January 14, 2006

Software rollin' out the door...

by Chris Randall

Adam Schabtach (my partner in Audio Damage) and I met when we were both working for another short-lived company, Creative Synth Development, on the design of the MODE package for Cycling '74; we both left that project before it was completed, because we weren't fond of being hobbled by the Max environment and Pluggo, and all that entails.

So we started Audio Damage, and the rest (of that, anyways) is history. But during the early days of AD, I did some contract work for C74, in the form of the user interface for the unfortunately-named Octirama 5.1 multi-band compressor. This is the only TDM plug I've worked on, and probably the only one I'll ever work on, but if you're a Chris Randall User Interface Completionist, you'll need to drop $495 to get it. For what it's worth, it's really good.

And now the news you've all been waiting for. Phase Two is done. The installers are made and tested, and it is 100% operational on both Windows and OSX. We're just writing the manual, and as soon as that's done, you'll want to go buy this bad boy. Can I say Monday? I don't want to put the cart before the horse, but Monday sounds good.

For those that have been living under a rock for the last four months, Phase Two is a pretty much exact copy of the Mutron Bi-Phase hardware unit. This is, by far, our most sophisticated model yet, and is perfect in all respects. We spent US$800 on aquiring a Bi-Phase to clone, but you'll only have to drop US$49 for the fruits of our labor. Monday. Probably.

UPDATE: The product page for Phase Two is now live at the AD site, with demos and some bullet points. (Can't have a product without bullet points!) Check it out.




Jan.14.2006 @ 2:16 PM
brandon daniel
Yay! I'll snatch it up as soon as it's ready...

Jan.15.2006 @ 3:51 AM
I'm gonna plop it down but that sweep in demo2 doesnt sound as deep and beefy as the real deal. The settings on the plug and hardware are matched 1 to 1? Sounds great but there seems to be quite a difference there. Whateva! $49 bones well spent!

Jan.15.2006 @ 4:38 AM
Chris Randall
I used the modezero samples, so the following caveats apply to the second demo:

1) I only had his notes to go on viz. the settings. I did it by ear, using his notes as a starting point.

2) There is quite a bit of variation from Bi-Phase to Bi-Phase. The plugin sounds exactly like _our_ unit, which is what we had in front of us. I was trying to get it to sound like the modezero unit, which obviously has better response in the low end.

3) He was probably using the Matrix 1000 as a starting point, feeding right in to the Bi-Phase, whereas I'm using his MP3 as a starting point, so there's a big hitch right from the git-go.

Also, pretty much _any_ analog unit is going to sound better than its digital counterpart, as we all know. When you compare the two back to back like that, the digital one is always going to suffer, but, hey, like you say, it is $49, whereas the real one is going to set you back eight bills if you can even find one. (It took me a month, and I was willing to pay more than that for it.)

Adam has ours, so he's going to make some samples next week back to back, where he can match the settings on hardware and software. I don't know how illuminating this will be, but these will be much closer than me using the modezero loop and matching it by ear.





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