Review of the Apple TV as an Audio Archiver, by TweakHeadz
Guitar | Bass | Keyboard | Microphones | Mixers | Audio Interfaces | Monitors | Sequencers | Soft Synths | Live Sound | Drums | Club  | Accessories | Blowouts
 SameDay Music   shop at zzounds!


Guide | Rigs | Forums | Reviews | Bookstore | Jukebox | BlogsSearch  |  Mobile  

Tweak's Guide
to Recording
Success

 

Introduction

For Noobs

MIDI Basics

Audio Basics

Studio Rigs

Studio Pics

Past Studios

Signal Flow

System Guide

Mac vs. PC

Audio Interfaces

Latency

Install Issues

Buy Gear 

Writing Music

Inspiration

Recorders

Keyboards

Controllers

CC Events

MIDI Routing

Mixers

Understanding your Mixer

Digital Mixers

Analog Mixers

Mixer Hookup

Control Surface

Microphones

Mic Preamps

Converters

Monitors

MIDI Modules

Effects

Sequencers

VST, AU, RTAS 

Soft Samplers

Soft Synths

Audio Plugins

Synth Prg Tips

MIDI to Audio

Cables

Impedance

Patchbays

Studio Setup

Room Acoustics

War on Hum

Quiet Room

Dual Monitors

DJ studio

Networking

16 vs 24 bit

Word Clock

Timecode

Build a DAW

Tracking

Record Vocal

Session Tips

Vocal Editing

AutoTune etc

Using EQ

Harmonizers

Guitar Tracks

Guitar Tone

Drum Tips

Drum Patterns

Hip Hop Beats

Cymbals

Sampling

Samplers

Compressors

Pan, Vol, FX

Mixing 101

Mix Methods

Mastering

Field Recorders

Archiving Songs

Make Money

Sound Dev Tips

Surround

Audio for Film

Podcasting

Publishing

Congratulations!

Final Exam

 

Reviews

Forums

JukeBox

Guitar Gallery

Store Links

Recording

Multitrack Recorders
Microphones
Mixers
Signal Processors
Monitors
Accessories
Studio Racks

Computer Music

Audio Interfaces
PCI
USB
Firewire
Computers
Software
Sequencers
Soft Synths/
Samplers
Plugins and FX
MIDI Interfaces
Control Surfaces
DSP Cards

 Keyboards

Keyboard Synths
Samplers
Keyboard Accessories
MIDI Modules
Groove Boxes
Sounds
Keyboard Controllers
Keyboard Amps
Expansion Boards

Guitars, Amps,
and Effects

Electric Guitars
Guitar Effects
Guitar Amps
Acoustic Guitars
Accessories
Classical Guitars
Folk

Drums

Electronic
Acoustic
Drum Machines
Drum Hardware
Cymbals
Accessories
Other Drums

Accessories

Cables
Bass Guitars,
Live Sound/PA
DJ

 

Review of the Apple TV as an Audio Archiver

 

A novel solution for managing your song catalog  

By Tweak

 


appletv

By now, everyone has heard of iTunes, the iPod and perhaps even the iPhone.  Opinions may vary on the value of these devices.  But there is one compelling reason to go with iTunes, which of course is available on PCs as well as on Apple Computers.  iTunes works with Apple TV, in a different room in your house,  connected, ideally, to a different sound system.  Hey, what do you mean "So What?"  Lets explore the potential of this technology for your home studio. Can this device, which is designed to sell you movie rentals, actually help the studio process?

 

 

By adding and Apple TV to your home, your whole iTunes song library, as well as videos, is accessible in your living room on your HDTV using the Apple TV remote.  (If you have an iPhone you can get an application that lets you use the phone as a full featured graphical remote).  I have a lot of songs.  During my last archive session where I converted all my old DATs, cassettes, and reel to reel masters to .wav and .mp3, I ended up with about 1300 unique songs. That's so many songs to keep track of.  Imagine, you want to hear something you did 9 years ago.  I used to have to go through stacks of CDs and Tapes to find it.  Then I'd realize it was not backed up and would start worrying about the fragile nature of the master.  

 

 

 I imported all the .MP3 versions to iTunes. (I could have put the .wav editions in there as well.)  Then I scanned the cover noter of the old tape with the track listing and used it as cover art for each song.  The result: By pressing one button on the Apple remote, I can browse through my entire song catalog, by year, by album, by my rating, by genre.  I get a big pic of the originally handwritten track listing on my HDTV and the sound comes out my big 3-way living room monitors, which sound completely different from my studio monitors.

The advantage is getting your mixes to translate to other systems.  When I am in my studio mixing away, all I have to do is make a bounce and import that to iTunes, sync it to the TV (takes seconds), then by the time I walk out there the song is ready to play.  My living room has many more acoustic problems than the studio does and if a mix can survive out there its a good sign. Plus i get to lay on the couch and think about what is working and what is not.  :)  

 

 

I cannot say enough good things about the Apple TV used in this capacity.  I used to have shelves and shelves of tapes, cds, and a database on my computer to keep up with all this work.  Now its on TV.  I can add songs to the database as soon as they come out of the oven in Logic.  In fact, I have it set so whenever I click the "add to iTunes" inside Logic, it will also go to the Apple TV.  Its also great when the band comes over. You can have them all sit in the living room, where they are less likely to knock over and break stuff, and you can pause, rewind fast forward to parts of the song.  You can jump through your band's song collection with ease, no changing cds, no waiting, every song in your library is accessible immediately.

 

 

Apple TV and iTunes

Browsing an old DAT tape on the Apple TV

 

How it works:

 

When you have an Apple TV, it connects over Wi-Fi (or Cat 5) to your internet router in your house.    It will automatically connect to your computer and will sync (either automatically or manually) to iTunes.  The Sync process is a copy process.  The Apple TV copies your whole iTunes Music library to its hard drive.  So in addition to being an archive of all your songs, you also get a great way to just listen to music. I have the Apple TV with the 160 GB hard drive.  Since I did not have WI-FI at my house I had to get an Airport Express.  I could have wired the Apple TV straight to the router, but Its nice to be able to move about the house with the iPhone and use it as a remote. For instance I just changed the song from a room 50 feet away with the iPhone.   

 

You can access the iTunes store from your TV if you want and buy stuff.  It will also end up on your main computer.  Finally, almost as an afterthought for me, you know Apple TV is a great interface for YouTube and tons of free audio and video podcasts. I was astonished by how much free stuff there is!  You can also buy series of TV programs and rent HD movies from iTunes if you ever get time for that.

 

To sum up, I can only say I have spent much more money on gear that did not bring as much enjoyment as the Apple TV has.

 

 

 

 

Go to the Next Class

Go to the Previous Class

 

 

 

Tweak's Book store

Tweak's Audio Pro Shop

 

 

 

More Mac Reviews by Tweak

 

Using a Mac pro as Your DAW
Using a G5 as your DAW
Using an Apple TV as an Audio Archiver
Audio Interfaces For your Mac
Is it Time to go Mac Yet?
MOTU 896MK3 Review
MOTU 828mk2 Review
History of Logic
Logic Studio 9 Review
Logic (Mackie) Control
Review iLife and GarageBand
iLife 6
Using SoundTrack Pro

 

Cool Quote:

Beauty is all very well at first sight, but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?

William Shakesphere

 

TweakHeadz Lab | Studio-Central | Audio-Pro-Central  Master INDEX  | Store Affiliations | Site Map | Support the Lab | Privacy Policy | 2010 TweakHeadz.com