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

Archives: April 2007

April 4, 2007

TC Nova delay...

by Chris Randall

This got lost in the shuffle of all the Messe announcements, at least as far as I was concerned. This is the Nova delay pedal from TC. According to the available liturature, it has features cribbed from what is, in my oh-so-humble opinion, the best digital delay unit of all time, the 2290. (I would still like to have one of these, and as soon as I see one that isn't prohibitively expensive, it's coming home with me.)

This, like at least one of the other new TC pedals, is obviously direct competition for the Eventide Timeworks pedal. I have to admit that it gave me some food for thought, even though I've already decided to purchase a Timeworks as soon as they are available. No MIDI, unlike the Timeworks, and that's a bit of a drag, but it has a crafty method for beat-syncing delays which some people (people who, unlike me, haven't memorized bpm to ms charts; in other words, people with a life) may find quite useful.

Don't know what it costs yet, but judging from the feature set, and the price of its companions, I believe it will come in under the Timeworks by a significant margin. I have to say that my heart still belongs to Eventide, who can do no wrong in my book. It's a good time to be a fan of delays, though, I'll say that much.

April 3, 2007

Prism Orpheus v. Apogee Rosetta 800 = Fatality...

by Chris Randall

Prism Sound, makers of ludicrously high-end A/D/A, are releasing a converter for the Rest Of Us. Assuming The Rest Of Us are sleeping on mattresses full of money, and for whatever reason find the Rosetta 800 to be something we can't get along with.

Product details here, but in a nutshell, it's an 8 I/O FW interface with four mic pres and some nice monitoring features. This is basically a much higher end iteration of the Apogee Ensemble feature set, only not OSX-centric. Of course, for the price (?2500 is the going rumor) you could buy two Ensembles, so there's that. But for a single rack space 8 I/O with four mic pres, FW, and ADAT I/O, this is going to be as good as you're gonna get. Costs about the same as a Rosetta 800 if you bought four mic pres to go with it, so the price is in line.

From the provided materials, and assuming it has the same quality as all other Prism converters, this might be the way to go for the top-flight home studio. (Or a small commercial room, post room, or jingle factory.) My way of thinking is thus: life is far too short to spend any time worrying whether your audio I/O is up to snuff. You might as well just start at the top of the market, which is de facto snuff.

EDIT: Actually, in thinking about it, this unit does have some problems. Like: S/PDIF? Yuck. I don't care about the lack of S/MUX ADAT, but the sort of person that would buy this unit (e.g. me) has top-end kit already, and S/PDIF is not in that equation. If I was Prism, I'd get rid of the entire existing digital section, and make it a card that could be either DSUB AES or ADAT S/MUX (since people rarely need both.) But I'm not Prism, so it's just left to ponder.

April 3, 2007

EMI Hops On Clue Bus, Yet Gets Off At Wrong Stop...

by Chris Randall

You've no doubt heard this by now. EMI has apparently decided to bend to the will of the market, sort of, and sell DRM-free music on iTunes. They'll be taxing the consumer for the honor of buying something that will play in all media players and not just iTunes, to the tune (pun intended) of an extra thirty cents. Aren't they magnanimous?

Now, just to be on the record about this, I don't care what the majors do with their catalogs. They can make their customers have to reach down the throat of a rabid coyote to try and grab a song wrapped in rusty razor wire, then sue that customer for cruelty to animals for all I give a fuck. The way I look at it, the consumer is usually quite willing to be fucked, as long as he/she is lubed up good and squishy first. No, what I take issue with are these two choice quotes. First, from EMI's CEO, Eric Nicoli:

"Consumers tell us overwhelmingly that they would be prepared to pay a higher price for digital music that they could use on any player. It is key to unlocking and energizing the digital music business."

Really. Actually, Eric (if I might be so informal,) the key to unlocking and energizing the digital music business is coming to the drastic realization that the MEDIUM is NOT the MESSAGE. The digital music business IS the music business, retard. Your business would be energized if you stopped spending so much money on Coldplay and started developing artists again. And that leads us to this choice nugget from our good friend Mr. Jobs:

"Doing the right thing for the customer going forward is to tear down the walls that impede interoperability."

Hey, I've got an idea: make Logic use the same fucking plugin format as everyone else, you fucking turtleneck-wearing burnout.

Okay, rant done. Discuss.

April 1, 2007


by Chris Randall

(Via Get Lofi)


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