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

Archives: September 2015


September 30, 2015

Twitching...

by Chris Randall
 

This article on Engadget caught my eye this morning. The tl;dr version: Deadmau5 is streaming his studio work (and gaming, I guess) on Twitch.

Now, everyone reading this is no doubt familiar with my love of process, and while I don't particularly care about Mr. Zimmerman's process in particular, I like the general idea of sharing your work while you do it. I'm a visual thinker, and I get way more out of watching someone do something than reading an article or instruction manual. The vast majority of my learning comes from watching process videos and talks on YouTube. In point of fact, my favorite YouTube channels are Jimmy Diresta and I Like To Make Stuff, both of which are (while not music related, even a tiny bit) 100% about process.

I don't have any particular problem with people watching me work; in point of fact, the results are generally better because of the audience. (As long as I'm not doing vocals. That's a different story.) My questions about this idea is thus: is this something other people find interesting? I mean, would you sit on your couch for an hour and watch someone patch a Euro system or program beats on Twitch or YouTube Live? I personally don't generally watch music production process videos, because they are (and I am in no way tooting my own horn here; just stating a fact) usually put up by people that are far less experienced than I in electronic music production.

It wouldn't be that much trouble for me to pull this off. I have a commercial broadband connection here you can drive a truck through, and the technical knowledge to provide pretty good video and audio streams. However, I honestly have no idea if it's something you guys would be interested in, and thus worth the trouble.

(It would, however, be an excellent impetus to keep my office clean.)

 
September 10, 2015

Stereo Effecting...

by Chris Randall
 



Yeah, long time no post. I know. I'm a terrible person. Email me if you need my lawyer's address. Extra super-duper busy around here this summer, as we prep for our fall releases. We have several hardware products coming out before the end of the year, and it doesn't leave me much time to do the interesting things that I normally talk about here.

Speaking of, we're pleased to announce the release of ADM10 Kompressor and ADM11 Dimensions. These are interesting inasmuch as they are the first direct ports of our plug-in products to hardware; previous releases have all been sort of based on various aspects of our plugin line, but these two are the first to basically go whole-hog. Kompressor contains the entirety of our Rough Rider plug-in, while Dimensions contains the entirety of Fluid. Both have extra hardware-appropriate features, but the DSP code is almost verbatim.

These also mark the debut of our ad-ab-03 platform, which is the replacement for our initial ad-ab-01 platform (from which all of our 3-knob effects were derived.) We have ceased manufacture of the -01 based products; they are still readily available in various retailers around the world, and we have enough stock on hand to honor warranty replacements and what-not, but we won't be making or shipping any more.

ad-ab-03 is far superior to the -01 models. It has, as you can plainly see in the above picture, four panel-bolted BI 100K-turn pots, custom Rogan knobs, and a USB port for firmware updates. We've double-stacked the boards so we could squeeze 2HP more out, resulting in a 6HP module. All in all, this new platform shows everything we've learned about making hardware in the last couple years, and is a sizeable improvement.

Some products from the existing line will be ported to the new system. Some will not. We haven't come to a firm decision in that regard. We'll keep you informed, though.

In any event, both Dimensions and Kompressor are available for immediate shipment from the Audio Damage store, as well as many of our retail partners. If your favorite store doesn't carry them, be sure to ask, and they'll contact us directly. We also have Sequencer 1 back in stock for direct orders.

In other news, yes, we have several more hardware releases before the holidays. At least one of those will be a Eurorack module. Read that however you want. I've been working 12-hour days for the last week, and I'm going to take the evening off to try out this new version of Reaktor.
 

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