Archives: September 2005
I have to be honest: I would never buy something like this on eBay. Maybe two or three years ago, but not now. I'm not going to buy a heirloom synth or piece of outboard unless the seller is a reputable and long-standing member of one of the several synth and audio lists and boards I belong to, or I can see it in person. It's just too easy to get duped by this shit, even if you're paying attention. I guess I'm lucky in as much as I've never been had on eBay, despite using it heavily pretty much since it started carrying things besides Beanie Babies. But I've definitely become more cautious in the last couple years.
UPDATE: As I surmised, the fraud auction was removed by eBay.
Just kill me now. I came across this rig today, and since it is still Friday, I figured we'd go for the double whammy. This Serge/Doepfer/MOTM modular belongs to one John Duval, who is apparently one half of the cinematic/ambient/electronic/et al duo Dweller At The Threshold. The two panels between the Doepfer stuff and the MOTM stuff are what? ASM-1 custom jobs? Hard to tell.
This is the sort of synth that makes me regress in to my animal backbrain, screaming "shit!" at the top of my lungs while punching the wall repeatedly. 24 Serge panels? Shit!
Yup, it's Friday, and that can mean only one thing: hardcore gear pr0n. Now, I don't know if this place is even still around, but I've slobbered over this guy's collection, monikered the Audio Playground Synthesizer Museum, many times in the years this site has been up (and the years since it has been updated, for that matter.) Extra credit for the soundsheets and audio demos. Great fun, that.
Yeah, that's it. There will be a blue LED to illumintate him, just so you know it's a real ninja and not, e.g., some metrosexual indie rocker dressed up like one.
My feelings on tubes have been posted here and other forums enough to where you have probably got a good idea of my maxim: if there's a window so you can see the tube, the tube's inclusion in the product is as a gimmick or marketing ploy, not because it will impart any magic powers on the gear. There are (rare) exceptions to this rule, but for the most part it is a safe rule of thumb: if you can see the tubes from the front, it doesn't matter if they're in there or not, because it's still a shitty piece of kit.
Which brings me to what is pictured above. The only thing dumber than tubes added to a product just so you can say there are tubes in it (and sorry, Korg, but I'm talkin' bout you...) is putting a picture of an imaginary tube on your plug-in UI. I, of all people, know that the user interface of a plug-in does in fact do a lot of the talking about that plug-in. But I draw the line, you know?
Now, I don't have anything bad to say about TL Labs otherwise. I mean, they're one of those snobby sorts of companies that only make TDM and RTAS shit, and charge an arm and a nut for their plugs, and use (gasp, choke) iLok for their CP (an utterly pointless exercise if ever there was one) but I'm sure they're very nice people. But a fucking tube? Come on.
Well, never mind all that, yeah, go ahead and check it if you're a PT user and have half a banger to drop on a compressor plug-in with a real live tube in it.
As a rather amusing aside, I was thinking of Antares' The Tube plug-in the other day, and mentioned to Adam that it would be funny if Audio Damage released a plug-in called "The Op-Amp" and it had perfect models of all the shitty dimestore op-amps that are found in low-end Chinese-made gear. We would release it in TDM only, and charge $799 for it with iLok CP. It would probably sell like hotcakes.