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Audio Enters the MIDI Picture
After Pretty Hate Machine took off, Reznor moved into recording audio tracks on his computer, a step that required a tad more hard-drive space than his previous all-MIDI arrangements had. The album took off and I got some money for a change, revels Reznor. That was right when sequencers started to able to record audio. It was a big turning point in how I wrote music.
Following PHM, Reznor added four channels of digital audio to his MIDI arrangements for Broken. I switched mid-project from Digital Performer to StudioVision just so I could add in those audio tracks.
Reznors use of StudioVision continued through The Downward Spiral, And by the time he started working on The Fragile, he was completely settled into the program.
Chaos Strikes The Fragile
Then, like Murphys Law would have it, StudioVision failed him right in the middle of The Fragile. This resulted in a creative nightmare for Reznor. As we added channels, which it claimed it could do, it just got too bogged down and stopped working, he says.
When sequencers started to be able to record audio, was a big turning point in how I wrote music, says Reznor.
Hes Out of Control
The bad thing is that I got lazy, and now I dont know how to work the sequencer that were using, Reznor confides. So I really feel like my hands are tied. And thats not a very nice place to be, especially for the man who coined the phrase Id rather die than give you control. But fortunately for Reznor, Digidesign released a new MIDI-ready version of Pro Tools, and his hope is restored, post-Opcode.
Now that Pro Tools 5 can deal with MIDI primitively, it feels more like Im working on a Mac again, he explains. Although there are some things you cant do in Pro Tools 5, it handles audio great so Im making myself use it for the new stuff were working on now.
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