Saturday, 7 March 2020

Korg is making the legendary ARP 2600...

I know it's not the same but I had the Arturia 2600V for years and without the sequencer I say it is only 50% of what it can (should) be...  here is a detailed SOS review of the Arturia 2600V https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/arturia-2600v

To celebrate this reissuing, Reverb made a wonderful little documentary, well worth watching:

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

After nearly 40 years, MIDI is about to get an upgrade...

MIDI 1.0 has been with us for along time and I think it will be with us for quite some time longer. MIDI is a survivor, there has been so many formats that tried to out do midi, but none of them are still here. I many cases the alternative had a lot more to offer but in most cases, there were tied into an hardware infrastructure of various manufactures or had proprietary licensing attached to them. So midi prevailed, but an update has been a long time in the works and it is about time as our instruments and controller devices are too complex, not to mention require speeds that midi 1.0 just can not deliver.


This SOS articles is a wonderful introduction to MIDI 2.0, well worth your time, if midi something that you using.   
                       
https://www.soundonsound.com/music-business/introducing-midi-20

Monday, 2 March 2020

nbn offering not good enough?

So much talk about Australian nbn, working, not working, not being good enough, being too expensive. Seriously let's just get nbn installed where it is meant to be installed like East Melbourne and many other locations. Once that is done and tweaked to perfection (2022 or os). Then we expend, rebuild or do whatever on that existing infrastructure.

I realise that this is a somewhat ignorant statement; as there have been many ireversibel (hardware/software) paths taken. Still, I think comparing the AU internet situation to other countries is pointless. France had public internet since the 1990s and many countries still do not have any or are only just starting to get some kind of internet infrastructure.

The IA article below is still worth reading, as it points out the political BS that is involved and shines some light onto relevant issues.                   



https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/nbn-offering-not-good-enough-for-21st-century-australia,13647

MB.com have a more realistic view point/solution
https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/03/another-16b-needed-to-fix-nbn-debacle/

Friday, 28 February 2020

Fractalness of Things - MAQUETTE | Reveal Trailer

Like the fractal concept... looking at this, I wondering why we do not have more games exploring the fractalness of things   

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Beautiful looking and sounding times ahead

Beautiful looking and sounding times ahead - 12 TFLOPS GPU, VRS, (Audio) Raytracing and dedicated (3D) audio processing hardware...
There already is Dolby atmos on the box one but dedicated audio processing hardware has been a long time coming... but audio occlusion / tracing are all relatively new and only experimental (CPU intensive) game audio futures.


In this Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb podcast, Jason Ronald describes many of the new aspects on the Xbox X, including the spatial (3D) audio features:
https://soundcloud.com/xbox/647-xbox-series-x-12-teraflops
or read this if you don't have time to listen to the whole ~20min podcast:
https://www.vg247.com/2020/02/26/xbox-series-x-spatial-audio-ray-tracing/

A nice (little) post from Phil:
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/02/24/what-you-can-expect-next-generation-gaming/

Some general (speculations) regarding upcoming xbox x audio features: 
https://wccftech.com/xbox-series-x-audio-hardware-acceleration/

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Finally got the Criterion channel

I finally got the Criterion channel setup and working on my tv (65" OLED). I am quite excited, feeling like a kid in a candy store. I will say that it is not the easiest to get working in Australia. But I managed to get it going via the iOS (US app store) and that is steaming to the Nvidia Shield, there is also a VPN involved, but anyway it is all running now. I think it may be a little simpler if using apple TV, but I wasn't going to get that old thing out of the cupboard, besides I like to use the ipad app as an interface.

What is there to say, if you like movies as much as I, the Criterion Collection was/is always the cream of the crop. But browsing the selection there is so much more than expected. Like the focus of woman filmmakers - all films Directed by Jane Campion in one place (Yes) or the 5hr version of Until the End of the World (Yes) or Staring Danny Kaye Collection. I have endless praises for the service and cannot recommend enough.

This is a nice little video hinting on the history, film selection and also some of the current limitation of the Criterion channel service and app.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Why don't we shoot all movies on a Holodeck?

Long time ago I had a long conversation with Michael Mann about shooting special effects movies. Basically I was trying to talk Micheal into making another science fiction movie. I love The Keep and Michael has been sitting on an amazing sci-fi script/story for many years...

Anyway I think this is a few step closer to freeing filmmakers from the dreaded green screen. Still a long way from scenery actually materializing as it happens on a 'real' holodeck. I fear this tech may sill not be trasperent or real enough for Michael... So as is The Keep is the only Michael Mann sci-fi we will have.                   


https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/02/the-mandalorian-was-shot-on-a-holodeck-esque-set-with-unreal-engine-video-shows/