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  1. My favourite iPad apps for kids

    iPad pro with free kids’ apps
    Unless you live on the moon, before very long your kids are going to be hassling you for an iPad – or God forbid, your iPad. It’s only natural that peer pressure is going to kick in, and besides, they see us adults all doing it – often more than we should.
  2. How to keep your iPad safe

    iPad pro splash screen
    I’ve had iPads for over a decade now, and I entrust them with more and more personal data as the years go by. Each iOS update and iPad upgrade has brought increasing functionality. The oohs and aahs of ‘look what this can do now!’ with every advance very quickly subside into just taking my digital best mate for granted in no time flat. But what if something 'happens' to it?
  3. The best educational apps for iPad 2021

    iPad pro displaying educational apps
    Aside from the obvious tragic dark sides of the Covid 19 pandemic, there have been some cultural gains from us being forced to slow down the pace a little and rely on our own resources. We’ve discovered the green spaces that we’ve been living next to for years, got to know our neighbours a bit better and have been forced to reacquaint ourselves with the positive aspects of our immediate communities. In amongst the undoubted isolation and loneliness, many people have also learned new skills – helped by our new best buddies, computers.
  4. Essential Mac apps for summer breaks

    Apple MacBook Pro with picture of Balos, Crete
    After seemingly endless lockdowns, many of us will have forgotten how to go on holiday. Many of us have spent the last year glued to screens, in endless Zoom meetings, so it’ll be tempting to leave tech behind for a bit - almost spot on…..but don't leave all of your tech behind.
  5. The best personal finance apps for Mac and iPad

    Apple iMac 27” running Logic Pro 10.6.2
    We’re all now long used to banking, paying bills and shopping online, but the last few years have seen an explosion of apps for managing, consolidating and synchronising our financial information on our iPads, iPhones and desktops. My MacBook Pro is perfectly capable of flying me to the moon, but recently I’ve been using it to budget and manage my finances way more effectively than I’ve been able to before. I’ve switched over to a bank that has no front door (or any doors, for that matter), and it works really well for me. No supercilious bank manager to patronise me, either. A major plus.
  6. My top 10 audio fx plugins for MacOS

    Apple iMac 27” running Logic Pro 10.6.2
    No. Simples. There are thousands of products out there, from freeware through donationware to paid for (modestly priced to eyewatering!), not to mention the generous bundles of plug ins that come with your DAW of choice. The options available can be downright bewildering. There is no definitive top 10, so this is merely my top ten go to plug ins. I’m sorry that I’ve left so many favourites out, but who wants to read a Top 100?
  7. Audio Plugins overview

    Apple iMac 27” running Logic Pro 10.6.2
    I realise that I’m probably stating the obvious here, but aside from microphones instruments and cables, the basic tool that you’ll need to record and manipulate audio in the modern age is a computer. So which computer platform should you choose, Windows or Apple?
  8. Top 10 MacOS audio recording apps

    MacBook Pro running Logic Pro 10.6.2
    If you’re just starting your journey into the world of audio on a Mac, the plethora of mysterious terms and acronyms can be bewildering – they can almost appear designed to be exclude the beginner. I’m assuming that if you’re reading this, you’re likely to be a newcomer to digital audio, so I’ll start with the broad view.
  9. Must have MacBook and MacBook Pro accessories

    Apple MacBook Air 13" A1932 Late-2018 i5-8210Y 1.6GHz 8GB RAM 128GB SSD Space Gray
    As a professional musician, I’ve spent a huge chunk of my working life on the road touring. I’m in my late 50s, so remember (or sort of remember) the time before mobile phones. A tour managers nightmare. Think herding cats - one tour manager I worked with even used to round us up at airports with a megaphone. Rock n roll.
  10. Reasons to buy a refurbished iMac 27” in 2021

    Apple iMac A2115 27" 2019 5K 3.6GHz i9-9900k 8 Core
    To the sound of virtual trumpets, Apple released their new flagship iMac 24” for pre-order on April 30th 2021. It comes with the new (much vaunted) M1 chip. It looks to have many welcome improvements all around – aside from the all new chip, new design and fruity colours. I won’t go into the details here - you can find all that elsewhere should you wish (and it isn’t the point of this blog!). It is undoubtedly a gorgeous, superfast machine, and the 27” (and rumoured 32” models) will undoubtedly follow soon. Happy days.