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Home > Letter from the Editor's Desk: March/April, 2006
    “This is great! So why don’t more people know about your site?”

I hear this from quite a few folks that I talk with. The response from people who have seen our site has been outstanding, and we’re taking their feedback seriously as we continue to develop and refine the site.

On March 27, we’ll finally make our press announcement, telling the world of musicians at large that we exist and that we’re ready for them. If you’re reading this message in advance of that announcement, thank you for your early support! And, if you’re a bassist or drummer, hang in there — products and interviews are in the works and should be online in time for our formal launch.

Apple MacBook Pro – Where’s the Firewire 800?

Another popular question among musicians these days regards the new flagship portables from Apple Computer that are conspicuously missing this interface, instead sporting the standard Firewire 400 port. If these laptops are supposed to be the creative users’ dream machines, or portable music studios on the road, how can our fast access to external hard drives be missing?

Scott Kahn—Editor in Chief,
    I am a huge fan and longtime user of Apple products, but speaking with their PR people about this issue was an exercise in futility. I’m not sure why they can’t just admit that this was an important feature that they overlooked. Their standard answer is twofold:

    A) You can purchase an adapter to connect your Firewire 800 devices to the Firewire 400 interface. (So much for the extra throughput you paid for when you bought the more expensive external hard drive with this interface!)

    B) You’ll be able to get an ExpressCard/34 Firewire 800 interface, but nobody makes these yet and we haven’t seen announcements of card availability.

Overall, adoption of Firewire 800 has been slow, most likely because Firewire 400 has outstanding throughput in the first place. But as we start placing higher demands on our recording devices to record multiple tracks of high-resolution audio concurrently, we’ll start hitting the limitations of Firewire 400. Of course, the PowerMac desktop systems have Firewire 800, and how much do we really need this kind of ability in a laptop?

Personally, while I was upset about this at first, after taking the time to think rationally, I realized that for those of us working with audio, it’s really not too important and it shouldn’t deter us from snapping up these amazing new portable studios. For those of you working with video (post engineers, soundtrack guys, etc.), maybe this is an issue. Let us know your thoughts in the editor’s forum.

Behringer’s “New for Old” Program

I just received a press release touting the popularity of Behringer’s “New for Old” program. If you own a product of theirs that fails while under warranty, they’ll send you a new one rather than make you wait to repair your existing one.

This is a great idea that we would love to see other manufacturers emulate if possible, but hey, what’s going to happen to the returned products after they’ve been repaired? Sold as B-stock or seconds? How much cheaper can they be priced? Some of their products are already dirt-cheap!

Who knows – maybe manufacturers could start selling b-stock products in emerging nations and third-world countries. Providing low-cost alternatives for people with limited financial means around the globe might help spread the joy of music. They could call the program MusicPlayers Around the World! Yes, that’s a joke. Or is it?

See you next month, along with lots of new visitors!


Scott Kahn—Editor in Chief,
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