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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: Yesterday at 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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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 04, 2016, 10:10:45 AM »
Back in the 1980s I owned both a Moog 15 and an Arp 2600. Here are a couple pictures of them around the time I was making my second album:





I think the only thing I have left from those pictures is that a-frame keyboard stand lol.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 28, 2016, 01:34:12 PM »
Jeff was such a nice guy, I enjoyed our conversations the few we had about music and such. I am glad to have known him. It seems like it just took him so quickly, hard to believe. He will be missed.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: March 19, 2016, 04:39:45 PM »
I ask about the Verbos Harmonic Oscillator as you show it in your modulargrid rack so I thought you had it.....often the only way to really know is to actually use the module.

You are right it is in my modulargrid rack. I see a few other modules that I don't have in there as well, I thought I took them all out, oh well. I sometimes put modules in my grid rack to see how they would fit if I were to purchase them so my grid is always changing. I mean that's really the beauty of it, you can test out things and move them around without having to actually move any real modules. My photos show what I actually have at the moment, except for the new module that I just purchased in the last few weeks.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: March 18, 2016, 08:41:55 AM »
Loren, what are your thoughts on the Verbos Harmonic Oscillator... lots of very positive comments abound but not heard any demos that really grab me, yet I like the synthesis idea behind it.

I've heard some great demos of it. It is on my short list of modules to get.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: March 17, 2016, 08:40:16 AM »
Here's my latest module, the Synthesis Technology Morphing Terrarium.



I need to pick up an attenuator now for it.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What is a soundboard recording?
« on: March 14, 2016, 11:02:59 AM »
What you just said is what I thought, but there's a Wikipedia page about bootlegs and makes it seem like it's still an audience recording.

Wikipedia is not the best source for everything, anyone can post anything on there and if no one knows better some misinformation might get left up as fact. That's why academia don't count it as a legit source for information.

As everyone else has said, a soundboard recording is a recording taken off the main mixer for the concert. Usually they are made for the band or maybe the venue to archive the performance.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Loren Nerell news
« on: March 01, 2016, 10:30:29 AM »
For anyone who cares their is an interview with me on the website lbpost.com. You can find the interview here:

http://lbpost.com/life/music/2000008266-q-a-with-electronic-musician-loren-nerell

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I still buy CDs, instead of downloading files from iTunes mostly because CDs are better quality than mp3 files. But then again I won't pay collectors prices for stuff, so if I can find a decent version of something on Bandcamp or some other place that sells non compressed file formats I'll buy it there instead if the disc is more than what a normal used CD goes for.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD Disc Rot
« on: February 29, 2016, 02:39:04 PM »
Aside from CDrs I've never had a CD go bad.

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