Apple TV Take 2 Woes

My Apple TV - now broken by Take 2

I like the update, I love the new features. Unfortunately, the update doesn’t seem to like my 40gig Apple TV.

Since upgrading, I get:

* Slow, sticky menus. Can’t whizz round like before. The selector sticks and then, often five minutes later, skips down.

* Glitchy playback. Every podcast or film I watch glitches at around the same time in (between 3 – 5 mins). Both video and audio stop. If I leave it stuck like that, after another five or more minutes, the audio starts playing and then, eventually, the video.

* Freezes / crashes. Just playing music or looking at photos, the slideshow will stop. Sometimes the screen goes black, sometimes stays stuck on an image.

Through all the above nastiness, my remote still seems to be received as the light on the front flashes. But nothing else happens.

So… I did a factory restore. Ended up back at 1.0

BUT… It was a joy. Back to whizzy menus and a stable OS.

I installed the update to Take 2 again, crossed my fingers and…

All the same problems!

So I’ve just now rolled back to 1.0 again.

I have a standard UK 40gig Apple TV, no mods, no hacking. I’m very disappointed that the update has now thrown me back to 1.0 since Take 2 absolutely doesn’t work on my Apple TV.

And what about the auto-update? Will I have to keep on doing a factory restore?


Logic Pro 8 Mini-review

Logic Pro 8

Yes, I bought the upgrade. Yes, I’m an idiot. Yes, Apple could quite easily get me to pay them money to slap me in the face with a fish. And then pay them to upgrade the damn fish.

Oh well… here’s the mini-review:

The good: much easier to use, especially for switchers. Shitloads of instruments, loops and all the first Jam Packs. This seemingly makes it a pretty essential upgrade, just to use it for Main Stage live. Yep, that’s what I thought…

The bad: hasn’t imported any of my previous templates, presets or sweated-over synth patches. Yah, I can solve that by sticking some aliases in wherever and moving stuff about but why should I have to? A pro app should do all the housekeeping for you. Bah!

The ugly: on my 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro with 2gigs or RAM, it can’t even play *four* tracks of software instruments without constant core audio overloads and glitches. No other apps open, no processor-sucking hidden processes (and using a blank template, not Logic’s hopelessly over-egged sample templates). Apparently, the core overloads are a “known issue.”

The same thing happens with Main Stage. Remember, I’ve got a standard Macbook Pro, no mods. I wouldn’t do a gig with Main Stage because it would glitch, it simply wouldn’t work. So, Apple have made my fifteen hundred quid computer less reliable and gigworthy than any thirty quid home keyboard. Casio 1, Apple 0.

Also, the latency is hideous using the built-in audio. It’s like playing a synth through a satellite link to Mars and back. But if you adjust the buffer size in the audio hardware profile – instant glitches, dropouts and horrendous buzzes. Great if you want everything you do to sound like an IDM remix, not so great otherwise. This terrible latency also affects Main Stage. *sigh* Just think of playing your fave hardware synth or piano, think of that responsiveness and joy of performance. Logic 8 delivers the opposite of that.

So… great sounds, polished interface, etc but it doesn’t actually work.

The cynic in me thinks it’s not a bug: they’re just making it more and more processor intensive to sell new gear. That’s what happens when the apps are made by a hardware manufacturer. And to think, I did all of my third album on a Titanium G4 Powerbook… But that was when Emagic still owned Logic, not Apple.

I shall install it on my G5 but I’m not too hopeful…