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Re: Stepping on silence, mojo and vintage gear
At 12:41 PM -0800 12/20/06, Richard Sales wrote:
>I've been using digital since Digidesign came out with Sound Tools -
>late eighties I think it was. I was an involuntary guinea pig for
>them. It was awful.
Oh no! They got you too? We got sold on the original Sound Tools
for the Atari's in our studio, as well. It worked okay for two-track
mixdown and digital editing for about a year. At that point,
however, Digidesign was moving more heavily toward Macs, thanks
mostly to having Opcode in the same building.
They'd just released the Deck add-on (which merely introduced 4-track
capability) so we called one of their Product Specialists to see if
there were any future plans at all for an Atari port. However, it
became apparent during the course of the call that we knew more about
the technical music market than the Digidesign guys did.
After a few moments into the conversation, we were told, verbatim,
"oh why don't you just sell that piece of sh*t and buy a REAL
computer" (referring, of course, to a Macintosh). Now, at that time,
Apple's still didn't even have cross-compatibility between MIDI
interfaces. This meant that if you wanted to use Vision as your
sequencer you had to buy Opcode's hardware, if you wanted to use
Performer you had to buy MOTU's hardware, etc., etc. Even PC's had
it better at the hardware level, with everyone pretty much
capitulating to Roland's MPU standard. Of course, Atari's had MIDI
integrated right into the computer itself.
So, to have this jerk telling us that we should dump a perfectly
functional platform in favor of something half-baked but more
Well, we sold that system later the same week. Since then, I've
vowed never to own another piece of Digidesign product, and won't
even work with it if I've got any say in the studio. F*ck 'em; I
hope they strangle.
"Somewhere between anticipation and nostalgia we should have been happy."