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

Archives: July 2006

July 4, 2006

Tesla t00ns are t3h r0k...

by Chris Randall

Thanks, Shawn!

July 3, 2006

Synthesis Technology getting out of kit biz...

by Chris Randall

Paul Schreiber has just announced that, as of 1/1/07, MOTM modules will no longer be available in kit form, as he is moving the entire production to SMT processes, and only crazy people like Adam will build SMT kits. You can read the lengthy article here. Quite frankly, I had a feeling he was going to do something like this as soon as he announced that the Frac versions of his modules would be SMT. Can't keep 'em down on the farm, etc...

In any case, there is going to be a big 15% off sale, so if you're in to the MOTM format, now's the time to stock up.

July 2, 2006

A solution in search of a problem...

by Chris Randall

You might remember the Optimus keyboard (yeah, the one with a little OLED screen in each key) making the rounds a few months ago. Well, Art.Lebedev has actually brought a similar product to market, even though the Optimus is still a few months off. The Optimus Mini 3 is a baby version of the Optimus, with three screen/keys instead of 101.

I can actually think of several musical uses for this, truth be told. Well, onel, anyways: a wired remote for Nuendo. It'd be handy to have a stop/play/record remote. It isn't that expensive; you can pre-order it for $120 or so, and it is available in black or silver.

July 2, 2006

Fucktard(s) of the week (Special Wanking Edition)

by Chris Randall

If someone tried to pull this shit out on a session I was working on, I'd say "okay, dude, you're not getting paid per note." The absolute worst form of musical masturbation, now with makeup and pleather.

July 1, 2006

The Halfway House...

by Chris Randall

So, I got everything I needed to rack up this V376 cartridge I bought, then I discovered that the Par-Metal rack chassis I ordered is, uh, too good for the job? Something. The aluminum top and bottom plates are so thick that the V376 (which is a tad bit wider than normal TAB modules) wouldn't fit.

So, my only recourse is to go to a 2U rack, and maybe throw some other jank in the rack (EQ, comp, whatever) to fill it out. Or sell it. Or something. Until that heady day when I make up my mind occurs, I threw it in a lunchbox. Literally. I was casting about for a temporary enclosure, and came upon this little steel lunchbox I bought to keep Stuff in (because one particular facet of my nascent obsessive-compulsive disorder is that I can't walk by a display of small storage solutions without buying at least one.)
It was the perfect size, so I got out the ol' rotary hardware editor (otherwise known as a Dremel) and knocked some V376-shaped holes in it.

As you can see, there is quite a bit of infrastructure for a single cartridge, at least if you want to have all the normal features of a mic pre. On the left (bolted to the lid of the lunchbox) is the JLM AC/DC power supply. On the upper right, you see the JLM Go-Between, which provides pad, phantom, and phase phlip duties. On the lower right is the JLM D.I. module, which piggybacks on to the Go-Between via that little ribbon cable (no more coax!). That power supply will easily do four Telefunken/TAB/Siemens/Neumann/Whatever modules, and as many as eight if they're not heavy draw units (like the compressors.) So, this is kind of semi-lame, but until I figure out what the fuck I'm gonna do with this bad boy, it'll work.


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