PC to Mac Migration

March 5th, 2000

TXT:: Thanks to everyone for recommending Solitaire games! I ended up downloading and purchasing a license for Hardwood Solitaire. They did a really nice job with the card graphics :-) I still think it’s a terrible shame to use the G4 as a solitaire machine. Let me recant about the sheer speed of the G4: I’ve managed to convert the entire fiscal year of Lotus 1-2-3. Spreadsheets over to *cough* MS - *cough^@#$%@#%#$* Excel in about 2 hours. It’s quite strange since 10 years of bookkeeping data, word processing, and correspondence, created on the 486 fit onto only 4 floppy disks.

I copied the floppy data onto my 8500/G3, then transferred the data to the powerbook. Took the powerbook over to the G4 and built a crossover cable to connect the machines, and transferred the data from the floppies into the G4. AirPort is looking quite attractive at this point… I transferred data and applications from her old PowerMac 6300CD (piece of crap 603e). After Installing a copy of toast on there, I burned a CD with all that data. 6300s have an internal Apple 600i 4X SCSI CD-Rom drive which works well with Akai Samplers :-)

I got a USB version of PowerPrint to connect up the old printers to the G4. These adapters work really well!, Powerprint 5 has drivers for just about every Parallel printer in existence. I still have the old Serial Port version for use with the older computers. My fellow mac users who don’t know about this product might be interested in it since it will let you connect your Mac to just about any PC printer out there. The new version will also let you tranceive data with some of those multipurpose/scanner/printer/fax combo machines.

My mum decided to get a scanner as well, so I ordered an Epson Expression 1600 since it has both SCSI and USB connections (and optional Firewire:-) Apple should have put about a dozen USB ports on the back of the G4.

Side Note: I think we paid more for the 486 system (about $4,000 not including the printer) than I did for the G4 system with monitor.

E-mail stuff:: I received Two interesting E-mails yesterday. The first was from Sam Evans, perhaps the youngest ReBirth User in the world!:

I AM 7

Everyone take a listen to Sam’s song and send him some supportive feedback! Click on his name above for his e-mail address.

The Second e-mail was from a 13 year old named Jeffrey Kelbick from Ambler Pennsylvania, a self-proclaimed “hacker” who also uses the nicname, “Peff”:


I didn’t know the identity of the mysterious Mr. Peffey at first, but his name is on his AOL homepage.

Hey MrPeffey: I’d love to hear some of your horn playing and guitar playing, please send me some MP3 recordings I found your e-mail a bit funny, but some others might be offended by it especially since it’s a given name to a few people, like Madame Peff Modelski, the dance instructor from New York, NY. It’s really odd that everyone who chooses this nicname is interested in the arts :-)

More TXT:: I think I will compile a list of other people using ‘Peff’ on the web - No, my sister-in-law is not Traci Bingham from Baywatch! , but I am into Pefftronics (their site is temporarily down).

RBM:: I’ve pulled out the TR-909 and I’m going to make some wierd noise with it for the new mod. I listened to some aphex twin the other day, and I noticed that he uses the TR-909 a lot. It doesn’t sound like a 909 since it’s processed through a bunch of stuff. So in homage of R.D.J. I’m going to create a set of drum samples in that style.

=Peff probably not the first, and most certainly not the last :-)

MP3:: The Pro Tools mix of Visions sucks. So I’m not going to post it. However since it sucks so much, I think I’ll make it open for remixing. Check back for details on how to get the samples. I will probably post up segments of all the audio parts, including drums, vocals, basslines, pads, TB-303, and loops.

Apple Cinema Display

February 28th, 2000

TXT:: I pulled a classic mac-nubie maneuver yesterday. On my way home from meeting MB in SF, I stopped at Fry’s to pick up my mother a Birthday gift, an Apple Cinema Display (15″ LCD). Her old Apple 15″ monitor is shot, and she needs a new one. So I asked the sales people if it’s backwards compatible with the standard Apple 15 pin D- connector. They acknowledged that it would work, but they were wrong. The new Apple Studio Displays have a Digital Video Interface connector, not the standard VGA analog connector. Mom liked the monitor so much, she wanted me to get her the computer that works with it. So I just finished installing all the software on her new Apple G4/400. Talk about a birthday present - I don’t even have a G4 yet! It’s overkill for a G4 to run Quicken, Excel, and Solitaire. Say if anyone knows of a good solitaire game for MacOS, please e-mail me.

Hey JC: You need a G4 set up like my mom’s! See how little desktop space it takes up!

RBS:: After I finished that MIDI project, I figured it was time to hit ReBirth again. I’ve started up a new track for the RedStripe Mod. Jackplug seems to like this track a lot. It definitely has more of a Drum ‘n Bass feel than the demo I made for the mod. There’s no name for the track yet, it’s just a bunch of patterns. RSDNB03.zip

MP3:: The Pro Tools mix of Visions has been sent off to MP3.com, but I’m really sick of the track. After all that tweaking it lost it’s groove. This stuff happens.

RBM:: Yeah believe it or not. I think I’m working on a new one. It’s been too long. I started making some noises on the Buchla 200 modular. Some sequential noise stuff filtered, distorted, spring reverbed etc. I started dropping some of these samples into an RBM and came up with some cool patterns. Eventually I’ll finish it up :-)

News & Journal

February 23rd, 2000

TXT:: I’m starting something new here. This page is going to be a little journal for me to keep track of the stuff I’m doing. Not everything will be ReBirth or Propellerheads related, however, since this web page was founded on ReBirth MODs, that will always be the primary focus. I’m not in the habit of keeping journals, but I try to keep the site constantly revised. This seems like a good place to keep a written record of the stuff I’m doing.

