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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: January 28, 2016, 03:58:06 PM »
Im happily broke, addicted and in therapy ;D :o
Me, too!   ???

Actually I can't afford therapy now that I have a modular.  ;D

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.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Loren Nerell news
« on: January 27, 2016, 02:15:32 PM »
It's been awhile since I've posted any updates. so here are two. My first two releases are now available as downloads on Bandcamp. You can listen to them and perhaps even purchase them here:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: January 27, 2016, 10:18:58 AM »
Health mix of modules Loren......AS case looks like a complete and solid system.

I'm missing some VCOs for it to be complete. I had some RS90s but they didn't have any fine tuning so were a pain to us so I sold them. I might replace them with the newer RS95s which do have fine tuning now.

I see you have 2 Verbos Multi Envelopes .....interesting

I bought those to replace a quad ADSR that I had that I never used. I figured two dual ADSRs might be a bit more useful.

The Grendel filter caught my eye as Im interested in the Drone Commander 2.

The Grendel filter is a bit of a one trick pony, so just be aware of that when having a smaller system.

And now with all that space where will you go next.....

So much stuff out there now, next purchase will probably be something sexy like a 4 into 1 mixer.  ;D I've been looking at some of the ADDAC System modules, I see you have a few, what do you think of them?

Forrest, I never got a chance to play with a 2500, I bet that was fun. I learn synthesis on a Moog 35 and a giant Buchla 100. It was interesting as they both had different approaches. I really liked the tune-able touch keypad on the Buchla. I'd love to get something like that or the Serge system one.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: January 26, 2016, 12:26:51 PM »
Here are my two systems:

So the smaller system is just Analogue Systems modules, that was the system I started with. The other system is a mixture of everything else that I have. I use to have most of my AS modules in the larger case, but I decided recently to move them out and put them back in the smaller case since I don't think I will be expanding that system anymore. I also want to get more modules from other companies too, so now my larger system has some room the grow.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 26, 2016, 11:30:55 AM »
(using fake digital oscillators was a big mistake by him on Prophet 12

Nothing fake there, they are real digital oscillators in the Prophet 12.  ;D  Digital oscillators or not the P12 is a great synth, I'm really glad I have one.

My only question mark with the OB 6 is, dave mention "digital effects" then my question is can the digital section be bypassed totally to get a true analogue output ?

Yes you can bypass the digital effects.

New Oberheim Eurorack and sequencer is also a welcome addition. The sequencer looks cool and advanced.

Here's a picture I took:

I really want a gizmotron. looks fun..

I took a couple of photos of the gizmotron, here's Robert Rich giving it a try, attempting to play a normal guitar like a lap guitar:

Here's a close up of the thing:

Another things of interest. Dave Rossum from Emu has started making some eurorack modules. He's redoing an updated LP filter, but the one that is catching everyone's eye is the module which contains the filters from the Morpheus. They all look cool, I want  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 25, 2016, 03:18:53 PM »
Yes the gizmotron has little rubber wheels that bow the strings so it should work on an acoustic string instrument as well. I'll post some pictures tonight when I get home.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: January 25, 2016, 03:16:16 PM »
Hi Loren,

Heres a picture of the Eurorack modular with 2 renditions from modulargrid for easier viewing

Got to be careful with these images or the thread will be moved to the Gearheads section of the forum ;D

Haha, too true. So start another thread over in the Gearheads section, I'd like to talk about your system more.

I'll try giving your soundcloud page a listen tonight.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 25, 2016, 11:38:04 AM »
I missed the E Touche', sorry I can't see everything.

The OB-6 was very good, it does kind of remind me of the old OBX/8 synths of yesterday. It's probably what the Matrix 6 should have been. The filter is the classic 12db multimode variable filter from the SEM. Distortion and overdrive where removed because Tom didn't want that, classic Oberheims didn't generally do that anyway. Other then that it's basically the Prophet 6 with Oberheim graphics. I prefer the OB-6 over the Prophet 6 but either are pretty good.

I also tried the Arturia MatrixBrute and wasn't all that thrilled by it. First off I assumed it was polyphonic, its not. Second, the filters don't sound that great. Lastly it's mostly made of plastic and kind of looks cheap to me. I didn't try the matrix routing because after messing with the filter I just felt let down by it, so I just walked away. Maybe I would change my mind if I had it for more then a couple of minutes.

The surprise of NAMM for me was the  reintroduction of the Gizmotron. Something that Godley & Creme of 10cc fame made back in the 1970s. It never worked that well and kind of disappeared becoming almost mythic. Well the patents have long lapsed and then some guys in New Jersey bought the name of the company and started redesigning it from the ground up. It now works and is for sale, it should be out in a few months.

