Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.
 
August 26, 2005

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall
 




Bet you thought I forgot, huh? No such luck. Here we have one of my favorite gear pr0n pictures of all time, of Klaus Schulze live in concert in Linz, Austria in 1980. We can plainly see a pair of MiniMoogs and the trademark Moog modular behind him, as well as a VCS3. My original off-the-cuff spotting said the thing on the right was a Fairlight, but note the one-piece monitor/keyboard, plus the black face of the "CPU." So that's not what it is. The time is right, as the Fairlight CMI came out in '79. Could that be a QASAR M8? I've never seen a picture of one, but its CPU unit was black, I'm given to understand.


In any case, he's playing a CS-80, and aside from the 2600 on his left, I can't make out anything else in the picture. (I think that's a Polymoog under the Minis, though.) It is important to note that, when playing gear of this caliber, a welding helmet must be worn. I copped this pic from the Official Klaus Schulze Website, home of many ridiculous photos.


 
August 26, 2005

Tunafish...

by Chris Randall
 



Sequencers are a dime a dozen these days, but check out this uber-simple VST host and semi-audio sequencer from Brambos. I've tried out the demo, and it definitely has potential. A lot of VSTs by commercial developers don't work, or crash it, and it has a couple obvious bugs without too much digging, but it's kind of an interesting take on the quick-n-dirty paradigm, and could be a fun sketchpad if some of these bugs are fixed.

 
August 26, 2005

Good mic cable deal...

by Chris Randall
 
 

I just got my monthly spam from Vintage Microphones, and they've started carrying the Blue mic cable series. Now, I know this isn't a sexy item. Quite frankly, I hate spending money on shit like this. But these are, like, heirloom-quality mic cables, and the price breaks for quantity orders are fantastic. You can get 10 Blueberry mic cables for $265, which is an excellent deal, plus Vintage Microphones is a cool company in my book. Go forth.

 
August 25, 2005

Rub a dub dub...

by Chris Randall
 

You can always tell when Audio Damage is nearing the end of a release cycle, as I hardly ever post. That'll continue to be the case for the next couple days, so sit tight...

 
August 24, 2005

A New High In Low...

by Chris Randall
 

Tacky, tacky, tacky. Open Labs, makers of the NeKo OpenSynth (you know, that honkin' big AMD-based computer with a keyboard built in) have been sending this press release around. I don't normally print press releases, but I thought I would make an exception in this regard:

Open Labs (www.openlabs.com), which built the first Windows-based keyboard workstation in 2003, is one of a number of innovative synthesizer manufacturers that trace their lineage, if not their inspiration, to Bob Moog.

[...]

Open Labs CEO, Victor Wong, chief architect Craig Negoescu, and chief technology officer Lary Cotten are all available for comment on Bob Moog's passing.


I mean, come on. I know that one of the cardinal rules of running a business is to send out a press release every time your CFO has a bowel movement, but I'm afraid I have to draw the line at this. I had previously thought this company was kind of cool in a weird sort of way, but, I mean, fuck...
 

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