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

Tags: Video Killed The Radio Star

October 17, 2018

Old 'n' Busted...

by Chris Randall

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Well, perhaps that title is a little out-of-line. But it has become apparent to me in the last couple years that blogs just aren't a Thing any more, at least not as this one exists.

Analog Industries has been around in some iteration since roughly 2001. By 2005 it was, along with Create Digital Music and MusicThing, one of the three music tech blogs that Mattered. My wife built its current incarnation in 2005, and one must say she built it robustly, given that it still works fine despite her having not touched the code in any meaningful fashion for half a decade. This is the 1,970th post on this iteration, and taken as a whole it comprises a fairly healthy cataloging of the music technology industry for the last 14 years. Every once in a while, I'll go to a page at random and read the comments; 2008-10 is particularly fruitful as that was the high water mark for the site. (At least as far as interaction. I was fairly mean-spirited back then, and I'm mildly ashamed that the most popular posts were the ones where I made fun of something or someone.)

Around 2010 Audio Damage began to really take off, and my time became more dear. The last couple years, I've been averaging a post every two months, but that's not because of Audio Damage. Being in this industry, rather than of it (as I was when I started the site), it has become impolitic for me to publicly say many of the opinions I hold. In addition, there are literally hundreds of gear news sites (not to mention Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and the gods-forsaken blighted land of Facebook groups), so a large portion of AI's purview had been rendered superfluous. Furthermore, while I've occasionally done runs of t-shirts and what-not to offset the cost, I've never run a single advertisement, and this piglet moves a lot of bytes. In short, it has become a bit of a boat anchor.

So I'm going to try something new. Well, new to me. I've created a Patreon account, and I will move my blogging to there, as well as the majority of my creative output in general. If you head to the Patreon page, you'll get the gist of it. This will have two main benefits:

1. It will put my blog posts in a walled garden, thus giving me more freedom to express my thoughts.

2. It will create a more incentive-oriented funnel for my creative output, of which you'll be the direct beneficiary.

So, will you come with me and at least give it a try? If it doesn't work, it doesn't work, but my feeling is that this is the way to get forward momentum, and allow me to be more open about my work and the music industry, and create a more cozy environment for those that have been with this site since its inception.

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September 21, 2016

Hands, With Occasional Beard...

by Chris Randall

In order to do the overview video for our Proton module, I needed to multi-track and clear a patch I've been playing with for the last couple days. Before I did that, I thought I'd do a quick live performance video of the patch, which you can watch above.

I'm using the four track cassette deck for the noise beds; there are three ambience loops I recorded in various places (Mexico pyramid ambience, Berlin U-Bahn, and the O'Hare airport), plus a fourth track that is a pad. The 4-track I have only has stereo outs, so I have the first track as FX send 2, going to the H9 Max. The second and third tracks go straight to the modular out the main outs, and the fourth track, the pad, goes straight to the modular out FX send 1. In this way, I have direct outs of all four tracks from a deck that doesn't have direct.

The pad is running to a Kompressor module, where I introduce the sidechain pulse, and then to Dimensions to get stereo-fied. The high hat and sidechain pulse are sequenced by the monome/White Whale. The kick, snare, and Boop sound are sequenced by the second Sequencer 1. All are Audio Damage modules. The bass is the WMD/SSF voice, sequenced by the first Sequencer 1. Recorded as a stereo pair straight to Adobe Audition. I used iZotope Ozone 7 for a mild mastering squish, but otherwise, WYSIWYG.

September 20, 2016

Using External Effects And Modules In Live: Tech Time 009...

by Chris Randall

A couple people have asked me to do some more basic videos, so I thought I'd give that a whirl. This one is a quick-ish demonstration of using external effects and modules in a Live session, and the hidden gotchas of same.

Let me know if you have any specific topics you'd like me to cover, or any questions/comments about this particular video.

September 12, 2016

Sound Experiments 001 - DIY Noise Box...

by Chris Randall

Just a fun little Saturday afternoon project. My only comment not covered in the video is that, like all piezo-based projects, you need an amplifier of some sort to bring it up to modular levels. I use a Circuit Abbey Axis module, but any preamp will do. The Music Thing Mikrophonie is probably the best tool for this job, and handy to have in any case.

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