TNSS: The Schizoid Man

PostPic: This just may be the cooling system inside Intel Macs… (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avro-jet.jpg)

The fan noise from Clara Jane had never really bothered me before – mostly because I’ve been reduced to headphones while working from home. But after using Edsel I notice them spinning up every single time.

I loaded the Billie Eilish Demo Logic Session on the 16” MPB that I figured would make sure it would need to turn them on. This is what it sounds like recorded into my Zoom H5:

CJ Fan Sample.wav

And here is the Mac mini running the same Session:

Edsel Fan Sample.wav

Both were recorded using the internal stereo mics on the Zoom about an inch from where the fan noise was loudest (above the keyboard on Clara Jane and directly at the rear fan for Edsel). I then Normalized the files to -3 dBTP and applied some Fab Filter Q3 to cut frequencies around 5kHz where the fan noise was most prominent (see below pic). No other processing or volume normalization was applied after the EQ.

FF Q3 Fan Filter

Edsel is dead quiet – even after the processing.

I spent the Holiday Weekend doing a bunch of nothing – I needed it. But I did go through and start installing a raft of Plugins on the Mini.

And that’s when the chinks in the armor started showing up. Novation’s V-Station refused to work (I’m assuming) because I have run through my 4 authorizations and I have no way to change them through the website – in 2020… I don’t use V-Station very much, but some of the sounds I’ve created on it can’t be replicated on other software synths. Waldorf’s very picky Waldorf Collection 2 installed and passed Validation except for the D-Pole filter. Argh. XLN’s Addidtive Drums 2 and RetroColor refuse to pass Logic’s Plugin Manager. I use these a lot. TB-Pro Software’s latest dpMeter 5 says it’s ready, but Logic doesn’t agree. I pretty much stopped at this point with installing Plugins…

I also did some checking to see if any Apps had been updated in the interim, and other than everyone having Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales there was really nothing I use. I however, did catch this interesting tidbit over at Daring Fireball while rooting around:

 Rosetta is translation, not emulation, and technically that’s a big deal.

It is a big deal, and click Gruber’s link above for the full transcript with all the info. But it still doesn’t solve my problems at this point…

So we’re five Posts in and Edsel is beginning to living up to his name, but I’m okay with that. This shows what major transitions are like with any technology and why the smart users wait until the dust settles.

The M1 machines are powerful, quiet, and the honestly the transition has not been nearly as grueling as they have in the past. But even though I said to go ahead and spend the money if you want, you will be waiting for a lot of Developers to get caught up here. And with a Pandemic and the Holidaze® Season happening concurrently, it’s going to take more time than it usually would. 

The simple truth at this stage is that Logic Pro and Garage Band and the other Apple Pro Apps are doing what they need to do for the Creatives. If that’s all you need then you are golden – run out and buy six. But if your workflow requires a lot of Third-Party Gizmos to make that happen then wait it out until the things you need work as you need them to. 

I have not given the REAPER beta its due (had to install everything with Logic to get Validation out of the way anyway), so I will focus on testing that in the next installment. Unless something major pops up with Logic Pro Im going to call it Approved and keep moving forward. I’m also hoping Ableton gets Live 11 in the pipeline soon…

One last thing:

I’ve read a lot about how problematic Big Sur was before I acquired Edsel. I will be honest that I have had minimal issues with it as a near ’daily driver’ (other than some duties that Clara Jane has the software that works). Mac OS 11’s issues have been mostly the ‘graphic’ oddities I mentioned with certain Plugins – I can even see this on the loading crawl after restarts on the Mini, so it’s not just Plugins. And there have been a few Bluetooth issues with the Apple Watch (but strangely my Magic Trackpad and mouse have been rock solid since the ‘Magic Mouse’ fiasco)

In Big Sur’s favor, it’s improved a lot of ‘legacy’ issues with Messages, Safari, and Mail, as well as the Continuity weirdness with my iOS devices. And once you tone down the color palette with other Background Images it feels like any other Macintosh. Even the Translucency seems like an an improvement over past OSes (hated it on past Systems…) I have yet to ‘dig in’ to a lot of the other features, but will post about them if they seem noteworthy.

I will say at this point I really want to install MacOS 11 on Clara Jane to see if it improves anything on the Intel side – but that will have to wait a bit. 🙂

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