PPG WaveGenerator Coming To Mac & PC

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Last week, synth pioneer Wolfgang Palm (wavetable synthesis, the PPG Wave synthesizer, PPG WaveMapper for iOS) teased a new plugin on his Facebook page.

Today, Palm revealed that he will be bring PPG WaveGenerator, previously only available for iPad, to Mac OS X & Windows.  Continue reading

User Poll: Is It Safe For Musicians To Upgrade To OS X Mavericks?

mac-os-x-mavericksApple surprised many with its announcement on Tuesday that, not only would OS X Mavericks be made available for a lot of older Macs that previously did not have upgrade paths, but that it would be a free upgrade.

As a result, the latest Mac OS is being adopted much faster than previous versions.

Online Ad Network Chitika reports that 5.5% of Mac users upgraded within the first 24 hours, vs 1.6% who upgraded within the first 24 hours with the last release:

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Free is good and so is supporting older hardware. But does it make sense for musicians to upgrade now or to wait? Continue reading

Apple Updates GarageBand & Offers It For Free On Mac & iOS

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Apple today released updates to its iWorks productivity apps and iLife creativity apps. All apps have been updated to 64-bit, are integrated with iCloud, and offer hundreds of new features. Apple also announced that both iWork and iLife are now free with the purchase of every new Mac or iOS device.

“This is the biggest day for apps in Apple’s history,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These new versions deliver seamless experiences across devices that you can’’ find anywhere else and are packed with great features like iMovie Theater, Drummer and a new unified file format for iWork documents across all your devices.”

Of special interest for musicians is the new GarageBand. Continue reading

New MacBook Pros Offer Faster Processors, Improved Graphics, Longer Battery Life & Lower Prices

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Apple today updated MacBook Pro with Retina display, with fourth generation Intel Core processors, improved graphics performance, longer battery life, faster flash storage and next generation Wi-Fi.

“We’ve made the world’s best pro notebook even better by adding more performance and even longer battery life,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “MacBook Pro with Retina display continues to redefine the pro notebook.”

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New Mac Pro Starts At $2999 – Is It Worth It For Musicians?

new-mac-proApple today announced pricing and availability for the new Mac Pro line.

The updated Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, with up to 12 cores, dual workstation-class GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

The new Mac Pro is priced starting at $2,999 (US) and will be available in December.

Check out the specs – and let us know if you think a $2,999 Mac Pro makes sense for musicians.  Continue reading