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most expensive Apple Macbook Pro: TouchBar / TouchID – “there is no escape” – 27.10.

UPDATE – Macbook Pro 13 & 15″ – Touchbar & Touch ID, 4x USB-C

6.8 mio times faster than the first book ;)bildschirmfoto-2016-10-27-um-20-15-01

the new macbook pro’s – are here. 13% less volume that macbook air  – oops. 2kg 15″ maxbildschirmfoto-2016-10-27-um-20-14-44


interesting stuff with touch bar – sampling – djing–
touchbar tracks 10 fingers!


new small things like TV app on Apple TV, but that’s nothing more than – a directory, hub .. anyway – I don’t own a Tv so..

available now / 2-3 weeks!

now  – the Mac after 25 of Mac (Laptops) – nice one:

13″ & 15″
mbp-15 mbp-13

the new function key OLED strip – TouchBarbildschirmfoto-2016-10-27-um-19-36-12

and touchID is in as well – behind the power button (top right)

word replacement within the strip..

sliders as well for synths and video editing

customize it..touchbar-customize

  • i7 4core – 3.1 gb/s SSD
  • faster gfx – updated.
  • 2 fans
  • 4 speakers
  • there are audio jacks!
  • big touch pad
  • 13″ is still 2core only, 15″ has 4cores.
  • 2x 4K or 1x 5K Display via one USB-C / TB3 Port – the 15″ has 2 TB controllers, the 13″ has only one!
  • LG UltraFine 4K Display – 750€
  • LG UltraFine 5K Display – 1,3k€
  • 2.699,00 € // 3199 Euro – still not cheap and never will.

so it’s 15″ 4core or nothing / the Microsoft way..

4 USB – C  can be these… any of them!
SB-C – you need 25€ per port for USB Type A – there are quite a lot of adapters so you need only “one” cable but – trst me – you need 100€ to be able to get everything to work. and they are really expensive- apple is known for that! so the 4k€ is just without the ability to connect things – nothing has usb-c these days – but might change – since apple computers will be usb-c all the way. so – let’s see..

for plugin-intensive musicians: don’t buy a 13″ Macbook, it has only 2 cores and is quite expensive – makes no sense at all. that one would be 3280€ with decent 1TB SSD, fastest processor – you can step down 120 and another 120€ (2 steps) with speed. but it’s still 3k€ für something that is “usable” in a sense of pro audio – so – the 13″ makes no sense to me since it is half the power of the 15″ for almost the same price.
– video people – 13″ has no dedicated graphics and only one TB controller for 4/5K displays..

it has 3 TB 3 ports.. via USB-Cbildschirmfoto-2016-10-27-um-19-53-50

new speaker system:4-speakers

the 13″ is 2 core..13%22-dual-core-only

fans fans

hey, this looks pro – 1 USB-C feeds a 4k screen (LG in that case – Phil says)- charges the book as well via the same cable – this is cool! that display will be at 1.3k€ – which is ok for a 5k display.1-port-for-4k-display

try this with logic or ableton live..touchslider

ok, here’s a slider – touchpad and touchbar to be used in a DAW or synth – could be super cool. want!!
color-slider slider


the bottom line is –

we did not see any other new Macs – so expect them to silently update to more speed or being skylaked etc. – no changes – but – to me this means more or less death to the Mac Pro and Mac Mini since they are so outdated and rather uninteresting – so the MB/MBPs being the focus, the iMac follows and the rest is .. history?

but – that new MBP seems to be interesting to what software might do with that strip and stuff – here I am more positivly triggered since they also showed off things that are pretty cool like zoom overview – imagine that in our daws, synths and stuff..

well – you need a lot of adapters – we’ll see what will come up next since usb c might be the primary interface – and audio interface makers like RME, MOTU etc. should offer cool things with a little space to add a simple controller behind it or so with usb c – then, some of them only offer TB for macs and USB for windows/PCs – might not be a good idea from now on!

power users will do this:

  • click the 15″ – quadcore – choose 1 or 2TB SSD.
  • not a video user? get the low profile GFX – save money: 120€
  • go to 1TB minimum for SSD (480€ – superbad apple pricing! what
  • makes it really expensive!)
  • processor: well – the fastest one – is 240€ extra.

