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Jun 14, 2005, 12:05 AM
In an attempt to encourage some discussion, and get a feel for the MacRumor's digital audio community, I thought I'd ask the question:

"What's your platform and what do you use it for?"

My main DAW is Pro Tools TDM (192 I/O + Control|24), but I use Pro Tools LE (M-Box) when I'm not at polytech.

I tend to use Logic Express for doing MIDI work, simply because I have more soft-synths for Logic than I do for Pro Tools. Typically I'll write the arrangement in Logic using temporary sounds and then export as a Standard MIDI File and import that into Pro Tools where I'll replace those temporary sounds and overdub audio.

I also use Garageband for doing one-track Guitar/Vocal demos at 4am in the morning :p.

I'm a second-year audio engineering student, so I'm recording bands (my passion), creating sound effects for video, writing jingles/soundtracks/etc. I tend to work with a lot of local indie bands and my engineering/production style is heavily influenced by sixties pop productions (particularly The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, The Beatles, etc.). I also write and record my own songs.

So, whether you're sitting alone in your bedroom with Garageband and a built in mic, behind an SSL in a big LA studio churning out shiny radio-pop, or somewhere in between... tell us what your 'gig' is :cool:.


Jun 14, 2005, 12:37 AM
OK: I came up through the analog bedroom studio world -- Tascam Portastudio 244, Minimoog, Rhodes, Roland TR606. Fond (cough) memories of layering and bouncing monophonic synth lines to build up organ and string parts. Got the first DX7 in our area 6 months after having paid my deposit and was in FM heaven. Fond (cough, cough) memories of 6 op FM programming. Did a bit of recording for local bands. Have miles and miles of casette tapes of unfinished song ideas.

Got married, kids, spent 15 years or so away from it. Have read every issue of Keyboard, Mix, Sound on Sound, Electronic Musician, Recording and Future Music for the last 20 years however.

Son is convinced he is the next big thing in Hip Hop, so I set him up with a ProTools Digi001/G4 Quicksilver/OS9 system and all of my old gear. He's released one CD and one video so far, and recorded a ton of other urban music performers. Still hasn't made any money though.

Have recently picked up a used Digi002Rack, Emu E6400, and some other gear. I now have ProTools 6 and Garageband on Mac and Cubase SX on PC with Logic 5 and Reason on both/either. So I have lots of tools to play with, hope to have some time to explore and get back into writing.recording.

Just counting the days to when I'll break down and buy software simulations of my dear departed Mini, DX, Rhodes, Clavinet, and the Prophet I never quite got. Still have a B-3 boxed up in the basement though.


Jun 14, 2005, 02:54 AM
Hi I'm Cameron, and i will probably be the odd-ball here :p

I am a masters student in music composition. Since starting this degree i have really become intrested in electronic music. In my short academic experience i have used the Uni's Moog Modular, a home-built Moog, Arp 2600, Prophet 600, DrumTraks, and reel-to-reel tape decks.

As far as digital goes my current set up is my PB working with my MOTU mkI, (soon my mbox, thanks to RobotBoy :)), Peak, Logic and Max/MSP.

Mainly i work with Max, building electro-acoustic patches. Currently working on a patch that takes live input, finds the fundamental and overtones, uses the overtones and their relative amplitudes to produce FM synthesis which is recorded by pitch triggers, and then is played back by pitch triggers (which are somewhat controllable by other pitch triggers/amplitude analysis), in the end creating a quasi-beat to accompany the performer. This will be a portion of another patch that does live granular synthesis, pitch modifications, vocoding and controls 8-channel panning.

Whew...i am glad that description is over! :)

This summer i am working on that patch, a hyper-instrument, writing some acoustic compositions as well, and just finished doing a tape-piece for a dance movie. I am also intrested in getting doing some IDM music patches/live performances, but we will see how that goes over in the south, lol.

Overall, a jack of all trades, except recording. I feel fairly comfortable doing it, but thats one thing i dont mind leaving to someone else around our studio, hehe.


Jun 14, 2005, 03:33 AM
My names Paul, I'm 22 from UK. I'm currently working as an IT Technician in a local college after completing a Music Tech Degree. I'm saving up money to (hopefully) go down south and complete a 2 yr Masters in either Sound Post Production for Film/TV.

I primarily use Reason for synth sounds, with Cubase for recording audio. I've used Pro Tools for a few years, but because I do a lot of MIDI work, I try to avoid it if I can! I usually just record for myself, but a couple of my songs have been used for companies showreels.

Alongside trying to find enough time to produce music, I have a keen interest in Graphics, and currently the project taking most of my time is a new website for myself - soon to be on www.squarefrog.co.uk (http://www.squarefrog.co.uk/).

I'm patiently awaiting a 15" 1.67 GHz Powerbook with 128 mb gfx, which according to TNT tracking was sent out today (shame theres no-one in to recieve it :eek:, hope they re-deliver tomorrow!) Ordered 1 GB of Crucial to bump up the RAM to 1.5 :) Looking forward to sitting out in the garden with the PB, keyboard and Reason making lovely sounds in the Sunshine! (Providing Summer actually arrives here in the UK!)

Jun 14, 2005, 04:08 AM
Feels like a chapter of AA doesn't it?

I'm currently senior lecturer in Music Technology at a London University, been lecturing full-time for 5 years, I'm responsible for designing the facilities the students use. We have around 25 studios ranging from 20 workstation labs up to full pro-level studios, we have 6 5.1 rooms based on a number of formats.

We are a 100% Apple department now, (OK, there are a few PC's lurking in cupboards...).

Our main platforms are Logic and Protools, all main studios have Protools HD, and all others run LE on a mixture of 002 and M-box (mainly in the labs), Logic will be at 7.1 Pro by the end of the summer, we've just ordered 85 copies...!

We also run Reaktor, Reason, Contakt, some Cubase and a whole ruck of plug-ins from Altiverb down.

Our main rooms also have 24 tracks of DA78 DTR's cos we still think linear recording techniques are very important.

I'm an old rock n roll engineer, been recording professionally since 1987, and worked as a freelancer in the London studios for most of that time, I specialise in band recording, particularly rock and indie.

Lately I've been working in audio post production and surround and am currently mixing some film music composed by a friend to 5.1 and completing an album of pan-arabian/spanish music. I also teach DVD authoring.

I run Protools LE on a 17" PowerBook at home, with Reason and Garageband as the MIDI complement, and I'm a bass player, I have a Warwick Thumb 5 string.

Oh, and I'm a MacRumors mod too. :D

Brother Michael
Jun 14, 2005, 09:16 AM
Michael Miller or DJ Shrike (someday),

Well I am not much of a musician at all. I tried to play the guitar, but well, I like the idea of playing the guitar, but not so much actually playing it. I have a great appreciation for both electric and acoustic guitars and the music they make.

At school I enjoyed playing with Garageband and making some electronica beats on it. I would like to start doing that again if I can get a better Mac.

My current music oriented goals are the following:

1. To really master Garageband. By that I mean know it's ins and outs and know how to make it do what I want (within its own confines). Then move on to whatever is the next step.

2. To learn the art of mixing Electronica style music, and Scratchpads. I would like to learn how to "DJ." And maybe do this as something partime.

3. To relearn the guitar in my own time and not to play in a band. This was one of my stoppers, I wasn't good enough to play in a band with some of my friends and so I got discouraged. My own fault really, didn't practice enough.

In the end all my goals are for myself and my own pleasure. I don't plan on joining a band with anyone (although if the oppertunity comes around, I am not going to pass it up), and I don't plan on making music my life. Just a hobby :)


Jun 14, 2005, 11:11 AM
By my screen name you might be able to figure out that I'm primarily into hand drums and percussion. (insert favorite drummer joke here)

Anways, I have recently begun my journey into the digital world, and can say that I am glad that technology is making it more and more possible for people to start their own musical revolution.

Since I come from a garage/indie background, and it was hard to find people to play with that don't get freaked out when you start playing finger rolls, I am currently in the process of learning how to play bass.

I use Protools LE on a Dual 1.8 Powermac, and have been using Garageband to suck the rest of my family into the music making habit.

Jun 14, 2005, 02:34 PM
(insert favorite drummer joke here)
My god theres so many!!! Which do i choose?! Nah I wouldnt.. I respect drummers, singers are the ones you have to watch out for, no offence to any singers out there.

Jun 14, 2005, 02:59 PM
My god theres so many!!! Which do i choose?! Nah I wouldnt.. I respect drummers.

It doesn't hurt because only 1/2 of them are true! *sniff,sniff*

Anyways, sticks and stones......

.......are useful items to play music with. ;)

Jun 16, 2005, 11:27 PM
Duff-Man says...home "hobbyist" I suppose...I like to tinker around with sounds make weird music for myself. For hardware I use a Roland A-37 midi controller midi'd up with a Korg Wavestation A/D via a MotU Micro Express...and a Presonus Firebox...software - Digital Performer, Reason 3, Arturia Moog Modular, Minimoog and Arp 2600, NI Vocator - as you may have guess I like old analog synth stuff...also a few guitars (and bass) that I run through a Boss GT-8....expensive but fun hobby....oh yeah!

Jun 18, 2005, 11:22 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm running the US subsidiary of a UK guitar amp manufacturer/distributor (we're the co-developers of the Plexi line of amps with D.C. Developments, who build the Eric amp for a certain Mr. Clapton) and I work with several pro-audio companies on an ad hoc basis for specific hardware solutions (old Decca, Neve, Audix, Calrec,Helios etc.).

My digital rig at present is a hangover, sort of, from my previous incarnation in London, UK, and consists of 2x MX2424's, Apogee Rosetta 800 (with Big Ben on the way), Logic, O2R with a boatload of Audio Design AES in/out mods and a whole farm of rebuilt Brit analog mic pres and EQs.

On the actual music front, I'm switching from being a player to more of a producer.....which should be fun, but will probably end in tears! I've got two female artists at the pre-production stage and the next twelve months should be a rare tussle between hardware and artist development.

Great idea for a forum, Winter et al. Well done, chaps!

Jun 20, 2005, 12:51 AM
Thought I would join in on the fun...

I am currently finishing up my degree in sound engineering. I took a "few years" away from school spent doing live sound and theatrical productions. Now I am back finishing up the last 2 years of my degree and studying classical piano. I also play guitar, bass, drums and a bit of woodwinds. I still work as a freelance engineer and have a steady gig at the university I attend.

The studio at school is very nice; Otari 32 channel, 24-bus board, ProTools HD system, 24-track 2" machine, huge soffit mounted Genelecs, Blue Sky 5.1 system, plus all the amenities.

At work I use a Crest 48-ch X-Eight, crown amps, EAW mains and wedges, KT eq's, dbx and presonus comp/gates. Also have an 828mkII for 8/16 track live recording to hard disk in addition to DAT, CD-r, MD, cassette.

At home I have a modest project studio:
Kurzweil k2500 XS, Korg Triton
various guitars, amps, drumset
G3 ibook, Dual G4, and Dual G5, 1TB storage total
MOTU 828/presonus 8-ch pre
Mackie 1604
Mackie HR824 monitors
Shure, AKG and Neumann mics
Yamaha PA cabs/crown amps
and more plus...Digital Performer!!

I love DP, mostly because of the way it handles MIDI and the cheaper cost. Protools is great for a professional studio, I would choose no other. But, I love the motu stuff and free AU synths. I mostly work on my own projects, which tend to go very slowly. My projects range from rock type music to whacked out electronic things and classical compositions. I also do freelance production, mostly post work. One day will upgrade to a TDM system, but I doubt I will get an LE system before then.

If anyone hasn't heard of Destroy FX (http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/audiounits.html) , then check it out. Some very strange plugins going on there. I also grab just about any free AU synth I can find. Can you guys recommend any?

Jun 21, 2005, 12:17 AM
great idea for a thread!

i'm a writer/producer living in los angeles but at present i'm taking a much needed sabbatical from the music business in order to chase my kids and tend to the garden.

i'm much like fellow poster canadaram in that i started old school with a rhodes, minimoog, hammond, univox( e-gads!) and a portastudio. i was lucky enough to play around dallas in the days when the music scene there was just amazing; it wasn't unusual to see stevie ray vaughn, the dixie chicks, new bohemians, rev horton heat and others playing in the local clubs-on the same weekend. well, except the dixie chicks were actually busking for change on a street corner in the west end.

for years i was a signed sony artist and staff writer but i'm now a happy free-agent....nothing will kill your creativity faster than meeting with accountants to discuss the finer points of music. i use digital performer in my studio but i'm fluent on protools (when a gun is held to my head). i don't really care a whole lot about equipment-i firmly believe people connect with music because of the song and the performance. in fact, during my sabbatical, i've been contemplating ways to scale back my dependence on the mind-numbing array of tools/plugs and options to make the process more streamlined and less technical...or is it more emotional and less cerebral...

i love producing...the process of taking an artist's concept of a record/song and actually completing it is an amazing journey. certainly we should have a producer's thread at some point.

oh well, thats enough from me...welcome all!

The Truth
Jun 24, 2005, 10:22 AM
I've just been recording through a normal PA which plugs straight into the audio input on my dual 2Ghz G5. All I need is a good breakout box. Where the hell is this bloody Asteroid? Check out some of my songs by clicking on the link in my signature.

Jul 3, 2005, 03:29 AM
I'm in one gigging band (Punk Action Shotgun)that plays odd punk stuff, it mainly started because we were fed up of seeing bands who never semed to enjoy themselves on stage.
We rarely practice and improvise a lot, but we're entertaining.
We've lost the drummer recently so we're now using a Roland R-8 and an Alesis SR-16 as replacements.

The guitarist and I are trying to kick off a new band (Noise From The Carbonated Dept.) that's a lot more experimental than punk. We'd really like to use Powerbooks and Ableton Live for the percussion backing so we can improvise but it'd be far too risky due to the venues.
In the punk band we usually end up covered in beer.

I'm slowly putting a website together for the new band (http://www.punkactionshotgun.co.uk/equip.html).
The link has the list of equipment so far, it's a little out of date (I'll be updating it soon).

We're currently writing a lot of stuff with Reason 3.0 for the convenience of emailing song files back and forth

Jul 13, 2005, 03:12 PM
Just returned to the production world after a 15 year hiatus (marriage, mortgage(s), children, adult-hood?!?).

Sank a bundle in PowerBook G4, and a Dual-Proc G5. With the little cash I had left, I grabbed the Digi 002 Rack and additional 8 I/O via the Behringer ADA8000 as a low-cost solution. Plan on upgrading to an "HD" set-up in the near future. That will come as part of a proposed studio...location scouting as we speak.

Got my first taste of production in '85 as a freshman in college. I'd enrolled in the Jazz-Studies program at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri, USA). Found a recording studio hidden away in a separate part of campus. I stacked up the pre-req's to get into the "Engineering Class" in short order. Once I got in, I simply never left. I actually slept on the floor on a bed of Sonex and moving blankets on a regular basis.

Currently recording a variety of music projects. While I embrace technology, I pride myself on my old-school abilities; capturing sound energy traveling through the air with an assortment of microphones. There is something magical about mechanical/acoustic instruments. I see many of you have alluded to this in terms of the instruments and equipment listed in your posts. I have witnessed many younger cats "seeing the light" the first time they touch an actual Hammond Organ, or Fender Rhodes...

Let me step down off of my soap-box.

Jul 13, 2005, 03:50 PM

Yebot here.

I got started with DAW's at the L.A. Recording school. That's when I bought a Beige g3/300 desktop with the 17" Apple Trinitron Colorsync display. I hooked up a Digidesign AudioMedia III card and started recording away in ProTools; dabbled in Cubase too.

Since then I upgraded to the Digi001 and loaded that into a quicksilver g4/733 which I use currently. ProTools has been a great friend but right now I'm getting into Logic and having a ball. I'm looking into upgrading to the M-Audio or Presonus line of breakouts.

I play in a band call Life On Mercury (see sig.)

later ...

Jul 14, 2005, 03:26 PM
Cool thread,

I'm Quigley,

I got into digital music production by default. After spending my whole life playing drums in a ton of different bands I got kind of bored and switched to Djing, specifically scratching. But, like the drums, i taught myself and never even really saw what scratching was "supposed" to look and sound like, so my style ended up being kind of odd, but unique. I really focused on scratching for a few years, I couldn't care less about being a dj and "spinning records" to make people dance, I was more interested in creating complicated rythms and really using a turntable like any other piece of percussion. I got back into performing with bands, only this time as a "dj" but really as a "percussive dj"

Anyway, it's always been about performing with a band, or at least with other people, until the last year or so. I moved to BC, didn't know any other musicians so, be default I bought a G5, an Mbox and reason w/ recycle. Loved Reason, Loved Pro Tools, but hated the mbox. Sold the Mbox, got Logic and now I'm my own band and I am enjoying everything that digital audio production has to offer.
I would love to go to school for audio engineering but it doesn't seem too likely.

so, now I'm in a band, playing drums and trying to teach myself how to record, mix and master. It's great. I love being in a band again, DJing got annoying and unsatisfying.

That's me. :)

The Truth
Jul 28, 2005, 05:32 AM
Nothing but GarageBand!!!!! It's all about the music, so why would you need anything else? Have a listen to some of my songs HERE (http://www.icompositions.com/artists/Diversion/).

Aug 7, 2005, 06:34 AM
Wow, some seriously impressive CVs there. Mine should prove an interesting contrast....My name is Clare (yes, I'm a woman) and I live in Ireland where I practice.....medicine. I've played accoustic guitar on and off for 30 odd years & took up classical guitar last year. I've played piano for as long as I can remember, and keyboard was an obvious addition a while back. I started writing music when I was 16 but somehow life got in the way and I'm only now coming back to it. Our new Mac Mini arrived last week and I'm about to order a Firebox + mic. My first project is to use Garageband to re-record onto computer a rather dubious quality relaxation tape I give to patients. I will compose my own "woobly" (husband's description) back ground music and use my voiceover. I'll also record myself playing guitar purely for appraisal purposes. I'm even fantasising about a degree course in sound recording....Glad to be in such exhalted company anyway.

Aug 19, 2005, 09:00 AM
Hi... I'm Steve, and I'm a sound guy. (crowd responds, "Hi Steve")

Seriously, though...

I'm currently working in live theatre, wearing too many hats to mention in one small post. Of all the hats, sound co-designer is the most relevant, I suppose. I've been in the sound gig since '97, and happy to do so. Quite recently, I've switched to the Mac... loving it so far, let's see how it goes. Gotta get myself a lappy for the 'on location' purposes, but for the time being I've got my 20" imac to get me by - with a nice custom bag. Still scared to transport such a big fragile screen, though. Anyway...

On the side, as a hobby, I've dabbled in songwriting as a hobby for years. Originally, I started with cakewalk and migated my way to the acid / soundforge / vegas realm of pc goodness. I gotta tell you, I love garageband, though. Just wish you could 'paint' tracks more easily, and change loop pitch mid-song. Regardless, the interface is quite the sweet, and the sound quality is amazing. It might be me, but I think the mac just plain sounds better. I dunno.

That's about it in a really small nutshell. If you really want to hear my original stuff, check it out here (http://www.scarlco.net) . Some of it's been used in indie films and small tv productions - makes me a little on the proud side.


