August 23, 2006

Success tastes just like chicken...

by Chris Randall

The Reverence Steam Roller keeps on chuggin' on, sucking up roughly 115% of my life. You'd think it was a limited edition or something. Now, if you get the impression I'm being a little cavalier with the whole event, nothing could be further from the truth. A very special thank you to all the folks that have helped to push AD over the edge. We're most definitely players now.

A couple of quick notes, then back to the sweatshop. First off, if you missed it in the comments of the last posting, CDM has an excellent review of Reverence up here, with some before/after sound samples. Thanks to Peter for that. (I'm not loudmouthed! I just type that way. I'm actually rather soft-spoken. Except when I'm yelling.)

Next, I just received issue 104 of Computer Music in the ol' mail box this morning, and it contains (along with our shiney new black-as-midnight Reverence ad) a fantastic review of Discord 2, wherein we receive the little CM award doohickies for "Performance" and "Value For Money," and the plug is given a 9/10. So, a big thank-you to Computer Music for that.

In the same light, Electronic Musician's current issue has Discord 2 listed as the "Download Of The Month," with a full page review, and there are some demo sounds on their Web Clips thing of both D2 and Ronin, which you can find here.

I'm sure there's a bunch of shit I'm forgetting, but that's the general run of things currently. On a different tack, is any of my fair readers a clarinet player? I need clarinet on a track. You need to be able to improvise on a general theme, and have the ability to record it at home yourself. (Like, I send you an audio clip, you play your part over that, and send me back the audio file which I can drop in my DAW.) Drop me a line via the contact button above if you're interested. I wouldn't be adverse to some other instrument that was in the clarinet tonal range, but ethnic stuff has to be able to play in the Western key of Dm.

UPDATE: I think I'm good on the whole clarinet thing. Thanks to everyone that wrote.




Aug.23.2006 @ 7:54 PM
Actually, technically I said the *blog* was loud-mouthed. ;) But I've been called snarky, maybe even as a compliment, but still not sure I'm deserving!

Aug.23.2006 @ 10:02 PM
Now you can buy the hebrew nationals in bulk!

Aug.23.2006 @ 10:38 PM
Congrats man. If I knew the next thing about reverbs I'd put up a review myself. I read Peter's book, but I'm still clueless. Hopefully my two posts made up for it. : )

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Aug.23.2006 @ 11:21 PM
Hey Chris, just out of curiousity, what plug-ins do you use on a regular basis? You mentioned D-pole in the other thread, and I know that Nuendo is your DAW of choice, but what effects and instruments do you use?

Aug.24.2006 @ 1:06 AM
Chris Randall
Hmmm. It depends on what I'm doing. For my electronic stuff (for Micronaut or whatever) I tend to use Pro-53, Arturia Minimoog, and Oddy mainly; Waldorf's PPG plug gets used now and again, as well. For drums I use samples and cut up loops almost exclusively; I'll pull out Battery occasionally, but it isn't common. For bass, I tend to use real bass, played on a '78 Fender Jazz.

For effects on my electronic stuff, I use Dubstation and Discord 2 a _lot_. You'll generally see two or three Dubstations as sends, and many of the tracks will also have one. It's not uncommon for me to have a dozen or more Dubs on a given song. I also use the Eclipse a ton; since I've had it, I think I generally end up rendering about half of a given song's tracks through it. I don't use D-Pole much any more, because Ronin is much better at that sort of thing. I use our old Filterpod a lot for filtering, and I generally use either Crush or the Nuendo dynamics for comps. For EQ on electronics, I almost always use the built-in Nuendo EQ, except on key tracks (kick, bass), which I use the URS API.

On my normal stuff, the "Chris Randall" record that I've been working on for a couple years now, it's a much different story. There are almost no "electronic" sounds on this record, which is very organic and "live." All the keys, guitar, and bass are live, and there is very little production. Mostly, I get my sounds via mic placement and pedals, and not much is done in the DAW. For drums, it's all BFD, all the time (which I love.) I'll use Lounge Lizard for EP when I'm writing, but when it comes time to actually lay some tracks down, I have a byzantine (and secret) system for getting EP sounds that are completely indistinguishable from the real thing.

For vocals, I go straight from mic (Red Type B, usually, although I have dozens of mics) to mic pre (Averill 312) to Apogee Rosetta to DAW. I _always_ use Waves RVox first, then URS A-Series. After that, any number of things to get the sound I'm looking for. Generally, a Dubstation will be involved at some point, since there's no plugin better for slapback, which I use a lot.

For reverb, in both electronic and "live" settings, I use a combination of things. I'll almost always have one send of Princeton Stereo Room, and now I'll have a Reverence on a send as well. Once I'm mixing, I'll set up another send of patch 257 on the Eclipse, "EMT Plate."

I don't know if that information is useful to you, but there it is.



Aug.24.2006 @ 2:10 AM
If you're still looking for a clarinet player...I'm a sax player but double on clarinet and whatnot so I could probably give it a go.


(and I could record it here - presonus firepod + rode nt1)


Aug.24.2006 @ 2:11 AM
nevermind, too late ;-)

Aug.24.2006 @ 3:30 AM
chris you're gonna like the SSL duende... when it comes out for pc anyway.
I have it and i love it.

Aug.24.2006 @ 6:53 AM
I'm with Bugstar on that. It's world-class.

hey... isn't that a Diamondism (tm) now? :)

"It's trademarked, dude!"


Aug.24.2006 @ 7:55 AM
Congrats, Chris! That's great news!



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