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The end of the year

As we expected, it’s nearly the end of this year which is a great opportunity for celebrating, reflecting and madly rushing the remaining mixes to be ready for the insane deadline.

Of course all my previous planning and swearing has gone out of the window, I couldn’t post more as I wanted, and I could hardly manage my schedule to remain sane during certain periods.

So, this year I won’t make any promises. Although now I have more than 50 article idea and draft that I consider interesting even to you. These are sitting there besides the many more spark ideas and shorter posts. The only thing I promise is that I’ll really try hard to post more, even if sometimes this means shorter length articles. Sometimes maybe even a photo with some explanation. Originally I planned to keep a post per week pace. I’ll try to make this happen, but no promise.

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed the articles posted here, there will be much more and even more interesting ones coming soon. Till then, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas

First of all I want to thank you all for the support and suggestions. I really truly appreciate it.

A few words about the future

I’ve got many plans. All the little series will continue to go on in the new year and I also plan to post even more sound design related articles and techniques and hopefully much more interesting free sounds as well. Regardless of Avid’s attitude I still love and use Pro Tools every day, so the tips won’t stop coming.

Of course if you have any idea/suggestion/criticism, feel free to tell me.

Few days ago I wrote this on twitter:

It seems that a big change is ahead of me…

Now the big change is here. I officially resigned from my position at the Hungarian National Theatre at Szeged and accepted a job offer at the Palace of Arts at Budapest as a post production engineer. Exiting times!

I had been working at the theatre for more than 14 years so this is inevitably a huge change for me, but I’m really looking forward to work on the upcoming projects. As now I have enormous amount of things to sort out, probably this is the last post for this year, although I’ll try to do at least a quick tip if possible.

And the most important thing is:

I wish everyone of my reader and and every sound obsessed person in the world a Merry Christmas and a really Happy New Year!

Stay tuned, I’ll do my best to post interesting things here!

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The big switch to Lion part 1

I’m in the middle of the big transition. When Apple released the new twice-as-amazing operating system (Lion), I scanned through the new features list, and frankly didn’t find much cause to rush the upgrade. But now, as I have new machines (came with Lion preinstalled) and Pro Tools is fully Lion compatible, I have no more reason for procrastinate the inevitable. While I love having the newest and the best, regarding to working environment I’m kinda old school guy. I only upgrade if it is absolutely necessary, or if the new version have some really special feature.

The reason for the upgrade in my case now is obviously the newcomers with the preinstalled ‘bigcat’ operating system. At first, I decided to trust the marketing and give the migration assistant a try. I was prepared to have some hiccups, but I wasn’t prepared for what happened. In one word: chaos! As I had a little free time, first I’ve tried to transfer all my apps and account to the new machine. The migration assistant miserably failed. I have one or two apps that are not Lion compatible yet, but the rest of the apps are absolutely compatible with the new os. But migration assistant failed to properly transfer at least 80% of my apps. The apps were there, but didn’t launch. This was the first nasty surprise, but the rest was even worse than this. My account was totally screwed up. Only two things were right: the password and the photo of the login screen. Nothing else. Missing files, missing settings, bad privileges, etc. So in the first few hours I was forced to try the reinstall (hold command+r while booting up). I was not happy as you might imagine. Migration assistant is a great thing if the only thing you have is a few mail accounts, maybe an iPhoto library and a few documents, but as soon as you have many apps, customized settings, it fails. At least this is my experience.

I wasn’t against the fresh install at the first place, but many of my friends suggested the migration assistant app. Lion installation went smooth, and as I have full bootable system backups, I thought the important things can be copied easily. To be honest, I recommend this method to everyone. Do NOT use the built-in assistant, use your backup, and transfer the things you need in the new os. It takes longer, but you can decide what really happens, and once you select and copy the data, you are almost done. Now, the harder part is the software installation process. Many apps, many plugins, authorizations, serials, drivers, etc. After a few hours, I’m ready about 85% of my installs. The most important things are already up and running, but I don’t underestimate the work remained in that 25%. So far so good, everything is smooth and fast, but when I’m going to finish the whole process, will report back with more concrete results and experiences.

 

Most importantly, I wish everyone a happy new year!

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