Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.
April 7, 2008

Audio Damage Dubstation 1.5 Now Available...

by Chris Randall

Dubstation 1.5 is now up in the AD Store for your purchasing and downloading pleasure. If you are an existing Dubstation customer, it'll just be in your account ready to go, as it is a free update. If you don't own Dubstation, now's as good a time as any to get in on the party. This is Audio Damage's second-best selling product (after Replicant) and with good reason.

If you missed my earlier announcements, Dubstation 1.5 gives our venerable favorite a new UI, and the oft-requested HI-CUT knob in addition to the LO-CUT, so you can have a measure of control over the high end; it is still controlled largely by the delay time, and the sound of Dubstation is unchanged if you have it all the way anti-clockwise.

Other changes: some minor bug fixes, and the delay knob behavior has been altered to match that of Dr. Device; you no longer have to automate hidden values. Dubstation 1.5 has a different name and VSTID than the original, and they'll live side by side happily, so you don't have to worry about existing projects being affected. Enjoy!

April 6, 2008

Choppy, Glitchy, Fuck Yeah!

by Chris Randall

As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I've been pondering a thread starter on glitch programming; nothing has really come to me that wouldn't take the form of a tutorial (which I don't find that interesting, at least to make) or a rant. So I'll just provide some materials and we can go off on whatever tangent is appropriate. Don't you wish I was your teacher at Full Sail? An education at that place might almost have been worth something.

In any case, what got me started on this whole thing was this video on GooTube, in which this Pix fellow demonstrates far better than I could type the CTRL-AL engine in the MachineDrum. I use this technique extensively, and while I kind of discovered it independently, I hadn't taken it to the lengths that he has. Also, I'm trying to work out a plugin concept (much to Adam's bemusement) based loosely on the technique exhibited in this video, which takes advantage of a quirky behavior in Live. It is fairly complicated to pull off, and can't be done in real time, but the result is kind of nice, which is why I've been pondering how to do it in a plugin.

In any case, Replicant aside, I tend to do most all of my glitchy programming by hand. This is time consuming, of course, but once you get the hang of whatever your DAW uses for dealing with small chunks of audio, it is fairly productive. Currently, assuming I'm using the MachineDrum for rhythm, I'll use the CTRL-AL "feature" to come up with something interesting, record the section, then go in and start chopping and moving about the audio file in Cubase to end up with what I want. Since I tend to record separate parts, I throw everything in a folder track when I'm done so it can be dealt with like an individual loop.

What's your favorite methodology for doing this sort of thing? Are there any crafty videos on YouTube that I haven't seen? Or are you just gonna say "I went to Full Sail, and look at me now, bitch! I'm the patchbay monkey in the finest studio in Pittsburgh!"

EDIT: I almost forgot the excellent videos from our good friends Sonniccouture that deal with using their KSP scripts with Kontakt. You can find them here and here.

April 4, 2008

Friday Open Threadage...

by Chris Randall

Okay, we've got Dubstation 1.5 VST done on both Mac and Windows; the AU is giving us a little bit of grief as usual, but that should be hammered out shortly. (AU users, feel free to go watch this awesome video while you're waiting.) I imagine that I'll be uploading the new installers to the server on Monday or Tuesday, if all goes well. Since we're essentially swapping one product for another, as far as the store is concerned, I can't just put up the Windows one; they both have to go up at the same time, so unfortunately you Windows people will have to tough it out. It'll give you a taste of the other side for a change. ;-)

No open thread topic in particular. What's on your mind?

NOTE: I was gonna make the open-thread subject eight-channel ADA convertors, but I just found out I owe the IRS a five-digit number, so that's not gonna be happening this month. They can take that economic stimulus package and ram it up their collective asses.

April 3, 2008

Helter Skelter... uh... right...

by Chris Randall

This one is really for the non-US readers, as an example of how American politicians go insane after they lose a primary attempt. This fellow is Mike Gravel. He was a Democratic candidate for president, but he was soundly thrashed early in the primaries. He dropped out, and decided to run as a Libertarian. (For those that don't know, Libertarian is Latin for "Xenophobic Redneck.") This is a blatantly obvious attempt at making some sort of artificial meme, of course, but it's still silly enough to laugh at, especially for us.

April 2, 2008

And now for something we hope you'll REALLY like...

by Chris Randall

As I mentioned two posts ago, we're holding off on the release of Kombinat for a little while, in order to allow for the fact that Adam has to do a do-over on his aborted Japanese vacation of last year. We could get it out before he leaves, but he wouldn't be around if there were issues, as I mentioned, and that's no good.

So, in the meantime, we're going to give you this bad boy, hopefully by the end of the week. Witness Dubstation 1.5. The main change is one long-asked-for feature, a "HI CUT" knob. How it works is thus: at full on, Dubstation will work just like the original, with the delay time setting the high-cut filter frequency. In this manner, you're able to bring in a touch (or a lot) of high frequencies just by rolling back the knob a bit.

Also, as should be obvious from the image above (whack that bitch for a full-sized iteration) the UI has received a fairly major upgrade, to bring it in line with our current product line and do away with the oft-heard complaint that the tilted view was annoying. (Now, you can complain that it is too dark, or the cartoon look was more conducive to creation, or something. Ho, ho, ho.) We're also doing away with the split personality nature of the delay time knob; it will now work just like it does in Dr. Device, with no hidden parameters or anything.

The downside for OSX customers is that we're deprecating 10.3.9 support. You will need 10.4.1 or better (preferably 10.4.9 or better) to use Dubstation 1.5. Obviously, your install of Dubstation 1.0.whatever will still work fine, as long as Apple doesn't decide something silly.

This will be a free update to existing Dubstation owners, and Dubstation's price will remain at US$39.00. Also, it will have a different ID and name, so you can use both. The parameter list has changed and VST projects that use the original one would have issues with the new one if we didn't do it like this. So existing customers need not worry in the slightest; your projects will be totally safe. We're just tidying up the Windows version; the OSX VST and AU should build straight away, and we don't foresee any issues there, so this should be available by the end of the week.


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