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Why I should be a Luddite

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I tried to work on some music last night for my band, Spiral Galaxy Collision. For those not in the know, this is a joint project with Van (furiousBall) and Kingo (also of Halaka). We have been inactive for some time, but I think we’re ready to start making music again.

One of the Cubase projects opened fine, and everything seemed to be in order, but the other one — a song that we started a few years ago — was plagued with problems. I had to dig out copies of old programs (soft synths/samplers) to get it to open. I really wish that if you open a project with, say, an Absynth 2 patch, it would just open using Absynth 3 instead, with the same patch data. But alas, it looks for that specific version of the program. I haven’t used Absynth 2 in a long time now, so I had to really dig to find it.

Then, once I got the missing software installed, I realized I was missing some samples. I eventually found them, but realized I had to convert them to another format (a lengthy process, especially given that there are 4 CDs of samples) before I could use them. Now, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that once I have all the samples, it’ll automatically load the right ones. If not, I may never be able to get it to sound exactly like I had it before.

Making music on a computer can be incredibly frustrating when things like this happen. I love soft synths and samplers, and I get some great sounds out of them. However, it’s at times like this when I want to throw my computer out the window, pick up an instrument, and just play it, recording into some kind of simple device when necessary. Maybe I should just buy a 4-track tape recorder. I’m only half kidding.

Seriously, though, the thought of finishing some old songs and starting some new stuff is pretty exciting.

3 Responses to “Why I should be a Luddite”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I know this is frustrating but you have to be patient. Think about it this way — you know how you just want to pick up an instrument and play it? It’s not that easy. You had what … 10 years of training to play the violin? It didn’t take you even close to 10 years to find those discs. 😉 Keep at it, music man.

  2. furiousBall Says:

    I’m done with my parts. Hurry up. Come on. Gaaaaaaaawd.


    how about now?

  3. Bud Buckley Says:

    The computer stuff frustrates me and a lot of people complained about the synth tracks on my CD. So I’m avoiding that stuff for now on. Live musicians all the way. I use ProTools one track at a time for my parts and then let my producer decide what comes next and what I’ll have to do over. I wish you all the best of luck with this, though. Can’t wait to hear what you come up with.

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