a brief 2021 blogging recap and 2022 outlook

Currently on my desk, awaiting further analysis: The Manultec Orca Bay EQ

Rebuilding my studio and restarting blogging activities one year ago was pretty much fun so far. Best hobby ever! To get things started in Jan/Feb this year, I did a short summary about the recent trends in audio and I might revise and update that in January again. Quite some audio gear caught my attention over the year and some found its way into the Blog or even in my humble new studio setup, e.g. the unique SOMA Lyra-8 and the Korg MS-20 remake as well as the Behringer Clone of the ARP 2600.

I also went into more detail on how to get the most out of the SPL Tube Vitalizer or the renaissance of the Baxandall EQs just to name the two topics and also had a more realistic look at the Pultec style equalizer designs which might be something I will continue to dig into a little bit further in 2022. As of lately I’m also intrigued by some analog effect pedal designs out there, namely the Fairfield Circuitry stuff. And as always, I’m highly interested in everything psychoacoustic related.

By end of August I started re-releasing my very own plugins and also did mkII versions for FerricTDS, ThrillseekerXTC and TesslaSE. I will continue that route and on top of my list is to have the whole Thrillseeker plugin series complete and available again. Some are asking me if I will develop brand new audio plugins as well. While I’m doing that already but just for my very own, at this point in time it remains unclear if some of that stuff will ever gonna make it into a public release. But you never know, the TesslaSE remake was also not planned at all.

Something I will continue for sure is that special developer interview series I did over the years. This year I already had the chance to talk to Vladislav Goncharov from Tokyo Dawn Labs and Andreas Eschenwecker from Vertigo Sound which gave some detailed insights about creating analog and digital audio devices, especially dynamic processors. To be published in January, the very next interview has also been done already and this time it will be with this years Technical Grammy Award winner, Daniel Weiss.

I’m looking forward to 2022!

Stay tuned
Herbert

sharing the same vision …

… at times can lead to something that is much more than the sum of its parts.
And this time its a great pleasure to me to be part of it.

sharingvision

blogging VOS – 5th anniversary

Today – five years ago – I’ve started blogging about the Variety Of Sound venture. Your feedback was truly overwhelming: During 2013 this blog was viewed more than a million times and visitors were coming from over 200 countries in all. Lots came searching specific plug-ins but most traffic came from the vast number of reviews and top10/best-of lists around the net. Most attention this year went to the ThrillseekerVBL release around July 1st and most concern is about having 64bit versions available.

what next?

if I’m not here …

… I’m just taking my inevitable summer break!

(keep calm and carry on)

about the Blog facelift

The Blog got a small facelift this week and on top there is now a start page which shows parts of the portfolio and features an article or whatsoever. Coming from the start page the Blog is available through the upper right menue entry or just click in the bottom in one of the recent blog posts or comments. If you prefer to come to the Blog directly just use and bookmark “https://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/blog/” which will be the permanent link from now on. Just let me know how you like it and if there are any troubles with it.

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top 10 again

“These plug-ins are something special, combining elegant design with real sonic character. There’s loads of freeware that can handle standard mix-balancing tasks, but if you’re looking for serious subjective tonal enhancement then there are few developers who can match Variety Of Sound for musicality.”

— Mike Senior, author of ‘Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio‘ and Sound On Sound‘s ‘Mix Rescue’ & ‘Mix Review’ columns.

 

1,000,000

So, after blogging for around 22  month this humble Blog received its millionth view today.  122 posts were written and two and a half thousand comments had been provided by you, as well as some hundreds of thousand (!) of plug-in downloads.  Busiest day was 8th of May this year, the day after the NastyVCS release, but I’m pretty much sure that this record gets busted quite soon.

bootsy, Chief Operation Dude of this Blog, says:

“It was a pleasure to me, thanks for all your care and for joining this party. Have fun and spread the word!

peace,

bootsy”

😉