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

Archives: August 2006

August 28, 2006

And from the

by Chris Randall

Meet the Pikasso guitar. Apparently, this was originally commissioned by Paid-By-The-Note ambassador Pat Matheny, not Rick Nielson as one might think at first glance. There are 42 strings. One would assume that once you got done tuning it, you wouldn't feel like playing any more. I'm sure it sounds quite nice and all, as Linda Manzer is no slouch viz. making guitars, but the way I look at it, if Django only needed 6 strings, well, you get my drift. Product page is here.

August 25, 2006

Would you like extra stink with that?

by Chris Randall

Watch what happens when a ringer (e.g. Sly And The Family Stone) enters a talent contest (e.g. the 1968 Ohio State Fair.) Basically, they win. I've worked production at things like this dozens of times, but I've never seen a Sly-quality band win. Usually, it's a 12-year-old that has memorized "Moonlight Sonata."

August 24, 2006

Killer Adam Deal...

by Chris Randall

If you pop over to the Analogue Haven>used page
you'll note that they have a demo pair of Adam A7s for $850. This is an absolutely killer deal on a killer pair of speakers. If someone doesn't jump on that, I will, even though I already have a pair.

August 23, 2006

Success tastes just like chicken...

by Chris Randall

The Reverence Steam Roller keeps on chuggin' on, sucking up roughly 115% of my life. You'd think it was a limited edition or something. Now, if you get the impression I'm being a little cavalier with the whole event, nothing could be further from the truth. A very special thank you to all the folks that have helped to push AD over the edge. We're most definitely players now.

A couple of quick notes, then back to the sweatshop. First off, if you missed it in the comments of the last posting, CDM has an excellent review of Reverence up here, with some before/after sound samples. Thanks to Peter for that. (I'm not loudmouthed! I just type that way. I'm actually rather soft-spoken. Except when I'm yelling.)

Next, I just received issue 104 of Computer Music in the ol' mail box this morning, and it contains (along with our shiney new black-as-midnight Reverence ad) a fantastic review of Discord 2, wherein we receive the little CM award doohickies for "Performance" and "Value For Money," and the plug is given a 9/10. So, a big thank-you to Computer Music for that.

In the same light, Electronic Musician's current issue has Discord 2 listed as the "Download Of The Month," with a full page review, and there are some demo sounds on their Web Clips thing of both D2 and Ronin, which you can find here.

I'm sure there's a bunch of shit I'm forgetting, but that's the general run of things currently. On a different tack, is any of my fair readers a clarinet player? I need clarinet on a track. You need to be able to improvise on a general theme, and have the ability to record it at home yourself. (Like, I send you an audio clip, you play your part over that, and send me back the audio file which I can drop in my DAW.) Drop me a line via the contact button above if you're interested. I wouldn't be adverse to some other instrument that was in the clarinet tonal range, but ethnic stuff has to be able to play in the Western key of Dm.

UPDATE: I think I'm good on the whole clarinet thing. Thanks to everyone that wrote.

August 22, 2006

Dear sweet baby jebus...

by Chris Randall

And from the "careful what you wish for" category, Reverence is a smash hit, I guess. Yesterday was (by far) the biggest sales day ever for Audio Damage, and Reverence has sold more in one day than some of our other plugins have sold, period. It is a happy time.

On the flip side, I'm totally swamped with NFR requests and "I bought the wrong version" and such like that. It's really quite amazing how many people want free shit from a company that barely makes ends meet.

As an aside, our original t-shirt company _finally_ got back to me with a quote for the high quality shirts, and it is quite a bit lower than the first company, so it looks like we're going to be able to get the shirts we wanted in the first place, and still have 'em for $20 like the last batch. All's well that ends well. I'm a little too busy to deal with that just now; I'll get it rolling next week.

In any case, back to the flip-flop factory. While I'm busy, hey, look, Jack White's house is for sale, if you're really looking for that White Stripes vibe. Nice place, I'll say that much. I don't even mind the red. (Thanks to fmasseti.)


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