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

Archives: July 2007

July 31, 2007

Is there a Doctor in the house?

by Chris Randall

There is now. Dr. Device is now available.

July 28, 2007

MFB : The Shit or just Shit?

by Chris Randall

I've been entertaining the thought of picking a couple MFB products up, specifically the Synth II pictured above and their new Drumcomputer, the MFB-503e. However, unlike the stuff I normally buy from boutique manufacturers, the look of these boxes doesn't exactly cause words like "robust" to go jangling about the cavern in between my ears.

So, how 'bout it? Do you own one of the many MFB products, and if so could you comment to build quality and sound? For the money, I'm not expecting the tank-like construction of Moog or Dave Smith stuff, as only Americans can do it, (although the Synth II costs more than an Evolver, I guess) but should I find myself concerned were these units to be used on stage?

July 27, 2007

Law and fuckin' Order...

by Chris Randall

I was doing my morning perusal of Gearslutz (I don't drink coffee, so I have to get my vitriol elsewhere) and came across a link to these guys. Personally, I've never had a problem with gear being stolen. Mainly because I'm not a fucking retard that gets drunk at every show.

(Positive correlation: getting drunk at your shows leads to lost equipment.)

In any event, I take serious issue with this marketspeak on their site: "You are 5 times less likely to become a burglary victim if you use SmartWater to mark your property." What's the mathematical formula that produced that little gem? But that said, if you have high end stuff you normally travel with, and we know that the market for such items is on the small side, it might not be a bad idea to mark it with something like this. I guess it's an invisible ink that has "DNA" of some sort.

I'll admit that I get a fit of the giggles when I picture myself trying to explain to the Barney Fife cops that work in this town that I have fluorescent DNA painted on my gear, but... yeah...
Thoughts? Common sense is the most obvious deterrent against theft, but sometimes shit happens you just can't control.

July 25, 2007

Dr. Device update...

by Chris Randall

Okay, we're pretty much done with major coding on Dr. Device, and are about to enter in to our testing period. (I'm loath to write those words, because they always engender 20 to 30 letters that say, for all intents and purposes, "hey, can I get your shit for free if I install it and do a cursory examination, then forget to write you back about it until the product has been out for like a month?")

But presets are done, the AU is done, the VSTs on both Windows and OSX are done. So it's just a matter of inserting the copy protection, building UB versions on the Mac side, and making installers. Then the plugs go out for final testing, we fix any bugs that are found, and that's that. I'm not going to give a date, because that would jinx it, but we're definitely in the home stretch with this bear.

July 24, 2007

WTB: Hohner Pianet...

by Chris Randall

As the title says, I'm looking for a Pianet in good working condition. I'd prefer an N, but I can live with a T. Drop me a line via the "contact" form above. And please note that I do know how to use eBay, so you don't need to post eBay links in the comments section.

Also, I'm still looking for a Lexicon Prime Time II.


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