Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.
August 24, 2005

Resistance Is Futile!

by Chris Randall

Now, I'm not a fan of Digidesign. I've managed to release 11 full-length albums and twice that many singles never having used ProTools to record even one song. I've done session work that involved PT, and of course Audio Damage ported our first product, the Mayhem package, to RTAS. So I've used it enough to know that I don't like it. I don't like anything about it. I don't like the work-flow or the layout or the sound of it. I don't like the over-produced PT-based albums that were so common in the late 90s and early 00s. (Garbage, I'm talkin' bout you...)

What I really don't like is how the Borg Cube that is Avid is sucking up companies now, like they were Apple or something. They scored M-Audio not too long ago, and while that didn't directly affect me, as I don't use any M-Audio products, on Monday they announced that they purchased Wizoo. Personally, I don't really use Wizoo products that much either. I have two of their sample disks, the grand piano and the electronic toolkit thingie. But the thing about Avid buying up companies is that they do the same thing Apple does--they Avidfy 'em. So, let's see how long it takes before M-Audio interfaces and Wizoo sample-playback plugs only work with PT.

Now, you're saying "Chris, why the fuck do you care? You don't seem to have hung your hat on either of these companies' products..." Well, that may be true, but I like to have _options_, you know? Once companies get over a certain size, they seem to just ingest everything in their path that might be worth a shit. Let me put it this way: I used to be a Logic user.

August 23, 2005


by Chris Randall

Sorry it's been slow today, but I'm busy as a motherfucker. After observing the mandatory day of silence for the passing of Dr. Moog, I was going to post all kinds of fun shit. However, Matters have reared their ugly Heads, and I'm forced to actually, like, work today.

We're at the point right now where DubStation just lacks a manual. It is otherwise done but for rolling presets and final testing. Expect it shortly. Until it is out, however, I wouldn't expect to hear a lot in AI Land if I were you.

August 22, 2005

R.I.P. Dr. Moog...

by Chris Randall

The impact of your inventions on the world of music (and thus on the world at large) will be felt for decades, if not centuries, to come. Maybe other people invented the concept of electronic music before you did, but when you invented it, it stayed invented.

August 21, 2005


by Chris Randall

I normally don't go in for these Creative Solutions For Breaking Down The Barrier Between Performer And Audience (anyone that has ever played a rock show for 5000 people knows that barriers, or barricades more appropriately, are definitely desired between performer and audience...) but this is kind of a nifty idea. Brian Crabtree has made a Box that is an array of buttons that can control pretty much any program that accepts MIDI controller data.

His site also has some MP3s of his work up, which aren't bad at all. Go have a look/listen.

August 20, 2005

O-Scope Fiesta...

by Chris Randall

So this town I live in (population c. 1000 or so) has an anual "Dog Dayz" yard-sale kind of thing which takes place today. Lisa and I were making the rounds and at our last stop, I came across an old Bell & Howell Oscilloscope. It said "make offer" on it, so I said "hey, will you take $20?" The lady was all "hell, yeah" which made me feel she only expected $5.00, so now I feel like I was cheated, even though I got a good working o-scope for only a sawbuck. Funny how that works out.

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