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

Archives: 2011

December 18, 2011

A Little Improv...

by Chris Randall

As much as I was tempted to bust out in to high-speed Tyner-esque runs (a fellow lefty, and that's how we do) I managed to hold myself back. Since there will be an inevitable question, I'll go ahead and say now that the CP-80B is running through the TimeFactor and Space, and the Space is set to its Shimmer algorithm. These are the only effects on the piano. (I'm using Ableton Live as a mixer in this context, and Eos and Dr. Device are the sends, but neither of them are on the piano.)

Anyhow, sequenced by Phaedra, as is proper for music like this.

December 14, 2011

All Kinds Of Fun Stuff...

by Chris Randall

First up, Ratshack Reverb 2 is back in the Audio Damage store. It has been revved to v2.1.0, and is now 32/64 across the board. It has some internal bug fixes and new Lion-friendly installers and the whole shebang. We have also dropped the price to $29.99.

As an aside, it was hilarious (for me; not so much for Adam) to dredge up this code and give it a good cleaning. Ratshack Reverb is our second product ever, and is almost 8 years old. I did it on my own for the most part, while Adam was spending several months researching and developing what would become our main piece of IP, our delay line, as used in most of our delay-based products (including this.) Let's just go ahead and say that it really is a wonder it worked all these years, as I couldn't code my way out of a wet paper bag back then. There were some whopper bugs in the audio loop that really go to show how resilient and robust the VST environment is.

Anyhow, it is all sparkly clean now, with the current framework, running like a champ. If you're a previous owner, swapping your current version out with the new one is recommended, no matter what the platform. In the next episode of 64-Bit Running Man, Ricochet will come out guns blazing.

In the meantime, I'm working up a design for our next big product; this will be a return to our bread-and-butter, the FSU / Buffer effect; I am of the considered opinion that we've come up with something unique that will be nearly an instrument unto itself. We won't start working on it in earnest until early next year, as we have to keep knocking these 64-bit updates out, to get the majority (if not all) of our catalog up to date before Logic Pro X is released, since it will be 64-bit only.

In other news, Coccidioidomycosis Has Left The Building. Or nearly so. Thanks to everyone that sent well-wishes and sacrificed small mammals to the elder gods on my behalf. I still lack all but the most basic locomotive skills (which is a fucking downer, because all the AZ ski resorts just got fucking _dumped_ on) but on the whole, I'm pretty much on the mend, and look forward to not shuffling about like an old man Real Soon Now.

December 9, 2011

Phaedra Now Available...

by Chris Randall

Phaedra, my "analog sequencer" app for iPad, is now available in the iTunes App Store. It is US$4.99 (otherwise known as "Tier 5" pricing, so whatever that equals in your currency) until 1/1/12, when it goes up to $9.99.

December 9, 2011

Wanna See Some Bullshit?

by Chris Randall

Exhibit A: The Akai Analog Custom Shop Analog Delay. Available here. $122. This is one of several pedals in the Akai Custom Shop line of analog effects, about which Akai says the following:

"Building upon this history of quality and ingenuity, Akai Professional is bringing a new generation of boutique-quality effects to guitarists. Each one delivers everything that discerning guitarists demand: rugged all-metal construction, premium internal components including germanium transistors, and true bypass signal paths."

Exhibit B: The Biyang AD-8 Analog Delay. Available here. $66. This is one of several in the Biyang line of inexpensive analog guitar pedals, about which Biyang says the following:

"Tonefancier series effects,which have used the high-class handwork effects as standard, with a high cost in adopting a lot of high-quality and well-known HI-FI audio parts and combined with classic circuits and good internal structure, have reached a very high quality level!"

Yes, that's correct. Every single pedal in the "Akai Custom Shop" line is a Biyang "Tonefancier" pedal with an Akai-flavored coat of paint, for twice the price. These Biyang pedals are readily available on Amazon and eBay. They're shitty. Everyone knows they're shitty. I mean, they're fine and all, for shitty pedals. They are in no way "custom" or "boutique." These are sharted out of a big-ass factory in China by the bajillion.

This is the kind of shit that drives me batty. Akai can't even be bothered to come up with their own shitty products? They're just rebadging _other_ shitty products now? Come on. At least put some fucking effort in to it, guys!

December 6, 2011

Kombinat Dva Now Available...

by Chris Randall

As the subject says, Kombinat Dva is done and in the store. It's $49.00 for the full version, and a $10 upgrade from the original Kombinat. Git some!

Note: this will not affect any existing projects if you upgrade. Kombinat Dva is a separate plug-in from Kombinat, and projects that had Kombinat in them will still load the original. Kombinat Dva has the 40 main presets from Kombinat, so if you just used a preset in the original one, the same preset will sound pretty close in the new one and you can "port" your project settings accordingly.

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