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

Archives: May 2006

May 31, 2006

New URS Channel Strip...

by Chris Randall

Have a gander at this sexy little plug. 'Tis the URS Strip, a compressor/EQ combo platter for your DAW. It looks like the compressor is a slightly dumbed-down version of their 1975 compressor, while the EQ is a combo platter design. Whatever. I'll take two please, in Native formats. WinVST and OSX VST/AU coming soon. Available now for the various whack-ass PT formats. Native is $199. Can't complain.

I can complain about the bullshit fiesta that is iLok. Sorry, URS, but that's a deal-breaker for me. Can't you guys come up with something that doesn't treat your paying customers like criminals? I mean, your non-paying customers aren't gonna pay either fucking way, so what's the point?

May 31, 2006

Killer deal on a Rosetta...

by Chris Randall

I don't normally post this sort of thing, but this is too good to pass up, and unfortunately, I have to pass it up. This post on Gearslutz has a dude with a good rep selling a 96K Rosetta 800 for $2300 shipped anywhere in the US and Canada (except for the extremities of both countries.) This is a motherfucker of a deal. I would get it myself if I didn't have like 10 other things in line ahead of it that I need a lot worse.

So, I strongly suggest someone jump on this. If you're one of those crazy sorts that records/mixes at 192, (a) you have too much free time, and (b) Apogee can turn it in to a 192 for a paltry sum. Someone buy this fucking thing, please! (The image is of the actual unit.)

(Also note that you have to be a registered Gearslutz member to see the classifieds.)

May 30, 2006

Altiverb Windows (emphasis on the doze)

by Chris Randall

I'm sure I'm not alone in not caring about this. I'm of the considered opinion that there are two kinds of reverb: the kind that comes out of high-end hardware, and the shitty kind. Altiverb falls in to the latter catagory, of course. As far as I'm concerned, anyways. But lots of people seem to be excited about this, so here you go. No demo for PCs yet, but I'm kind of anti-demo, anyways, so that doesn't bother me. (I mean, would you buy a car if you got to take it home and drive it for a month, but it only went 35 MPH and the horn beeped every 45 seconds? I didn't think so.)

If you're not in the know (there have to be at least 6 of you out there that aren't) Altiverb is the original IR 'verb. Whether it is the best or not is open to interpretation. It is certainly one of them.

May 29, 2006

Synth Mangler!

by Chris Randall

Oh, this looks like good fun, and I even like the color. What it is: if I'm reading the material right, basically you have two heavy-duty fuzz boxes, and the joystick lets you cross-fade between them.>Here's the site. Don't break anything.

May 29, 2006

Christ, I Have A Headache (The Strange Saga Of The Chinese Ribbon Mic Group Buy)

by Chris Randall

Okay, let me state for the record that Alctronics has joined the ranks of Prong, the South Dakota Police, and TVT Records on my Official Shit List. After the Fundable group collection closed (over $10,000 in just about 36 hours) and I got everyone mostly sorted with all the errors that came along with Fundable's good idea/bad execution methods, I set about actually ording the microphones. Now, it is important to note here that before I even brought up the subject of a group buy, I got a pro-forma invoice, including shipping to Portland.

So, with all the money collected, I dropped a line to our friend Henry at Alctronics and said, in a nutshell, "okay, I've got the cash. Let's rock this shit." Henry replied with this little missive:

First of all, we are very highly appreciated that you can put our microphone
into your market, also we would try our best to support you at any time,
just like our another big customer in USA, it it our hope you can sell our microphone
by your brand or other normal sells way, but we do not accept that you collect orders
use this international way, it will hurt greatly our another customer and our company,
hope you understand our situation.

Please delete the message immediately from the internet, if not, we have to
cosider to stop our microphone to you, sorry for it.

I assumed he was talking about the group buy blog posts, so I removed all of them, then wrote him back and said "okay, I've taken down the posts. Can I buy some mics now?" I'll admit I was getting a bit nervous at this point. A few minutes later, he comes back with:

Just like I mentioned
in my last email, we do not really accept that you collect the order by this
international way, since it will hurt our our customer's benefit, such as
Nady, Apex and Rode etc, we have to take care of our regular customer firstly.
We are very sorry if it cause you any inconvenience, but I sincerely hope you
can understand our situation. If you have interest in our other microphone,
surely I will try my best to support you at any time.

Now, obviously, that doesn't make any fucking sense, but if there's one thing I've learned in my 20 years in the music industry, it's that you roll with the punches and move on. So I immediately set about examining the options. I had a large quantity of money, and wanted to exchange it for a large quantity of microphones. That seems like a relatively easy process, but doing it over memorial day weekend, when I've suddenly become the most hated person in pro audio proved to be something of a challenge. My blood pressure, which is normally a very healthy set of numbers, spiked in to the "burst those little capillaries in your eyes" levels.

To make a long and stressful story considerably shorter, Avant Electronics, the company who's (much better) version of the HRM-14 started this whole ball rolling, very generously stepped up to the plate and offered to save my bacon by providing the Group Buy members with their much more expensive version of the mic for the same price. I can't begin to express my relief at this turn of events; if I had to refund everyone their orders, I would have been out the Fundable and Paypal fees (over a grand and a half) from my own pocket. This would have, in a word, sucked.

So, all's well that ends well. The Group Buy participants will now receive a much better version of the mic, in nice baked red instead of whack-ass bling bling gold, with a better shockmount and a five year warranty. This whole project has gone from something that was spinning completely out of control to something that actually worked out to be better than all the participants initially expected. So, a very special thank you to Ken, Sue, and Glen at Avant for putting up with my highly stressed communications and going way out of their way to help out a group of people that weren't even aware they had a problem.


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