Apple tracks the making of a CD from a rock legend
By Jim Dalrymple
MacworldMAY 12, 2002 5:00 pm PDT
Apple has profiled many celebrities on its Web site over the years, documenting how they have used Mac products to make commercials, movies, television programs and music. Beginning this week, Apple will take this practice a step further — for the first time Apple will track the making of a CD from start to finish.
Available on Apple’s Creative Web site today is the first in a series of articles
documenting the making of Jon Anderson’s latest CD. While many may not recognize Jon’s name by itself, you will definitely recognize his voice as the lead singer from super-group Yes.
Apple went to Jon’s home studio where he’s making the solo CD. Jon is playing all of the instruments himself and using Mac equipment to make it all happen. In his studio are a dual 1GHz Power Mac G4 with SuperDrive, an Apple Cinema Display and lots of goodies from Digidesign, including Pro Tools|HD 2, the new 192 I/O, Digidesign1/4s 24-Bit/192 KHz multi-channel audio interface, and a DigiDrive FireWire 80GB hard drive.
“The great Apple and Digidesign equipment I’m using affords me the opportunity to have a perfectly good studio at home, capable of producing truly professional quality work,” said Anderson. “Plus, a home studio is much more cost efficient than a regular recording studio, and I get the same high quality, pro results.”
Apple will document the progress of the CD from now until November. There is a video posted to the Apple Web site of Jon singing a song and other behind the scenes footage will follow in the coming weeks.
“I want to show how even a 10 year-old can pick up a guitar and feel empowered to create music,” said Anderson. “No one should feel they need years of instruction to create music. What I’m doing here is like a blueprint: we’re going to show that without too much musical knowledge, anyone can go out and create music.”