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Messe report

posted by Tage Widsell 2011-04-07 at 18:00

So we're in Frankfurt for the annual Musikmesse - the grand gathering for the music instrument business. As we're no longer exhibiting at trade shows, we're here because it's a good way to meet a lot of people we need to talk to at the same time, and we can also check out the show of course. So between meetings, here is today's findings from the show floor. 

Korg MonotribeThis seems to be the one everybody is talking about. As a followup to last year's Monotron, here comes the Monotribe. It's got a nasty little analog synth, a cool little sequencer and even a little drum machine built in. I think it sounds great, but with the Korg booth situated between three drum company booths it was hard to tell. It's a very cool little machine and I'm totally getting one as soon as they are released. Fun fact: The sequencer is synced by analog pulses. This means it's dead easy to sync to Reason/Record using a clock pulse on a separate output from the audio interface. 

 

Ketron AudyaA proper music trade show should come with a few what-why? moments. Here, Mattias is seen having a what-why? moment in front of the Ketron accordion synth. What-why?

In all fairness, the accordion bass section had some kind of auto-accompaniment setting that played a bass note, a chord and some percussion when you hit the notes. Playing minor chords going ba-ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba actually produced some really nice house music.

 

modular towerEvery year, a conglomerate of smaller modular synth manufacturers share a booth that's the synth geek heaven. This year they had a very clever display in the booth. The guy to the right is patching up a nice sound on the system that's facing him. The whole tower is rotating slowly, so the audience can take part and further manipulate (or, as in most cases, destroy) the patch while it rotates. Then the patchmeister sets it up again. 

 

ModularI'm not entirely sure what this is, but when the money comes in from that chain letter that Anders in sales made me join, I'm getting one!

 

icade

Perhaps not really music related, but still very cool. The iCade lets you drop an iPad into a miniature arcade case with buttons and joystick and all so you can enjoy arcade classics on the iPad. We need one at the office!

 

 

MulletA trade show without mullets would be like sunday school without Satan. Here's a rare pony tail variant.

 

Thanks for tuning in. Leave a comment if there's something you'd like to get a picture of from tomorrows show visit. I'll try to fulfill your wishes. Within reason and respect of German decency law of course.


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The coolest Christmas card

posted by Tage Widsell 2011-01-18 at 18:18

We just had to show you this: The coolest Christmas card we got this year was from Native Instruments.

Nice huh? The iPhone wasn't part of the card, but they were cool enough to provide a YouTube video with a suitable fire. Nice!

/tage


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Nobody here

posted by Tage Widsell 2011-01-11 at 17:20

Indeed - there's nobody here. The marketing department is unusually empty and quiet since the NAMM show begins tomorrow and a bunch of us have left the country to go visit the show. Propellerhead are not exhibiting but I have asked to get some reports served to this very crew blog. We'll see if anybody listened to that plea...


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Big birthday

posted by Tage Widsell 2010-10-15 at 15:10

WE celebrated Ernst's half century birthday today with cake and stuff. Here's what it looked like:

A photo of Ernst taking
photos of the Reason & Record cakes

Cake closeup

...and John could not resist.

Marcus is helping himself to
some Reason cake

Anders is slicing up the
ReCycle cake. Not much left of it.

More Propellerheads enjoying
cake & coffee


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The World's biggest drum machine

posted by Tage Widsell 2010-08-24 at 14:52

If you ever wonder what we do at night here at the PHQ, here it the answer: We build large, silly drum controllers and haul them across town.


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Would you like some Vuvuzela on that?

posted by Tage Widsell 2010-06-24 at 11:10

So World Cup fever has apparently reached the US this time – probably partly because of the US team's victories. Us Swedes are feeling a little left out this time since the Swedish team didn't even qualify!