Aug 28, 2005, 04:18 PM
I've been a guitarist for 5 years and played in various bands (actually bands composed of me and some friends in various combinations). I've used various software on PC platform for 2 years to record my stuff, create drum loops and compose stuff. I had a P3 1,4ghz equipped with Audigy 2 Platinum soundcard (front panel model). Programs I used were guitarpro, creative medialab and fruityloops. I also fiddled around with various recording softwares but crc-monitor was too much for single-coil microphones so I couldn't record high quality.

Now I got a iBook and use only garageband, but I'd love to get guitarpro for this machine too. I'm also going to buy audio-in/usb module and usb-keyboard to have somekind of homestudio. as for now, gp is good enough for me (although count in could be twice as long...) but I plan to buy logic express some day when I finally learn to play something more difficult than children of bodom.

Sep 29, 2005, 11:05 AM
Wow, I've been on MR for about a year now and this is the first time I noticed this forum. I guess I should start paying more attention to my surroundings...
Anyway, my name is Andrew and I have a bachelors degree in music performance (flute) with a minor in composition. My dream is to be a film composer someday, so I'm just starting to learn the digital side of music. I started with GarageBand and Apple's Orchestral Instruments Jam Pack, and now I have moved up to Logic Express and will be getting the Garritan Personal Orchestra instrument library soon. There's so much to learn about digital music, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. I am doing everything off of my 17" Powerbook right now, but I hope to get a G5 soon and set up a real studio. I look forward to learning a lot from all of you who have more experience with this stuff than I do.

Oct 11, 2005, 01:27 AM
Hi, the name is Sam, 21 years of age, and well, I got an associates in Industrial Tech. Yup, that's about it. I don't have any plans in my life, just tryin' to figure out what I want to do... :( . I've been using Garageband on my eMac, nuthin' special. I wanna learn more about music production, and eventually learn to play an instrument. I listen to a lot of rap, and write lyrics as a hobby. I'm big on lyricism and wordplay.

Nov 2, 2005, 09:45 AM
Hey all, my name is Craig. I'm of the "self taught" school of recording. I started with a home studio recording locl bands. I set it up so it was "resonably" portable, it mainly consisted of a 24/8 Yamaha board and 2 digital 8 tracks, all outboard gear. I've since gone strictly the computer route.
I started working in Sound Design 3 years ago and since moved to game Design, leaving music more for pleasure than work. I use mainlt the (now Sony) suite, Vegas, Sound Forge and Acid. I'm in love with Reason. I'm planning on going the Mac route within the next two months, which is what brought me to this board. Glad to be here. There's some pics of my old setup at my website www.bassborden.com

Nov 2, 2005, 11:25 PM
I'm Steve Edge
I play guitar (Electric and accoustic) and write some but I do tinker with bass and keyboards in the ole home/office/studio.
I do freelance web and print design (some sound design) for a living, mostly for small business web needs, so I wear a lot of hats.
For my audio stuff, I use Logic Express latley but have used Cubase, Pro Tools, MOTU, and others including apps like soundtrack and Premiere that are attached to Video applications.
I too play with Reason, Garage Band, Ableton, etc.. for hours and once had an early version of Arturia Storm which I thought was a great app.
At the moment I have an M- Audio Firewire Audiophile for I/O a couple of small analog mixers, a cheap midi keyboard that works just peachy and an analog Alesis reverb unit.
It all plugs into a 1.42g Mac Mini for the time being, which replaced my ancient G3 B&W....and it works :) which i am truely happy about. When i bought the mini i didn't know if the slower hard drive would "stand the heat" of audio/video editing but so far so good.
I won't list all my guitars and guitar "junk".
I have a few inexpensive condenser mics that get the job done.
I've been in blues, rock, alt, and roots bands (on and off) in the Atlanta area, along with my wife Cat who is a fine singer, for the last 20 years or so.
I do not pretend to know what I am doing (self taught A-Z) in the relm of audio production, but I get by and hope to learn a trick or two in this forum.
Hello and Regards to everyone,

Nov 23, 2005, 03:47 PM
I'm a retired semi-pro musician now attempting to rebuild my project studio
here in my dungeon.

All my previous pro experience was playing bass in numerous bands since
1969. As the years went by , I picked up enough guitar and keyboarding abiity to produce my own songs solo.

Back in 1993-1994 I put together a low budget project studio using the Tascam 488, Mackie 1604, and some other cheezy gear that got the job done.
I spent more than a year putting together a bunch of songs as a self produced demo, chasing that dream one more time.

As a result of extreme over exposure to sound using headphones, I am now
clinically deaf in one ear with about 50% left in the other side.
Because of my hearing loss, I gave up playing, performing and writing.

So now here I am starting over and attempting to relearn everything I know so I can record in a digital format only now I'm just doing it
to challenge myself.

Once I get past the digital production learning curve, I'm hoping that
I'll still be able to hear what I've done.

Nov 28, 2005, 01:14 PM
This is the whole reason I got a Mac in the first place.

First of all, I never finished college...I was a music ed instrumental major, playing clarinet. I spent some time out of college soul-searching for a real place in my life for my music, so by day I do software support and by night I do alot of arranging and composing, it's almost all religious. Most of the digital side of what I do is taking my ideas from staff paper and putting them together using Logic Express and my handy-dandy Yamaha UX-16/PSR-270 combination, then exporting them to MIDI and bring them into Geniesoft ScoreWriter, where I do final notation adjustments, add dynamic markings, expression markings, etc. and then print to PDF for a sort of publish-on-demand method where I can take a PDF anywhere and get it printed.

Dec 31, 2005, 12:13 PM
Hi all. My name is Simon and I'm from Birmingham.

I'm at the University of Central England in Birmingham at TIC campus studying BSc (Hons.) Sound Engineering and Production. It consists of live engineering, studio engineering, recording, surround sound, music production, electronics, business... And a few other bits. I'm still in my first year which is live sound and MIDI based, next year I will be in the studio.

Quantum Man
Jan 4, 2006, 05:39 PM
Hi gang I'm Dave and I'm a super senior graduating from college where my concentration was Audio Recording Technology here in New York. I have one more semester to use the school's Pro Tools TDM studio with its plethora of plug-ins and rack equipment. At home I have a lowly MBox and switched to Mac primarily for audio editing work. But now that I have been doing other things on my new Mac, I like it far better than Windows anyhow. :D

Once I get my self situated and my room cleaned up, I'll be able to do small projects at home, I play guitar, piano/synth and sing. I have an iMac G5 as you can see in my sig, and I also hope to one day soon be able to record my church worship band, that I play guitar for, my guess is I'll just tote my iMac and MBox over there. Plus hopefully my church will be upgrading its console from a Mackie to an Allen & Heath, at my suggestion. :D

Upon graduation my hope is to work in a recording studio, where the primary recording medium is Pro Tools TDM based, but they do have 2" tape machines. Besides music, I took a class in AV Post Production and THOROUGHLY enjoyed foley work, ADR, and sound design. My final project was replacing all the sound from a scene from any movie, so we chose the dojo kung-fu fighting scene from The Matrix. It was tons of fun.

Jan 16, 2006, 07:45 AM
I'm Dan.

I switched about a year ago and love it.

I played a bit of guitar when I was in junior high, and part of high school, but I put it down for many years. Now after getting my own place I have started playing again. I have a few riffs here and there that just pop out that I want to record, but I don't quite have the means yet.

I assume I will attempt to figure out GarageBand shortly.

It's just a hobby, and I'm a newbie to it basically, so I will mainly just lurk in this section as I wont have too much to contribute to many. :D

Jan 25, 2006, 09:41 AM
Hello out there!!!!
My name is:
http://midimacman.com/Hearing/artservpage/images/artservtop.jpg A.K.A.

My website:
http://midimacman.com/Images/yelloworangelogo.png (http://www.midimacman.com/index.php)

Is about more than just music, but if you want to skip to musically focused material, then go here:

http://www.midimacman.com/Hearing/images/MusicMain_01.jpg (http://www.midimacman.com/Hearing/MusicMain.html)

I am a composer, artist, and musician, or at least pretending to be such, but I have been heavily interested in GarageBand, and the sequencing of original recordings through digital and analog methods.

I also take a great interest in the history, theory, and technique in music, with reference to the evolution of the human ear, and constant "quest for a different and new sound". While music has identifiable genres, theories, and practical uses in modern situations, it is important I feel to not get hung up on concrete thinking and definite answers to musical questions, and tastes.

Only in having an open mind, and willingness to listen and accept that music which may at first not sound to our immediate favor, thus make way for new sounds and styles which are inevitable traits of the art of music evolution anyway.

While many artists and listeners are quick to judge and ridicule what the hear as different, and dissonant, years from now, or perhaps even weeks away, the ears may reguard the same sonic experience as wonderful, great, innovative, or ingenious.

Give more openeness to music, even if you have to try. You will be surprised what you may hear on the next few listens, as your brain comprehends the sound more and more.

Johnathan J. Stegeman
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Jan 25, 2006, 06:01 PM
Dude, I have an Excedrin headache after viewing all those graphics

Jan 25, 2006, 06:21 PM
Dude, I have an Excedrin headache after viewing all those graphics And that is why we have alcohol. Now if i could upload a sound file to the board you could listen to my new composition (which may very well make you have an headache, just thinking about how complicated the form has become is giving me a headache as we speak...lol)

For some reason i have the desire to listen to MIDI files............ :p
Welcome Midimacman

Jan 25, 2006, 06:29 PM
My eyes... my eyes... I think I'm going blind... :eek:

Not that I don't like a good banner ad, MidiMacMan, but that's way over the top... :rolleyes:

Maybe if you make them just a bit smaller and use a few less colours...? :)

Jan 26, 2006, 05:47 PM
Kate in St. Louis....

I am in a roots rock band called Tenement Ruth and my husband Greg is in a bluegrass/traditional country band called Cumberland Gap. You can google if you are interested and you will see a couple of websites, as well as the dreaded myspaces. We just got our first mac and are delving into home recording with a Tascam Us-122 and a couple of mics and various instruments. We both play guitar/banjo/harmonicas...having fun so far, but sure we will have many problems and questions for you nice poeple in the future (ever the optimist, as you can see)


Jan 28, 2006, 10:39 PM
Sorry about the headache that my graphics have caused.

Thanks for the welcome!!!

You know that the use of MIDI isn't what it use to be. Many technological advances in audio have brought use much more than ever recently, and the use of midi isn't what it use to be.

By using an Edirol UM-550 interface, just one brand among many, midi is used to communicate messages between an external synthesiser, in my case an Alesis QS 6 synth, and a CPU. In this way real instrument samples, are replacing the much cheesier versions of instrument sounds.

Well anyway, if you thought that my music may sound "Atari" like or un-real like, lacking the sampling of real recorded sounds, then take a listen.


MidiMacMan (http://www.midimacman.com)

Jan 29, 2006, 03:07 PM
^^^^MidiMacMan, we are just giving ya a hard time. MIDI has come a long way, and i use MIDI messages all of the time in my interactive electroacoustic music. Now if those banners of yours were able to be manipulated in real-time via MIDI messages........lol

Feb 27, 2006, 01:05 PM
Hi There...

Sounds like some folks here have a similar background...

Degree in Music Composition in 1982. Used a lot of analog gear back then...MicroMoog (still have it!), Wurly, ElectroComp 101. Got into digital with the Ensoniq ESQ-1, Mac 512E and Opcode Midimac Sequencer (uh...still have all of them, heh heh). Then loaded up with multitrack cassette, Roland D110, Kurzweil PX1000 Pro and EMu proteus 2XR.

Got married, had kids, didn't do anything music related much for the next 12 years.

Still have a system using OS9/PB G3 500 (Pismo), Opcode StudioVision Pro 4.5.1, Reason 2.5, Finale 2004 and T-Racks 24.

My main system now is iMacG5 2 GHz, Logic Express 7.1, various plug-in synths and filters, Finale 2005, GB2, Yamaha DGX-500 (Portable Grand), Edirol PCRA30 (small keyboard).

Still trying to find the time to do music...it's not that easy (the kids are still kids, so...)

Oh and BTW posted some of my older and more recent stuff at http://www.macjams.com/artist/Bubowski

Apr 29, 2006, 09:50 AM
MM Composition degree, in a Doctorate comp program currently. Going into film/tv scoring using Logic, Reaktor, samples, and other things to make music/scores. Also do recording/mixing/mastering. Dual G5 powermac does the job. :)

Jun 8, 2006, 09:58 AM
Hi there, I'm a recent convert and apart from one hiccup, I'm so glad that I've made the switch.

Myself, and two friends, make D & B and Breakbeat (UK) at our little home studio in smoggy Old London Town.

Up until this week we've been using:

3.4 Pentium, 1 gb RAM, Focusrite Saffire to run Cubase SX and if I feel in the mood Reason 3.

Have just made the switch to Logic 7.2 run on either the 17" MBP or the 20" iMac (2x2.0intel, 2gb Ram, 500gb HD) and I have to say that after the initial "OH MY GOD WHERE IS EVERYTHING!!!???" Logic is so smooth compared to cubase and we love it.

We're still working on trying to transpose all our Cubase knowledge onto Logic but I'm loving every minute of it.

Please see the link below if you'd like to hear some stuff we've done.

A quick question:

Does anyone know where I can find a list of all of the Logic quick keys etc?

PS: Nice to see there's so many music makers out there in MR.

Jun 8, 2006, 11:25 AM
Neat thread.
My wife and I are just starting to get our music "studio" together.
We've got an eMac 1.25 ghz running Garageband and Melody Assistant (a really cool shareware notation program). We have a Casio Keyboard with an Eidorol Midi interface and a Shure mic with an iMic (yuck).
Eventual goals: Logic, Sibelius and a decent audio interface
My wife writes the music for my animated online comic. Her Web page is http://heather.jdmsphoto.com, the comic is in my signature. I handle the technical stuff and do the art (though I do dabble in writing some techno music myself). My wife was the music major in college. I got the photography degree.

Jun 17, 2006, 05:02 AM
If you really want to hear my original stuff, check it out here (http://www.scarlco.net) .


Hi Steve,

You better go to your site, cause when i went there i was... DENIED... hope all is well.

Great idea for a thread, i will post my speal soon...

Jun 27, 2006, 10:44 AM
My name is James. I'm a self taught musician and filmmaker. I just recently set myself up with a macbook pro dual core 2ghz with 1GB of Ram. Fairly modest compared to most of the folks on this forum. I've always been into live performing, but I set myself up with this stuff mostly to record my own music for the films I make. So I'm very green as far as this technology is concerned. I hope some of you pros can help me out when I need it.

Jul 21, 2006, 01:55 PM

My name is Corey. I'm a freelance engineer/producer/drummer from the Boston area (soon to be Nashville or LA?).

I'm finishing up a degree in Music Production and Engineering from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Currently mixing two albums (with a third on the way), producing/engineering/drumming on yet another. Most of my clients call me for mixing as I find that's where I tend to shine a bit, however, I love tracking as well.

My current rig:

Pro Tools LE
Dual 1.42 GHz PowerMac G4 (1GB RAM)
15" Titanium Powerbook G4 (soon to be 13" Black MacBook)
OWC Mercury Elite Drives
Digi002 Console
Waves Plugins
M-Audio BX5s

M-Audio Octane Preamp
Various outboard gear

4 SM57s
1 Beta 52
2 KSM27s
1 Rde K2 Tube Condenser
2 Rde NT5s

I also have a side gig as a live sound engineer for Berklee 3-5 days a week running sound for tribute bands, original groups, etc. Also currently working at Mix One Studios in Boston as an assistant engineer.

Sep 1, 2006, 02:31 PM
hey, I am Rob.

I am in not-so-sunny San Francisco, where I work as an IT manager by day, and a recording engineer/drummer by night.

My set up is very DIY hobbyist but here is a list:
Motu828MKII wtih DigitalPerformer 5
DBX 266XL Compressor/Gate
DBX 215 EQ
Lexicon MX200
SMAudio 8 channel Pre
M-Audio Keystation 49e
M-Audio FastTrack USB
Mic collection includes, a bunch of SM57s and 58s, PG56, PG52, PG81, Nady RSM-4, two Behringer B2PRO condensers.
I use a PowerMacG4 733 for tracking, and a MacBookPro for mixing.

I am currently building out a bedroom in my home for light recording and mixing/producing. I am working on sound treatment, mostly minimizing bounce and bass from the listening room, and turning the closet into the recording room. The recording room will be used for vox, acoustic instruments and mini-amps. After that is done, I'll find the monitors which suit me best.

As pro as I wanna be, my hearing is kind of shot. I've been drumming for about 27 years and just started wearing plugs about 2 or 3 years ago. So, I can track all day and night, but I can only mix for about 20 minutes at a time before I start making poor judgements in EQ boost.

But that said, I am pretty proud of work I have done.
The last one is a friends band, which I recorded all live and haven't yet spent the time mixing it down and polishing it.

Anyway, thats me.

Sep 13, 2006, 04:06 PM
Hello, I'm Mykel. I write and record music for my own amusement though I do occasionally burn CDs of my tunes then walk around and anonymously put them in people's mailboxes. My genres mix from Zydeco, Punk, Folk, Electronica, Rockabilly, and whatever catches my fancy or just works with a song. I play guitar, bass, percussion, a few tricks on turntables, and Cajun accordion. I'm horrible at keyboards, so midi is my friend. :)

After years of recording with tape, I finally got into digital recording about 1-1/2 years ago. Nothing fancy. I just use GarageBand, though I'm still using my Tascam. Maybe after I get a desktop, I might get Logic Express so I can do digital at more than just 2 tracks at a time.

I used to play guitar and percussion with a few bands in England and New Orleans, LA. That kind of stopped after having kids. I love playing live, so maybe some day in the future.

If you'd like, feel free to check out some of my tunes on my MySpace.


Sep 13, 2006, 09:52 PM
Hi, everyone!
I'm Lionne. I love classic .

Nov 13, 2006, 11:36 AM
Hi, this is my first post.
I've been writing songs for a long time but only recently had the chance to record the songs properly and digitally rather than on 8-track recorders.
I play the drums and the bass and the guitar, a bit, but I really like the song-writing process.
I'm more of a hobbyist who would like to sell his music than a professional musician but I keep on trying.

Jan 29, 2007, 03:29 PM
Been singing and playing something all my life. Started with accordion but the damn thing was too big for me, at age 6. So in 1957 I started with alto sax, clarinet, flute. In 1963-4 when the Beatle bug hit everyone here, we had a band without a drummer. Sax got traded for my first set of Ludwig's and Zildjian cym's which I still have. {No, the 44 yr. old Turkish made cym's are NOT FOR SALE} Studied music in college and can dabble with anything except horns.

Am now 57 and semi-hemi-demi-retired, have not ruined my ears, and still love playing and writing music. Have a Tascam PortaStudio 4-track, AT condenser mics one side vocal and one pencil for guitars, AKG3700 dynamic mic's for analog recording. Have a MacMini, M-Audio Keystation 61, Tascam US-122L for a DI, and an A.R.T. tube pre to up the sound of mic's or my Strat, or my Fender acoustic with built-in mic. And still have the sax. Course, I got a guitar amp. This is plenty o' stuff for a one man band.

