Tag Archives: vintage computers

Why you don’t need a new computer for producing music

One of the questions I get pretty often from people is, “what kind of computer should I get to start producing music?” My answer is, what kind of computer do you have? Use that. Or, look for one in the trash, or basically any computer you have lying around can be used to produce music.

I have several computers, but one computer I still have is a 2004 Apple iBook G4. I still use this computer often, and it is quite capable for making music. People seem to forget that making music on computers has actually been around for quite some time. Back in 2003 I was using a Pentium III windows XP computer running Cubase SE and had no issues producing music on this system. It was quite common to use PCs with only 512mb ram, or even 256mb!

For my iBook, I’m running Lubuntu on it at the moment. This allows me to run a recent version of Ardour, Seq24, Ecasound, and others. It’s a lot of fun to use and this computer was extremely well built.

So basically what I am trying to say is there’s no reason to go out and buy a new computer (if you already have one). Use what you have! The most important thing is to educate yourself on the art of electronic production!

Awesome old technology! VODER (1939) – Early Speech Synthesizer

Considered the first electrical speech synthesizer, VODER (Voice Operation DEmonstratoR) was developed by Homer Dudley at Bell Labs and demonstrated at both the 1939 New York World’s Fair and the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. Difficult to use and difficult to operate, VODER nonetheless paved the way for future machine-generated speech.

A friend of mine showed me this video on youtube and I had no idea speech synthesis was this old! Too cool not to share with my readers!

[PLAYLIST] The best music to ever grace a floppy disc! It’s 1990s Amiga game music!

To my younger readers who may not know, the Amiga Computer System was a very advanced computer at its time through the 1980s and early 90s. It was the machine of choice for gamers, musicians, and artists because of its great 4 channel 8 bit sound, full color graphics and huge software library, plus a passionate user base who created amazing music and games for the system.

Above is a fantastic compilation of some of the best music Amiga had to offer. Enjoy!