Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.
 

Archives: January 2006


January 5, 2006

t00by goodness...

by Chris Randall
 
 




From the creator of the Pinky mannequin synth comes the Incubator tube synth, with two VCOs, two VCFs, a beam modulator, wave clipper and VCA. There are two different VCO designs, and lots of sound samples.

 
January 5, 2006

Chandler / Abby Road EMI limiter plug...

by Chris Randall
 



The EMI Limiter plug-in I mentioned back in October is now available to demo from the Chandler site. Currently TDM and RTAS only (bleck) and iLok is required (doubleplusbleck). AU and VST are in the pipeline, and should be available shortly. With any luck at all (not) we'll not need a fucking DigiDongle, the world's most useless copy protection, for the AU/VST. $600 for TDM and $400 for RTAS.

 
January 4, 2006

Things You Don't Want To Hear Your Bandmates Say On Stage...

by Chris Randall
 

I was just listening to "Shadows In The Rain" off of Sting's Dream Of The Blue Turtles album (yeah, whatever. Sue me.) and the beginning where Darryl Jones goes "what key is this in?" always cracks me up, especially when I hear Sting go "ohhhhh," because I know the feeling. I've played a couple thousand shows, and I thought it would be interesting to compile a list of the top things you _don't_ want to hear on stage when you're the leader of a band.


1. From the drummer: "How does this song start again?" SMG had a rotating roster of drummers, and we got short-shrifted once by a guy that rehearsed well, but didn't do so hot on stage. SMG songs were, for the most part, straight-ahead rock numbers. One, and only one, was in triplets. So I'm announcing the song, and I hear him behind me asking the guitarist how the song starts. I don't think much of it, but I count off, and he starts it in straight time. So I stop the song, turn around to him and say "hey, this is in trips!" I count it off again, and he starts it in straight time _again._ So we repeat the above. I count again, and he starts in straight time a third time. I turn around, grab his cymbals and go "stop, motherfucker! TRIPS! You know. 123 123!" He was fired shortly thereafter.


2. From the guitarist: "How does this song start again?" See above.


3. From anybody but the drummer: "What key is this in?" The worst is when you're already playing it, and you can tell something is wrong, but you're not sure what. All of the sudden, a solo section comes up, and it's blindingly obvious that someone is playing a half-step off. I hate that.


4. From anybody but especially the drummer: "Dude, I'm soooo fucked up!" This is a hard thing to hear about the third song in, because you know the rest of the set is gonna be a trainwreck, and there's nothing you can do about it. I've had a long-standing policy that someone that gets fucked up before a show won't be playing the next show. I can play every instrument but drums well enough to pull off a set, so I don't have any problem shitcanning someone for unprofessionalism.


5. From anybody, in the middle of a song: "What the fuck?" Or alternately, "dude, my shit is fucked up!" 99% of the time, this is from the guitarist, and is a result of a pedal malfunctioning, and usually this is because he didn't change the battery. You'd think they'd learn.


6. The worst thing of all doesn't come from on-stage, though. Rather, you're playing what you thing is a really good set, and you look up, and you see the soundman with a look of panic on his face as he stares at the console, and his arms outstretched, palms up, in the universal "what the fuck?" gesture. There are few things that can take the wind out of your sails like that.


 
January 4, 2006

Sphere graphic equalizer...

by Chris Randall
 
 



In keeping with our sudden fascination with all things Quad Eight-related, here's an interesting item. Helsing Audio has parted out a Sphere Eclipse console, and is selling the excellent 920 graphic EQ cartridges as racked pairs. This thread on Gearslutz tells all about 'em, but the important number is this: $1750 a throw.


The quantities for these are, by necessity, quite limited, and you're unlikely to even come across any Sphere cartridges for sale to rack yourself. I've never seen any for sale anywhere. Sphere consoles are definitely part of the Pantheon, and easily as good as API/Neve/whatever, just not near as common. Worth checking in to if you have the flow.


 
January 3, 2006

Codin', codin', codin', keep those doggies codin'...

by Chris Randall
 

Sorry my entries have been less than ubiquitous the last couple days, but I got my teeth in to a really interesting plug-in concept, and have been obsessing over it. The net result being a new Audio Damage product that will come down the pike shortly. I'll make some postings later today, as I wind up the VST portion of the program.
 

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