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

Archives: June 2006

June 6, 2006

Back To German Cartridge Land...

by Chris Randall

Okay, I'm a sucker. I'll admit it. I needed one more mic pre, and I wanted a discrete TAB or Siemens cart more than just about anything. So I've been nosing around the nether (meaning: non-eBay) regions of the Interwebs lately, looking for the right cartridge for the right price. Lo, and furthermore hark, I found what I was looking for. A fellow I'm buying a Neumann V475-2C module from (for my stupid awesome summing buss project, doncha know...) informed me that he had a TAB V376 cart he wouldn't mind parting with.

So, one Paypal transaction later, and the very V376 pictured above is on its way to me. Just gotta scare up a 1U rack and a rotary hardware editor, and buy a power supply, DI, and go-between from JLM, and I'm disco. I know I previously got rid of all my German carts, but as it turns out, I just can't get enough of that crazy TFK tone.

June 6, 2006

A Short Rant...

by Chris Randall

Is Java so much better than C++ that people are willing to require users to get a fucking 118mb download of the Sun Java Runtime to run their precious aleatoric simulation? And then make those same users put up with that miserable fucking relentless "Update me" thing?

That was a rhetorical question, of course. The answer is "no." I'm now adding compiled Java programs to my Big List Of Shit That Will Never Go On My Computer, along with anything made by PACE and Synthedit-based VST plugins. Fuck that whack-ass shit. Get over it and learn to code like a fucking adult.

And while we're on the subject, I saw Damian Marley on the Henry Rollins show on Saturday. I thought the track he did was pretty good. So I hopped on the IFC website, and listened to the second track (bands that play on the Rollins show always have two tracks; one on the TV show, and one on the web) and I liked that one all right too. So I popped on to iTunes and whacked the "Buy This Album" button. A bit of downloading later and Damian Marley's "Welcome To Jamrock" is on my hard-drive. Which brings me to my next rant.

To wit: I just paid $10 for an hour-long square wave. Seriously, this fucking album is so squished, every kick and snare is distorted. It is past nasty and in to comedy. It's not a bad album at all, but I get all tired out listening to it. After three songs, I feel like I just ran around the block a couple times. Come on guys. They're only called "dynamics" when you actually have them. Really fucking loud doesn't equal really fucking good.

June 5, 2006

The Hardest of hard-core gear porn...

by Chris Randall

Okay, I don't know what the fuck is going on here. The above image is from the ekadek world of sounds and old-school machinery. There are entirely too few pictures and sound samples on this site, but this guy is a man after my own heart, I can tell that much.

June 3, 2006

Fucktard Of The Week!

by Chris Randall

This is a multi-part fucktard fiesta. Since this is on Ebaum's World, chances are that lots of you have seen it already. But it's new to me, and thus qualifies. I'll grant that "eighties" implies a certain fucktard event horizon, and you have to _really_ be a fucking choad to get above the noise.

This guy not only manages that lofty feat, but he does it in style. It has that certain Top Gun quasi-gay porn quality, never mind the fact that his flow is fierce. And just because it's Sunday and you obviously have nothing to do (if you went to Church, you probably wouldn't be reading this web site, right) there's a part two, which, believe it or not, is actually more Top Gun gay than the first.

Thanks (I think) to Magnus Olafsson for inflicting this on us.

June 2, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall

Yet another HCGPF from our favorite thread on Vintage Synth Explorer's forums. This nice little setup belongs to one Spookyman, of Jura, Switzerland. It obviously isn't as over-the-top as our normal entries, but he's got some fun shit I thought worth noting. In the picture above, obviously the blue Rhodes is the first thing to catch your eye. I don't know if that's actual blue tolex, or if it was painted (almost certainly the latter) but I like the looks of it. Good ol' Jupiter 6 and a Korg CX-3 round things out. I don't know what that Sisme Space Master amp thing is, but I want one.

Spookyman is very much a traditionalist with his synth collection. This leads me to believe that he is a keyboard player, as opposed to a keyboard collector. Everything he owns that I can see in the pictures is very playable. The odd bit is that, of the five pictures provided, except for little spoilers here and there, you'd not be able to peg the date of the pictures.

Right after Spookyman's pictures in the Thread That Never Ends are a couple from a guy (girl?) called elsongs that are also worth a gander.

As you've no doubt noticed, I've stopped running Google ads on this page. If you're curious, there is a reason behind that. If I didn't ask for clicks, I would do, on average, $2 to $3 a day. On HCGPF when I did ask for clicks, I'd get $40 to $100. So the three or four fridays together would add up to a couple hundred bucks a month, which is more than enough to pay for the box this site sits on, and leave some money left over for Rocket Chocolate and a pack of Hebrew Nationals. However, pretty much every time I'd ask for clicks, Google would write me saying that asking for clicks is a violation of their TOS. I didn't really give a fuck about their TOS, and told 'em so, and they turned off my ads to punish me. So I said "fine, go fuck yourselves."

So, now I will run paid advertisements and affiliate programs on the right side. Here's the deal, though. I don't particularly care for companies that rely on advertising for their bread and butter, but say "we're not responsible for the content of these ads." I think that, if you take payment, you're responsible. So the ads that appear on the right side will only be for products I use and support. If a company (and you better be boutique; otherwise don't bother writing) wants to advertise on this site, you need to send me the product you want to advertise, and if I like it, I'll run your ad, and the product will be your payment. If I don't like it, I'll send it back, and that'll be that. So then you, the readers, know that I'm not going to run any bullshit ads that are for stuff I don't stand behind.

Whether that's a wise course of action or not remains to be seen, but I've had it with this whole "monetize your site" thing, and I've really had it with Musician's Friend and Sweetwater ads for Behringer shit mixers and Edirol monitors.


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