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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 14, 2016, 10:22:28 PM »
Really like this performance from Mr. Richard Devine.....a true master, blending all the chaos that modulars can conger up with a solid sense of musicality.

https://vimeo.com/139872178?from=outro-embed

I just can't get beyond all the wires!!!  There is no interface left.   ;)

I know its crazy.....I saw a video recently of a set he did in Europe somewhere with 2 small cases of modules that were patched to create 8 different tracks/songs....no small feat.  The man is a wizard. His early work I remember from around 2004 was pure glitch and although interesting was not my cup of tea but this has evolved so much.

Really like this performance from Mr. Richard Devine.....a true master, blending all the chaos that modulars can conger up with a solid sense of musicality.

https://vimeo.com/139872178?from=outro-embed

I just "listened" to this with the sound turned off and still enjoyed it.  ;D

Scott Im going to give that a view without the sound...the colours and lights are wonderful.

 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 13, 2016, 10:58:36 PM »
For the well being of this thread I feel its a good thing to show modular performances rather than a 30 minute tutorial on the Steady State Fate Ultra Random Analog, a module that I have and is an amazing random generator that I am still learning about....watching this would put most people to sleep. 

I hope anyone could come here and hopefully be amazed, curious and fascinated.

As Rex Probe, the man behind STS and the manufacturer of the Serge Modular system once said to me...."the modular synthesizer is an amusement park for electrons".... I feel we are so fortunate today to be able to entertain them because in their joy they give so much back.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 13, 2016, 10:29:03 PM »
Really like this performance from Mr. Richard Devine.....a true master, blending all the chaos that modulars can conger up with a solid sense of musicality.

http://vimeo.com/139872178?from=outro-embed


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: February 13, 2016, 07:17:59 AM »
This came in my email from 12k yesterday......

New International Shipping Rates

Some of you may have noticed that in January prices on international shipping for CDs and vinyl from our shops jumped dramatically. Frustratingly, on January 17th the US Postal Service (USPS) flat-out doubled the rates for international shipping. Overnight. Just like that.

A single CD went from $6.55 shipping to almost $13.00. Sadly, we had no option but to follow along and watch as the USPS continued to make running small businesses more and more difficult. However, the very thin silver lining of these new prices is that due to the rate scaling it costs as much to ship one CD as it does 4 CDs.

As a result, we have implemented a flat-rate of $12.50 on all CD orders, no matter how many you order. 1 CD still costs $12.50 to ship, but so does 5, or 10, or 45... all a flat rate of $12.50 from us.

While single-CD shipping is still somewhat pricey, we hope that with the ordering of multiple items the pain of postage is somewhat lessened.

In a climate where labels struggle to to pursue the importance of physical product, artwork and music ownership it is difficult to be forced these new rates and rules that make this pursuit all the more difficult.

12k thanks you for your tireless support over the years that has allowed us to keep exploring, discovering and releasing beautiful and innovate music



Not so sure about this silver lining as I shipped 10 cd's to Europe a few weeks back that cost me $20.....might have had something to do with the packaging I shipped them in or the post office pulled one on me >:(

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 12, 2016, 08:12:44 PM »
The Benjolin is a very unique module.....most use it for its insane off the richter noise or as commonly referred as "robot farts"....honestly if I had not stumbled upon the work of Severence I would have stayed well away from it.  Which is and interesting point, there is huge amount of info at places like Muffwigglers but the large majority of forum members, or so it seems, are into this noise making so reading reviews about modules can be very misleading. Can be an expensive trial and error....but hey, whoops, Its the wrong module. Oh well just have to buy another one  ::).

My first experience with the Benjolin was like having a mini CS-80, really, it was/is more analog and with a tone that surpassed any analog synths I have owed.....but this is just the beginning, and I dont use it like that though its nice to have.  What it shines at is the way the Severance videos demonstrate as well as creating the most off world soundscapes that teeter on the edge of melody.  I use it in almost every patch.

