TNSS: The General

The above Image is not what you expect to see for a Software Synth these days.

I’ve been using Logic for over 20 years now. I’ve used a lot of Sequencers and DAW’s in the 35 years I’ve been creating and producing music and audio. To me, none of them have the bang for the buck that Logic has. Although my old studio partner and I were gabbing about Opcode’s Studio Vision Pro recently. I did love that program and will never forgive Gibson for killing it off. Ah, the glow of nostalgia…

REAPER comes really damn close.

You can get a basic license for $60 that lasts for years and there are updates for it about every time you launch the App. It’s been a solid mixing DAW for me and I use to grade assignments at EduCorp® too. I could go on and on about how clever it is, but check Kenny’s video tutorials on the REAPER website and Jon Tidey has great stuff on the Tube of Yous as well. If you give it a shot you will be impressed.

REAPER is stable and deep, and allows for a lot of customization too, but I still use Logic for creation. Just how I roll.

So I wish I could give a glowing review of the M1 Beta for REAPER, but I can’t as of this writing. Things started off great – Oblivion Sound Lab’s new Hex Drum loaded and worked like a champ. Even Audiomodern’s latest Riffer version happily controlled Audio Damage’s Quanta. But when I tried to load up some Arturia plugins, that’s when everything went pear-shaped. I mentioned that they initially installed just fine, but when loading into REAPER I could get MIDI info to the Plugin, but absolutely no sound out. Even a quick relaunch of REAPER didn’t help. Trying another Arturia Plugin (Mini V this time) caused it to appear not with the instrument GUI, but with the ‘old skool’ slider controls of decades ago. After this nothing would produce sound – even the tracks that had been recorded. A check of Arturia’s Software Center turned up nothing except I noticed their V Collection 8 is out (Emulator II – finally!)

This is a Beta version so oddities are bound to come up, but this is a pretty serious one IMO. I’m going to wait for the next version and try again, so it’s back to Logic in the meantime for Edsel music testing.

Oh, and reminder to myself to not try and predict what the next installment here will be – Edsel is just too unpredictable.

I am a bit surprised there have been no Big Sur updates from The Mothership®. Usually there are quite a few after an initial release to fix bugs and other strangeness that crops up, but since the second seed of MacOS 11.1 was just released to the Devs about a week ago it looks like Apple are taking their time with this. It might be because the time of year or a Pandemic in general, but I’m fine with taking the time to get it right.

Have gotten some word that the Bluetooth issue I was having with the original Magic Mouse is quite common with not only the M1 Macs, but Big Sur in general. I Twaddled about Teleport being Open-Sourced a while back, but it’s not really usable to use a single mouse and keyboard for two different computers in my day of shaking it down. It also won’t wake a Mac from Sleep, so it’s only really usable when both are logged in.

The good news is the Bluetooth issue is likely software-based, so hoping 11.1 might have the fix. In the mean time I’m back to Input Device swapping, and my trusty old HP Bluetooth mouse is performing swimmingly. 

And one more bit of weirdness that I guess I should mention: having been busy with EduCorp® post-Turkey Day, Edsel was quietly sitting in the background doing a whole lot of nothing for about a week. When I tried to fire it up today I could get nothing on the screen when I switched the monitor over – just black. The Mini’s front light was on, so it didn’t just power down on its own, and no amount of keyboard or trackpad clicking would wake it up. I held the back panel power button down for a few seconds until the light went off and then clicked it again to restart it. Everything was fine after that, but I haven’t seen a Mac do anything like this in about two decades. I’m hoping it was a fluke (like something I’ve installed) and not a harbinger of things to come…

That’s it for now – more to come (and I won’t say what about, k?) 🙂

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