January 30, 2016

Sync 01 and stylus...

by Chris Randall

Audio Damage is sponsoring a manufacturer's event in San Francisco on March 5th, at Codeword (917 Folsom at 5th st). I'll be making a website and promo materials next week, as we finalize who, exactly, is attending.

There will be four live performances, and I think I can safely say that most of the Western US manufacturers will be in attendance. This is shaping up to be a fantastic major West Coast event, and is not to be missed! Codeword has a full bar and attached pizza joint, which covers two of the three major food groups. (it is a satellite of the famous DNA Lounge, and has the same set of facilities). Unfortunately, both the State of California and JWZ are anti-smoking, so the third food group is out of the question.

I'll update this post as information comes in, but I have signed the contract for the venue, so it's a "go" no matter what. For obvious reasons, this will be a Euro-centric affair, but there will be non-Euro synths there from at least one attendee, and I guarantee you'll want to nerd out on 'em. If you're in Central California, be there or be... yeah.

Listen to "stylus" by chris randall.

Also, put up a new track last night. Apparently the genre is "ambstep," something I didn't know existed until it was pointed out to me that this was very much that. (That seems to be the case with micro-genres.)

Anyhow, 100% Euro and found sounds, recorded to, mixed from, and mastered to analog tape. Vocals by Kate Dilemma. Mastered by Wade Alin. I don't have any particular process notes, as this track is very much in line with how I've been working lately: create a bed on the Euro w/ Push2, multi-track it out in to a structured song where the production occurs, stem it to 8-track tape, record the stems back in to the computer, final mix, record to the 2-track, back in to the computer, send it to Wade for the final squish. Download is available on the Octave page. Enjoy!



Feb.01.2016 @ 4:12 AM
Ambstep eh? For a long time it was called Future Garage, but then FG started sounding like house so I guess it needed another name :)

Let's see how long till Ambstep starts sounding like house too :D

Feb.01.2016 @ 7:53 PM
Chris Randall
Everything sounds like house eventually. That's the rule.


Feb.05.2016 @ 2:40 PM
Sounds super lush.

Some guys here in Scandinavia are filing this kinda stuff under Broken Soul, I have no idea where that label comes from. Anyway - genres, who cares.

Great track, loving all the tape goodness. Sounds like you used the tape hiss & compression to your advantage. What tape machines are you using?

Feb.05.2016 @ 2:45 PM
Chris Randall
@soren: Nagra III mono 1/4" for ambience bed sources, TASCAM TSR-8 1/2" for the stems, and Otari MTR-12 stereo 1/4" for the master.


Feb.09.2016 @ 8:09 PM
Nice, this sounds fun fasho



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