I love the digital side of music, cause it is so, so easy to collaborate with others. Am attempting to get as good with IDrum as I am with MyDrums, te he! My musical preferences are Jazz, Folk, Rock, Classical, good bluegrass. Anyone wants to collaborate, I'll give anything a shot, no muss, no fuss, no cost, no obligation.

I did one of those goofy myspace things a few months ago to post my first "tune" and will add others as they complete themselves. You can visit at:


And if you don't mind I'd like to listen to a protege of mine at:


Paz, and keep up the good work

Jan 30, 2007, 08:15 PM
I'm Craig.

I'm 29 and have been recording since I was 13 (Tascam 4 Track)
I currently use Digital Performer 5.11 on a Original Dual 2GHZ G5 with a
Black Lion Audio Modded MOTU 828mkii.

I built a fully treated room with a flooting floor and booth for my recordings.
Most of the stuff I record if for my band, which started as Wise and Foolish Builders, but is now called Missing Palmer West. www.missingpalmerwest.com

My usual equipment consits of a whole bunch a 57's. A AKG C414, Soundelux U195, Shure SM7, Rode NTK, matched pair of Avenson Audio STO's, and MD421's. I use Sytek and Sebatron Pre's along with my modded 828 through a EL8X Distessor....

Looking forward to the forum

Jan 30, 2007, 10:23 PM
Let's see, I'm Will
I use the Alesis 8-track USB mixer with a MXL 550 condenser and Cubase LE.
I sort of had a band for a bit, but both the guitarist and I (I play bass) have been doing more classical lately, and our drummer and singer barely ever came to practice. I really should record some of my classical stuff...

Feb 8, 2007, 12:50 AM

Phillip K
Feb 23, 2007, 11:23 AM
Hey folks, I'm, Phil

I have been working towards my studio since I was 18. Now
finally at 45 it has become reality. Even at 30 I knew that a
computer was going to be the route I wanted to go to get
digital quality. So in 93 I bought my first Mac an LClll 25mhz
and started to record with midi. I can hear a few laughs but
at the time is was a fast machine. It even made the cover
of Mac World.


I never hooked up with a band because the musicians I dealt with
were too unreliable. So I became my own band. I learned to
play guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums.

I did not buy much equipment until recently because I knew the
technology was still maturing.About 4 years ago I started getting
serious with equipment starting with a dual G5 and never looked
back.Then it was Logic Pro and all the hardware and software to
go with it. I have been in an accelerated learning period for these
last 4 years learning the "art" of recording but I have finally started
to write my own stuff.

When you have the ability that Logic Pro and a quality audio chain
gives you as far as production goes, only your imagination holds you back.
The hardest part of this whole thing is having to wear the six different
hats of musician, arranger, writer, producer, engineer and
IT person.

I wont bore you with any details but I list just some of the
manufactures I have chosen to use in my signature.

Now we are having fun.

Feb 23, 2007, 12:00 PM
LClll 25mhz
and started to record with midi. I can hear a few laughs but
at the time is was a fast machine.
who's laughing? when my friend got his LC, i was insanely jealous because i was still running Performer and Composer on my (b&w) mac 512 ke.

Feb 28, 2007, 11:50 PM
I'm James..

A while back (about a year ago) i had the idea of doing a podcast for my hobby (radio controlled car racing), it never happened. Until recently when I got off my arse and decided to get some gear. I picked up a mic, a firewire I/O and started to fiddle..

I then decided to borrow a mates midi keyboard just to tinker with, which sparked an interest to learn to play. So I'm now learning!

All of a sudden I have an interest in learning to play piano, and hopefully guitar. I've recently purchased my own midi keyboard, it should arrive soon.

Eventually I hope to have this podcast out... and then maybe record some solo music, who knows.

so far I run a Macbook Pro, Garageband, Edirol FA-66 I/O, MXL-990 mic. CME-PRO UF6 midi keys are on the way... I'd like to get a dynamic mic, and play with recording guitar/vocal at the same time, and perhaps other instruments.

I cant play anything for ****, but i can half sing, so maybe eventually I'll get to something that sounds good. It's more about tinkering. I cant help myself!

Phillip K
Mar 2, 2007, 06:38 AM
But that said, I am pretty proud of work I have done.
The last one is a friends band, which I recorded all live and haven't yet spent the time mixing it down and polishing it.

Anyway, thats me.

Those links are all dead. 404 So your going have to work a little on your
web skills. :apple: :cool:

Mar 6, 2007, 12:27 PM
On the Mac: Cubase 4, Presonus Firebox, Studiologic/FATAR controller, KRK monitors, 12-channel mixer
On the PC: FL Studio XXL, M-Audio 24/96, MK461-C controller

Guitars, basses, some modules for my controller boards. Trying to go more software than hardware now.

Apr 2, 2007, 10:54 AM
HI, im casey, I use Garageband 2 and audacity with my iBook G3, and its built in mic to record my acoustic guitar and vocals. I have a Md-100ce Mitchell Acoustic-electric guitar.

Apr 7, 2007, 12:54 PM
HI !
I'm Stevie

Have been recording and producing music for the last 20+ years. I used to own a commercially run studio (Using Soundcraft 760 mkiii 2 inch 16 track recorders) but have been in a period of limbo for the last few years .
Currently rebuilding my studio which includes Akai Dr16 hard disk recorders, Soundcraft Console, Lexicon, Focusrite,Alesis and Drawmer outboard.

Mainly these days though I just use my Powerbook (1.5ghz 15 inch) with Cubase Sx4 and Reason 3,Cme uf88 master Keyboard and Guitar rig with various guitars. Desperate to get back into it , been sidetracked into other things for way too long.

Apr 7, 2007, 07:09 PM
I hope to get a used mpc soon :D I've been lurkin' on the mpc-forums.com

Apr 15, 2007, 10:33 AM
"What's your platform"


Pro Tools TDM and Logic Pro

"and what do you use it for?"

All depends on what's happening at the time. Historically I've done professional work doing spots, mostly vo with music and sound effects. Many independent films. I write music but... don't have much a problem doing music for other people's projects, but for myself, I hate 99% of the music I make, since it's never achieved a real powerful soulful niche. Some of it's kinda cool. But still, no real soul.

Apr 21, 2007, 09:40 AM

I am an Audio hobbiest. What does this mean? It means I blow alot of $$ on my Audio hobby. I dont know how to produce, edit, etc.. But man do I love post production playback!

I run 2 300 watt RMS NAD monoblocks in my main 2 channel rig. On top of that, I also run HSU subwoofers. 2 channel is a a memory to most, but it is alive and well. I use Klipsch Heresy III's for my mains, and my sources include NAD components, Apple lossless, Sirius, and even vinyl! (GASP!) :eek:

I look forward to participating with you all, and learning more about digital audio. I hope to even learn about production, editing, etc. My main computer is an MacBoox Pro, new in December 06. I love it.

There is a picture of my main setup in the newbie introduction thread.


Apr 29, 2007, 04:57 PM
Mobile recording:

MacBook Pro (Core Duo, soon to be replaced hopefully)
Alesis MultiMix Firewire 16
Numerous mics & AKG drum mic kit

For performance:

MacBook Pro
M-Audio Midisport 2x2
Evolution UC-33E
Moogerfooger Low-pass envelope controlled filter
2 x Evolution MIDI keyboards
Alesis MultiMix Firewire 16 as interface/live fx on Mics etc...
Reason, Logic, and Garageband

Home recording:

Dell PC, Pentium 4 - 3.0 (on it's way out) + dual displays
M-Audio Delta 44 (on it's way out, very limited anyways)
Alesis Multimix FireWire 16
Yamaha MR1242
Soundcraft Spirit
Behringer UB1240FX (or something)
Huge 80s Yamaha desk, can't remember model, beautiful warm, phat sound
Samson Resolv 50a
numerous other monitors, including custom-built far field monitors
Cubase SX 2 + millions of VSTs + FX
Midi Controllers galore
Ludwig Kit + Meinl Cymbals
numerous mics

The recording gear at home really is in desperate need of an update. I was thinking of either a 24" iMac or a MacPro (I'd need new displays though), and a 24 in sound card plus a Soundcraft console. Needs acoustic treatment more than anything though. I do all my mixing in my room now on my stereo because the acoustics are so much better.

I also made the mistake of buying a 4 in 4 out sound card. I was 12 when I bought all that gear (with my own money), and really should have bought a Mac + better sound card.

May 7, 2007, 09:20 PM
Hi. I just wanted to drop in and introduce myself. I'm a long time musician/teacher just getting started on a home studio. Got a pro keyboard rig I gig with and a Mac Pro 2.66 on the way. Gonna start with Logic Express and acquire the equipment I need as I can afford it.

Danny Futuro
May 18, 2007, 05:37 AM
I'm a 21 year old DJ and producer who's been using all sorts of software DAW's to make dance music. I started in 2002 on a cheap PC loaded with FL Studio 3, then eventually ended up on a MBP with Logic Pro 7. I'm a synthesis obsessive, so if anyone needs some help with the subject I'd be willing to give some input or feedback.

May 20, 2007, 07:50 PM
Hey guys!

I'm going to be purchasing a MacBook Pro here within the next 30 days and I got a head start on some software and purchased Logic Pro 7. I'm not a music enthusiast or a DJ or anything like that but I love music, and digital music creation so I thought I'd try this out! With all the features that come along with it, I couldn't resist...especially since I was able to find it for less than half the retail value! I'm sure I'll see you guys around the forums though...proud to be a future Logic Pro & MacBook Pro owner! :) :apple:

May 30, 2007, 02:12 PM
Hi, my name is Kevin and I'm a 25 year old IT consultant by day, guitarist/composer/producer by night.

I've played guitar since I was 16, and got into composing and recording while I was in college. I originally started recording with CoolEdit Pro (now known as Adobe Audition), and the line-in on my sound card. It wasn't the greatest setup, but it served me well. About 2 years ago I bought a Fostex digital recorder, and an instrument mic, and had a HUGE improvement in recording quality. I continued to use Audition for editing on my PC. Recently I bought a MacBook and wanted to get a more professional recording setup, and something that would allow me to record directly to my computer, instead of transferring files off of a digital recorder. So I went out and bought a Mbox2 which came with Protools LE, and some Yamaha HS50M studio monitors. I love this new setup and my next plans are to buy some better microphones for recording once I can afford it.

Jul 8, 2007, 02:16 AM
I'm an old sound man keeping his hand in it. Started recording bands on location in 1964 with a Sony 250 reel to reel deck. Fast Forward to present.... My how things have changed! Don't dabble in MIDI or digital sound generation, just tracking local groups in my small project studio or on location. Weapons of choice for tracking are Logic and DP on my new MB Pro using a MOTU Traveler for I/O. I also use Bias' PEAK for two channel work and mastering. Like most of you I am also a musician.....Bass, Guitar, and Mandolin. Looking forward to reading all your stories and hopefully will have some contributions for you as well. Cheers!

Jul 30, 2007, 10:08 PM
Hi I'm Barry, I'm a sound eng. I work on Nuendo 3.2 using m-audio Delta 10/10, previously using the project mix control surface but now we're planning on the Yamaha digital mixer 96.

our platform is for sure windows and not Mac soon we might upgrade to Protools and Mac. as for now we have an AMD 4800+ dual core 64bit on Gigabyte main board, dual SLI and 4GB RAM. 2X300GB SATAII

m-audio BX8 as monitors
GT55 for the audio booth and also we have the RODE NTK tube mic.

As a musican I'm a guitarest/ Drummer, little keyboard. compose music at home as that what brought me into this later on.

At home:

I have Ibanez RG370, Marshall AVT100, Boss ME-8 ( left it after I got Guitar rig 2 ), Landwin semi accustic guitar, 5 string bass guitar called Lucky Star.

I use m-audio Ozone, creative old BlasterKey, GT55 mic & m-audio Octane linked to Pulsar II card.

I have m-audio BX8, and 4 other hand made pair of speakers including Plasma Tweeters. some can be found at www.audiocircuit.com in DIY projects it will be lited under Barry Kassab <-- me.


Aug 7, 2007, 10:27 AM

Yes, I am not the creator of "an art" just an engineer geek. The guy people love to hate sometimes. So an intro: 1) I can fuss with a sound till it is just right and then then apply some half baked OCD/ADD idea to it and poof, start over and increment the don't do this again counter. 2) I call taking some internet low kb/s, smashed down and hyper-compressed audio and fixing it up for a DVD burn something that is kinda fun. The side effect of this hobby is using may different apps and watching them crash when apple does QT lib, coreaudio-black-magic hex to them. That is the hobbyist budget woe Ham Radio folks know too well. Free or low cost software must stay alive for those who cannot or will not throw good hardware money down on "PRO" software. Warned ya in the title, but that is my loudest bark w/ no biting ever on 'hot issues'. 3) Wife says there is no way I will get Past the 'save the audio' cause. Yep. even got an example.
3a) NASA-tv on comcast cable is now digital it is the sorriest audio I can think of to prove a point. It is not the cable company because the internet feed (realplayer or winplayer) is the same until the server stream guy fixes his stream, the cable stream is not that lucky. So, with both macs iMic'ed to different internet kb/s streams dumping 1hr blocks of "the space walk" and if NASA$management$ ok'ed more pipe bandwidth or whatever to "free over the air sat' the cable company audio is good (VCR is getting the last resort copy). One day I will see a c-band rig converted to digital I like. As you can see this is very time consuming. Going to terabytes of data could be easy. So, why = why not. Go, find and buy the .gov/my tax$ copy (8 to 10 hours long) or even a few hours of "cool" moments on DVD. Nope, not going to happen; consumer is going to get at best 20min b-roll stuff.

There are funtimes in preservation someone could say.

My hardware iMac 15" FlatPanel G4 800MHz 512MB ram superdrive, iBook 14" G4 1GHz 512MB ram combo drive. Firewire 400 connected to dvr-111 and seagate hd drives.
iMic silver and off white with the cables/adapter hell box
3 misc DvD VCR[record] players, the usual stuff.
HeathKit Amp with transformers (theWayBackmachine)
2 Altec Lansing 2.1 speakers and a Logitech 2.1 mp-3 speakers (test and compare)

The audio-technica AT-PL50 turntable with upgrades from supplier (Audio-Technica ATN3600DLX stylus and better belt)

Software list I shall add later. The last time I even looked at ProTools was os9 free version with win98 release on the disk also.

Got to Run

Aug 21, 2007, 05:38 AM
Haha! Hi!
0y name is Dave.
Its been 65 days since I last touched a PC, and 21 dayssince I used any Microsoft products.
Im almost 30, and grew up kind of nomadic. This time Im staying, but my band left... Since I live outside the map, I figured I would play with myself, and ordered a M-Audio Ozonic, with some Behringer Studio Monitors. Great was the day I got the gear, but unfortunately I still cant get around all the mysterious high tech equipment.
Did I mention I play the bass? No... I have a fretless semi-electric Cort, its a she, and she sounds sexy:-) We get along pretty well, but I still cant play her through the Ozonics interface. Any clues out there???
I used to have a 12" Powerbook, but some jerk stole it, now I have a 15" Macbook Pro, and its f@#4ng amazing!! More than I can handle actually...
Im planning to get either Live, or M-Powered Tool (any advice about that?), but in the meantime Im getting to know Garageband, which in the apple kind a way seems very straight forward any easy to handle. Still there is one more thing I cant get my noob-mind around: how do I set the MIDIs knobs and sliders using garageband?

Aug 26, 2007, 12:34 AM
My name is Ben. My main gig is teaching (private students and a university course), but I noodle with some of my own compositions and find digital audio to be an indispensable resource for teaching music. My setup is simple but quite adequate:

iMac C2D 20"
m-audio keystation and USB recording interface
logic pro 7.2

Like I said nothing too fancy but it gets the job done nicely. I have some preamps/effects for my guitars and basses but I suppose that's food for another forum... :D

Aug 30, 2007, 09:41 PM
Wow. I feel a bit out of place, there are some very impressive bio's posted above.

I am simply a music lover. Played jazz sax many years ago. Now I just love to listen and appreciate the skills of others. I listen to everything from Mozart to Zappa, from Public Enemy to Pink Floyd, Glenn Miller to Steve Miller and most everything in between.

What is my interest in digital audio? I have a nice collection of vinyl that I have taken tender loving care of, some for over forty years, and I want to put some of it on Mp3 and CD to make it portable. So I am investigating putting our new iMac to work on that project.

Respect to all of you, I am both impressed and humbled by what I have read here.

Sep 27, 2007, 01:34 AM
Yo I'm Blake
I have a home studio with 11 guitars a drum set Old Casio or something keyboard I use for a midi interface and I'm a vocalist. I use a basic macbook that as soon as a get some extra cash I'm going to upgrade.
I'm a pro tools junkie and I'm still learning to Master tracks but I'm getting there.. umm well I switched to Mac a month or two back and OsX is such a solid Operating system. Lets see well Pretty much musics my thing and I produce my own acoustic/indie music and my myspace should be up and running soon as I finish up this track.

Sep 27, 2007, 02:46 AM
Hello all, Sean here.

Just today started a year-long course on audio engineering and production that should prove muy interesting; hopefully I can learn alot through school and studio time and end up in a music industry job or wherever the fickle wind of the entertainment business ends up dropping me on my ass. :p

The Bad Guy
Oct 3, 2007, 01:58 AM
My name is Tony Montana and I'm originally from Cuba...well, maybe not. But sometimes I like to think so.

I'm actually the manager of an Apple Premium Reseller in Australia, who's just recently gotten back into playing music (analog and digital) after about a four year hiatus. I'm currently only just getting set up and am using an M80 guitar via a Marshall Guv'nor effects pedal straight into Garageband on my Dual 1.25GHz PowerMac G4.

It sounds pretty awful...but I'll work something out.

Oct 11, 2007, 01:41 AM
I use Pro Tools LE M-Box Pro, on a Mac with the NT2000 Rode Mic. I use my labtop, wich makes me portable-- but I struggle with the fact that it has only one fire wire connection. I don't like the quality that I get from garageband, but because I constantly fight with Pro Tools I either go to Garageband or I act like a child and play with cooledit Pro on a Pc.shhh..don't tell. I have been cutting audio for quite sometime, but I am a newbie with my system. I hope that I can learn something from logging on. And venting a bit, plus its gotta make you feel good to be so smart! :p I do most of my work in the kitchen. Thats me. and u?

Oh and if you can help me solve my pro tools fight on how to hook a fast firewire for storage, when I'm using my MIDI?

Nov 26, 2007, 07:56 AM
I'm Edgar, and I'm a hobbyist musician, making synthpop and trance mostly. Up until yesterday, my rig consisted of:

AMD PeeCee running Cakewalk SONAR 5 Producer
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz sound card
M-Audio O2 controller
Roland XP-10 synth
Roland JV-880 rack synth
Yamaha AN-200 desktop synth
Peavey RQ-200 mixer
Roland MA-8 powered monitors

I picked up a new 20" Aluminum iMac yesterday, so I'm hoping to run Cakewalk SONAR in Bootcamp. :)

Nov 26, 2007, 09:52 PM
hello! I'm Joe.

