December 31, 2006

Happy New Year...

by Chris Randall

Here's my year-end round-up, in the event my opinions on such things have any creedence:

BEST NEW PRODUCT: Moog Lil' Phatty. If nothing else, this product is the best of 2006 simply because it put the final nail in the "ph == f" coffin. But that said, there's nothing about it not to like. Size, form factor, UI, sound, price, style all phan-phucking-tastic. There's no particular reason I haven't bought one yet. I will at some point.

STUPIDEST NEW PRODUCT: Native Instruments Kore. This is the absolute pinnacle of the phrase "solution in desparate search of a problem." I haven't played with one, because I can't be bothered to figure out what the fuck it does or why it exists.

COOLEST PERSON IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: My wife. She puts up with my bullshit, lets me spend ridiculous amounts of money on gear, runs a record label, makes web sites, mostly ignores the nearly constant kick drum thump eminating from my surroundings, regularly uses the name "Cunty McFuckstain" to describe people she doesn't like, and still manages to find time to bake a loaf of bread every three days. How the fuck did I get so lucky?

BIGGEST FUCKING TOOL IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: K-Fed. My first instinct would be to call it a tie between Diamond Dave 103 and that fucktard that runs But really, both of those asscocks really pale in comparision to K-Fed. While I rarely bring him up here, he really is the biggest fucking tool in the music industry. There's no question.

So, that's my best and worst of 2006. What's yours?



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Jan.02.2007 @ 10:59 AM
I suggest to us early Kore adopters to keep our mouth shut.
Make this our best kept secret. :-)

I notice that some people do not want/refuse to acknowledge it s unique features and it's superior controller capacities.
I saw the same thing happening with nexus as well. No matter the quality of the won t be excepted for some reason. ( often a lack of money :-) ) Its also the virus of negativity coming from ignorance about the product.
I saw the light. It s Kore....Amen.

If you insist..just stick to your novation and maudio controllers.


Jan.02.2007 @ 11:55 AM
Adam Schabtach
The biggest problem with Kore, clearly, is its marketing campaign. If a substantial number of people look at its advertising and can't figure out what it's good for (and hence why they might want to buy it) then the marketing department has failed.

AFAICT it's a useful thing if you want to use a computer as the core (hah hah) of a live rig. Personally I'm not sure that's a good idea in general, but I freely admit I know very little about gigging in practical terms.

Personally it doesn't appeal to me. I just hold my breath and hope that our stuff works with it. (So far that's been the case, although apparently there was at least one rev of the Kore software that didn't like one or more of our plug-ins. That has been resolved by NI.)



Jan.02.2007 @ 1:38 PM
Kore in itself doesn't seem that great... but if I were a big Native Instruments fan and used all their stuff, I would probably also go with Kore. It seems a nifty way to integrate NI plugins.

However, since I am not a big native instruments fan (I owned Reaktor at one time... and having to use a dongle to use software I legally purchased is just too much of a drag... and then having to pay for rather minor upgrades is just too much of a drag... especially for something that expensive), I would really have no interest in Kore.


Jan.02.2007 @ 1:50 PM
I think also for a professional user Kore has a lot of advantages, if he want to play live. For example he can much easier create his live laptop setup, because when he used Kore in his DAW, he can easily copy his sounds to his live host, without the need of saving for each plugin the used presets. Just one example. Of course Kore is not a software that everybody needs, but i think this is true for every software. But i can't follow your "pros doesn't need Kore" argument.

Btw.: Since Kore 1.1 the Kore controller doesn't act as a dongle anymore.


Jan.02.2007 @ 2:10 PM
1. Biggest DIY blunder: Building an amplifier and making the cabinet too big by .25" to fit in the trunk of my car.

2. The one and only time my DIYism actually saved me money: Making my own case and power supply for a Doepfer rack (@$70 worth of wood and electronics v. $500 for the ugly and super-mega branded Doepfer case.)

3. Best acquisition this year: military surplus EV bullet mic with hi imp out. Absolute killer harmonica mic.

4. Favorite new software: Numerology


Jan.02.2007 @ 6:41 PM
Kore might be cool if it hosted VST in the hardware, like the Muse Receptor.

Jan.02.2007 @ 7:53 PM
Chris Randall
I didn't say "pros don't need Kore." I said "I don't need Kore." Post hoc, ergo propter hoc at its finest.



Jan.02.2007 @ 9:23 PM
numerology rocks. It is the only sequencer I use at all so far. I can't wait for 2.0.

Jan.02.2007 @ 10:12 PM
"I didn't say "pros don't need Kore." I said "I don't need Kore." Post hoc, ergo propter hoc at its finest."

Wow, someone paid attention at their forensics classes.

...and yeah, Numerology does rock. Pulls all kinds of nice surprises. I'm using it primarily to drive a midi CC to CV convertor for my Doepfer rack. It's a lot cheaper than a rack of LFOs, slew limiters and other CV generators, and a lot more versatile.


Jan.02.2007 @ 11:42 PM
Chris Randall wrote:

"I didn't say 'pros don't need Kore.' I said 'I don't need Kore.' Post hoc, ergo propter hoc at its finest."

Would you say that pros think Kore is dumb? I'm just parsing your statement from page three:

"So, in my context (which the context of the professional user, for the most part) Kore is just plain dumb."


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