Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Fear of Upgrading and Updating Your Computer

by Joanna Glass  g+1

Seeing this message is like having the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride towards you.

Yeah, I'm scared.

I've been getting that dreaded message above more frequently than I'd like. Especially, when you're feeling a groove from your music and there's a sudden halt of silence, that can really screw up your vibe. After constant adjusting and re-adjusting, I am coming to terms with the fact that I need to update or upgrade something about my computer.

Mind you, my little MacBook Pro has worked wonders over the years. But the word 'years' should have gave its antiquity away.

I'm in the middle producing my band's album and I cannot be bothered to buy a whole new laptop, where the OS will probably need updates every week, and research software to make sure everything will be compatible and BUY IT AGAIN. Not only is a laptop costly, but I'd probably need a new interface, software, VSTs that would set me back at least $4000 and take up a lot of time trying to instal and tweak everything to my specifications.

Not trying to be negative. I just finally feel like, apart from my CPU (or RAM?) poo-pooing, my workstation is stable. All my devices and software are updated with the latest drivers and I've got a pretty well-oiled machine. I am just loyal to my OS 10.6.8 and Pro Tools M-Powered 8.

I am really hoping that an upgrade to the RAM or CPU won't screw up my software. I really don't know much about computer hardware, so I hope people at the Apple Store or Reddit can help me.

Leave a comment below and let me know about any anxieties you may face while trying to fix your computer!

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