Archives: August 2005
386DX isn't just a musician. He's more like a lifestyle choice. At his site, you can listen to his most excellent renditions of The Hits, including this amazing version of California Dreamin'. You can see pictures from his appearances. You can buy his CDs. In short, you can do the same things on his site that you can on every other band site on the internet.
But there's something there I can't quite put my finger on. For some reason, you can buy a computer which is pre-configured to basically be a 386 DX performance. Embrace the amazingness that is 386DX. I'm a fan, and you will be too, shortly.
Okay, this is kind of a gimmee, because anyone who is in to synths at all and has been on the internet for more than, like, 3 hours or so knows about ?ikira and her gear. But for both of you that haven't seen this site, she has more synths and outboard than any ten normal gear-obsessed synth players. I've decided, after a couple years of occasionally gazing at her website, that there is this sort of ?ikira Event Horizon, which constitutes the absolute limit of the number of synths you can have and still get work done.
There are so many synths in this studio that it has become something of a magnetic attractor, a dip on the synth gravity plane, like those pit things in Marble Madness. I mean, members of the Synth Illuminati just drop by, I suppose in the hopes that the ?ikira Event Horizon will have enough give in it to maybe hold just one more synth. "I'm sure if we moved these three Nords closer together, we'd be able to fit this new guy in..."
Well, I don't know about all that, but as free VST and AU plugins go, the Luxonix LFX1310 is one of the best. It's a multi-effects unit about on par with an SPX-90 or thereabouts. It's been available as a PC VST for some time, but has just today been made available for OSX VST and AU. Free as in beer (you must cough up an email addy, nothing more.)
In use, it is quite simple. There are three slots, and each one can hold one of 24 different effects. All the normal utilitarian effects are included, which makes this (for the money) an incredibly useful tool. Go get you some.
Our new baby is definitely Getting There. All my previous screenshots of DubStation (either here or OSXaudio) have had the AU version. As you can see, it is now running happily in Nuendo on PC. We had a bit of a problem with the MIDI learn mode stuff, but it is fixed, and DubStation's major development is now done. All that remains is to tighten up the code a bit (Adam calls this "optimizing"), write presets and the manual, and beta-testing.
So, here's the basic deal with DubStation:
>> Delay time from 4ms to 2000ms
>> True 'analog' style delay, where the signal pitches when the time is changed.
>> MIDI learn mode for VST (this is handled by the host in AU plugs)
>> Host sync, reverse, loop, and low-cut on the delayed signal
It really is a simple plug-in, and you'll barely need the manual. It will be US$39.00, and available in our store for instant download when the time comes. Obviously, I'll keep you posted.