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Old 10-16-2002, 09:49 AM
Ainitcool Ainitcool is offline
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Default HELP ME!!!! i\'m a struggling college student!

So, here's the deal. I need to do a research paper for my computer science class. They didn't give us a specific subject, they just said it had to be computer related. So being the music technology nut that I am, I decided on the history of Digidesign and Pro Tools. Unfortunately, I can't find anything on their history. Can anyone help?
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Old 10-16-2002, 10:04 AM
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One of the most valuable things you learn in college is how to find information:

From the about page of this site.
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Old 10-16-2002, 11:34 AM
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Don't underestimate your ability to gain access to real people. Call up the company. Talk to Public Relations, Corporate, etc. Find out who runs the company and request an interview (can be by phone). Company presidents love to talk about themselves, their contributions, innovations, etc. Jot down everything, especially names of other people. Find out where they are, call them and talk to them. Then talk to leaders of related companies (some used to work at Digidesign) and music retailers. Play journalist. Also, call up famous studios and speak to "power users" about how Pro Tools changed the industry and their own lives. Talk about (or talk to) Charles Dye who recorded the first #1 record entirely on Pro Tools (Ricky Martin), I believe.

Begin by giving a brief overview of the initial attempts at computer music, Max Matthews, Bell Labs, Columbia U, etc.; add a paragraph or two about the synclavier (look kiddies -- it used to cost a million dollars, now it only costs whatever), and then launch into Protools. Finally, position Protools with respect to its native (vs. host-based) competition, and the promise of cheaper, more powerful systems, and the question mark hovering over the future of the system like a dAmOcles sword -- will ProTools become the next synclavier, or is there an inherent advantage to host-based systems that transcends the rapacious march of technology?

In other words, to understand ProTools, it needs to be put in context.

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Old 10-16-2002, 11:47 AM
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Wow man. PDupre, I already checked the about page. Didn't supply anywhere near enough info for a 5 page paper. But Matt, you are the man. Thank you very much.
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Old 10-17-2002, 12:11 AM
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Do a search for Van Halen.
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Old 10-17-2002, 12:16 AM
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One better .........How about the "Osbornes" ? ^_^ [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
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Old 10-18-2002, 02:00 PM
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Before Pro Tools there was Deck by OSC. Deck gave you four channel mixing using Digi's two channel cards. I understand that the software team at Deck was hired to write Pro Tools. Deck was purchased by Macromedia, then sold to Bias, who owns it now.

That's all ancient history now. Good luck finding more information.
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Old 10-18-2002, 02:33 PM
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If that doesn't pan out.. you may get more mileage covering Michael Gerzon and his contributions to digital audio.

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Old 10-19-2002, 01:14 AM
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MattiMattMatt,
Well done ! However (please take no offense) I think that should be a "Damocles" sword... We don't want the guy to turn in a paper with a mistake in there, do we ?
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Old 10-19-2002, 02:47 PM
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Ainitcool:

Thanks. Somewhere in my shady past, I spent a little time in academia's hallowed halls myself, and figured out the game of "how to get an A." Good luck.

Rail:

I agree. IMO, Michael Gerzon is the biggest audio genius in the second half of the 20th century (1st half = Blumlein, IMO). Shortly before Gerzon died, he and I began discussing a piece of equipment that I was interested in, and now own (Soundfield Mic System). We began chatting about it on an internet forum like this one. I didn't realize it initially but, as another guy on the forum quietly informed me (rick chinn), Gerzon knew what he was talking about since he was the guy who had invented it! The moral of the story: 1) Michael Gerzon was an audio god, and 2) You never know who you may meet on the internet.

Barnabas:

I was one of Deck's earliest customers, and used it on an 840av (I became friends with some of those guys and made wacky contributions to the "Audio Anarchist," their wacky newspaper). I'm not completely sure about this, but I believe that Deck may have been the first DAW that could run natively on a mac, w/o third-party hardware.

Paul:

You're absolutely right! If truth be told, I am a consistently "creative" speller, and with embarrassingly more common words than "Damocles." MS Word's spell checker is the piece of software that has probably changed my life the most.

Peace, Love, and Soultrain,

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