How-to

Manage your Mac OSX system software updates

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

The following is considered reckless heresy in some circles, but I believe this to be one of the absolute truths about using computers whether they be Macs or PeeCees: If you use your computer to make money, and particularly if that involves recording audio or video, turn off all automatic software updates. Make sure YOU […]

The Option key in iTunes

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Many of you already know how to convert audio files from one format to another using Apple’s free iTunes software. What you may not know is how the Option key can free you from the tyranny of the iTunes Library folder. For example, to convert a .WAV audition file for email, you have to copy […]

Controlling Input Levels Using Auxes in Pro Tools

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Did you know that when recording a track in Pro Tools LE, the only volume control available between your mic’s signal and the hard disk is the Input level knob on your interface? That’s right… the only control you have to avoid clipping during record is the level knob on your Mbox or 002 (or […]

Keeping a PC simple

Monday, April 16th, 2007

I found a screamin’ deal on a little IBM desktop with a Pentium 4 at 2.56 GHz — too cheap to pass up. I’ve installed Win XP Service Pack 2 on it, and I’m gonna use it as a standalone effects processor. It needs to be as fast as it can given the pokey processor, […]