I am one of those people that couldn't ever understand the various Creamware platforms before they came unspun, never mind now. I mean, is it a sound card? Is it a DAW? Is it plugins? Can I use these plugins with a real sound card and my normal DAW? What the fuck is going on here?
In other news, we left Phoenix this morning, and now we're in L.A. Hanging with my sister tomorrow, then home on Saturday, and a return to our regular adventures.
So, I download and install Numerology 2, whereupon I discover that the only AU synth I have on this laptop is Massive. Why I installed it I can't remember, but it is kind of a drag because, well, it is rather massive. (I don't normally use this or any laptop for anything approaching music, and since music is work for me, when I'm on vacation I don't make any; thus I don't need a whole passel of software on this machine.)
I thought to myself "hey, self, why don't we just go grab a freebie drum synth of some sort and we'll have a little fun with Numerology or whatever." This turns out to be essentially impossible. My choices are (a) nothing, (b) downloading and installing Kontakt 3 on this machine and then finding some samples, or (c) something tedious, I'm sure, like creating a drum synth in Bidule or something equally ridiculous.
So, AU users. WTF? Is there not a single free AU drum machine out there, worth a shit or otherwise? Being largely a Windows VST user, I can, of course, find stacks and stacks of free plugins for most any task. About 98.4% of them are utter crap, because you get what you pay for, usually, but they're there if I need them. Apparently the same is not true in the hippy, trippy land of AU.
Oh, Happy Holidays to the Americans now, too.
While we're on the subject (we weren't, of course) why don't you go have Pete Townsend paint your musical portrait. That should be good for hours of fun. Note: it is a fairly involved process, needs a significant amount of input from you, and it has a soul-searing EULA that you need to sign to access the meat. The license to your portraits belongs to them (this makes a certain amount of sense, because their software created it, I suppose) and if you play these portraits for anyone else, you essentially violate the license. (Section 2.3 of the EULA, if you're curious.)
Personally, I find that to be a bit silly, but there you go. It is an interesting application of generative music, but sounds pretty machine-made when you get down to it. So my question basically thus: why don't people that make generative music software ever put timing drift in to the output?
Oh, And... It's not my habit to advertise for other folks, but these guys are cool, and I have and use all their products. Soniccouture is having a sale that ends at midnight GMT tonight (so about 7.5 hours left). I recommend you get the Electronica Collection. Tons of useful stuff in there.
(Unfortunately, one of those people is Cory Doctorow, and he just won't shut the fuck up. It makes the rest of us, people that are actually creative instead of just pretending to be so we can get speaking fees, look bad. "Hey, look, my latest terrible novel has been machine-translated in to Farsi backwards, and every third word was replaced with an icon that represents Mickey Mouse. Aren't I charming?")
Anyways, I'm not sure what my point is here, but I'm fairly certain I have one. We're in Phoenix now, and oddly enough, it's colder here than our mountain home in Oregon. Go figure.
Once we arrive in Phoenix (two days hence) I will almost certainly be posting as normal, but I can't guarantee that. Also, if you write the AD Info email, I may take a little longer to get back than usual. So, in the event that you're literally hanging on every word that issues forth from this locale, you might be in for a bit of a wait. Off to pack now.