I hope this modular synth thread encourages the musicians here to look into this format for music making.....it does not have to be a huge investment to get started......ok, screw it, once you start your done for, you will start listening to module videos and get this psychic ability to patch your system through your mind and back out.....its futile to resist ;)

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Firstly a big thanks to all of you from across the pond who paid the high shipping costs to have my music physically in hand.  In the future I hope to have more cd's at Databloem but for now "A tide Pool of Memories" and the latest release "Original Light." are available in Europe.

All the best.....Julio

http://databloem.com/home/935-julio-di-benedetto-a-tide-pool-of-memories.html

http://databloem.com/home/934-julio-di-benedetto-original-light.html

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 11, 2016, 04:59:56 PM »
A few pieces from around the web.....Bryan Noll's work is rather special, very soft, sensual and very musical.....a somewhat modest kit to boot for euroracks.  Like most things, in the hands of a master you dont need so much.

http://vimeo.com/153947277

https://vimeo.com/137445865


And another...Severance, who Im a fan of and who is able to bridge the gap between experiment and melodic.





It was because of this work I got the Epoch Benjolin Module.....a natural at mayhem but so beautiful when you start to tame it.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 09, 2016, 09:03:21 PM »
A man and his Easel....Charles Cohen. Chuck van Zyl interview.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 09, 2016, 07:11:50 AM »
Looking good....Love distressed finish on the AS cabinet.  8)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 09, 2016, 07:08:51 AM »
Great space Loren.....love the setup of the midi synth wall controlled by the P12.  I see the KK Audio desk is gone or is the midi synth cabinets part of it?

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: February 08, 2016, 05:38:34 AM »
Here are the 3 variations of Patch 21 I spoke of in the previous post.  Each variation amounted in a very small change in settings but no patch cables where removed.  These are live recordings going straight to disk.....enjoy.


Patch 21    https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/patch-21?in=digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings

Patch 21b  https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/patch-21b?in=digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings

Patch 21c  https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/patch-21c?in=digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: February 07, 2016, 06:27:38 PM »
I have been working on a patch for the last few days off and on and its the first time that I feel the music has gone its course yet Im reluctant to dismantle it and start anew.  I have recorded the patch in three variations which I will post soon but right now Im wrapped up in this unusual, at least for me, sense of hesitation to wipe the slate clean.....its almost as if theres more there that could be sculpted, polished and possibly shattered but Ive grown fond of the sounds and their unpredictability and dont want to loose them, which I must.  This is so different from a synth where your hard work can be saved, recalled at a press of a button time and again.

Another part of me likes the impermanence of it....as in life just a perfect fleeting moment.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 07, 2016, 09:20:08 AM »
All computers are in the studio so if I want to show a friend something on the computer got to go to the studio....first time peoples reaction is amusing to complete dismissal of the flashing lights et el...."is that an old patchable telephone operator station" referring to my modular or "what are you going to paint on all those canvas's" referring to the acoustic sound panel hung on the walls.  It is strangers like someone come to do work in the house like a plumber or tiler that I get the "Wow" factor from.  Those friends that say nothing I think feel Im completely nuts and avoid going there and if by some accident I play my music then there suspicions are definitely confirmed  ;D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 07, 2016, 06:43:27 AM »
Serge Modules in Eurorack format :)

Quote from Tip Top Audio who seem to be the future manufacturer

Ok fellows, I don't have any front panels to show you yet, but i can share some of the progress we've made on this project:

I have been talking to Serge for sometime now about making the Serge system in eurorack. It all started when I introduce him to our Stackcables, he loved it and said that very few people are aware of how shielded patchcords would enhance modules such as the Serge VCFs, VCAs, Ring Mod, which are already ultra low noise. He continued by saying that with shielded patchords, the modules will
attain studio quality performance. I guess that from that point  it was obvious, we are going to start a new Serge system in the best format in town, eurocrack.

Guinness ftw!