I've been a musician for over 15 years. Played professionally for about 5. Used to play guitar in a band Scars of Life. Right now just do the home studio thing as a hobby. You can check out all of my music at the following pages. I know run a bunch of somewhat popular music sites.

For those into hard rock / heavy metal...

Scars of Life - http://www.audiostreet.net/artist.aspx?artistid=1

Burning Red - http://www.audiostreet.net/artist.aspx?artistid=44699

Confined - http://www.audiostreet.net/artist.aspx?artistid=27

Nov 26, 2007, 10:01 PM
Feels like a chapter of AA doesn't it?

hi my names tim.

ive been sober for 6 months now...haha jk

i am a designer/ architect. based in north carolina and florida. Macs are a must in the design field, so thats what i mainly use it for. I do a little photography on the side. Thats me.
simple simple.

thank you for you time...haha

Dec 19, 2007, 11:47 AM
Hello there!

Im Soundie, or Sondre (Thats my real Norwegian name, I dont expect you to pronounce it so no worries). Anyway, Im turning 18 at the end of this month and Ive been playing the piano for about 10 years now. Music is really my passion in life and most of the things I do involve music. In addition to play just about anything with keys on it, I do some drumming ( mind, that is very basic ), taking some vocal courses and trying to figure out how to play guitar. And I also dj but I hardly get gigs since Im so into minimal techno and underground house ( not your average party-music ). Im not into everything but I have a quite diverse taste in music, my fav music is electronic music ( drum & bass, triphop, house, techno and lounge), rock (beatles, sex pistols, the clash, the doors, dave matthews band, the cure, bowie, zepplin, the who... anything really), jazz (pat metheney, brubeck, oscar peterson, keith jarret), classical and music for movies (debussy, satie, thackovsky (or how do you write that, haha), greig, thomas newman, john williams and others) When I make music I work with ableton live 7 and Reason 4.0, but Im looking for a VST with great orchestral sounds and strings. And my dream is to study music and make music for films when I grow up. So thats 30 seconds about me, nice to meet ya :D

Dec 30, 2007, 03:48 PM
Hello, my name is Max and I seem to have a problem...

Lol just kidding. I have been a long time reader of MR, but shamefully only joined recently because of the new Mac Rumors Team Fortress 2 group started by this forum.

As for me, I have been a musician since I was three, or should I say, I have been banging the keyboard since I was three. I recently graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Science and traveled to Los Angeles for internships and hopefully a job.

With some luck, I am now assisting a sound designer/ composer for games, films and commercials and needless to say, I feel I have much to learn.

My rig is very minimal: my 2.16 GHz MBP, an Edirol Midi Interface, and my 18 year old Korg keyboard (remember the keyboard I was banging on when I was three?) That's it really.

I run Logic 8 and recently bought the ProTools Micro, so I am running ProTools 7.3.1 Everything is working thus far, but I know when to turn to when they don't.

Thanks for you time, and I will see you guys around forum.

Oh, what do I do on the side? I compose music. I try to be as diverse, but the easiest thing for me to make is electronic music, not trance per say, or techno, but orchestral dance music. I would suggest looking at my site, but I just uploaded a bunch of piano tracks I did and one cheesy Christmas song I wrote for a commercial. Enjoy!

Dec 30, 2007, 08:47 PM
Hello to All

Just joined MR and think its a great mac forum!

My name is Paolo de Chavez and i'm an audio engineer graduate from SAE College Elite Audio Institute...

My main expertise is Post-Production for media. To See my work check out:

My main rig setup is/are:-
Digidesign HD 192 + Digidesign D-Control Icon Control Surface
ProTools HD 7.1
Mac Pro 3.0 Quad Core 2TB 4GB RAM

At Home, I use:-
Macbook 2.0Ghz 120GB + 2 GB Ram
Protools LE 7.1.1
Mbox 2 Mini
Reason 3.0 Rewired Logic 8.0 = MiDi Supremacy
M-Audio Axiom 25 MiDi Controller

Great Forum and keep up the Audio Thread!

Dec 30, 2007, 09:05 PM
Live in Dublin... it rains a lot... an awful lot... love music, sport, gadgets, anything Apple... prefer dogs to humans (:o).... work in media.... happiest when travelling or taking photographs.... favourite country other than Ireland: France.... favourite city visited: a tie between Melbourne and Barcelona (but really I just wanted to get in that I've visited both).... switched to Mac a few months ago and, yup, wondering why it took me so long.... I think I'm in love with my iMac... I've been known to whisper sweet nothings in its ear.... or is that the Superdrive? .... favourite song of all-time: One by U2.... New Year's resolutions: none.... although I should eat, drink and smoke less.... and maybe take some exercise occasionally.... favourite internet forum.... hmm, let me think.... :)

Jan 9, 2008, 12:53 PM
Hi everybody
Im probably the novice on these boards, I play no instrument but I study music culture at Uni of rhus, here in Denmark.
This coming semester we are to have a music production class, with main interface being Cubase, but our final project we can use any program we'd like...and so I got my hands on a midi keyboard....that is basically where Im at.

Jan 20, 2008, 05:47 PM
I'm Joel. I manage a small record label and have been involved in the music biz for 12 or so years, working in management, production, promotion, presenting, recording, A&R and just about everything else except actually playing the instruments and writing the songs. I've been a community radio DJ for 18 years and produce a weekly world music mix show called TerraSonic (available as a podcast from the iTunes Store).

I'm by no means a studio guy but do a lot of small project production at home, mostly DJ mixes of already-existing music. I've been living on Audacity for about two years now and, as soon as I upgrade my machine* I plan to upgrade to a better audio program too. Logic? Peak? Audition? I'm open to suggestions and advice. Price IS a consideration.

*I'm on a 1.5GHZ 15" Powerbook. Count me among those currently agonizing whether to buy a MBP now or wait.

Nice to be here.

Jan 20, 2008, 08:14 PM
I'm John, currently an undergraduate student at Boston University. I'm a musically inclined individual, and I recently became interested in digital audio editing when I was introduced to Garageband. I'm currently using a black MacBook with 2GB of RAM and an entry-level M-Audio 49-key MIDI controller.

Jan 23, 2008, 09:25 PM
My name is Charlie and I'm an 18 year old music enthusiast from Australia. I play guitar in all its forms, bass guitar and drums. I also run a small blog called Take The Stage (http://www.takethestage.wordpress.com).

I don't think that my music production knowledge would be as extensive as some of you guys, but I get by.

My rig isn't exactly the best, in fact, it is probably the most simple rig you can get away with. That's why I do majority of my recording work at a friends who has some somewhat 'admirable' gear.

I hope to help you guys out, and be helped out. Check out my blog too, I write a lot about music creation, music and Apple there.

Feb 16, 2008, 08:17 PM
Hi all!

My name's Michael from Sydney Au, I have a 17" MBP which I'm in the process of selling and replacing with a smaller 15" MBP or MB.

I'm just starting to use GarageBand, and hope to use it to record demo ideas for a new band/solo project with my current guitar setup and a future midi keyboard.

Feb 17, 2008, 12:38 PM
Hi folks. My name is Johnnie, and I've been in and out of the music/recording/sound thing for most of my life. I won't bore you with details, but I started out as a sax player, went to school to become a sound guy during the analog age, was a sound guy for a looonggg time, ending up doing mostly musicals theatre.

Started digital stuff with a Mac plus with 1 meg memory and a 20 Mbyte hard drive in 1986, using a prophet 2002 with eight bit samples, and editing on SDII. I first used digital performer 1.0.

Fast forward to now. Kinda retired from the sound stuff, but I miss mixing. Played around with Garageband, now I'm hooked again.

Sooo, I recently got a Mac Pro (the new eight core jobby) with logic express. I'm using a Mackie Onyx 1220 with the firewire card for an interface.

Hope to stick here for awhile, 'cause logic 8 is DEEP--I'm lovin' it.

Feb 28, 2008, 11:00 AM

I'm David and I use a Powerbook G4, Presonus Firebox, Max/MSP, guitar and pedals. I guess you'd call my music..uh, experimental and improv.

Or a mess, depending on your point of view.

When not using the computer, I just record directly on to it, when I do use it, I record onto minidisc...we're not talking high tech here...

Mar 13, 2008, 04:21 PM
I'm demeni and I'm an appleholic... hic!

I had thought I was a guitar player (currently - Fender Strat and Martin D28) but not played much for the last 10 years.

Currently working on a new collaboration project with a singer / songwriter on rock / pop / bluesy songs. I'm doing the backing, arrangement, recording, programming, production et all using Logic Pro 8. Everything goes though Logic and I've not put any guitar down at all so far, mainly because after a 10 year break it sounds lousy and I need practice time which I still don't have. Planning on getting first three tracks onto MySpace in the next coupla months.

Update: Aug 2008 - three demo songs posted to MySpace www.myspace.com/cityofrivers

Setup: Logic Studio, Mac Pro Quad 2.8Ghz, 20 inch cinema display, Emagic A26 (EMI 2|6), Red 5 Audio mic, Yamaha SY22 for midi, Genelec powered monitors (forget which model as I don't care).

I'm addicted but they won't send me to rehab :apple:

Mar 14, 2008, 11:05 PM
well my name is dj jones. i am a dj lol. i dj here and there around some westindian clubs in the tristate area. i am apart of a sound crew called innovative soundz. we basically deal with westindian based music such as chutney soca reggea dancehall. im 17 years old and im still learning but ive got my foot into every aspect of music from production to recording to djing i do it all. i have a myspace. myspace.com/innovativesoundz u can check out some my mixes there. if your wondering why am i posting on here is because i have an iphone im currently waiting for my macbookpro to be shipped and this seems like the best forum to hear about tips and problems and different info about both the iphone and macbook pro.

my main mixing tool is acid pro 6.0. i do eveything in it. i also use adobe audition
abelton live.

any questions or concerns pm me i guess lol. this is a great forum!~!! thanks to whoever owns it lol

Mar 22, 2008, 07:16 PM
Umpa here. glad to join up, been reading the rumors for a while.
:apple: fo life

Mar 23, 2008, 01:31 AM
I've never introduced myself. I'm a techy for a student radio station which includes a bit of audio diy, maintaining a webcast, doing live sound for gigs we put on, idents, pre, post and any kind of production, djing and I get to pick the new shiny things we get. Woop. Not a paid position however. Sometimes I get free beer/into clubs. Not quite enough for a mortage though. heh. Aside from that I'm guitarist in a fourpiece, a songwriter, home recording enthusiast, audiophile, OS X enthusiast, college student (I read history) and vegetarian. And I just discovered how cool ableton live is.

Oh and my equipment.

Ibook g4, Imac 24 (white intel core 2), numerous external FW/USB caddies and hds i got cheap
Mbox 2 - I wish I had a duet, I'd buy one if it had a digital out
Graham Slee Solo (Green edition) - a very nice SS headphone amp which is massively detailed, running into Some HD600s (got them for 100!)
cambridge audio azur540r, which is a DTS and DD receiver and amp, running into some kef referene 102s w/ kube and a rel storm sub (it's so musical and I like infrasound if im listening to D n B etc.)
AT4050 and SM57, focusrite voicemaster preamp
Modded jazzmaster, a les paul copy, squire jazz bass and a chearful fender acoustic>orange squeezer compressor> line six flextone 2
and this old dulcimer I found that I have yet to put strings on. Anyone know how?

Mar 28, 2008, 02:15 PM

Names Chris and I am a mobile dj. I've been doing it for 3+ years now and love it. Took it to a full time gig last October. I love macs and now own 2 of them. I've got an iMac and a MacBook Pro that I use for shows. I run a couple of Bose L1 systems. I use Vitual DJ with xsession pro for now. Thinking about changing up the controller though. Trying to create the smallest system possible. Less crud to drag around.

Looking forward to throwing around ideas with other mac guys/gals.


Apr 2, 2008, 03:30 AM

I'm Angus, I play guitar, piano, and sing a little. I go to a music school on Sunday, and am very into my tech, considering I'm only 12. Not much equipment at the minute, but hoping to get by Christmas-

20" Alu iMac 2.4ghz w/ 3GB RAM

Apogee Duet/Mbox

Logic Express/Studio

Couple of mics

I currently own-

Lefty Fender Mexican Strat-Brown Sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard, although I asked for maple :(

A couple of cheap guitars-lefty SG copy and lefty strat copy

Yamaha PSR E403 keyboard-Not really a synth, more of a toy really, but it works as a MIDI controller

Cheap Marshall 30w Solid-State

Boss CS-3 Compresser (buzzes like hell)

And a Jim Dunlop Crybaby

EDIT: Oh, and a very nice Fairclough acoustic

May 16, 2008, 03:42 PM
How do you post a new Topic.
I have a question about a protools issue. I'm brand new to this forum and feel like an idiot that I can't even post

May 18, 2008, 05:44 PM
I'm Carlo.

I record on a 20" iMac (2.16 ghz c2d) with 2gb ram. I recently got Logic studio, but before that i just used garageband.

i have an M-Audio MobilePre USB, but I hope to get a firewire interface with 8 inputs soon, so i can record a full drum kit, or a live band, with decent results.

i also have a penryn MacBook (2.1 ghz) that i use when i'm out of the house, mostly for garageband demos, or with a midi controller in a live situation.

as for microphones, i have 3 sm58's (mostly used for live vocals, but i also use them for drums for now) and an mxl 990 (it isn't great, but it gets the job done, and it came free with my mobilepre).

in the next few years, i hope to get the gear to turn my home studio (bedroom) into a project studio (one that isn't in my bedroom ,ideally...) with a macpro, a rack with gear in it, some good headphones, and better mics, monitors, etc.

Jun 1, 2008, 01:09 PM
I'm Cate and I'm 31.

In the mid-nineties I loved using Scream Tracker and Fast Tracker, and after the century turned I started used Sibelius and writing choir and string stuff. Then in 2002 I bought a computer, but didn't have internet so soon became frustrated with my computer not being able to find my sound card and gave up.

In 2003 I became a sort of hippy. I didn't smoke pot or wear hemp clothing, but I didn't have a computer, or a phone, and I started playing acoustic music.

But then last year I got in a car accident and I still can't play any of my instruments long enough to satisfy me.

So with my pitance they called a settlement I bought a MacBook and a digital recorder (Marantz PMD620). But so far I haven't managed to get anything going with it. I'm looking forward to getting over this stage of making stupid decisions that are difficult to resolve, and actually being able to record and compose music.

So far I've bought a computer that doesn't have a 10-key, essential for Sibelius, and a digital recorder whose CD-ROM gives me a window of gibberish, save the line about Windows.

Hopefully I won't be too needy around here.

Jun 1, 2008, 01:34 PM
I'm Collin, 23, and living in the Dallas area.

I'm a engineer for a company that produces and distributes media for broadcast use. My work can be found on tv and radio stations all over the world. The studios we have all use protools, and I'm a certified protools operator.

I'm also a drummer in a band.

Jun 24, 2008, 04:26 PM
Hi, I am Cory from the San Francisco Bay area.

I am a Product Specialist with BIAS and a independent engineer in the North bay as well as studio drummer.

Glad to be here.

Jul 1, 2008, 05:36 AM
my name is scott. i do music on my 8 year old mac that i'm getting ready to retire since i've evolved to needing more power. i've been around music since i was in fifth grade and i guess it has stuck with me and now i'm on that level a few notches where i want to be. as for me, i work solo but i've been looking for a band to play with or maybe find a (studio?) guitarist that plays bass as well that has digital gear so we can get down. check out my "hip-hop" page: soundclick.com/urbanwarphare, my electro page: soundclick.com/onebaddkidd, or download this track from mediafire that's fresh out the oven:


Jul 2, 2008, 02:18 AM
Hello fellow musicians and music lovers.
I'm a Paris-based composer, I also write a blog about Logic Studio, which is my main DAW.

www.logicstudioblog.com (http://www.logicstudioblog.com)

As the main in-house audio interface I heavily rely on a trusty MOTU 828 and I compose orchestral and electronic music.

I've worked with many configurations for studio and live performance, so far I've found happiness with this minimal set of tools.

I love composing with Logic Studio and it just gets better and better by the day, it's a complete universe by itself, the more I use it the more I discover.


Jul 24, 2008, 12:11 PM
Hey everybody!

I'm a Toronto-based musician/composer (Brampton-based if you wanna get specific) and I actually joined here to get some input on interfaces for DAWs.

I challenged myself to use GarageBand to its fullest, and I think I've done that without the use of a firewire interface pretty well. This is probably because I've been doing software instrument compositions for the most part. (I even did a full-episode soundtrack for a show on Bravo! Network...the audio people wouldn't believe me when I said I used GarageBand :) )

But I really want to get into recording live, particularly to be able to record drums. I've gotten some "okay" drum tracks using just the line-in, (believe it or not!) but I really want the quality and channel control with a multi-channel preamp/interface.

So I guess I'll search around, and if I can't find any answers that way, I'll post up!

Nice to meet you!

EDIT: Oh yeah, I'm using GarageBand on a 2.4ghz 20" iMac, 2gb RAM, OSX 10.5.4

Aug 18, 2008, 12:41 PM
I'm a UNIX guy by trade, been playing guitar and drums for over 25 years and have covered most genres of Rock&Roll. Ultimately, I'm a total METALHEAD!:cool:

My first attempts at recording began with Tascam 4 track machines and the like.

Over the years I casually followed digital audio technology as my career in UNIX system administration developed.

I worked with Cakewalk on the PC platform for several years.

I've always been more of a performer/player and even though I have a technical background, historically, I've opted to leave the techie stuff at the office and in my spare time I wanted to just plug in and play ;)

I don't need to "make it" and I don't need to produce perfect recordings - I just want to create and have something to show for all this time I have put into this thing that I love called music!

I currently have a 17" MBP w/ 4GB RAM, running Tiger and I just picked up an Apogee Duet. I run a very simple operation:

I've only used a cheesy demo version of Amplitube for guitar direct into the Duet which is fine for quick ideas.

Then, for the "real deal", I fire up my bad ass Engl amp, mic one of my speaker cabinets and run it into the Duet.

I'm using Garageband and have found some limitations so I'll probably look into upgrading to something else soon.

I would also like to get some good drum track software in the absence of real drum tracks.

Aug 25, 2008, 04:10 AM
Hello guys and girls

My name is Windo, I just started using mac this year and started to work as a sound designer.

atm i'm using Macbook (nov 07)

thanks , and c u all folks

Aug 31, 2008, 10:15 AM

Names Riley.
Just bought my new MacBook Air which i love, spite what others think of the mac air lol.

Anyway thats bout me aha laters.

Sep 19, 2008, 06:45 PM
hi my name is tracy. i just got a macbook pro for the purpose of recording music. i am in a band with my sisters. our sound has kind of a folk feel to it. we've been a band since 2004 but we have been doing music for much longer than 4 years. we've been in choirs for years.

personally, my choir conductor came from USC and taught music theory. I credit him for developing my love for music (not just singing). I took guitar lessons for almost 5 years. the first 8 months i learned classical guitar and made it to the intermediate level in that short amount of time. after that i switched and learned from a studio musician about gear, songwriting, tabbing... he really encouraged me to develop as a musician and find my own sound. i credit him with stirring within me the desire to record... long story short i did.

all that to say i am in the process of figuring out which interface to use to record so my sisters and I can have new stuff recorded by the end of the year. i am hoping to have it release early next year.

nice to "meet" you all. i'll see you around on the board. :)

Sep 20, 2008, 10:49 AM

Charlie, I'm still in H.S. Done some audio production for a large CA record store/label and some other local Dallas bands.

