May 11, 2006

Bits 'n' Pieces...

by Chris Randall
 

I got Computer Music #100 in the mail this morning. Holy fucking shit, but we got pwn3d in this issue. There is a short interview with me, about 5 other blatant mentions of Audio Damage plugins, plus the debut of our Dick Cheney Hunter Safety orange ad. (Check issue #101 for the debut of our shocking blue ad.) It should be noted that the interview is actually with both Adam and I, but I guess our rather bulky use of this weird Hodiernal present-plural tense we invented just for the occasion didn't sit well with the editors, because they took out all the "we" references and changed them to "I" and the interview turned in to "Five Questions With Chris Randall," even though Adam actually answered two of them.


Also, I believe #102 (maybe #101, possibly #103) will have a special CM-only Audio Damage plugin. As soon as I learn which issue it will be in, I'll inform you. But this will be the only place to get it.


And finally, don't forget that your FMOF loop is due Friday at midnight PST (GMT-9). Post links here or mail me a Zip.

 
 
 

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May.11.2006 @ 2:03 AM
AdamJay
any timeline on Discord 2 ?

you're like among the 1% of developers releasing universal binary plug-ins. and of that 1%, you're among the 10% that don't suck.

anyways, i need my crack. so give it up, already.

=P

 
 

 
May.11.2006 @ 2:07 AM
Chris Randall
It's coming. It has to be out before May 27th, because that's the street date of CM101, which has a big fat Discord 2 ad in it. So there's that.

Seriously though, it is quite close. We ran in to a bug in the VSTSDK that took some time to code around. The Windows VST is quite close to being done, then it's just manual, porting to OSX VST and AU, and shippin' that bitch. Two weeks?

-CR

 
 

 
May.11.2006 @ 8:55 AM
shamann
So, spill the beans on th CM exclusive. What kind of effect is it? Is it a mod of something in your current line up (which is the CM way normally) or something completely new?
 
 

 
May.11.2006 @ 10:03 AM
synthetic
Wow, you placed an ad, then you got editorial. Isn't it funny how that works? Congratulations, man.
 
 

 
May.11.2006 @ 11:55 AM
X.Cerveau Media
Heres my Four Measures:

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very interesting this month!

Keith.

 
 

 
May.11.2006 @ 12:14 PM
Chris Randall
"Wow, you placed an ad, then you got editorial. Isn't it funny how that works?"

The nice thing about the European magazines is that they give you a couple reviews _then_ hit you up for money. All the American music magazines, aside from having the most banal, pun-ridden, poorly written content, won't review fuck-all until you pony up for ads. It's like "why on earth would I want to subsidize your miserable existence in the first place?" They're dead to me, basically. Tape-Op is the only American music magazine worth a shit any more.

Oh, and regarding the AD plugin we made for CM Studio, it is custom just for them, not based on any current AD products.

-CR

 
 

 
May.11.2006 @ 12:57 PM
RexRhino
<i>The nice thing about the European magazines is that they give you a couple reviews _then_ hit you up for money. All the American music magazines, aside from having the most banal, pun-ridden, poorly written content, won't review fuck-all until you pony up for ads. It's like "why on earth would I want to subsidize your miserable existence in the first place?" They're dead to me, basically. Tape-Op is the only American music magazine worth a shit any more.</i>

It depends on what side of the coin you are on.

In a past life, when I worked for a record company, the general understanding was that double page full color ads buy you a cover story in the magazine / weekly / whatever. There was really no secret that spending money buys you good press. This was great for us, because everyone in the industry hated our bands, and it would be the only way to get any kind of exposure in mainstream press. But it was always entertaining, just how blatently willing to sell out most magazines are.

Whenever I see a "hot" artist on the cover of magazines or weeklys or whatever, I always get a bit suspicious.

It might be different with more technical magazines though. I don't know how the whole music equipment magazine things work, but it seems like if Computer Music totally sold out, people would drop them quickly. Equipment and software isn't a totally subjective thing like music, so I would say that Computer Music wouldn't be all up on it unless they actually thought your products are good.

 
 

 
May.11.2006 @ 1:17 PM
Chris Randall
Coming in to the music software business from the record company side of things, I fully expect gear magazines to work the same way as music magazines, and the American magazines all do.

The difference is thus: CM and EM have roughly the same circulation. However, an ad that costs $1000 in CM costs $7000 in EM. And EM is a far less interesting magazine. The European magazines don't really seem to care if you haven't bought ads, being mainly concerned with bringing new and interesting information to their readers, while the American ones basically ignore you unless you hire a publicist to lobby them, and buy a couple ads.

Long story short: the American magazines, with the exception of Tape-Op, are very much machines for generating income for their parent companies. I get the distinct impression that the European magazines are made by people that actually like their jobs, and like trying out new shit and writing about it.

Just my opinion, which is based on my experience.

-CR

 
 

 
May.11.2006 @ 1:28 PM
RexRhino
Since you are in with the Computer Music folks, can you ask them when they will begin selling Future Music (which they also publish, I believe) outside the UK? My local book store here in Toronto buys 1 single copy each month as an import, and that usually gets sold to someone else before I can get it. And it is expensive because it is published overseas, unlike Computer Music which has a North America version. Future Music is really one of the best electronic music magazines out there.
 
 

 
May.11.2006 @ 1:49 PM
Chris Randall
Future Music has a U.S. version as well. It's the only one you can find 'round here. It's almost impossible to find the import version.

-CR

 
 

 
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