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

Archives: February 2006

February 16, 2006

The State Of My 808...

by Chris Randall

Apparently, this was at one time a Roland TR-808. It really isn't any more. Check the rest of the site for some other canibalized drum machine work. A little bit scary.

February 15, 2006

Food For Thought...

by Chris Randall

We're taking our label (and the parent of this site) Positron in to the digital delivery realm here in a few weeks, so I've been paying more than normal attention to marketing and moving music as downloads as opposed to CDs. All the Posi artists do pretty good on iTunes and their ilk, but it has always annoyed Lisa (my wife, who runs the label) and I that Apple treats indies like second-class citizens. Our artists, myself included, can't be browsed to from any point in the site, even though there are 8.4 million albums in the world with my name on them.

Because I'm not signed to Joe Shit's Ragman Records, a subsidiary of Universal, I don't get the same features at iTunes that artists that will maybe move 20 full-album downloads as part of the thousand copies they'll sell. (If you weren't aware of the statistic, 95% of major label releases sell 1000 copies or less.)

So, while I wouldn't say that Positron! has any hope of competing with iTunes on the grand scale in the digital realm, it certainly is smart to stop sending people to iTunes if they want a download, and give it to them right then.

But that's kind of beside the point. The reason I bring this up at all is that in my research on the subject, I came across this article in the WaPo, which puts some things in to perspective. The easy availability of single songs for purchase again has made novelty tracks and one-hit wonders the movers of the music world once more. This giant freight train we call the music industry has finally turned full circle.

February 14, 2006

An odd request...

by Chris Randall

Okay, there are a lot of creative types that read this blog; I'm sure at least a few of you work in the gaming industry. I have a question. Is there a (relatively) easy way to turn a 3DS Max mesh in to a nice clean glBegin(GL_QUADS) kind of list of vertices without a really tedious and lengthy cut-n-paste process? I know you cats all use Max and Maya to make your little soldier guys; how the fuck do you turn those meshes in to something the engine can use? There's gotta be an easy way.

For those of you that have no idea what I'm talking about, don't worry, neither do I.

February 14, 2006

Prophet 64 cart coming soon..

by Chris Randall

If you were one of the readers of the old Media Temple (and thus whack) version of this blog, you may remember a couple of articles about the Prophet 64 series of programs for the Commodore 64, which I successfully had running on several different emulators, for amusing semi-SID synth fun.

Well, the maker(s) of Prophet 64 are going to release a C64 cartridge containing updated versions of the three Prophet 64 programs, a (pre-audio) Logic-like sequencer, and built-in DIN Sync. They've got together with Firestarter to release a MIDI interface for the C64 that is a perfect compliment to Prophet 64. No firm price yet, but check this: get yourself a used C64 (~$75), the cartridge (~$49), and the MIDI interface (<$50) and you've got a synth that, aside from having massive indie cred, will wipe the floors with a SIDstation. All current info about the cartridge is on the Prophet 64 site. AI gives this two big thumbs up, and a strong "buy" recommendation.

February 13, 2006

Messe Preview: elysia alpha compressor...

by Chris Randall

It occurs to me I've been neglecting the pro audio crowd for a couple weeks now, as I blather on about VST and AU nonsense. So here's a beauty that is going to make its debut at MusikMesse, the
alpha compressor
from elysia. It is a good-lookin' beast, no doubt about it. This is a professional multi-band mastering compressor, with built in MS matrix (as opposed to a simple "link" switch), subtle filters, and soft-clip limiting. Expect to pay something akin to what a kidney would bring in the Reeperbaum for one of these, but boy, is it a pretty sight. L3? L-who?

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