Audio Purposes
The Sig +
2 KRK Expose
2 KRK V8
1 KRK V88
1 KRK S12
Digidesign Track Control Surface
Audio Kontrol 1 for mobile

Shure SE530s on the Road
Grado's for other stuff

Used some other gear over time...

Sep 25, 2008, 05:18 PM

I've been recording enthusiast for quite some time now, going back to my beloved (not really) Tascam Porta07 cassette 4-track, moving on to a Boss BR-8 (digital 8-track that recorded to a Zip drive), then finally a PC, of which there've been many.

Currently running Tracktion 3 with Reason on a Thinkpad, though I've recently been using Reaper, which blows me away. Really dig it.

When the new MacBooks are released, it'll be the best of those (most likely) and running either Logic or Reaper (if the final OSX version gets released soon).

I use a Firebox for good stuff, and a UX2 Toneport for scratch tracks, through M-Audio monitors.

Sep 27, 2008, 02:00 AM
Lately just completed digitizing several hours of analog cassettes with my own stuff on it that goes back to the late 80s.
Used Final Vinyl for conversion to .aiff and .wav and have started to use Garageband to 'clean' them up a bit. I'll be upgrading instrument wise soon and probably later grow into some deeper software.

Have had some experience with Atari ST sequencing and composing software sometime ago.

Sep 27, 2008, 02:38 AM
Hey, I'm Stebbo. I've got Logic running on my MacBook hooked to a Tascam FireOne, Audio-Technica AT2020, and Yamaha NP-30. I focus mostly on piano, but I get to mess with other sounds, too (I <3 MIDI).

Oct 8, 2008, 12:40 AM

I'm Andrew and I'm a student taking Audio Recording classes at my school. I look to major in Electronic Music Production or Digital Audio Engineering. My free time is mostly filled with making music, listening to music, and bar-b-queing chicken.

Vital Statistics:
13" MacBook 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2 GB Memory
8 GB iPod Touch

Oct 22, 2008, 07:40 AM
I'm 21 studying Music Studio Technology and Film Technology at University.

Am just waiting for my new 24" 3.06GHz iMac to arrive along with Logic Studio, to go with my freshly purchased KRK Rokit RP5 G2s and Novation Remote SL Compact 25 and my M-Audio FW4/10. Can't wait to get it all set up and get learning Logic.

Oct 22, 2008, 05:19 PM
The name is Daz AKA DJ Cerebral Comfort (www.myspace.com/cerebralcomfort - tell me what you think :)
I'm 17 and love making trance! I have been using Logic for about six months now and I learn something new everyday.
I'm in the middle of HSC exams and soon I will be finished school! Let the partying begin! My gear:

Imac white 20"
Logic Pro 8
Reason 4
Bunch of Plugins
Edirol PCR500 midi keyboard
Technic headphones (can't remember which ones, but they tear up the studio :)

It's been nice meeting you all ;)

Nov 1, 2008, 01:34 PM
Hey my name is Joe, I'm 27.

I bought my iMac earlier this year and have been using it mostly for photo editing, email, etc. I just recently decided I want to try to start mixing music and recording onto the computer in real time. I used to do this with my old PC, but I havent done enough research yet to know what I need for the Mac to hook up my mixer and tables.

Nov 26, 2008, 02:35 PM
Hey Guys,

Thought i should introduce myself, My name's Sam, i'm studying for a Bsc Degree in Music and Audio Technology at University. I have A level in Music Technology but have lots of experience recording local artists and also spent the last 3 years running and producing content for a local radio station.

Anyway, i'm running a MBP early 2008, see my signature. And the DAW i'm using at the moment is primarily Pro Tools LE with a Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini. But as a student i have to use all of them, Logic, Cubase, Soundtrack Pro, etc etc.

Oh and i also have been playing drums and piano for 13 years, and hold grade 6 in both of them.

Well, thats me, in a nutshell.


Nov 27, 2008, 05:52 AM
Im Gabriel from Spain, Im living in Germany and working as musician. I play drums, guitar and bass. Im member of a gospel choir where I make arrangments for guitar, drums and voices-, I make a workshop about rhythym for children in a school, I play also in a brazilian music band -forro, samba, bossa....- and develope my own projet at home with my very little and humble home-studio: MacBook Pro, Logic Pro, M-Audio FireWire Solo, Keystation 61 es and Evolution UC-33.
I like all kind of good music. Lately: The cat empire, brand new heavies, Liquid Soul...
Ok, theres much more about me but I think this is enough for the moment!!!

Nov 27, 2008, 06:20 AM
Well heck I had no idea this thread was around.

I'm Eric from MN. I am getting back into music after a rough couple of years with work taking up all my time. It feels good to start getting some ideas down. I am a keyboardist (nothing close to Keith Emerson) and bassist. I just started getting back into bass to be honest. At the same time I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my synth bass lines to add more presence my buddy was forcing me to play bass in Guitar Hero and I could not resist and decided to take up bass again.

I am currently running Logic 8. I was trained on Pro Tools. I want to say Pro Tools 5? It was just before the 001 and Pro Tools LE. I used DP for a while. Then made the switch to Logic with 7. Sadly the only big real commercial studio in Minneapolis pays next to nothing after years of internship so I decided to not choose audio engineering as a career.

My big thing is I love me self some good old analog synths. I really enjoy collecting and restoring synths. They are just some really wonderful bits of technology. My current project is to completely rip down, restore, modify and calabrate a Juno-106. For those who know about it quarks I am replacing all the VCA chips.

Currently I am partnered up with an old co-worker and our plan is to bring analog filter banks, EQs, and synths to market. We have a long road ahead, but it will be fun.

Oh, I will be nice and tell you all what I am currently using
Mac Pro running Logic 8.
UAD2 DSP card (OMG, the Neve 1081 is fricken fantastic, best software EQ)
MOTU 828mkII
MOTU Midi Express XT
Event TR5 monitors
Behringer 2442MX mixer - The blue one that was made in Germany with quality parts (Would love one of them new ZED mixers from Allen & Heath.
oodles of plug ins
oodles of synths
Fender P bass (95 Mexican)
A few outboard pieces. Mainy noise gates (old synths are noisy)
I am planning on getting a UA 610se for vox and bass/guitars (it's one really sweet channel strip)

Dec 9, 2008, 12:48 AM
I use GarageBand to make music and sound effects for my apps. I also use GarageBand for making podcast episodes.

Dec 11, 2008, 02:32 PM
I am a composer working on TV and Radio commercials as well as TV shows. I am working with DP5 getting ready to get DP6.

While looking for an inexpensive way to work from home 2 years ago, a friend recommended an imac. It worked out great but now I want VSL and a number of other new soft-synths, so I'll need a mac pro.

I'm ashamed to admit that I don't know as much about the technical end of what I do as I know about the musical end.

I have a question.

I didn't have any problems for a long time, but suddenly, I am getting clicking, popping, double, repeated and stuck notes when I play SampleTank or any of my other Soft Synths.

I have no idea what has changed.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to fix this?

I'd like to give this imac to my musical daughter after I get my pro.


Dec 20, 2008, 06:29 PM

I am Sil from N. CA actually the Capitol City, Sacramento. I'm into all kinds of High Technology both Analog and Digital. I'm new to this Site, I have only been on here for over one week but I have found it to be a great place to find information and solutions in both the Analog and Digital Audio arena. I spent 28 years in the Communications and Computer Field in SCADA, DACS and report processing. Eventually landing on RF based transmission systems. The Computer world for me started back in 1976 beginning with IBM 1800's, the office systems were made up of IBM PC's not the XT. the PC. I got my first taste of Apple in 1984 with a Apple IIe. I enjoyed it immensely and it found its way into my Ham Shack as a Satellite Tracking and Antenna Control System and a ASCII system for RF based Communications. I however clung to Intel Based DOS systems and eventually into Windows, and finally realized this was a dead end road... I did not return to Apple until a month ago when I made a Home for a iMAC with a 24" monitor and every option I could jam in it. I'm glad to say I'm hooked. I still use PC's for some tasks at work and at Home, but the MAC Pro and iMAC's at work receive much attention from me. I work in Graphic Arts, Photography and Video. Apple computers are the only way to go in this field, especially in Video work.. I look forward to meeting some of you folks and hope to learn from those who have been working with the MAC Family. And maybe I can impart some that I have learned over the years, Old as it may be.....:cool:

Dec 22, 2008, 11:03 PM
Hey I'm Greg

I'm a 22 year old recording engineer. I have two bachelors degrees, on in Music Recording Technology, and on in Jazz Studies.

I work for a remote recording company based in New Jersey. We specialize in on-site location recording.

Jan 2, 2009, 11:09 AM
doing sound engineering at college and play with my band great fun, roll on 09 for more :D

Kid Calamity
Jan 7, 2009, 04:38 AM
I'm just passing through, really. However, now I have registered I may return every once in a while.

I'm here now because I have a USB microphone query, so have posted my dilema up in the appropriate audio related place. Please help, if you can. :)

BTW; I play in a sort of jazzy band and are using the mic to put tracks up on our MySpace site.

night drop
Jan 7, 2009, 06:59 PM

I've been a longtime lurker here and have learned much from this website. I'm planning on purchasing an MBP in the next few days. One of my prime reasons for this purchase is for use in recording. It will be my first Apple purchase. Along those lines I have some questions which I'll post in the Digital Audio Forum.



Jan 10, 2009, 11:51 PM
I play part time bass @ a church and just joined a band. I plan on buying an interface with software but cant decide which one. I'm afraid pro tools will be to tough for me to figure out so i'll probably find software thats a little easier. I also havent decided whether to go with usb or firewire. I dont think it matters for what i'll be doing.

Hey ? When you record live audio ,with garageband, what kind of mic do you use? Do you use an interface or a usb mic?
I just posted a prob about trying to use my usb mic with Garageband.

Jan 11, 2009, 12:28 PM
Hey Everyone,

I've been managing a studio since July of '08, but it has been kind of tough here in Louisiana with the hurricanes and other extra stuff going on. I really didn't know what I was getting myself into at the time, but I'm glad I made the jump.

Other than that, I've been playing guitar for 9 years and have a lot of different amplifiers and guitars.

I use a 2D Metric Halo ULN-2 +DSP into Logic 8. I also use a Mackie Onyx 800 external mic preamp. I mainly record guitars and re-amp clean signals back through my amps. A friend of mine, who lives in Texas, records the drums or creates drum loops. He also handles the mastering end of it for the time being. He is teaching me everything he knows and I'm doing the same as well. I don't know a whole lot, but that is what makes it so great.

I'm hear to learn and share what little bit I know.

It's fun!

Jan 11, 2009, 10:22 PM
Hey guys, my name is Alex and I just got a macbook c2d 2.4ghz 2gb ram. I bought it to use it with ProTool via the Mbox 2 Mini and PTLE 8.

Hopefully I can help anyone with questions here....

Jan 15, 2009, 03:52 PM
Hello! Total digital audio newbie here, learning about how things work as I go. I've been experimenting with GarageBand, and I made a little progressive dance song that I'm not quite sure what to do with. I like the sound of it, at least... but as of right now, it's not destined to be used for anything.

If you want to listen to it, send me a PM, and I'll oblige.

Jan 15, 2009, 03:59 PM
Been doing this for a few years, but not so consistently, now I'm trying to work on making it my career, but I need a good start, and I'm looking for that now.

I use Logic Express, no interface (so sue me, I'm broke), and an odd load of recording equipment, (headphones, a vocal mic). When dealing with guitar and strings I line in, because it sounds better than any options I currently have, and when doing drums I tend to fight with headphones and a y splitter.

I've been drumming for 5 years, use a Pacific CXR 24" Kick, 12" tom, 14" tom. A Pork Pie 13" acrylic snare, and 13" Zildjian A Custom Mastersound Hats and 18" A Custom Projection Crash.

Jan 16, 2009, 08:04 PM
To revamp an old thread LOL!!

Hi There, i'm pete!! :-)
i have been into music since i was 6.. i started learning piano about then.. and ever since i haven't really looked back. I have steadily been getting more and more involved in music n stuff.. mainly solo stuff but also working in bands and stuff.

I have my dads excellent music tastes at the very heart of what i try to do and achieve- Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, (i try to experiment alot of the time with whatever im doing) I also like listening to alot of electro, and independent electronic kinda stuff, The Emperor Machine, Aphex Twin, Four tet, Ada, I like alot of rocky stuff as well.. Muse, Radiohead, Evanescence, Thousand Foot Krutch.. The list goes on.. i do have 40 gigs of music afterall!!

I went to college studied music tech btec national diploma, taking music G.C.S.E among others previous to that. I was learning guitar and piano at this point, but i stopped shortly after figured i had learnt all i could and couldn't benefit anymore. I found that i was playing more of my own music, all day everyday than actually practicing the set pieces.

While at college i was part of a band from my group that i was part of- called communication error, we focused alot on techno/electro cept with guitars! lots of bleeps n stuff was good fun.. Then i moved off to uni so that was not really an option

I'm now at university studying Music Tech (again!) BSC at leicester De montfort. Over the past 3/4 years i have picked up various pieces of kit. Yamaha kit mainly, list as follows :-)..
Yamaha Motif,
Yamaha EX5,
Yamaha Portasound MK100,
Korg MS2000BR,
Lexicon MX200,
TC Electronics G-Sharp,
2x Alesis 3630,
Yamaha MG12/4
Squier Tele,
Vox AD30VT,
KRK Rokit RP5,
Samson C-control,
TC electronics Powercore,

I have 2 macs.. a Mac Mini, the old core duo 1.6Ghz- getting 2GB of RAM soooon. and a Macbook pro, the silver alu one, not unibody though 2.4Ghz 2GB of RAM- getting 4GB on that as well..

I use Protools LE as standard, with audacity, reason, ableton very occasionally. I have used various programs to make a couple of weird tracks, including Metasynth and others i cant remember the name of..oops

I have of late become a freelance engineer working at a church in central london. I have been working there on off for 3 years or so. I also play keys there in the worship team, trying to make as many electro references as possible!! :D

I currently am picking up where i left off in terms of guitar, and i play alot of piano using the synths i have.. i have some instrumental work in the pipeline :-)

I have also got 17 tracks of electronicness which im looking to turn into an album.. more than likely 2.. especially seeing that i have been using the guitar alot more recently.

Check out some of my stuff on myspace.. www.myspace.com/mwpulse


Anybody got experience in electro? im looking for pointers ;)

Im looking to eventually go into 2 different realms of music, either live work, or studio work (more than likely a producer).. maybe an engineer not too sure yet

Jan 23, 2009, 02:24 PM
Hi. I am Brian. I currently do live sound for various bands in SF and I am interning at club here in town. At home I have a pro tools Mbox2 with Pro-Tools (obiviously) as well as Reason 4. I use an M-Audio midi controller for the reason.

I am looking to expand and start putting together a live rack with various compressors and reverbs so I can, eventually, take it out on the road.

Any other live engineers here?

Jan 29, 2009, 02:05 AM
I'm Adam and I usualy only record my own stuff but I've produced for a few friends.

I have a Mac Book Pro 15" (the hot rodded one) and I usually just use GarageBand, but I've been using it to get better at engineering which is surprisingly fun for me.

Jan 30, 2009, 02:31 AM
Hello, I am an Electrical Engineer currently interested in video actually. And, as I'm sure you all know. People can tolerate video artifacts--even crap video, but poor audio is not acceptable. One area in which I have particular concern is reducing in noise--particularly wind noise.

I'm not much interested in direct audio recording on a Mac, I'm more interested in using my machine to edit or enhance audio--but I'm open to experimenting.

I've done both hardware and software design--I'm also looking to develop applications and products for the mac.

Jan 30, 2009, 08:18 AM
Hello, I am an Electrical Engineer currently interested in video actually. And, as I'm sure you all know. People can tolerate video artifacts--even crap video, but poor audio is not acceptable. One area in which I have particular concern is reducing in noise--particularly wind noise.

I'm not much interested in direct audio recording on a Mac, I'm more interested in using my machine to edit or enhance audio--but I'm open to experimenting.

I've done both hardware and software design--I'm also looking to develop applications and products for the mac.

Welcome Night Sailor. That is quite an impressive set up you got listed there. Glad to have you here on macrumors.

The same to everyone else.

Feb 3, 2009, 10:56 AM
Making beats on FL Studio 7 with an M-Audio Oxygen 49.
Record on the family iMac w/ Garageband. [PPC G5 1.8 GHz, 10.3.9 OS X]

I just carry the iMac to my room and hook up my Lexicon Omega AI and record with an AKG Perception 120 in the closet.

Saving up for either a mac mini or macbook to run reason or logic because my windows crashed . May even run windows and stay with fl studio. What is the education price on reason 4?


Feb 12, 2009, 11:42 AM
Hello, My name is Benjamin

I am a guitarist and I do a lot of Audio/Video recording with my Macintosh using GarageBand and iMovie to mix and edit both the Audio and the Video.

I use a Duet by Apogee Interface, KRK Rokit 5 Monitors, and Monster Cables.

Here is where you can look and listen to my work.

My Webpage (http://web.me.com/benguitar/Benjamins_Video_Page/Welcome.html)

Feb 13, 2009, 10:20 PM
Hello, I'm Jake.
I produce local bands from Northeast Oklahoma.
I try and use extremely basic and lo-fi equipment to retain a "roots" sound. It also helps with saving money. ;)
I'm currently using:
Behringer 8 channel mixer
Fender Strats, Gibson SGs
M-Audio MobilePre USB
Line 6 PODxt
Vintage Roland keyboards
15" Macbook Pro
MXL large diagphram condenser mic
Logic Pro
Cubase 4

Hit me up if you have any questions regarding audio!

J. :apple:

Feb 14, 2009, 01:06 AM
Hello to everyone. I use Ableton Live 7 on a PC currently while I await my new 17" unibody. I recently purchased Max/MSP/Jitter 5 so I'm no genius with the software yet but am coming a long with the great tutorials. I really recommend anyone who was discouraged with version 4 to give version 5 a shot because the tutorials are very helpful. I also have a M-Audio Axiom 25 and a Novation Remote Zero. I'm saving up some money for a new mixer, hopefully a Korg Zero 4 to go a long with ms. pinky. Have a nice day!

Mar 7, 2009, 09:30 AM
Hey I'm Adam. My producer name is not the same but similar to my username here. I started out producing in 2001 with Music 2000 on Playstation.

This gave me necessary knowledge to take music production further with FruityLoops 4.7 which I still use today. Since then, especially in the UK, the music scene is constantly changing with new genres springing up so most developments I've been making have been creatively rather than what equipment I use.

I picked up DJing in 2006 as a promotional tool. 2008 I finally bought an Oxygen8 V2 MIDI Controller (why it took so long I don't know lol) but I'm now transitioning to Logic Pro which makes more sense for me giving that I own three macs and one PC (two if boot camp counts), and its a lot cheaper, feature packed and intuative than ever.

