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

opening: Variety Of Light

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Variety Of Light – a brand new and personal Blog about available light photography. I’m going to split my passion about photography right into a very new Blog. I hope some of you will enjoy this effort as well.

The link is here.

retro vintage modern hi-fi

Definitely a must see Blog – check it out at itishifi.blogspot.com.

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.

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”

😉

polishing the Blog

I did some additions to the VST effects page today and some overall adjustments to the new layout as well. Again, if you have some users tips for the effects page you would like to share – just drop it here and I will assemble that. I hope, up to the end of this year we will have some quite comprehensive info archive about each and every VOS plug-in.

The same goes to the Testimonials page – some rework and additions as well and if you catch some nice reviews about the plug-ins on the web please let me know so I can add them to the list.

Yes, I’m polishing the Blog a little bit and of course thats just to have it into good shape and prepared for the upcoming and mean stuff here.

new site layout for 2010

The old Blog layout appeared a little bit too edgy to me over time and I’ve missed some of the classic Blog elements on the right side as well. So, I switched today and now we have a smoother one here running with some gadgets on the right side back again. I hope you like it too.

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featured Blog: BlackGrand.com

Quite recently, I stumbled over BlackGrand.com which is a new Blog written by the artist Eric Krueger and its basically all about that specific instruments. It already features some really fine compositions of his own altogether with some production insights. He says the Blog is “a place where I can share my music, along with others, and also provide a description of the tools and techniques that were used to make the recording.” [Read more…]

eMail subscription option available

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