April 17, 2007

...Learn TDD with Codemanship

Podcast Technical Questions Answered

Just to answer a couple of questions about the pilot podcast: it was recorded using Digidesign's Pro Tools on a laptop running Windows XP. The "beercast" with Henry Seymer was recorded on a BOSS 8-track recorder and edited in Pro Tools. The cheesy music was actually created by me, and is my interpretation of musak.

With Pro Tools you can get a high quality result, but the workflow of the tool sucks!

I love this little snippet from guitarist Steve Vai's diary about recording his new orchestral album:

"Last night I finished the 5.1 mixes and was finally able to start thinking about playing the guitar again. I took to my private little guitar room in the Harmony Hut and started to just play. After floating for about 15 minutes I had the realization that I had made a mistake with the 5.1 mixes.

While importing session data from other sessions and pasting them into the 5.1 auxiliary tracks, I realized that certain information did not transfer and the mixes were thrown off so I have to go back and re-do all the 5.1 mixes. It felt as though I was hit by a train right in the middle of the light at the end of the tunnel."

Steve is a Pro Tools user - check out this video from his studio to see his set-up. As a Pro Tools user, I can sympathise: it's easy to screw up.

There are two things about this little vignette that struck me:

1. Just how many professions these days come down to someone sitting at a computer going copy-paste?

2. Would you ever hear a Spice Girl say something like "Last night I finished the 5.1 mixes..."?

Mind you, if you want to see really bad workflow, spare a thought for the earlier pioneers of computer music. Frank Zappa's Synclavier cost $100,000 and he had to hire a computer programmer to make it do all the stuff he wanted it to. We've come a long way, I suppose.
Posted 11 years, 4 months ago on April 17, 2007