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

Archives: July 2007

July 23, 2007

Open Thread: Microphones...

by Chris Randall

Open thread time. What's your favorite mic under $500? The best mic I ever purchased for under $500 was a Shure KSM44. They currently retail for a bit more than that, but a sound/lighting company I was working for bought a couple for in-store stock, and couldn't sell them, and the owner gave me one for $450. So I know that doesn't really count, but there you go.

In any event, I'm curious as to what you think the best mic available for under $500 is?

THE VERDICT: The general consensus seems to be that the EV RE20/PL20 (they are the same mic, just different designators) is the best bang-for-the-buck easily available for under $500. It retails for $399, and I agree that it is an incredibly versatile and nearly indestructible mic. Every studio has at least one, and with good reason.

July 21, 2007


by Chris Randall

Elle installed Google Analytics? for this site during her recent upgrade frenzy, and I've been amusing myself today by trying to sift useful information from the barage of data.

It's been running a month now, and there are some interesting things I've gleaned. For instance, there are more AI readers in L.A. than anywhere else in the world. Roughly 1/3 of all AI readers are on the West Coast of the USA, and of those, roughly half (so 1/6th of the total) are in L.A. The Oregon map shows some interesting data. For instance, there is an avid reader or two in Sheridan. For some reason, I find this fact somewhat disconcerting, as it is a town of some 3,000 people up in the Cascade range.

Although, when you think about it, the town AI is written in, Mill City, OR, makes Sheridan look like fuckin' Gotham. So there's that.

I'd also like to hear from the two people that regularly visit this site using SunOS. For some reason, I have it in my head that one of them lives in Sheridan. That'd be funny.

But other than that, the main thing I can glean from Google's analysis is that you all have much too much free time on your hands. Seriously. Make some music.

July 20, 2007

Dr. Device Progress Report...

by Chris Randall

Here's a picture that will make many happy. That right there is a screenshot of the AU version of Dr. Device chugging away.

All that's left at this point is to tighten things up a little bit, do the presets, make the PPC versions, build the installers, and ship that fucker. So not very long now.

July 20, 2007

Want a pristine perfect Wurli 200?

by Chris Randall

My good friend Don Mennerich (you may know him as dm of soundarc fame) has decided to sell his Wurlitzer 200, pictured above, to fund the purchase of a clav. I would buy it, but my gear budget is through the damned roof these days, and I'd just ruin it anyways.

Here's the details: it is a 200, not a 200A. It has all the accessories, and is essentially in brand-new condition. A Wurlitzer tech recapped the amp and reset all the keys to the original action. This is as close as you'll ever get to having a new Wurlitzer 200. Quite simply, there ain't none better. Anywhere. Don is looking to get something in the $1600 neck-of-the-woods, and personally I think this instrument is well worth it, when beat-to-hell versions go on the 'bay for north of $1200.

If you're interested, there are a couple more pictures here, and you can use the contact form above to drop me an email, which I will gladly forward. Don will be happy to answer any questions in the comments section of this post.

On a personal note, something like this doesn't come on sale very often (read: "never") so it's worth serious consideration if you're in the market for a Wurli.

EDIT: Sold. I'm jealous. Both of the new owner, and DM.

July 18, 2007

WTB: Lexicon Prime Time II

by Chris Randall

I'm looking for a Lexicon Prime Time II in good working order. Cosmetics not important, but everything internally has to be right. Please note that I DIDN'T say "Prime Time" or "Super Prime Time." I said "Prime Time II." If you've got you're looking to unload, drop me a line. Can't find one on Soundbroker. Sonic Circus doesn't have one. The ones on eBay are either in other countries or from people with 1 feedback, or both. Hook a brother up.

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