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.17.2013 @ 4:27 PM
Re: Industry Accommodation...
I always feel like an ass asking for accommodation pricing. It's a weird personality trait of mine (which probably explains the sheepish tone of the e-mail I sent Chris, earlier this year). I just don't feel entitled to special treatment, even if the treatment isn't THAT special.
I bought all my modular and Elektron stuff at full retail. I also try not to mention who I work for, unless I'm acting in some official capacity. I guess it's different if you are your company, as opposed to just an employee. I mean, as far as my employer is concerned I'm more than just an employee, but I don't really feel comfortable presenting myself as a rep for the company. Anyone naw'meen?

It's strange, because I have no problem passing on requests for accommodation pricing, from other people. I just feel weird making the request for my own benefit.

Sorry for the ramble. It's a topic that I wouldn't feel comfortable discussing at my normal haunts but I have always been curious how other people, who are employed within the music(al instrument technology) industry, feel about it.

Jul.17.2013 @ 4:32 PM
Oh and congrats on the house!
Glad to hear the experience wasn't so painful. My wife and I had a similar experience, everything went pretty smoothly. We had been planning for a few years just to make sure we didn't make any stoner mistakes.

Jul.17.2013 @ 8:03 PM
Chris Randall
I used to be pretty reticent. But so many people have asked me for NFRs or trades in the last 10 years, I don't have any problem with it at all. It's a well-established aspect of our industry.

Plus, I can't afford all the things I want. So there.


Jul.17.2013 @ 8:50 PM
"Plus, I can't afford all the things I want. So there. "

I know the feeling. :smile:

I hope that didn't come across as "I'm better than you, nana-nana-nana". More observation of my stupid quirks than judgement.

It's funny, because I have acquaintances who work for companies whose gear I like and use. Each time they offer to hook me up with a deal, I have inevitably already bought the product in question (admittedly, this hasn't happened often). Perhaps it says more about my lack of self control/sense of thrift, than anything. Ha!

- Justin

Jul.17.2013 @ 9:40 PM
@CR a good reminder for me to RTFM on stand-alone operating mode for my RME Fireface UFX.

@AdamSchabtach I find that the one-thing-leads-to-another aspect of hardware is especially problematic after spending so many years in software land where you can easily have whatever you want. I often find myself drooling over pre-amps and compressors but then have to face the reality that I can't buy just one hardware compressor and replicate it on multiple channels at once. I could track into a DAW but that would ruin the fun of being away from my computer. Of course the non-replicating hardware compressor issue (bug?) just leads me to focus my obsession on buss compressors which I could slap across the whole shebang...

Jul.19.2013 @ 9:51 AM
Adam Schabtach
@j.j0b: Yes, and that's basically why I'm going to make the compromise of using a DAW for mixing, and eventually for tracking. As much as I'd like to try working without a computer at all, practical constraints of space and money pretty much require a computer to be part of the system. I do have quite a collection of FX boxes now (accumulating signal processors is an occupational hazard for me) but getting them all cabled up without a big mixer or a computer (or possibly a standalone-capable interface, as discussed previously) is somewhat untenable. You can't have everything, in short.


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