You might not know this, but until a few weeks back, all the stuff I create – music, video, art etc – has been made on a 2011 Macbook Pro ever since Stephen Hague convinced me to swap from PC world back in 2011. Shit, I was DJing on it too. One 4 year old laptop, being dragged around LA every night and home again, making all my stuff. Shit was insane and untenable. And frustrating as hell. I’d get an hour into a music project, more than, say, 5 synths at once, and shit would start spitting and sputtering and freezing and crashing. That KILLER video was taking an hour worth of rendering time for every 12 seconds of greenscreen footage I’d edit.
Well, ever since they announced the new Mac Pro in 2013, I wanted one. And finally, the other week, I got one. I worked my little ass off, saved my dollars, and finally copped me a beautiful space aged shiny 20011-a-Space-Oddysey-Esque BIN that now sits proudly on my desk and enables me to do things I simply could not before.
Like the above. I created the music for New York based future-fashion don Daniel Silverstain’s latest collection, which involved 33 drums tracks, 21 instances of Omnisphere (a vast, power hungry synth I previously could manage two instances of before the whole machine collapsed), 15 instances of Garritan Instant Orchestra (a similarly resource hungry strings modelling plug in), 57 sample tracks and a wealth of automated effects… Which didn’t even get Logic (the DAW I use) to 50% CPU usage. No stuttering. No lagging. No crashing. No having to bounce down tracks every time I change something to save on CPU. Shit is full blown AMAZING and JOYFUL and my life has been UTTERLY ALTERED.
You know how much of my days used to be spent screaming at my computer? My neighbours must think I died (or at least they would if I didn’t have such amazing insulation in this historic old building, formerly Ronald Reagan’s office, on Hollywood Boulevard, where you can play music at insane volumes at 5am an the neighbours hear NOTHING.)
Well no more.
Now I have a bin.
I’m gonna make a billion dollars with this bin.
DREAMS COME TRUE BRUH. Fortune favours the brave.
In other news, I drew Larry David just now.
OK I’m gonna go to the gym and watch Bloodline on the elliptical now then I’m gonna come back here and record a new podcast then I’m gonna go and DJ Bootsy Bellows and play that Craig David edit and jump up and down joyfully cos that’s MY JOB.