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

Archives: 2005

December 31, 2005

The best band ever?

by Chris Randall

I'm sitting here working on the graphics for a future AD product, and I've got my iTunes cooking, and I can't decide. Which is the best band ever? Agent Orange or Killing Joke? It's got to be one or the other.

UPDATE: I'm pretty sure it's Agent Orange.

December 31, 2005

DIY '59 Bassman in a roadcase...

by Chris Randall

As the subject says. The blinding logic of this stunned me a little bit. One of the biggest pains of touring is dealing with the guitar cabs and their cases. (The biggest pain, of course, is the drum set and the alcoholic pedophile that drives it.) Why not build the amp right in to the case? Why not, indeed. This guy has built, from scratch, a '59 Bassman clone right in to a normal 2x12 Anvil case. No fuss, no muss. Visit his page for more pictures. If you want to build your own '59 Bassman, you can get the plans, parts, and lots of help at Hoffman Amps.

Speaking strictly for myself, I'd throw a grill over the speakers, but that's just me.

December 30, 2005

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall

I'll admit that the usual suspects for Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday are a little bit too neat. Usually, the studios I put up here are on the clean side, which bodes ill for their actually being used at any point. Pictured above is the studio of a certain Jason [warning: soul-sapping Myspace login required to actually view the other pics] who has a workspace much more like what I myself spend every waking minute in.

A little trainspotting is in order, as there are some odd items in view. Up top is obviously a Modcan. Under that is a Moog 15 for the obligitory Moog Cred Factor. (I think anyone that owns and uses a Moog Synthesizer 15 has about topped out on Moog Cred, quite frankly. No need for anything else in that department.) To the right of that is an extra-super-rare Wavemakers KB modular. Info on the whole Wavemakers line is available here. To the left of the Moog is an oscillator of unknown marque, and left of that is what? Can't tell. A LinnDrum, some Roland boxes, and the omnipresent Mackie mixer round out the picture. (Moog, Modcan, and Mackie. Three great tastes that taste great together.)

I gotta say, this is the first HCGPF image that actually looks a little porny, what with the panelling and the lamp. Anyways, some tasties here: an incredibly rare Vako Orchestron (sort of like a non-toy Optigon), a Polymoog, and an RMI Keyboard Computer. I won't mention the theremin, as that is, without a doubt, my least favorite instrument of all time. I'd rather hear a 20-piece band composed entirely of sackbutts, bagpipes, and accordians than a single theremin, but that's just me.

Anyways, Jason has a bunch of cool kit, and the contemporary decor sets off the vintageness of it all nicely. Go hit up his Myspace page, but words to the wise: you can only look at the pictures after you've been vetted by the Myspace Data Miners. Don't say I didn't warn you.

December 29, 2005

[email protected]@K!! RARE 1951 FENDER STRAT MINT!! (NOT VINTAGE GIBSON)!

by Chris Randall

I don't normally cross-post (rather, I just post, without looking to see if the other blogs have also posted; an altogether better habit) but this one was too good to pass up. I think this may have made the rounds already, but I've never seen it before, which is more or less the same as being new, right?

Anyways, courtesy of Audio Mastermind (a blog that should be on your daily read list anyways) comes the j-walk>eBay parody. It would be funny if it weren't so true.

December 29, 2005

Nice new stuff from Carl Martin...

by Chris Randall

They're not on the website yet, but Carl Martin just announced some tasty new pedals, the Crush Zone, Surf Trem, and of particular interest to us here at AI, the Red Repeat (obviously, that's what I've pictured above.)

It looks as though all three pedals are kind of re-branded versions of already existing stuff. The Red Repeat in particular seems to be a Delayla repackaged in vintage stylee. Well, it's from Carl Martin, so it can't possibly suck. 600ms, which is long enough to know you need more. Don't know the prices yet. Carl Martin will also be at NAMM, showing the Quattro, which is four of their fly-ass pedals in one pedal board, and the Custom Shop 50, which is a tube amp. All you need is a guitar, a tuner, and some cables, and Carl will take care of the rest, it seems.


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