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 worthy mobile music machine. If shedding pounds and size is important to you, there’s no question you could make this box work on the road. Lenovo IdeaPad U110 [ Early Specs at GottaBeMobile.com] There’s not that much of a price premium: it’s US$1899. The specs …

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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 on a modem-based BBS with ANSI art felt like leaving the grungy dullness of the country for the Los Vegas strip. Which brings us to the relevance to this site. I’ve seen lots of cheesy ASCII art filters for video, implemented in environments like Processing, …

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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 cheaper, but not by nearly as large a margin. Some of you wrote in to say you still want, you know, a cool case design, system-wide warranties, the Mac OS, and not having to, um, build your own system. Whatever. That sounds boring. It might …

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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 cheaper, but not by nearly as large a margin. Some of you wrote in to say you still want, you know, a cool case design, system-wide warranties, the Mac OS, and not having to, um, build your own system. Whatever. That sounds boring. It might …

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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 to mention, if you’ve got strong arms and a car, you could create a great luggable live visual machine. I’d love to hear from someone who actually does video, 3D, etc., and not just George, if they’ve done something similar to this. Not only is …

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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 to mention, if you’ve got strong arms and a car, you could create a great luggable live visual machine. I’d love to hear from someone who actually does video, 3D, etc., and not just George, if they’ve done something similar to this. Not only is …

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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 Linux servers). But we’d like to know more about what you use in your music. Our site analytics don’t tell us a whole lot: they tend to sample random users, not regulars, and if you use a work PC to browse, we may not know …

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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 should offer a speed boost for end users and increased shader support for developers. Apple also silently updated the MacBook Pro, which now has an optional 2.6Ghz CPU upgrade (up from 2.4Ghz), for a mere $250. Leopard improves not only OpenGL performance with some advanced …

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New Multi-Touch Prototype, Multi-Touch Tablet PC Coming

What looks like some huge news gets casually mentioned in descriptions for the upcoming SIGGRAPH graphics conference and on the website of JazzMutant, the developers of multi-touch hardware controllers Lemur and Dexter: Jazzmutant is proud to have been selected by the Siggraph Emerging Technologies Committee in San Diego to demo a new prototype device for digital imaging involving multi-touch control. This solution will go beyond mere finger-drawing and clearly illustrate a new way to interact and improve productivity with drawing and video editing software. Furthermore, the solution presented will be the very first multi-touch enabled Tablet PC shown to the …

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RAM Upgrade: Quick Fix for Masses of MacBook Problems

In my computing life I’m very much into segregation. Until recently I’ve worked exclusively with PCs and have always had 3-4 machines around, each installed with a certain set of tools to do a specific job: Workstation with After Effects, Photoshop, Web Development tools, Content stuff… Laptop with Mail, IM and other communication/organization stuff. Server with bittorrent downloading, media serving and distributed rendering. Gig machine with just Resolume and required codecs. Since this whole tour thing started I’ve had to consolidate everything onto my MacBook. All of the usual amail, browsing and IM duties remain, but are now encroached by …

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