Elgam Carousel

I just set up an eBay alert for an Elgam Carousel. You could really call this a vintage groovebox. It would go nicely with my Omnichord! Pretty machine.

“The CAROUSEL is an interesting analog preset rhythmbox with accompaniment made by Elgam, Italy. It has rhythm (like the Elgam Rhythm Match series), bass, chord and 3 arpeggiators! Rare, obscure and very interesting!” – AnalogAudio1

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Groovebox

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 31, 2013 at 4:23 am, filed under drum machine, hardware, synthesizer. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Intellijel Dual ADSR

One of the most important basic modules I need is an ADSR. An Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release shapes the sound or filter so it’s not simply on all the time. Intellijel’s brand new Dual ADSR has some nice tricks up its sleeve. First it has sliders which I find much more useful than knobs. It also has a wicked cycle mode the pulses the ADSR in time. For the type of music I do this is incredible useful!

“Based on the Roland SH-101 design with several enhancements.Manual GATE buttons. Three timing ranges. Normal and inverted outputs. End of Decay (EOD) logic output. Cycle mode. Dynamic level control of the VCA output via built in linear VCA” – intellijel.com

For more info: intellijel.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 30, 2013 at 4:24 am, filed under 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.



Vitalic and Boys Noize Studio Tours

Future Music visits two artists I really like. If you don’t know what Vitalic or Boys Noize sounds like check them out for some real fun. I remember performing in the south of France about 6 months before most people heard Vitalic’s song Pony. I was at soundcheck and the DJ was using it to test the system. I stopped and said ah yes this is going to be so big. It’s fun when you get a chance to hear things before they “happen”.

“Pascal Arbez better known by his stage name Vitalic (born in 1976) is an electronic music artist. He was born in France. Alexander Ridha (born in 1982 in Hamburg), better known by his stage name Boys Noize, is a German electronic music producer and DJ.” – Wikipedia

For more info: vitalic.org and boysnoize.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 27, 2013 at 5:33 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.



OR-1m Step Sequencer

I have always wanted a modular style analog sequencer in software form. There have been a few tries at this by various developers but none have really captured the essence of the real thing. The latest to take a stab at it is Orwell Digital. They have just released the OR-1m Step Sequencer and it looks very feature full. Just last weekend in German I was recording two female vocalists on my laptop. They wanted proper EBM backing tracks and this would have been extremely useful to create the basslines. There is an intro price of about $25 so I’m going to give it a try this weekend. Let me know if you have given the OR-1m a try and what you think of it.

“The OR-1m delivers the performance and flexibility expected from a pro-level step sequencer, while introducing several innovative features in terms of realtime modulation shaping and controlled randomness. At its most basic, the OR-1m is a standalone sixteen-step sequencer with per-step controls for note pitch, duration and velocity. In addition, each step features four knobs for generating MIDI continuous controller data of the user’s choosing.” – orwelldigital.com

For more info: orwelldigital.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 26, 2013 at 5:23 am, filed under modular, plug-ins, synthesizer. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Volca Body Music

Here’s a nice EBM or maybe New Beat example of what the Korg Volcas can do. Check out that sick stand too. The performer should be wearing some Liberace style rings.

“Following in the footsteps of the monotron, monotribe, and MS-20 Mini analog synthesizers, Korg announces the Volca series. volca is a new lineup of EDM production tools comprised of three distinct models: the Volca Keys lead synthesizer, the volca Bass synthesizer, and the Volca Beats rhythm machine.” – korg.com

For more info: korg.com/volcaseries

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 18, 2013 at 6:03 am, filed under drum machine, 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.



Grids and Jupiter Storm

Here is a very pretty and nice sounding video demo of the Mutable Instruments Grids, Hexinverter Jupiter Storm, Tiptop Audio CP909 Clap, Cwejman BLD, Innerclock Sync-Gen IIls and more. Chris Whitten has a nice selection of modules don’t you think?

“Video demonstrating several instances of Grids and Jupiter Storm. Kick:TipTop BD909 Cwejman BLD Open Hat:Jupiter Storm Noise>WMD Synchrodyne BPF Noise Percussion:Jupiter Storm Noise>Synchrodyne BPF>WMD MMVCA (stereo panning) Bass:Grids>Cwejman BLD Clap:Grids>Tip Top 909CP>Make Noise Echophon Chords:Grids>Cwejman ADSR-VC2. Bubblesound VCO>Erthenvar Patch Chord>SynchrodyneLPF>Make Noise Echophon Snare:Grids>Jupiter Storm>Echophon No Midi No EQ Sync to Pro Tools>Innerclock IILS” – Chris Whitten

For more info: hexinverter.net and mutable-instruments.net

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 16, 2013 at 5:08 am, filed under 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.



