Something we all know a bit about - Computers & Music

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Postby Joshua » Wed Feb 27, 2002 12:56 pm

I was reading this little blurb when I got to thinking... Have computers really changed music? I'm obviously not talking about artists that exist just because of them (like The Propellerheads, Cornelius or Cher), but would Silver and Gold (for example) have been a worse album if it weren't produced with the aid of ProTools and a few gigahertz under the hood? What about groups that walk the line? Sure, the Stones would still be touring today either way, but what about U2 or Madonna? They and many other artists/groups have used digital technology to extend their grasp in today's music market - would they have been able to do so otherwise?

You have to know I'm just thrilled to see Apple get their props, they make first class hardware that is unrivaled in media creation but really - do they deserve a Grammy? There's certainly no question that Robert Moog or Ray Dolby deserve such honors, but Apple's just making computers. Whether they're put to use to record music, produce movies, or store up gigs and gigs of internet porn is the decision of those who actually use the machines.

Wait a minute - scratch that last question - if we really start asking if people who get Grammys deserve them, this'll turn downright ugly.

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Postby D. Phillips » Thu Feb 28, 2002 2:46 am

Josh, I'm not too up on the technology end, but didn't Apple help create some of the interfaces that are now commonly used in studios? I think there's a reason 90% of recording studios are outfitted with Apple machines even though ProTools is available for PC.

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Postby Guest » Thu Feb 28, 2002 12:34 pm

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On 2002-02-27 11:56, Joshua wrote:

You have to know I'm just thrilled to see Apple get their props, they make first class hardware that is unrivaled in media creation but really - do they deserve a Grammy?[/i]

All right, you - turn in your Secret Apple Clubhouse card right now! What kind of fanatic Mac-head are you, anyway? Steve Jobs should've stormed the stage and kicked Bono's ass! <IMG SRC="/bb/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif">

Seriously, why not Apple? Most of the artists and bands honored at the Grammys are fairly pedestrian talents who probably wouldn't have careers if it weren't for some Pro-Tools magic. And like you said, Apple's the best platform for media creation in general.
It's like the Oscars giving an award to Panaflex cameras or whatever.
Come to think of it, didn't Apple get some kind of technical award at the Oscars, too?

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Thu Feb 28, 2002 12:37 pm

BTW, the above anonymous post was me - I forgot to log in like a dope...

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Postby Sugarcubes Forever » Thu Feb 28, 2002 4:49 pm

Apples? Who buys those things, anyway?

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Postby Proptronics » Fri Mar 01, 2002 9:23 am

Actually, I'm considering getting one but I think someone once mentioned that Apple users can't use Audio Galaxy or most of the other MP3 sites. Any truth to this?

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Fri Mar 01, 2002 11:33 am

Yeah, last time I checked they still haven't made Mac versions of the download software at most of those sites. Since Napster went kaput, Mac users have to rely on so-so Limewire/Gnutella/Carracho type services. They keep saying they're going to make Mac versions of stuff like Kazaa, but so far nothing.

You could use it if you have Virtual PC, but so far there isn't any other PC software I want to run so I haven't bothered...

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Postby Sugarcubes Forever » Fri Mar 01, 2002 3:05 pm

In other words, unless you're a Art Class Geek, buy a PC!

he he he

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Sat Mar 02, 2002 1:59 pm

Yes, your run-of-the-mill geeks should buy PC's.

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Postby sab » Tue Mar 05, 2002 3:17 pm

If forced to choose between buying a new computer with Windows XP and Mac OSX, I'm going to have to choose Mac. I've had enough Windows computers now to have grown frustrated and bored with them. Using a Mac at home would be a nice change of pace from the drudgery of sitting in front of a Win98 machine at work all day. Bottom line, however, is that I don't really want or need a new computer. After my initial experiments with Linux in January, I think setting up my Wintel machine with it is the best solution. Just have to find the time to learn enough about the Linux OS so that it can be a complete replacement from Windows.

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