Saturday, December 30, 2006

Cwejman Frequency Shifter demo



Click here (14 MB WAV file). Starts out using the frequency shifter at different frequency settings with a white noise input (in stereo, with "DOWN" and "UP" being patched into different channels). Then switched over to the ring mod section. Then a demonstration of the frequency shifter section tracking 1v/oct. First with white noise, then a "normal" synth patch, and finally a low-pass gate sound.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

ShErMaN QMF RaRe







































Check out this auction. Tiltle link takes you to the auction as well. Nice photos and definitely awesome modular/filtering power. Merry Christmas from Singapore to all in advance!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Casio PT-7



Well, it looks as though I'll be spending my winter break making synth videos, then. This one is of the frankly awesome Casio PT-7, an obscure toy synth with eight sounds, six rhythms, and a unique detachable foil keyboard that hooks onto the main unit for transport. The nice thing about this video is that it demonstrates every single function of the PT-7 in under 2 minutes. Try doing that with your Moog Voyager!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

ZeroPoint



Matrix suggested I post this item here, so being the slavish synth sycophant that I am, here it is. The title link is to some nice homebrew gear from Robb Drinkwater from Chicago area - I'm sorry i didn't get to ZeroPoint's gig last friday, there are more images at the title link

Robb's description of this is item

"The oscillators---- The oscillators are exactly that: two basic square-wave oscillators. But what makes them perhaps different is their control. The white rectangle in the foreground is a "light-table": a piece of white acrylic with LEDs embedded in the sides. Sitting on this are the four 'pucks', two violet and two yellow, each containing a photo-resistor. One of each set (the round ones) control the pitch of each oscillator while the others (square) contol the amplitude and filtering. "

the following text description comes from J. Niimi and is shamelessly pasted here

"ZEROPOINT Local experimental electronic musicians Robb Drinkwater and Jason Soliday have been improvising as Zeropoint for the past seven years. Soliday plays a selection of hand-built and circuit-bent gizmos, including a dinky keyboard adorned with many more knobs and sensors than God intended; Drinkwater's homemade arsenal includes a combined shortwave radio and feedback loop, outfitted with copper pads that let his fingertips become part of the circuits, and a "matrix mixer" that looks like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. (See for yourself at splintergroup.com/rdrink/ gear/gear.html.) The sounds Zeropoint creates are pretty sci-fi too--imagine you could listen to deep-space magnetic events, cryptic microwave transmissions, and colliding black holes." J Niimi

Rock on
Brian

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A warning to those buying ASys modules in the US

You will not be able to obtain calibration/service documentation if you need to fix a module. Bob Williams will not supply you with documentation, nor will Roger at Big City Music. You are forced to pay $70/hour to have BCM fix out of warranty modules. Buyer beware!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Wiard Noise Ring, modulating various things



In this 4-minute video, I'm using a Wiard Noise Ring to modulate various parameters of the Blacet Stonz phaser, Blacet Klang Werk ringmod, and Metalbox Bi-N-Tic Filter. There's a lot more you can do with the Noise Ring, but this is the stuff that falls into the instant-gratification category. This Frac Rack system also includes some Bananalogue and MOTM; over on the left is a small Doepfer system that, in this instance, I'm just using for the amplitude envelope and mixer.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Free 10 Minute Classic Electronic Track


















Title link takes you to the download page for the free 10 minute electronic/ ambient classic 'Gas - Microscopic' from the album Gas 0095 (which goes for upto $350 on eBay)

Analogue checklist...
Moog Rogue
Roland Jupiter 6x2
Roland SH101
Roland RSS 3d Sound Space
Roland Juno 106
Roland Alpha Juno2
Sequencial Circuits Pro One
Oberheim Matrix 6
Cheetah MS6
Korg MonoPoly
Korg Poly800
EMU Emax IIx2

Download now...

Maintenance

Over $1000 for a set of replacement chips for an original Moog 960 sequencer. Upkeep costs more than buying a clone from Synthesizers.com! Sheesh.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

csq-100 pr0n


I made some pictures of my roland csq-100 which i am about to sell. (See Ebay auction on link). However, i found the pictures so nice, that i am giving them (the pictures) in public domain.
I also put them in my Flickr! Account (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jczmok/ ).

Enjoy the pictures !

Friday, December 01, 2006

Building the Wiz - Chapter II


While saving up for the front panel and front panel components, I thought I'd post a pic of the PCB, 99.9% populated. And yes, I'm fully aware that the tantalum capacitor in the Noise circuit and the transistor in the S&H circuit aren't supposed to be that way - I fixed a few errors I made and had to do like that. Hopefully they'll work. Actually, I'm pretty nervous and I'm constantly getting thoughts like these: "what if the finished synth doesn't work? Then I've spent 1500 USD and an awful lot of time on nothing.". Sure, there's a risk that nothing will work ('cause of my poor skills =D ), but if that's the case then I'll just send it back to Laurie at Elby Designs and pay him to repair it. It would be pretty costy, but I want it to work!
So, I'm selling my Juno-60 to fund this project. I've already sold a TR-606 and a Microcon II, but I think it's all totally worth it if it all works out fine.