Korg Retrospective

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

white is the new black


short links, September 2010 edition

Lets start with another small but compelling Blog about gear and stuff as it has been raised this spring: groovesandgrammar.wordpress.com. The nerd might prefer something like www.nerdcore.de, www.modulatethis.com or maybe jakemcmillan.wordpress.com (man, that guy is crazy) while the designer chooses blog.iso50.com or so. Performance, anyone?  Yes, and here is a great one, as found on Vimeo earlier on: Ostracon Video from Unearthed Music.

While sitting here and writing, some gentle tunes of composer Paul Haslinger are playing in the background (check out www.myspace.com/phaslinger) – I adore his work quite a lot. Next on the playlist is Matthew Herbert – that will probably add some contrast. And if that’s not enough I might end up in watching this Detroit techno documentary again.

By the way, if some frequent travellers are reading here by accident, there is an excellent made Blog on guidebook.se with some very detailed and useful reports about the really cool locations, hotels and restaurants. Add www.tablethotels.com to that and your next stop in foreign cities might become even more convenient.

If you are more technically interested in things like pitch shifting and reverb design then Sean Costellos Blog is a good address to stop by and read.  I had a lot of fun in doing so and on top of that I’ve had some further fun in reading the Massive Passive manual which is really educating when it comes down to parallel EQ design (no, I’m currently not working on such concepts).

Just in case you’ve missed it on your tube, AutomaticGainsay is meanwhile offering quite a bunch of introduction or tutorial videos about MS-20, ARP2600 and the like. Did we missed some more gearpron? Here we go: synthnl.blogspot.com.