Thursday, December 24, 2009

Label of the year 2009

Yes yes!  It looks like we've joined a winning label (although we already knew that!) as the all-important DAC (German Alternative Charts) have voted Infacted Recordings as Label of the Year 2009 - again! 

A short update on our debut album - there were some artwork delays but we've finally decided on a front cover and things should move pretty quickly now.  Kong and I are happy that it will be coming out at the start of 2010 rather than the tail end of 2009 as this feels more fresh somehow.  Look out for a release date to be announced soon.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Alesis woes

About a year ago, the screen on my Alesis Andromeda A6 stopped working.  It lights up, but it displays only gibberish.  Other than that, the synth works perfectly, so I procrastinated for a long time.  About 3 months ago I finally took it into a repair shop that specialised in Alesis hardware, who promised they could fix it.  About a month later, they discerned that the screen was faulty (um...) and that a new one was needed, which they ordered from Alesis.  Unfortunately the screen was smashed when it arrived so they had to order another one in October and we've been waiting since then.  Apparantly Alesis are quite careless with their packaging and the LCD-screen was treated no differently than if it were a packet of screws. 
My A6 is really a beloved instrument of mine.  The thought of it sitting in a dusty repair shop being probed with screwdrivers really puts my nerves on edge.  Over the last few weeks I've been a bit of an annoyance to this repair place, calling regularly, and have said that I need it by December, which they agreed would be fine.  Well I just called them again and asked if I should have any confidence in this part arriving and this matter being resolved.  What they said is that they are at the mercy of the Americans who are in the mercy of the Chinese and their honest answer was no, they didn't think my synth could be fixed.