with QuickTime Player (Mac/Windows, Non-Pro)

I spend a lot of time transcribing audio, for various reasons. When doing interviews, I usually carry around a portable recorder. That had long been a tape recorder, but lately I’ve been going digital — it tends to cause less problems. Roland’s Edirol R-1 serves perfectly, and I’ve had terrific battery life, no hassles, and fantastic audio quality using its built-in mics, even in some horrible audio environments. While I haven’t done this myself, I know many jazzers spend endless hours transcribing solos. There are also plenty of times when you end up transcribing yourself, playing or humming a spur-of-the-moment …

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GarageBand 2, QT 7, iPod Shuffle: Apple Digital Music Era

Steve Jobs, with some help from John Mayer, hits the stage on the first day of Macworld. CDM's NAMM/Macworld reporter Lee Sherman was in the audience to give us the scoop. (Update: originally the article said GarageBand 2 lacks MIDI import. The article should have said MIDI export. MIDI import has been added, but export is sadly still lacking unless you upgrade to Logic Express/Pro.) Saying that the "digital music era is well upon us," Steve Jobs gave the Mac faithful what they came for with a number of new products designed to appeal to music consumers and producers alike, …

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