so the one with all clicked except the 2TB SSD will be 4.039,00 €.
this isn’t for ppl with no money!
and it is horrible to work with less than 1TB – but you “can” ..  would bring you down to 3560€ which is a bunch of money, isn’t it?

how to get it more affordable?
so you could reduce to 3200€ and have a nice machine – but with too less SSD capacity and need to add an external one for SURE if you use libraries and stuff. so the 1TB “step down” processor set with 1GB SSD will be 3680€ – if you don’t have it – Apple is no longer interesting – switch to Windows.

that’s hard!
of course you CAN step down more – but I don’t see any sense in buying a 2core – except if you do not NEED the power.. like just recording and no need for too many synths or .. less power consuming ones – no analog emulations, just some little real digital ones like the Arturia Synclavier (love it) and FM stuff – simple things but not too many of diva, fxpansion synthsquad and roland .. which are the coolest but need power – of course you still can use one or 2 of these without problems, but … well – I’d really be worried if I ever went for a 2core ..
so it’s the money that will dictate how much power you will have – and – musicians aren’t rich – mostly – so .. I assume this might change the apple dominance a bit or .. they / you just keep it with macs but not the fastest one. right?

so – this is a great machine but it may be the most expensive macbook pro ever made – so.. since the price is relevant to us..
I think – good thing to have but – quite unaffordable to most of us – going to the windows camp, then?

3.5k to 4k€ for a decent computer is quite something.
there ARE laptops out there for 1.5k€ – but all running windows – and don’t even

so – it’s basically too expensive – even the simpler ones.
that’s people leaving for sure.



was bisher geschah…

hier wird es ab 19:00 minütliche Updates geben und gegen 21:00 alles zu lesen sein über das, was Apple an neuer Computer Hardware zu bieten hat.

Hier eine kleine Zusammenfassung, was zu erwarten ist – alles nämlich – sie müssen viel nachholen. der jüngste Mac ist noch der iMac – alle anderen sind im Status “don’t buy” weil – veraltet. Besonders der Mac Pro, der Mini und die Pro Serie der Books, auch das Air ist schon betagt.

Diskussion dazu vorher, nachher und jetzt: 27.10. Stream – Neue Macs @ Keynote – no escape!

UPDATES DO ab 19:10 etwa..

what happened so far..

19:00 – Apple Keynote – “hello again” refers to the introduction of the first Mac Classic – it introduced itself with speech – so does Siri on the Mac and that logo is quite Mac Pro’ish – which is that old computer some Pros remember from those times in 2013 – Apple clearly gave multiple fuck you’s to the pro world in many ways – also – we had a hard time with small SSDs and RAM – aaand adapters – lots of those cables, an iPhone without audio outputs – except using that adapter again –

that Macbook will feature a row of OLED Displays as keys, the escape key has gone as well with all the function keys replaced by that strip of freely configurable touch key/display things we heard on many of those mac fan sites – as well as – there will be just 4 USB-C ports and possibly nothing more – they all feature everything – Thunderbolt (3 is expected), Power, Mini Display Port, Audio, USB 3.1 within the C-Connector – which is a reduction – imagine your audio interface on one port, a monitor on another, the power adapter on the next one and the last one is for keyboards, controllers, synths – so it may be hard to choose from – magsafe has gone on the Macbook 12″ – we expect Apple to renew all Macs – since they are all sort of outdated –

the mini had no 4core compared to the 2012 model, and.. the Macbook Air still has no retina display – so they might rethink the whole range and maybe drop the 11″ one  – note that the Air series is much faster than the MB 12″, since it has a real i7 processor and still has vents and 2 USB connectors – it is not THEEE audio machine but the MB12 is rather slow and not made for pro users at all.

ok – here’s the updates which will be updated which the keynote takes place – thursday – 19:00 (euro time)

UPDATES 19:10 (central euro time) – THURSDAY 27.10.:

—> HERE.. <– s.o.o.n.

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macOS 10.21 sierra – does it work? final report. Für Musiker das Richtige, jetzt?

english – scroll down!

Es ist nun installiert, es hat auch einige Zeit gedauert, bis es mal geladen war. Apple hat durch Yosemite sehr viel Skepsis hervor gebracht – kann man macOS 10.21 Sierra (es gibt kein X mehr!) trauen als Musiker?

