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OT: Cakewalk, etc.

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Thursday, June 5, 2003, 4:52
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From: "Herman Miller" <hmiller@...>

> I use Fontographer 4.1 and haven't had any problems under Windows XP. But > XP in general has trouble running older software, so it wouldn't surprise > me if it varies from one system to another. I had a lot of trouble trying > to get my ancient copy of Cakewalk Home Studio to work, and it still has > problems.
While we're on the topic of software and HOW IT CAN BE USED for conlanging, I've been looking into computer sequencers. I had sorta hoped that Cakewalk or some of the other systems came with the sounds, but I've noticed that all of them require use of the midi for one to get the variety of sounds to sequence. That means I have to have a computer up in the attic where our Roland is. Right? None of the computers we use "down here" are easily moveable, and we need them in our various offices. We have a TASCAM digital recorder, but it requires, shudder, performance. Perfect tracks laid down, performed. I wanted to get something that would give me more control over every note I wrote. But all of the software I looked at require a midi connection to the Roland for control over individual notes, even though many of the programs came with drum backgrounds and some soundbytes you could paste in. So essentially I have to buy a laptop, don't I, for mobile use with the Roland upstairs and the old Kurzweil in the dining room, right? Bummer. Expensive. But for the future, what would any of you suggest? I know I had a discussion a few months ago about this with Jan van Steenbergen and H.S. Teoh. But I was less informed then. Sally Caves Eskkoat ol ai sendran, rohsan nuehra celyil takrem bomai nakuo. "My shadow follows me, putting strange, new roses into the world."