I’m really into Eurorack drum modules at the moment so I was excited to discover the Elby Designs CGS747 Cynare Drum Synthesizer. I really like that is has a full EG, VCF and VCA built-in. I’ve been using my AS Telemark for some slowly filtering white noise bursts but the Cynare should be able to cover that and free the Telemark up again for more synth duties. $337 USD.
“The CGS747 is one of a family of 3 CGS drum simulators from Ken Stone. It generates a single drum sound that can be adjusted to sound like a cymbal, hi-hat, snare drum, electronic drum, or numerous other percussive sounds. It is a complete dedicated synthesizer in its own right, including six oscillators, a noise source, a mixer, an envelope generator, a VCF and a VCA.” – elby-designs.com
For more info: elby-designs.com/Cynare_Drum_Simulator
photo credit: matrixsynth
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Youtube if full of cats and synth demos. Raul Pena has a new Channel worth subscribing to called Modular Wild. In a short amount of time he’s posted 6 videos. He’s covering Eurorack synth modules.
“Video channel by Raul Pena about Eurorack Modular Synthesizers. Featuring demonstrations of individual modules, live patching demos,and overviews.” – modularwild
For more info: youtube.com/user/modularwild
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Metrono.me has interviewed Anthony T. Rolando of Make Noise. Tony’s eurorack modules are considered to be some of if not the best and most interesting. There is some interesting stuff in the interview including news of a Make Noise Reverb module. Read the full interview here: metrono.me/makenoise.html
“The only thing I am seeking at the moment is a unique reverb algorithm to design a Make Noise reverberation module around. Tom Erbe and I are currently chatting about that one.” – Metrono.me
For more info: makenoisemusic.com
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Well it’s holiday time again. Everyone loves gifts and musicians are generally a needy bunch so here’s a few ideas. If you are lucky and get a musical gift don’t forget to return the kindness with a song!
1. Monoproce DJ Style Headphone and Behringer HA400 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amp
Musicians should have a few good pairs of monitors speakers and headphones around to check their mixes. Another advantage of a second pair of headphones is that when friends comes over they can both put them on and record some vocals together. You don’t have to break the bank for this gift because Monoproce is selling a headphone simply called DJ Style that is getting good reviews and it’s only $21. If your musician’s audio interface only has one headphone jack you can get them the Behringer HA400 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amp for about $22.
2. Tiptop Audio Happy Ending Kit
The Eurorack modular synthesizer format is becoming more and more popular. If you get a Happy Ending Kit for a friend who is a musician they may at first be bewildered. Once they release it’s the first step to a modular system and some of what the modules do and sound like he will thank you all year. About $150.
3. Gift Certificates to Control and Analogue Haven
4. Hiss and Roar Sound Library
With names like TORTURED CYMBALS and Vegetable Violence you may think this isn’t very Christmas like. However your musician will be very pleased to have these Hiss and Roar sounds in his library. You will have fun choosing what insane library to gift. I use them all the time. $50 – $100.
5. Arturia Minibrute
So if your musician has been very very good this year you may want to reward him. Even though this is a luxurious gift this synth is a huge bargain. The Minibrute only plays one note at a time but it’s real analog for a powerful sound that will outshine his/her friend’s Microkorg. If you are going all out like this you may want to invest in the headphones above too because this thing makes some serious wild noise. $500.
“My name’s D.M.C. with the mic in my hand. And I’m chilling and coolin’ just like a snowman. So open your eyes, lend us an ear. We want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” – Run DMC
For more info: youtube.com/watch?v=OR07r0ZMFb8
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Check out the above videos of the Doepfer A-101-3 Phaser. I’m not going to pretend that I understand how it works or even how to patch it. It sounds pretty sick though. $425 USD.
“Module A-101-3 is a 12 stage phase shifter with vactrols as phase shifting elements. Our design offers access to each of the 12 input and output stages leading to a lot of new filters that cannot be obtained in other ways. Especially the free patchable feedback loops.” – doepfer.de
For more info: doepfer.de/A1013
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There are many great analog sequencers in the Eurorack modular format. Once you start a system you realize you can use more than one at a time for various reasons. The Xaoc Moskwa is a nicely made, compact, pretty module full of useful features. The Moskwa is $340 USD. I already own a Doepfer Dark Time and 4MS RCD. I have my eye on a Make Noise Rene and the upcoming Intellijel Metropolis too.
“Moskwa is a compact, fully self-contained step sequencer with a handy set of features: 8 steps of control voltage and trigger/gate impulse generation. Unipolar and bipolar voltages. Adjustable overall gate width. Mutable gates (per step). 3 play modes: standard, pendulum & random. Built–in slew limiter (linear). Built–in adjustable clock source. External clock sync. Adjustable sequence lenght. Voltage controlled reset, pause and play direction. Expandability via the upcoming ostankino 1966 sequence commander module.” – analoguehaven.com
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Hanging in my studio today with my Eurorack and Ableton. Tiptop Audio 808 modules, Moog Slim Phatty, Wiard Oscillator into Toppobrillo Multifilter, Ensoniq ESQ-1 choir sound (off camera). Ableton Live Session View switching from Verse to Chorus. Make Noise Echophon at the end.
“Synthpop (also known as electropop, or technopop) is a genre of popular music that first became prominent in the 1980s, in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument.” – Wikipedia
For more info: thehorrorist.com
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Waveform City is an interview podcast that was started in January of this year (2012). Some of the people interviewed so far include Tom Erbe, Make Noise, WMD, Richard Divine, 4MS, Mark Verbos and The Harvestman. If you have a Eurorack addiction you may as well subscribe!
“This podcast will hopefully illuminate the world of synthesizers and the people who use them along with the people who build them and repair them.” – Waveform City
For more info: waveformcity.blogspot.com
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Last night I was playing with my Eurorack system and recorded the above loop. I love the way the each step in the sequence changes pitch and filter and then as a whole the filter ramps up and down. The filter is a Toppobrillo Multifilter. I have no idea why it’s named so strange but is sure sounds liquidy!
“Wiard Oscillator, Pittsburgh Modular ASDR, Intellijel and uVCA, Toppobrillo Multifilter, Boss DM-100, Doepfer Dark Time, Kenton Pro-2000 to Sync with Ableton Live and TR-707 drums.”
For more info: toppobrillo.com/multifilter.html
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I tend to go for the ultra modern style. I have as much white furniture in my house as possible. That table with Tiffany on it is where I sit and do much of my blogging to you. One thing that most definetly should not be bothering me is the color of my 3.5mm Eurorack cables. However it has been driving me crazy. Right now I have yellow, red, black and blue spaghetti blocking the view of my pretty modules. Luckily I came across a thread on the Muffwiggler forums titled All Dressed in White. There sat the pretty photo above from urbanscallywag and his kind words sharing where he got his white cables. They are available at Erthenvar in various sizes. There is some utility to using nearly all white too. My plan is to have a few red ones when I need to patch something vital in I need to keep an eye on.
“I needed more patch cords… so I decided to do something fun.” – urbanscallywag
For more info: erthenvar.com/store/35cables/35white
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