Game Day: Use Rock Band Drums as MIDI Controller – Windows, Yes, Mac, Soon?

This Megatron robot is not actually playing these drums. But knowing the hacker community on the Web, he may be soon. Photo: punkjr. That didn’t take long. Just days after the games’ release, someone is already using controllers for the Harmonix game Rock Band with their computer software. Cyrus Thomas-Walker writes us: Looks like someone thought outside the box with their Rock Band drum set. Hacking the little kit could prove to be a cheap way to set up a little midi drum studio if someone happens to already own the game and interested in hooking the hardware up to …

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Non-Pro MacBooks: Still Incompatible with Boot Camp for Analog Video Out?

Okay, Leopard users — we’re interested to hear more video output results as people upgrade. We got some good news earlier this month in that MacBook Pros (with both NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards) now properly support analog video output running under Windows on Leopard’s Boot Camp. That’s nifty, of course. But what about non-Pro MacBooks? We’ve heard at least one reader report that says that sync problems still stop MacBook users from sending analog (S-Video / composite) video when booted into Windows via Base Camp. (It’s too bad, as I actually enjoy the MacBook dongle for its ability to …

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What Are Your Favorite Windows-Only Visualist Tools?

Cross-platform visualism: Philipp Rudler, a member of the VJ collective montage sauvage, juggles Mac + PC in Gratz, Sytria. Photo: rawmeyn, via Flickr. So what’s PC got that Mac doesn’t? You’ve got a few ideas. For no particular reason, we’ve gone super-Mac/Apple-centric here on CDMotion this week, so to even the score, I’m curious: what Windows-only tools do you choose for your visualist needs? The awesome DirectX-based free modular environment vvvv immediately springs to mind, along with our VJ app fave Resolume. Windows also happens to be a great gaming platform, which has interesting implications for visualists — anyone building …

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Boot Camp Video Out on Leopard: Fixed on MacBook Pro, Not MacBook?

Via comments, Eelke (whose system is shown above) alerts us that previous video output problems running Windows in Boot Camp appear to be solved in Leopard — at least using the MacBook Pro. (Phew — get all that?) See the ongoing thread on VJforums. Eelke says: My configuration: – MacBookPro 2,16, 2GB ram, with ATI X1600 – Upgraded to Leopard (OS X 10.5) – Used the same Leopard DVD to update all drivers in bootcamp / XP – Rebooted with DVI>s video dongle plugged-in, s-video out attached to small reference monitor After the initial booting XP logo which we had …

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Tiny PCs for Music: UMPC Runs SONAR, Fruity Loops Like a Real PC

The UMPC may not have caught on with the masses, but the idea is terrific: a full-featured Windows PC in a space only slightly larger than a smart phone. Loyal followers continue to love their UMPCs, especially when they’re as tiny as the Raon Digital Everun. And as we predicted when Intel first announced the UMPC, this is a workable little music machine. After all, just a few years ago computer musicians would have described these specs as “high-end”, and there’s USB for input. To prove the point, Steve Paine, from UMPCPortal.com writes in with video evidence: a clip from …

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HDV Device Problems? The Culprit Might Just Be Windows

Since picking up my HVR-V1P I haven’t actually spent much time editing or otherwise working with HD video, instead spending my time out on the road shooting and performing. After returning (and taking a holiday) the rest of the band have settled down to recording an album and I, as part of my preproduction schedule, embarked on a Windows/CS3 reinstall to have a clean slate upon which to create music videos to accompany said album. Which is where my problems started. Like Peter I chose to go with a sleek, bloat-free Windows XP installation. After the install completed I installed …

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Ask CDM: Configuring Windows for Maximum Performance

Most musicians will be waiting some time before running Vista, so if you can’t upgrade to a new OS, upgrade the OS you’ve got. Our friend Brad, aka Internet indie singer-songwriter star Brad Sucks, is getting into laptop performance and wants some tips for tuning Windows XP. He writes: I’d be interested in asking your readers how they set up their laptops for live performance OS-wise. I’ve been giving some thought to doing a dual boot WinXP install. So I can have one install as my desktop, mail, etc. And another one with say XPlite or nLite with Live set …

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