December 31, 2014

So Long, 2014...

by Chris Randall
 

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Happy New Year, AI-ers! 2014 was, like most recent years, pretty awesome for me personally and Audio Damage as a company. I don't believe in luck (or, well, magic of any sort) but if I did, I'd think I had some.

What's coming in 2015? On the AD front, some new hardware, and some updates to classic AD plug-ins. We'll also be making our first appearance at NAMM as a company with a physical presence. On the personal front, a new Sister Machine Gun record in March, and I'm beginning the phase of my life where speaking engagements at universities seem to be a thing I do, also in March at UCSB. During the next 12 months, I am going to attempt to do a Cool Thing Every Month here on AI (t-shirt, sample pack, whatever), as well as a monthly installment of the 10 Questions video blog on YouTube.

In short, it's going to be busy. What awsomeness happened to you in 2014? (Or, well, didn't, I guess?) What amazing thing do you have planned for 2015? TELL ME, FOR THE LOVE OF ZOG!
 
 
 

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Jan.06.2015 @ 1:48 PM
fabi
As for Awesomeness that happened, here I ramble:

In 2014 finally, finally the Zaquencer happened. I've had two BCR2000s for about ten years now, but no one to my knowledge until 2014 had managed to turn it from generic MIDI controller into standalone MIDI step sequencer.
I've literally waited ten years for this to finally happen, so I am pretty stoked.

It's got up to 32 steps, 4 tracks, two MIDI outputs, swing, 192 patterns and more (like two CC lanes per track). I am not affiliated with zaqaudio in any way, so sorry if this sounds like a stupid product endorsement, but it isn't - have I mentioned, yet, that I am pretty stoked or that it has built-in scales? Oh, and lest I forget it even plays Chords.
I swear it's full of Techno, too.

2015 will bring lots of learning, as that never ends fortunately. Then there's gonna be some music of my own that I will feel comfortable enough to share with other people. And I will investigate bandcamp some more to see if it might suit me. For getting CR, SIGHUP and other AI members' music it seems like a cool place.

If this comment violates any blog rules, please feel free to point it out or tar and feather me. I am so hyper about this little MIDI sequencer, which just happened to turn up out of nowhere that I can't remember if mentioning specific products is allowed on analogindustries.

And 2015 might have the ad BASIC synth in store for me as I couldn't get around to acquiring it in 2014.
 
 

 
Jan.07.2015 @ 5:28 PM
soren
Happy new year. I have a new Russian Corvette release planned on a label compilation and I've also been been thinking about starting up a label this year. Would like to do it to release my own stuff, but mostly to do some compilations with other artists I've come across that I think people need to hear. It will probably just be digital, but would like to do vinyl if possible. We'll see how it goes.

Do you plan to do a follow-up to Unsuspected Sounds at some point? And may I ask how it's sold so far, would be interesting to know.
 
 

 
Jan.08.2015 @ 3:37 AM
krylenko
So what's happening with the tape/musique concrete studio idea you talked about last year? Is that part of your 2015 plans?
 
 

 
Jan.08.2015 @ 8:19 AM
Chris Randall
@krylenko: I have acquired one of the three Otari MTR-10/12 machines I'll need for the tape studio, courtesy of Jeff Laity and TASCAM (thanks, guys!) Funny story: it is from the radio station control room set of the TV series "Frasier." Aside from being a prop, they actually used it as the playback source for the fake radio shows that play in the background in many scenes. So it came with several tapes of complete radio shows, complete with fake news and ads (some of which are totally hilarious.)

Anyhow, someone from Fender (the corporate offices of which are here in Phoenix) is donating a console and at least one of the eight vintage HP tube tone generators required.

So the vintage studio is coming in to being, slowly but surely. It needs a physical home at some point, but that's actually a relatively trivial matter in the scheme of things. I expect that by this time next year, electronic musicians interested in doing a track or EP in the Old Ways will be welcome to come and use the facility.
 
 

 
Jan.08.2015 @ 8:28 AM
Chris Randall
@soren: I actually ultimately lost money on the Unsuspected Sounds project. It wasn't a lot of money, and it happened at a time I was fairly flush, so it wasn't painful or anything, but it's not something I can make a habit of, being a relatively not-rich sort of guy.

I don't mind in the slightest. It was something that was worth doing. But I don't think I'll be doing it again.

-CR
 
 

 
Jan.08.2015 @ 2:21 PM
krylenko
Cool, glad to hear it. I have family in AZ so it'd be simple to check it out when it's up and running.

Hadn't thought about it for a while, but I just saw the Deutsches Museum's very cool electronic music instrument room, which features the Siemens electronic music studio from back in the day. Tape decks, tube generators, racks of filters, and patchbays everywhere, plus a very cool vocoder and some other interesting stuff only described in German. It was glorious.
 
 

 
Jan.14.2015 @ 6:33 PM
Duke Fame
@CR: What's the story on the old dilapidated meter?
 
 

 
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