Apple today offered a sneak preview of its next generation Mac Pro desktop computer – something pro Mac users have been looking for for years.
It’s fast and furious, promising up to 2.5 times the speed of the existing Mac Pro line, up to 12 cores, dual GPUs, Thunderbolt 2, faster memory and flash storage. So, it will be a screamer. But the form factor could be the most talked about aspect of the new Mac.
The redesigned Mac Pro dumps the traditional tower format of its predecessors, in favor of a small, futuristic and appliance-like form. The form factor may generate love/hate reactions, because – while Apple calls the new Mac Pro “our most expandable Mac yet”, much of that expansion is in the form of high-speed connectivity. According to Apple, the new Mac Pro supports up to 36 high-performance Thunderbolt-based peripherals.
Here’s what Apple has to say about the new Mac Pro: Continue reading
Reader Geert Bevin let us know about a new application his company Uwyn is working on, GestureControl for the Leap Motion Controller.
The Leap Motion is an extremely precise USB motion sensor that’s expected to be released in May, priced at $80.
GestureControl has been designed for live performance and it operates at extremely low latency, while requiring very little resources on your computer. It can thus perfectly run alongside any MIDI capable software.
In this demo, Bevin demonstrates some of the configuration capabilities while using Native Instrument’s Razor synth in Reaktor. Continue reading
Reader Josh Morky – a Mac user for 10 years and also an iPad music app fan – was intrigued by the new Windows 8 Surface tablets. So he tried one and with apps like Native Instruments Reaktor, made a video demo and shared it with us.
“It’s pretty obvious from the thousands of apps that have popped up on the iPad in recent years that performing electronic music on a touch screen is fun, expressive, and kind of what we’ve all been waiting for. It just makes sense,” notes Morky. “I’ve used an iPad for playing music – which I love – but can’t help but feel that Apple is purposefully limiting its potential. File management is a nightmare, and multitasking just doesn’t work.”
So Morky decided to get a Surface tablet. Check out the video demo above to see how Surface works with Reaktor.
And see Morky’s comments below on why he ultimately returned his Surface, even though he like it……
Orange Amplification has introduced the 3rd generation Orange Personal Computer, a combination amp & personal computer that features an Intel i7 processor and up to 16GB RAM.
The OPC is a unique Windows PC, designed to be an all-in-one computer audio solution for musicians. It comes with a variety of audio software, including PreSonus Studio One and AmpliTube 3.
According to Orange, the 3rd Gen Intel i7 processor has up to twice the HD Media and 3-D graphics performance. Users can now also purchase the OPC with an Nvidia 650 ti or AMD HD 7750 Graphics Card for even more advanced graphical performance.
The Orange OPC is priced at £785. See the Orange site for details.
Music Computing has introduced CoreMC (Gen3), a new PC that they call “the world’s most powerful personal computer designed for audio and video production.”
According to Music Computing, their concept was to use enterprise-level components, which are designed for maximum performance and stability, to create compact computer systems for personal or studio use.
CoreMC can be equipped with up to dual Xeon 8-core processors (16-cores total), 768GB of RAM, 21TB of hard drive storage, high performance video cards and audio interfaces.
It looks like musicians wanting Windows-based multi-touch computers may have have to pay a premium.
Windows 8 RT devices – multi-touch ARM-powered computers – appear to be dead on arrival. Microsoft has cut production of its Surface devices in half after weak sales. And sales of third-party Windows 8 RT devices have been ‘almost non-existent’.
While the devices impressed many tech analysts when they were introduced, they failed to interest buyers. Technology research firm NPD Group reports that sales of Windows computers have actually declined significantly since the release of Windows 8, dropping a whopping 21% from the same time last year.
It’s too early to know why people aren’t buying – but Microsoft confused a lot of people with its Windows 8 introduction. And the idea of a Windows tablet/computer that doesn’t run Windows software hasn’t proven to be appealing to buyers, either.
Should musicians upgrade to Microsoft’s new Windows 8?
Based on initial reports, few Windows users are rushing to upgrade.
But musicians have unique requirements, and Windows 8 promises to deliver better performance for music programs and to allow for new types of Windows multi-touch apps. As iOS developer Rob Fielding (Mugician, Geo Synth) puts it, “Microsoft realizes that music apps are going to push the touch hardware the way that games apps pushed parallel processing.”
Should you upgrade? We’ve received a lot of feedback from readers on Windows 8 already. It falls into four main categories:
This video captures Jordan Rudess‘s demo at the Windows 8 “Build” Show. He kicks off with a prog synth jam, before moving on to demonstrations of his Wizdom music apps, MorphWiz & Tachyon, running on a 27″ Lenovo Windows 8 touchscreen computer.
The technical demos kick in around 9 minutes into the video.