Control Voltage Fair 2013 Report

On Saturday night I went to the second annual Control Voltage Fair at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. It was at last year’s event where I first got the modular bug. Since that show I learned all I could about the Eurorack modular format and have purchased 31 modules and 4 racks to hold them. The modular “scene” is small and everyone I’ve met online, at Control or at these events has been friendly, helpful and really into it. It was extremely hot and humid on Saturday evening and this year the booths and live shows were outdoors. After a quick walkthrough I first stopped at the Tiptop Audio booth to play with the Trigger Riot and see the new Mix Z prototype. The TR lives up to it’s name as within a 30 seconds you can have a mass of drums making noise. The Mix Z is a mixer with a bus on it’s backside so you don’t have to patch the audio in from Tiptop drum modules. I met Richard Devine at the Make Noise booth. We discussed how he soundproofed his new studio. We also talked about how it’s important for children to hear a lot of music as they develop and how his own kid may end up a little different because of the modular sounds she’s hearing vs Row Row Row Your Boat. Ben Casey from Bangbang was there. He’s the de-facto Elektron dealer in NYC. Musician Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Knas the maker of the Polygamist synth were seen hanging out. Before the actual performances startetd Jeremiah Johnson had a small crowd gather around him while he improvised on the massive Control setup. They had the new Mutable Instruments modules in their giant Goikes racks and Jeremiah was making good noise with them. I talked to him after his was done about European gigs. I enjoyed Keith Fullerton Whitman’s performance. Modular sounds good live and outdoors. I like my music more structured and evil but it had moments where I wondered how he was doing it. Richard Devine’s performance had a certain sound to it. Plucky, vactrolish and for most of it happily quite dark. Due to the Tequila icey drinks they were serving right outside the festival I tired out and missed Lori Napoleon. Be sure to see my entire set of photos on flickr: click here

“People walking by outside audibly confused by the noise pouring out on to the street from RichardDevine ‘s set.” – Anthony Saunders

For more info: rivertorivernyc.com/artists/control-voltage

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 8, 2013 at 5:13 am, filed under 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.



Acidlab Robokop

Well now what’s this? The sequencer from a Roland TR machine in Eurorack format that’s what! It’s pretty isn’t it? This is the new Acidlab Robokop. With all the Tiptop and other modular drum modules you can now build the world’s greatest drum machine. If you don’t want to program beats be sure to check out the wild new Tiptop Trigger Riot (I have one coming to me this week via Control!).

“ROBOKOP is the MIAMI-Sequencer as a module with 12×16 patterns and 12 Trigger-Outputs.” – Acidlab

For more info: acidlab.de/ProductAssets/Modular/Module_Overview.pdf

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 30, 2013 at 9:24 am, filed under drum machine, 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.



Elektro Kardiogram

My friend Tom Carpenter who creates the amazing Analogue Solutions synthesizers and Medic Modules has a new Eurorack sequencer that’s just about hitting stores. It’s smartly called the EKG because well the cool red LEDs go across the unit metaphorically. Tom always has some nice tricks or maybe I should say unique features that add extra musicality to his devices. The EKG’s wonderfullness comes from the knobs under each pitch slider. They each have a “Function control” which can be used for various functions. I like this module as it hides it’s complexity in a fun interface. Tom knows analog sequencers as his Oberkorn is widely regarded as one of the best.

“Each step also has a unique Function control. Each step can be turned off, skipped, repeated or set as a reset point. Modes; Off (rest), x1, x2, x3, x4, Skip, Reverse, Rest” – medicmodules.com

For more info: medicmodules.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 27, 2013 at 5:26 am, filed under 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.



Phonogene Firmware Update

The MakeNoise Phonogene is hands down one of the coolest most interesting Eurorack modules. It’s a sort of sampler, tape machine, looper and grain slicer with CV control. This week there has been a firmware update and the video above shows some of what has changed.

“The Phonogene rev 372 upgrade includes: Improved Audio Fidelity, Improved Vari-Speed response (shorter scale, greater resolution), End of GENE Pulse (EOS outputs pulses for both Splices and Genes, turn up Gene Size see this in action), Longer Record Time (improved memory management and improved audio fidelity make longer recordings possible), Broken ECHO Mode: all new behavior allows for realtime processing of audio signals.” – Walker Farrell

For more info: makenoisemusic.com/phonogene.shtml

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 18, 2013 at 5:14 am, filed under 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.



« Previous Entries
» Next Entries