I'll be setting up a podcast in due course, maybe as soon as a week from this post. I haven't released any tracks yet so I'm hoping the podcast will help gain exposure. Nowadays I'm into Electro-house, but I have been involved in many genres including soulful house, funky house, garage, hip-hop, Nu-jazz, broken beat, grime, drum 'n' bass.

Thanks for reading

Mar 18, 2009, 04:30 AM
hello all,

I am Angie Thom. I love music and dancing. In free time i like to reading. I
currently working with Sound and Alarm. Sound and Alarm having a large collection of car alarm, car stereo, car audio, car stereo installation, car audio install, car alarm installation and other car accessories. if you would like to visit my company here is the URL:- http://www.soundandalarm.com/

I am here looking forward to more and more threads and knowledge. :-)

Thanks & regards,
Angie Thom

Mar 18, 2009, 09:09 AM
Hey Guys / Girls

Finally thought I would register and start taking part in a few discussions after lurking long enough.

Basic background

Live Audio Engineer, who spends way too much time touring and not enough recording. These days I only really have the time to multi track the tours Im working on and not enough time doing the fun one off's

Gear wise I have a few set ups

6x metric halo 2882's ( with 2d cards )
2x Alesis HD24's
1x rme madiface
1x g5, dual 2.77ghz 6 gig ram with 2x rme hdsp pci madi cards
2x macbook pro's 2.16ghz 2gig ram ( 1 lives with the MH stuff, one with the madiface )

Mobile I/O 5.1
Logic Pro

Catch you all around


Mar 24, 2009, 02:44 PM
Hello there. I've been lurking a while, and am looking at a new Apple purchase so just sort of gathering info. I've been using a Powermac G4, with MOTU 2408 MkII and PCI-324 audio interface, and Logic Platinum 4.7, to record music since I got it in 2000. It was the bees knees then!
It's still a great sounding and extraordinarily stable and reliable system, but I'm finally ready to come up to date with Logic Studio and a new Mac, so I've got some questions which I'll post in the forum.

Paul Ashton
May 15, 2009, 12:10 PM
I am musician and my digital work focuses around recording live instruments but also construct with samples and create/play my own samples.

I use Logic Pro 8 on an iMac
I intend to start learning to use Ableton LE for my sample work.
occasional use Cubase on a PC when travelling

iMac 24hhz 24"
Saffire 40 interface and Alesis Firewire 16 (agregated)
Midisport 8x8

I love keyboards and have 14 pianos, organs and keyboards. 8 are connected into my studio rig and I do use each one almost every day.
I also have a digital drum kit which is a Roland DD1 with an Alessis DM5 brain transplant.

I have a rack of hardware synths from legacy/retro Korg MR1 to Nord rack 2.
I also use soft synths and just got the amazing new Camel Alchemy

My MIDI set up was more to prove that I could do it then is absolutely necessary. Everything routed in and out throught the Mac and joined together through Logic Pro environment

Monitoring is with KRK5 Active monitors switchable to studio amp with Wharfdale D3's or to the studio PA system

I am sure there are lots of things I should have added ....

May 21, 2009, 02:08 PM
Hello, though it'll be nice to introduce myself.

For the record, I'm not a musician or a sequencer junkee:D However give me an instrument and I'll try to play you a tune, give me a month and i'll usally know what i'm doing... However be warned! The results might be traggic, perhaps nothing but noise!! lol But I'm happy to keep on going!! :)

Over a decade ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, from there I was given the opportunity to attend Tisch, NYC for a couple of semesters; with the help of some generous sponsors and a patent professor, I learnt enough to know my way around a tape based studio, of the yester-years. Gaining a temporary position in a little independent recording studio of 2nd Avenue mixing reggae tracks. Unfortunately since then I've been out of the scene. Nowadays, for the most part I work in media design but that doesn't mean I stop don't dabble! Favourite instruments has drums, bass and keyboards... don't ask me to mic anything.. it'll go wrong!! lol

Recently I aquired an Mbox2Pro, the factory edition but I'm not completely content with having just two inputs and no expansion options (i like real instruments, they just more fun!!!) I'm already seeking to upgrade the unit to either an 003R+ or a used 002R just so I don't have to repurchase PT8LE again. Only now I've discovered PT have changed so much over the years, my last encounter was PTIII way back when PPC G3 was state of the arts. I think, getting a grips with the current version will take a little time.

Please be patent with me.. I might be asking loads of stupid questions, but only because they don't supply manuals anymore!! :rolleyes:

Jun 30, 2009, 06:28 PM
Hi, names mike. Ive had my mac for a little less than a year. Ive been interested in music all my life. Play a ten. sax quite well, but dont really play any more. My friend was music director for my church. He left and i sorta had to take over a few things. He showed me a few things in Reason and i sorta took off from there. So, i do a lot of reason stuff. But I'm looking to get into more recording stuff. We record off of a board onto a cd burner, then i tweak with audacity. But that sucks. So, when money is better id like to get a better set up. Anyway, i run a Allen & Heath GL2200 Board. Half of the board is pre-fade(re soldered it to be that way myself) for the aviom system. Have a fully enclosed drum cage, fully micd. Ive learned a lot, and I'm basically a wizard with wiring and trouble shooting. And i almost forgot, i hooked up some Butt Kickers and their great. If you wanna put your drummer and bass player more on their game, get some butt kickers. This thread looked a little stale so i figured I'd write a lil book for it. O yah, and most of my equipment is Behringer or SHURE. O yah, and i despise electronic drums, they sound as bad as they look.

Aug 5, 2009, 08:06 PM
My name is Rick and yah I just got my 1st Mac. It is only a mini, but I upgraded it to 4 gbz of ram and the new Seagate 500/7200 rpm HD. It seems fast and stable but I have not taxed it to much yet. what little spare time that I have these days is spread between practicing the keyboard and trying to get the hang of the whole digital realm. I am not a pro like most of you guys. I'm a bldg inspector. I 'm learning with GarageBand and Logic Studio Pro 8, and I use a program called Pizzicato to practice theory, and keyboard practice. I also have a couple of software packages from EWQL, and Yamaha S90es, PreSonus FireStudio 26x26, (wanting the change to something else, mabe MOTU), Mackie MCUpro and C4 controller along with other misc items. I find it very exciting and stimulating. Looking foward to learning more. Great to be aboard .Rick

Aug 10, 2009, 07:18 AM
Hi all. I am TwoSpot (AKA Ed, Eddie). I am brand new to Digital recording. I am not new to Macs although I haven't used one for a while. On friday I purchased an iMac 24" 2.66Ghz C2D. I love it. I also purchased Logic Studio 9. I have Ableton Live 8 also. My friends swear by it but I really don't like it. I just couldn't get into it. I like the layout of the Apple products (Logic, Garageband) better. I have a Presonus Firebox Studio hooke to the Mac. I have a Yamaha DTXpress IV Special electronic drum kit ( I am a drummer), a Yamaha Acoustic/Electric guitar (I just started learning so I can't play squat), and a Yamaha PSR-E313 Keyboard that I borrowed from my father in law. So until I get better chops on the guitar and keyboard I'll be using alot of loops!

So that's my setup. I will be asking alot of questions. I am already having problems getting the midi going on the keyboard but I already posted about that.

Aug 24, 2009, 10:15 PM
Hi to all!!

Well, my name is Daniel and Im a musician --guitar player and composer-- from Mexico City; I have my projects to be recorded and basically I would like to do that in my new iMac.

You can visit my bands web page here RED PAGE BAND (http://heksolson.com/redpage)

The thing is that i am a totally newbie with Macs and i will need total assistance... I want to know everything about the setting up; because i have an m Audio delta 66 card that does not seems to fit this iMac so Im very confused at this point! :)

I have heard great things about macs and audio recording but as for now i dont have a clue!! What can you recommend me?


Oct 3, 2009, 08:26 PM
I spent years using a dedicated PC running Cubase SX and my MOTU 828mkII. Bought Warp, The Grand(version 2) & Native Instruments B4 Hammond VST instruments although never use the WARP.

I added a MOTU 8pre to the set-up about 2 years ago and 6 months ago, made the switch to Mac...

I'm now running an iMac with Logic 8 and the same two MOTUs. Got my VSTs to work, although I haven't tried the Warp. Loving it as a piece of kit and am getting to grips with Logic after so long with Cubase.

I've collected numerous microphones over the years, particularly AKG I've recently noticed. And am using my gear to record guitars, drums, vocals etc (with my cousin Dave and my mate Chris).

Oct 15, 2009, 11:58 AM
Refer to my recent post, where I have it all listed and the problems I'm having as well and feel free to help/advise in any way you can. :)

Nov 5, 2009, 02:17 PM
Hello, all. I'm a lurker who has finally decided to come out of his shell a little. I was born to a band of traveling gypsies, but abandoned shortly thereafter in Nova Scotia where I was raised by a pack of timber wolves. Here I learned valuable skills such as howling at the moon and sucking eggs. When I had reached full maturity I moved south where I landed a regular job as an extra on the set of an off-Broadway all midget stage version of "Easy Rider". Realizing that my career was going nowhere I moved to Michigan and followed my lifelong dream of becoming a CMM programmer and raising a family.

I've always been a Mac guy. Here's my stuff :

My Stuff (http://web.me.com/seamus26/Site/Family_of_Macs.html)

The Blue and White G3 is the computer I use when I feel like recording. All my equipment is listed on the site, but for those who don't feel the need to visit I'll list it here.

B&W G3 Mac with 500Mhz G4 upgrade running Tiger, ATA SATA and SCSI drives (just because I can) and DVD ROM. My music hardware includes my ART SGX2000 DSP, MOTU 896 FireWire A/D converter, MOTU MIDI Timpiece AV, Alesis SR-16 drum machine, Roland E35 synth (that I can't pick up off the stand anymore because the wood screws holding it together stripped out), Yamaha MU-50, six guitars, a bass, a banjo, a violin a few recorders and a bongo. The system works great except when it doesn't. I was recording from OS 9 into AudioDesk, but it was nearly as tedious as my four track. I downloaded MOTU drivers for OS X and can now record directly into GarageBand, which has advantages and disadvantages. My biggest disadvantage is the 100Mhz system bus bottleneck. No matter what processor upgrade I use I'm going to be stuck. I've been thinking about upgrading to a MacBook Pro, but I don't want to shell out the beans right now.

I can't believe the only Apple product (besides my iPhone 3G) that I didn't include in my list of Macs is my eMate 300. I love the little guy. Probably the only reason that I quit using it was that I gave away all of my Performas with the old serial port. I think my old IIsi has an ethernet card. Maybe I can network it through Classic and ... now I'm talking mad scientist stuff. Although, I do have an old WavLAN card. This guy made it wireless ...

Wireless eMate (http://geektechnique.org/projectlab/669/getting-your-emate-wireless)

Anywho, I hope to be hanging out here more often with the goal of learning as much as possible. Who knows? Maybe I'll even have something to contribute.


Nov 13, 2009, 09:41 PM
Currently using ProTools 8.01 with MBOX 2 on a Mid Year iMac 20"...anyone have suggestions as to whether Logic Express would be better for recording? Also looking to find a reasonably priced MIDI keyboard to help with drum programming. Been looking at several M-Audio keyboards in the $100 range? Any suggestions???:apple:

Nov 28, 2009, 04:10 AM
i'm a writer just getting started in composition and recording/editing/mixing. this seems to be a very knowledgeable group with a great deal of expertise between you. i look forward to getting to know many of you :)

Dec 10, 2009, 12:15 AM
I'm Eric.

I'm 20 and have been playing guitar for 13 years. I studied classical and eventually got my teaching certificate and never played a classical song again. (but am more than happy to help if anyone has any questions).

I've played in a few bands that have been decently popular in the Windsor area. I always quit the bands because i have music a.d.d. and am constantly changing styles of interest. I've started up a new band which i'm very excited about, and we are working on recording our first demo.

For recording i use my Macbook Pro (garageband... looking at upgrading to protools... but am too broke:() M-Audio external midi interface, digitech GNX 1 as a ghetto pre-amp, and either my Paul Reed Smith 22 custom or my Martin Dreadnaught.

Things i hope to improve:

-recording distorted guitars... mine sounds like dogs farting into microphones.
- vocal quality
- overall set up
- technical technique (does that make sense?)

Dec 23, 2009, 08:02 AM
I use an IMAC7 with 4G memory, I do a lot of writing and recording music on it, some photo editing, and also burn movies. I bought it in Jan 08. I'm not extremely MAC savvy yet, but learning and love it.

Dec 29, 2009, 09:32 AM

Just joined this forum.

Although I've been using Apple computers for a little over 3 years now, there's still a lot about these computers that I don't know. However, overall, my set up meets my needs and is pretty stable. I do a fair amount of music composition and use Apple's Logic Pro 9 as my sequencing software. I also do a fair amount of video recording & editing (mostly for work-related videos) using Final Cut Pro and my current set up suits me fine for this as well.

My background in computers is mainly with PCs. I also own two relatively old Dell Precision Workstations. Still use them to store older music/video projects and files.

To be honest, I've had "issues" with both Apple and PC computers. I can't say that one platform is better than the other. However, I currently use the Apple platform because of the Logic program. I thoroughly enjoy using the Logic Pro program and have been doing so since Logic was owned by EMagic. In fact, I still have the PC version of Logic stored on one of my aging Dell Precision Workstations.

My two Apple computers are a Mac Pro (2.44 Quad) and a MacBook Pro (2.4 Duo). I use the MacBook Pro as a slave computer to the Mac Pro. This set up, SO FAR, is usually quite stable for me. It enables me to load up LOTS of CPU and memory intensive orchestral instruments for my sequencing needs and maintain relatively low latency with few "hiccups".

As of this date, I haven't upgraded to Snow Leopard. Both of my Apple machines still have 10.5.8 as their operating system. Hope to take the time and effort to upgrade to Snow Leopard, but only when I'm reassured that ALL of my audio devices, programs and sound libraries will work flawlessly with the new operating system.

Take care. . . :)


Feb 27, 2010, 09:51 PM
Hi, Recently joined the forum

Been using Logic pro on and off(probably more off) since 2005. Never really got the professional sound I was after and it was more just something I messed around with.

Recently got a 21' IMac and Logic 9, my music now has the crisp sound I'm after and my next lump of money will be invested solely on shiny new hs80's and some other bits.

My production skills have come on leaps and bounds in the last 2 months and I hope this continues.

Mar 10, 2010, 03:52 AM
I'm Ti,

Just got a MBP 13" back in October and I fell in love with it. Will invest on getting the iMac 21 or 27 later on.

I also own a PC, use it mostly for watching movie and playing game.

Mar 15, 2010, 11:05 AM
Hi All - another lurker turned poster here - and here's the 1st post!

I'm a location sound recordist by trade but relatively new to the mac (bought 2.8 MBP 15" just before christmas and love it - 27 imac i7 on order soon :) ).

Do loads of live music multitracking for an internet TV channel as well as broadcast recording for TV, corporate and commercial.

Also love the video side of life and having fun learning the ins and outs of FCP.

Looking forward to contributing

Peace, DSG

Apr 7, 2010, 02:50 PM
Hiya all

composer / pianist / keyboardist / flautist / dreamer
Mostly Logic for recording work...

Here's my website (http://www.advaitsarkar.com), if you care :)

Apr 18, 2010, 06:42 PM
Easy now!

Haven't posted in this part of the forum before but introducing myself.

I make music spanning a lot of genres. Quite a bit of dubstep at the moment, but my passion is IDM (although I dislike the pretentious name of the genre). Got a couple of tunes on a myspace (http://www.myspace.com/obviouslylawrence). I'll probably be posting here more often in future. Nice to meet everyone :cool:. Any tips or suggestions for tunes are always appreciated. I use cubase/ableton/logic generally, but don't limit myself to a DAW.

Very excited to chat with some musically minded people. Also frequent gearsluts now and then, although more for technical information than general tune making.

Fast Shadow
Apr 28, 2010, 01:29 AM
Hey. I am wading a little bit into music, mostly beat creation. I have a fairly heavy hitting setup - Mac Pro octo 2.8, lots of RAM, fast drives, big video card, HDMI capture, etc. I originally put the system together for chopping and rendering HD video in FCS2. I was looking at standalone machines like the Akai MPC series of samplers/drum boxes. But I ended up buying NI Maschine, since it leverages your computer rather than doing it's own processing. I just bought the NI box today so I'm still working the basics out. At some point I will probably need to invest in a midi controller, an audio interface, and a DAW - probably Logic.

As far as musical influences go, they're all over the place. I really enjoy Amon Tobin's stuff and would like to develop an organic sound with those really greet sounding reverbs.

Jun 27, 2010, 09:54 AM
Hello all...

I'm a long time lurker that decided to become a little more active here. My name is Mark. My musical past has been spotty but it started with high school bands and we quickly got into recording on a 4-track, then later Tascam 8 track tape.

During those years experimentation for us was tough as to do anything you had to bus out, go through some device, bus in and eat up another track. With only 8 tracks we often ran out of room and had to bounce everything to stereo tracks which added more generations of noise.

In the 90's I got my first MIDI setup with a Mac IIci and I loved it however I was frustrated at the inability to do much with vocals and guitar. I purchased a two channel audio card which was very expensive but kind of worked. Still it was frustrating to use. I had a copy of Studio Vision which was pretty cool. The other frustrating thing was having to MIDI out for all *sounds* and then somehow get all that back in for a final mix.

Around 1998 my wife and I adopted a young (2 1/2) year old boy from Romania and pretty much everything but child care came to a complete stop. I didn't touch my guitar for almost 3 years.

I've had Macs on/off most of my life but my career, bio-medical software, is in the PC world. In about 2006 I got a Mac again and found GarageBand. My first impression was it was a *play* thing where you could fiddle with sounds. I did a few loops in it. I was so pressed for time I didn't realize it could do audio at all. All the examples were just loops and midi.

One sleepless night I decided to see if people were doing stuff with GarageBand so I searched the net and ran across www.macjams.com. I spent a good part of the night listening to the creations and being floored at what people were doing with GarageBand. It immediately spurred me back into the recording mode.

I got an interface, then upgraded to logic express, later to studio and bought plug-ins, new guitar, etc... It has been such a fun ride. My earlier tape mixing days have transferred easily into logic and much of the bussing, auxing and other stuff makes total sense. These days it is not the equipment that is lacking it is my talent. Still I have a ton of fun making music.

If any of you have not visited MacJams it is a cool place to hang out. If you a not pro and don't mind sharing your music you can have a great time there.

My page is at: www.macjams.com/artist/MarkHolbrook

I'm not very talented and pretty much a hacker but I have a ton of fun just seeing what I can come up with.

Nice to meet everyone!

Jul 7, 2010, 07:56 PM
I've been on here many years and never really thought about introducing the music I make.


I'm Ben, I've been playing guitar now for 6 years, I am by no means good, simply adequate, I've been recording for about 3 years now, and have 9 albums /250+ songs under my belt. I write everything myself and play all instruments heard. My best pieces of work have to be my Universe projects, they're an album, as one long song, I wanted to do a project where each song would truly flow into the next.

I am currently working on a 3 separate projects: Indie pop, Country/folk and my final "Universe" album. I don't stick to one genre.

