Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper

The Hardware Rebellion

Last Thursday night, I ran down to the basement to record a fresh scratch track for Teenage Popsicle Girl so that I'd have it for the recording session that I planned for Dorsai Thing over the weekend. Of course, the last time I'd been down in the studio, I'd been recording ladyat to ADAT for Juanita's album and this recording was going to be done with no one in the engineering booth to Cubase, so I needed to swap microphones and rewire them so that they were using the mic pre in the studio.

Finally, everything was set up correctly, the guitar was tuned, and I was ready to record. I grabbed my handy Frontier Designs Tranzport remote control, pushed a button to wake it up, and --

Well, the little green light came on, but there was nothing in the display. Ack!

It turns out that I had upgraded from Cubase 4 to Cubase 5 since the last time I'd used the beastie. And although Cubase 5 claimed that it was talking to the Tranzport, the Tranzport firmly disagreed.

So I went to the Frontier Designs website. And there, I discovered that they'd discontinued the product. (Obviously, because it was way too useful.) But they had a new set of drivers. I downloaded them and installed them.

And still no luck. Hmm. That was supposed to work.

Eventually, I fired up Cubase 4 and did the recording there, which meant that the Tranzport worked and I didn't have to call daisy_knotwise down to the basement to push the record button. I may yet figure out how to get the thing working. Maybe even later tonight.

At least I had my hardware problem out of the way for the weekend.

Until I discovered on the drive to Michigan that the power switch on my Creative Zen MP3 player was broken. *sigh* Everything I see suggests that particular problem is unrepairable.

So I have a nice new iPod Touch which Gretchen agreed that I could have as a very early birthday present. It seems very nice.

It also now has Steinberg's Cubase remote control app loaded on it. If only it would work with a footswitch for punch ins. :)
Tags: filk, home, musings, tech

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