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From The Digital Sweatshop
The Music, Art and Travels of Alan D. Oldham a.k.a. DJ T-1000.

Don't Believe The Hype.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I'm at the end of my rope, and I'll tell you why.

First of all, as you know, my CD recorder went out a long time ago. We got a mail order that requested I dub some tracks onto CD-R. Of course, iTunes doesn't work like a hard disk recorder (it should), you can't just record into it line in (why not?). So I figured I'd go thru Cubase and do it. Long story short, I was literally all day trying to record two lousy fucking tracks and burn them to CD. All day, like noon to 6 pm, damn near a whole work day. The recordings ended up bunk, and so was trying to burn them. I just now gave up. Keep in mind the tracks were from DAT, already finished, it's not like I was trying to actually produce new stuff on it.

So Giaxia comes around and we're trying to figure the shit out. Basically it's DAT to eMac to Cubase to .AIFF file to iTunes to CD. Five steps just to dub some shit. It's ridiculous.

Oh and of course, Cubase LE (the one I have anyway), doesn't have any entries in the "help" section, so you're on your own. =P

Software is shit. I'm not using it anymore, period. I like Final Cut Pro and I LOVE iMovie, but that's it; funny how I like the visual programs, not the music ones. If I still had my TASCAM, I could have dubbed those tunes in 10 minutes.

I'm sick of the hype and people in my ear telling me how great this shit is. It takes too long and there's too much to learn. You have to literally go back to school to learn this shit. Simple stuff takes a whole day with software, if not longer. Period.

Dig this. Miles just produced these vocals for me, right? It took him a month on Reason. Literally four weeks. Every time I asked him what the deal was, he ran down some nonsense about what Reason couldn't do. He'd just told me before that Reason was the shit, so spare me the details. I finally yelled at him and he got it done =) On four-track and a guitar pedal for distortion you could have tracked vocals in a full day, WITH HARMONIES.

All programs should be like iMovie. Simple as hell, everything right there, drag and drop, you can make a whole documentary with the shit, titles included. Lay your soundtrack, no problem. You don't even need a tutorial. I made a DJ T-1000 commercial with it in a few hours.

There's other shit I'm pissed off about right now, too, but that's the main thing. Just think, a few days ago I was in San Diego, having a blast. Talk about peaks and valleys, man.

I'm off to take some Motrin and lay down now, my head hurts.

-AO :: 9:01 PM ::


  • I feel your pain AO,

    If you ever need any software for straight line in recording or other let me know. I can hook you up. There is also a FREE application called Audacity that will do the same. (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)
    I use it for transferring stuff from MD to my computer. I currently just make tracks and stuff all outboard on hardware only (just like the Cologne boys used to do). You can pund out a whole track in no time if you really want. Just go to Tsuki tonight and have a Ginger Martini, you'll feel beter:)

    By Blogger rdl, on Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:34:00 AM  
  • Downloaded Audacity and it's great. Really quick to d/l (I'm still on dial-up), easy to use. I was recording stuff right away. Thanks for the tip!

    By Blogger -AO, on Saturday, July 30, 2005 11:54:00 AM  

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