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Everything posted by Cristian

  1. Sorry to hear about your drummer friend having to move to an office job to earn a living. TBH though automation will likely leave many jobless. On the one hand these tools greatly simplify making cookie cutter music (that's likely to also end up with a lawsuit). On the other, if you want to make something unique, you can't always replace a real player with a tool like this.
  2. Let's just say it will help a hapless fool (like me) play well above his level as long as that fool can count to 4 and has some vague semblance of musical harmony.πŸ˜… It's similar to the Phrase Player in Ignite by AIR except it's not locked to any single DAW. Some call them MIDI arpeggiators but it's not like there a ton of these plugins around. Another plugin like this is Nora by Squareheads or, the even older midilooper by piz.
  3. Hey, at least IK finally lets you manually deactivate (some) licenses now... πŸ˜…
  4. TBH there are quite A LOT of people who aren't computer savvy. Add to that another issue: in my (admittedly limited and anecdotal experience) music PCs tend to NOT get upgraded for fairly long times. There is actually at least one catch: if you still need to use a certain older iLok driver, it no longer runs under recent Win 10 releases and will BSOD it. So maybe some of these people might be "once burned, twice shy" in terms of upgrading. It's exasperating but they might just be going by the "if it's not broken, don't fix it" principle and all that.
  5. If you scroll down a lot, to "Specifications" it says Hard Drive Capacity 128 GB Seems a bit iffy (and 128 GB is very little for a usable Windows laptop) so maybe ask a Walmart rep ? For 300 USD it's a good deal, but only if the specs aren't fake and it's upgradable. EDIT: Ouch, it also says RAM Memory 4 GB That's barely enough to run Windows 10 acceptably, definitely ask a rep and double check.
  6. Going against the grain here as I've just built a new PC in November 2020. Price to performance intel is the better deal right now because AMD, being in high demand, has had its street prices driven up. Intel is also launching its 11th generation of CPUs so you might find a good deal on a previous gen Z490 board and get good RAM speeds, even if you decide to buy a CPU that is not overclockable. On the GPU side, things are BAD, Ethereum mining has raised the street price of even old, second hand cards up to 2x their brand new MSRP. Maybe if you have a kind hearted friend who has a spare GPU or just upgraded and is willing to sell you the old one for a good price, it would be worth it.
  7. One of my big pet peeves is that when many subscriptions advertise their price, it's not actually the monthly price, but the yearly price divided by 12. Often you're not paying 19.99/mo but 239.88/yr, as a flat payment. Some subscriptions go even further and have you pay 24.99/mo if you want to be billed monthly with a yearly contract. The price is often even higher if you want to "pay as you go", usually 34.99/mo. While this is not the case with Reason+, it's still a pretty widespread practice,
  8. On the one hand, this is good stuff, great prices and integrated in Native Access. OTOH we're in 2021, who knows when I'll need the money. πŸ₯΄
  9. Since I've been working on a 4+ year old laptop for quite a while (i5-7200U) an upgrade and a return to a desktop PC was a welcome change. Pretty content I managed to build a new PC with a Ryzen 5 5600X (only €14 above MSRP) and 32 GB of RAM (only €16 above MSRP). I did manage to actually save €31 on the motherboard so it evened out in the end. Then again, all this was at the end of November, just before PC parts prices went up everywhere.
  10. Yep, looks like it's all gone.
  11. Don't worry, you pay that "additional 45% off" right back when upgrading to Studio One 5. πŸ˜€
  12. Now I feel a bit dumb having bought K11U -> K12CE during the summer of sounds sale πŸ˜‚ I could have gotten a Komplete 12U / CE upgrade for even cheaper AND a K13U/CE for free...
  13. It would be ironic if Microsoft hardware hadn't historically had lots of compatibility problems. The PlaysForSure and Zune fiascos to name just two of them that are relevant to this forum. As a rule, by the time MS figures out its hardware it's either obsolete or on the 4th/5th gen (except for their mice & keyboards).
  14. Update 2004 bluescreens on me because of Intel HD video drivers, the official ones. One of the intel updates made a mess of the drivers, and now there's some BS somewhere deep in the registry (no idea where it is) and I can't cleanly uninstall them.
  15. There's a bug in the forum. I've also encountered it. Seems to happen when you login to the main bandlab site and then come back to the forum.