My last.fm page is here (http://www.last.fm/music/Ben+K+Adams), I hope you enjoy!

Jul 11, 2010, 09:53 AM
Hello :) I'm Kayleigh. 21 year old female musician from Wales. I've had a small MacBook for about two years now and I'm a lil addicted to Apple... can't see me turning back to windows so I thought joining here would be a great idea as, not only do I love macs, I'm also useless with them and constantly need help.

I'm currently using Logic Express to record my first album so I'll probably be looking for lots of help in that area haha

Jul 26, 2010, 08:41 AM
hi all

am an ex club dj, now just mix for fun. do some podcasting and radio work as well. recently switched to MBP, loving it.

Aug 31, 2010, 06:55 PM

Sep 20, 2010, 06:04 AM
Hi all,

I am not really a musician, to say the least, but have a 'back up' or 'saving' question.

I want to save/backup my music from iTunes. Currently, I think there are about 1700 songs.

What is the best way to save all of my music, just so I don't lose it in any event something happens to my computer. I just want the option to be able to put whatever device into the computer, and be able to have my music back.

I understand that the best way is to convert the music into data, to save space. What I'm wondering is....is it better to have it all saved on a flash drive and how big of one (guesstimation- that is).....or should I save it all on cd's (as date)????

As I mentioned above, if something were to happen, I lose my music on the computer, I want to be able to just pop it in (flash drive or cd) and not only be able to have my music restored, but also have the option to burn audio cd's from what I have saved, to later be played on/in stereo equipment, vehicle stereo?? (WOW, TALK ABT A RUN ON..... SORRY)

As far as what I'm working with????? I have iTunes 10.0 and have the 13" Macbook Unibody. ILife 08, have not gotten iLife 09 yet....not sure whether or not that is relevant in this situation or not.

I hope that thru all of my 'novice-ness' (yes, new word, look it up, clearly it's only in MY dictionary) :) .....that you are able to figure out what I'm saying or asking!!

Thanks, once again, my friends here at Mac Forums....don't know how I would have done many of the things I have done on my computer, without your help!!!!!


Oct 3, 2010, 12:03 PM

I have a small home recording setup. I have a fast track interface with a usb midi keyboard and mic amp guitars ect....

I use Logic pro with reason although I really like pro-tools. I find reason quite realistic at least some soundbanks and refills.

Oct 3, 2010, 12:06 PM
Hi all,

I am not really a musician, to say the least, but have a 'back up' or 'saving' question.

I want to save/backup my music from iTunes. Currently, I think there are about 1700 songs.

What is the best way to save all of my music, just so I don't lose it in any event something happens to my computer. I just want the option to be able to put whatever device into the computer, and be able to have my music back.

I understand that the best way is to convert the music into data, to save space. What I'm wondering is....is it better to have it all saved on a flash drive and how big of one (guesstimation- that is).....or should I save it all on cd's (as date)????

As I mentioned above, if something were to happen, I lose my music on the computer, I want to be able to just pop it in (flash drive or cd) and not only be able to have my music restored, but also have the option to burn audio cd's from what I have saved, to later be played on/in stereo equipment, vehicle stereo?? (WOW, TALK ABT A RUN ON..... SORRY)

As far as what I'm working with????? I have iTunes 10.0 and have the 13" Macbook Unibody. ILife 08, have not gotten iLife 09 yet....not sure whether or not that is relevant in this situation or not.

I hope that thru all of my 'novice-ness' (yes, new word, look it up, clearly it's only in MY dictionary) :) .....that you are able to figure out what I'm saying or asking!!

Thanks, once again, my friends here at Mac Forums....don't know how I would have done many of the things I have done on my computer, without your help!!!!!


Use disk utility and create a disk image of your itunes folder. Store it wherever better...

Oct 3, 2010, 12:11 PM
Hello :) I'm Kayleigh. 21 year old female musician from Wales. I've had a small MacBook for about two years now and I'm a lil addicted to Apple... can't see me turning back to windows so I thought joining here would be a great idea as, not only do I love macs, I'm also useless with them and constantly need help.

I'm currently using Logic Express to record my first album so I'll probably be looking for lots of help in that area haha

Hi this is quite an old post. I'm using Logic if you have any questions you can contact me I'll be happy to help, hear new music ideas share somethings I know about DAW's ect...

Mr. McMac
Oct 3, 2010, 12:18 PM
Hi I'm Glenn from Long Island NY, I'm a 58 year old progressive rock bass player with 40 years experience. To protect my privacy, that's all the information I'm willing to give up :p

Oct 12, 2010, 12:48 PM
Hey, Jeremy here from North Carolina!

2009 Macbookpro 13 inch 2.53 4gb 320gb
Logic Express 9
2 x SL-1200MKII Turntables
2 x CDJ2000's
1 x DJM800 Mixer

Just got my feet wet with logic and am planning on buying a professional keyboard and learn it as well.

Oct 23, 2010, 10:30 PM
Hey all - long time reader, first time poster.

I've been recording with Macs for about 8 years with various software, ending up with Pro Tools for the last 5 or so. I'm by no means an expert (especially since I'm going to Full Sail University as we speak to study Music Production!), but I'm always down to help/collaborate with anyone. Any style/genre of music...it's all the same for me. I do it because I love to play and make music!

Nov 3, 2010, 09:41 AM
Todd here, longtime multi-instrumentalist/recorder primarily in the progressive rock and ambient domains although I've probably played in bands of just about any kind you can think over the year. My main instrument is guitar but also play six string bass, keyboards, and drums.

I use multiple macs, multiple recording platforms although I came from the "splice this analog tape will ya?" school at one point.

My day gig is I.T. I'm not getting any younger and the fact that I often play music that is ....unconventional to say the least...

My recent release "this is aliensporebomb" is up at itunes, amazon mp3 and about 30 other etailers.

I also have 3 ambient releases at http://aliensporebomb.bandcamp.com/ that might be of interest.

French iPod
Nov 6, 2010, 07:33 PM
Hello=)!! my name is William aka French iPod.. i love creating music on my Macbook:apple: right now i'm using Logic Pro and the music i composed is dark ambient/orchestral/instrumental music.. though i hope someday i could be or create a band (Metal band)...

here's some link of my music :

Nov 10, 2010, 04:13 PM
I am Animacnut (you can call me Ben). I am trained in Visual and Electronic Media, with two degrees. Using my mac, I have only a few things now, iLife, Logic Studio and Final Draft. I am trying to get a job so I can, among other things, get a new machine (so my girlfriend can have my current one), and outfit it as a true digital a/v production studio with Final Cut Studio, upgrades to the programs I already have and are out of date, as well as the additional hardware I need to producing my own stuff.

Nov 12, 2010, 11:23 AM
Good time of day to Everyone,
I am Mike, Calgary, Canada. Long-time Mac fan, am reading these forums for a long time, finally registered to participate and learn about Mac.
Mike :-)

Nov 12, 2010, 01:31 PM
Good morning and hello all to.

My name be Ishkan Islamishad. Me play in band name 'Rotten Apple Fridge Magnet'

Me play on Mac for year ten and with freind we now in band. I play Oud. Also band play Ney, darbuka and daf. Like we play rock and pop.

Nov 20, 2010, 12:43 PM
Hey all, I've been using Tracktion 2 on a pc for nearly 4 years and just switched to a Mac G5! Just got my DAW installed last night,did some tracking and am still figuring out things but so far so good. I've searched several places but haven't found the EXACT description of how to install all my favorite 3rd party VST's and fx but that's what rainy weekends are for.Good luck to all! Power Mac G5,Tracktion 2, drums, Paiste cymbals,Mackie Onyx 400f,Behringer Eurodesk MX2004A and the occasional song posted @ soundclick.com/babiestookmydingo

Nov 24, 2010, 02:15 AM
Hi there!

Hunter, from sunny Central Florida. I'm currently a digital arts major with a concentration in sound, and a music minor. I've worked with all three major daw's (Logic, Pro Tools, and Live) and also am getting pretty good with Max/MSP. I've even dabbled a bit in ChucK.

By day I'm a clarinet play, by night I have been known to play piano, bass, guitar, and even some drums.

Dec 8, 2010, 04:17 PM

I'm George from Jerssee and I'm one of those idiots that knows computers, but forgets real easy. So, I ask the stupid questions.

Dec 12, 2010, 02:47 PM
I'm actually a Microsoft IT guy. I was a mobile/mix tape DJ in the 80s and stopped in the early 90s when I thought music started to suck. When I found out about the existence of Rane Serato, I decided to buy some Technics 1200s and play MP3s on time coded vinyl. Macs have always been the industry standard for art and music so i had a perfectly good excuse to buy one.... or two. Hard to go back to Windows.

For music, I use Serato, Audacity, Mixed In Key, and Platinum Notes.

It's cool this section exist.

Dec 13, 2010, 07:16 PM
Well, hello... a newbie here and thought I'd say hello! I hopefully can contribute something meaningful here overtime! I am the co-owner of 2 sound libraries and a professional sound designer.

I use a combination of PC and Mac and use Sony Soundforge on the PC (and sometimes still revert back to Cool Edit Pro 2.0 just for old times sake) and Bias Peak on the Mac for editing. I also use Logic (and sometimes Garageband just because I can) for multitracking.

That's it for now.... any sound designers out there want to get in touch with me, please do ;)

Jan 2, 2011, 05:39 PM
Hi I'm Matthew and I am 17 and from the UK. I use logic studio 9 to record guitar and vocals for my songwriting and also I'm going to start recording with my band when I get better at using the software and also when we get some good songs together :p

Hope that I can contribute to these threads.

Mac Composer
Jan 2, 2011, 06:36 PM
I'm 57 and sometimes feel like a real dinosaur. I've been a full time musician my entire life. Worked as a studio player, arranger, composer, worked in jingles, some film, worked with various performers and symphony orchestras. I remember the "good 'ole days" when a studio full of 60 musicians recording was an everyday occurrence.

I write music via standard music notation, I compose using Finale. Bring the midi file into Logic for tweaking, then export into Protools if I need further audio refinements.

Now we're all the modern day equivalent of a one man band. Technology is frustrating at times, but when it's good......it's real good.

Jan 12, 2011, 08:59 AM
Top of the day to everyone! I'm Dave, 45 years old and a newbie to the Mac. I started getting involved in doing voiceovers and voice acting work and started out on my older Dell with Adobe Audition and CS4 Production Premium. I also dabble in video production and have been learning as I go.

I bought my iMac in September and haven't looked back. I now have Adobe CS5 Production Premium and Audition for Mac Beta. Awesome machine and awesome software.

I also run a message forum and an added part of the forum is a series of podcasts that I do from time to time. I've been dabbling in all of this for a little over a year but I'm really enjoying all of it!

My equipment includes the iMac, an Alesis USB 4 channel mixer, a couple of sets of typical headphones, and a small arsenal of microphones, including the MXL 990 USB and XLR, the Rode NT1-A and the ElectroVoice RE20 along with a couple of throw away dynamics.

Nice to meet everyone!

Jan 19, 2011, 01:33 AM

I'm Dedrick and I'll probably be on the Digital Audio forums a lot. I'm currently studying Music Technology at NYU and I'm learning a bunch about the industry and all the crazy things people do with audio through technology. I'm also working on slowly building my own personal studio. I know a lot about Pro Tools and other software, so if anyone has any questions feel free to PM me.


Feb 15, 2011, 08:02 AM
Hi I'm Tina, living in London and I'm really new to this but really want to learn. I'll be asking loads of questions!

Feb 22, 2011, 10:19 AM
I'm actually a Microsoft IT guy. I was a mobile/mix tape DJ in the 80s and stopped in the early 90s when I thought music started to suck. When I found out about the existence of Rane Serato, I decided to buy some Technics 1200s and play MP3s on time coded vinyl. Macs have always been the industry standard for art and music so i had a perfectly good excuse to buy one.... or two. Hard to go back to Windows.

For music, I use Serato, Audacity, Mixed In Key, and Platinum Notes.

It's cool this section exist.

Hi! What does Microsoft IT guy mean? Do you work at THE MICROSOFT or something else? Thanks!

Feb 23, 2011, 09:25 PM
Hey, Jeremy here from North Carolina!

2009 Macbookpro 13 inch 2.53 4gb 320gb
Logic Express 9
2 x SL-1200MKII Turntables
2 x CDJ2000's
1 x DJM800 Mixer

Just got my feet wet with logic and am planning on buying a professional keyboard and learn it as well.

:eek: jealous.

May 3, 2011, 07:04 PM

I'm not a recording artist, but am interested to get the best possible sound quality I can afford.

This is why I renounced computer speakers and am currently working on getting a set-up with a receiver connected to my Mac going through USB 2.0 (if this is the best way to do it).

May 4, 2011, 09:12 AM
Hey all...love the idea of a little MacRumors Music Community. Going to go a little outside the comfort zone to participate!

I'm a life long (30ish years) music lover and wanna-be music creator/performer.

My father and brother are life long guitarists/vocalists (my dad just finished his Berkley School certificate for Guitar). I'm still trying to find time from work to hone my craft in guitar and write the music in my head.

At an early age of doing the band thing, I came to appreciate and love the vocal thing, so I'm probably a Singer first and foremost (definitely what I've worked on most over the years...aside from the cigs :D).

I'm within a month or two of going "all in" and launching a studio to record my stuff and eventually serve the local community (after I take a few courses in Audio Production likely).

The Plan:

New iMac
Apogee Ensemble or Symphony I/O (really want Thunderbolt)
Pearl Pro Electric/Acoustic Drumset
Bose L1 Double Bass (probably)

Various other wah or effects pedals....

I'm sure I'll need a mixer as well or maybe a Logic Hardware control piece. Not sure what else I'm missing but I should have a lot of flexibility with the above.

Current SetUp:

Shire Beta 87A mic
Marantz Pro PMD 661 Solid State Recorder
Boss DR 880 Drum Machine
Gibson Les Paul Custom 68' series
Ibanez Koa Exotic Series Acoustic
Seagull Artist Series Acoustic
Fender CyberTwin Amp
TC Helicon VoiceLive Harmony
One Dead Asus G71G-Q with Ableton 8 Live (ps Asus...I hate you)

May 21, 2011, 02:47 PM
Hey guys:

My name is Minu. I'm a guitarist who is new to the Apple world and want to start doing music production. I look forward to learning from you all!

May 22, 2011, 11:03 PM
Hi folks:

I'm John and from Maui.

I have been doing a community golf show in Hawaii for several years and am pretty much a DIYer. I have managed to sneak by with little or no real technical audio know-how and am here to learn as much as I can, and to share my blunders and ask any idiotic thing I can to save others the embarrassment :eek:

I own seven Macs and am a designer/photographer/writer/publisher and am also doing videography and the sound that goes with it. I can assure everyone that reads this that I have been around the music and entertainment/advertising/broadcast industry my whole life and take the trade very seriously, but realize my limits and am here with hat in hand...


DJ Russell P
May 27, 2011, 12:28 PM
Just picked up my first MacBook, used.
2.1ghz with 3gb ddr2.

Very excited as I have been a PC fan (Intel/AMD) for the last 20 years.
I am a DJ of 27 years+ and still adore my turntables. Now that I have mated my Technics 1200s with Serato, it was time for a serious change, hence the MacBook plunge.
I love it! Bit of a learning curve for me, but I am in it to win it. LOL.

Jun 2, 2011, 10:25 AM

I'm a scientist, but I've also been a successful musician, and I'm building (gradually) a home studio.

I use an imac and macbook pro for this (I've been using the laptop a lot more lately though, due to it's portability). I primarily use Ableton, Logic, and Garageband... as well as some ipad apps for jamming and writing :)

I use this setup with a variety of equipment... from a Korg Triton to a Kaoss pad to various outboard processors and recorders by Boss and Zoom and others... and some nice guitars and other instruments of course!

I play and write a variety of musical styles, and although I've played everything from funk to hip hop to death metal (and lots and lots of classical music), I mostly listening to and composing electronic music and metal. I'm especially fond of industrial, as well as death metal and black metal... but most of my compositions are electronic-esque with plenty of metal influences... but to me, it's just music! :)

Jun 21, 2011, 05:52 PM
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Hi, AuralPhoenix here :) . Real name's Anshuman Puri, 33 yr old eclectic, maverick tadpole turned musician turned entrepreneur. I ventured out in April 2011 with AuralPhoenix Productions, essentially a home-recording-studio set-up and a nascent online presence for now. The dream is big, the will is strong... "to walk along a path that allows me to carve an identity in the global music industry." *The persual of a life doing music is what drives me really.
** I am a little over a year old to the "mac-cult", but an inspired one-year at that. I have fallen in love with Apple, not just for their products, but their philosophy. *Apple thinks, i think too... Apple thinks and makes excellent products, i think n i strive to make excellent music.*
Its personal, feels good to have tools of creativity built and designed by humans with exemplary perceptivity of aesthetic and form and function, and the creativity inside to make a product that does the job well n' does it looking slick n uber-kewl.*
It's indeed a charm to use a product ( and several "Apple-friendly-products" alongside ) that makes the transition of a fleeting-soon-forgotten/creative "idea" into a "captured" creative "piece of art" as seamless as possible. * No, really, *it's *a breeze. [ other than GarageBand hanging like a lame duck nowadays :( ... will post on that later tonite , Please Help ! ]*
My mac and it's "friends" do that for me, make my ideas n concepts n vibrant stray thoughts into something I can bring out professionally, What a gift !!!*
*I'm happy, my girl is happy, I'll make y'all happy someday soon with great music outta this AuralPhoenix Productions stable. Just stay tuned !!!*

Check out my website, auralphoenix.com.*
Few videos are up on YouTube, few songs on soundcloud, the like...*

Lemme tell ya, I started out buying an iphone3G before my MacBook Pro. Man, I loved it. Am typing this on that very iPhone, (love ya baby lol) *

Once I bounced the icon and took GarageBand for a spin, there was no turning back.*

Creativity Flowed !!! Zen !!!*

Got quite a lotta stuff recorded without knowing much about anything, just going by instinct and feel, for 6-8 months, consulted the Internet on how to do what I wanted to do an do it better.
Learnt about MIDI, and about home recording and all gyan permeated my head n' heart n' soul. *Read up n' taught myself, very much in the spirit of how I have taught myself the guitar and music and photography and indeed everything I do. I figured I'd need an Apogee Duet if I wanted 'slick' recordings. Bought one. Next I bought a condenser mic, *AT4040. I really wanted to sing 'well'. It really helps.*
Well, the gear was collected slowly, Senheiser monitoring headphones HD 380pro, Sony Bravia LCD screen, mAudio MIDI keyboard, learning along the way.*
My utmost thanks to all the good, kind folk here and on other forums online who offered great knowledge and insight into my artistic pursuit. I salute y'all and will always regard and thankfully remember you for your silent, unknown help to setting me on the path to fulfil my life's dream.*
Music has always been my thing, though i have dabbled professionally in photography, journalism, theatre and the graphic arts and scientific pursuit.
**I'm just starting this venture, Auralphoenix Productions to go about doing music seriously.*
Let's see where the wind blows n' takes me from here.

