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

Archives: April 2007

April 29, 2007


by Chris Randall

Okay, I'll admit that I'm getting on in my years. I'm 38, which makes me too old for pop music, just right for jazz, and not old enough for blues. But I wouldn't refer to myself as "vintage." That said, the word "vintage" is sort of like "fuck" inasmuch as it is a word entirely empty of meaning without context, and even then, it is suspect.

For instance, look at this auction on the 'bay. Maybe I'm crazy, but when I use the term in a music gear context, I use it kind of like one refers to better wines. An '01 Laffitte is vintage, while an '01 Gallo is turpentine. I mean, there's nothing wrong with an LXP1, really, but it is to effects as Gallo is to wine; it'll get you drunk, but you'd really rather be drinking something better.

In that light, I submit that there is no hard, fast "vintage event horizon," a specific date, and if a piece of gear is manufactured before that date, it is vintage. Vintage is rather a descriptor, and means the same as "desirable," I think. Or "has a certain something" or "peer reviewed and approved." And that's the difference between something vintage and something that's just plain old.

April 26, 2007

Power Trips...

by Chris Randall

I've been thinking about making video tutorials for the Audio Damage products, to be included in our new (and nearly done) site, plus perhaps a series of "power tips" things for this site. A comment in this thread a couple months back got me looking at Camtasia for producing this sort of thing. I fear a bit of confusion viz. audio, but otherwise this looks like a handy tool.

I've downloaded the 30-day trial, and I'm going to give it a try by attempting to make a featurette about Dr. Device. We'll see how that works. But my question is thus: what would the Audio Damage customer like to see in tutorials? If I was going to have only one for each product, should it be a short general overview? Or a workout of a particular feature? Or a half-hour complete overview?

In considering your answer, perhaps maybe a link to a video tutorial you like, versus one you don't would be handy. Compare and contrast, etc.

April 23, 2007

Dubstation Update...

by Chris Randall

We just swapped out the installers in the Audio Damage store for Dubstation, which we have just updated to 1.2 (VST) and 1.2.1 (AU). Changes are as follows:

1. Dubstation now works at all sampling rates, up to 192kHz. There was a problem with RAM allocation that made long delay times at higher sampling rates work oddly. This has been fixed, and Dubstation now works (and sounds) exactly the same at any sampling rate.

2. Automation bugs with AudioUnits fixed. Users of Logic and Digital Performer were experiencing some troubles with automation. This has all been addressed, and AU automation should be fully operational now.

3. On OSX machines, some users would experience trouble with the installation, where the installer wouldn't put the plugins in the correct location. This has been fixed.

So, if you own yourself a Dubstation, log in to your account at the Audio Damage store, view the pertinent transaction, and re-download the installer. Existing projects shouldn't be affected by this update.

April 22, 2007


by Chris Randall

"There's not an ounce of excess. But there is anticipation... because on stage, in the museum, or in the living room, the Baby Grand Master? commands."

Huh. Who woulda thought it? I'm not sure what anticipation has to do with command, or how excess relates to either of those words. Whoever wrote that little blurb has a far different idea of how the English language works than I do. In any event, yes, it is basically a fitted out DJ/VJ coffin slapped in one of those mock baby grand cabinets that are made for people that want to play a digital piano on stage but don't want to look like they're playing a digital piano on stage. Whether this is dumber than that concept is open to interpretation, but you're welcome to be the judge for yourself.

April 21, 2007


by Chris Randall

While it is certainly true that in order to make a living in the music business, you're going to have to swallow your pride at some point, I'm of the firm opinion that you have to draw the line. Diamond Dave is the Fucktard Event Horizon, of course, as one can't be a bigger fucktard, but there's a huge swath of the entertainment industry that exists in that purgatory between "getting by" and "over the edge."

Weren't we just talking about Genesis? That's just creepy. I'm never going to look at a soprano sax as a potential lead instrument ever again after seeing that. What is it about soprano sax players and perms? Does playing the instrument with any proficiency (and I use that term loosely) also inform your hair style? And can't a soprano sax play in tune? Is it that hard?

In any case, more power to 'em for making a living making music. Somebody has to do it, I guess. Alex Byrd is to blame for bringing this to my attention.


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