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

Archives: April 2006

April 8, 2006

2005 Album Sales...

by Chris Randall

We were discussing this a couple months ago, using older numbers. Here are the just-released digits for 2005 from Soundscan for total albums sold. Note that the vast majority of vanity releases from bands, and releases from ultra-small labels (like Positron) are not included in these numbers. Soundscan is obviously only going to track albums that are in the Soundscan system. That said, there is some food for thought here:

-Total albums released in 2005: 60,331

-Of the 60,331 albums released in 2005, 16,580 (27.5%) were digital-only releases.

-Of the 16,580 digital-only releases, 2,935 (18%) were from major labels and 13,645 (82%) were from independents.

-Of the 16,580 digital-only releases, the TOTAL combined units sold = 865,424 units = an average of approximately 52 units / release.

-Of the 60,331 albums released in 2005, 11,070 (18.4%) were from the 4 majors and 49,261 (81.6%) from the independents.

-The 11,070 new releases issued in 2005 by the majors averaged 18,454 units per release.

-The 49,261 new releases issued in 2005 by the independents averaged 787 units per release.

-In 2005, 32 NEW titles generated sales of more than 1 million units, collectively selling 57.2 million.
Those top 32 albums averaged 1.79 million each.

-An additional 62 titles achieved sales of more than 500,000 units, and an additional 316 titles achieved sales more than 100,000 units.

-A total of 410 albums (0.7%) - of the 60,331 released achieved sales greater than 100,000 units.

-These 410 albums had combined sales of 169.2 million units, with an average of approximately 413,000 units each.

-These 410 albums represented 70% of all sales of new releases.

April 8, 2006

Four Measures Of Fury - April

by Chris Randall

Thanks for the 20-odd emails I got pointing out that last Saturday was the first Saturday in April. ;-)

Here is your loop. It is 120 bpm (and the masses breathed a sigh of relief), and the Minimoog bass is a big fat C. As always, your loop should be exactly the same length and root key as the original. There's a lot of wiggle room in this one, and with the tempo being what it is, some more experimentation is possible than in FMOFs previous.

If you're not familiar with the Analog Industries FMOF project, here's the deal: download the loop, and proceed to reorganize/edit/destroy it to taste, then either post a link to your new version in this thread (or FMOF threads that follow it) or mail it to me. If you choose to mail it to me, _please_ zip it up. You can send me any format that Nuendo can import, which is any format, pretty much. I assemble all the submissions in to one long track, in the order they are received.

Now, the bad news. Normally, you'd have a week to do this, but I'm going to L.A. on Thursday morning for a well-deserved weekend of relaxation with my lovely and long-suffering wife, so FMOF submissions for this month must be received no later than Wednesday, 8:00pm Pacific (GMT +9). Sorry about that, but if I let it cruise the whole weekend, I'll end up having to download a shitload of wav files over some asserific hotel connection on to my poor little iBook, which won't be fun for me or you. Plus, like, I have shit to do that doesn't involve sitting in front of a computer.

So, Wednesday afternoon. Rock it!

April 7, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall

Okay, refresh monkeys. Your fix is here. I'm on a roll with the synth-centric HCGP entries. Whack the picture above for the full-size view of the private studio of a certain Mr. Rich. I have no more information than that. I don't know where this studio is, or the actual name of the person that owns it. He's a moderator on the Vintage Synth Explorer forums, and he posted a dozen or so images of his studio in this thread.

He has all the heavies: a DX1, an Obie 8-voice, PPG 2.3, Hartman Neuron. In short, these pictures are going to make you insanely jealous. The ubiquitous clear Gleeman Pentaphonic (only like, um, 2300 made, from the frequency of occurance), but the biggest deal for me is that this is the first studio we've featured that, to my knowledge, has all three of the Holy Trinity. If you examine the photos, yes, Virginia, you'll see a Prophet 5, a Memorymoog, and a Jupiter 8. (Plus a bonus Holy keyboard, a Matrix 12!) There's no single clear shot of the whole room(s) so it's hard to tell what's going on. But suffice to say, this would be a fun place to hang out.

April 6, 2006

Good Adam A7 News...

by Chris Randall

This was just posted on Gearslutz by Bryce from Adam:

Minor change...

It seems that the demand for the A7 is going to significantly exceed our expectations. This will allow us to build them a bit less expensively than we thought. Consequently, we are going to change the US sell price to be what we had originally wanted it to be - $999 per pair.

That is good news, indeed. At $1199, I thought these were the ones to beat. At under a grand, they're going to be the most popular project studio monitors on the planet inside a year. I'm getting a pair. Are you?

April 5, 2006

Ratshack Reverb v2.0

by Chris Randall

Now with a more accurate model of t3h suck!

That's right, kids. Ratshack Reverb v2.0 is now available for purchase in the AD Store as a Universal Binary AU/VST for OSX and VST for Windows. This is a from-the-ground-up rewrite of our hillariously popular version of the Realistic Electronic Reverb. The funny thing is that we originally intended this to be sort of a gag gift for musicians, yet come to find out that there is a rather extreme sentimental issue involved with this effect.

For those of you not in the know, the Realistic Electronic Reverb is actually an analog delay effect of the bucket-brigade flavor, and also makes an excellent distortion box by running, well, just about anything in to the mic input and cranking the gain. In all seriousness, it is actually a pretty cool vintage effect (I use mine when I need Elvis slap-back vox, and in my guitar effects chain for thickening. Or I did. I use this plugin now.)

The price for Ratshack Reverb v2.0 is $34.95, and the upgrade for previous owners is $5.00.


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