Ich habe es installiert, mit Logic X und Ableton Live Plugins von Arturia, NI (alles was ich habe), U-He, Softube, Max for Cats und auch Dexed, den kostenlosen DX7 als Plugin ausprobiert. Nach dem Re-Scan von Logic lief schlicht und einfach alles, auch Rolands Plugins.  4.77 GB aus dem Store – gefolgt von einigen weiteren Downloads zusammen mit Safari 10 (vorher schon) und den neuen Stimmen für Siri noch einmal 3GB, die allerdings nicht verloren gehen sondern nur ersetzt werden waren gestern etwas zäh zu laden, aber es klappte. Ja, es gab etwas, was zu tun war – Der Mac wollte ein neues Java installiert haben, damit Max 4 Life funktioniert. Das habe ich getan, danach war alles wie vorher – fließend weiter machen ist kein Problem. Die Installation dauert insgesamt gut 30-40 Minuten (OS und Java).

Es gibt nur einige wenige Programme, die nicht laufen. Das ist primär ein altes kleines Coding-Tool namens Fraise (früher Smultron), was ich oft für Sequencer.de verwendet habe. Jetzt muss ich halt Text Wrangler oder Sublime Text 2 verwenden. Die Gelegenheit die SSD aufzuräumen brauchte mir einige GB freien Platz, allerdings mit aktiver Suche. Die Arbeitsgeschwindigkeit ist ähnlich wie vorher. Die Verbesserungen sind eher kosmetisch, auf 2 Rechnern (MBP und iMac) läuft alles wie es soll. Wie iOS 10.01 ist Sierra offenbar recht gefahrlos bei mir gelaufen. NI User werden ggf. ihre alten Kore-Teile zu Grabe tragen, jedoch kenne ich ohnehin niemanden, dem das Teil gute Dienste lieferte, die wurden meist als Audiointerface genutzt und nie angefasst.

Erfahrungen? Umfrage anschauen? Kommentieren: macOS 10.12 Sierra


I did it – updating to macOS 10.21 Sierra – I must say – after re-scanning the plug-ins (Logic X does that every time the OS has been updated) non of my NI, Arturia, U-He, Softube, fxpansion or even Dexed or max for cats got lost, everything worked, but I had to reinstall Java to make Max for Live (Max for Cats Bengal/Oscillot) work again.
So in fact this was a simple and flawless update. I cleaned up my SSD a bit and will do on the MacbookPro soon, since it is there for editing and saving my images and stuff and demoing plugins.

like iOS 10.01 Apple seems to have hit the right button since everything relevant for me as a musician still works, the only loss I got is Fraise/Smultron, a coding text tool which I replaced with text wrangler and sublime text 2.

the performance seems to be a bit different in feel but quite the same as before. I don’t feel bad to be the first – the forum says – they update immediately or wait for months or switch over when they need to – so they got more and more careful since the evil Yosemite – which was the worst update and iOS 7 & 8 that weren’t too cool on older devices. anyway – it all works at it’s best.

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Apple Logic X & Ableton Link? (engl/dt.) / GRP A2 Test (deutsch)

1) Sollte Logic Abletons “Link” Technik bekommen?

Wichtig für Logic User – This is essential for Apple Logic users.

#should Apple support the Ableton Link (Sync) technology?

Beside Propellerheads ReWire Ableton Link seems to get more and more important. So Apple and SynthAnatomy are asking HOW important it is..

say yes or no here:


2) und hier ist noch ein kleiner Lesetipp zum neuen GRP A2.

: today (THU, 20.Sept) mac OS sierra – heute kommt mac OS sierra – bitte prüft, ob eure Plugins laufen, die du wichtig findest- erst dann machen, please check your most important software – and then update.

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Audio: new iOS 10 – danger for musicians? Bringt iOS 10.01 Gefahren für Musiker?

