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

Archives: 2005

October 6, 2005

It's the new style...

by Chris Randall

I guess cute little recording concoles are the Next Big Thing in the boutique world. Hot on the heels of the Wunder Audio announcement last week, we have this little beastie from Tonelux. This is more a configure-it-yourself (CIY?) kind of thing; Tonelux has a wide variety of modules for their summing/recording system, and this will hold them all in various configurations.

A bit more info on their website, but suffice to say this is another one that ain't too cheap. On the bright side, you'll see that Manowar, the World's Loudest Band, has chosen Tonelux for their studio. Now, there's a ringing endorsement. Because their records are so good.

October 5, 2005

And another thing...

by Chris Randall

AES starts Friday, and I just want to jot a quick note to major manufacturers: don't send me your fucking press releases. I don't know how I got on your Big List Of Shills, but I only talk about things that, like, don't completely fucking blow. Nobody cares if you put a tube in your beatbox for extra phatt beatz. Seriously.

I'm not kidding. This site is boutique only, unless it is really fucking fly, so spare me.

October 5, 2005

And now for something completely different...

by Chris Randall

Since it seems the entire music industry blog-o-sphere is all a-titter with giggly schoolboy glee over Amplitude 2, as endorsed by the lead guitarist of the Italian metal band Cameltoe, it begs the question: are there any female readers of this blog? I get a couple thousand people a day here, and logic would dictate that the demographic would follow the normal professional musician community at large, as in the readership is a sausage-fest on the order of about 98.2%. I'm just curious if that's actually the case here.

I have a polling mechanism as part of the nifty posiNET back-end, but I don't really see the need to use "Are you a girl?" as its maiden (heh) voyage on this site. There's really no way to tell, I suppose. But my real curiosity is thus: does the blatant sexuality of the Amplitude 2 marketing actually move products? I think it is pretty lame, myself, but having known (and fired) quite a few guitarists in my time, I can see how it might work.

The funniest part, though, is at the beginning of the Flash movie (yeah, don't pretend you didn't click the Cameltoe link above...) it says "For Mature Audiences Only." So I guess they don't actually intend for any guitarists to see it?

October 4, 2005

URS compressors!

by Chris Randall

The URS equalizers are pretty much the bomb, as far as software equalization goes. I'm a big fan, and you'll find an A-series on just about every track on every project in my system. URS just dropped a bombshell, though. At AES, they'll be announcing a pair of compressors. I normally loath to print press nuggets here, but I'm pretty excited about this, and it is hard to type when I'm excited. So some cutting and pasting is in order:

The URS Classic Console Compressor Bundle digitally re-creates the sound of two popular British console compressors. The URS 1970 is smooth and warm, and the URS 1980 is snappy and more aggressive. Both feature high-resolution 48-bit double-precision processing and 192k sampling. Separate compressor and brickwall limiter, internal sidechain with high- and lowpass filtering. Prices: $899 TDM and $449 Native RTAS AudioUnits and VST.

There's nothing on their site about this yet, and that little tiny thing is the only picture I can find. My Powers Of Deductive Reasoning tell me that the 1970 is a Neve 2-buss console comp, and the 1980 is almost certainly an SSL 2-buss. This is most awesome. I'm just all a-titter with excitement.

October 4, 2005

Central Station...

by Chris Randall

Got myself one o' them there Central Stations today, with the nifty little remote control thingamajig. This bad boy is definitely the new hub of my Analog Lifestyle. What it is, for those not in the know, is basically the master section of a console. You got your input selectors, your speaker selectors, your big-ass volume knob. The little remote thingie duplicates the major features.

It's a bog-simple piece of kit, really. Plugged it in, it worked. It is a passive device; there is nothing in the audio path to speak of, and all switching is done with mechanical relays (so you get a satisfying "thunk" whenever you change the inputs.) Very handy thing to have for a computer-based studio that doesn't have a console. I'll post a more thorough review after I've lived with it for a while, but my initial impressions are nice clean workmanlike interface, and it does what it is supposed to without any drama. Can't really ask for more than that from a piece of gear, can you?


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