Corrections & clarifications: An earlier version of this report misstated Donny Osmond's age.
LOS ANGELES — Donny Osmond has been entertaining audiences since he was a kid, but did you know that off stage, he's a major tech geek who's designed computer systems for his live show? To find out more, we connected with Osmond to talk tech from his Las Vegas hotel room, via a Google Hangout video chat.
DONNY OSMOND APP
The entertainer, 56, recently released his first app — the Donny Osmond App (free; Apple, Android) — to plug his upcoming The Soundtrack of My Life album, his 60th, which will be released later this year. The app features two-minute samples of songs, along with behind-the-scenes stories about their selections.
"I just wish I had this back in the Puppy Love days." (Puppy was his first smash single, in 1972, when Osmond re-made the Paul Anka hit.)
"Just think of the promotional opportunities. Think of the contests, think of the amount of people you could stay in touch with. All over the world."
Osmond had been an iPhone guy but has switched to Android. He uses the Samsung Note 3, and recently bought Galaxy S5's for his wife and son, Don Jr.
For the Note, "I have to have the stylus" — the pen that comes with the phone. "I use it all the time for jotting down ideas and notes. I love the real estate of the screen and simplicity of the Android system."
When it comes to computers, Osmond has stuck with Apple. Our Google Hangout was connected via his MacBook Air from his Vegas hotel. He uses 5 Mac Mini computers to run the stage show he performs five nights a week with sister Marie at the Flamingo Hilton. The system — which he calls "Buford" — drives "all the video production and audio and lighting consoles. Basically, Buford runs the show."
Osmond built a remote booth in his Flamingo dressing room, where he recorded album vocals directly into the MacBook, using Apple Logic software. He then used file-sharing service Dropbox to send the files to his producer in England, which are now at a mixing house in New York.
Poweramp ($3.99, Android). A music player for Android. "That's what I've been listening to this whole album with." Osmond loves the "ease-ability" and how you can fade in and out to songs while you listen. "It's not really intuitive. You've got to live with this app for awhile. And once you get it, once you've got it, it's great."
TECH HE LUSTS AFTER
The next edition of the Note, which is expected to be released in the fall. "They can't come out with it soon enough. I can't wait to see the speed of the processor. I am drooling over this one right now."
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