April 8, 2011

Messe Redux...

by Chris Randall

It occurs to me that I could just re-post my MusicMesse comments from last year, and nobody would be the wiser. (Synopsis: cool little analog synth from Korg, and the rest of it is kinda whack.) But in the interests of thoroughness, I've gone through every press release so far, and here's some interesting shit that might have got lost in the shuffle, since we're all completely blinded by the awesomeness that is the Roland Jupiter 80.

Alesis Nano Verb 2: There is nothing really outstanding to say about the original Nano Verb. It is what it is. We've all had to use them at one time or another. They're simple little workhorse units that does what it says on the tin, and you can get one on Craigslist for like $40. Alesis has finally revved that model with a Nano Verb 2 that uses exactly the same form factor, but jacks up the available algorithms considerably. I am absolutely certain that it'll be worth the money, but if you wait a few years, it'll really be worth the money, just like the first one. My opinion: Must Buy, in 2015.

Focusrite Control 2802: Like another British company, Focusrite is trying to come up with a marriage of a small high-quality analog console and a DAW controller. The 2802 is a little more analogue than its competitor, and almost certainly cheaper. Focusrite has been doing their damnedest in the last few years to dilute their brand in to meaninglessness via slapping it on every piece of worthless Chinese kit imaginable, but they can still make something pretty slick, given the desire. Although I assume this is also Chinese kit, seeing how "Made In The UK" isn't plastered all over the marketing material. In fact, if you look closely at the high-res image of the backplane, under the Focusrite logo, it looks like a little Photoshop smudge tool was applied to the image, to ostensibly hide the "Made In China" text. My Opinion: I'll skip it in lieu of American and European-made gear, of which there is no shortage, unless someone can prove to me it wasn't made in China.

Kosmonaut: I don't have any opinion about this one way or the other, but the Gearjunkies report provided me with a good chuckle. Note the last sentence before the picture, "[t]he user-friendly layout guarantees an exceptional playing experience." Then look at the picture. I'm giggling again just typing that. Too funny.

I'll amend this post if anything else catches my eye. Back to working on this plug-in UI that is fighting me every step of the way.


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Apr.08.2011 @ 12:50 PM
Chris Randall
I would be utterly shocked if it was a Spin. Completely.

That said, don't encourage Sean. His next post is going to be a 3,000 word dissertation on relative bit depths and capabilities of the Spin versus whatever this is.

Seriously, he has a problem, and you're only enabling him.


Apr.08.2011 @ 2:44 PM

Sorry about that. I will restrain myself.

Anyway, Spin Semiconductor was started by the late Keith Barr after leaving Alesis. So odds are good that Alesis isn't using the Spin FV-1. I'm thinking that it might be the AL3201, as this is an Alesis-created chip, with a more capable microcontroller loading the presets.

I'm done now.

Apr.08.2011 @ 2:47 PM
Ha ha ha. I should do that on a future product....a sea of controls, no labels on any of them.

Just did that on the TX-3, four knobs labeled simply "Knob.".

Apr.08.2011 @ 2:55 PM
Chris Randall
That's it. Sean broke the website. We'll all have to find something to do with our time now.


Apr.08.2011 @ 4:26 PM
Sorry about breaking the internet. I'm a regular Shit Midas today.

Apr.08.2011 @ 4:29 PM
That little eowave synth looks kinda kewl. Sean, stop breaking things!

Apr.08.2011 @ 6:20 PM
This is why we can't have nice things.

Apr.08.2011 @ 7:35 PM
If you ever make some t-shirts, there needs to be a t-shirt with the entire back of it covered in DSP buzzwords, theories, algs, and ramblings by Sean. Also, an "I'm with boobs." tee.

Apr.08.2011 @ 9:18 PM
Make sure the text on the back of the shirt goes off the side and continues through the air until it vanishes far off in the distance...

Apr.08.2011 @ 9:55 PM
Only thing that stood out to me was Eowave's usb/Midi(?) ribbon controller . Been wanting one for some time . Not to inclines to solder/diy one myself , but man something different from the black and whites is much needed for me !

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