MP3:: The Mackie 3204 Mix of Visions is now available from MP3.com. The Pro Tools Mix will be posted separately if people are curious to hear the difference in what I was previously complaining about. Like I said before, No offense to Mackie since they make excellent products, but the work I produce with Pro Tools is consistently better. This might be due to the production techniques involved in the recording process. The Pro Tools mix of the track should be available sometime next week.


February 22nd, 2000

Rather than lose sleep over that damn mix, I’ve decided to track and export all the audio on Visions over to Pro Tools™. So I didn’t make it to bed (actually the couch) until 3:00am, but it was all worthwhile. Even the preliminary mixes are sounding 200% better than mixing through a Mackie. No offense to Mackie, it’s just that there’s so much more control in Pro Tools. Also I think I learned that mixing several sources through a single Reverb causes a lot of harmonic weirdness - especially with a dense reverb patch. By tracking each instrument individually with effects, the mix sounds so much cleaner and more spacious. This should be an easy mix down after the arrangement is set.

Native American Song Challenge

February 21st, 2000

TXT:: Ugh..I’m taking a break to rant a bit…I’ve been trying to mix down this track and slowly facing the fact that Pro Tools rocks. It’s basically a MIDI track I did in Cubase VST with some audio bits, but the problem is that I’m mixing it on a Mackie 3204. Each time I go through the mix, it sounds a little different. I’ve finally decided that the mix I did at 2:00am this morning works better than any of the 8 mixes I’ve done since. There’s something to be said for computer based automation. The effects aren’t so hot if you don’t have the horsepower in your CPU, but the automation makes life so much easier The track is for this little Native American Indian Electronic Song challenge set up by an avid listener on mp3.com. Check out the station for other works that people have been making for this challenge: Burning Bush - Native American Indian Song Challenge

MP3:: My submission for the challenge should be available soon from my mp3.com page. Please check out Visions. There might be some problems though since MP3.com has been facing legal issues with copyrights. They might assume that the Apache Indian Chants I used in the track are sampled illegally, but I have mechanical license to use them :-)

Archer Info

February 15th, 2000

REASON:: I’ve posted some detailed Information about the track Archer [Mix 2]. This chart details what sounds are synthesized, the loops used, and the samples used. Also the effects and control voltage modulations of the various devices.

Tage sent me this e-mail:

“BTW - On the NAMM show, Marcus was asked to make a bitmap of a full rack to show in a powerpoint presentation. Unfortunately he picked the Archer rack and went to work. The final bitmap was something like 6700 pixels high with a few devices still folded. That would mean a rack some three meters high stuffed with gear :) /Tage”

3 meters high - That’s a lot of gear :-)


Archer [Mix 2]

by Peff. Made with Propellerhead Software Reason.

Reason Modules Used: 34 Apple PowerMac 8500 G3/300 192Mb RAM
Comp-01 Final Mix Compression  

reMIX mixer

reMIX mixer #2 Chained

RV-7 Digital Reverb

CF-101 Chorus/Flanger

PH-90 Phaser

DDL-1 Digital Delay Line

Matrix Sequenzer: CV Curve Modulating Panning

Dr: REX playing funky drum break ReCycle file (164Kb) Comp-01 Compressing Break.REX
Dr: REX with Amen loop ReCycle file (316Kb)  
Dr: REX Playing Wah-Wah loop ReCycle File (384Kb) Slices Panned to various positions
Dr: REX Playing Scratch loop ReCycle File (772Kb)  
Dr: REX Playing 303 sequence ReCycle File (568Kb) Comp-01 Compressing 303.REX
Subtractor: Bass  
Subtractor: Ring Modulation FX  
Subtractor: Reedy/Accordian sound  
Subtractor: Pad sound Matrix Sequenzer: Modulating Filter
Subtractor: Organ sound  
Subtractor: Second Pad sound  
Subtractor: Crash/Noise splash  
Subtractor: FM lead

Matrix Sequenzer: Modulating Filter

D-11 Distortion

NN19 Sampler: Intro Stereo rumble sample (992Kb)
NN19 Sampler: Metallicon+ Vox Sample (336Kb)

ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter

Matrix Sequenzer: Modulating ECF Envelope trigger/CV Curve Modulating Panning on reMIX#2

NN19 Sampler: Tweaked Guitar Chord Sample (632Kb)
Subtractor: Drop Bass drum
Dr: REX Playing Electro Loop ReCycle File (468Kb) Comp-01 Compressing Dr: REX

Archer Credits

February 13th, 2000

MP3:: I’m such a dumbass! I keep forgetting to post my thanks to T.G.Virus and SpinThis! for the sample production on Archer.

REASON:: I used a sample from the Metallicon+ Mod from the ReBirth CD. This sample was loaded into a sampler module and routed through a Filter effect. The Matrix sequenzer modulated the Filter for a PCFish type of sound. The Scratches were originally intended for the track, Keep Going, but I used them in Archer instead. I took a few seconds of Spin’s Scratching, imported it into ReCycle, and Created an REX file. The Scratch.REX file was then loaded into Reason’s Dr.REX player. A MIDI track in Reason’s sequencer controlled the REX segment playback.