  16. Thanks for the breakdown. I had to write a mobile app that dealt with video streaming around 2012, so I have a (tinyπŸ˜„) bit of first hand experience with anemic CPUs being unable to fill up the audio buffer in time. Yeah, increasing the core count won't come close to a linear performance increase because the lion's share of any modern application still runs on a single thread, and splits up tasks among cores wherever it can. And while you can do parallel signal processing, the synchronization can be a nightmare. Even then it still falls on the main thread to fill the audio buffer. After reading a bit more I think NI's choice of CPU might also have to do with them going with Linux as the Atom has been in a LOT of Linux devices. And unlike my initial thoughts, cost may be an issue too since N4000 only supports DDR4 (preferably dual-channel, as it has more memory bandwidth). The unit enclosure is also a great point, does the Maschine+ even have a fan? If they went with passive cooling then yeah, that base frequency will matter more. Also LOL the thought of even trying to compare the i9-10900 with these embedded CPUS πŸ˜‚
  17. I'm not really complaining. To be fair to NI, the price is competitive to MPC Live and MPC X. And obviously the price is never going to be just the price of hardware: there's R&D costs that NI has to make up for as well. In my case, I'm not really their primary customer given music is just a hobby for me and I haven't even really used my Mikro to its full potential. Besides if I need it, in 6-7 months it'll be 25-35% off on the second-hand market, from richer hobbyists who bought it as an impulse purchase and now want their money back. TBH my only question would be why NI went with the Z8350 and not the N4000 as a CPU, which is newer (2017 vs 2015) and better with similar costs.
  18. So, buy another Komplete 12 upgrade on top of the one you already own? πŸ˜‚
  19. The Maschine MK3 is $ 600 and the PC board (with NI's published specs) is about $ 140, totaling around $ 740 in terms of raw hardware cost. So $ 1400 feels a biiiit pricey. That said, they did port the Maschine software to Linux. And they brought back the metal finish from Maschine MK2, maybe it helps with heat dissipation. As far as performance goes I actually tried out Maschine on a quad-core atom with 4 GB of ram and windows 10 and it actually ran pretty well, even with 3 or 4 instances of lighter vsts like Monark or Super8. So the Maschine+ should actually work out alright with its custom linux distro running nothing but Maschine.
  20. A lot of modern musicians come from a background of working retail & services while studying, both of which have laid off a lot of people. And IIRC around a quarter US small businesses are pretty much on the verge of closing up shop. Federal "keep people employed" money just ran dry and September has just started. Several airlines have massive layoffs just around the corner. That 8% unemployment is at risk of going up pretty fast.
  21. Unfortunately, as of today os - 1 actually means windows 10 1507 which was released in July 2015, around 5 years ago. This isn't really the choice of the developers either. Management is the one that decides which OS versions are supported. The update for the C runtime can be found here https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2999226/update-for-universal-c-runtime-in-windows It will help a lot of programs install under windows 8 and 7, but it might also not be enough.
  22. As far as 8Dio strings go, at least from what I've seen, Agitato Grandiose Ensemble Violins, Adagio Cellos and Adagio Violas seem to be considered pretty good. They stand well on their own and even complement other orchestral libraries nicely.
  23. Windows 8 is no longer officially supported by MANY apps. Working as a software engineer, even our team's flagship product is no longer officially supporting windows 8 starting this year. And we're talking software that started being developed in the early 90s. Sure you CAN STILL install it under Win 8 (even 7) AFTER you install the dependencies (which come with Win 10). Part of this is a lot of software is moving to Visual Studio 2019 whose dependencies are not installed on older windows by default.
  24. Cristian

    songWish reMidi

    Eh, it's the typical flat UI that's found in many modern apps. I mean, ultimately it does what it says on the box. Squareheads' NORA is another similar plugin, with a slightly better organized GUI (but don't expect a miracle).
  25. Yeah, $250 (on sale obviously) will be a very good upgrade price with all the new stuff that's included. Props to NI for not forcing us (yet) to subscribe. TBH, if I was made of money I'd be tempted to preorder,.. πŸ˜‚
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