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

Archives: 2011

October 13, 2011

More Disembodied Hands Doin' Stuff...

by Chris Randall

I got an Eventide Space pedal yesterday, and only had a chance to fool with it for a few minutes. But today, I had a couple-hour window between when Adam decided he couldn't take AudioUnits any more and when the folks at $MEGA_CORP get to work, so I decided to spend some quality time with the Space.

I started at the last preset, #100, since I have 25 years of experience with virtually every product Eventide has ever made, and I know that they put the best presets at the end, always. I only made it to, like, 85 or something before I was all like "man, I gotta bust out a track." So I fired up the Tempest on a Project of synthesized drums I've been working on in my copious free time and whacked in a couple patterns. Then I pulled out the Genome sequencer from White Noise for my iPad and went to town.

So, the net result is that this video is essentially an advertisement for Eventide, Dave Smith Instruments, and White Noise Audio. And, I guess, polyrhythms. As you're aware, I'm one of the only music-tech bloggers that actually informs you when I get freebies, and the Space falls in to that category. But you also know that I have purchased, at one time or another, virtually everything Eventide has made, from the H910 on up to the H8000FW. The Space is, like the other pedals in this series, top notch.

In other news, after a week of truly nightmarish problems (brought on, no doubt, by my sanguine outlook in the previous post) we now have in our possession all 10 (yes, you read that right, the number ten, including 32- and 64-bit builds of VST3, VST2.4, and AU) builds of Filterstation. We have some tidying up to do, and a couple little bugs to work out, but we're getting very close. I'm guessing this will go out to the NFR list shortly, so they can bang on it while we write the manual, and at some point Real Soon Now, Filterstation will be on sale.


October 6, 2011

Various Things...

by Chris Randall

First up, you may or may not have heard but Beatserv is going out of business. Wade makes beds and background music for television as his main job, and his work has really taken off in the last few months. While this is excellent news, it means he doesn't have time to do Beatserv any more. He's doing one big throwdown before he shuts the virtual doors on the Beatserv site, so hit that shit and stock up before it's gone forever.

Next, I have an Eventide Space coming, so if you were waiting for my glowing report (aside from the one I gave at NAMM) that'll be forthcoming. I have an interesting theory about the operation of that unit that I don't believe anyone has tried yet, which I'll experiment with and report on.

Finally, we'll probably have the OS X side of Filterstation wrapped up and a beta version off to the testers today. I'm finishing up the presets today, as well. If we don't run in to any more issues, RC1 will go out for its wide test this weekend, and we'll have this bitch on sale next week.

EDIT: The preceding paragraph is a perfect example of what is known in this business as "hubris."

That's it for right now. Keep on keepin' on.

October 5, 2011


by Chris Randall

October 3, 2011

And Even More Tempest Stuff...

by Chris Randall

I'm trying to get as much use out of this thing as I can before it has to go back to its rightful owners, hence overlapping videos and blog posts.

Anyhow, in this one, you can see me utilizing the "16 Mutes" mode of operation, in order to arrange the song on the fly. In this mode, you essentially sequence one whole pattern with everything going on that you might need, and turn the sounds on and off with the appropriate buttons.

Also making an appearance in this one is the Beepcat/Beagleboard, which you can just make out sitting on the Juno 60. I'm controlling it with the Akai MPK as in the Beepcat video. It is doing the higher-pitched melody thing that comes in when I drop the foot out.

The Euro-Rack modular is providing the bassline; it is a single TipTop oscillator running through a Harvestman Kuzminorgel in to a Harvestman Polivoks filter, plus some Doepfer stuff nobody gives a shit about.

And last but not least, my trusty Meeblip is doing the wubs.

Like the last few videos, recorded to and mixed from a TASCAM TSR-8 1/2" tape deck. MIDI sequencing done in Live. You know the drill.

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