December 21, 2006

Industry Kudos, Take Two...

by Chris Randall

The issue with the announcements just showed up in the mail, so I guess we don't have to keep mum any more. We're pleased to announce that Discord 2 won a 2007 Editor's Choice award from Electronic Musician Magazine. 'Tis the season for these sorts of things, I guess. It's worth mentioning that we've never advertised in either Remix or EM, and I sent review copies of the plugins only grudgingly.

It's also worth noting that the runner-up in the category that Discord 2 won in is Cycling '74's "M" aleatoric software. This is funny on three different levels:

1. "M" is one of my favoritest pieces of software ever, so it's kind of unnerving.

2. Both Adam and I worked for Cycling '74. (This is, in a roundabout way, how we met.)

3. "M" was originally released like 17-odd years ago, and is intrinsically the same as when it first came out.

In any case, thanks to EM for dropping the glassie in our laps. I'll be at the awards reception at NAMM, and if given a microphone, will no doubt extemporize at length vis-a-vis my opinion of our little industry. That should be amusing.



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Dec.21.2006 @ 11:01 AM
I would pay for the video of such a reception speech.

Dec.21.2006 @ 11:02 AM
Hooray! Congrats on the award. Not often they give those things to a two-man operation.

If you give the speech, please record and transcribe for us, the little people.


Dec.21.2006 @ 1:17 PM
Congrats. I wouldn't get too excited though--EM is the same magazine that named the Rode NT-1A mic of the year a couple years back.

Dec.21.2006 @ 1:27 PM
Chris Randall
I'm sorry. Did I sound excited? It wasn't intentional. That would go against my jaded worldview.



Dec.21.2006 @ 1:33 PM
Congratulations! That's very cool.

Ah, M. I have lots of nostalgia for this program. I used M at the SUNY Albany electronic music lab when it was maintained by Intelligent Music. Amazing that it's still in existence.


Dec.21.2006 @ 2:17 PM
Jeff C
> That would go against my jaded worldview.

What jaded worldview?


That was sarcasm, BTW.

- Jeff


Dec.21.2006 @ 3:47 PM
Great for you, i like Discord too.

This probably mean more sales, which i hope will mean more new plugins from you guys in the near future.


Dec.21.2006 @ 6:58 PM
Adam Schabtach
More sales means more plug-ins insofar as that as long as we keep getting sales, we can keep making plug-ins instead of going back to "real" jobs. OTOH it would be hard to make plug-ins any faster than we already do.



Dec.21.2006 @ 9:05 PM
Congrats of course but I'm flabbergasted by the recognition of M. I love this software, and every 6 months or so I "rediscover" it and bliss out with it for a day or two (mostly when I feel pentatonic). Just tie it into Ableton or even Reason and its a dream.

Too bad its mac only though, these days I can only afford to keep up my PC.


Dec.21.2006 @ 9:13 PM
Chris Randall
For what it's worth, I run M on a Powerbook 100. I think I might "upgrade" to a 520C so I can run M and UpBeat at the same time. I also have Cubasis 1.0 on the same machine. It's actually quite cathartic to write with those old programs. I just set up a whole slew of softsynths in Nuendo and zone out.

It's also worth mentioning that the resulting music is more or less unlistenable. I've released several tracks, both Micronaut and SMG, that were sequenced entirely in M and/or UpBeat, but I wouldn't want to make a habit of it, you know?

But all that said, Adam is right. We put out plugins about as fast as two people can. We would have released more this year, but we also had to port our entire product line to VST2.4 and all our Mac products to Intel, and that took quite a bit of time.



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