Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Building the Wiz

Some of you might already know, but: I'm building an ASM-2 Wizard. ASM-2 Wizard is a semi-modular synthesizer, based on the ASM-2 PCB offered by Elby Designs ( The Wizard has 2VCO, 2VCF, 2VCA, 2ADSR, 2VCLFO, S&H, Ring Modulator, Noise Generator, Glide, Inverter, Splitter and 4-voice MIDI-to-CV Interface. The front panel Elby Designs offers is a very well laid-out front panel with a smart semi-modular-approach, similar to the Korg MS-series .

I got the PCBs and components thursday 23rd and have been soldering almost constantly since. The PCBs are very straight-forward and have been easy to work with. I don't even know how to read resistor colour codes, but I managed to assemble the kits (jay for MFOS' resistor calculator!!). I finished the ASM-2 PCB, which I saved for last, today and I have to say it has been really fun. I'm going to order the front panel and front panel components later.

I'm currently working on the case design, which is going to be a wooden case with carrying handles on the sides or one carrying handle on top of the synth. The case is going to look similar to an ARP2600.

More info and pics will follow...

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Synth Art - System 100

No link, just the picture. My friend made this. I thought it was really cool. There's also a Minimoog that he made.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Ruth White's "Short Circuits"

I transferred a rare Moog record by this lady several months ago, but never got around to doing a proper page for it (and still haven't). It was released in 1971 and was played on a Moog Modular and some other period electronic instruments. Yes, another *real* woman synthesist! Ha. Some day I'll get around to scanning the info in, but in the mean time enjoy...

BTW, I just updated my Everything You Always Wanted to Hear on the Moog page with a new copy of one of the tracks.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Too Good To Be True

Hi guys I don't know what you think about it. But my gut tells me it's a hoax...

Check out these auctions on Ebay:
EMS Synthi AKS
EMS Synthi Sequencer 256

Come on, first of all I had seen the pictures and write-ups on some other genuine auctions. Second, this guy is from China? Third no selling history... And lastly he is selling an EMS synthi AKS and EMS Synthi Sequencer 256 each at buy-it-now price of USD$330? I don't know if this is for real... any ideas? I suspect it's a hoax.

Have you ever felt an LFO?

Weird post I guess, but I'm currently using a TENS unit to try and ease some sciatica.

There's pulse width and frequency controls to play with. I'm wondering if I could hook it up to my modular to get some interesting modulations, but I'd probably fry something. Ha.