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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 18, 2016, 12:06:14 PM »
I wonder what AKS stands for  ::)  ;D

The Synthesizer was the Synthi A, I guess A stood for the first model? You could order just the Synthi A if you liked, and most early models were just the A. The KS stood for Keyboard and Sequencer that they later designed that sat in the top lid. Here's a picture of an Synthi AKS:



I use to own two Synthi As with a cricklewood keyboard That I bought off of Richard Burmer (if you know who that is), here's a picture of a Synthi with that keyboard:



The cricklewood had an extra oscillator that you could use as an LFO. I use to hook both of them up together and make all kinds of strange noises. They weren't very good at playing melodic stuff as the voltages drifted too much, but they could make really cool sounds, most of the weird sounds on my first album were from the Synthis.  :D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 08, 2016, 10:57:43 AM »


Well, a 2600 or a Putney are (semi-)modular in nature

The VCS3 or Synthi are fullly modular in nature, they don't make any sounds unless you make connections with the pins on the matrixboard.

It's a great educational toy. So is the EMS.

They are hardly toys, I would say they are great synths, maybe a bit more limited then a full modular synth.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: August 03, 2016, 12:07:10 PM »
A bandcamp page would be a great start actually.  :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Thoughts on Mychael Danna?
« on: July 29, 2016, 11:38:46 AM »
I never got any of his solo discs, just the one Danna & Clement album  A Gradual Awakening, and also  Tim Clément's Waterstation, both of which I enjoy. I wonder what happened to Tim, according to discogs he hasn't released anything since 1994.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 20, 2016, 03:34:45 PM »
Can't think of one, but I think even more telling is the Hypnos release part of the forum has had nothing posted in it for 8 months now.  With the label inactive for unknown period of time its understandable that the rest of the forum that is built around it should suffer as well.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 07, 2016, 08:45:01 AM »
Not sure why but I can never get youtube videos to show on this forum. Any way here is a link to a video of my concert from a few weeks ago:

https://youtu.be/I37auFrlFNA

Excellent performance Loren....what a beautiful kaleidoscope of tone and texture.  Really enjoyed it.   

Might be an idea to repost this in the members projects section so others who want nothing to do with us gearheadz ;D can experience the piece.

Thanks Julio, yes I posted it in my Loren Nerell news thread and also updated it so it now appears not as a link.

Speaking of links I guess you have to change everything so it reads "(w)ww.youtube.com/watch?v=" and then add the "I37auFrlFNA" for it to work. Thanks for that info.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 06, 2016, 03:30:40 PM »
Not sure why but I can never get youtube videos to show on this forum. Any way here is a link to a video of my concert from a few weeks ago:

https://youtu.be/I37auFrlFNA

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Loren Nerell news
« on: July 06, 2016, 03:28:56 PM »
Here's a link to a video of the drone music concert I did a few weeks ago:


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From my understanding Michael spends most of his creative time doing sound for amusement parks and the occasional movie. I also heard he was going to perform in Tucson last February, but I don't know what came of that. I think I saw some photos of him on Facebook of late, it looked like he was traveling.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 30, 2016, 11:52:04 AM »
Fantastic pictures Loren....how did the performance go?

It went well I thought.

It seems the mixer is a focal point for you...could you explain the performance process and how each part of your setup interacted.  Im very interested in what is involved in a modular performance and making it all come together in a live situation. 

Well the mixer is kind of the focal point since everything goes through it. It looks like that because of the two side tables that attach to the mixer rack. I think more central was the computer. I was doing a short (20 minutes) version of my album Taksu, so I ended up using a lot of samples. The modular I had programmed with six different patches that I could play, so it wasn't all samples.

Was a recording made?

Yes and a video as well, it should be done shortly, I will let everyone know when it is up.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 29, 2016, 04:55:31 PM »
Here are a couple of other shots of modulars that were at the show.

This one is actually the synth I first learned synthesis on 35 years ago:

It's the moog 35 that Long Beach City College owns. It sat in a storage room for over 20 years not being used (I almost bought this thing off of them at an auction in 1987, but they pulled it out before the auction ended). Two math professor heard about it, the music department gave it to them, they sent it back to moog who refurbished it to this condition. Nice to see it in use again after all these years.

This is my friend Rychards modular synth, he likes LED lights  ;D



This guy named Matt brought his smallish system, it does a lot for it's size:



Lastly a closer picture of my system:


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 29, 2016, 03:23:56 PM »
Interesting, I wonder it that would work with Mainstage instead of Live?   :o

BTW here is a pic of me from my live show last week, with my modular as you can see:


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 15, 2016, 11:14:39 AM »
quote author=Julio Di Benedetto link=topic=8473.msg50744#msg50744 date=1465939283]
Heres a podcast and poor quality unfortunately with Mark Verbos talking about all things random with emphasis on Don Buchla's genius and how it arrives into the new Verbos Random Sampling module. [/quote]

I already have Doepfer's A-149-1 and A-149-2 which is basically the top part of the Verbos module. Here's a video of how it works

https://youtu.be/l59lAQ0ihmI

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 07, 2016, 11:14:14 AM »
I'm doing a show in a few weeks (I mentioned it over in my thread in the Forum members projects). I thought I would share with you what I plan to use in my modular. Here's a rendering from modulargrid of what I will have in the system:



I haven't started on any patches yet, that will come this weekend.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Loren Nerell news
« on: June 06, 2016, 10:28:52 AM »
Just a heads up for those of you who will be in Southern California this month. I will be performing a short set (around 20 minutes) as a part of this concert:



Afterward their will be some sort of jam with all the musicians involved. Hope you can make it.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 27, 2016, 12:39:33 PM »
Yeah I saw one really cheap on ebay, so I went out to Noisebug for something else and while there did some playing around with the waldorf while in the shop. That's when I knew I had to have it, it does some pretty interesting things. Now I need to go back to Noisebug and purchase some other modules they had that I also tested out and now can't live without.  ;D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 27, 2016, 08:42:04 AM »
I picked up one of these last week:



So far it seems pretty cool.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Robert Rich's 'Crow Blog'
« on: May 24, 2016, 12:20:28 PM »
In March I was up North visiting Robert. We went for a walk and his crows followed us wherever we went.  Of course him throwing them bits to eat kinda helped.  ;D 8)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 08, 2016, 05:51:21 PM »

The 921A....Oscillator Driver.... 8), What is it?  Rectangle LFO, yet there are only inputs no outs.  Is it internally wired?

Yes it is internally wired to the 921B Oscillators. It basically controls them giving them the same voltages.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 05, 2016, 10:52:01 AM »
Not sure what a Moog Mark V is, they called their modulars different names depending on the era they were made. My school had a Moog model 55 with two sequencers, that's what I originally learned on. Then later when I transferred to a different school they had a large Buchla 100 system that I spend a great deal of time on, it was too imitating for most folks. Each had their own thing that made them cool. I loved the touch plates on the Buchla, and the complex sequencers on the Moog.

Yeah the arp sequencer was a great one, I should have kept the two I had at one time. I wish someone would just copy it, most sequencers I have seen just seem to miss what it could do.

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