My girl got me LogicExpress y'day from an 'idea' of hers.*
Dunno if it'll 'work', will post on here.*
Am stepping up, upgrading, going pro Yipeee !!! lol, sorry polite Sirs :D

I am limited by financial constraints or would have had bought LogicStudio by now. In the next Six months maybe, unless Auralphoenix Productions makes me enough money before that.*
Auralphoenix Productions Compositions, Concerts, Craft ... that's the keyline. Hope it attracts good chi :)*

Have been reading these forums regularly, finally thought I'd 'register' n' formally introduce myself. Ya know, make a few friends n' share my music n' my dreams with. :) *

Am rather an eclectic soul, into mysticism n' magic n' delve into graphic design, photography, cymatics, poetry besides making life more holistic and organic.*

I play guitar,having self-taught myself for 15-odd years, have a compositional/songwriting skill I think is worth pursuing and perfecting.
*Am doing so :) thx everything mac :)*

Hope to learn more in my regular visits around here...*

See my Videos on YouTube at :


See it if y'all have a lil' spare time, see the other videos too. You can even look me up on soundcloud if you have the inclination and patience (and an open ear for music) :*


Please leave your comments, bouquets n' brickbats alike at both YouTube n' soundcloud and/or write to me personally *at : anshumanpuri@auralphoenix.com

I would like your opinion and criticism, of the constructive kind, helps me grow and mature as an artist and a human being :)*

Thx in advance

A P*

Jul 4, 2011, 01:14 AM
I have been playing with iOS app developing and have worked with a few start ups here on the East Coast. In fact I started in 1999 and have decided to go to the left coast. The problem I am having is finding an area that is semi-urban. I use to live in Brooklyn NY, and then I moved to West Reading PA. I consider both areas semi-urban. Very walkable and very close to the nearest city. I have been looking on-line and can't get a grip as to where to go. I have looked at the east bay area and then the southern peninsula. It's just my wife and I and could use some help. School districts and safety are important but so is price. Any suggestions.

Jul 26, 2011, 04:03 AM
Hey everyone,

Just graduated with my bachelors in operational management, and now going back to school for a bachelors in computer engineering with a focus in music.

Mostly diving into the hip-hop scene, I've been using an iMac x alexis io26 interface x Logic for awhile through college for numerous small projects through college. And after making the parents happy with the business degree it is time to really get into what I feel is my passion. So I'm starting the AA program at the Art Institute for Audio Production, then hopefully moving on to San Diego State University for their Bachelors program.

A few pieces I've collected over the years are my 24" 2008 iMac, Alesis io26 interface, Rode nt2a, motif es8, akai mpc 1000, technics sl1210mk2 & rane ttm57sl, microkorg, various acoustic instruments. Looking to get into the mac pro field with the hopeful upcoming refresh, or just end up purchasing a used 12 core. Super excited to be part of this community.


Accent Audio
Jul 28, 2011, 01:29 PM
JC from Accent Audio. Mixing & Mastering engineer. Logic Pro. If you are looking for a great deal on professional mixing and/or mastering for your music then give me a look. Cheers!

Aug 7, 2011, 01:51 AM
Hey.. I am Aon Ali and from pakistan...
I am computer system engineer... and now working in ptcl......!

Aug 20, 2011, 06:10 PM
Wave. Don't have much of a home studio setup yet but just reading and seeing what others have done. :)

Sep 15, 2011, 12:22 PM
Howdy, I'm Ben.

I make some songs occasionally, but not for any real reason other than enjoyment, and not in any particular style.

I've got a SoundCloud account if anyone wants to have a listen to them, or whatever. If you like them, send me a pm!

SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com/benji-singers)

Sep 21, 2011, 11:41 AM
Hey guys, I'm Tyler and I just wanted to introduce myself and ask a couple questions about hardware related issues. I'm just starting to get into hi-fi stereo and music and looking at the older components that my dad has. I mainly play music off my computer, using FLAC files and I use a logitech z3i 2.1 system from 2003 that I still love to this day! For headphones, I use Klipsch s4i and love those as well (great bass response). I am currently looking into buying a pair of Grado SR80i to "upgrade" my listening experience and I'm looking at purchasing a Topping TP30, that is a $130 DAC and headphone amp along with passive speaker outputs. I think this unit will do what I want perfectly, I wanted a DAC to take the duty off of the onboard sound card, but also be an amp so that I can plug in my headphones AND have the power to plug in passive speakers. Besides those to components, I'm thinking about buying a pair of Dayton B652 ($30) to replace the duty of the z3i system. What do you guys think? Am I making the right calls here? I might not get the speakers because I could get some of my dads old ones, but I really want to know if I should bother purchasing the Grado's if the sound on the S4i's will improve with the amp/dac?

Oct 7, 2011, 12:49 AM
Hello Guys,

Oct 29, 2011, 01:59 AM
Hi, I am Richard and I live in Sydney. I was just about to start a thread in Audio and saw this stickied thread.

I only listen to music. With iTunes and iPods, the internet, emerging digital technology and an avalanche of new artists made possible by a revolution in home recording that has ended the major label's monopoly, i am, if you can excuse the expression, stoked.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank those people who have given me so much pleasure over the years. There must be tens of thousands of you making great music, judging by the CDs i find each week.

My set up is a pair of Adam A5 near field monitors, a Adam A8 sub, a Lavry Da-11 DAC, and Apple Lossless files into a Onkyo ND-s1 digital output iPod dock, which also feeds a coaxial signal to the DAC from the MBP's USB port. It sounds great, but one day I'd love to drop the price of a small car on a couple of Adam's more upmarket monitors and an obscenely priced DAC. I hold the view that one day DACs will be able to replicate the sound of vinyl. I really do miss the musical quality of it, but certainly not the lack of variety that accompanied it.

Oct 29, 2011, 10:53 AM
Hi, I am Richard and I live in Sydney. I was just about to start a thread in Audio and saw this stickied thread.

I only listen to music. With iTunes and iPods, the internet, emerging digital technology and an avalanche of new artists made possible by a revolution in home recording that has ended the major label's monopoly, i am, if you can excuse the expression, stoked.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank those people who have given me so much pleasure over the years. There must be tens of thousands of you making great music, judging by the CDs i find each week.

My set up is a pair of Adam A5 near field monitors, a Adam A8 sub, a Lavry Da-11 DAC, and Apple Lossless files into a Onkyo ND-s1 digital output iPod dock, which also feeds a coaxial signal to the DAC from the MBP's USB port. It sounds great, but one day I'd love to drop the price of a small car on a couple of Adam's more upmarket monitors and an obscenely priced DAC. I hold the view that one day DACs will be able to replicate the sound of vinyl. I really do miss the musical quality of it, but certainly not the lack of variety that accompanied it.

Initially, I'd like to say that you have quite a setup! I googled your setup (I don't know that much) and it seems like every component you have is quality. That being said, why did you spend roughly $800 on speakers and over $1000 on a DAC? From my understanding, which is very limited, DAC's are more alike than different. Would you gain more benefit out of having a cheaper DAC and more expensive speakers? Anyhow, I'm sure you enjoy yourself quite fine. My current setup is a Topping TP30 DAC/AMP (T-class 2024; wish I had a 2020) and a pair of KEF C-10 speakers (their old!) and Grado SR125i and a PAV2 headphone amp. I listen to Apple Lossless files whenever available. While I don't have the money (or space), I do what I can, but I admire your setup!

Oct 31, 2011, 12:41 PM
I use Adobe Audition 3 at work (Radio Producer) on a PC

But I'm a Mac user at home, Plus want to start using some of my skills from work as a hobby back home.

I come to these Forums after doing some Googleing and finding a thread similar but not really what Im looking for. But I love reading MacRumors...so I thought, why not register!

Feb 28, 2012, 12:29 AM
I'm 01 Aaron from Florida.

Mar 8, 2012, 12:07 PM
I'm Sumit from India.

Mar 8, 2012, 04:22 PM
My name is Chris. I'm currently a student studying Journalism, Film, and Music. I am an Audiophile and Godzilla fan. I play a variety of instruments, but my favorite is a tie between Guitar, Trombone, and at times, Piano. I am not a Mac (yet), but I will be soon. :)

Mar 13, 2012, 02:11 PM

I release music under the name Peaks of Valleys. I guess I would describe it as Alternative/Electronic. There is a link in my signature if you want to stream my album in it's entirety.

Mar 21, 2012, 03:22 PM
It is I, The Dutch Guy, fast-moving radio personality and I produce radio imaging at my home studio. Currently searching for the best OSX audio programs, since I'm planning to go all Mac within 2 months...

May 21, 2012, 12:57 AM
I am also a new member here..
And i want to be an active part of this community to learn and share some of my information with you all...

Jun 5, 2012, 03:50 PM
I've been running Cubase on Windows but looking to move to a Mac. Do you guys think the new iMacs will have sufficient processing power for running a DAW? I generally don't go past 15-20 tracks on a song, no MIDI or VST instruments, though I do like to use quite a few CPU-heavy plug-ins. I generally bounce down and "master" as a separate step from mixing, so I generally don't have a bunch of plug-ins and effects in the master buss.

I'd like to think one of the new iMacs with maybe a RAM upgrade would be enough. Thoughts?

Winter Charm
Jul 9, 2012, 10:42 AM
Hi. My name is Winter :)

and I just love to have fun. I'm also a huge audiophile. :)

Macbook Pro Early 2011, MIDI Keyboard, Adobe Auditon, Garageband. :D

Jul 10, 2012, 11:54 PM
Hi I am Uler jo , i am build aduio codes for the Best music quality and make it so clear ,Many times i see telos for the Best music quality.

Sep 3, 2012, 05:19 PM
I fund three private music studios. I'm usually not one to brag about low-end digital software. However, I have recently purchased an incredible software called "Dub Turbo" for forty bucks. All I can say about that software is that it offers a lot of awesome features for $40. I recommend this monster to any beginning digital music producer out there who is looking for a great product at a decent price.

Here is a link as well if you'd like to check it out for yourself:


Rock On! :D

Anna stacy
Sep 4, 2012, 02:22 AM
Hi, this is Anna Stacy and I have knack for all things related to Technology. My basic forte lies within Marketing and Trading industries. I love to write and share on what's hot and what's not when it comes to the online market. I want to be an enthusiastic blogger in this high demanding blogging world.

Sep 4, 2012, 06:18 AM
Hi, everyone
I glad to introduce myself. I am Anna Harris from Pleasanton and working for Web Development Company as a PHP Developer.

Sep 15, 2012, 02:20 PM
Hey all. My name is Kay, and I'm a voiceover (why does this feel like a help group introduction?!)

I record using an Audio Technica AT4050 mic into a Focusrite Saffire pro. I use Adobe Audition as I don't really need the complexity of Pro tools.

So hi! Thankyou for having me :)

Sep 24, 2012, 07:16 PM
Hi guys, I'm Liam, but I go by the name Snoviet.

I use an m audio mobile pre interface connected to my MacBook Pro 13 inch always running the latest OSX. I'm have Pro Tools SE at current but am in the process of switching to MP9.

Sep 24, 2012, 08:14 PM
Hi, my name is Adam and I am a student that is currently studying and is extremely interested in Programming, Computer Science, and anything dealing with computers. I am a Mac user and am getting more and more familiar with linux. I am extremely eager to learn and am always looking for anything to help me gain knowledge. PM me if you have any suggestions for me.

Oct 25, 2012, 08:09 AM

I am a Mac user for a few years but am new to music (my Macs were mostly used for digital photography so far and then typical browsing/mailing...).

My current Mac music kit is as follows: M-Audio Keyrig 49 keyboard, Mac Pro running Ableton Live (and Garageband, of course) and LaCie USB speakers. Looking foward to upgrading the speakers on the Mac.

I'll get a better keyboard too but that's likely to be a standalone digital piano.

sean barry
Oct 30, 2012, 01:40 PM
Hello, My name is Sean Barry. I made a few posts here (Digital Audio) kinda sorta by mistake.
OK, I am a retired live sound engineer, Glorified Roadie:) I don't have a Mac yet and I know little about computer recording. I have been hanging around the Mini forum here for a few weeks. I plan on scoring one soon as I have been saving my pennies for a few months.
I had a PowerBook G4 several years ago and had fun GarageBanding with it. I used Win XP & 7 cheap Dells for quite a spell, as $$$ dictated. Not bad OSs for the darkside...OOPS
As you can see I have ADDA, rare for a 66 year old.
To the point;
I think the 2012 Minis are pretty strong medicine for the $$$
Comparable with 2008 Mac Pros? As far as processor power, ram capabilities, perhaps new and faster I/Os. (2008) Nowhere near the Pros in expandability or awesomeness!
Somebody tell me what else to say:o

Jan 30, 2013, 07:04 AM
Hello everyone, my name's Brian. I'm currently a student at Northeastern University, and I have a strong background in musical theatre. I've music directed a number of shows, and I'm also played in too many pit orchestras to list. I'm getting into composition right now, and am in the process of writing a few musicals.

Current setup at home is a Yamaha Motif XF8 and a CP33. I use a Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 for home use, and a MOTU Ultralite for live gigs. I record with Pro Tools, and mix with Yamaha HS80Ms.

Feel free to ask me any questions. I'm pretty knowledgable about Mainstage and using it in musical theatre settings.

Feb 6, 2013, 09:37 AM
Welcome Brian. Funny, my daughter got a BFA in Musical Theatre in 2004. I'm a scenic designer and her mother is a costume designer. Today, she is the operations manager for a large advertising agency in New York (her husband is an actor though).

You never know what turns lay ahead in the road. :)

Feb 7, 2013, 04:01 PM
Hello to all. I have been a performing and recording musician since 1975, and have been involved with Macs and audio software since 1985. Way too much information about me is available on my website . The short version is I've been involved with lots of software and hardware development for over 25 years, I teach digital audio recording and MIDI at www.sheffieldav.com, and these days focus mainly on MOTU 's Digital Performer (who I still test for) and Avid Pro Tools. I'm very familiar with Kurzweil keyboards, many legacy MIDI products, and am happy to help any way I can on the forums here.

Feb 15, 2013, 07:08 PM
LJ, 26. Currently in the Marine Corps but recorded some stuff before joining along with production using Adobe Audition and FL Studio. Got a MBP and moved on to Logic. In the learning phase and plan on going to school for audio engineering and video production. Im also trying to get into DJ'ing.

Mar 15, 2013, 11:42 AM
Hi all friend I'm newbie for this forum. For me I like music and sometime I will make beat such as Hip Hop, House, Dubstep etc... I don't expert in music production but I only like it (beginner). If I have good work sometime I may show here or if I have a problem I will find answers from this forum. Thank you bye.

Mar 18, 2013, 08:09 PM
Won2won here, Im using logic pro 9 on a mac book.
I want to purchase the duet 2 for my vocals but I wanted to know if the duet 2 will enhance the beat I made in logic pro 9. I want to focus on the quality of the beat first and i know you can mix and master using logic pro but will adding the duet 2 enhance the quality of my productions as well? Thanx...

Apr 1, 2013, 03:42 AM
Hi everyone! :)
My self Fastpurplemedia; I am new at MacRumors Forums. I'm a web designer and doing web designing from more than 10 years. I Have my own Digital marketing agency.

Jul 26, 2013, 05:37 PM
Hi all new person to the forums here my name is Ivor
I'm currently going to school at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology up here in Vancouver, BC and I consider myself to be a interactive developer. I like to build user experiences in both the physical and digital worlds. I do a diverse mix of Design and New Media related works.

Recently has been occupied in Installation design. Currently working on the stage design for TEDxSFU and a Kinect powered audio installation. :D

Audio Related Favourite Software:
Soundflower (Beautiful for Audio Routing),
MaxMSP5 (Audio/Visual Programing + Interfacing Xbox Kinect to MIDI)
Reason 5 (Virtual Instrument Stage)
Adobe Audition (Video audio mastering + ADR Recording mainly)

Then much more in various other fields.

Jul 28, 2013, 03:34 PM
This is Mahmud from Bangladesh. Using cheapest Apple product. Have iPod shuffle 2 GB. Diamond for me though.

Aug 29, 2013, 02:20 AM
hi, everyone, my name is stefan, I've always been addicted to all kinds of headphones and I like music

Sep 12, 2013, 03:04 AM
I'm from England, I am glad to this forum:):)

Sep 21, 2013, 06:57 PM
I'm Drew Armstrong, and although I've been on this forum for years, I've never really looked at the audio section.

I love music, recording etc and I look forward to reading posts and getting advice ;)

I record using my mid- 2013 MacBook Air with Logic Pro. Link to my website (which is a work in progress) in my sig

Sep 27, 2013, 10:17 AM
I'm from England, I am glad to this forum:):)

Best forum on the internet in my experience!

Sep 27, 2013, 01:55 PM
Hi I'm Jake, I am currentley a Music Technology Student in the UK, I work off a Mac Pro in my "bedroom" setup, I use Logic Pro X & Ableton Live 9 Suite. I use a Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 and some older Roland MA-20 monitors. I have a load of VSTs and load of Korg MIDI controllers, a Korg M50 which I play live with along with my MacBook running Ableton Live and a Novation Launchpad S. I primarily produce electronic music, currently working on a Dubstep track which I would love you all to hear, will put it on Soundcloud when done.

Nice to meet you!


Oct 5, 2013, 10:45 AM
Hi everybody,

my name is Christian Schmitt. I am from Munich in Germany.
Right now I use Garageband, but will switch to Logic Pro X when
the new rMBP`s are coming out.

Best regards,

Oct 17, 2013, 07:39 AM
Hi all! I'm Alli, former mod over on iMore. Left because it's become a fascist state. I have my own tech blog, and have been at this for many years.

In real life, I'm a high school teacher, and on the side I am the face of support for Ascendo, Inc., the company that brings you DataVault and the best dictionaries out there.

Feb 11, 2014, 07:09 AM
Hi all.
My name is Simon and I'm a music producer since age of 14 when I get hand on Fruity Loops v3 back then. After years I made from ​​this hobby a way of life.

I work now as a sound designer, sound engineers, making sample packs for majority of DAW programs, including Logic Pro...and I'm also the owner of ProducerSpot.com (http://www.producerspot.com), a website where you can read news from music production industry, latest releases from sample labels, hardware, software, tutorials and production tips, free download and many more.

Cheers all!

Feb 11, 2014, 07:32 AM
My name is Ian MacGregor and I am a member of Clan Gregor. I grew up around the world, due to my father being a member of the U.S. Army, and I served in the US Navy, as a field medic (NEC HM-8404), where I visited several countries and participated in UNITAS. I'm an ordained minister and hold two doctorate degrees.

I have been using computers since the 1970′s and building computers since the 1990′s. I have been using Linux since it became my sole operating system in 2001. I purchased the HTC G1 a few days after it was released and stayed with Android for a while. I also became an Android developer and have created themes, apps and ROMs for that platform.

After Android Gingerbread was released I dumped Android, moved to iOS and have been very happy with Apple products. I'm currently saving for a Mac mini (Core i7 model) and can't wait to get my hands on it.

Apr 17, 2014, 02:18 AM
hi all, my name is victoria nguyen, nice to meet you

Jul 19, 2014, 11:01 PM
Hello all. I'm Josh. I'm just getting into digital audio production. Currently building my rig around one of the new Mac Pros. Looking forward to contributing to the forum!