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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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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 13, 2016, 12:06:59 AM »
In that last photo my friend sat on a stool and used his phone to take a panoramic shot of the studio, that's what its all stretched out.

I can imagine the new OB synth will take its place soon ?

You mean in place of the P12? No way, I like it too much, it's different enough from all the other stuff I own that I find it useful. I might get a desktop OB6 and put it off to the side if they decide to make one.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 11, 2016, 10:46:24 AM »
In that last photo my friend sat on a stool and used his phone to take a panoramic shot of the studio, that's what its all stretched out.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 10, 2016, 03:27:55 PM »
your synth rack with your prophet and all the sound modules it looks inspiring to me.
You everything kind of compact and kind of reachable while playing.

The only downside is that you speakers when infront your synth comes from the right.
That HP printer on top looks very hot lol

That printer is hardly ever on, I might put it somewhere else. Yes if I had an extra set of speakers I might put them on top of the synth rack.

I spot that Alesis Theremin

That is an Alesis airfx, I mostly use it live to give people something to watch instead of just me doing my email on a laptop.  ;D I send it audio and then manipulate the sound with filters or other effects built into that device using the sensor on top. It has some theremin type settings but I never use them, the airsynth had more of that.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 10, 2016, 10:26:05 AM »
That's exactly what it is, I needed something tall for my longer cables, so I took a 2x4 and cut it to the same length as the patch-cable holders, then routed out a hole big enough for the mic stand to fit in and screwed the cable holders to either side. It works pretty well.   :)

Adjustable height too. Very creative.

I've got a third cable holder now, so I think I need to get a 4x4 so I can have all three on there.  ;D Actually I will probably just end up attaching it to the front of the table for shorter cables.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 09, 2016, 02:53:00 PM »
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?

The midi synth cabinet is another KK Audio desk I bought awhile ago. I still have that other big desk but its sitting in my garage, it's just too big for that room. I'll probably end up selling it.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 09, 2016, 02:48:02 PM »
Looking good....Love distressed finish on the AS cabinet.  8)

Well I bought that cabinet used and it came stained black for some reason. I read about how to remove the stain and get it back to the walnut finish so I started to sand it. Then I realized I needed to completely take it apart to go any further, so it was put in storage till I had more time. But then I pulled it out to move all the AS modules to it figuring I would get it back to walnut at some point when I'm feeling less lazy.  ;D

This relates to Chris23's question. Your modular looks absolutely amazing... but I'm super impressed with what looks like two patch-cable combs screwed to a 2x4 and stuck on a mic stand. 8) ;D

That's exactly what it is, I needed something tall for my longer cables, so I took a 2x4 and cut it to the same length as the patch-cable holders, then routed out a hole big enough for the mic stand to fit in and screwed the cable holders to either side. It works pretty well.   :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 08, 2016, 02:19:56 PM »
These are some really neat setups.

Slightly off topic: When someone--a friend or acquaintance--steps into your space for the first time, are they awestruck? Or do they think you're completely nuts?

They already know I'm completely nuts.  :o ;D

It depends upon who they are, if they know nothing about this then I get a lot of wows, but my friends who have known me for a long time are use to it.

Not sure if this pic is any better but here's another view of my modular:


I just posted pics of my current studio in the studio thread so you can see the entire room there.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 08, 2016, 02:16:30 PM »
Alright, here's my current studio after a move and clean up.

Midi synth wall:


Computer audio connections and processing:


Modular synth:


Here's a pan of the room showing everything:

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 04, 2016, 09:40:24 PM »
Here is a rather not so great photo of my current modular. I'll try to post something better later.

The photo looks like it's producing a slightly blurry, slightly askew sound.   ;)

That's what happens when you record at the speed of light.  ;) ;D

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