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

Archives: August 2005

August 26, 2005


by Chris Randall

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.

August 26, 2005

Good mic cable deal...

by Chris Randall

I just got my monthly spam from Vintage Microphones, and they've started carrying the Blue mic cable series. Now, I know this isn't a sexy item. Quite frankly, I hate spending money on shit like this. But these are, like, heirloom-quality mic cables, and the price breaks for quantity orders are fantastic. You can get 10 Blueberry mic cables for $265, which is an excellent deal, plus Vintage Microphones is a cool company in my book. Go forth.

August 25, 2005

Rub a dub dub...

by Chris Randall

You can always tell when Audio Damage is nearing the end of a release cycle, as I hardly ever post. That'll continue to be the case for the next couple days, so sit tight...

August 24, 2005

A New High In Low...

by Chris Randall

Tacky, tacky, tacky. Open Labs, makers of the NeKo OpenSynth (you know, that honkin' big AMD-based computer with a keyboard built in) have been sending this press release around. I don't normally print press releases, but I thought I would make an exception in this regard:

Open Labs (, 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...

August 24, 2005

Resistance Is Futile!

by Chris Randall

Now, I'm not a fan of Digidesign. I've managed to release 11 full-length albums and twice that many singles never having used ProTools to record even one song. I've done session work that involved PT, and of course Audio Damage ported our first product, the Mayhem package, to RTAS. So I've used it enough to know that I don't like it. I don't like anything about it. I don't like the work-flow or the layout or the sound of it. I don't like the over-produced PT-based albums that were so common in the late 90s and early 00s. (Garbage, I'm talkin' bout you...)

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.


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