December 3, 2007

Stormy Weather Open Thread...

by Chris Randall

We're having a bit of a blow here on the Wet... errr... West Coast; the power has gone out at least a dozen times today, and quite frankly, I'll be stupefied if I wake up tomorrow and I don't have to get the generator cranking. So, obviously, it's amazing that I can post at all, let alone something of world-shaking import.

Luckily, Adam already did, thus saving me the trouble. Needless to say, I agree with his closing statement wholeheartedly, and have followed suit. It's a bit of a drag, because URS makes some stuff that really makes mixing easier. I can easily think of a dozen not-inexpensive pieces of software I would have purchased, and in turn said nice things about (or not, as the case warranted; I call 'em like I see 'em, especially when I pay for 'em...) here on this incredibly high-traffic audio site, were it not that they were protected by PACE/iLok.

In any event, I'm going to go back to hiding under my bed, hoping the 50-meter-tall Black Walnut in our front yard doesn't fall and crush my studio.



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Dec.03.2007 @ 5:53 AM
Good luck, keep a guitar around just in case! Last bad storm here I ended up in someones house for a week who only knew how to play Hotel California...over and fucking over and over again!

Dec.03.2007 @ 7:28 AM
OK, I got my kaossilator and its fun as all get out. Not a "serious synth" like you guys deal with, but as someone said before, more than perfect for making beats n loops while on the throne.

Dec.03.2007 @ 8:13 AM
Whoa...since when did PSP go iLok?!? Will I need a dongle in order to upgrade MixPack?

Dec.03.2007 @ 9:16 AM
with PSP you can either use challenge/response or Pace/iLok. why you would want to use the latter, i don't know but its the users choice. I have Vintage Warmer 2 and have never owned or will own an iLok. Life's too short.

Dec.03.2007 @ 10:01 AM
Adam Schabtach
Challenge/response is--or can be--a form of PACE. It was the standard mechanism for PACE prior to the introduction of the iLok. There are challenge/response CP systems that aren't made by PACE, but if a product can use an iLok as its validation mechanism, chances are its challenge/response mechanism is PACE also.



Dec.03.2007 @ 10:36 AM
My wife is a hardcore peruvian cook, so yea a Kaossilator would be great for throan-age. I guess they are good for storms also if ya got batteries, after a week of no power the ppl who you end up with or who will end up at your place will start to become whiners and shit like battery wasting will be thrown in your face. Man, FL after the hurricanes no water or power, out of stock on Gas everywhere, feel like a dick complaining though, Katrina vics had it so much harder.

Dec.03.2007 @ 11:23 AM
I am wondering, from a professional recording standpoint, what are the issues with running a cracked version of software you paid for?

If you purchased the software legally, having a cracked copy shouldn't be an issue from a ethical or legal standpoint.

Are you avoiding using a cracked version because it is less stable? Is it difficult to upgrade after that? Or is it to punish the company for having annoying copy protection?


Dec.03.2007 @ 11:48 AM
That was a good read, Adam.

I agree about the multi-tap delay issue, there aren't really a lot of good multitap delays around. Further yet, I find most multitap delays overdo it on complexity. It's really hard to find a delay designed to make echo patterns easy. Either they offer no visual feedback beyond a parameter value readout, or they go overboard on complexity, with filters and LFOs and envelope followers all over the place.

There's a Creamware plugin called Pattern Delay. Here's a picture of it:

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I'd love to see something native with that kind of simple, step sequencer grid-like control.


Dec.03.2007 @ 1:01 PM

The PSP 608 Multi-delay definitely falls into the category of "overly complex." I gave up on it. There are just too many controls and not enough feedback on what they're actually doing.

I much prefer software that does just one thing or one task exceptionally well. (Check out the book "Getting Real: The Smarter Faster Way to Build a Succesful Web Application" by 37signals link []">link [] )

The most important plugins in my arsenal? Voxengo's free Audio Delay. Sonalkis' free FreeG meter/gain leveler and SSL's free X-ISM inter-sample peak/bitscope meter. I wouldn't want to work without them.

Find out what dongled plugins users can't live without and then release better "versions" as AD plugins. ;)


Dec.03.2007 @ 1:10 PM
As far as I can remember I've never had a problem with PACE mucking up my system on Mac. I've had system failures tho and they could have been PACE related without it blatantly staring me in the face.
Hate copy protection systems like that tho... Just about to uprade my comp and it's a bloody pain having to reauthorize challenge/ response, pace etc.

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