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

Archives: January 2007

January 22, 2007

Open Thread...

by Chris Randall

This is an open thread, as I'm a bit busy today. I'll post something meaningful when I get back this evening. To get the ball rolling, I need to buy some new electronic music. What's out there in the underground that I haven't heard of yet? Parameters:

1. No fucking trance.

2. Good production is a must. While I'm not a fan of BT's normal output (no offense; I just don't care for it) I _do_ like "Madskillz - Mic Chekka." I really admire the time he put in to the production of that track. Stuff like that.

3. I guess it's just those two.

January 19, 2007

NAMM: Oxford Native...

by Chris Randall

I have a kind of a love-hate thing going on with Sony. Their consumer electronics division is really fucking annoying, and pretty much everything I've ever bought from them has broken at some point and needed to be replaced. Their music division continually inflicts terrible shit on an unsuspecting (and somewhat stupid) public, and is one of the leading lights of the "let's sue our customers" method of business. They're also the ones that thought it was a cool idea to deliver a payload of spyware when you tried to import your CD, and in the process broke a lot of people's computers.

Now, do the sins of the fathers pass on to their children? Dunno. I've mastered dozens of records using CD Architect, and still use it. Vegas is a fantastic cheap NLE for video. And the Oxford plugs are some of the highest quality plugins you could ask for. And now they're native. UB AU ships immediately, with VST around the corner. Expensive as shit. Quite frankly, I don't think I'll be buying them, but this is large-format-console quality EQ and dynamics, for sure, as both the EQ and compressor are lifted directly from the excellent OXF-R3 console. Info at KvR.

January 18, 2007

NAMM: Whoa....

by Chris Randall

Now we're talkin' my language. Eventide pedals. I don't even need to say more. I'll let their site do the hard work. $499 MSRP each.

January 18, 2007

NAMM: Hardy har har...

by Chris Randall

Card-carrying Digidesign Hater that I am, I see the ironic humor in the above screenshots, which I'm sure a lot of users are missing. One (three?) of Digi's Hot New Products For NAMM are these tape simulator plugins. If I put any effort in to it at all (which I won't; typing this post is the absolute limit of the effort I'll put in to it, parenthetically speaking) I'm 100% sure I could find old Digidesign marketing material espousing hard disk recording as a vast improvement over tape, and berating the old MTR-80 to no end.

Full circle, I guess. I got a chuckle out of it, for what it's worth.

January 17, 2007

NAMM: A-Designs 500-series Pultec Clone...

by Chris Randall

A-Designs is releasing a Pultec EQ clone in the API 500-series modular format. Now that the 500 format is really starting to take off, we're starting to see some modules that fall outside the scope of things that can be described using the term "mic pre." This little box looks nice as hell, I'll say that much, and A-Designs doesn't fuck around where quality is concerned. Nothing on A-Designs' website yet, but the press release is available on the PMN press release farm. No price, but it ain't gonna be cheap.

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