  • iOS can be downloaded now! for everything from iPad 4 to current devices.  should musicians go to iOS 10.01?
  • I am one of those, who installed iOS on iPad and iPhone very early. After a long install time since I needed to re-update via iTunes took me 2.5 + 1.1GB  – for iOS 10.01 – but after that – everything worked – and in all cases to the better – easier to read, faster and more fluently. (newer iOS devices, don’t know about older ones, yet)
  • I tried to work and open with my Samplers and Synths – all of them worked, especially those I use on stage for performance.
  • 1 small thing – the music app wasn’t well designed at all, it isn’t perfect now – but it is a lot simpler and nicer for car users. a bid sad, that the colour of the background is no longer adapting to the cover colour, but well – I did a sort of “DJ set” today (working as a tech guy for a comedy show – it worked fine – I was able to find and set the song to be played next via artist and search – a LOT better then before!
  • Mac OS Sierra will be there next week (wed). hope it will be as cool as iOs 10.01!
    UPDATE: how about updating to macOS 10.21 sierra for musicians?
  • iOS 10.01 gibt es seit gestern für iPad 4 und höher sowie iPhones. Sollte man als Musiker nun upgraden, nachdem Apple bei den Vorgängern hakeliges Benehmen und teilweise Probleme hatte? Ich hab es gewagt, es ist seit 10.01 erstaunlich –
  • JEDE Synthesizer-App, die ich live benutze funktionierte auf Anhieb. Dumm waren nur jene, die direkt gestern den Download gemacht haben, denn es gab kleine Schwierigkeiten, die Apple nach 30 Minuten bemerkt habe und durch iOS 10.01 ersetzt haben.
  • Ich habe heute eine Art kleine DJ-Set für eine Comedy-Show improvisiert mit der neuen Music-App. Das war ohne Probleme möglich, man kann etwas erkenne, es ist logisch sortiert und nervt nicht.
  • Es ist etwas schade, dass die Coverfarben nicht mehr an den Hintergrund angepasst werden, aaaber Autouser werden es besser finden und es ist einfach logischer. Flüssiger und schneller als iOS 9 erscheint es auch auf beiden Geräten (iPhone und iPad – beide eher neu) .
  • Nun, abgesehen vom audiobuchsenlosen iPhone 7 ist das aber mal ein guter “großer “Wurf. iTunes 10.51 ist “okay” aber sicher nicht perfekt – mp3 wandeln ist nun nur noch in der Ablage, nicht mehr im Kontextmenü, für Musiker nicht super aber Apple will vielleicht andeuten – bald nur noch extern? Ich hoffe nicht. Sonst ist aber zu sagen – iOS 10.01 ist auf ganzer Linie gelungen und nervt nicht und bringt keine Nachteile für Leute, die auf ihre Apps angewiesen sind. SO soll es sein. Danke. Nach meiner weniger begeisterten Keynote-Aussage iOs 10.01 ist empfehlenswert. Für Musiker!
  • Hinweis: Mac OS Sierra kommt nächste Woche (Mittwoch)! Hoffe es wird so gut laufen wie iOS 10.01!
  • UPDATE: kann man auf 10.21 Sierra updaten als Musiker? Klare Antworten.

Diskussion?  Etwas hinzufügen? hier..

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Musotalk – Aktuelles unter dem Zeichen des großen Roland

Wer reden über Roland:
System 8 (mit Jupiter 8 Plugout, Video dazu hier), TB03 & TR09, Vocoder VP03, (und DJ808 wegen Vollständigkeit) Features, Abgleich – hier schnell mal alle Bilder dazu zum selbst nachsehen…

– Apple

update: es gibt einen Adapter für 2X Lightning oder Lightning & Audio – $40 – Fremdhersteller Belkin. – unsmart ist das schon. Ob er auch Audio IN “kann”, ist noch nicht klar. Apples eigener Adapter scheint nur Audioausgang zu sein, Eingang unklar – die Formulierung bei Apple lässt eher Schluss zu “nur Ausgang” zu weil wohl auch ein Wandler im Kabel eingebaut sein muss.

  • und Details..
    während der Sendung kam das hier “rein” (NI Maschine Jam)

Quatsch: Appleplugs für alle.

und natürlich die Site von Kollege Tom: Synthanatomy- ROLAND LEAKS

Was mit in der Sendung nicht einfallen wollte war dies

und das Sid-Dingens dazu wäre das:
Also Twisted Electrons – also total “was mit S” ;)

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7.9. frustrating Apple Keynote – iPhone 7 (no audio – free adapter) / Watch 2, No Macs.

