Pharrell a PC? For real?

Pharrell Williams has aligned himself with the PC movement for a while now.  First he joined ranks with HP in its “The Computer is Personal Again” campaign.  Then more recently, he’s signed on to the latest Microsoft endeavor to reclaim personal computing.  In several of the ads, Pharrell announces he’s a PC, like BG.

In the wake of news that Microsoft used Mac computers to create the “I’m a PC” ads, we wondered if Pharrell, known more for his music production at the moment than his design acumen as head of Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream, and N.E.R.D. really relied on PC’s to create the songs that have made them so popular.  Pro Tools, after all, does seem to be the platform of choice among young musicians and Macs have gained in popularity because of their ease of use in the music, film and design fields.

Granted, Pro Tools can run on PC’s, but most who choose to use the program seem to do so on Macs.  But then again, what do we know?  Absolutely nothing.  BUT, check out the gear specs N.E.R.D. apparently used to record their latest release Seeing Sounds, according to Remix Mag:

Computer, DAW/recording software, interfaces
Apogee Rosetta 800 AD/DA converter
Apple Power Mac Dual 1.8 GHz G5 with Cinema Display
Digidesign 96i interface, 192 I/O interface, Pro Tools|HD 3 Accel, SYNC I/O

Consoles
Digidesign Pro Control, 24 channels with Edit Pack
SSL 4000 G, 9000 J

Synths, instruments
Access Virus TI
E-mu Systems E4XT, Emulator
II, Emulator III and Emax
Korg 01/W Workstation, Triton Extreme, Triton Pro and TR-Rack
Oberheim Xpander
Roland Juno-106, JV-1080, JV-2080 and XV-5080s (with expansion cards)
Yamaha Motif Rack
Drums, buckets

Plug-ins
Line 6 Echo Farm, Amp Farm
Plug-ins from Bomb Factory, Metric Halo, Sans Amp, Sony, Waves

Microphones
AKG C 12 VR, C 414 and D 112
Neumann U 47 fet, KM 84
Sennheiser E609
Shure SM57, SM58 and SM81
Sony C800G

Preamps
Avalon Vt-737sp “Baby Face Mod”
Focusrite ISA 430
John Hardy Company M-1
Neve 1073s and 1081s
Purple Audio Biz
Shadow Hills Gamma
Summit Audio TPA-200B tube preamp

Compressors, EQs
(2) dbx 160s compressor
GML 8200 Parametric EQ
Pultec EQP-1 EQ
(2) Teletronix LA-2A compressor
Tube-Tech CL 1B compressor
(2) Urei 1176 compressor

Drum machines
Linn Electronics LinnDrum, Linn 9000
Roland TR-808, TR-909

Monitors
Bryston 4B power amps
Genelec 1031s, 1037s, 7070 subwoofer
KRK 9000Bs
ProAc Studio 100s
Yamaha NS10s

What’s that?  Second from the top?  It’s a Mac, not a PC.  Of course we’re Seeing Sounds (the album’s good) but are we seeing thangs?  Unless Dell’s gone into manufacturing condenser mics and MPC’s it doesn’t look like there’s anything exclusively PC on that list. Even the Neptune’s language isn’t even Politically Correct.  About the tone of the album, Chad Hugo says:

Seeing Sounds is in the spirit of hip-hop, and it resides in the classic rock/funk era. Seeing Sounds is dance music, driving fast music. It’s pounding chicks music; it’s getting high music.”

Pharrell’s a personal computer?  We’d believe that if you told us he’s a machine made by a futuristic human race that was sent back in time to get John Connor laid.  But Pharrell and N.E.R.D. using anything other than Pro Tools on a Mac to make such sonically delicious albums?  Olafur, you lying son.  Pharrell, you gotta be a Mac.  For real.

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