July 31, 2006

I've been diggin'...

by Chris Randall

...in no particular order...

Mose Allison. I saw him a couple times during his residency at Fat Tuesday's in NYC. It took a little while for his voice to grow on me, but now I can't get enough of that shit. "If You're Goin' To The City" has got to be one of the all-time great jump blues tracks.

Gibson Special Alloy Humbucker Guitar Strings. These strings don't suck. They actually sound pretty damned good. They don't break. I've been endorsed by Ernie Ball for years (yeah, if you look on the back of the green package, you'll see my name somewhere in that list) but I've given up on them. Their quality has gone way downhill, and now that I'm not touring any more, I don't need to buy 700 packs of strings a year, and I can spend a little more. I'm sure there's better strings than the Gibsons out there, but I tried 'em on a whim, and find them servicable.

Nuendo. Nothing changes. I have to have pretty much every Windows and OSX DAW installed, and no matter how much I deal with the others, I still love Nuendo. I don't know how those people that say one DAW sounds better than another come to that conclusion, but as far as workflow goes, Nuendo wins hands down, for me anyways.

Preset #257 on the Eventide Eclipse. Named "EMT Plate," it bears little resemblance to its namesake, but is an excellent thick reverb. It is currently my main reverb, but is soon to be replaced in that regard. (Ho, ho, ho...)

Plogue Bidule. The more I play with this bad boy, the more I like it. As far as bricks-n-wires environments go, it'll get the job done, and doesn't suck as much as most of the others.

That's it for now. I think the world needs more stream-of-consciousness blogging, and I've just done my part.



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Aug.01.2006 @ 2:37 PM
Try REAPER for a DAW (free while in beta). I'm ditching Sonar 6 and Live in it's favor since it does everything right that the other two don't.

Aug.01.2006 @ 4:29 PM
penzoil washington
They say that mixes ITB sound different from DAW to DAW, but I wouldn't know as I'm OTB. Adam, do you think that beyond the summing engine there'd be a difference?

Aug.01.2006 @ 9:29 PM
As someone who went pro tools > vegas and was clam happy until sony screwed the pooch, I second the reaper props. Vegas simplicity and the routing of doom. Very good work. But I also like Tracktion for, well, track creation. Fast and efficient. I mix elsewhere.
Lot of people I know in LA love Nuendo; the bugfest that was Cubase VST back in the day put me off Steinberg so I admit I never gave it much of a chance. Someday.

Aug.02.2006 @ 3:09 PM
Adam Schabtach
I'm not sure what you mean by "beyond the summing engine" since that's what a DAW mixer is, at its core. It sums a bunch of numbers together.

In any case, there are a number of reasons that one DAW could sound different than another when both are used strictly ITB. They could do their math differently, in short. They could have different fader curves, or different panning curves. (Note that SX/Nuendo offers several different panning curves itself.) Their built-in EQs could behave wildly differently, if those are part of the test. Etc.

Which one sounds the best, well, I don't really have any opinions on that.

I haven't heard of Reaper; I'll check it out. I don't really think of Live as a DAW because it's missing so many features that I can't do without. OTOH it's great for testing plug-ins during development. I happen to have it running this cool reverb right now...



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