DAW v DAW - Part 7.1: Studio One 5 Live Jitter

Live MIDI to Instrument Jitter
Live MIDI to Instrument Jitter

Studio One 5 is out! just came out!

This would be an exciting day, if they managed to fix one of the many technical issues with their product compared to the rest of the market, which they didn’t.

Let’s look at one of the most irritating and long standing audible, and testable problems with Studio One: MIDI Input Jitter.

This is part one of a multi-part article. A full comparison of other DAWs will follow this article. This article is an explanation of the phenomenon using Studio One 5 as the demonstration software.

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How to get good customer service

It's just THAT easy!
It's just THAT easy!

I’m still working on the next DAW v DAW article, so in the meantime I thought I’d write something only slightly related to music…

Most people that know me are amazed at the results I get when I interact with customer service or similar. I get the matter resolved and often much better than the goals I set before the CS interaction. (see the preface for more info)

These outcomes are no accident. I’ve spent most of my life reading books about interpersonal dynamics and tangential topics, and I’ve practiced them. Some of the ideas work, some of them don’t work and some are just bunk from get-go.

This is a constant learning process. I by no means am writing this as an end all guide to getting what you want. Sometimes you’re just screwed for a variety of reasons, but you can always increase your chances of success.

The following post is my thoughts on how to increase your chances at getting good customer service.

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PSP InfiniStrip Review 2

InifiniStrip Review - Part 2
InifiniStrip Review - Part 2

This article marks part 2, and the conclusion of, this review of PSP’s InfiniStrip.

I decided to try something new with this review, which I’ll explain after the break.

Version 1.0.4 was released during this review, and the review applies up to that version. Any further enhancements to the product are not covered in this review. Please consult the PSP website to see if any of my complaints (if any), are resolved and if there are any cool new features that I wasn’t able to cover.

DISCLOSURE - PSP kindly provided this product to me for free as an NFR for review. If you believe this has biased this article, then I encourage you to call it out in the comments.

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Updates - June 2020

This week I’ve done a number of updates to the DAW Chart.

  • Updated the FAQ
    • I primarily use Cubase, Logic and Digital Performer. I haven’t used REAPER seriously since V6 was released.
    • Note Ease of use section in “Why is Ableton Live rated so low?”
  • Ease of Use - Added category and following sub-categories.
  • Software Defaults removed. Rolled into the above categories.
  • FLStudio updated for:
    • Scripting +3 - New Feature added
    • Themability +1 - New Feature added
  • Logic
    • Stability +1 - Zero crashes with Logic in 2020 despite approximately 400 hours of wide ranging use.
    • Step Sequencing +6 - New Feature added
    • Clip Launching +7 - New Feature added
    • Included Synth Plugins, many other products -1 (Logic was already 10)
  • Bitwig
    • Included Effects Plugins +1 - New EQ and Saturator Added
    • MIDI FX +1 - Arp updates, Selector Modes
    • MIDI Tools +2 - Selector Modes
    • Modularity, all other products -1 (Bitwig was already 10) - Grid additions in 3.1 and 3.2.
  • Live
    • Customer Support +6 (I’ve had multiple fantastic experiences with Ableton lately.)
  • Waveform
    • Manual -2 - Waveform 11 released with no updated manual
    • Community Support -2 - 3 poor experiences when asking questions with my anonymous account in 2020.
    • Bug Reporting +1 - New crash/bug reporting tool.
    • Changelogs -1 - No major version changelogs.
  • Bias (Larger numbers indicate less bias, positive numbers indicate potential unavoidable bias)
    • Preference - Waveform +5, Pro Tools +1, FLStudio +4, Live +10
      • Waveform 11 disappointing
      • Pro Tools moving slowly
      • FLStudio’s frustrating Event Editor
      • Live unrecoverably corrupted two projects and all backups! (No other files affected on the system)
    • Connections - Waveform +3, Mixbus -1
      • Haven’t spoken with Waveform team in a while.
      • Continue to have great discussions with members of Mixbus/Ardour team on various levels.
    • Frustration - REAPER +7, Studio One +40, Live +20
      • REAPER 6 not working properly on my system despite the bug report being seen.
      • S1 and Live should have been rated as extremely frustrating for me.
    • Community Interactions - REAPER + 5, Digital Performer -4, Studio One +2, Bitwig +2, Waveform +4
      • REAPER community has been more coarse than usual. 3/4 interactions on my anonymous account have been poor.
      • DP’s Motunation has been chiller and more helpful in 2020.
      • Studio One’s forums continue to be disappointing and fanboyish.
      • Bitwig’s Discord server is run poorly. Strange rules that are enforced without thought. Very annoying.
      • Waveform’s forums have been less useful and more harsh recently.

