This is the website of Neil McDougall, a musician/blogger/podcaster/bookie from Ayrshire.

My Mac Dilemma

Here’s the deal- thanks to the overwhelming success of my ‘Siri Answers The Ultimate Question‘ video on YouTube, and YouTube inviting me into their video monetisation programme, I have managed to squirrel away a few quid.

Subsequently, I’m quite fancying getting a 27″ iMac. The only thing that’s holding me back now is- do I buy now or wait until the forthcoming Ivy Bridge model refresh?

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This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on February 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm, filed under apple, geekery, life, Mac, musings, tech and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Just a wee missive…

If there’s any Mac users out there that read my blog (according to Statpress I get a few hits from Mac users…) feel free to swing over to http://www.macheist.com and snag yourselves a nanoBundle of some nifty apps, headlined by the yet-to-be-unlocked Tales of Monkey island point-n-click adventure game and the Mac-only web design software Rapidweaver.

I’m even using one of the programs from the bundle to write this post- MacJournal.

Oh yeah, the audition went reasonably well. With any luck I should know whether I’m in the band by about this time next week or earlier. Keep ‘em crossed, folks.

This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on March 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm, filed under geekery, life, Mac, music, tech. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



So I got Logic Studio

As some of you may know, I record my own music (examples of which will hopefully be on this site in the future.  Although I said that on the old version of the site…).  The program I use to record said music is a Digital Audio Workstation package called Sonar, by the now Roland-owned Cakewalk.

I’ve used Cakewalk stuff for seven years-plus, from Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 through multiple versions of Sonar (up to version 7, the version I use now. Haven’t tried 8 yet, but I bet it’s great), and it’s a great package.  It comes with a bunch of nice effects plugins, software instruments and the like.  Definitely under-rated in the Pro-Tools-dominated DAW world.

However, I now have a Macbook Pro, and I quite fancied the look of Logic Studio, having had a shot of the previous version on my friend’s machine.  The latest version, Version 8 is a whole different kettle of fish to the version I’ve tried previously though – a totally revamped single-pane interface, plenty of bundled effects, instruments, samples, sounds, content, several additional programs (Soundtrack Pro, a stereo audio editor that also comes with Final Cut Pro and Mainstage, an app to help you use your virtual instruments in a live setting, are the two biggies for me) and best of all, it’s cheaper than most of the other equivalent pro-level DAW packages (Sonar Producer Edition, Cubase et al).  And to top THAT, I got it for even cheaper on eBay.  £175 to be exact.  Just.  Over.  Half.  Fucking.  Price.

As Chris Kamara would say, “Unbelievable, Jeff!”

So, the box turned up today, and it’s a sexy beast indeed.  As one might expect, the packaging is up to Apple’s usual standards.  Heck, even the shipping box is up to Apple’s usual standards, with nice foam inserts to protect the box in transit, and an internal sub-box frame thingy with handles to help get the main box out of the shippong box.

That last sentence had more boxes than a lesbian orgy.

Inside, you get a stack of manuals (including two big ones for Logic itself and another big-ish one for the software instruments – I forsee stuff like the big ESX24 sampler taking up a lot of that), the seven or eight DVDs for all the software, sounds, content, et cetera, a couple of things about Applecare and the likes, and another bit of Apple Foam (you Apple fans know the stuff I’m talking about) to keep everything snug in the box and provide a little bit extra transit protection.

A very nice package so far, and I haven’t even installed it yet!  I plan on using The Metal Shop Podcast to air my thoughts on Logic in audio form at some point in the future.  I’ll blog here about it when that show’s done and up on the feed.

In the meantime, I’ll be taking the big fat Logic manual into work with me tomorrow.  Those double shifts can tick by slowly indeed….

This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on April 2, 2009 at 11:51 pm, filed under apple, logic, Mac, music, musings, recording, tech and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



I’m the latest convert..

…to the Mac side. Posting this from my swanky new Macbook. 1.83Ghz Core 2 Duo, 512mb RAM, 60GB HD, the usual, all for £580 off the Apple refurb store. I’m pretty chuffed with it so far. 🙂

I’m not abandoning my PC, but being able to use different computers for different things will definitely help ease the load off my big black XP box.

However, later that day I hear about pro wrestler Chris Benoit, whose ring work I absolutely love, allegedly killing his wife and son before committing suicide. Gah.

This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on June 26, 2007 at 2:28 pm, filed under apple, livejournal, Mac, musings, sports, tech, wrestling and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.