So I wake up to find on twitter a mention from the legend that is Mr Derrick May (@derrickmayday):
He’s commented on the video too, giving some insight into how he managed to program the track (reducing the tempo to 90bpm). It’s amazing to get feedback directly from producers like Derrick and i’m honoured especially as his music was such an important part of my late 80s musical upbringing. You can check the series out below on youtube and see how the reconstruction developed.
I’m lucky enough to now have a retina macbook pro and the difference compared to my previous non retina one is staggering. It’s like I’ve had my eyes lazered and corrected.. seriously, it’s amazing. The default resolution is the real showcase of the technology.. it’s not ‘high’ in a conventional sense at 1280×800 but it’s so damn comfortable to look at. I loaded up Logic Pro X and whilst the screen real estate is low it’s gorgeous to look at with beautifully rendered UI elements and text. Take a look at the screenshot below which actually comes out at 2560×1600 (and that might sound confusing but in order to get the fonts and UI stuff rendered at that clarity it needs a higher DPI – hence the higher resultant resolution)
So I made a comparison with Ableton Live and at the same scale and resolution it’s not looking so pretty. Fonts particularly look mashed up with the interface set to 100% scaling. Take a look at the equivalent 1280×800 Retina screen grab below to see the difference.
I dived online to see if anyone else had complained and discovered an ableton support post that backed up my feelings although it presented an interesting solution, to increase the resolution on the desktop – taking it out of ‘retina’ mode and then increasing the scale of the Ableton Interface. The results ARE good but it’s not the same is it? I’d like to see proper retina support on Ableton – just like Logic Pro X has.
4k Video Tutorials
Now that youtube can handle it the opportunity is there for people like myself to make 4K tutorials. Is there any point? I don’t think so and it’s a way bigger overhead for the system, slower rendering, slower upload etc.. I think i’ll leave it to the movie industry to lead on this one! Have a look for yourselves though.. the video is below (and yes I found out earlier that Tom Cosm beat me to it with the first 4k tutorial lol):
I know a lot of people stuck in the past have a difficulty with the concept of streaming when they prefer how the world of ‘sales’ has treated them historically. The only constant however is that things change and this is very eloquently put and presented in Marc Geiger’s presentation from MIDEM. Thanks to Brian Tharme for the heads up on this one. Watch and let me know what you think in the comments on this blog.
I’m working on this song idea in Ableton and it’s nearly done. Key things here are that i’ve mapped out the various sections using Locators and that i’ve added subtle layers as the song progresses to keep the momentum. All I need now is the song itself!
Microtonic is a wicked tool for create drum sounds from scratch using analog style synthesis. It’s fast and fun and this video goes into detail on the techniques.
Another emotive journey deconstructed. I love this mix, I actually believe it’s the best remix i’ve ever done (closely followed by that Blakai IMO) We take a look at some of the key elements that make this version truly special.