December 15, 2007

And The Winner Is...

by Chris Randall


We received a total of 493 name submissions. Unfortunately, about 450 of them were some permutation of the word "tap" and thus automatically ruled out. The most common submissions, tied at 56 each, were "Tapdance" and "Tapper." (We thought, if the latter, we could put an easter egg where you could play Tapper. But then we realized that was dumb.) Adam's favorite among the "Tap" submissions was Tapioca. But I vetoed that because, well, it's a little bit gay.

Among the many non-tap submissions, 312 in all (most people submitted more than one, and one person submitted 37), my personal favorites were Cloud Puncher and Babyfoot, because they made me chuckle, despite having nothing whatsoever to do with anything. Cloud Puncher may very well become a catch-all term in Audio Damage company vernacular, like "rrrrrfucrkrrrd.r", "y0ya!", and "wr0k", the result of contextual mistypings that Just Work. Or wr0k, as the case may be. If you're a regular customer of Audio Damage, you'll note that these occasionally turn up in preset names.

Anyway, I don't know the name of the person that submitted Ricochet, who goes by the moniker "Sink," but it is pertinent to what the product does, fits in the general naming scheme of Audio Damage products, and rolls off the tongue in a pleasant way. Thus, we are pleased to report that Sink will receive a copy of Ricochet, one other AD plug of his choosing, and an AD t-shirt.

And a general update on Ricochet. Work continues on a timely schedule. We had to figure out a way to get around VSTGUI's odd and balky handling of fonts by inventing a new way to use a font for text purposes. Adam handled this in fine style, and the GUI (by far the most difficult part of this entire exercise) is essentially done. DSP coding starts in earnest now. We're still looking at a late January release currently, but that could easily change.

EDIT: Oops. Due to a spelling error, I didn't catch that Gibbon had submitted "Ricochet" as well. So we have dual winners, Sink and Gibbon. Both get the same prize, of course.



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Dec.16.2007 @ 2:58 AM
And here I thought Tapdance was so utterly stupid nobody else would even think of suggesting it ... :)

Dec.16.2007 @ 4:10 AM
Artemiy Pavlov
Bring it on guys ;-)

Dec.16.2007 @ 6:59 AM
beauty pill
Ricochet! How briliantly simple. I never would have thought of that, yet now it seems like the only choice. Congratulations!

This brings to mind the band name The Cure. I think about this from time to time.

That band started in 1979. That's pretty late in the history of rock music. This means that rock 'n' roll had already gone through the (wildly creative and zany) '60s and nobody thought to name their band The Cure. People named their bands all sorts of stupid sixties shit. There were bands called The Who and also The Guess Who. And, y'know, Strawberry Alarm Clock...

But nobody thought to name their band The Cure until 1979! Amazing! I mean, that was 2 or 3 years into the punk revolution. And nobody beat them to it? Perhaps it was destiny? God made sure that nobody thought of that name until the band that was perfectly suited to it was formed? I mean, WTF?

The Cure is (regardless of how you feel about the music) an unassailably cool band name.

This is how I feel about Ricochet. I'm amazed nobody's thought of it before, 'cause it seems so perfectly self-descriptive for a multi-tap plug-in. I'm sure someone at Waves just smacked their own forehead and said "Fuck me! RICOCHET! Damn it..."

--- Chad

p.s. I love The Who, just so we're clear. But, if you step back, it's a pretty goofy band name.

p.p.s. The dopey multitap name I thought of but never suggested was Echo Canyon. Yeah, nobody ever said I was good at this...

p.p.p.s. Nobody thought to name a movie "American Gangster" until 2007. Trip on THAT for a second.


Dec.16.2007 @ 7:38 AM
Ricochet, yeah I like that. Short and to the point and describes kind of what the device will sound like.



Dec.16.2007 @ 8:47 AM
My favorite of my completely dopey suggestions was TimeField. It's a programming thing from what I gather. The most gay of my suggestions was TimeStep, which apparently has something with, yes, tap dancing. I also had Array, and Neural, both of which I think have a certain ring to 'em, whether they have fuck all to do with what AD were trying to accomplish.

Actually, all my suggestions were kinda gay. (Not that there's anything wrong with that...)


Dec.16.2007 @ 10:30 AM

Ricochet is great, made me think of Clint Eastwoods Gun back in his day :)

I confess to Cloud Puncher, trust me it made sense at the time, I think it was those little lolly pops which represent the taps which made me think of them punching into the audio :-)

After many LOL's myself after reading this I will see if my colleagues will understand my frustrations when I say "I was so fucking pissed off I coulda punched the clouds"

I better get back Wrok and figure out Santa's early drop in the form of a S5 IS ;-)

Thanks for Laugh :-)


Dec.16.2007 @ 12:26 PM
Congrats, guys. Way better name than I could think of.

Dec.16.2007 @ 4:07 PM
I still like "Lightcycle," but you don't want to mess with the Disney legal department.

Dec.16.2007 @ 7:33 PM
In an alternate universe, it would be called tapdancer and would include a badly photoshopped pic in the UI that looks almost, but not quite, like savion glover, gene kelly, fred astaire and gregory hines in all their syncopated glory.

I mispelled Ricochet with one H too many.. I feel like a dumb-ass.

108,000 people have also done so, 3 used two H's too many, according to Google.


Dec.17.2007 @ 4:41 PM
My idea was of such a fucktard bent, it's difficult to even post this, but I'll come clean. I did have the brains not to submit it.

In honor of the unfortunately named A/DA tapped delay, the STD-1 (STD being stereo tapped delay in this case), I thought maybe Variable Delay 1, which would be sooo much better...


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