Archives: August 2005
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.