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

Archives: 2006


November 13, 2006

Bleh...

by Chris Randall
 

We're having stupendously bad weather here in the Pacific Northwest for the last week. We lost power yesterday evening, and it has only just come back on.


Let me state for the record that being a musician in this day and age requires electricity. I can play guitar okay, and I have a really nice Ibanez acoustic, but that gets boring quickly.


 
November 10, 2006

And from the

by Chris Randall
 



Digidesign continues to annoy the rest of the world with their introduction of the MBox 2 Mini. I'm so happy I could just shit. Now, on top of the shitty original MBox, and the MBox 2, both of which have the World's Worst Audio Drivers, we're graced with one that is cheap, so everyone can enjoy t3h suck.


The press material provides the quote of the day, though: "Transporting the Mbox 2 Mini is no longer effortless due to its ultra compact size." Yeah, read that twice.


(EDIT: They fixed the text. Now, it is once again effortless. I wonder if they had to rev the unit to make it effortless again.)


 
November 9, 2006

Well, I'm sure he _meant_ well...

by Chris Randall
 



one bank on Vimeo


This is a prime example of how uncool the financial business can be. The male-pattern baldness and the cream-colored tie are what really set it off. DM alerted me to this, so feel free to blame him.


(Note that Vimeo ain't no YouTube. The loading takes a while sometimes. Believe me when I say it's not really worth the wait.)


 
November 8, 2006

Teaser... Pt. 3

by Chris Randall
 





I'm in an incredibly good mood right now, due to the American elections. (It's 1 am here in Oregon, and we're still waiting on Montana, but as you no doubt know by now, it's looking like Democrats have taken both houses of congress.) As a result of my good mood, I give you the full UI of the next Audio Damage product. (Click the image for the full-size.)


Meet Replicant. It should be fairly obvious as to what it does, especially to those of you familiar with Live's built in Beat Repeat. I really like Beat Repeat, but I have a couple problems with it. (A) It's Live only, and I have no intention of switching to Live for my music creation, because it is singularly unsuited to my methodology, and (b) Beat Repeat is fucking annoying to program. I don't mean that as a slight to the Ableton guys, who had an excellent idea with their plug. It just doesn't make sense in that all-important non-Germanic way. How is ours different? Well, it has a much more comprehensive timing mechanism, resonant filters, pan position, bit reduction, and more sophisticated randomization features.


We're still quite a ways from having this done, so don't get too excited. Also, as you can clearly see from the screen shot, there are some UI elements missing. (This screenshot is actually from an earlier state of the plugin's dev process, where the knobs were dummies.) We plan to add a couple controls at this point as well, for more control over how the filters work, but I believe you can get a pretty good idea of it at this point. Pricing and release date to be determined, but you can expect it to be in line with all our other products, price-wise, and you can maybe expect to find it in your Christmas stockings.


 
November 6, 2006

Whelp...

by Chris Randall
 

While matters politic are far outside the pervue of this blog, I'd like to state for the record that tomorrow is Election Day here in the United States. It would be really, really cool if, for a change of pace, we took the time to vote for someone that wasn't a complete fucking asstard. (In my mind, "asstard" is synonymous with "republican," but I won't foist my political leanings on you at this juncture.)


So, go vote, for fuck's sake. If you don't, you automatically voted for the winner, and lose the right to whine about shit.

 

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