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Re: Would love your input, stories, suggestions

All of a sudden I'm glad I stuck with the old stuff. The VS-2480 still 
works, once I get good with it.
On Thu, 10/6/16, Richard Sales <richard@glasswing.com> wrote:

 Subject: Re: Would love your input, stories, suggestions
 To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
 Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016, 5:10 AM
 No question software is incredibly
 vulnerable to planned entropy.  I've spent a fortune
 keeping up with the digital Joneses but turns out the
 digital Joneses are all hula skirts and Hawaiian shirts and
 no palm trees or ocean - or as they say in country music,
 'All hat, no horse'.  They keep adding bells and
 whistles to every aspect of the experience that clog the
 data arteries.  Go figure. 
 The move from regular wires to db25
 which started around eight years ago has cost me a couple
 thousand pints of blood and totally forces new logic on my
 studio design.  I don't know if anything was gained
 from that.  Dats, ADATS... all worth about as much as a
 used mousetrap these days. 
 The old saw is, Digital is a
 capitalist's wet dream.  Like buying a car that, in
 five years you won't be able to find tires or gasoline
 Revamping the wiring of my studio
 now.  It's like Extreme Tetris.  Enormous logistics,
 turning the Rubric's Cube this way and that and each
 time seeing new options and better, more ergonomic ways to
 set it up.  
 As I said before, I used to love
 technology but now I pretty much resent its time sucking
 intrusion into my creative process.  High tech used to work
 for me, but now I work for it!  And the improvements strike
 me as running downhill.  
 It's a transfer of wealth from
 the creative class to technology.  So my forty year
 spending spree is pretty much over - as Rick Walker was sort
 of saying.   I'm not paying Avid $1000 a year to
 subscribe to hardware and software (Pro Tools HDX) I've
 owned for decades.  
 Someone in a third world country
 could feed, house, raise and educate a family of twelve...
 and retire in comfort for what I've spent on this
 I do think someone could make a
 fine living stripping out all the bells and whistles from
 the OS and selling those versions to recently born again,
 time strapped Luddites like me.  Same with software
 function of DAWs.  
 There's nothing like a great
 guitar and great amp.  It's the willing spouse
 that's ever attractive and exotically faithful.  Add
 some pedals and your kingdom has come!  Of course,
 there's 20 fine guitars on my wall now and ten fine amps
 in the back room, but as long as I fire 'em up once a
 month, they will be singing long after this very expensive
 digital stuff has gone to the recycling centre... or sold
 for $200. 
 Don't think my AxeFX II XL+
 will be worth a dozen sets of guitar strings in ten years -
 but it IS fun.
 There are some good digital
 companies like Spectrasonics that makes Omnisphere.  Also
 Native Instruments big Kontakt, although integration into
 Vienna Ensemble Pro requires huge Tetris finagling and hours
 under the hood trying to get the pistons all moving
 I just wanted to play music - not
 fly the Starship Enterprise!I'm hoping this studio revision
 will make it easier, but I'm sure the software
 update/upgrade guys will do all they can to eat my precious
 My current thoughts on Time? 
 Don't spend it all in one place!:)Richard Sales
 On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 4:13
 AM, Ivodne Galatea <takas20@hotmail.com>
 then there was the nightmare of Logic Pro stopping accepting
 32-bit plugins in the upgrade from 9 to X. For those of us
 who upgraded while sleep-deprived and deleted the old one to
 save room on our battle-weary 2009 macbooks it meant a
 sudden loss of facility that took breath away. I certainly
 didn't have the wherewithal to buy new shiny 64-bit
 plugins, and most of the old ones had developers who had
 disappeared. And I didn't want to lose the intuition I
 had developed with the old plugins.It
 wasn't until that company SoundRadix brought out
 32-lives that I could exhale.
 I know the logic of shifting to
 64-bit and addressability and legacy code, but it really
 felt abusive. Facing it all over again now that my laptop
 won't run the new MacOs.
 From: amyx@isproductions.com
 Subject: Would love your input, stories,
 Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:29:32
 To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-
 This thread on Mobius
 problems with the new system is interesting. I use Mobius in
 my performances; my musical career is absolutely dependent
 on it. It works consistently well on the old system I am
 running, which I cannot upgrade until I get a new
 mixer/interface, because the one I have used to create my
 current repertoire requires MLAN software that Yamaha
 stopped making several years ago. Porting my songs over to a
 different technology (say a MIDI fader box and all effects
 in software), could easily take months, so I plan to take
 time off from performing next year in order to do nothing
 but that.
 That kind of
 Later this
 month I am giving a talk at Project BBQ (a yearly think tank
 of audio professionals -- http://www.projectbarbq.com
 ) on the topic of how the pressure to constantly upgrade
 software, forcing one to often upgrade hardware, causing one
 to have to re-program, re-think and sometimes abandon
 one's compositions. affects the life of a working
 artist, or really anyone dependent on uninterrupted use of
 these products.
 At the
 same time, clearly advances in technology have been
 stunning, and it's great to be able to take advantage of
 I'm looking
 for:a) any interesting stories you might have
 about how upgrades have caused disruption  to your art,
 andb) any constructive suggestions for this group
 of professionals. How might they support artists who are
 dependent on their products? How might they continue to
 develop new products but keep us happy as well, and make
 this profitable? What about trying harder to keep upgrades
 compatible with older software/hardware? Are there options
 to having to purchase new laptops every few
 Thanks all! I
 welcome your input on this ever-prevalent topic. I want to
 be helpful to artists in this talk -- it's an
 opportunity to speak directly to the folks who actually make
 the stuff.. what would you like to tell them or ask
 Amy X Neuburg
 On Sep 26, 2016, at 10:33 AM,
 Richard Sales <richard@glasswing.com>
 Yes indeed.  My question nowadays
 is, Who's serving who?And it's a question that can
 range very wide - and reach into the deepest changes and
 most important elements in our culture.  Tell you the
 Truth?  I'm a little worried. And I'm not the
 worrying kind.
 On Mon, Sep
 26, 2016 at 9:07 AM, Kevin Cheli-Colando <billowhead@gmail.com>
 I used to really
 love technology.
 Isn't that the
 truth :-)
 richard sales
 www.glasswing.comHope is the thing with
 feathers that perches in the soul - Emily
 richard sales
 www.glasswing.comHope is the thing with
 feathers that perches in the soul - Emily