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

Archives: January 2006

January 28, 2006

DIY guitar pedal helper...

by Chris Randall

This is a pretty cool idea. I've thought along similar lines since I started making my own pedals. It's a piece of wood, with a protoboard attached, and a piece of angle aluminum with various flavors of pots, plus a battery connector and I/O. See the whole project here. A good idea if you like to fool with the designs of various pedals.

January 27, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall

The above picture is the studio of one Ruediger Lorenz, c. 1996 or so. He's the one on the right; don't know who the other two fellows are, but that guy with the Hard Rock shirt on really needs some lunch or something. He's running the decks because he's too weak to pick up a 3.5mm patch cable, I think. Anyways, that gigantic modular synthesizer tricked out in the red and white is of his own design, featuring parts from several different manufacturers, all DIY'd in to a monolithic case.

He has a pretty stellar collection, in addition to that monster DIY project, including a PPG 300-series modular, a complete Roland System 100, a buncha Moog (for the obligatory Moog Cred), and the Boehm Soundlab pictured above. Another thing he has, and something I would dearly love to aquire myself, is a Roland CMU-810. If you have one of these (and please don't tell me about it unless you have the card, cable, and Apple ][+ software) I'll be more than happy to take it off your hands.

January 26, 2006


by Chris Randall

But my posting this week will be on the thin side, for three reasons.

1: Our label has a comp in the production queue that is just about out the door, and I still have a bit of work to do on it.

2: Dealing with this VST/UB nonsense. (One of our Intel Macs is here. First impressions: quite nice, actually. We'll have the other next week.)

3: My sister is visiting from Belgium, with my new niece that I've only met for the first time about an hour ago.

So my posts will be few and far between for the next four days. I'll have HCGPF tomorrow, of course, but you don't have to be refresh monkeys today.

January 25, 2006

Low parts-count DIY VCF...

by Chris Randall

If you're looking for a pretty easy DIY project, I just came across this low parts-count VCF that looks pretty promising, done using vactrols. Here's the page. Everything is pretty easy to get, and I bet it could be done on veroboard or something without too much drama. I may build one this weekend, provided I can tear myself away from the two-headed hydra of coding and trying to get this comp out the door.

January 24, 2006

Fuzzy Fun, Pt. 2...

by Chris Randall

Okay, after a quick go-round on the VSTGUI Dev list, I was able to get the VST2.4 version of FuzzPlus2 working on all OSX hosts that I have, as well. So help yourself, and do let me know if you experience a problem, as I'm slightly concerned about VST2.4 compatibility on OSX.

I'm gonna work on the AU version now. Hopefully I'll have it up tonight.

UPDATE: for those keeping score, I was able to sort out the MIDI issues on the Windows side, so we're all good with VST2.4 now. I'm getting scattered reports of a problem in Live 5 on the OSX side with the FuzzPlus2 VST, though. This bodes ill.

UPDATE 2: Man, I'm loving Steinberg today. I ended up pulling back to VST2.3, as I was getting lots of reports of problems, and I was able to duplicate the Live crash. So, the version that is currently up for download has the other changes, but it is built with VST2.3 instead of 2.4. I have hives. Big red hives. All over my face. The weird thing is that it works fine in Live 4. If I build it so it is "MacIntel ready" as Steinberg says, it works fine in Live 5. But hardly any other apps on the PPC version of OSX can use it then. This is some problematic shit.

So, what to do? Dunno. We'll get it sorted, I'm sure. If you grabbed the 2.4 one and it works, that's swell. I know the 2.3 one works in everything right now, so we'll stick with that. On the the Windows side, the 2.4 one seems to work in everything, so I'm leaving that up for the time being.


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