September 29th, 2009

Led ink and time

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Research is in Progress, Pre DTP revolution. Pre emigre and N.Brodys FUSE. Pre mac. its not long ago a typface was werry werry heavy and hard and slow to handel. Where you could run out of a letter and you got your hands dirty to get something done.

This is no new Logitech device

 

September 9th, 2009

Propellerheads Record

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The SSL “inspired” mixer In Record

Today Propellerheads released there new DAV Software, Usualy i don´t write about non art related projects here i think tis is a good exeption sins this is software that you make music with. and i I been deeply involved in the GUI of record. The sequencer has been the most interesting and also the biggest challenge for me in this project, to make something very complicated look and feel extremely simple and obvious, not an easy task.
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The Line6 pods in Record

Something that went surprisingly easy was the making of the 2 line6 devices in record, not in the actual making witch was the same as usual but that line6 accepted my first design proposal and without any real chances! Perfect. I never tout that would happen, special as i think line6 software design looks quite bad. (sorry line6)

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A project like Record (and Reason 4 etc)  is challenging in manny respects and for me as a designer both in good and “bad” ways. the bad ways it that its a slow process to make big software projects, and sometimes important design decisions is made way before i get involved or/and is a heritage from an earlier version of the program etc. But its also a lot of good and funny things in using heritage, and to be consistent and thinking over a lot of aspects, moving a button a few pixels here and there can be the difference between good or bad, and its surprisingly how much time and effort goes in to designing transparent design, that no one sees (almost) . It just there and people only sees that its the obvious and natural way to do it… it takes good teem work to make this happen,  the product manager, the actual programmers and the designer.  Specially in project this big.

So my full respect to Propellerheads.

i must say propellerheads way biggest mistake in the making of record is the use of there new Advertising Agency there graphic design is just BAD. So don´t think i been involved in the making of logos and packing and stuff like that. i just get tired thinking about it…
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One more thing…

Thor

Thor Probably the best software synt ever made.

and i promise you, i tried a lot of software, too much probably. but Thor stands out. the ting is the modulations in audio rates. that makes the all the difference. I have a Doepfer modular system witch no soft synth have come close to. you think of something and you can try it out, now thor can make it, and make realy sound good, its alive sort of, its a software modular synt, i think is way overlookt by most people. its so fast to work with and yet endless possibilities.

For creating music I love (NI) reactor and  thor, Reaktor is superb but not as a modular synth,  its more a way to make your special program things and sample manipulations where Thor is THE SYNTH.

So you better try thor out, skip the preset ( i don’t really like them ) just put in a oscillator in slot 1 noise in slot 2 am modulate the first osc with noise with the slider in the top left corner put in a multimode filter maybe modulate it by an sine wave from oscillator 3 just insert an oscilator in slot 3, select source osc 3 to dest filter1 freq… its simple, fast and very rewarding !

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I hate the sequencer in thor, its usless, take it away, Pleas  :)

 

September 9th, 2009

Summer been long and lazy

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Progress on this site has been less then slow,
no updates at all….
and no excuses ……
But i been working a lot, both on strictly commercial projects and with some small art projects, and made some music and a couple of nice Quarts Composer Patches. My Microscope project has stalled, and yes a bit sad, but i had practical problems with finding a good place to build an do the “woodwork” and that kind of stuff. i still think i will continue with it but later right know. so for now lets get on working.