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Audio Damage plug-ins

Posted on 31 January 2011 by diode

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Chris Randall from Audio Damage. They make very unique and unusually affordable plug-ins (most $50 or less). The DSP is great sounding and the user interface design is well thought out and executed. Check them out when you get a chance!


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DSP quattro audio editor

Posted on 31 January 2011 by diode

One of the best software 2 track editors out there is DSP quattro from the small Italian software company I3. It’s sometimes overlooked but rivals expensive systems from sonic solutions, etc. I recently had the chance to use it for mastering an album and was amazed at the advanced CD mastering and cross-fading features. It is also handy for applying effects in a mastering chain. It’s just really, really great software. The main engineer Stefano is a great guy to boot! :)

DSP Quattro crossfading feature screenshot

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Roger Linn interview

Posted on 24 August 2010 by diode

KVR recently did a great interview with Roger Linn. Very interesting story. Read it here

“it occurred to me I could store digital drum recordings in computer memory instead of tape because the sampling time requirement for all the drums added up to only about a second. I built a prototype and all of a sudden, recording artists who wouldn’t return my calls as a guitarist were calling me asking to buy one for $5,000″


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Vektron Synthesizer

Posted on 07 April 2010 by diode



“The device plays compositions which are stored on microcontroller modules. The modules in this presentation are based on the Atmega family and are programmed in GCC (Arduino) and Bascom. In general, the synthesizer can work with any other TTL Microcontroller as PIC, Propeller or even ones which don’t exist yet, as the computation happens on the module and the Vektron itself only provides the peripherals.”

Vektron modular from Niklas Roy on Vimeo.

Originally discovered via Matrixsynth

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New touch interface – Subcycle

Posted on 22 October 2009 by diode

New Multitouch music user interface. Amazing! Great work from Christian Bannister at subcycle. Best explained by watching the video.

multi-touch the storm – interactive sound visuals – subcycle labs from christian bannister on Vimeo.

originally discovered via CDM

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History of PPG & Wolfgang Palm

Posted on 16 September 2009 by diode


Wolfgang Palm of PPG fame has started a myspace page and posted many fascinating blog entries about the history of PPG and his career afterwards. Palm is highly regarded as a pioneer in digital wavetable synthesis.
[Update: Nov 20, 2012. We have updated the below link to reference Wolfgang's new website]

Read the history here.

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Posted on 02 September 2009 by diode


Monome has been around for a while now but I’m always impressed when I see demo videos such as the one below. Brian & Kelli are a small team working on what they love and they are also very conscious of the impact they have … from the monome.org site “we strive for economic and ecological sustainability. careful design practice allows us to contribute to culture and preserve the environment by choosing domestic, high-quality, and responsible providers and production facilities. we acknowledge that our future will depend on our ability to support and maintain a local, regenerative economy.”

ro + 256 + milkcrates + monks from ro on Vimeo.

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Posted on 09 August 2009 by diode

This can only be explained by watching the video. Very impressive DIY project.

via fansofcollision

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Novation Automap for iPhone

Posted on 08 July 2009 by diode

From their site:  “Now you can turn your iPhone / iPod touch into a MIDI controller, with multiple faders and buttons easily assigned to parameters in any software that allows MIDI control, and even some that don’t”

Can’t wait to use this for controlling Protools during band practice impromptu recording sessions. I had been thinking of getting a Tranzport from Frontier for a while but it looks like Automap may fit the bill and be easier all the way around.


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Arturia 10 Year Suite

Posted on 01 July 2009 by diode

Arturia recently announced their “10 Year Suite” which includes 8 of their software instruments. It’s seriously tempting me as I’ve always wanted a copy of their CS-80 emulation.

From their web site: “The 10 Year Suite brings you 8 software instruments Arturia has built over 10 years … The luxury box contains the highly awarded Minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP2600 V, Jupiter-8V ,Prophet V and Prophet VS. Also included are the innovative Brass and the powerful Analog Factory.”


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