Re: Can this be true?

D F Tweedie

Chris ...

I think you are correct about the migration of music listening platforms and mini-programs to increasingly portable devices. But in production the opposite continues happening. Who wouldn't want a Xeon based multicore server with 128GB of RAM to run incredible virtual instruments seamlessly or super low latency recording at 32 samples?

On the other hand, Avid Pro Tools provides a free iPad app that runs its Eucon ethernet base protocol over WiFi. Amazing for recording in the studio by yourself ... sort of the Frontier Tranzport on steroid. There is synergy.

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From: "Chris Laarman chrislaarman@... [Band-in-a-Box]"
To: Band-in-a-Box@...
Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2016 10:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Band-in-a-Box] Re: Can this be true?

1) Thank you for pointing me to a typo that I had overlooked.
"Not that licensing is a difficult topic in the Mac World..." should read:
"NotE that licensing is a difficult topic in the Mac World..."
I apologize!

2) I'm glad for us here to learn, that much music software has a cross-platform license. I do hope, that all developers earn enough (money and satisfaction) from their work to continue.

3) I have almost been glued to an iPad for the last five years. Hence the typo. ;-)
I have one iPad and one iPod dedicated to music software - just gathering dust. I also have some music software installed on Android devices, but I have yet to assess even the amount of MIDI lag (that until recently prevented me from taking Android serious as a music platform, despite the port of FL Studio and the apparent appeal of Caustic).
I find it very interesting to see where music software is going: staying on the desktop (notebooks included) or shifting its main stream to mobile devices. It has already reached the smartwatch: iOS app Setlist has a companion for Apple Watch.


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On 16 Oct 2016, 18:53 +0200, D F Tweedie bienpegaito@... [Band-in-a-Box] <Band-in-a-Box@...>, wrote:
Thanks to all for the helpful and encouraging suggestions/ recommendations. I will check on the UAD Apollo sub-forum to see if anyone is successfully running this hardware under Wine or one of it's variants. But probably I'll end up buying the entry level MAC version and sorting out the Audiophile. And if I find time I may sip a bit of Wine.
Chris wrote: "I'm afraid that having one license for software on different platforms is the rule rather than the exception. (But there are exceptions! Notably when some subscription is involved.)"

Since my software licensing experience is mostly limited to music software, I can emphatically say that this is not the case with major music software companies. Let me list the programs I own that provide cross-platform licensing: Pro Tools HD Native, Cubase Pro 8.5, Ableton Live 7, Reaper, Sony Acid, Rapid Composer, Native Instruments Komplete, Slate Digital, iZotope RX 5, iZotope Ozone 7, Spectrasonics Omnisphere ... and I could go on and on and on.

"Not that licensing is a difficult topic in the Mac World. Apple's idea is: to pay once for a product in the App Store, then use it on all systems tied to your Apple ID and have all future versions included in that deal. Many developers can't live with that, and sell their products not through the App Store,present an upgrade as an entirely new product, or both. Besides, there may be slightly different features in App Store and own-store editions, due to the "sandboxing" that Apple requires.

I have found much to dislike about MAC O/S due to its lack of backwards compatibility and its near abandonment of desktop users in favor of IOS. It perpetually produces new versions without regard or communication with its 3rd party software developers that break programs. Sierra is still 'verboten' by most of the companies I noted above. I use MAC O/S out of simple necessity.

"Especially in the case of music software, I would recommend buying the native Mac edition, as I feel that Apple has integrated MIDI more in its operating systems than Microsoft. Using WINE or CrossOver couldn't change that."

I don't believe this is true since Win 7. I successfully ran a Win server with a combination of 12 virtual and physical MIDI ports operating various multitimbral virtual instruments, sound modules and other devices in my studio.  However, the one clear O/S advantage MAC has is Core Audio and the ability to aggregate audio device drivers. It can be quite useful.

"A more general (off-topic) remark on software for Apple's operating systems: there is a habit of many App Store apps going on sale for a short spell (even hours), and there is a habit of certain websites temporarily offering bundles at greatly reduced prices. I can't remember much music software in either."

Thank you for this. I have noted this trend especially in plugin producers and take full advantage of discounts from time to time approaching 80%.


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