Jean-Michel Jarre On Using Macs, Logic Pro

Apple France has a look at Jean-Michel Jarre and his use of Macs and Logic Pro.

Here’s a short excerpt, through Google automatic translation:

Jean-Michel Jarre says his passion for the Mac

You are using Apple products for a long time. De quels matériels disposez-vous ? What materials do you have?

I am a big fan of Apple since the very beginning! I have a Mac Pro and Power Mac G5 in my recording studio, a Mac Pro to my home and I’m separated from my MacBook Pro 15 “. In addition, I have two iPhone and several iPod, I even kept the older models. At the moment, the MacBook Air tent me a lot. When I tell you that it is a passion…

What do you do in everyday?

Macs are an integral part of my life. In the studio, the Mac Pro I use for records. My MacBook Pro with me everywhere. Even more so, I came to compose and produce songs on it, on a plane between Paris and Beijing, especially for my album “Aero”. I love iPhone is a true handheld. I use to read my mail, video, audio, call for course and I look forward to future developments.

As a musician, how you run Pro Logic and GarageBand?

I use a lot Logic Pro. Everything is integrated, there is no external interface is fantastic. I operates as a wholesale sequencer is the brain of registration. It is also installed on my MacBook Pro. I will soon go on tour and I’ll be able to continue to work on my next album. I also GarageBand, especially as a notepad to mark all my musical ideas.

What attracts you most about Apple solutions and you can not find elsewhere?

I think that there is unity in access to software. This consistency is the same in all areas: image, word processing, audio, editing… The familiarization with a new Apple software is so easily. Any iLife apply this idea of simplification. This is an important specificity of Apple. I am also very sensitive to the aesthetic approach and consistency between the content and container. As a musician, I developed a rapport with my emotional instrument. And I think that Apple leads this reflection for all of its solutions and offers its users the opportunity to respond so emotional. There is a trend away from the keyboard and mouse to find the sense of touch that existed in the analogue technology. I find this idea in the iPhone which is for me a real revolution.

How do you use Apple hardware at your recordings?

The Mac has a function within the heart of all my projects, audio or visual. The Power Mac G5 serves me specifically for the studio work at all stages of registration: mixing, mastering production to final… You can compare it to an airport is the place where everything converges and ” where everything starts

What is your way of working in the studio?

First, I have my work habits. I love the trackpad, I am left handed and I think that is more convenient than the mouse. I have two screens, even at home, and put all my machines network, it is possible to work together more on the same project. I really appreciate the mindset Apple and I hope they continue to do what they are…

The automated translation is bad – so if you know of a better translation or if you translate this yourself and post it, let us know in the comments!

Here’s the original French:

Jean-Michel Jarre raconte sa passion pour le Mac

Vous êtes utilisateur des produits Apple depuis longtemps. De quels matériels disposez-vous ?

Je suis un grand fan d’Apple depuis le tout début ! J’ai un Mac Pro et un Power Mac G5 dans mon studio d’enregistrement, un Mac Pro à mon domicile et je suis inséparable de mon MacBook Pro 15”. Par ailleurs, j’ai deux iPhone et plusieurs iPod, j’ai même gardé les modèles les plus anciens. En ce moment, le MacBook Air me tente beaucoup. Quand je vous dis que c’est une passion…

Quelle utilisation en faites-vous au quotidien ?

Les Mac font partie intégrante de ma vie. Au studio, le Mac Pro me sert pour les enregistrements. Mon MacBook Pro m’accompagne partout. Il m’est même arrivé de composer et de produire des morceaux sur celui-ci, dans un avion entre Paris et Pékin, notamment pour mon album « Aero ». J’adore iPhone, c’est un véritable ordinateur de poche. Je m’en sers pour lire mes mails, pour la vidéo, l’audio, pour téléphoner bien sûr et j’attends avec impatience ses prochains développements.

En tant que musicien, comment exploitez-vous Logic Pro et GarageBand ?

J’utilise beaucoup Logic Pro. Tout est intégré, il n’y a pas d’interface externe, c’est fantastique. Je l’exploite comme un gros séquenceur, c’est le cerveau de l’enregistrement. Il est également installé sur mon MacBook Pro. Je vais bientôt partir en tournée et je vais pouvoir ainsi continuer à travailler sur mon prochain album. J’utilise aussi GarageBand, en particulier comme bloc-notes pour marquer toutes mes idées musicales.

Qu’est-ce qui vous séduit le plus dans les solutions Apple et que vous ne retrouvez pas ailleurs?

