Archives: August 2005
Sequencers are a dime a dozen these days, but check out this uber-simple VST host and semi-audio sequencer from Brambos. I've tried out the demo, and it definitely has potential. A lot of VSTs by commercial developers don't work, or crash it, and it has a couple obvious bugs without too much digging, but it's kind of an interesting take on the quick-n-dirty paradigm, and could be a fun sketchpad if some of these bugs are fixed.
Open Labs (www.openlabs.com), which built the first Windows-based keyboard workstation in 2003, is one of a number of innovative synthesizer manufacturers that trace their lineage, if not their inspiration, to Bob Moog.
Open Labs CEO, Victor Wong, chief architect Craig Negoescu, and chief technology officer Lary Cotten are all available for comment on Bob Moog's passing.
I mean, come on. I know that one of the cardinal rules of running a business is to send out a press release every time your CFO has a bowel movement, but I'm afraid I have to draw the line at this. I had previously thought this company was kind of cool in a weird sort of way, but, I mean, fuck...
What I really don't like is how the Borg Cube that is Avid is sucking up companies now, like they were Apple or something. They scored M-Audio not too long ago, and while that didn't directly affect me, as I don't use any M-Audio products, on Monday they announced that they purchased Wizoo. Personally, I don't really use Wizoo products that much either. I have two of their sample disks, the grand piano and the electronic toolkit thingie. But the thing about Avid buying up companies is that they do the same thing Apple does--they Avidfy 'em. So, let's see how long it takes before M-Audio interfaces and Wizoo sample-playback plugs only work with PT.
Now, you're saying "Chris, why the fuck do you care? You don't seem to have hung your hat on either of these companies' products..." Well, that may be true, but I like to have _options_, you know? Once companies get over a certain size, they seem to just ingest everything in their path that might be worth a shit. Let me put it this way: I used to be a Logic user.