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

Archives: September 2006

September 25, 2006

OASYS okay...

by Chris Randall

All right. I'll admit that I had my doubts about the OASYS synth. I'll still stand by my feeling that it costs about 2.5x as much as it should, if it was to enjoy any measure of success (I'm sure I'll be taken to task by the various Korg employees that read and comment on this site for that, as there are some expensive parts in it.) But that said, I just got done watching _all_ the KARMA videos here and am left with the feeling that I would really be much better off if I had an OASYS.

I know that is just gearlust talking, but I don't think that anyone, love it or hate it, would say that the OASYS isn't the single most powerful hardware synth available today. That makes it an object of lust, despite its price tag. I mean, I'd like an Aston Martin DB7 too. But I just bought a Dodge Caliber, because while I have DB7 tastes, I have a Caliber budget.

September 24, 2006

Solutions to writer's block?

by Chris Randall

What do you guys do when you have writer's block? I'm in the depths of one of the worst phases I've ever had. (Although it's only two weeks old, so it's not that bad, relative to some people I know.) I know that everyone has a different method for getting out of it. What's yours?

September 22, 2006

Freebie from FXpansion...

by Chris Randall

Check this out. A free monosynth from our good friends at FXpansion. Marketspeak: "Orca is an experimental monosynth built to showcase some new technology that FXpansion has been developing. Based on detailed and accurate models of analogue synthesizer circuits and components, Orca excels at deep, squelchy basses and thick unison leads."

In real life: I haven't tried it yet, but it looks fly, and they're trying to get some feedback on a new synthesis method (which is almost certainly some old synthesis method.) It's sort of creepy looking, like an alien vagina or something, the Rubber Johnny of user interfaces. Registered FXpansion members only; you just have to create an account, then you can get the synth. Grab it>here.

UPDATE: I've just spent a few minutes with it. It has a distinctly ARP-ish sound; it actually sounds really good for software. Not much you can program (amp filter env, freq and res, and some detune shit) but incredibly usable sounds. Definitely give it a try, unless you're an Intel Live user; Intel Live doesn't load VST2.3 plugs, which this is.

September 21, 2006

NAMM & AES Rumors!

by Chris Randall

Heh. Made you look. Seriously, though, I was flirting with the idea of going to AES, since it's such a short drive and all, but I think I've changed my mind. I'll definitely be at NAMM, though. I've heard some juicy shit, but nothing I can repeat, unfortunately. At least, until I see someone else repeat it, then I'll be a repeatin' motherfucker.

In any case, has anyone heard any tidbits of good stuff? And I don't mean a PRS with dildo inlays or a Relics version of the first post-CBS strat. I mean good stuff...

September 19, 2006

It's a hit, bitches!

by Chris Randall


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