Pro Tools, Cubase, Internet, networking ....

I discussed before about the pro and cons for using Pro Toos or Cubase. I gave up Pro Tools a while ago and never looked back; that doesn’t mean Cubase is better, it just suits me better, as it is a music production powerhouse, having one of the best implementation of MIDI (Pro Tools sucks when it comes to that), and a great audio engine. One of the shortcoming of using Cubase in Windows is the actual operating system itself, whenever you are doing an upgrade. On OSX, given the tight control of Apple of the OS, and the fact that all hardware is tested,  it is much simple. Not so in Windows, where the hardware choices are almost unlimited.

I decided to change the main hard drive from an HDD (a velociraptor) to an SSD, for the main drive. That in itself is no problem; however, I didn’t want to reinstall everything. It all went right; I upgraded everything, defrag, then I backup everything, created a disk image and replace the drive.

The only interesting thing was the SATA controller – a Marvell, - which is a good one, but it doesn’t keep up with Intel technology, it makes to have all hard drives now appear in the USB disconnect tray. So, I started to look for info on internet. And I did find a lot about it.

For the last couple of days I keep on thinking about this… it’s not a big deal… but here we are: now you want to do something, you are not sure, or you don’t know, so you check the net, you find out everything about it, you can then decide if you can do it yourself, or you decide to have somebody else doing it. And that applies to everything! There is so much info out there, and it’s all free! It’s great, but then how come people are doing that?

We can stop here and be happy with it. But we can also continue to think about it; and the more you think, the more you have questions, and the more you want answers. How come it’s all free? What motivates the people to share their experience and knowledge on internet? Even more, their social interaction, moments of their life… I have answers, but I know they’re just my answers. And everybody has, and it’s their answers. Opps! We all have answers, and we communicate them into a network, and we can live with it, we rarely go into pissing contests…  so are we witnessing a huge change? Yes, we are…

The technology we created as humans is shaping our lives in a dramatic way I would say. While I see everywhere people reacting to those that have their mobile in front of them all the time, what they don’t realize is that these guys are the network people. And they are sharing info, they help each other, they change values (or rather the meaning of the values) and moral criteria… god or bad, that’s not yet the question. Even who benefits out of it is not the question. The real question is this: are these guys willing to forfeit their willingness to share and communicate when they will be pushed toward a more controlled environment?

You like it or not, network is here to stay (unless Trump takes down the internet, as he said!). The elite is trying to maintain the control, the climate change is real, the population increases steady… not a great picture… a new model is needed, and, like it or not, it will happen. While one of the first victims of these changes (and it’s only the very initial one) are the musicians, as music is practically free today, that will move all over…. Does that mean that music will die? No, my friends, that’s probably both the irony and the beauty of it, it will not! We may end up in a time when we do it just for the love of it. Sounds crazy? It’s not that crazy, how about an automated society where just a fraction of people are involved in doing the products we really need, and everybody else is learning, is creating, is networking, is living to a fuller potential? Think about it, it’s not that utopic…

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