Let's Play with FRMS

One common mistake that new YouTubers make is in apologizing for a performance at the start of the video. They'll say things like, "oh this is my first time doing this..." or have a description that is deprecating of their results. Sometimes this is just false modesty, but an apology will color how the performance is received.

Nothing is wrong with this video. In fact, everything is wonderful! How are you doing? Did you sleep well?

Video Description:

Imaginando brings us an impressive combination of granular and traditional synthesis in a powerhouse combination. This video is a bit unlike others in this series. Due to the complexity of FRMS, I didn't try going into this with a clear plan. I just wanted to document the sound design process. Which honestly turned into a train wreck that lasted over an hour. I've done some aggressive editing on this to bring it down to less than 30 minutes.

I think it still retains all of the essential information. I hope it reveals that the process of creating a patch doesn't always go smoothly, but if you take your time and explore you will be rewarded! I love the final result!

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Apple iPad Pro 2020

Apple have announced the new iPad Pro models for 2020, and they're good news for iPad Pro 2018 owners!

This is just an incremental update. The chipset is upgraded from the A12X to the A12Z, which might have some small impact on games with its increased GPU output. It is kind of amazing to see Apple reuse old chip architecture like this. Especially 2 year old chip architecture. The prices of the 11" and 12.9" are identical to the iPad Pro 2018 skews, though the starting storage is 128GB now. All units are expected to start shipping March 25th.

The only thing I care about here is the amazing dock with a trackpad that uses gestures! They're calling it the "Magic Keyboard" because they could name it Dog Shit™ and people would still happily pay $300 for the 11" model or $350 for the 12.9" version.

Expect iOS 13.4 to arrive on March 24th to add the trackpad support. Here is the flashy promo from Apple.

Fuck Behringer

Hardware manufacturer Behringer, known historically and primarily for their cheap noisy mixers, fucked up.

Their recent efforts to re-brand themselves as a cheap clone company have been mostly welcomed by the larger music making community. They got a bit carried away though and started to trademark names from other companies. Synth Anatomy first broke this story, but CDM's Peter Kirn brought more attention to it. Two weeks later Behringer trademarked Peter Kirn's last name.

Peter had previously attracted Behringer's attention when he exposed their attempts to sue a site that called Behringer a shameless copycat. They also tried to sue Dave Smith Instruments and some DSI forum posters for defamation; which Peter also reported on. While many people have been happily buying up their new cheap clones, it seems like Peter Kirn has been the only one pointing out their disturbing trend of silencing critics.

Faced with a voice that they could not easily intimidate into silence, Behringer's marketing department spent a lot of time and money producing a mock product to mock Peter. This was almost immediately pulled from their social media posts when people began accusing the German manufacturer of antisemitism. I think the nose looks more like Pinocchio. I spoke with Peter this morning and can report that Peter is not Jewish.

Behringer have apologized specifically for any implications of antisemitism, but have yet to apologize for attacking an independent journalist with the full force of their goddamn marketing department. Fuck Behringer.

It is worth noting that Behringer doesn't even own the rights to the music they used in this video. Like many of their real products, their fake product is also a clone, because they're shameless copycats.

Let's Play with Mononoke

There have been a lot of apps released in the last month, but it wasn't hard to pick which one I wanted to play with for this video. I've been having so much fun with Mononoke! I have been having less fun with YouTube.

Last August they began an audit for the site's usage of the YouTube API. This was a lengthy process of dealing with dumb bots and even dumber people that didn't finish until last month. The matter seemed settled and resolved in my favor. This month they launched a second audit for the same exact thing! I'm fairly pissed off about this. Today when I uploaded this video, it immediately got flagged as a copyright violation because 13 seconds of a 24 minute video sound vaguely like a song no one cares about. I'm starting to hate YouTube.

Video Description:

The latest synth from Bram Bos is a unique drone/soundscape generator with performance pads that make it a bunch of fun to play with! I mostly manage to stop playing with it long enough to describe what's going on.

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Fuck Tangible Instruments

Wannabe manufacturer Tangible Instruments posted this demonstration from NAMM of their elusive Arpeggiator. Originally funded on Kickstarter back in 2015, they expected to ship their cute arpeggiator instrument out to backers in April of 2016. They failed to do so.

In fact, they have failed to deliver at all in the nearly 5 years since the Kickstarter campaign started.

At what point does a campaign get flagged as fraudulent? You can see a lot of frustration from backers on Kickstarter, yet somehow Kickstarter is content with their users being bilked like this? This is an important cautionary tale. I don't want to be liable for libel, so I've got to be careful here. But if you ask for my money in exchange for something and fail to deliver on that for nearly 5 fucking years, wouldn't you call that a scam?

I'm extra mad at these guys because they personally scammed me. Back in 2017 they released a shit app without any kind of MIDI or Audio connectivity. Ordinarily I wouldn't have posted it, but the guy emailed me saying he was one of of the guys from Tangible Instruments, and promised that Audiobus and MIDI were on the way. The app has never received a single update since its release. These are con artists, not developers.

Video Description:

Shot live at NAMM 2020, this video demonstrates features of arpeggiator mode and MIDI connectivity including MIDI over Bluetooth LE.

more info:
http://tangibleinstruments.com/

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