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

Archives: August 2005

August 16, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: Entire Music Industry Shuts Down!

by Chris Randall

Man, I'm sorry about no posting, guys, but there ain't fuck-all happening out there. I haven't found anything interesting to talk about in nigh-on 24 hours or so. Although, I'm secure in the knowledge that I'm not alone, because none of the other music blog sites have, either.

It is truly the Dog Days of summer, and it seems everyone is taking a breather from not announcing anything worth a shit at Summer NAMM, so they can ready their press releases on what they're not doing at AES. Here at Audio Damage Graphics And Concept HQ, I'm currently testing the VST version of DubStation which Adam winged at me this morning. AU is done, done, done. So it's only a matter of time before we start sending out our own press releases about that little beauty.

I was hoping to find some interesting plug-in news to post about, since I haven't done a software post in a bit, but the most exciting thing KvR has listed in the last week is the free Brackenburg guitar amp modeller. Everything else is just software updates and SynthEdit shit.

So, here's to hoping something interesting happens soon so we can all fight to see who can make the pithiest comments about it.

August 15, 2005

Schumman, Joy Of Man's Desiring...

by Chris Randall

Heavy gear-lust here. The Schumman PLL is a member of the same family that the Electro-Harmonix MicroSynth heads up. It may cost twice as much, but it looks ten times cooler, doesn't it? This is _almost_ made of unobtanium. Each one is hand-made, and there is something of a waiting list for this $500 work of art. I'm pretty sure I mentioned Main Drag Music and the Schumman pedals they alone sell at some point in an earlier iteration of this site, but they're so damned cool, I think it's worth a second look.

August 15, 2005

The Hip Hop, it don't stop...

by Chris Randall

I have to confess that I Don't Get It. ModernBeats has announced a free VST package (free as in "buy $200 worth of shit from our site, and get this package free") which is, to quote directly from them, "5 innovative plugins specifically designed towards modern Hip Hop production!"

While I haven't tried them (mainly because I haven't bought $200 worth of shit from the ModernBeats site), it's obvious from the screenshots that they are SynthEdit creations, so PC only, plus all the normal caveats that implies. (As a "real" VST/AU developer, we tend to look down our nose at SynthEdit plugs, and justifiably, I think.) But what I don't get is how these are "specifically designed towards modern Hip Hop production!" There is something called a WaterVerb, which seems to be a reverb plus some samples of bubbling water, Subatomik and Transistor (the uses of which should be obvious), and BlazeBox (which a mutli-FX unit). The final plug is TimeMachine, which is basically the same as the Grungilizer that comes with Cubase.

So, I don't see how these are any more specific to hip-hop than any other plug-in (with the possible exception of Waves L2), but I have to be kind of bemused when a chunk of SynthEdit plugs get press. Just caveat emptor.

August 14, 2005

An ass like BLAM...

by Chris Randall

Now, this is a good lookin' microphone, make no mistake. LeWilson Microphones also puts them out in green and orange. Don't know nothin' about them except that they're damned easy on the eyes, and have a tube in them. No prices on the web site, but I can't see these being cheap. Since words like "custom," "hand-built," "Neumann," and "Haufe" are liberally sprinkled through the single page, I can make a ball-park guess and say you're looking at a $1500 mic right here.

The one thing I find nice about tube mic manufacturers is that, unlike every other company that puts tubes in their gear, they don't feel the need to stick a window on there so you can see it. It's enough to simply say it's a tube mic without having to stick it in your fucking face. I've never understood that. "Look, we put a Russian 12AX7 in this [insert middle-of-the-road kit here]! Isn't it fabulous? Now you know it's just fat with a capital Ph!" I'm not sure which is stupider, consumers or the companies that take advantage of them.

August 13, 2005

Space*Synth update...

by Chris Randall

As a bit of an update to my Tiny Digital roundup of last week, Tony from ElectroKraft dropped me a line to let me know that the reason no more Space*Synths were available is because they require a specific chip, the Texas Instruments SN76477 (which is the sound chip used in many vintage video games, not the least of which is Space Invaders.) This chip is no longer made, and is rare as rare can be. Thus, unless a quantity can be procured, no more Space*Synths.

He did let me know that he has another project in the pipeline which sounds really cool. I'm looking forward to it, and will drop info when it becomes available.


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