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Lawrence Farr

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  1. Scripting in a DAW can be very powerful. CT Stump, another fellow and i did some third party hacking in Studio One but having a built in script engine would be better. It has Javascript going on in the background but it's not exposed via an API yet. The best examples of the power of scripting are probably Vegas and Reaper.
  2. Java is used for the GUI, which is a 32-bit app, the GUI, while the critical audio parts are probably written in C i think. The scripting used there is Javascript, not the same thing as Java, and that API is only used for scripting controllers afaik, not for the application like Reaper or Vegas.
  3. It is a nutty rumor (afaik) .. but you can ask Justin Frankel directly and I'm pretty sure he nor the other guy Christophe never worked for or with Sonic Foundry or on Acid. Ask him. If I'm wrong I stand corrected. www.askjf.com
  4. I've seen that problem once before on Mac. The user installed the software and the default song directory was still pointing to the DVD drive so the record light wouldn't turn on (read only?). So check "Options | Locations" and be sure it's not pointing to a read only drive. It may default to the DVD drive on install.
  5. The Studio One Pro mixer does let you see quite a few things if you want to, but still, for those who want something like Record that looks just like a hardware mixer, that's not what Studio One Pro does. Not that there's anything wrong with that Thanks again for your participation! Hope you liked the videos in the previous post. Thanks. I think I missed your earlier reference so carry on sir. Loved the vids, great stuff.
  6. Good coverage of the mixer Craig. Second, if you like seeing EQ controls above a fader, it ain't gonna happen. There is a case where that happens with the Presonus ProEq, using the micro-views in the slots, using right click "Expand" on the plug-in slot. You only get it above the channel if the mixer is expanded vertically, otherwise it will/can also be shown in the horizontal panel. Micro views are only available with the Presonus plugs so your other EQ's or 3rd party plugs won't display like that, but all of the Presonus plugs allow micro views in the slots. You can also edit the EQ curves from there. Q settings for ProEq can be adjusted with the mouse wheel.
  7. I think you hit on something there which is a very large part of the allure ... delightfully drama-free
  8. So, if I render out a mix with an effect chain in the post section, I'm guessing the bounced file is mixed down to stereo and then the post effect chain is applied? I'm going down to do a few tests tonight... -r Nope. Post fader effects are just that, insert effects applied after the fader point. When you render a mix they get rendered along with everything else at the same time. Your stereo mix happens *after* the master fader. Case in point, push your master fader/mix well above digital 0 and distort your converters intentionally ... now insert a post-fader plugin to attenuate the gain... The mix will include that attenuation. The mix of the audio (in this case re: post fader inserts) e.g. what you hear and what gets rendered, the final summing, isn't complete until after the last post-fader plugin slot.
  9. I know of no DAW that handles video as elegantly as Sony Vegas, and it handles audio almost as well as audio-only DAWs. Sony Acid? I agree. Vegas Pro is great... and Acid handles video better than any "audio daw" I've personally ever used. Same engine I suppose. On with the review... P.S. By "warping" I thought he meant "stretching a segment of an audio file without splitting it" like Cubase's audio warp or Logic's flex time.
  10. In fairness to Presonus or any other new DAW entry, if a company waited until their product had every feature of every other DAW before releasing... they'd never release anything. Warping and some of the other advanced features didn't appear in the majors until much later. Cool review.
  11. i started taking a new approach to mixing, as far as paying attention to each track, and also the relation between them. That is essentially what mixing is. What was your old approach?
  12. Damn, that was really good. I went through that yesterday with a female vocalist. Take after take after take and at one point they just consistently went farther downhill. Unfortunately I was just the engineer, she produces herself so... I had to sit there for a long time punching over and over and over. I think I witnessed many of those behaviors he talks about first hand in that one session, across multiple songs and overdubs. Good stuff.
  13. Maybe it was an anomaly but no, the firewire port is fine. When I plugged the Traveler in it interacted with the Steiny driver instead of the MOTU driver - I saw the ballon come up in XP lower right corner as if I'd plugged in a MR816 "Audio device detected MR816" - and it did something to the MOTU rom. The MOTU LCD screen went all wacky showing symbols I'd never seen before... and then nothing. I've used other firewire devices since uninstalling the drivers and all is well. But the Traveler no longer shows up as audio hardware on any computer. MOTU said I'd have to send it in to fix it. Again, I'm not trying to disparage Steiny in any way. I'm a loyal fan of Steiny. It's a great unit and I'm certainly in the vast and small minority % that had any serious issue with that unit. It could have been the driver or driver install got corrupted somehow and killed the MR816 and my MOTU. I sent it back (the MR816) but I never heard back what was wrong with it exactly.
