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

Archives: February 2007

February 4, 2007

Wanted: MC

by Chris Randall

Okay, so I have a couple tracks I need an MC on. Think Roni Size & Reprazent, that sort of thing. To get in on this action, you need the following:

1. A recording (MP3 prefered) I can listen to so I can hear your timing and rhythmic sense.

2. The ability to record your tracks at home or a local studio and send them to me as WAV or AIFF files. Unless you live in or near Mill City, Oregon, this'll have to be a long distance relationship so rudimentary studio chops and a broadband connection are necessary.

3. A complete and utter lack of prima donna bullshit. I will be _heavily_ editing your performance, so if you're one of those "turn up my mic" types, don't even bother.

If all those things are agreeable, hit the contact link above and drop me a line. Conversations about compensation are fine, but if that's your first question, you and I don't have a lot to talk about.

February 2, 2007

Give me your money.

by Chris Randall

Okay, my new album is now available for purchase in shopPOSI. The CD won't ship until 2/20 (that's 20/2 in EuroSpeak) but you can buy the download version now. Of course, if you order the CD, you'll get the download version instantly, whether you want it or not. Same goes for Bounte : One, which is also available today, and will also ship on the 20th.

Sorry I didn't post anything else interesting today, but I was glued to Photoshop all damned day working on the UI for our next product. Something a little different this time; as far as I can tell, there isn't another plug out there that will do what this one does. Should be entertaining. I'll post more when we've finalized the design.

February 1, 2007


by Chris Randall

I know I'm a Johnny-Come-Lately to this whole Dave Smith thing, but I finally nutted up and bought an Evolver this week. It just showed up, and boy, howdy is this little guy the bomb. I'd have a hard time coming up with a better value-for-money in the music industry than the tabletop Evolver, and that's a fact.

First nice thing I'll note, since I haven't really seen it mentioned in the reviews I read, is the construction quality. It is incredibly rare to be able to buy an electronic music instrument that was actually made in the USA any more, but quite frankly, I've seen other boxes in this price range that were far less capable that were made out of extruded plastic and sheet aluminum, so I fail to see where the cost-cutting comes in to play. This thing is heavy and is made out of thick steel. High quality pots and a nice big display. I have no complaints whatsoever about the build quality. The panel is dense, and maybe a bit tricky to read in a live situation, but that's the only thing I could fault about the package itself.

Sound-wise, it is fantastic. The addition of the DCOs and the delay really make it sound contemporary, as opposed to other modern analogs, most of which I am not impressed with. There are some very crafty presets that make use of the feedback path of the on-board delays, and I thought of about 20 songs while I was sifting through the included sounds. In short, that's what a new synth is supposed to do. They don't all do it, that's for sure.

So, I'll have to spend a little time with it to be able to offer actual opinions about signal flow and programmability and such, but for now, it'll set me up just right. I'm fairly happy I bought this. Go buy one now. Seriously. You'll thank me later.

February 1, 2007


by Chris Randall

Adam got a fun package from UPS today. It held our trophies that I was supposed to pick up at NAMM. So now I can say "multiple-award-winning" without even a trace of irony, since "multiple" really only means "more than one." Yay.

February 1, 2007

Inverse Room Makes Me Happy...

by Chris Randall

The Inverse Room website has been redone, with a metric asston of pictures of his fun gear (a lot of which is circuit-bent and/or DIY), plus some new MP3s and such. Go forth.

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