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

Archives: May 2006

May 3, 2006


by Chris Randall

It's the EBOARDMUSEUM! Big shit! Knobs! Buttons! Lights! Bells! WHISTLES! I can't believe I beat MatrixSynth to this. I better hit "save" before he wises up! But that right there is a sight for sore eyes, make no mistake. Arturia who? I fucking love the comments for the pictures on this site. e.g.:

To be true , for sure you've heard much more convincing strings than those of the ELKARHAPSODY . And it's only cold comfort that its user listing includes names like Supertramp and Jean Michel Jarre . But this special edition in beige ..... Waiter , one more cappuccino please !

I wish I could write like that.

May 2, 2006

Roland CMU-810 Workout Video (Sweatin' to the oldies!)

by Chris Randall

fmass sent me links to four videos he made giving his CMU-810 a workout with three System 100m sequencers. The CMU-810, if you're not familiar, is the part of the Roland CMU system that doesn't need an Apple II to work. It is basically an MC-202 without the sequencer and chicklet keys. The CMU-800r is a very basic box, based on a 303 and 606 combo, but it requires an Apple II to function at all. It has CV and gate outputs, and this box was meant to sit next to it, and be driven by it.

The other three videos are here, here, and here. For extra bonus credit, here is a video of the CMU-800r in action. In my ideal studio, I have a complete CMU system, an alphasyntauri, and a Decillionix sampler, each with their own Apple II+. In my real studio, I only have the latter. Someday when I'm rich and famous, maybe. Thanks, fmass!

May 1, 2006


by Chris Randall

Oh, you pretty thing. API can do no wrong in my book, and the A2D, finally unveiled today, is no exception. Obviously following in the footsteps of the Neve-AMS 1073 DPD, this is a pair of API 312 mic pres and a high-quality A/D convertor, with AES/EBU and SPDIF outputs, for under $2K. There's an insert between the mic pre and the A/D as well. Obviously, no one has one yet. I don't think I won the contest, because I haven't received a call from API congratulating me. If the winner is an AI reader, congratulations. If you're not an AI reader, I hate you with an unbridled passion.

Well, no matter. This box is absolutely definitely on my List. Here's the site. The only downer is that it is white, instead of sexy API crackle-finish black. Well, no matter. Doesn't affect how it sounds, which is, I assume, stellar.


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