Control I’m Here

Last night I went to Control in Williamsburg to see Richard Nicol from Pittsburgh Modular. There was a decent turnout including a few girls, a dog, beer, whiskey and Vince Clarke. There was a Q&A and then people took turns on the new Pitsburgh Modular Cell systems. I asked a few questions. I have some space about the size of a 8″ monitor speaker on my desk and I wanted to know if Richard was planning on making a 3 tier high Cell [48] case. The answer is yes and he plans to go to 4 high or maybe even higher. I also asked if he was planning any drum modules but he thinks that’s been covered by Tiptop so he’s not going to try at this time. Later in a one on one discussion I learned his main focus is keeping prices low. There’s really nothing wrong with that as his modules do sound great. After playing with the Cell systems myself I made myself over to Vince Clarke and had a nice 20 minute conversation with him. He’s a nice guy and like really into synths so I could talk for hours with him. I admit driving home I put on Yaz and then I realized I’ve now met every person who was ever in Depeche Mode (epic!). Thanks to Daren and Jonas (the store owners) for a fun evening. To see a full set of photos: click here

“All of the Pittsburgh modules are handmade with the look of 1950?s science fiction laboratory equipment using bold components and unique layouts to promote interaction and experimentation.” – Pittsburgh Modular

For more info: pittsburghmodular.com, ctrl-mod.com and vinceclarkemusic.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 19, 2013 at 6:27 am, filed under modular, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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3 Responses to “Control I’m Here”

  1. Tony says:

    This is why I wish we had a shop like this in Chicago. Looks like a great time.

  2. Vince the one in the green hat in the first shot? Cool that you got to chat with him for a bit. Any talk of future VCMG work or a possible Horrorist collaboration? ;-)

    • Yes green hat! I kept the conversation all synth related. I didn’t want to be one of “those guys”. I did see on his Twitter he’s working on a new Erasure album. I also noticed something about Xmas songs… maybe a Xmas release… I know they did an Xmas song before so… who knows!

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