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MauriceK, caught between dev and drums » 2010 »

February 21, 2010

Jealous of the Finns

Category: Music — kaldor @ 5:53 pm

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However the Finns managed to get this band onboard, but I was fairly surprised to see this announcement:

Ziltoid the Omniscient is coming to the Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland

Indeed! Man, I could really imagine going there, though two weeks later it is time for the Dong Open Air again, which I am really looking forward to as well.

February 8, 2010

Ya Mei Ha

Category: General, Music — kaldor @ 9:53 pm

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Think it is too late by now to wish a Happy New Year to you all, right :)

Today I received my Yamaha N12 and after lots of issues with setting it up, I have to say it simply rocks.

But as Michael did describe his issues on his blog and I think this is a brilliant idea, I’ll do the same.

Though most machines tend to be 64bit these days, software companies still need to fill that gap. It is hard to find 64bit software in relation to audio producing, many companies rejected or a very long time to provide updates. Luckily it seems like times are changing due to the big user demand. Steinberg has a 64bit version of its Cubase 5 Studio per default (another thing I recently bought and which is awesome as well), Toontrack seems to recognize that their VST drum plugins should be 64bit as well and offers a beta version since a few weeks and finally Yamaha has a 64bit driver setup. This is where my troubles started.

Without going too much into detail, here’s the soluion and scenario how you can really get the firmware and the drivers installed successfully:

  1. Turn off the N12 and connect the firewire cable to your machine
  2. Install the update available from the yamaha website (Tools for n Version2)
  3. Install the IEEE1394_Firmware Updater v1.07
  4. Press Prev and Click Remote On buttons while turning on the N12
  5. Install the N12 Firmware Updater v1.03 (NOTE THAT THESE ARE DIFFERENT THINGS!)

Be happy. For internet redundany reasons here is a picture provided by a guy(wiseg) on this forum:

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That’s it. From now on you can start using it. Being a software engineer myself and getting tired of people not reading the documentation properly sometimes, I have to say, that it took me hours to figure the correct order and items to install.

However, expect some updates of the recordings of my band Tokks Voitto soon.

Update: New drivers available, check here