Speaking of fun...
I went windsurfing at Hood River yesterday, because if I looked at a computer any more I was going to turn in to Stagger Lee. Today, with my sunburn well-tamed, it was time to address Installing Things in my new computer. I had to call Microsoft to move my Vista Business license from Old 'n' Busted to New Hotness. I was dreading this, but it actually turned out to be surprisingly painless, and took all of 2 minutes. Word to the wise: you can't move a Vista Home install, but you _can_ move a Vista Business install. Something to consider once you make the leap.
Next was 3DS Max, which is my main tool for making UIs for the Audio Damage stuff. We decided to spring for a little upgrade in the process, and now instead of Max 7 I'm using Max 9. So expect the AD plugin UIs to be 2 better than they were. (The upgrade also came with full copies of Combustion and Cleaner, lo and furthermore hark, so if I actually manage to find the time to make a video tutorial, it'll have really nice title graphics.)
Now, it's on to Cubase 4, Live, energyXT, and Bidule, and then I'll start putting in plugins. One nice thing about this recent destruction is that I'm finally able to completely purge my system of all... uh... "unofficial" versions. Since I don't have any old projects to load any more (hardy har har) I don't actually need any plugins in particular. So it's a nice opportunity to get things 100% official.
In going through my various NFR trades and plugs I've actually purchased, I think I'm going to thin the herd a bit anyways. I think I'll start with just our products and the Sonalksis line (which I've been getting a lot of use out of lately; I'm becoming quite fond of their TBK3 comp.) Then I'll add stuff as I need it until I have a full suite of working tools. It's a strange, yet oddly cathartic, place to be for me right now.