February 26, 2014

The Usual Wednesday Bullshit...

by Chris Randall

Time for an omnibus update. In no particular order:

1. I'm deep in the mixing for my next release, which is, as it happens, a full album, not an EP, and far more "produced" than my last few releases (which are mostly compendiums of improvisational stuff.) This thing is shaping up to be pretty slick, and full of techno. I'm pretty happy with it, overall. Lots of field recordings, lots of tape loops. No idea how long this is going to take, but we're making good headway. I have four songs mixed at this point.

2. The next module from Audio Damage, Æverb, is in production. Couple weeks away. While I deal with that, Adam is building the prototypes for our first "big" module. (And "big" is an understatement. 36HP!) I won't give anything away at this juncture, except to say that it has almost 50 panel controls.

3. TRASH_AUDIO's next synth meet is in PDX, on May 24th. Both Adam and I will be attending. We will unveil the afore-mentioned prototype at that time.

3. Avid got de-listed from the NASDAQ yesterday. Next step: bankruptcy, and they'll start selling off assets. We'll see how this shakes out. Korg might be jealous of Yamaha and Roland, both of whom have professional recording apps, and pick up PT. That's just a guess. I don't have any inside info.

This is an open thread. What do you want to talk about?


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Feb.26.2014 @ 3:32 PM
Thanks for the Tattoo update, congrats on all the new hardwares, and mad props for the terrific movie "reviews" lately---all good stuff.

Feb.26.2014 @ 3:33 PM
Plus, yay new tunes!

Feb.26.2014 @ 3:53 PM
Chris Randall
Oh, yeah. Tattoo. For those keeping score, I've removed the DRM from Dubstation, Eos, Discord3, Replicant, and Tattoo so far, and updated all five to current standards, fixing a few small (and one major) bugs along the way.

Ratshack Reverb is currently out to testers and will probably go up tomorrow. Kombinat Dva after that. And so on.

Also worth noting: at some point in the not-too-distant future, AD products will be purchasable in Steam. We're still working on the details right now, since Steam isn't really designed with the needs of musicians in mind; Valve is making a couple changes to the Steam mechanism so that plug-ins can be put in the right place, and then we'll be off to the races. The "big four" as we call them (Dub, Eos, Replicant, and D3) will be the first products offered in Steam, and then the rest as we get to them.

To answer the obvious question about this, when you purchase via Steam, you are a Valve customer, not an Audio Damage customer. The two ecosystems are separate; your updates will come from Steam (although they'll be concurrent with updates in the AD store) and all your license management will happen through Steam. We will provide the usual support for usage problems, but any purchase and licensing issues will go through Valve, as they will be the vendor.

And no, current owners will not have their licenses transferred to Steam.


Feb.26.2014 @ 4:01 PM
36 hp. ?? = ronin or tattoo

Feb.26.2014 @ 8:04 PM
36hp + 50 panel controls = a sequencer

Feb.26.2014 @ 8:23 PM
Chris Randall
You guys can guess all you want. I've said all I'm gonna say until May.



Feb.26.2014 @ 8:31 PM
Hey Chris... if you made said new module in 5U, you'd have lots more room for knobs. Just sayin'. :)

Feb.26.2014 @ 11:03 PM
I am very happy to hear of more audio application developers distributing through steam. I love steam, and love the idea that I can start purchasing my vst's through it. I haven't quite found one that I have wanted to purchase yet.

I am sure you probably don't want to get into this discussion, but why would you not want to get steam keys generated for people who own applications that you are going to sell there?

Feb.26.2014 @ 11:51 PM
If Avid needs to get bought by someone, I think it would be someone bigger than Korg or Yamaha or such. My guess is it could be Sony, a big hardware and media company that is huge in the pro film and pro music fields which use Avid products as their standard. And Avid products wouldn't directly compete with any major product lines Sony already has. Synergy!

Feb.27.2014 @ 4:23 AM
That Nagra looks awesome! How about a picture showing the elaborate loop of tape winding through your space. :)

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