Once you’ve amassed a large collection of samples properly cataloging all of these sounds is critical for optimum workflow during a studio session. On Mac I’ve found a great program that handles this, AudioFinder. AudioFinder lets you catalog all of your sounds by genre, type, or project. You can then quickly search through for a particular sound, for example “hi-hats” and it will retrieve a listing of all the hi-hat sounds on your system. You can then right within the app preview the sound at any pitch or BPM and if you like it just drag and drop it right into Logic, ProTools or Ableton.
This is pretty cool and almost makes me want to buy some Macs (almost). Logic Pro 7 has the ability to distribute audio processing across multiple computers using ethernet.
This means you have have your main sequencer running on one computer and dedicate another node for plugins and another for virtual instruments. So instead of having one huge super beefy computer you can get the same audio processing power using less powerful computers stringed together.
It’s just too bad that Apple forced Logic to drop VST support, this pretty much excludes me from ever switching over from my PC recording rig.
A modular synth with the brains of a Mac Mini?
As technology gets cheaper, we are starting to see uber-powerful gizmos like this.
Funny, this “synth” could have more processing power than the computer I currently use to record with.