Friday, October 15, 2010

On principles of operating environment but also generally in life

This is my Ibanez guitar

I hook it up with iPad AmpliTube application via this little adapter. Played with it and had lots of fun. But then... there is desktop AmpliTube 3 application which is so much more powerful than iPad application. So I decided to give it a try. And this is where I got shocked. Seriously

My Windows machine is Sony Vaio FW31ZJ with 4 GB of RAM and Core2Duo T9550 2.66GHz. Not top-notch turbo kung-fu machine, but still pretty decent. Runs 64-bit Windows 7, Experience Index = 5.0.

In desktop AmpliTube 3 I had like 1s delay - I would play the string (chord) and I would hear the sound over the speakers/headphones like 1 second later. Impossible to play... I did not have this delay with iPad, so I played with Windows controls, played with AmpliTube settings (like buffer size, etc) but was unable to get decent sound without delay... My friend has a Mac and he also uses AmpliTube so I called for help, yet he has no delay at all! So I reinstalled AmpliTube, played with it, fiddled with all the knobs and settings of both application and Windows OS and still got nowhere. I Googled and no help there either...

So for now I gave up on Windows version of AmpliTube but started thinking. If I can not get decent sound on good hardware but can play nice on much less powerful iPad - where is the catch? I see two options:
- Mac OS really is this much better than Windows OS, or
- Windows AmpliTube app really sucks
I Googled again and people did not get so much problems with Windows AmpliTube. So WTF? There is several GB of apps I collected over these all years that say conversion to OSX is a no-no. I hate the UI and general approach that this is Steve Jobs' world, I just happen to live in it. My notebook was scheduled for Windows re-installation this weekend anyway - I will retry AmpliTube on brand new, fresh W7 installation and let you know...

But is it possible that I was wrong all these years, that OSX is the way to go? I have always believed it's all potato-potata, purely personal preference: I like pears you like oranges. But is it possible that I am wrong?

4 comments:

yacoob said...

As a switcheroo from Linux to OSX (gasp!) that used to flame a lot on pcoa, I've learned that (surprise, surprise) operating system is just a tool. And as such, shouldn't be chosen with prejudice or unrelated requirements. I'm using OSX as my home desktop and so far, I'm quite happy. The default interface is more or less coherent, but there's enough of good old Unix under the hood to make me happy. Then again, I might not be the best example, as for majority time I only need a terminal and a browser to be happy :) Anyway, if you have any questions, you know my email address.

November said...

As you can read in my post - I just had issue with one application. I do not want to switch, I like my Windows. But there is this sound aspect that did manage to cast a shadow of a doubt on the environment I use ;-(

yacoob said...

I'd say, that's just life. All software sucks. Concentrate your efforts on finding the combination that sucks less :)

November said...

True, true...

And I just wanted to avoid spending gazillion dollars on real guitar amp and FXes... or spending more $$$ on MacBookPro.

OTOH, jak to mówią u nas: Tanie mięso jedzą psy...