Je trouve qu’il y a une unité dans l’accès aux logiciels. Cette cohérence est la même dans tous les domaines : image, traitement de texte, audio, montage… La familiarisation avec un nouveau logiciel Apple se fait ainsi facilement. Toute la suite iLife applique cette idée de simplification. C’est une spécificité importante d’Apple. Je suis aussi très sensible à l’approche esthétique et à la cohérence entre le contenu et le contenant. En tant que musicien, je développe un rapport affectif avec mon instrument. Et je trouve qu’Apple mène cette réflexion pour toutes ses solutions et qu’il offre à ses utilisateurs la possibilité de réagir de manière émotionnelle. Il y a une tendance à s’éloigner du clavier et de la souris pour retrouver le sens du tactile qui existait dans la technologie analogique. Je retrouve cette idée dans le iPhone qui est pour moi une vraie révolution.

Comment utilisez-vous le matériel Apple lors de vos enregistrements ?

Le Mac a une fonction privilégiée au cœur de tous mes projets, audio ou visuels. Le Power Mac G5 me sert spécifiquement pour le travail en studio à toutes les étapes de l’enregistrement : mixage, production jusqu’au mastering final… On peut le comparer à un aéroport : c’est l’endroit où tout converge et d’où tout repart…

Quelle est votre façon de travailler en studio ?

D’abord, j’ai mes habitudes de travail. J’adore le trackpad, je suis gaucher et je trouve que c’est plus pratique que la souris. J’aime avoir deux écrans, même chez moi, et mettre toutes mes machines en réseau, il est possible ainsi de travailler à plusieurs sur le même projet. J’apprécie vraiment l’état d’esprit Apple et j’espère qu’ils continueront à faire ce qu’il font…

via MacWorld UK

7 thoughts on “Jean-Michel Jarre On Using Macs, Logic Pro

  1. You know he gets some cash for the deal – but it’s still interesting to read about what gear people use.

    And it’s not like he’s going to say he’s a Mac freak, while he secretly uses Vista or something!

  2. Not really useful outside of just knowing what specs he uses, tbh. I don’t know how much more detail would be useful either, but really this is a bit of a useless interview.

  3. szlut ! toujours intéressant ce blog 🙂 vous pourriez appoprter quelques précision:s il est possible ainsi de travailler a plusieurs sur le meme projet ? au plaisir !

  4. Here is my translation of the original french text: slightly more understandable than the original translation I hope!

    Jean-Michel Jarre tells us about his passion of Macs:

    You’ve used Apple products for a long time, which models do you use?

    I’ve been a big fan of Apple since they began! I have a Mac Pro and a Power Mac G5 in my recording studio, a Mac Pro at home and I’m inseperable from my 15” MacBook. On top of that, I have two iPhones and several iPods, I like to keep hold of the older models. At the moment, I’m very tempted by the MacBook Air. I tell you, it’s a passion…

    How do you use them in everyday life?

    Macs are an integral part of my life. In the studio, I use the Mac Pro for recording. My MacBook Pro comes everywhere with me. I use it to compose and produce bits here and there, on the plane between Paris and Beijing, notably for my album “Aero”. I love the iPhone, it’s a great handheld computer. I use it for reading emails, watching video, listenin to audio, as a telephone of course and I’m waiting impatiently for the next developments.

    As a musician, do you use Logic Pro and GarageBand?

    I use Logic Pro a lot. Everything is integrated, there’s no external interface, it’s fantastic. I use it as a large sequencer, it’s like the nerve centre of the recording process. I also have it installed on my MacBook Pro. I’ll be going on tour soon and I’ll be able to continue working on my next album. I use GarageBand too, particularly as a notepad to write down all my musical ideas.

    What attracts you most about Apple that you can’t find elsewhere?

    I find that there’s a unity between the programs. The way of working is the same in all domains: images, word processing, audio, putting things together… becoming familiar with another Apple program is therefore made easy. The whole iLife suite applies this idea of simplification. It’s an important specification of Apple. I’m also sensitive to the aesthetic approach and the link between the the looks and how this relates to what’s actually going on. As a musician, I develop an affectionate rapport with my instrument. And I find that Apple reflects this with all its software, and offers its users the possibility to react in a more emotional manner. There is a trend to replace the keyboard and mouse with the real sense of touch that came with analogue equipment. I found this idea reoccurring in the iPhone which is for me a true revolution.

    How do you use Apple’s hardware in you recordings?

    The Mac has a privileged function at the heart of all my projects, audio or visual. The Power Mac G5 serves specifically for studio work at all stages of the recording: mixing, production to the final mastering. One can compare it to an airport: it’s the place where everything’s comes and everything leaves again.

    What is your method of working in the studio?

    Obviously, I have my work habits. I love the trackpad, I’m left-handed and I find that it’s more practical than a mouse. I like having two screens, even at home, and network all my machines, it makes it easier to work more on the same project. I really appreciate Apple’s mindset and I hope they’ll continue to do their thing..

  5. Anya –

    Thanks for the great comment and your time translating this. I’ve made a new post for this, using your translation and linking to your site.

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