(During a semi successful time machine experiment, I traveled back to the ’80s. Apparently I wrote this Craig’s List while I was there, because I just found the text today on a Mac 3.5" floppy disk when I was cleaning up.)
1 There are tons of computer options for music. Atari, Mac, Amiga, PC, Yamaha’s CX5M, and if you’re on a budget, even the Commodore-64 or Timex Sinclair 1000 will do the job. So don’t worry! You’re never going to be forced to choose solely between a boring PC or an overpriced Mac.
2Zero problems. Strings break, pianos always go out of tune, tape stretches, recorders need biasing—ugh. But computers are digital so they run on tidy little ones and zeroes, not prissy analog circuitry. Forget about maintenance: Boot your computer, open your program, and start recording—nothing can go wrong!
3Software will cost next to nothing. Today’s unbreakable copy-protection schemes will put a stop to the digital copying that plagued the early days of computers. Because software developers will be paid fairly for their efforts, they’ll be able to keep prices waaaay down and make your wallet happy happy happy.
4Computers are great investments.Computers are extremely reliable, so when you buy a computer and software, they’ll keep doing what they do—just like a guitar. Ten years from now, you’ll still be able to run your favorite software on your favorite computer. Talk about value!
5 Computers are not dictators. We’re not talking about HAL— computers won’t change your drummer’s timing, re-tune your vocals into something weird and soulless, repeat the same sections of music over and over and over again, or kill your dynamics. Computers are your faithful servants, and will do exactly what you tell them to do. Hmmm . . . well actually, that could be a problem.