I also added these update posts to an “Updates” category.

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PSP InfiniStrip Review - Part 1

InfiniStrip Controversy...
InfiniStrip Controversy...

I’ve been working with this plugin for about 7 weeks, foiled twice by circumstances while trying to get this review out.

Wait no more. With part 1 of this review, I’ll be reviewing some of the controversy surrounding it and other plugins.

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DISCLOSURE - PSP kindly provided this product to me for free as an NFR for review. If you believe this has biased this article, then I encourage you to call it out in the comments. Other posts in this series

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Absence Check-in

Just a quick update - I’ve been dealing with Cluster Headaches (which I’ve written about before) and prodrome/postdrome symptoms for 2 weeks. I’ve been extremely sensitive to sound and light, and haven’t even touched an instrument or DAW in that time.

My wife covered the windows in aluminum foil and I managed to sit on my laptop (with minimum brightness, viewing at an angle) to get a variety of coding tasks done both for this site and elsewhere. Eventually you learn to work in bursts and keep notes, and it’s a great way to stay sane.

However, there’s been no music, woodworking or anything worth writing about. Nor have I been able to finish any of the 75%+ complete articles I have in my backlog. Worry not though, there is content coming.

These sequences of headaches shouldn’t last too long, and I’ve had 6-8 hour symptom free periods for the last two days, so I’m hoping that’s it for at least a few months.

Not looking for sympathy or even concern. I can cope, and everyone around me is awesome (especially my wife). I did have a number of people that were concerned about my absence from the admiralbumblebee realm and I wanted to “check-in”.

p.s. Yes I’ve been to the doctor. I’ve tried the bevy of mainstream and alternative medicines. If you want to suggest something then feel free. I’m open to discussion.


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Waveform 11 Pro Review

Waveform 11 pro
Waveform 11 pro

Waveform 11 Pro was announced a few months ago, and I’ve been using it as my “daily driver” for about a month.

I’m going to cover their highlighted features, and I won’t be holding back on the criticism.

This review is only valid for *Waveform 11.0.26**. The team is responsive to feedback and it’s likely that some complaints/criticisms will be rendered invalid over time.

DISCLOSURE - I was given this copy of W11 Pro for free for the purposes of review. If you feel that the review was improperly biased, please leave a comment.

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Site Updates

This will probably get lost with the Waveform article coming out simultaneously, but the following updates have been made to the site:

  • Index page headers/images are clickable - I can’t believe how long I went without realizing most people click the image to go to an article!
  • Theme color boxes are clickable to jump to a theme.
  • Changes to scripts for creating posts.
  • Improved image template for post header images.
  • Edited metadata for a number of posts.
  • Researched alternatives to Youtube - Probably needs to be a post of its own.
  • Support auto-outlining.
  • Omnigraffle templates concepts for future articles.
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Black Rooster Audio QA with André Kirchner

Interview with André Kirchner of Black Rooster Audio about his company, development challenges and more? Many questions came from the EDMP community on discord.

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General Updates

Update Bee
Update Bee

This week I’ve updated some site features:

  • Visual Assets - I commissioned ToriBearArt to make some new branding assets for me. The first is shown above. It’s a more complex rendition for larger format media. Some variations are in the works. I will be integrating the new branding over time, because I’m not a big fan of “relaunches” or “rebranding”. I’ll be making incremental changes and reacting to reader/viewer feedback as I go.
  • Themes - I built support for multiple themes, with an indicator of the current theme. I choose ‘cycling’ between themes because I hate menus.
    • WHITE theme added.
    • Adjusted text color for dark theme.
  • Various backend updates for my own sanity.
  • DAW Feature Chart updated.
    • Latest Versions
    • FL Modularity
    • Project Navigation->Information Hiding
    • Arranging category added
      • Project Navigation->Arrangement Tools moved to Arranging.
      • Added -
        • Time
        • Harmony
        • Sequencing
        • Key
    • CAKEWALK REMOVED - I have no desire to continue evaluating this software.
  • Reaper Script Showcase - Fixed some bad links and anchors.
  • FreeBees - New FreeBees!
  • Drafts! - I’ve put work into 50-75% completed drafts of articles for periods when I’m feeling unwell, need a break, etc…
  • Navbar adjusted to be cleaner.
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MFreeFXBundle Tricks

MFreeFX Bundle Madness
MFreeFX Bundle Madness

I’ve spent some time working on music projects lately and I’ve found some interesting capabilities of the MFreeFX Bundle by Melda Production.

Most all of this works with the free version except for some of the analyzer features in MEqualizer.

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