Archives: January 2007
Personally, I don't care for RSS. (Yes, I'd like a 10th of the information, and could you please give it to me in a nearly unreadable form? And take out all the pictures while you're at it? Thanks!) But for those of you that use that sort of thing, well, there you go. Feel free to let me know if there's any more problems with it, but be forewarned that I'll care as much as I've cared about every other letter that anyone has sent me regarding the RSS feed. Which is to say "you lost me at hello..."
It's a big day in our other world, as we've put the final nail in the Sister Machine Gun coffin and turned that website in to an archive, basically, with no more user-driven content. Simultaneously, the Chris Randall site is now open for business. To quote Jamie Zawinski, "Dear industrial music: it's time we broke up. It's been over for years."
My new album is at the pressing plant as we speak; pre-orders and digital sales will be available in the next couple days. (We generally don't allow pre-orders until we have a ship date from the plant.) If you're at all curious as to what I've been up to in my studio over the past two years, the entire album is available for streaming on LastFM, so go have a listen if you've got nothing else to do. I'm all nervous now that it's out in the wild. I was supremely confident last week, but this week I'm concerned. Go figure. Let me just say that it's some nerve-wracking shit to try and pull a massive genre change off when you're an established artist.
One final note: the CR site is on posiNET, as is this one, so your login and password here will log you in there, if you feel like posting something pithy in the newsgroup.
Just got a DHL package from our Red Bull friends in Austria containing a couple new Xtreme Sports DVDs that I licensed music for. I've got tunes on a lot of these DVDs, and something bothers me: I can't watch them, because they're usually PAL. Does any multi-media junky here have a DVD player that does both PAL and NTSC, and is it worth a shit? (And by "multimedia junky," I mean "bizarre Dutch man-boy bondage fetish junky," of course. I know how you guys are.)
Caveat: it has to shit NTSC out its output holes; I don't care 'bout PAL, because my TV doesn't understand it. Which is what got me in to this mess in the first place.
I am the original owner of all of these items. They have all been used only in my home studio/office. I have the original box, manual, and packing material unless noted otherwise. Everything is in nearly-new condition unless noted otherwise.
Clavia Nord Modular, first version (not the G2), rackmount
The original manual is somewhat out of date because Clavia updated the OS several times after I bought the unit. You can download a PDF of the current manual, the current editor, and great mounds of patches from Clavia's website. This comes with two bonuses, upon request: 1) a not-very-good book from Wizoo about programming it; 2) a pair of rack ears I fabricated from aluminum angle stock which position the unit somewhat more efficiently that the stock ears. The stock ears are included, of course. This item will have to ship double-boxed because the original packing is that nasty bagged-foam stuff that breaks down after one use.
Electrix WarpFactory vocoder
A rather unusual vocoder based on IVL's pitch-tracking technology rather than the standard filter-bank topology of analog vocoders or the FFT approach used by nearly all software vocoders. (IVL was Electrix's parent company. I talked to one of the Electrix engineers at the NAMM show at which these units made their debut.) The faces of the knobs are oddly textured and show minor signs of wear that nobody would mention unless they were as obsessive as I am. This item will have to ship double-boxed because the original box is kind of flimsy.
Korg AM8000R multi-effects processor
A somewhat obscure but very good-sounding effects unit, it has two independent processing sections plus a dedicated delay/reverb section. You can patch 'em together in different ways. The effects cover all of the usual stuff (delay, chorus, filtering, flanging, etc.) and some unusual things like a rather detailed Leslie simulator and a vowel filter. The rack ears probably have minor scratches from rack-mounting.
Doepfer Drehbank, first version
The ultimate MIDI knobby box: 64 assignable knobs. This one was one of the first in the U.S., I think, and is NOT the same as the currently shipping version. The differences I'm aware of are: 1) it's a different color--sort of a DX7-ish brown; 2) it doesn't have the eight CV inputs which I believe were an added option at the time; 3) it doesn't have the same bank-switching buttons and LEDs It has a single pushbutton and one LED. Last time I checked it did work with the editor software available at Doepfer's website. In the interest of honesty I will mention that it sends spurious control-change messages even when you're not touching the knobs. A few of the knob values fluctuate back and forth by a single increment. I asked about this and Dieter Doepfer himself told me that they were aware of the problem but had no intention of fixing it. Slowing down the update rate of the knobs is supposed to reduce the problem. I have only the German manual--I bought this thing so early that they hadn't yet translated it--but there is an English PDF on Doepfer's site. The unit did not come with its own packaging; it was wrapped in bubble wrap, as I recall, so I won't be sending it in a box that says "Doepfer Drehbank" okay? It also did not come with a wall wart. It needs a 9V DC supply; I'll try to scrounge one up but tell me if you have one of your own and I'll knock $10 off the price.
MXR phase 100, original (pre-LED) version, block lettering
Three disclaimers on this one: 1) I'm not the original owner of this unit--I got it second-hand, at least; 2) it has scratches and other signs of age and wear but seems to be completely functional; 3) I'm not a friggin' vintage guitar-pedal fetishist so I don't know everything there is to know about it but I'm happy to answer questions about it and provide a photo illustrating its condition if desired. The price is based on Chris's best guess.
Zvex Lo-Fi Loop Junky
The idiosyncratic guitar-oriented looper pedal. This is a "scratch-n-dent" unit but as far as I can tell the only defect is a scratch about 1/2" long on the end with the input jack. Aside from that it's like-new; I used it very little, and not with my feet.
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