Multiple blogs have speculated in the last day that 2012 may see the demise of Logic Pro:
- Bobby Owsinski writes “word has leaked out of Apple Europe (where Logic development is based) that the company has let go virtually its entire Logic team.”
- At MacWorld, Karen Haslam says “There may be no future for Apple’s pro audio application Logic if reports that the company has ‘decimated’ its Pro Audio applications team turn out to be true..”
- “There may be no future for Apple’s pro audio application Logic,” according to Computerworld, “if reports that the company has ‘decimated’ its Pro Audio applications team turn out to be true.”
Yes – and the Mayans may have predicted the demise of Logic Pro in 2012 – if it turns out that Apple actually kills off Logic Pro this year, based on a lost Mayan prophecy.
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 vintage comic from 1972 has Archie time-travelling to the distant future – 2012 – and finding out that all the music is made with computers!
via Cosi Fan Tutti, psychcomm:
The New Radiophonic Workshop makes its debut today on new digital arts service The Space and BBC Radio 4?s Today programme.
While the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop is known for creating classic sound effects and music, between 1958 and 1998, in a makeshift audio laboratory, its successor is virtual.
The Space – the new digital arts service developed by the Arts Council and the BBC – has appointed experimental composer Matthew Herbert as Creative Director of the New Radiophonic Workshop. His mission is to lead seven fellow cutting edge collaborators on ‘an exploratory journey’ to discover new ways of making and presenting sound and music.
The New Radiophonic Workshop builds on the legacy of its predecessor, but rather than being confined to rooms full of equipment in the BBC?s Maida Vale studios, the new unit is a virtual institution, an online portal and forum for discussion around the challenges of creating new sounds, and bringing together music composition and software design.
Matthew Herbert says, ?It is the perfect time for the rebirth of the workshop ? the rapid pace of change in technologies has meant our imaginations are struggling to keep up. By bringing together the people making the technology with people making the music, we are hoping to find engaging answers to some of the modern problems associated with the role of sound and music on the internet, in certain creative forms and within broadcasting.?
This is video, 3D Printed Guitar Orchestra, highlights the potential of 3D printed instruments. In the video, Dave Marks plays a new arrangement of the 3D Printshow Theme, featuring Olaf Diegel’s ODD 3D Printed guitar. This arrangement features multiple harmonised parts, played with Ebows and a variety of effects to create the sound of guitar orchestra!
Has the iPad made digital synths obsolete?
That’s the question raised by a recent MatrixSynth post:
All digital synths are software based. I’ve stopped lusting after them ever since I picked the first gen iPad and Sunrizer and compared it with my Roland JP-8000.
I picked up the JP-8000 new for about $1100 back when it came out. I picked up Sunrizer when it was called Horizon Synth for $4.99. $4.99 for a full blown VA and it sounds great.
You can’t replicate analog, so maybe we will see more of that. As for full blown digital, I can see each having it’s flagship synth for the pro musician on the road, a flagship controller for the iPad, and apps to go along with it.
I think there will always be an audience for each, but there is no denying the iPad has become the new breed of digital hardware synthesis.
This echoes predictions we made when the iPad was introduced: