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

Archives: May 2006

May 24, 2006

New Toy Alert!!!

by Chris Randall

I know you guys just _love_ it when I get new shit, and I, being me, love to inflict the fact on anyone that will listen. In that light, today's visit from the UPS man brought me an Eventide Eclipse, courtesy of the fine folks at Analog Haven. (I'm of the considered opinion that I should have gotten it for free, for all the promo I do for that store. Shawn, unfortunately, did not agree. Why he wouldn't want to just give me a $2K effects unit is utterly beyond me.)

In any case, this box is for shizzle, my nizzles. Worth every single penny, and a couple more besides. Hooked up to AES/EBU I/O on my Lynx card, it magically becomes a low-latency insert and send effect in Nuendo. I use this feature a lot (Or, rather, I did before I sold all my gear to buy new shit) and think that external hardware as inserts with PDC is the best feature of Nuendo (and Cubase). Anyways, the net result is that I have a $2000 hardware-based plugin with 0.45 seconds of latency.

There are a lot of factory programs to go through before I even scratch the surface of programming this monster. I've made it through about half, then came to a rest on #257, "EMT Plate." A perfect verb for the track I was working on at the time. This box is Eventide through and through. Just because it's their cheapest unit doesn't mean they scrimped at all. I'll be honest and say I don't care for all the guitar shit in it. I think that the guitar effects are a little too far in to Fuzak Jazzion land for my tastes, but to each his own. All Eventide products are mainly about the pitch shifting, and things that can be accomplished with same. In that regard, this box is the business.

Strong "buy" recommendation from me with only 8 hours of experience. I'll post some more thoughts after I've attempted to program it.

May 22, 2006

Excellent pics from AES Paris...

by Chris Randall

There are lots of good pictures of drool-worth gear in this thread at Gearslutz of new shit from the Paris AES, which is just wrapping up now. Above is the full Portico line in the vertical form-factor. Highlights are the Lawo console (wow), the Elysia mastering comp (wow^2), the ADT rack (nice adonized knobs), and the new cheapie Neve line. Pictures are courtesy of Lindell.

I'm not sure how I feel about the lower-cost Neve stuff. On the one hand, you can say "hey, my studio has Neve outboard, bitches!" On the other, Neve/AMS is rapidly going the way of Focusrite, and there's a high potentiallity for a common motherfucker to bitch out at this juncture. (e.g. the Green series.) I'm sure all the 88xx stuff is nice enough, but WTF with the 9001? That's just lame. (It's also worth noting that "lower-cost" in Neve terms is relative. It is still quite expensive shit.)

May 21, 2006

Fucktard of the week...

by Chris Randall

Just throw your hands in the mother-fuckin' air, and wave the motherfuckers like you just don't care. That's right. MC Cul-De-Sac is gonna spit mad rhymes. Word.

May 21, 2006

Dude, you just got owned by a 12-year old...

by Chris Randall

May 20, 2006

YA New Toy!

by Chris Randall

Got yet another New Toy on the way. I ordered an Eventide Eclipse from Analog Haven yesterday. Well, two of them, actually. One for Adam and one for myself. I've always loved the H3000 series, and the Eclipse is a logical extension of that unit. I'll have a full report when I get it and use it for a while, but suffice to say, it is an Eventide Harmonizer product, so it will be fly, simple as that. Those guys don't really fuck around.

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