Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.
August 29, 2005

And we have a confirmation...

by Chris Randall

On our Friday gear pr0n picture, I was unsure of what this unit was, and postulated that it might be a QASAR M8, the fore-runner to the Fairlight CMI. However, Todd Fletcher writes in to say:

The thing in question is a Crumar GDS, mother of the Synergy and used by Wendy Carlos (for Tron) & Tangerine Dream as well as Schulze. The CPU & monitor goes with the keyboard on the floor to it's right. It mostly sounds like a DX7, and would probably drive an analog guy like you nuts :-). Nothing even close to a filter in that machine.

Oh, I loves me some digital, make no mistake. But thanks for that spotting. I had a feeling I was wrong there...

August 29, 2005

Digital Jimmyhat?

by Chris Randall

This is a pretty funny page. I quote:

Being a jazz diva requires more than a sultry voice, a drinking problem and a tendency towards self destruction these days. You have to use every advantage you can muster - falling back on scat singing and the occasional exposed breast to land the big label contract just doesn't cut it anymore.

Anyways, believe it or not, it isn't just comedy, but actually a product page for a company that does a full reconfiguration of the Altec 342B mixer you see pictured. These guys make high-end tube amps, so they are, of course, insane. (I think dealing with the high voltages eventually turns all companies that sell mostly tube products in to Lord Of The Flies. Go ahead and prove me wrong on that. I dare you.) They all have shitty web pages too. (The old "scroll to the right" trick... crafty...)

August 28, 2005

DubStation now available...

by Chris Randall

The most awesomest plug-in from Audio Damage yet, DubStation is now available for purchase in the AD store. It is VST for Windows, and VST/AU for OSX, and is US$39.00 for direct download.

Not to be cocky or anything, but I am of the considered opinion that this plug-in is The Bomb, and not just because we made it. Easy on the CPU, good looking, and it sounds great, too. I made a quick demo track, which you'll find on the product page. I'll have Wade make a proper one when he isn't so busy, as he's much better at that sort of thing than I am. But if you give the demo a listen, you'll hear the looping, reversing, etc. that makes DubStation such a fun plug-in.

Our next order of business at AD is some contract work for a hardware manufacturer; after that, we've got another cool plug up our sleeves. This is such a fun job. I wish it paid better.

August 27, 2005

Here's something you don't see every day...

by Chris Randall

Now, here's a sexy animal, right here. A PPG modular synth, half model 100 and half model 300. It's on German eBay right now, with a minimum of over $16,000 with no bidders (I wonder why...) The auction will probably be closed by the time you see this, but here you go.

August 26, 2005

Summing mixer for electronic musicians...

by Chris Randall

I've been in the market for a summing mixer for a while, since I ditched my console. (For the record, the Soundcraft Digital328 is the biggest pile of shit ever to grace the pro-audio section at Guitar Center. Don't say I didn't warn you.) A few months ago, Vince Poulos, the main man behind Speck Electronics, announced on Gearslutz that he was going to be releasing a summing mixer. He put up an initial front-panel mock-up, and opened the field for comments.

The cool thing is that he actually implimented some of the comments (including one of mine, it seems.) Today, he announced that the Speck X.Sum is now available from the various places that sell Speck stuff. It is $1495, and is, I must say, the _perfect_ summing mixer for electronic-based musicians. It is basically a 32x4 mixer, split up in to 16 pairs. Each stereo channel can be assigned to either a Mix A or Mix B output. In simpler terms, you can take 16 outputs of your DAW and sum them to Mix A, and you still have 8 stereo inputs left as a super high-quality keyboard submixer, bussed to Mix B which would go back to the DAW.

This is such a perfect solution to my ills I almost peed myself. It is a bit expensive, but has moved right to the top of the "Must Get Now" list of shit I'll aquire when I'm rich and famous. You can read all about it here.


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