As some of you may know, I have been making music for some time. I don’t like to say that I play any particular instrument because I don’t actually know how. Instead, I create music with samples and sometimes other musicians.
I’ve taken quite a long break due to work, school, life, etc. but I feel the time is right to get back into it. I want to make music production a part of my normal life and not something I do for a few weeks and stop.
Last year I purchased Logic because it’s an incredible software package for $199, and because I haven’t found an effective way to run FL Studio on my Mac. I’ve just started to scratch the surface with Logic and I’ve created less than 10 tracks with it. After seeing some great marketing from Ableton, however, I’ve become more and more interested in trying out Live and their new hardware, Push. The package starts at $599, but I’m finding my MPD24 to be less than ideal for original (not sample-based) music creation.
The features I’m most looking forward to are the audio-to-MIDI function in Live 9. This will allow me to collect MIDI notes out of any audio sample. This will be incredible on so many levels. The other feature I’m excited about is the scale feature in Push. This will hopefully make it easier to create original tracks without them sounding too amateurish. Ableton also seems to have a great sound library and their UI is absolutely beautiful. I hope I will spend less time setting up the program, and more time creating music.
I thought that Google’s keynote today was brilliant. They didn’t focus on any new hardware or software, but instead, focused on development tools and services. They announced Google Play Music which actually looks pretty amazing. I really hope they come out with an iOS app as I’d likely at least give it a try for 30 days.
Android Studio looks promising as well. It seems much more intuitive than Eclipse with ADT and although it’s still in development, I have high hopes. Maybe I don’t speak for all developers out there when I say this, but their IDE definitely needed a facelift. I understand that Google was happy to use what already existed and worked, but I applaud them for taking the approach of building their own IDE suited specifically for Android development. I think over time, this will prove to be a good move, both for Google and for the development community.
Lastly, I’m quite excited about the Galaxy S4 Google Edition. It’s a brilliant idea! The Nexus 4 probably sold better than every previous Nexus device, but probably not even as well as the original Galaxy S device from Samsung. By partnering with Samsung on a well known and highly anticipated device, Google did something that few of us expected. I say it’s brilliant because Google is hoping to make the idea of “Pure Google” more and more important for consumers. This feels all too familiar in that it seems like an experiment where they are trying to gauge interest in a stock Android device that everyone knows. It reminds me of what HTC has been doing with their “developer edition” flagships.
To be honest, I really like the way Apple handles the “developer” phone. For $99/year, anyone can have a “developer” phone. You get access to the latest betas and it’s pretty great. I know that Apple creates software for only a handful of phones whereas Android can be installed on practically anything, but the idea that an otherwise standard phone can be enhanced for development for a fee is pretty amazing.
LRU only accepted 40 credits so I will not be transferring. Instead, I will stay at Gardner-Webb and take it one step at a time. I think my next step will be to pursue graduate studies in either Computer Information Systems or Computer Science, but I just can’t be sure yet.
What I do know is that I want to get my hands on Google Glass sometime in 2013. I’m also pretty excited about iOS 7 in June.