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

Archives: June 2007

June 3, 2007

Spring... uh... cleaning?

by Chris Randall

So I'm renovating my little studio building, with the plan of eventually returning to my hut in the not-too-distant future. I've been inside our house now for a few months, and I vastly prefer it. Unfortunately my long-suffering wife would vastly prefer that I go somewhere far away. So, needs must, as they say...

In any event, in order to make the space air-tight (and thus less subject to the whims of environment) I need to _clean_ it first. Since I took out all the gear I need to work in something of a hurry, and I've just been using the building as a staging area for snowboarding, skateboarding, biking, and home improvement since, it is something of a disaster. So I spent the better part of today moving shit around.

The problem with that is that I keep finding fun things I forgot I had, stuff I bought at a yard sale or something, threw on the Pile, and promptly erased from the higher regions of my brain. This picture shows roughly 1% of what I'm dealing with. Everything in the photo with the exception of the little Vox amp, the guitar pedals, and the AudioMedia II card inside that IIci was purchased at a yard sale or thrift store. I've had no end of amusement today plugging various things in, fucking with TurboSynth, and generally getting nothing done.

(And before you ask, yes, I am _exactly_ the sort of person that would just happen to have a Mac II video -> VGA adapter just lying about in case I want to use an LCD monitor with an old Mac. I mean, you never know when that sort of thing would come in handy, right?)

But that's about the most ghetto picture I can put together of what could theoretically be described as studio equipment. I suppose I could find some old Marantz speakers to fill out the picture; what I really should have done was stack all my Realistic effects units on top of the Sears guitar amps. What's your most ghetto stuff? Photos if you've got 'em.

June 2, 2007

Around The Interwebs...

by Chris Randall

Just some fun things I've been sent or found during the week. First up is Stefan Goodchild's blog. He's got a couple projects (including a whopper of a MIDIbox) going, and has a really nice package of Plogue Bidule groups that he just put up. Go visit Here.

Next up, Sebatron have released two new products that will most likely rock my world. Nitrous is a FET comp, and Proxima is a single channel of the Cygnus class A pre, paired with a slightly less feature-laden version of the Nitrous FET comp. They are $890 each (really? Really really?) and I'm glad that Sebatron finally got in to solid state gear, as this whole t00b thing is mercifully dying out. Read about 'em here. I'm having a hard time coming up with a scenario in which either of these (or the Cygnus for that matter) _aren't_ a great deal.

And finally, check out this podcast, which is about as much Optigon as any single person could reasonably be expected to stand. Our friend Inverse Room has a piece, and there's some other stuff, all Optigon-centric. Optical disk lovers, unite!

Anything out there that is odd/fun/stupid/cool that you've not seen posted before? Do share...


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