July 12, 2013

Hands, With Occasional Face...

by Chris Randall

Fun with the Analog Four, driving an original Oberheim SEM and the Eurorack jank with its CV outputs. No DAW, no plug-ins, no computer. Everything is sequenced from, and mixed in, the A4. It's worth noting, if you're thinking of buying one, that the analog inputs on the A4 have very limited controls. If you want to give up a synth channel, you have full control, but if you're just bussing them to the outputs, you only have pan, level, and FX sends (chorus, delay, and verb.)

That being the case, the A4 isn't ideal for this situation. I think if one had both an Octatrack and an A4, one would have better luck with this sort of environment. I had actually been planning to buy an Octatrack fairly soon.


As those of you with the constitution to follow my relentless tweetstream know, the missus and I bought our first house last weekend. Things are moving at a punk-rock clip (largely because we got fully pre-approved before we offered on a house) and we close on August 9th. Aside from nipping my Octatrack Dreams right in the bud, this will no doubt prove to be a wise decision in the long run. Not least of which because it has a huge back yard. More than large enough to build a Facility in. (c.f. the previous post on the subject of Facilities.) Now, whenever someone says to me "I'm building a studio!" my first response is "did your parents drop you on your head?" But yeah...

Anyhow, if you don't hear from me for a couple three weeks, that's why. In other news, I did another video a few days back, and I never posted it here. Similar kit, but I multi-tracked it in Live instead of mixing directly in the A4. Here 'tis:



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Jul.14.2013 @ 8:17 PM
beauty pill
The house is major and excellent news!

- c

Jul.14.2013 @ 8:22 PM
Chris Randall
It's very strange because it feels so "adult." Living the lifestyle we live, we rarely interface with the adult world; the last time was when we bought a new car.

Another thing that intrigues me: the system for purchasing a house is remarkably efficient, given the number of people involved. It basically is just a matter of being willing and able, and picking one out. A couple emails to the corporate and personal accountants, a trip to the bank to initial some shit, and it's pretty much done.

I imagine, if one were purchasing something that was at the limit of one's finances, or one didn't have one's financial ducks in a row, one might have a less streamlined process in front of them. However, we have good credit, a big downpayment, and a thorough accounting of our financial deeds, all of which made everyone involved very happy.

It's still strange. Not used to this level of efficiency.


Jul.14.2013 @ 8:32 PM
Wait until closing day - your hand will develop cramps from the number of times you have to sign/initial papers.

Jul.15.2013 @ 1:28 AM
Nah, closing paperwork isn't even that big of a deal anymore. We were in and out in half an hour having signed like eighty pages. Besides, you are talking to someone that has sat down and signed a thousand copies of a disc as a purchase incentive. Eighty pages is nothing.

Jul.15.2013 @ 6:28 AM
Chris Randall
Yeah. At the height of SMG's fame, I would easily sign a couple hundred autographs a night, and way more than that at a label-sanctioned record signing. As a result, my signature is a super streamlined scribble that only takes like 0.05 seconds to do.


Jul.15.2013 @ 6:55 AM
Dont forget about haggling prices down... and never take the first loan offer they make... at the end of the month when its time to meet quotas they have no prob dropping rates.... it may be a small drop, but whether your loan is 15/30 years it will shockingly add up to a large some than what you borrowed and make a huge difference...

Jul.15.2013 @ 6:56 AM

Jul.15.2013 @ 9:31 AM
Congratulations on the house.

For the backyard, just get an SSL Shed and you're done. link [www.solid-stateic.co...]

Jul.15.2013 @ 9:35 AM
@synthetic: The SSL Shed is a Summerwood shed with NO sound insulation. Or any other insulation, for that matter. It has a $250K SSL console inside of it.

Having said that, the Summerwood sheds look like nice solutions for a home shed office. They have designs that work with a variety of architectural styles. Many of the other office sheds would only work with modern house styles. I've spent way too much time researching this lately.

Jul.15.2013 @ 10:03 AM
Chris Randall
Luckily, I have in my toolset of skills the ability to actually design and build a building (I know, right? I'm a man of many talents. I amaze myself sometimes.) So I don't have to fool with some other chump's idea of a "shed" or whatever. And the building codes are so lax here for non-residential buildings as long as I keep an assault rifle in it that makes it totally legal. Or something.


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