Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.
 
January 26, 2015

NAMM Wrap-Up...

by Chris Randall
 



Okay, I know long-time readers are used to a daily NAMM round-up, wherein I make biting comments about the latest and greatest from our fine business. Long-time readers also know that I'm not, as a habit, an exhibitor at NAMM. That all changed this year.

I'm not going to apologize for not walking the floor and trying out every new thing under the sun. While I would have greatly enjoyed doing exactly that, the simple fact of the matter is that it was virtually impossible to make the time. Not only was I generally tied to the Audio Damage booth, but this NAMM was unusually crowded, at least relative to the last few I've been to. And the Eurorack format is really exploding. At this rate, we'll have an entire hall in two years.

So, as I say, I was unable to either poke or prod any new things. The only instrument I did spend a total of about 45 seconds with was the Sequential Prophet 6. That was long enough to decide it was the modern analog synth of my dreams. Keybed: great. Control surface: great. Sound: great. I saw almost nothing else during the show, I'm sorry to report.

We did get a lot of good business done, which is, I guess, the point of the operation. We discovered that both Adam and I are really shitty at giving demos and doing sales pitches. Adam gets in to the minutia of the device so quickly that the potential customer's eyes glaze over, while I take a more patronizing "well, it's shit-hot, and you should buy it, unless you're stupid or something" meta-approach. We will, in the future, be paying Jeremy Highhouse to do our pitching for us, because we suck at it, plain and simple.

I had big plans to film the 10 Questions answers on the show floor, but a raging bout of insomnia that waylaid me for virtually the entire trip kept me in this sort of strange FML zone that prevented me from being extemporaneous, at least in any intelligible fashion. I'll do the answers in the next couple days.

Anyhow, if I was able to meet you during the week, rest assured that I think you are both handsome and charming, and I'll tell anyone who asks. Don't bother posting anything like "hey, did you check out the new DeeJay EZ-Tron 5000 XS?" because I didn't.

A very special thanks to WMD for organizing the group booth, and to Stan Cotey and Fender for saving our bacon in at least two ways. When the largest American music equipment company takes time out of their ludicrously busy show schedule to help out one of the smallest, it makes you feel good about the future in general, and this business in particular.

(Side note: those in the general know of things might view the previous paragraph as an attempt to lay the blame for the noise warnings WMD received at Fender's feet. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!!!)

 
January 15, 2015

January's 10 Questions, Special NAMM Edition, And Some Other Shit...

by Chris Randall
 

For the January edition of 10 Questions, I'll be at NAMM, obviously. So I'll do the answers video at the show itself, on Saturday, Jan. 24th. The Google Moderator page for asking your questions and voting on your favorites is now open.

One thing I noticed last month: the people that get their questions in early naturally tend to come out on top, because everyone that follows them is encouraged to vote by the Moderator software. So your best bet is to get in early. And not ask something idiotic, of course.

A couple other things:

1. We're entertaining the thought of adding hardware bundles to the AD store. If anyone has any thoughts on this subject, now would be the time to voice them, and this would be the place.

2. When I get back from NAMM, Audio Damage t-shirts will once again be available in the store. We got a new style done. I _think_ it'll be all awesome and shit, but I won't know until I have them in my paws on Monday.

3. There will be some prototypes from a couple new manufacturers in our racks at our NAMM booth. Come visit and see some new shit in the WMD Manufacturer's Booth, Hall A, booth 6990.

 
December 31, 2014

So Long, 2014...

by Chris Randall
 

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Happy New Year, AI-ers! 2014 was, like most recent years, pretty awesome for me personally and Audio Damage as a company. I don't believe in luck (or, well, magic of any sort) but if I did, I'd think I had some.

What's coming in 2015? On the AD front, some new hardware, and some updates to classic AD plug-ins. We'll also be making our first appearance at NAMM as a company with a physical presence. On the personal front, a new Sister Machine Gun record in March, and I'm beginning the phase of my life where speaking engagements at universities seem to be a thing I do, also in March at UCSB. During the next 12 months, I am going to attempt to do a Cool Thing Every Month here on AI (t-shirt, sample pack, whatever), as well as a monthly installment of the 10 Questions video blog on YouTube.

In short, it's going to be busy. What awsomeness happened to you in 2014? (Or, well, didn't, I guess?) What amazing thing do you have planned for 2015? TELL ME, FOR THE LOVE OF ZOG!

 
December 21, 2014

10 Answers...

by Chris Randall
 



That was actually quite fun to do, as it turned out. Other than glancing over the questions in Google Moderator a couple times, I didn't do any preparation, so the answers are more-or-less totally extemporaneous. (I had to do a couple over, because I got lost in thought or digression.) Basically, I printed out the top 10 questions this morning, took a drive out to the desert, set up my Olympus OM-D E-M5, and let 'er rip. Audio was recorded on a Tascam DR-2d via a JK MIC-J 044 lav mic. (I highly recommend the latter. For the money, turned out to be pretty sweet.)

If this is something that people find interesting, I'll be happy to do it again. I enjoyed it quite a bit. If there's another form factor for videos you'd like to see, I'd be happy to consider those, as well.

 
December 15, 2014

Ten Questions?

by Chris Randall
 



So I have this idea of doing a monthly YouTube video.

"PARTY!!!" you all scream at the top of your lungs! You're all a bunch of cynics, and frankly I'm amazed I'm friends with you, because I'm not cynical at all.

Anyhow, here's my idea: you all anonymously submit questions via Google Moderator, and I'll answer the top ten in a live-to-camera video for YouTube. I won't do this via YouTube Live, because I'm not a complete idiot (present evidence to the contrary), and I reserve the right to edit gross mistakes and mis-management. So it would be sort of an AMA, only theoretically more fun.

Hopefully.

Anyhow, I would prefer the questions cover subject matter I know something about (electronic music production, user interface design, esoteric control methodology, Audio Damage products, music publishing, making things, earning a living in the music business, touring, that sort of shit) but whatever gets voted to the top, I'll answer.

If it's fun and cool, we can make it a regular thing. If it's not fun (for me) or cool (for you) or generally retarded, we won't. But it can't hurt to try, right? I have made a Google Moderator page here. The questions won't appear in the list until I've allowed them, which means I'll just delete anything truly stupid, so don't bother asking nonsense.

If you have any ideas of how to make this come off better, or examples of how it's been done well, feel free to comment/criticise.

EDIT: Voting is closed. Filming now.
 

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