February 25, 2012

Home Is Where The Algae Is...

by Chris Randall

Home from my travels, at last. That was an interesting week. In no particular order:

1. I strongly recommend the Hotel Modera if you have to stay in PDX. Reasonably priced, yet with all the normal trimmings of a nice boutique hotel. Very happy with my stay there.

2. Between all the photos I took on the trip and that Roland thing, I have a lot of scanning to do. I'm going to put the books up one at a time, I guess. I'm just going to put them up as PDFs, since everyone with an iPad uses GoodReader.

3. The Monotron Duo and Monotron Delay are both finally available in the U.S. US$49.00 each. I'm thinking of putting all three in a single case, and breaking out some of the obvious patch points. I'll let you know how that goes.

4. Regarding the AI Comp, I have now listened to every submission in its entirety, and whittled the list down to 30 or so. This was difficult because I know a lot of you personally; I ended up renaming all the submissions with a numbering system so I wouldn't be swayed by friendships or whatever. The main things that got tracks axed off the bat were either obvious musical and technical flaws, or failing that, tracks I felt were too derivative. The purpose of this comp is to move things forward, not look back at what has already been done. I hope to have the final list done tomorrow or Monday, at which point I will put it up here.

Anyhow, that's it for now. I have a lot of work to catch up on. Phase Two is the next one out of the chute for 32/64 update, probably on Monday, or maybe today if I can talk Adam in to booting his compilers to fix one little thing. The only ones left are Ronin, Axon, Tattoo, and the two remaining freebies. This long nightmare is almost over.



Feb.25.2012 @ 3:26 PM
DL White
It's mildly amusing that the very three apps I bought and use most often are the last 3 to go 64bit and I've been as all 64bit as I can be for 2+ years now.

Feb.25.2012 @ 5:28 PM
I've got 2 Monotron Duos on order (1 for me, 1 for the friend that bought me the original Monotron a while back). I am itching to open mine up, to see if the pitch quantization is controlled by a microprocessor. If it is, there's a good chance that the Korg folks were lazy, and used the same MIDI capable code found in the Monotribe...

Feb.25.2012 @ 6:52 PM
"The main things that got tracks axed off the bat were either obvious musical and technical flaws, or [...]"

Just out of curiosity, what constitutes an obvious musical flaw, eg mistakenly playing a raised 6th in the harmonic minor scale? Or rather an obvious "subjective" musical flaw, eg "there are too many wubs in here"?

Feb.25.2012 @ 7:16 PM
Chris Randall
The thing about obvious musical flaws is that they're, well, obvious. A really shitty flow would be one example. Taking too long to actually come to a point or not resolving your argument at all. Shit that is just out of tune. That sort of thing. (And it should be noted that I consider JI and other tomfoolery of that ilk to be "out of tune.")


Feb.25.2012 @ 8:08 PM
Wait, "just intonation" is out of tune? Or do I have the wrong JI?

Feb.25.2012 @ 10:12 PM
Chris Randall
That shit makes my teeth hurt.


Feb.26.2012 @ 12:59 PM
RE. the mono's..

I am too lazy to start modding or research the modding, but I'd like to route an envelope to the pitch knob... if any of them have a noise source and hpf instant drumbox.. just cloudtalking... they totally need some mount kit like the foogers.

Mar.01.2012 @ 6:22 PM
Monotron Duo update:

Awesome drones, filter.

Unawesome tendency of VCOs to phase lock when tuned kinda close together. This makes it hard to get slowly beating sounds.

It's weird, as I was reading in the "Analog Days" book about how the Minimoog was kinda unique in that the VCOs didn't lock phase, due to noise in the power supply. I'm not sure how this was "unique," as there weren't any other non-modular synths available before the Minimoog. I've had a bunch of dual-VCO synths at various times, and I've never had VCOs lock phase before. Is this common in some synths?

Mar.02.2012 @ 6:41 PM
Chris Randall
It's common in low-end Korg synths. That's for sure.




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