Why I want SONAR (or How I want to Spend My Summer Vacation)
by, 05-13-2010 at 11:21 AM (686 Views)
OK. So in the past I have mentioned my long time buddy, Dale Ong. Dale and I met in 1978 when I managed a local music retail store after I got out of college. We had both been students of the mighty Moog synthesizer, the one with the patch cords all over the place. Back then we each had an EML synthesizer at home; Dale's was an EML 101 (an ARP 2600 type) and I had an EML SynKey which used computer punch cards to hold programs, as well as a borrowed ARP 2600. Real high tech, eh?
Anyway, we both went our seperate ways. I went on the road mixing sound, Dale went to North Carolina to work for Bob Moog (aka Big Briar Music) as his technician. Back then, MIDI was just being introduced and we'd talk shop at the Atlant NAAM shows. Dale would keep me posted as to the various custom projects he and Bob were working on for groups like Asia and King Crimson, as well as for some manufacturers at that time like Kurzweil and CMI.
Eventually, Dale and his new family moved back to Jacksonville and we started to play some music together again. My main instrument has been the guitar, his is the keys.
I had gotten into working as an engineer at a couple of local studios, Dale was taking the PC route with software that he'd written using Turbo Pascal. When Cakewalk came out with the original Sonar, Dale was chomping at the bit, and he really took to it immediately. We both expanded our studio rigs over the years, with me going the hardware route, Dale went with PCs all over the place.
Recently Dale moved his family to the mountains of West Virginia, and took the Sonar rig with him. Now I want to work with him on some projects from here in Florida. I am getting into using a GK-2-equipped Carvin guitar with a Roland GR-33 guitar synth system. If I got the SONAR platform, swapping files and programs with him would be a real boon. Then I could spend this summer's spare time learning yet another tool in this
wild and crazy business!