Randy Chance Monthly Newsletter - Computers, Music, Guitars.

September, 1999

Next month the guitar section will be up and running.

Apple is suing the companies that own eMachines for their Wintel attempt at an iMac clone. I saw the emachines iMAC clone at Circuit City - really bizarre.

Magma e-mailed me with some answers regarding interfaces for digital audio on a Powerbook. Their 4 pci slot box will run with a Powerbook 233 - 300 Mhtz Mac with MOTU 2408 or Pro Tools etc. It also holds a power supply and up to four drives, three internal, one accessible from the from the front panel. It fits in two rack heights, and it really looks good. Although they want about $1,500 for the rig that would fulfill my fantasies, they seem to have the best solution around for a Powerbook-driven DAW. I would e-mail MOTU first to make sure any particular configuration is going to work.

To get to Magma's home page, click here:

  • Magma

    MOTU has a new digital audio I/O box that just runs spdif and aesebu etc. It's Called the 308. Go to this link to check it out:

  • Motu 308

    And if you're not aware of it yet, MOTU also has a 24 bit eight in, eight out digital I/O box for about $1,300 called the 1224. Check it out here:

  • Motu 1224

    Dig this amazing document I found while rummaging around in The catacombs of MOTU's most esoteric techsupport Q & A labyrinth:

    The Unicorn Power control panel allows MIDI to be received on these Powerbooks: 140, 145, 145B, 150, 165c, 170, 180, 180c.

    ? ? ? ? ? ?

    From the following Web page:

  • Unicorn Control Panel Document.

    Maybe there's hope for us Luddites yet (My 68030 Macs will always have a special place in my heart!!

    The new Pro Tools software (5.0, now w/ MIDI etc.) is looming on the horizon. If you want to check it out, go to:

  • Pro Tools 5.0

    Also, Roland has a USB midi interface that runs 64 channels out of 4 pairs of ins and outs (16 channels per) :

  • Roland USB

    And go here to get info from Roland regarding their products' compatibility with USB, etc.

  • Roland Tech info

    and MOTU has a USB version of a Half rack MIDI Express XT with 4 in 6 out and SMPTE in out for like $300.

  • Motu Micro Express

    Midiman also has a USB MIDI interface, as well as a PCI based digital audio box and some other interesting new products.

  • Midiman

    Check out my Computer Music Links Web page for a lot more links:

  • My Computer Links Page

    This fall should be an exciting time as a lot of companies make use of the USB format (firewire too?). Thanks to Bob Gore for some of these web addresses. Keep close to your Muse! - Randy

    Disclaimer: The creator of this Webpage assumes no responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken by any computer user as a result of linking to the listings in the above Websites. All Links are presented merely as suggestions. The creator of this Website recieves no commission for any products listed at any of these links. These links are presented as information, in the hopes that they may further people's understanding of music, computers, etc.

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