  • frustrating event for musicians.
    and for those waiting for new Macs – they may have another event for them..
    Watch Series 2 swim proof (water resistant). Series 2
    with 2Core Processor. 60fps video. brighter display. GPS, $370
    old one $260 still buy the old shi’at.

watch 2

guess what? you may take your iPhone to swimming the pool but not listening to music, then? anyway it’s just a show.

  • iPhone 7 / iOS 10
    Musicians: don’t buy or think more than twice especially when mobile!! below is why:
    how do they sell us the audiojack is missing?
    – better cam, multi LED light/flash, processor for images,
    – front cam 7Mpixel, both cams: with optical stabilization
    – water resistant.
    – home button – taptic engine replaces classic mech switch/buttonphone 7 design iphone 7 xiphone7 home tap
  • 7plus: dual cams -12MPixel tele and normal
    1x – 10x with soft zoom
    calculates between both lenses and makes it better via processing. – “the depth effect”
    – better display – more colours – 3D Touch, brighter
    iphone 7plus 2cams
  • talk about audio:
    speakers – 2x louder, better sound
    stereo iphone
    – lightning for audio – no more audio out
    – sorry – it’s bullshit!digital audio. with or without latency? well it’s via lightning so assume it is ok –
    no matter.. they sell special earphones for lightning- but others won’t work sorry. worst idea ever seen!the stereo (new) speakers are ok to have. but no audio out without charging? –
    they put that adapter in (“free”) without POWER supply of the iphone with it – so listening or charging?? you need to decide when listening to something – in cars or on the way.. all wireless (again bullshit) – I had no apple headphones that last longer than some weeks or month. baaaad idea. well – car stereo or PA via audio out adapter won’t allow charging with this adaptor and you may keep an eye on it and with you everywhere you are.
    UPDATE: there is a 3rd party product to charge and listen – but it’s $40 – 2 versions: 2x lightning or lightning and audio.
    well – this adapter can be ordered for 9€ – so it’s cheap for an Apple-cable and is free for those iPhone 7 users – but – it needs to have the DAC in it,  –
    UPDATE: Audio-Adapter Info (german/deutsch)
    it has microphone in, it has a DAC and ADC inside and it’s quality is below the one in the iPhone 6/6s – seems to make more noise – but it works for those who do not need high quality. so it is Consumer – the Pro user won’t gonna love it. 

    I don’t know if it’s “good”..they want to sell their  headphones called airpods.airpods wireless

  • these $159 pods (!!) have an accelerometer – tap it to say something to Siri, starts playing the music when insert correctly – plus J.Ive blah .. well. that’s for the listener, it’s NOT for the musicians – 5h lasting battery – but trust me – they may be gone within month ;)  – it’s sensors detect speech/voice – how they call it.- it’s case is a battery as well – so it will charge when kept in that case – not bad – but maybe ok for consumers. Not ok for musicians.
  • I leave out that Beats Phones, with same tech – since they sound really really awful till now (no trebble in it, just bass, worst I ever listened to).
  • the good one is:
    A10 Processor Fusion, 4core, 64bit, 40 faster than A9 (iphone 6/iPad Pro, Graphics 50% fasterA10 fusion processor
    -> 2
    56GB max, 32GB minimum good decision.
    order iPhone: 16.9.
    iOs 10 – coming on Sept.13th.
    MacOS Sierra: Sept.20th.
    prices – in the EU – more expensive!!  – but they’re keeping the old line for a bit less. not convinced, apple. sorry.
  • iPads – older iPads (Air 2) can be ordered with 256GB as well- now. – so old’ish technology is ok – most of the iPads got cheaper or more RAM for the same price, now – secretly. iPad Mini 4 – also more RAM, now.  No changes on iPad Pro.
  • No Macs – will be another event..

*relevant things will be highlighted.

the rest of it..

tim cook

this will update as soon as it was said at the event.. ;)

now and here – the stream is here.
Diskussion auf Deutsch – hier: 7.9. Apple Keynote

  • intro:
    some talk, funny stuff & singing, supermario-inventor comes and tells things about games and other stuff not relevant for us outside the us & iWork – Collaboration (multi user features), Apple Watch OS 3 – Pokemon go @
  • ending: Sia performs, sounds nice. but more commercial..


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