August 3, 2014

News Of The World...

by Chris Randall

Pew Pew Pew

That's the next Audio Damage VST/AU plug-in, right there. You'll meet it on Thursday.

In other news, as many of you know, our friend Jeremy Highhouse (man-about-town in PDX, the other half of RT60, and one of the nicest people you'll meet in this business,) lost his rather large video/audio modular due to theft a few weeks back, and as this modular was actually part of his livelihood, he's pretty much fucked.

After much hang-wringing and arm-waving, we decided to do this. Long story short, a $10 ticket gets you a swing at the Audio Damage Omnibus: everything we make, including hardware (a $2600 retail value.) The proceeds will go towards replacing Jeremy's modular so he can get back to work, and the remainder will go to the Children's Music Fund.

And finally, Sequencer 1, our next hardware product, is basically mostly working at this point, and we're about to pull the trigger on the production run. So this will be a busy week for us; expect a couple updates here, the release of Basic, and a whole mess of Sequencer 1 mediablitzen.


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Aug.07.2014 @ 12:47 AM
"Granted, even good companies can drop the ball or disappear. "
TC-Electronics and Native Instruments to name couple of "dropping the ball." Zero trust from here. There is a difference if you buy $39 that does not get updated for 64bit and $500 system that does not get updated. Sub $50 and you know you will not have longtime support. AD is positive exception of supporting even old plugins.

Aug.07.2014 @ 3:34 PM
mad ep
Apologies if I am missing something obvious... but on the Basic page on AD - there are no sample sounds.

I am a longtime user of AD - so I am totally cool with no-demo.... but surely there should be some obviously available sounds before selling the synth?

Jus asskin.....

Aug.07.2014 @ 4:06 PM
I'm sure sound samples are coming soon, like the product itself. ; )

Aug.07.2014 @ 7:50 PM
Chris Randall
Looking at the time of these posts, you missed the sound sample by about 30 minutes. I assume you've seen it by now. I only did one so far.

As an aside, if you listen to the track "Dawn" off my recent album, all of the synths in that track (including, inexplicably, the polyphonic pad) were done with Basic, which involved a fairly ludicrous amount of work on my end; the synth barely worked when I made that.

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In any event, it is now on sale. I am totally wiped. I'll post about it tomorrow and mail the mailing list.


Aug.07.2014 @ 8:24 PM
It was worth the 30 minute wait. Lovin' it already, Chris. Simplicity is a beautiful thing.

Aug.08.2014 @ 7:18 AM
Just had a short session with Basic.

1. I immediately got really edgy filthy sounds from it, before cranking up dirt. It doesn't sound like the Meeblip Anode, but it seems similarly prone to a certain kind of intensity, which isn't overdrive/distortion per se. But cool.

2. CPU usage is basically undetectable in Ableton Live on my machine.

3. How hard would it be to make it polyphonic? I'm all for limiting the possibilities of a synth to a useful working set; I hate all those Reaktor Ensembles that have 75 knobs. But I can certainly imagine wanting this as a polysynth.

Overall well done. I have Monark and Razor, I don't think they overlap that much. Plus, if you use Monark and Razor, you have to manage a Reaktor instance/duplicate Ensemble files etc. I much prefer the drag and drop to use Basic.

Aug.08.2014 @ 8:06 AM
I was amazed how quick Basic loaded or was duplicated in Live.

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