Asus Eee As Cheap, Tiny Music PC: Guitar Rig 3, Linux Tips

The Asus Eee PC is unlikely to be your first choice of laptops for music. But it’s small, it’s cute, and it’s ridiculously cheap. Some CDM-reading computer enthusiasts are biting, as we found out in March when we asked you if you had turned the Eee PC into a music box. On the Linux side, […]

Oddities: a MacBook Pro Has a Visual Conversation with a ZX Spectrum

Matthew Applegate sends this our way — it’s like two computers having a conversation, across epochs of computer history. The MacBook Pro is running a computer vision algorithm and "singing" notes based on colors it sees on the Spectrum’s screen. Maybe this will get your brain thinking of something new — file this under "really […]

Small and Light PCs About Ready for Mobile Music Making

Musicians have generally had to shy away from slim, light portable PC laptops, but watching the specs on these machines, I’d say that’s finally changing. Take the upcoming Lenovo IdeaPad U110. Like the Apple MacBook Air, you have to rely on an external optical drive, but otherwise, this machine comes pretty close to being a […]

ANSI Art, Raised to Gallery Status in SF

I miss ANSI art. In the character-only days of the online world (pre-Web), these text-based graphics had a strangely pop-art quality, with hard edges, digital textures, and bold colors. This is not to be confused with ASCII art, mind you — ANSI art had lots of extra graphical features. Even by the early 1990s, landing […]

Apple: We'll Build Our Own Cheaper, Faster 8-Core Mac Pro

Now grating cheese faster than ever before. Okay, I spoke too soon. Just one day after a ZDNet blogger announced he could build a cheaper version of Apple’s high-end Mac Pro, Apple themselves have announced they can make their Mac Pro significantly faster and cheaper. I think the ZDNet machine still works out to be […]

Apple: We’ll Build Our Own Cheaper, Faster 8-Core Mac Pro

Now grating cheese faster than ever before. Okay, I spoke too soon. Just one day after a ZDNet blogger announced he could build a cheaper version of Apple’s high-end Mac Pro, Apple themselves have announced they can make their Mac Pro significantly faster and cheaper. I think the ZDNet machine still works out to be […]

ZDNet's Ou: Clone an 8-Core Mac Pro for $2300

George Ou, hats off to you. The ZDnet blogger assembles a very nice workstation, equivalent to a US$6800 Mac Pro, for a measly $2311. No Mac OS X, meaning Final Cut Studio is out, but I figure you can use your savings for a basic copy of CS3 or go the Sony Vegas route. Not […]

ZDNet’s Ou: Clone an 8-Core Mac Pro for $2300

George Ou, hats off to you. The ZDnet blogger assembles a very nice workstation, equivalent to a US$6800 Mac Pro, for a measly $2311. No Mac OS X, meaning Final Cut Studio is out, but I figure you can use your savings for a basic copy of CS3 or go the Sony Vegas route. Not […]

What OS Do You Use to Make Music?

Photo via jeanmarc77 I consider myself operating system atheistic: I refuse to believe in an operating system unless solid, empirical data is presented proving it exists works. Okay, actually … I spend a considerable amount of time doing production on both Mac and Windows, and even some time working with Linux (not to mention administering […]

Apple: Updated Santa Rosa MacBooks, MacBook Pros Speedbumped

Apple slipped in some almost silent updates last night to its portable line: MacBooks have been updated to come pre-installed with Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5), and sport Intel’s Santa Rosa chipset. This provides frontside bus speeds up to 800Mhz (up from 667Mhz), and includes a new integrated graphics chipset, the Intel GMA X3100 which […]