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

Archives: March 2006

March 27, 2006

MFB Multi-Filter...

by Chris Randall

I don't know if this is new or not, but it's the first I've seen of it. Yet another el cheapo knobby box from German company MFB. Here's the product page on the MFB site. It looks to be an analog multi-effects unit, with ring mod, compressor, distortion, two filters, two LFOs, two envelope followers, and three step sequencers.

All in all, it seems to be a fairly sophisticated box. 480 Eu. takes it home. I like stuff like this.

UPDATE: It seems they actually have another new product at Messe, the Step64 step sequencer...

Looks like MIDI in/out, CV/GATE out x4, and a couple other tasties. It might not be the prettiest thing in the world, but it looks like it gets the job done. This one will set you back 245 Eu. Info here.

March 26, 2006

AHNW Synthi-porn...

by Chris Randall

Some nice pics from Analog Heaven Midwest 2006 up on the Retrosynth site. As a militant smoker, I particularly appreciate the nice tobacco-burst color of that Putney. You see too many in white; it's good to see one in cigarette-tar orange for a change.

March 25, 2006

Wanna know what it feels like to get punched in the stomach?

by Chris Randall

Go start yourself a company. Have it do pretty well. Well enough to the point where you can advertise in major music magazines. Then go do an ad buy in one (or more) of those magazines.

We just purchased a bunch of ads in Future Music and Computer Music, and spent a whole lot of money on a whole lot of nervousness. I'm reasonably adept with graphics-related things, but I don't have a lot of experience with making color ads, so I'm really sweating bullets on this submission, because it is a lot of money.

Which brings up an interesting point. It doesn't really do any good to have products if no one knows about them, right? Plus it is generally accepted (and who am I to argue?) that the average consumer needs three impressions of a product before they'll even go look at it. We're basically betting the farm on this advertising buy, so here's to hoping! If you're in the mood, now would be a good time to buy an Audio Damage product, because I've just drained our checking account.

March 25, 2006

Sick gear sale on NYC Craigslist...

by Chris Randall

Check out this ad for a really fine collection of gear up on the block. Some of the prices are silly, but some are really good. Of course, it depends on condition. Being me, I have my eyes on that SCI Pro-FX, but it is far more than I'm willing to spend on one at this point. The prices for the H3000 and H949 are actually quite good, if they're in working order.

Thanks to Chris Cortier for the link...

March 25, 2006

500-series module porn...

by Chris Randall

Well, Messe is right around the corner, and we've got whatever the Roland Red thing is, and the new Moog, and the Focusrite Liquid Mix, and I'm sure many other nice things that We Can't Live Without. However, whenever these big shows come about, I'm left with the nagging feeling that there are plenty of really nice things already here that I don't have.

Case in point: this thread on Gearslutz is where our friend Adam Jay posted images of his 500-series rack of mic pres. That is one sexy slice of input, right there. Four OSA pres, four Pacifica pres (in 3 different flavors, natch), a Purple Biz, a Shadow Hills Gamma, and an API 512. That's seven distinctly different flavors of high-end mic pre in a 3U rack. Of course, Adam no doubt spent a healthy chunk of change on this rack, but he'll be able to take it to his grave, knowing that no matter where he goes or what he has to record, he's pretty much set. (Personally, I'd swap out two of the OSA pres with Averils, but that's just me.)

It's gear like this that makes it worth getting up in the morning, and I'm insanely jealous. Visit the thread for more pics.


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