Yeah, old news, I know. Bear with me. Or not. Whatever.
I had a great discussion today with a friend in the MI business about Ohm Studio and the following came flying out of my mouth unexpectedly:
The collaboration is cool and all, but what I’m really excited about is the cloud-based versioning and implicit backup. I mean, can you imagine writing software without version control? But what is making recorded music if not creating software? If you skew your perspective a bit and look at a DAW as an IDE, then compare it to best-of-breed IDEs you see some obvious missing features we should’ve had for years. The sort of things no self-respecting software developer in the world would work without.
(Is it appropriate to blockquote yourself? Fuck it.)
I didn’t know I thought any of this, but I certainly agree with my self, or my id, or subconscious, or Plato’s ninety-nine-cent-perfect-idea-store, or wherever the hell this sudden insight came from. As an aside, I could write a whole book on how valuable it is to have conversations with really, really bright people as often as possible. It’s not just what they tell you, it’s how you think when you’re engaged with someone ridiculously smarter than you are. It’s the intellectual equivalent of the advice to never be the best player in the band.
In any case, centralized version control and backup is a great start to getting recording engineers/musicians the same tools software engineers have had for ages. I applaud the OhmBoyz innovation on this front. Here’s hoping that the established DAW manufacturers will ape the shit out of it like they did with Tracktion’s ‘Freeze’ feature back in the day.