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Tidy up!

September 19, 2009, 20:41 -05 by chris
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photoIkea’s great if you need some budget studio furniture with your ten-meatball lunch special. Seen here, the just-picked-up-today “Lustifik” (sp?) shoe rack lying on its side as a mini keyboard stand for the Micron (now I can actually access the top panel of the Yamaha, in case I ever want faster-than-booting-up-the-computer access to crappy ROMpler sounds… hmm, might be handy for practice or working out quick ideas, actually). Tons of other people are using just-happen-to-be-the-right-size Ikea bedside tables and shelves as studio racks, one of the other shoe racks is a galvanized-metal angled shelf that’s great for drum machines and ‘desktop’ modules, there’s a floor-to-ceiling metal poles with shelves in-between closet system I’ve seen used by people with obscenely large synth collections, and the (discontinued and now a hot used-market item among home-studio geeks) “Jerker” desks are great for a computer/synth workstation as long as you get the version with multiple tiers and the optional swing-out side shelves, which are perfect for studio monitors. And that’s before you get into the whole “Ikea hack” thing – regardless, the trick is to go through Ikea with an eye towards using stuff for not-necessarily-intended (re)purposes.

The eagle suffers little birds to sing / and is not careful what they mean thereby…

September 17, 2009, 10:18 -05 by chris
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New streaming Doll Factory widget and Twitter feed

September 17, 2009, 08:15 -05 by doll factory
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Dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, Doll Factory now has a free “widget” thingamabob that streams audio, links to our stuff on iTunes, aggregates Twitter “tweets” from twitter.com/dollfactoryband, and serves “virtual” buttered toast with your choice of lemon curd or a delightful spiced apricot conserve. To add the above Doll Factory “widget” to your Web page, Facebook, Friendster, MySpace, blog, or iGoogle, hover your mouse over the widget and click the “Share This Widget” or “Menu” buttons. Buttered toast not available in all areas.

Deep Thoughts

September 11, 2009, 17:07 -05 by chris
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btbjstage5When you’re a couple of grown-ups with wives and new babies and chores and remodeling projects and honey-do lists and commutes and mortgages and car payments, and are still playing rock band (literally, not the video game, which is indescribably frustrating to play when you actually know how to play the actual songs on actual instruments), it’s impossible to take yourselves too seriously. Because no matter how cool you may like to think you are, you inevitably end up looking like the final act of Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, in which the protagonists triumphantly return from a phone-booth journey to the future with The Princesses, wearing those baby-carrier backpacks, which you actually do own in real life because it’s easier on the ol’ back. And not only do you like it, you’ve never been happier.

“Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.”

September 11, 2009, 15:42 -05 by chris
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Plowing through your bean field…

September 2, 2009, 19:51 -05 by chris
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cowsLine 6 must be A) Crazy, B) Feeling generous, C) About to come out with something new, or D) All of the above, because they’re giving away Pod Farm free during the month of September if you own an iLok or PodXT / TonePort / GuitarPort-series product – and I have both. Better go get it, before they come to their senses.

Because every track needs to sound like it was recorded through a Pod. Right? Hello? Hey, where’d everybody go?

More Craigslist excitement…

September 2, 2009, 12:39 -05 by chris
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…well, exciting to me, anyway. I’m not sure what it says about me that I can manage to get all excited over scoring a great deal on a classic, vintage…


…MIDI interface. Watch out. Lock up your daughters and throw away the keys, folks, ’cause those edgy rock-n-rollers are back in town – and this time, they’re packin’ another square rackmount box with blinky lights on it that doesn’t actually make any sound or do anything by itself. Hello Seattle! Are you ready to send some actively-buffered continuous controller messages to the MIDI-to-control-voltage interface… to-NITE? Yeeea-uh!