January 31, 2008

Sorry. Yeah. Whatever...

by Chris Randall

We've been having a bit of a snow... what? Event? here for a few days now. I'm sure everyone that lives in the upper Midwest of America is like "oh, cry me a river, nancy-boy" but I spent 25 years in Boston, NYC, and Chicago, and the main reason I moved here was to get away from that bullshit and in to a nice rainy mono-season, one of which I'm quite fond.

Anyways, we've gotten a couple feet of snow or whatever, and our power keeps going out. I suppose it could be worse. The town of Detroit (Oregon, not Michigan), which is 19 miles up the road from us, has gotten 150". That's a lot no matter how you look at it.

Long story short, until this weather event cools down (pun intended), I can't even keep my computers on for more than a few minutes at a time, let alone devote the surfing necessary to bring something incredibly prosaic yet somehow touching to this page like I normally do each and every god damned day of my life, in my ultimate quest to make your day better, as if that was important to me.

I don't even own a fucking snow shovel. I live in the Willamette Valley, for christsake.

So, until this is sorted out by the KOIN News 6 Weather Alert Team, you're on your own. This is an open thread. Don't break anything.



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Jan.31.2008 @ 3:22 AM
dan s
Do you guys ever get bored of music? If so what do you do to escape from it (the boredom that is)?
I'm trying to do some reading - which might not help, but doesn't make it worse as opposed to watching season 6 of DS9.

Jan.31.2008 @ 3:33 AM
spending time in nature is my favourite form of non-musical meditation...

unrelatedly, have you tried playing with a Korg Kaossilator?
I suspect its a future retro classic!!!
its cheap, makes great sounds (esp thru a few stomp boxes)
similarly to other great el cheapo keyboards etc (Sk1 etc)
Ignore the silly youtubery & go put your sticky fingers on one,
you'll maybe be surprised... or not


Jan.31.2008 @ 6:32 AM
Not that it would interest anyone (well, bored at work) but the usually snowy (southern) Finland has been kind of out of snow so far this winter. Basically, a reasonably small amount has appeared once every few days / weeks, it pretty quickly melts, and the puddles that are left usually freeze to ice on the following day.

I'm all for not having to wade knee deep in the snow but at least it would be better than tons of fucking slush or slippery ice everywhere, and some snow would make the days feel brighter than they actually are this season...


Jan.31.2008 @ 8:09 AM
I don't necessarily get bored of music as a whole, but I definitely get bored with genres. (Full disclosure: I write for a production music library) Sometimes a call will come to write, say, a full disc of hip-hop. I'm fond of hip-hop. After day 4 of staring at a Logic rig trying to make one track different from the last 11, I despise the genre. Luckily, this business often offers you a music colonic such as "Now we need something that sounds like Coldplay". It's the equivalent of eating a cracker at a wine tasting.

It is bizarre, though. Growing up I always wanted "a job in music", and though I love what I do, it was weird to experience "what I love" turn in to "my job".


Jan.31.2008 @ 8:17 AM
mike kiraly
Here is my suggestion for the open thread: ITB vs OTB summing.

I have gotten over my general gear lust - I don't hanker after every new gadget and piece of software like I used to. In fact, it's become very hard for me to spend any money these days because I can usually point to something in my studio that already does it better than whatever I am looking at. So therefore I am able to keep my setup simple and efficient.

But the one think I still get an itchy trigger finger for is some sort of external mixing or summing unit. The problem is twofold:

1. I am not even sure if I truly believe the noise out there that says "summing OTB is a magical remedy to all of your mix woes" or something like that

2. Budget is a factor. For $1000 to $2000 you can either get a prosumer grade mixer like a Mackie VLZ or Allen & Heath Mix Wizard series, which I don't feel would really add anything really positive to my signal chain, or a very basic summing box like the Dangerous D-Box. If money was no object, I'd love to try one of those Neve summing units or put together one of those new SSL rack boxes (although I am not sure if I am sold on the SSL sound)

Anyway, the question is really this: 1.) If you personally sum OTB, do you really truly feel it adds something to the final product and 2.) Does anyone have any realworld experience with a sub $2000 summing /mixing solution that you feel is a real value for the price?


Jan.31.2008 @ 10:39 AM
When its time to for fun and adventure I always like mountain biking, and having a ciggy when I stumble upon a nice serene place to take it in (odd combo I know but its sorta works for now)

But that doesn't really apply with snow which coming from Mad Max land I know fuck all about :(


Jan.31.2008 @ 11:10 AM
Does anyone have an Electro-Harmonix 2880? This thing looks like a fun toy. Of course there?s more complex loopers like the Gibson Echoplex, but the 2880 looks like it might have hit a sweet spot as far straightforward interface with enough features at a decent price.

Is there anyone out there who used to rely on the Waves RVox plugin for vocal tracks, who has found a good non-iLok replacement which gives near-identical results? What plug and what settings?

If you could have only one hardware poly synth, what would it be?


Jan.31.2008 @ 11:15 AM
Chris Randall
"If you could have only one hardware poly synth, what would it be?"

MKS80. Or SE Omega 8. Or MemoryMoog.



Jan.31.2008 @ 12:41 PM
A GX-1 please kthxbai. I could probably afford to rent an extra room to place it into.


Jan.31.2008 @ 2:30 PM
Shoulda moved to Ireland, sucka. I've never seen snow in co. Kerry, and it was shirtsleeves weather last weekend. Of course, it's been pissing rain ever since.

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