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In search of a NEW effect --- was: Fill my rack!
I agree with your message here - there doesn't seem to be many new
imaginative effects being constructed in hardware for punters to purchase.
Just re-hashes of what have been done before. And who wants another chorus
or flanger or distortion? :-)
So, I conclude naively that the cool new stuff is being concocted by
individuals on their computers.
While I think getting a cool sax-a-like sound from a kazoo and an octave
pedal run through a Marshall has it's merits, such old-school cooking is a
So, I guess I'm conceding some "old-fogyness" when I ask this next
"If in the past we've called some well loved effects things like
"modulators" and "pitch shifters" and the like, what are the names of the
new since 2000 signal-warping effects????????
Please help -- I'm about out of permutations and combinations of the
sound-painting equipment I own!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "mark sottilaro" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, May 27, 2005 1:11 PM
Subject: Re: Fill my rack!
> Thanks for the condolences, but I'm fine. More than
> fine actually, really happy. Some doors close others
> open. The interesting thing is early in the
> relationship I saw the end so when it came I was all,
> "Oh yeah, of course." Sad as it may be, some people
> seem intent on reliving past trauma and keeping their
> life chaotic.
> Back to the topic...
> I'm seeing something that's very, very interesting.
> In my research I'm finding that it's as if we've
> reached some kind of plateau. When I started all this
> madness so much was NEW. Now it seems as if we've
> reached the end of something. Most modern hardware is
> either digital emulations of the past (some very good)
> or rehashes of the same basic effects we've had since
> the 80s. Most of you know this, but I used to work
> for Laurie Anderson for a short time. I saw her a few
> years ago doing her Moby Dick tour, and (the show was
> excellent musically) I thought, "There's nothing she's
> going that can't be done with a computer and some off
> the shelf software."
> That's both exciting and sad. Have we done everything
> that can be done sonically? How postmodern! It seems
> as if I've built the studio I always dreamed of. Kind
> of weird when you get to a point like this. I've been
> putting this together since 1980... and now it's over?
> Kind of cool.
> On the other hand, it seems that there are some new
> things coming out but they're software. As much as
> I'm a fan of dedicated hardware, I think this point in
> time is it's swansong. Perhaps it's time to keep this
> space in my rack open and upgrade my G4 500 laptop to
> something beefier.
> --- ArsOcarina@aol.com wrote:
> > Marko,
> > So sorry to hear about the bustup. Try an Alesis
> > Akira (big brother
> > to the Ineko) as an antidote. Too much fun. It won't
> > ease the pain
> > but it may distract you from it a little while -- or
> > a Moogerfooger
> > or two.
> > Best,
> > Ted
> > In a message dated 05/26/05 20:49:33,
> > email@example.com writes:
> > > Hey kids. Let's have some fun!
> > >
> > > Today I put my Antares AVP-1 up on ebay. (vocal
> > > processor/pitch corrector) I'd purchased it
> > because I
> > > thought I'd like to get back into vocal pop music
> > and
> > > my (now ex) wife was also talking about wanting to
> > > sing and was very timid about her voice. I
> > thought a
> > > little help might give her confidence. Anyway, I
> > > never ended up doing pop music and the woman
> > decided
> > > that a man named Randal was more her style. (in
> > the
> > > end a very good thing for me!) So that 1 space
> > rack
> > > unit was collecting dust for the last year.
> > >
> > > To bury bad memories I figure I'll use the
> > proceeds to
> > > get myself a new toy! It's been a while. My
> > > parameters are it's got to be in the neighborhood
> > of
> > > $400 and take up one rackspace. I have most of
> > the
> > > conventional stuff covered, what I'm looking for
> > is
> > > something COOL, hopefully either a unique effect
> > or
> > > something very tweakable for a performance. Could
> > go
> > > in front of a Repeater or in the effect loop of a
> > > Repeater. Have at it! FILL MY RACK!
> > >
> > > Mark
> > >
> > "Different is not always better, but better is
> > always different"
> > http://www.pfmentum.com/flux.html
> > http://www.CDbaby.com/cd/tedkillian
> > http://www.guitar9.com/fluxaeterna.html
> > http://www.garageband.com/artist/ArsOcarina
> > Ted Killian's "Flux Aeterna" is also available at:
> > Apple iTunes,
> > BuyMusic, Rhapsody, MusicMatch, MusicNet, DiscLogic,
> > Napster,
> > AudioLunchbox, Lindows, QTRnote, Music4Cents,
> > Etherstream,
> > RuleRadio, EMEPE3, Sony Connect, CatchMusic,
> > Puretracks,
> > and Viztas. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Blah, blah, blah.
> > So???
> > "Just because nobody understands you doesn't mean
> > you're an artist."