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

Archives: January 2006


January 23, 2006

Big mixer, small footprint...

by Chris Randall
 



This is kind of an interesting concept in mixers I came across today. It's the Blue328 from Renegade Labs. It's a full 32-input 8-bus mixer in a package that is 12" on a side. The name makes me think of the Digital328 from Soundcraft, the most expensive boat anchor I've ever bought. (I could easily come up with 328 reasons to never, ever give Soundcraft another dime.) But that aside, this actually looks pretty fly. There are three card slots, and each one takes 8 channels of AES, AES SRC, SDI, or a four-channel analog card. A three-band parametric and dynamics for each channel, and presto.


I think it is primarily intended for NLE suites and the like, so there's a dearth of normal features you'd see on a music production console, e.g. sends, inserts, etc., but if space is at a premium, and you just need to sum a bunch of inputs (like, for instance, a wall of modular gear) this might be the business for you. I couldn't find a price for it, which leads me to believe that "your left nut" is the going rate. Something to consider, though.


 
January 23, 2006

Fuzzy Fun...

by Chris Randall
 



As I mentioned in my previous post on the subject, the VST2.4 SDK was released on Friday, which caused us some consternation. I spent the weekend working with it to see what was what, and some bad news results. Here's what I learned:


1) There is apparently a bug in Nuendo/Cubase, where plugins built with the 2.4 kit that have MIDI input (which is basically all our plugs) can't advertise their inputs. This still works in most every other host, but Cubase/Nuendo can't see 'em.


2) On the OSX side, if you build a VST using the 2.4 kit, its GUI doesn't work in anything but new Universal Binary hosts. There is only one of these right now, VSTLord, which was ironically created by one of the Steinberg engineers.


So, VST2.4 is out right now on OSX, or with any Windows plug that needs MIDI. I've updated our FuzzPlus2 plug to 2.4 (and fixed a couple bugs in the process) so you can go grab it if you'd like, and see how your host does with the 2.4 kit. It works fine in everything I've tried it in, but then again, it doesn't need MIDI.


So, a minor change to my statement on Friday. We'll begin work on Universal Binaries on Tuesday, but we won't be updating our plugs to VST2.4 until Steinberg fixes the two bugs above.


 
January 22, 2006

Some off-season modular porn...

by Chris Randall
 
 



Holy bujeezus. Check this thread on Vintage Synth.org for the full-size of this collection, which belongs to some California bloke, nom de plume of "dougt." Talk about a patching frenzy. Tip o' the porn-hat to rasmus_nyaker, who thoughtfully sent the link my way.

 
January 22, 2006

Early Moog demo record...

by Chris Randall
 
 



Persuant to a conversation taking place on the Analog Heaven mailing list, Henry Birdseye put up an MP3 of an early Moog demo record that was shipped out with liturature c. 1963. It's pretty corny, and certainly good for some laughs. The music is by Wendy (n?e Walter) Carlos.

 
January 21, 2006

More NAMM synthy porn pics...

by Chris Randall
 



Brandon Daniel has dumped more pics from NAMM on his site, so go have a browse. Warning: includes high-res photo of the Gaytar.
 

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