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

Archives: 2005

December 2, 2005

Pondering a new mic...

by Chris Randall

I'm in need of a new vocal mic, and the Red Type B keeps popping up in my peripheral vision every time I turn around the last few days. The price is certainly right at $450 factory direct. I like the fact that you can swap in old Neumann capsules if you so desire, and TapeOp (a magazine I trust implicitly) gave it a stellar review.

Questions I have:

1. When you buy it straight from Blue, does it come with a shockmount? I can't find anything on their site to say one way or the other.

2. Has anyone here used it? I can't find any user-talk except magazine reviews, which I normally take with a grain of salt.

December 2, 2005

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Jaysen sends me a pointer to Edmund Eagan's Twelfth Root studio in Ottawa, Canada. This fellow has a 12-panel Serge system with a custom laser-cut aluminum stand, created by Mike Adjillian. While the system as a whole lives in a studio, it sure does look like a live performance rig to me. Really nice piece of work, that.

December 1, 2005

Will someone please stop this guy?

by Chris Randall

Okay, I'll readily admit that the easiest way to avoid the articles at would be to... well... avoid them. But it's like driving past a car wreck on the highway; you just have to slow down and look for blood, you know? Plus it's fun to see my tirades on Zicos right next to the latest piece of worthless drivel from David Mellor.

In his latest missive, the audio world's answer to Bill O'Reilly informs us that even though our gear sounds good, it probably isn't good, because we haven't thoroughly tested it. Apparently, the only good gear is transparent gear which introduces no distortion whatsoever. This would come as something of a surprise to the makers of the Neve 1081, the Fairchild 660, the EMT 140, the McIntosh amplifier, and the producers of pretty much every rock record ever.

Sorry, dude, but you're a fucking retard. The thing that separates a piece of good gear from a piece of bad or flat gear is the distortion it adds to the signal. You really need to stop writing and go back to Full Sail for some remedial classwork.


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