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

Archives: February 2007

February 8, 2007

Vista Fiesta...

by Chris Randall

Just got my copy of Vista in the mail today. The thought of installing this behemoth makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit, because my PC is working so well right now. (And I'm very much of the "if it ain't broke..." school of thought as regards to PC upgrading.) I can't realistically install it until Lynx releases Vista-compatible ASIO drivers, but I can admire the packaging which, while somewhat byzantine, is quite slick.

Anyways, expect a complete and thorough bitch session once I get this shit shoehorned in to my computer.

February 8, 2007

Some interesting free plugs...

by Chris Randall

A whole mess of free Windows VST plugs from a new kid on the block called Antress. The GUIs of the "Vintage Edition" are quite slick; note that the guy that made these almost certainly made the plugs without the real units there, but rather programmed them based upon reading about them. These sound absolutely nothing like their real counterparts, so don't think you're getting a free LA2A plug that actually emulates an LA2A or anything. You're getting a plug that looks like an LA2A, but is basically a distortion unit that sort of compresses.

I get the impression they're coded in something other than C++, or something other than VSTGUI, or both, as there is a long pause before they're instanced, like the plug is loading a library of some sort. I didn't feel like checking dependencies, so that's just my gut instinct.

Anyways, all that said, they're certainly okay for freebies, and do have some interesting potential for experimentation, I suppose. The only real keeper of the bunch is the "Modern Analoger" plug, which is some sort of tube/tape/phat simulator. It does a nice number on a drum buss, and if you're feeling adventurous, you could maybe lay it across a 2-buss if you were gentle with it. They're all free, but this one is maybe a bit free-er than the rest.

EDIT: Never mind. These are done in Synthmaker, and he stole the UIs from UA. So don't bother.

February 7, 2007

Retards Keep Mailing Me. Please Stop.

by Chris Randall

Just having a blog at all, even one of fair-to-middling popularity and narrow focus like this one, means you get a lot of stupid mail. Actual readers of the blog send in tips all the time, and I use most of them. But I also get a lot of "hot tips" from guerrilla marketing companies (ones that obviously aren't very good), Google Farm pages, and the like. This morning I was blessed with this:


I've found something on the internet that could be a good material for a blog post in your Music Blog. Take a look at "Top 10 Techy Sunglasses with Mp3 Players"

Have a great day

Best regards, Micle Mihai Cristian.

I left the link out, because I can't be bothered, quite frankly. So I actually replied to this one, something I don't normally do:

Why on earth do you think I or my readers would find that interesting?

Chris Randall

Positron Records, Inc.

A few minutes later, I get this back:

Because is related to sound and music, and I'm sure they love everything related to this.Don't you ?

Wouldn't it be nice if it was as simple as saying "you're a retard. Don't ever write me again?" (Which is exactly what I did.)

Another company that keeps writing me is an Indian software chop-shop that makes extremely dumbed-down versions of popular audio software (e.g. Soundforge, Cinescore, and the like.) They're as transparent as can be. They wrote me a month or two ago, offering NFR copies in exchange for a review on this site. I wrote back and said "listen, you really don't want me to review your software. Seriously. Take a better look at AI." They're like "okay, but do you want NFR copies anyways?" I didn't answer that, then a week later I get exactly the same letter as their original communication.

So, this can be considered an open letter to all the fucking morons out there that read a "get rich on the internet" book: stop writing me. Seriously. I don't have anything nice to say about you, and never will. I'm not going to put a link up to your site unless you make high-end audio gear or did something phenomenally stupid. So go away.

February 7, 2007

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming...

by Chris Randall

Dianne Feinstein has Hollywood's cock in her throat, which goes nicely with my previous entry. Now, this bill wouldn't actually kill internet radio, as far as I can tell. It would just keep internet radio from playing anything but Indie music. Since that's its bread and butter any damned ways, this won't have a huge effect on our world, IMO. But it's amusing to watch these retards flopping around still after 10 years of this.

February 6, 2007

Need some thoughts on music?

by Chris Randall

Here's some: blah, blah, blah.

Now, with the caveat that I happily purchase music from iTunes, and own the top-of-the-current-line iPod, and that their DRM scheme doesn't really bother me, it's worth noting that a finer line I've not seen in some time. This guy could sell sand to a Bedouin, I swear to christ.

As someone that sells music digitally (and software, for that matter) I'm of the firm opinion that is better to do without abusive DRM, and rely on the good graces of people and try to earn their respect, rather than assuming every single customer is a criminal from the word "go." Apple paints a pretty picture over this whole process, and to be fair, the only way they could get the catalog they have (which is by no means comprehensive, I'll add) was to do what they did, but nevertheless, my own personal fiscal success proves to me (and me alone; I don't expect it to prove anything to anyone else) that there are other ways. Mr. Jobs does nicely to put this burden on the consumer at the end of his open letter.

Now, all that said, I'm not one of the BoingBoing faithful (In fact, I would dearly love to spend ten minutes alone in a room with Cory Doctorow, beating him over the head with the ASCAP charter) and I'm not going to run around waving an "Information Must Be Free" banner. I follow the Gibson ethos: the street finds its own uses for things. Ultimately, it's up to the artist how he best wants to present his art to the world, and it's up to the consumer whether he wants to deal with whatever the artist decides to burden said art with. The marketplace has a magical ability to smooth such things out over time.


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