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

Archives: September 2005

September 2, 2005

Free Anechoic chamber...

by Chris Randall

If you live in or near Boston, you might be interested in this, a CraigsList posting for a free anechoic chamber. What would you do with it? Well, if you tracked guitars, you could put a little amp in there, crank it up to 11, close the door, and not hear a god damned thing. If only I wasn't 3000 miles away.

UPDATE: Apparently, it isn't free. They want $400 for it. Even so, that's a pretty good deal for something like this.

September 2, 2005

Am I Bloo?

by Chris Randall

There are few tools you actually _need_ to create music, but a good compressor, a good mic pre, and a good mic are the three things you should spend money on. For everything else, you can either do it in your computer with passable quality, or the difference between good and bad is only noticable by people with "golden ears." That's why I continually post about high-end mic pres, compressors, and mics. This is the one area that separates the men from the boys. In that light, I bring you this.

Pictured above is the end result of the Bloo Technologies LA2A kit. This is apparently as close as you can get to the Real Thing in this day and age. It isn't exactly inexpensive, though. There is a thread at the Prodigy Pro forums, found here, that is everything you need to know. Bloo Technologies doesn't have a website, and this is more or less a complete child of the Prodigy Pro site. He mouses about the price, and won't actually tell you unless you e-mail him. I have thoughtfully done so for you already, and (risking the Wrath here) I post it: the kit from him is $650. It is missing a few parts which you will have to procure separately, which brings the total cost-to-build to around $850.

Now, Universal Audio makes the current incarnation of the Teletronix LA2A, available for $2399 from Vintage King, so $850 is quite a deal, if you're handy with the soldering iron. There are several other knockoffs, in the same price range, or you can, of course, track down a real one for about a grand more.

September 2, 2005


by Chris Randall

I'm going to attempt to make an entry here, even though it's difficult to think about gear while watching my country come apart at the seams. I just want to warn you from the outset that I'm in a really shitty mood, so no punches will be pulled.

First up, Mbox 2. Everyone is getting all freaky-deaky over this. I imagine it's a nice enough little box, but two points. First, DigiDesign can't write drivers to fucking save their lives. I have an Mbox connected to this very computer, and the only thing that has kept me from spinning it through the nearest window on several occasions is that I actually need it so I can run the useless pile of shit that is ProTools LE on the rare occasion that I need to for AD purposes. These boxes are fine if all you need to do is run PT LE, but check it out: if you have it hooked to a PC instead of a Mac, the driver prevents the computer from hibernating. That's just the tip of the iceberg. I could go on for hours. My second point is that I happen to be privy to the knowledge that a certain hardware company is about to announce a _really_ nice FW portable that blows this out of the water, in both features and price. Can't say who or what just yet. I'll find out if I can talk about it today.

Next, I'll have a Gear Porn picture today, I promise. Until then, if you're in the US, please don't drive your Hummer H2 a block to the grocery store then leave it running so the AC will keep it cool while you pick up fresh frozen snacks. We are quite literally _out_ of gasoline here. Try to keep things in perspective.


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