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

Archives: May 2006

May 19, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall

Another studio one this week. I've been obsessing over outboard the last two weeks, as my posts here no doubt show. One of the objects of my fancy is the Purple MC77, the excellent modern clone of the 1176. Purple Audio is actually an offshoot of Coral Sound. Another offshoot of Coral Sound is Exile, a strictly-analog studio in LIC. (Strong Island, represent! Or, maybe not, actually. Whack the "Exile" link on their c. 1997 frame-a-thon.) This studio is really nice. I could see myself tracking there. (But not mixing, I don't think. I'm more of a K2/Brittania Row kind of guy when it comes to mixing in Real Studios.) Their gear list reads like a Who's Who of good vintage shit. Check the rack pictures, then get back to me.

Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the synths in the studio, but their collection is impressive, including an OCTave Cat, a Voyetra 8, two EML 101s and a 400/401, and a 12 (!!!) panel Serge. They also have a Hohner clav, a B3, and two (!!!!) Wurli 200s. I'm glad there aren't any pictures, because the outboard alone made me a little crazy, what with the Eventide Collection, an EMT 140 and 250 (now, that's just ostentatious.) Never you mind that
Neve A4345 just sitting there looking pretty.

In short, Exile is the bomb-diggity, as far as analog recording goes. Perhaps someone from there will read this, and send us some pics of the synth and guitar amp collections? That'd be just peachy.

May 18, 2006

The Big Sell Off (final round!)

by Chris Randall

Okay, I got my Lynx cables today, so the MOTU 896 is officially outta here. Typical rack wear; otherwise it is in top form, and I am the original owner. $600 $500, or I will trade for the following items:

Telefunken/Siemens/ANT/Filtek/Nuemann cartridges

Silvertone electric archtop or a nice vintage electric resonator/dobro

Vintage rack gear of most any stripe but especially mic pres, filters/eqs, and compressors

Analog synths

Obviously, the value of whatever you're offering to trade should be commensurate. Save the lowball shit for some other sucker.

Also available: a Parker Nightfly Deluxe, black w/ white pickguard. A couple nicks on the headstock, and the little plastic toggle thingie that goes on the pickup selector is missing. (This is the same as the Fender piece, and thus is available at any Guitar Center.) The volume pot could use cleaning. Otherwise, good to go. Includes the hard case. Make me an offer on this one, or will trade for any of the stuff listed above.

Korg Toneworks 104ds. It distorts. Like, a lot. Not my cup of tea. $25.

As always, Paypal only, buyer pays true shipping cost. Drop me a line if any of the above interest you.

May 17, 2006

Four Measures Of Fury May Final...

by Chris Randall

Okay, sorry this took so long, but I've been busy as fuck the last couple weeks. The interesting thing about this one, which didn't have a break as a starting point, is that the submissions are far more musical than previous months. I think that in the future we'll stick to this methodology.

Here's the MP3, and here's the Big List:

1. Original Loop

2. Jonathan Newell

3. Shamann

4. Angstrom

5. Navs Abbany

6. Ronin

7. j. schnable

8. Cain Torst

9. BringMeUp

10. meto

11. Puffer

12. Rafi Esterson

13. Tacos Pescados

14. sdfdf asds

15. Chad

16. jt

17. X. Cerveau

18. Bounte

19. Chris Randall


May 15, 2006

New Toys!

by Chris Randall

I scored a Lynx AES16 card over the weekend. A really cool guy on Gearslutz was selling a new-in-box one for a significant discount, which I couldn't pass up. So I stopped by his house/studio on the way to visit my Grandmother for Mother's Day, and we traded cash for card. I've ordered the proper cables, but I don't have 'em yet. As soon as they arrive, my MOTU 896 is for sale. I'd like to get $600 for it, so if there is anyone out there that wants to take the next step up from, say, an Mbox or something, now is your chance.

Speaking of Mboxen, the person that wanted to buy mine backed out, so it is available again. I originally had it for $150, but I'd take $125 for it, or I would trade for something interesting, like an electric resonator guitar or a cool old mic or pedal or something.

Speaking of tasty new toys, you may not have seen in the comments of an earlier thread that I cancelled my Chandler Germanium order with Mercenary. I didn't particularly care for their lack of communication regarding the order taking so long. So I ordered a 312A from Brent Averill, and it just arrived this morning. Customer service: 5 blinking gold stars. Product quality: 10 neon orange gold stars. This is a fantastic mic pre, and they really did right by me. I can't find the superlatives, except to say that if you're on the fence about purchasing a Brent Averill product, hop on over. They couldn't be nicer, and you get what you pay for and then some. As soon as I build up enough scratch I'm going to get the 1272, as well.

EDIT: I've just been fooling with this Lynx card, and I've got it running at 1.45 ms of latency on a jam-packed project with no skips. How fucking nice is that. I love pro gear.

May 15, 2006

I couldn't make this shit up...

by Chris Randall

A guy with a tuba that shoots flames performing a cover of Brittney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again."



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