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    I've taken a HUGE step...

    I've taken a HUGE step and actually completely disconnected my old external synths.

    Tonight we were supposed to go visit a new house, but then things started going all screwy in the house, lights flickering, computers acting up, battery back-ups beeping like mad. We took this as a message that maybe today was NOT the right day to go look at new houses.

    But then, while trying to deal with this problem, we though "hey, maybe it's all these external synths taking up juice and causing problems?" (there were WAY too many things plugged into the wall outlets).

    So I decided "screw it" and just started yanking cables and unplugging the whole thing. We basically completely re-wired my computer/moniters/etc...

    Well, guess what?

    Not 5 minute later, two guys from Hydro are outside working on the transformer... I go out to ask them, and they said there was work to be done on it. THAT was what was causing all the trouble.

    So now, all my old synths are disconnected and waiting to be disposed of, and I am now a PURELY Garritan composer. No more Mr. Roland, nor Mr. E-Mu, nor Mr Akai.

    And we have re-interpreted this sign as maybe being one that tonight IS the right night to go see new houses! maybe this was one of the first steps in moving my equippment OUT of this house and into a new one!

    Wish us luck!

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    Re: I've taken a HUGE step...

    Michel,

    Congratulations! I took the same step a few months ago and love that my studio is less cluttered and the power demands are much less - all while making the quality better and the work flow more efficient!

    Best,
    Reber Clark
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

    http://reberclark.blogspot.com http://reberclark.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/reberclark

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    Re: I've taken a HUGE step...

    I think that is great news - particularly because I have never owned any of that type of equipment and felt I was lacking. To hear you getting rid of it and becoming purely soft is a good thing

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    Re: I've taken a HUGE step...

    Michel,

    this reminds me to the day when I completely disconnected my old external synths. Oh man, it was not easy for me to say "good bye" to them...

    Today I will never miss this great workflow what I have since I did this!

    Gunther
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

    Listen to me, tuning my triangle http://www.box.net/shared/ae822u6r3i

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    Re: I've taken a HUGE step...

    Well, sounds like a good move to me. The only use I make of my Roland is now and then as a playback device when listening to Scorch on Sibelius. But even for that, I don't need it. Garritan all the way is my aim. My external synth is almost never turned on!


    Richard

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    "Thaumaturgic bezoars in artificial billabongs will save the planet."

    I totally agree. Excelsior! (to quote James Thurber)
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

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    Should we term dumping hardware synths for softsynths "Garritanization?"
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

    http://reberclark.blogspot.com http://reberclark.bandcamp.com http://www.youtube.com/reberclark

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    Re: I've taken a HUGE step...

    After reading all of this, I sat back and looked at the work station. I see the amps, theternal sound cards, the video mixers, etc., etc., etc.

    I agree that it would be quite efficient to dump about half of it - BUT, I would miss all the pretty multi-colored lights (some 35 of them) that twinkle and blink so esoterically in the dark room.

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    Re: I've taken a HUGE step...

    A tiny update...

    We made a serious offer on a house.

    So now, Garritanized 100% and moved out of the city, into a gorgeous little town, about one hour east of Montréal.

    My life is turned upside down.. and I love it. It terrifies me and at the same time exhilarates me.

    Hopefully this major change in our lives will also inspire me to write more music!

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    Re: I've taken a HUGE step...

    Congratulations on the house, Michel, and the move
    out to the country.

    I, too, long ago unplugged all the hardware and became
    100% Garritanized... lol. Rather an extreme case, I no
    longer even own a keyboard of any kind.

    Perhaps I should do something with all of that hardware,
    now sitting idly in a closet; but I don't know what. Boat
    anchors come to mind, but I live up in the hills, far from
    water...

    Best,



    David
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