English Tear

When I saw the new Korg MS20 Mini I should have out $600 aside for it. There was one problem though. My heart now belongs to my Eurorack modular. But wait The Harvestman has come to the rescue! Scott has announced the English Tear which is an attenuverter and Eurorack interface for the Korg. He says it will be available in April and be inexpensive. Spend. Spend more now!

“I announce with great satisfaction ENGLISH TEAR, the first in a line of small utility modules. This module features the expected “voltage processor” attenuverter and big offset knobs, but also includes a full set of functions for interfacing to an MS-20. Easy conversion from exponential volt-per-octave to linear hertz-per-volt and back, as well as V-trigger to S-trigger conversion. Jack normalling fixes the voltage processors to these converter circuits, so you may scale the input voltages as desired. The log/expo converter ciruits also have many other uses in your modular system beyond the conversion of pitched voltages.” – The Harvestman

For more info: https://www.facebook.com…6344336&type=1&theater

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 29, 2013 at 6:38 am, filed under hardware, modular, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Push to Talk

Check out this hand made distortion feedback microphone with an arcade push to talk function. It’s called a Dr Moonstien. I can see this being used at many a live show around 3AM. It’s available on eBay (link).

“This is a hand built noise machine built by me. it is a push to talk mic with very cool arcade style big red button. you can mix your very overdrive mic preamp with 3 extremely nasty octave modulators. this is the ultimate noise crust mic kind of a death metal version of a vocoder can be used as a feedback machine. this is good noise machine for the person that is more into destructive tambor than clarity. great way to juice up those vocals or control feedback to do your evil bidding. runs on 9v battery has 1/4 inch audio out has regular volume knob and 3 volume knobs for the different octaves of crust. on off power toggle blue led.” – drmoonstien

For more info: ebay.com/itm/hand-built-noise-push-to-talk-noise-microphone

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 9, 2013 at 9:39 am, filed under effects, hardware, live performance and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon

I’ve never really wanted anything on the Android platform. I also never really cared for a smaller iPad. As a musician I want more touch screen space. Windows 8 is bringing the world just that. In fact, the new Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is so large it comes with wheels. Wheels! A few years down the road imagine a main touch sequencer with multiple music touch apps all on the same screen. I hope SKB makse a nice case so I can use mine live. I really hope Apple combines iOS and OS-X and makes everything they do touch. If not this could be a little “in” for the Windows eco-system.

“How badly have you wanted to turn your iPad or, better yet, touchscreen all-in-one PC into a table? OK, so maybe you haven’t thought of it. But don’t worry, Lenovo has. At CES 2013 the company unveiled its IdeaCentre Horizon, a 27-inch desktop all-in-one that transforms into a table. The all-in-one can actually be purchased with a separate table stand with wheels.” – abcnews

For more info: lenovo.com

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X-mas 1983

I was 13 years old when this episode of The Computer Chronicles aired. This means I was logging onto BBS’s and CompuServe with my TRS-80 Color Computer. $9.99 of a floppy disk with a low res christmas card on it!

“The Computer Chronicles was an American television series, broadcast during 1981-2002 on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television, which documented the rise of the personal computer from its infancy to the immense market at the turn of the 21st century.” – wikipedia.org

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Chronicles

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Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is in the news this week. I think he’s a pretty interesting person. He believes the singularity is coming. If we can survive that long I think it’s a sure bet too. He’s just been hired at Google which seems highly appropriate or frightening depending on how you look at it. On a side note (pun intended) my favorite sample makers UVI are teasing a virtual version based on the Kurzweil K250.

“The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of greater-than-human superintelligence through technological means. Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the occurrence of a technological singularity is seen as an intellectual event horizon, beyond which events cannot be predicted. Proponents of the singularity typically state that an “intelligence explosion”, where superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent’s cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human.” – Wikipedia

For more info: facebook.com/UVI.Official and readwrite.com/ray-kurzweil…

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 15, 2012 at 7:23 am, filed under hardware, political, synthesizer and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Dubreq Stylophone S2

So you want a fully analog hardware synthesizer with a metal touch keyboard that costs a lot less than a Macbeth Nexus? Dubreq has created a new Stylophone call the S2. I have an original and they have been used by some big artists over the years. The new S2 has an 8 waveform LFO, 2 Sub Oscillators, Aux in and for me personally the most exciting addtion: CV in!

“The First British Made Stylophone For 30 Years: The New Dubreq Stylophone S2. Dubreq, the original creators of the Stylophone and Stylophone 350S, are proud to announce the new Stylophone S2. This fantastic new analogue synth, made in the UK, is now available worldwide!” – stylophone2.com

For more info: stylophone2.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 12, 2012 at 4:35 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Telemark V2.0

I think the Analogue Solutions Telemark is a really killer synth. It’s based off an Oberheim SEM them pumped up with some added features. It’s new and has MIDI yet has a vintage sound and has CV too. I own one and use it on most of my songs. There is now a V2.0 Telemark with a Ring Modulator and Sub Oscillator/Divider. Check out the video above to see the additions in action.

“Here’s a first look at the Analogue Solutions Telemark V2.0 synthesizer. The new release features the addition of a SUB OSC / DIVIDER as well as a RING MOD. The inclusion of these two sound sculpting elements have a vast and powerful effect on the overall sound of the TM.” – Rezfilter

For more info: analoguesolutions.org.uk

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MIDI 30 Years

MIDI is 30 years old today! The acronym stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and it was created by Dave Smith. You know his name because he’s the guy behind Sequential Circuits and Dave Smith Instruments. We are all very lucky that Dave decided to give MIDI away for free and convince other manufactures to use it. To celebrate the day the BBC interviewed Dave Smith about the birth of MIDI. Read the article here: How MIDI changed the world of music.

“What Smith did next would transform the way recording studios worked, and create a revolution in music and recording production. He persuaded manufacturers to adopt a common format which allowed their synthesisers to be controlled externally by another keyboard potentially made by a rival manufacturer, or even by a computer. It was called Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and would soon become the industry standard for connecting different makes of synthesisers, drum machines, samplers and computers.” – bbc.co.uk

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI

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Skychord Cloudbuster

Just listen to what the Skychord Cloudbuster does to a Juno-6 at around the 1:35 mark in the video above. It detunes the synth in a modulating say Clockwork Orange soundtrack type of way. Add a little of it’s Pre-amp gain and you have a scary vintage sounding distortion unit. So many little boxes of want lately. This one is $375 USD.

“The cloudbuster is a sequentially modulated lo-fi echo machine featuring harmonically dark burned out lightning strike repeats, howling gore ripping feedback, nightmare time based gurgling, and heavenly comatose modulations. At the heart of the cloudbuster is a four stage sequencer that modulates the delay time via a sequencer. This sequencer has a length of 2 or 4 steps.” – skychord.com

For more info: skychord.com/cloudbuster.html

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 7, 2012 at 6:43 am, filed under effects, hardware and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Main Drag Music

Williamsburg Brooklyn went from zero to now three places that sell Eurorack modules. Control, Meme Antenna and Main Drag. Control should be your first stop for pure Eurorack but the other stores have some goodies too. At Meme they have Teenage Engineering, MFB synths and well fun kitch household items. Main Drag has the least Eurorack but as you can see by the photos some nice vintage used synths, pedals and oh yeah guitars. If you can’t see the slideshow above you can see a few more photos: here.

“Totally Cool Joint – great – knowledgable staff and the most thing is they do not act “above you!” – Dave A (Yelp)

For more info: maindragmusic.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 14, 2012 at 8:03 am, filed under hardware, modular, synthesizer. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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