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

Archives: May 2006


May 8, 2006

New 500-series modules from Buzz Audio...

by Chris Randall
 



New Zealand's Buzz Audio has some nice stuff in the pipeline. Click the image for a larger pic. The Elixer mic pre fits in API-sized slots, and is a class A/Lundahl design based on their excellent MA-2.2 mic pre. $695 a throw, which puts it right in line with almost every other 500-sized mic pre. (I don't believe there are any other 500-sized pres with a transformerless input stage, so this is definitely a new flavor for that form factor.)


On the right is the Essence compressor, one of the very few non-API compressors in this form factor. It is, as you can plainly see, 2U wide, which kind of blows considering the price-per-slot of 500 racks. Not much info about this one yet, but the price is probably going to be in the $800 to $850 range.


 
May 8, 2006

Someone else's odds and ends...

by Chris Randall
 

This blog is rapidly turning in to Craigslist. I promise to endeavor to make that not be the case any more. But while I'm endeavoring, my friend Carl is selling some stuff you might want. He's a good kid but he has that backwards hairdo that's all the rage with the indie rock hipsters these days. If you can get over that, drop him a line and take some of this stuff off his hands so he can buy a Jesus & Mary Chain boxed set.

 
May 7, 2006

Odds and ends...

by Chris Randall
 
 

Okay, I'm in the midst of my spring cleaning, and I have some odd things that may be of interest to one or more of you. If something looks good to you, hit me up. Buyer pays shipping, Paypal only, as always.


1. HP 200CD oscillator. You want to talk about bottom? Holy shit. There are samples of this on the "samples" page, but the real thing is tubey and has a big fucking knob. It is heavy as hell; I wouldn't suggest shipping this over-seas. I paid $40 for it. Make me an offer I can't refuse.


2. Bell & Howell Model 10D oscilloscope. This is a good starter scope. Not a lot of bells and whistles (or Howells, for that matter) but it works as advertised. Fun for viewing your LFO and MiniWave waveforms, which is what I used it for. It is largish, but light. Offers.


3. Speak 'n' Math. Someone started a bend on this, but never actually did anything. (I have a pretty good idea why: there are three normally closed momentary buttons in the front. Something tells me the prospective bender bought the wrong kind of buttons at Ratshack and gave up.) It works fine, if you're in to the whole Speak thing, and is ready for bending. $15 and it is yours.


4. iOpener, unmodded. I got this with the intent of making a little BeOS box for running MIDI software, and using it as an external sequencer. However, I never got around to doing the mod necessary for it to run BeOS. I may get around to it yet, but it may serve someone who has a bit more free time better. If you don't know what this is, I suggest avoiding it; it is a more advanced project. Offers.


 
May 6, 2006

DIY tube amp?

by Chris Randall
 

Is anyone aware of a simple single-tube amp project out in the interwebs? I'm interested in trying my hand at building a simple tube amp, and I have some excellent NOS GE 6L6 tubes that'd be perfect for the project. Plus I want to know what it feels like to get hit with a 480V shock.

 
May 6, 2006

Four Measures Of Fury - May

by Chris Randall
 

Yup, it's that time again! Here's your loop. The key is Cm, and the tempo is 90 bpm. This one is a little more challenging, and a little less funky, as a couple people requested last month. It's a tiny piece of a song I'm working on currently.


If you're not in the know, we do FMOF the first Saturday of every month. You download the loop, and edit/chop/slice/dice/whatever it to your heart's content. The resulting file must be the same tempo and key, but otherwise, you're free to have your way with it. You may use only the provided source material. No extra samples or synthesis. You can, of course, resynthesize pieces of the included loop.


Export the results of your labours and zip it up and e-mail it to me, or post a link to it in one of the FMOF threads throughout the week. At midnight next Friday, I'll assemble all the loops in chronological order, and post the resulting track.

 

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