Goodness, no. The Dell I was referring to is our home computer for browsing the internet and reading emails, a task that it is up to about 70-80% of the time. No way I’d use that for music production I use a handbuilt 16 gb quadcore desktop to crash Cubase with.
No offense taken! I think my previous post was a bit too down on Macs. Full disclosure – I completely glossed over all the times I’ve cursed out Windows 7 for something or other (probably 10-20 times daily) or our current Dell laptop’s fussiness. And I’m not looking forward to Metro and Windows 8. Also Cubase likes to crash every now and then, and there are certain workflows that are just wonky…
But the main thing is that I’m used to Windows 7 and Cubase, know how to fix issues when they arise and have long ago figured out what random dialogs I need to get to to set up my I/O, for instance. Moving to an unfamiliar arena you have to start all over again just for basic stuff, so that can be frustrating and it can take undue amounts of time to be productive.
It sounds like you’ve already decided, and Gareth has already laid it out there clearly, but I’ll throw in my two cents anyway. I bought a MacBook Pro a little under 2 years ago for the purposes of making a portable studio. I really really tried to make it work, but just could never be as productive on the Mac OS as on Windows, not because of anything major, but 1000 little nits, for example only being able to size a window from the bottom right or no ability to cut and paste in Finder. To be fair, I think the windowing thing is fixed in Lion but I haven’t tried that out, and these are just two of many things I could list as frustrating to a Windows user.
So I, at least, tried Mac and came running right back, and I’d +1 Gareth’s comment that if you’re used to Windows, go with Windows – otherwise you may be setting yourself up for frustration just doing day to day business on the computer.
On the plus side, a Mac will have consistent hardware like Gareth pointed out, and also it’s pretty much UNIX running on an Intel chip so it’s going to be as solid as you can get. It also feels like a good, cohesive, solid piece of equipment whereas Windows laptops often have a hacked together feel. Also (if you care about this sort of thing) the resale value of a Mac will still be good even after 5 years, while a used windows laptop won’t get you much on the market.
Thanks for sharing your tunes. I agree with Sonicbyte regarding your first link, Slavenian Soul – to me it sounded like a solid track with some really nice orchestration. I don’t hear anything immediately that would make me think it would be rejected, unless there was slight clipping or something that I’m not hearing with the crappy earbuds I’m using right now. But even so that would be an easy fix – overall it sounds good to me.
The song in your second link wasn’t in the same category, IMO . I liked the feel and emotion, but it’s a single piano, it’s only 20 seconds long, and I wasn’t clear on whether there was a rhythm to it or if it was just free form. Your first link I can imagine being used in a lot of different applications, but I’m not hearing what the second link would be used for. So maybe the reviewer felt the same way and that’s why it was rejected? I think if you expanded upon that theme and maybe added a little more instrumentation + a more steady tempo it might be more accessible.
Based on what I’ve heard so far I think you’ll do fine here if you just keep posting and work out any technical kinks that you mentioned you had earlier. I can’t speak to any favoritism among the reviewers – at least they have no problem rejecting one of my tracks when it’s warranted
That kid is awesome!
I hate to admit it, but not yet They are, however, in my shopping cart for the next purchase once I finish off paying for yet another piece of December gear.
I do have them isolated on a couple of pieces of Auralex foam in the meantime, but I realize that’s not optimal and the mopads sure look a lot cooler .
I’ve heard excellent things about the ATH -M50s. Depending on your price range, give these a look as well:http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DT880/
They’re listed for $300 here but you can usually find them in the low to mid 200s if you look around.
EDIT – I should point out that they’re open backed, so you wouldn’t want to use them for tracking because of the bleed.
Some of it depends on the author and the type of music. I usually hover around a whopping 2.5%, but I know there are other authors who have much higher rates of extended sales than that.
Not that I’m complaining – those extended sales are pretty sweet when they happen. It’s not only the $$, but the fact that your songs are most likely reaching a much wider audience.