So this is how it's going to work, all modules will be:

1. Original Serge designs

2. Serge color coded jacks

3. Serge original fonts and graphics, work flow

Or in other words; the whole Serge experience.

Those who have/had a Serge know what i'm talking about. This is fun!

For starters, we are looking at making the Smooth and Stepped Generator (SSG) with added randomization, the Dual Slope Generator (DUSG) and the Wilson Analog Delay (WAD).

The fact that we are going to design all these from scratch give us the option to add features, but it is totally up to Serge to decide that. Â It is going to be his system and his ideas.

On the WAD we are working directly with Dave Wilson and hopefully we could figure out how to implement it with available parts.

The whole thing takes a very long time; Serge is a busy man so please be patient. I'm sure it is going to be worth the wait. It's a great joy seeing Serge drawing schematics again, and I will do my best to make it available for all of us to use.




Heres the link to the discussion https://muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=79362&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

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You are most definitely clipping.....when your playing is more dynamic my meter stays in the red.  I have an Eclipse and it will act in a similar way if pushed too hard and if you like that over saturation you hear while the clipping occurs I dont know of a way to get it without pushing it to the levels you are and it always will sound like what your demo illustrated.

It comes down to your performance and how you hit the H8000.  Understanding how the Eventide behaves you can use this saturated effect but it might take a bit of balancing between equipment to find the appropriate limit.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 01, 2016, 09:03:43 AM »
Morton Subotnick interview

I posted this elsewhere in the forum but feel its better suited here


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: January 30, 2016, 08:37:40 AM »
A couple of videos of a favorite module of mine for animation, the Make Noise RxMx plus their fixed filter...its a very unique mixer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL0jGFC0FWQshuwkSwc_Y1XPT7TE_LvYC4&v=jXzqw2hNYFA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL0jGFC0FWQshuwkSwc_Y1XPT7TE_LvYC4&v=7C-2hKaYmcw

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One of my favourite tracks ever is Chris Isaaks Wicked Game....

Oh yeah...love this song.

Olivia Newton John- Magic......I think I need to find me a new muse.  Im a huge fan!



This is going to be a fun thread.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: January 29, 2016, 07:14:22 AM »
https://cdn.modulargrid.net/img/racks/modulargrid_254323.jpg   This is my present system with the blank panels representing a MOTM-440 in MU format, a MOTM Quad LFO and a Blacet Dark Star Chaos. The order of modules is fairly random as I haven't decided on the final layout yet. This modular has been disassembled for a while now because I'm going to paint the mdf cabinets. Unfortuntely , I am a great procrastinator, because this project just keeps getting pushed back.  :-[ is my present system with the blank panels representing a MOTM-440 in MU format, a MOTM Quad LFO and a Blacet Dark Star Chaos. The order of modules is fairly random as I haven't decided on the final layout yet. This modular has been disassembled for a while now because I'm going to paint the mdf cabinets. Unfortuntely , I am a great procrastinator, because this project just keeps getting pushed back.  :-[

Nice system Harry.....perhaps this thread will help inspire you to move forward  :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: January 29, 2016, 07:12:34 AM »
Julio, I've been looking at addac's 111 wav player and also their fixed filter bank, they look cool. I've even considered selling my Plan B VCOs and replacing the with their 701 VCOs, they are based on the 921 Moog VCO. One advantage they have over other VCOs is that they have octave switches on the module.

Yeah the addac 111 looks good and full featured.....the addac 101 I have was purchased from Taylor Deupree and he was kind enough to include an SD card with his samples so I could get a sense of the module but I have not recorded any of my own yet .  Their file naming system for the SD card is a little strange Im told.

How's the Qu-Bit Nebulae?

I do love the addac fixed filter, it serves as a sculpting tool and 8 band equalizer and adding cv to certain or all bands makes for a very creative module.

I past through Lisbon this summer but then I had never heard of addac or I would have tried to find them and pay a visit.


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