So what does this has to do with anything even remotely related to Propellerhead. Not a lot to be honest, but I just had to share this with you: The good people at YouTube have apparently also been struck by the World Cup fever and added an optional Vuvuzela sountrack to *any* YouTube video. Yes! Go and check out the latest micro tutorial and hit the little football icon in the player and all that we have to say about Dr Octo Rex will be drowned among the angry hornet noise of furiously playing Vuvuzelas. Nice touch.

(You have to go to YouTube to try this. It doesn't work on the embedded players we have here on our site.)


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Testing the new Crew blog

posted by Tage Widsell 2010-04-16 at 15:30

As of today, we have unified all the plan files into a single crew blog. I'm now demoing this to the crew at the friday Fika. Good times!

 And here are two old friends...

 

here's a video too!

Those are just some of the amazing features of the updated crew blog. Stay tuned!

/Tage


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Propellerhead Christmas party

posted by Tage Widsell 2009-12-15 at 17:05

Tonight's the Propellerhead Christmas party. We've started off with 'glögg' (don't ask) at the office and then we're off to some semi-secret dinner do.

Discretely I just switched the normal sounding xmas tunes to the dreaded Reason Christmas Musical Marathon. You old timers will remember all the 47 glorious minutes of it :-)

It'll be fun to see how long it lasts until someone freaks out over it.


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Moving

posted by Tage Widsell 2009-09-18 at 15:56

Yes yes yes, I'm a lazy bastard for not updating my plan for ages. Here are some random scribblings from a pretty fragmented working day.

We're moving out of the office where we have been since 2002 today and it feels pretty weird. The weirdest thing is I haven't even seen the new place. It's still in the cool part of town and I'm sure it's an amazing place but thinking that I have absolutely no idea what the place looks like is... weird.

I really like our current office (the one we're moving out of), but then I'm working on the floor where the AC is actually providing fresh air. On the upper floor where the developers work, the air can sometimes be pretty horrible. I think fresh air is good for developers.

We've had a lot of fun in this office. Apart from the every day grind, we've had some great parties here, like the eh... moving in party when [names removed to protect the not so innocent (marcus)] threw our pink mascot flamingos out of the window, or the Reason 3 release party with live PA from Andreas Tilliander. We've also used the office for the last Producers conference in Stockholm and just before that we used it to shoot the Record promo video. Yep, the scruffy guitar guy's bedroom is actually a dressed up corner of the office. And so is the rehearsal space.  

The office is in a mess right now. Almost everything is packed in boxes and there's piles of rubbish everywhere. It's amazing what loads of crap you collect over the years. As I was going through my shelves and boxes I found beta tester application printouts from the ReCycle 1.7 beta testing (1999 called and want their betatesters back!). I also found printouts of the support pages made in 2001. Printouts. I must have hated trees back then or something.

It's easy to fall in love with stuff just because they *have* been useful at some stage. In the developer's library upstairs I found a heap of all these cool old mac programming handbooks that look great with their classic apple logos, but they're utterly useless now and will go to the trash can along with tons of outdated books, useless software and no longer needed computer junk. SCSI terminators anyone?

Ok - time to label my boxes and walk out of the door for the last time. Weird.


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Mamp to the rescue

posted by Tage Widsell 2009-04-09 at 13:20

Here's a little tip if you, like me, do web development using mac computers. Since the birth of Mac OS X, apache has been part of the system, but *nobody* knows how to make it behave properly. It's a wonderful idea - to carry your own web development environment around you (assuming you have a mac book or mac book pro - Mac Pros are less portable). But how do you get it to work? Simple things like selecting a new document root is beyond most people. Even *nix geeks fail because of Mac OS X "unix and then some" approach to things.

Enter MAMP. MAMP (Macintosh, Apache, Mysql and PHP) is a simple download that installs and sets up Apache , MySQL and PHP on your computer. When you fire up the mamp application, it starts up the servers and lets you change the settings you need (like document root) in a orderly, mac like manner. Super easy. And it's free. And no, I'm not being paid to say this.

Here they are: mamp.info


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