June 7, 2007

I'm busy, I swear. No, really...

by Chris Randall

We're finally wrapping up the new Audio Damage store. (You know, the one where I've been answering questions mailed to the [email protected] account with "that will be fixed with our new store, which will be up next month" for almost a year now? Yeah, that's the one.) And by "we" I mean my lovely and talented wife.

We're also getting close to having a beta version of Dr. Device. And by "we" I mean Adam.

So what is it I do all day, anyways? You know, I couldn't rightly say. But I know I do a lot of it, whatever it is. This is an open thread. Get it off your chest. You're among friends.



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Jun.07.2007 @ 6:14 PM
has anyone used the jomox xbase 09?

any thoughts or feelings about it?



Jun.07.2007 @ 9:36 PM
CR- have you turned the swing off? it defaults to 50%.

i find the gated reverb really useful as well as the delay but they won't knock your eventide or lexicon out of the rack. they are good for special weirdness/spice.


Jun.07.2007 @ 10:24 PM
50% is "turning the swing off".

Jun.08.2007 @ 12:07 AM
Chris Randall
I was gonna say. 50% is no swing in basically all sequencers, with a couple notable exceptions; on top of that, I'd have to be a complete no-talent retard not to notice that the box was swinging, no offense. No, the timing in the MD is just bad, plain and simple.

Sometimes it's early:

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Other times it's late:

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Both of those are in the same 1-bar loop at 95 bpm. At that tempo, it is inconsequential, maybe 1/192. Jack the tempo up to 160, with the same timing errors, and the division is obviously much larger, and is getting in to 32nd note territory; at that speed it is noticeable.

It doesn't really bother me, as it doesn't occur when playing the sounds via MIDI and not using the internal sequencer, and the way I work (running individual sounds on their own tracks) if I do use the internal sequencer it only takes a second to quantize the audio, so I don't really care. But he asked, and it is noticeable, not just visually, but audibly. And clipping loops, you'll DEFINITELY notice it, as will you if you're running the internal sequencer along with something with solid timing, as I said.



Jun.08.2007 @ 12:28 AM
lol. surprisingly that's not my most retarded suggestion ever. or at least today.

there is a certain amount of "complete no-talent retard" that i rely on in my music so perhaps the MD's timing just suits me.


Jun.08.2007 @ 8:55 AM
the preamp section of my 828mkII spazzed out and I had to drive miles to get the damn thing repaired (waaaaaaaaaah)

the next night the power supply for our gigabit switch died..this week stunk

anyone heard Von S?denfed (album is Tromatic Reflexxions)?...

surprisingly good..Mark E Smith of the Fall and the Mouse on Mars guys...primarily a f*ck you to LCD Soundsystem for not paying Smith royalites (no idea if this is the truth)...

anyhow, its a damn fine lp on first listen!.


Jun.08.2007 @ 9:43 AM
The sad thing with the machinedrum timing is that it seems that the people in the machinedrum community are ready to jump on anyone who complains about the machinedrum timing issue.

But speaking of timing, I have actually been intentionally doing off timing, and I like the way it sounds. Specifically, I have been sequencing by creating 64 bar loops, which I play without quantization and on drum pads with velocity usually mapped to volume (but also sometimes to attack and resonance). Since my personal drumming skills aren't all that, and the quantization is off (but I play to a metronome), with a different volume for each note, the drums sound very "drummy" for lack of a better term. The slight variations in timing, the slight variations in the way I am playing the beat over 64 bars, give even a simply beat a lot of richness. I don't know why more electronic musicians don't "play" their beats, it is a really cool effect. I am almost ready to give up quantization for good.


Jun.08.2007 @ 10:44 AM
"The sad thing with the machinedrum timing is that it seems that the people in the machinedrum community are ready to jump on anyone who complains about the machinedrum timing issue."

that happens with any sufficiently "fanatic" part of an user community though. metric halo's (fixed) 1 sample offset problem, reaper not having a certain feature or not living up to someone's expectations, linux not being user-friendly enough, ableton live or logic (hell, insert any sequencer) having bugs that seem to have low fix priority while the developer is constantly releasing updates with new features ... you name it. the more "indie" the product gets, the tighter the fan^H^H^Huser base and the more touchy people seem to stand up from the crowd. the usual reply being "it's good enough, what are you complaining, i don't have any issues with it nor do 100 other people" or "they're a small company and are working on it, would you like some cheese with that whine?"

i just sold my audio interface a few days ago (gave the guy who's buying a few days to try it out) and waiting to get a bit more cash for a new one of kick-ass variety. for some reason i haven't felt like hooking my laptop up to the sound system, can't find an adapter for the headphone plug, and haven't played with evolver or my digital piano either. so it feels awfully quiet for a few days, but it's also awfully nice for a change NOT to have lots of music around all the time.


Jun.08.2007 @ 11:19 AM
A little shameless self-promotion:

I chopped up a instrumental piece I worked on with a friend (he's playing guitar and co-arranging) for 10-second music bumps. One has been used in a pod-cast that you'd never watch (unless you're applying to grad-school I suppose.

My 10 seconds of glory are here: link [www.vault.com]">link [www.vault.com]


Jun.08.2007 @ 11:37 AM
and mine here, i reckon:
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