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

Archives: February 2006

February 10, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall

Oh, this is a beauty. If that rig isn't the business I don't know what is. I'd be happy with those two stands that have a MemoryMoog, a Jupiter 6, and four (did you just read that right? Four?) Jupiter 8 beauties. This studio of Devastating Power belongs to one Ken Elhardt, who you may know from his hyper-realistic MOTM demo patches.

So, yeah, that's a lot of synthy goodness. Interestingly enough, I don't see a Prophet 5. A MemoryMoog and four Jupiter 8s, and no Prophet 5? Come on, Ken. You're only one synth away from the Holy Trinity. Although, I suppose it's academic at this point. Ethan Callander reminded me of this page, one of many stupifying collections at Synthfool. I suppose he was attempting to make ammends for that tragic studio of a couple days ago.

February 9, 2006

Audio Damage BigSeq Now Available...

by Chris Randall

After much trial and tribulation, and many colorful terms invented for Apple software engineers, BigSeq is now available. This is our first Universal Binary product on OSX, and our first to use Steinberg's new VST2.4 kit on both platforms, so we're just a tiny bit nervous. But all the testers are reporting problem-free operation on all three platforms (i386 OSX, PPC OSX, and Win32) and both formats (AU and VST) so I'm 99.999999999% confident.

BigSeq is US$39.00 for VST Windows and AU/VST i386/PPC OSX.

UPDATE: I was doing some research in my copious free time, and I think this may be the first new Universal Binary product, period. Someone prove me wrong? Crossgrades don't count.

February 9, 2006

Custom wooden modular synth...

by Chris Randall

Rykhaard Damien has created the D.A.M.I.E.N. modular synth from various and sundry boutique pieces and DIY plans. While we see a relatively large amount of synths that fit that description, none of them have maple panels and knobs.

There is a lot (and I mean a lot) of information on his web page about the various modules and what's in 'em. This was a great deal of work, no doubt.

February 9, 2006

BigSeq Update...

by Chris Randall

Okay... The manual is done. The VST versions on both platforms are done. The copy protection is done. We're just chasing down one little bug in the AU, then a final round out to the testers, and the AU will be done. Then it's just building installers and presto, it's a product. Maybe later today? Tomorrow? This weekend at the latest.

February 8, 2006

Another Tragic Studio Story...

by Chris Randall

Sure, you all remember The Christian Studio, and you all thought "well, that's just about as nasty as things can get," right?


Pictured above is the studio of one Tapas Das, who is to Korg what Tom Gross is to Roland. The title of his page, if you're bold enough to click it, is (I shit you not) "Building A Studio Around The i30." I wish I was making this up. That's like "Building A House Around The Commode." (No offense to my dear readers who are employed by Korg; the i30 is not one of your shining moments, as I'm sure you are aware...)

48 channels of quality Mackie line inputs at mixdown, to gather together all the mud of his keyboard collection in to one place, and give it a little film of oil on top, like a gas station's parking lot after a rain. Man, I wish I could come up with a better metaphor, but I'm simply stunned stupid. Ethan Callender sent me this link, so blame him. I'm just the messenger.


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