  14. I didn't read the entire thread so forgive me if I rehash some things... Good: - The preamp sound quality is excellent. - The reverb quality is excellent. Bad: - Not enough I/O. If you use all the effects you lose all the digital I/O. Deal-breaker for me having a digital console. Compared to (for instance) a MOTU device the MRCSX is way short of usable I/O *if* you also plan to use any FX and even then compared to the MOTU devices which also have AES I/O and the like. Apparently the digital I/O is used internally as FX busses also and they can only do one thing at a time. Conclusion: If it works for you and you don't need the digital I/O when using all of the FX, it's a great sounding unit. The one I had died and - be very careful and UNINSTALL the MR drivers before hooking up any other FW devices - also killed my MOTU Traveler. That's right. I plugged in my Traveler after the MR died to get back to work and it saw it as an MR and did something to the internal rom making it unusable on any computer. I never sent it in for repair, I just use it for field audio now (for video shoots) as it still works fine standalone, just not as a firewire device on any computer I own. It would cost me $150 to repair it. As to the comps and EQ? I didn't find them that good or bad, usable, but not at the expense of losing pairs of digital I/O as opposed to just using plugins. Great sounding unit for tracking/mixing through but I ignored the advice of many - no disrespect to Steinberg intended, longtime Cubase user - who warned me beforehand to avoid Steinberg hardware. I won't be doing that again. I do miss those preamps though... I hope they make another mic pre product with just the pres, not the firewire.
  15. I was looking for a portable device for my laptop yesterday and the only one that wasn't recommended was the Alesis. They said so many had been returned they stopped ordering them. The had a used one sitting in a display case gather dust. Not a good sign. Music retailer will remain unnamed. I hope they get the driver issues worked out, it looks like a great device.
  16. Craig: Thanks for the review as I am very interested in these devices. Can you do us a favor? Look in the memory manager (or whatever Mac calls it) and tell us how much memory the EuCon software uses? Thanks.
  17. Well - the first priority was to offer enough interfacing options for the Auroras, so we've put out the PT|HD, ADAT amd LynxTWO interfaces, and will be releasing the FireWire Interface next month. Thanks again for the feedback. Paul Erlandson Lynx Studio Technology Director of Product Support Thanks Paul. The process of choosing AD converters is daunting. I want this next step to be my last quality step, I don't want to be upgrading converters again in 2 years. With the recent addition of the Lavry DA10 I can now hear exactly what my Traveler AD sounds like. It's actually pretty good for the money but I know I need better. I'm 'a lookin'. Looking forward to a spirited review of the Aurora... and maybe a 4 channel version without the DA? Hint ....
  18. ARGh! Converters, converters. I'm currently all wrapped up with upgrading my AD. I recently bought a Lavry DA10 for the monitoring chain and I'm VERY happy with that. Been looking at the Blue series or the Myteks for AD. Now along comes this thing. Argh! I'm curious how it works standalone. I'd be using it (if I buy) with the LT-ADAT option and pushing 8 channels into a Traveler's ADAT input so I wouldn't be using an AES card. Questions for any Lynx rep who may be lurking: 1. Where is the 8 ch AD (without the DA) using the same converters? Everyone (including me) doesn't need the DA. Honestly, if there was a 8 ch AD version without the DA and with ADAT out I'd pay $1500 for it. Slap a LT-ADAT in one, disable or remove the onboard DA (and the rear connectors and the midi functionality if you like) and call me. I have a credit card waiting for you. Note: The above assumes that the converters are as close to the high end models as many claim, or just immediately better than the RME's of the world. 2. Where is the standalone 2 ch Aurora? Many people who can't affored $2k might easily blow $600 on a stereo unit. 3. If your new converter's are so good (as many say and I believe) then why have you limited your market so severly? See questions 1 & 2. I can't believe these questions didn't come up during R&D. Craig, you need some Apogee, Lavry and Myteks in there for comparison though as people looking to step up from MOTU / RME need a frame of reference and a cost/benefit analysis of where these fall in between. Unless they are immediately head and shoulders above those types of units (the MOTU's and RME's) AD/DA many might choose the additional expense of (and fewer channels of) a two channel unit like a Lavry or Mytek or Apogee. Frankly I'd like to see a direct comparison with the converters in a Mackie 800r. Thanks. Looking forward to the review.
  19. As the review progresses I am certainly curious about the DA converters on the Mackie units. I'm *considering* swapping out my d8b for an analog console but to do that I'd need some good DA converters. Plenty of them. I'll be reading. Lawrence
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