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

Archives: March 2006

March 31, 2006

SSL Duende Screenshot...

by Chris Randall

Just found a small screenshot of the two plugs from the SSL Duende, plus a mock-up of the front panel, such as it is. From this here site (if you want a slightly larger image.)

I want to take it home, and kiss it, and hug it, and love it, and name it "George."

UPDATE: Here's a Japanese page with better screenshots. It is, of course, in Japanese.

March 31, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall

In all the months of doing this, I don't think we've come across a place with this many synths, except for Zimmerland and that place from South America on the old site. Pictured above is most of the Selector and a small (!!!) piece of the A100 from Parallel Worlds, an electronic music studio owned by Bakis Sirros, the moderator of the Doepfer A100 user group. (I'd actually put it this way: he 0wnz0rs the A100 user group, judging from his collection of same.)

I know I usually list the gear, with snide comments about same, but I wouldn't even know where to begin with this guy's stuff. Basically, start with a list of, like, everything, and just subtract the stuff he doesn't have. It'd be easier. Located in Athens, Greece, Parallel Worlds is exactly that, a place where a keyboardist can frolic in verdant fields of patch cords. Well, I don't know about the "frolic" part, but everything else is basically correct. Here's the studio, and don't say I didn't warn you. Take particular note of this photo and wallow in the despair of knowing that you'll never, ever have a modular that big. Neither will I. Thanks to Harri from Finland for the link.

March 30, 2006

Bush Of Ghosts double whammy!

by Chris Randall

One of the most important electronic albums, and one that has heavily informed most styles of electronic music, got a big pat on the ass today. My Life in the Bush Of Ghosts by Brian Eno and David Byrne, has been re-released on CD with (finally) proper mastering and seven (!) bonus tracks. In addition, there is a Bush Of Ghosts webpage that has remix packs and lots of info about the album.

This was a rather inspirational album for me when I first started recording (if you listen closely to my first two albums, you'll find several samples from it), and I think you'd be hard pressed to find an electronic artist from any genre that isn't intimately familiar with this record. Even if you're a fan of neither Byrne nor Eno, you'd be well served to pick this bitch up.

March 30, 2006

Take that, Focusrite! SSL DSP box on the horizon...

by Chris Randall

No photos yet, and the SSL site has no information on the product, but it looks like SSL is going to release a Firewire DSP sidecar to compete with the offerings from TC, Waves, UA, and Lexicon. Called the Duende, it will come in a 19" 1U rack form factor, and initially have two plugins:

Xlogic Channel Strip: Up to 32 channels (it's still not clear whether they mean tracks or channels on either this or the Lexicon box) of this plug, an EQ/Dynamics strip, can be hosted on the box. From the press release: 4-band EQ, switchable characteristics between E and G series EQ, variable hi- and low pass filters, an ?over easy? soft ratio compression characteristic, independent side-chains for compressor and expander/gate, plus a link bus option to connect individual channel strips.

Stereo Bus Compressor: This is obviously the classic SSL 2-buss whacker, love it or hate it. (I'm in the former catagory.)

So, I imagine news of this, and pictures, will start making the rounds pretty quickly. As of right now, the only thing I can find is this press release on MSRP of ~1600 Eu, so a street in the 1400 Eu range. This is getting interesting, what with all the sidecar options.

EDIT: In thinking about it, how is this not the functional equivalent of having a 32-channel 9000 Series inside your DAW, sans the mic pres? The more I ponder this, the more I think that this might be the product to beat.

March 29, 2006

Blacet sold...

by Chris Randall

Okay, so it appears the Blacet has been spoken for. I'll put up a full list of the remaining items, with conditions and such in a few days.

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