Wednesday, December 22, 2004


Some news from the front, for clarification and edification.....

The third partner in our space, John Anderson, (no relation to the Yes man, who as we all know spells his name "Jon") will be leaving the nest as of the end of the month. Partly because he'll be out of town for the next two months, partly because his girlfriend is applying to grad schools outside of New York City, John has decided that he's no longer going to use the studio.

Now, this means a few things. About 6 months ago, John decided that he was going back to Macintosh computers, and bought a used G4 for the studio, loaded it up with OSX, and asked us if we'd like to go along for the ride. Since our previous computer was an aging G3 blue and white, we jumped on board. It was a very stressful couple of weeks as we changed not only computers but operating systems, audio plugins, and everything else. Cards and drives were moved from machine to machine, we battled with new configurations as we tried to port projects from DP3 (OS9) to DP4 (OSX). We were making a few records at the time (like Ice-a-Tone's), which added to the, er, excitement.

Not fun.

Eventually, we got everything moved over, and managed to set up a new, fairly stable system, albeit with lower functionality (some lost plugins, mostly). OSX is much nicer when DP crashes. We were just getting comfortable...

Well, now the computer is leaving, and we were given about two weeks notice. Tomorrow is the scheduled computer removal date. So here we go again.

Tonight I guess we'll pull our drives back out, remove the cards, and start trying to set up the G3 to run DP again. I honestly don't know if it'll be able to handle OSX with the projects we're currently working on, but the thought of trying to port everything back over to 9 is more than a little scary. We're saving up for the next computer, which will have to be another used G4 (onward to eBay! And Craig's list!) Not to mention the fact that we'll be losing a Midi Timepiece AV (about $600), which handles all the MIDI for the studio and allows us to synch up our ADAT's, as well as some controller keyboards. And a third of the rent. And when that new computer comes... you know the story. Get the screwdrivers back out.

At least we aren't working on any records.


At 5:00 PM, Blogger Jackson said...

You might as well put a craig's list ad up for a pity party. "1, 2, 3, waaaaaahhhhh!"

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you like some cheese with that?


At 9:40 AM, Blogger Tony Alva said...

I know when the time comes to integrate new media device at my place I will be double dosing my BP meds. Good luck with the reconfig!

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Jackson said...

Phase One of the transfer is complete! It only took five hours and two six packs. We do need a new machine pronto, I don't think the G3 will be able to handle any big projects.

At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

[Ken] Something that might make things more stable with the drive going from the G4 to a G3 and back to a G4 is doing an archive install of OS X. I get the feeling that would sync everything better with the hardware. With the archive install your home directory with all your preferences and shit, as well as your own installed apps, are preserved. Basically just the OS X System folder is reinstalled. I am 99% sure on all this.


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