For modular eurorack freeks Intellijel was showing off a new module called The Rainmaker. Its an effect device for your modular that gives you lots of control. Robert Rich said it was like someone had taken an Eventide H3000 and had exploded out to use in your modular. They also had some really cool compact metal cases for your eurorack stuff. Small enough to take on a plane and they look well built. You can also stack them with some extra extenders.

I'll post more later with some pics I took.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: January 21, 2016, 02:39:17 PM »
Thanks Julio, I'll give it a listen later when I get home. Also, please give us some details of your new modular system as well. I can't help being a gearhead.  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 21, 2016, 02:35:44 PM »
I will be there tomorrow but just reading on line it appears a ton of new stuff is popping up this year. Top of the heap for me is the new OB-6 poly analog synth that Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim did together.  They announced it with this fun little video:

Tom also is showing a bunch of new eurorack modules. Looks like even more people are jumping on the euro bandwagon, too many to list, I'll give highlights as I see them tomorrow.

Everything and Nothing / Another Year, Another NAMM Show
« on: January 15, 2016, 02:01:04 PM »
Anyone else going to be there this year? I'll be there Friday and maybe Saturday hanging out with Robert Rich.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:29:29 PM »
I posted this on my facebook page, I might as well share it here:

I've told a few people this story but in light of today's events I thought I would pass it on to everyone.

During my first trip to Bali in 1992 I kept seeing this very striking tall woman around town. I had no idea who she was but she literally stood out amongst all the balinese woman. One evening I was invited to a special gamelan concert by the Tegas village gamelan. A very well known group who had recorded CDs for JVC and other labels. They were about to leave for a tour of Japan and they needed to get approval to go from the cultural affairs department, so a special one off concert was arranged. At the concert I saw that woman again, but I finally figured out who she was. I turned to the woman I was with at the concert and told her that woman we had been seeing all over Ubud was the fashion model Iman. She asked me how did I know? I said "because her husband David Bowie is sitting right next to me." They had just gotten married and were on their honeymoon. We spoke a bit, I told him what I knew about gamelan music, he seemed genuinely interested and just seemed like a very nice guy.

Thank you David for all the great music, and the great memories. You will be missed.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 08, 2016, 10:16:17 PM »
In the newsletter, I also responded to a listener comment about my odd-ball instrument, the Marxolin.  Here's a picture of it:

That's cool Forrest, never seen a Marxolin before. I have a related instrument, the Marxophone. I've never used it on any of my projects yet, maybe some day. Here's a picture of what mine looks like:

BTW looking forward to receiving my copy of your new album.  :)

Well a bit off on a tangent but I just got my copy of Dark Side of The Moon Immersion box set. I love the new 5.1 mix, everything is so clear. I gave the quad mix a listen but it's not quite as good, I haven't listened to the rest of the CDs yet. Not sure why they included all that other stuff, I guess they included the marbles in case you already lost yours from years of listening to Brain Damage?   ;D

Oh well, going to enjoy this one for a while, I'll probably get Wish You Were Here as well at a later date.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New Toy for Studio
« on: January 04, 2016, 01:04:53 PM »
Loren, How's your relationship with the Prophet 12 going?

Hi Scott, sorry about not replying to your question, I was busy over the winter break. I wish I could give you an in depth report on the P12, but I really haven't had any time to play with any of my gear. Short story is my girlfriend moved in with me which meant I had to move my studio to another room, at the same time I was also doing some home repairs. I am now just about done with all of that and my studio is just about completely up and running. I did do a couple of short sessions with the P12 just for fun, its a great instrument.

Glad you are getting on with the Pro 2, I wouldn't mind one of those either. Some people seem to prefer the new filter on the P2 over the curtis one on the P12. DSi just added linear FM to the P12 which makes it even more interesting now. I understand the P2 will get that too in the future. I'll let you know more when I can get to it, between the P12 and the Capybara (which I finally got working just yesterday) I think I have all my free time taken up for the next year or so.   ;D

I definitely found them worthwhile for the surround mixes and each set contains both the original quad mixes and newer James Guthrie 5.1 mixes to compare and contrast.

Thanks for that, I just ordered Dark Side Immersion, looking forward to hearing all the mixes and stuff.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: December 14, 2015, 07:20:43 PM »

That is one  8) controller.....I can see quite a few folks getting into logic just to have Alchemy and Nektar.  Im Still happy in Logic Pro 9 but the day will come.

I'm still running Logic 9 myself, and it works with it too. I haven't had a lot of time to dive into it yet as I am still dialing in the studio after the move to another room, most of my time is taken up with other parts of my house at the moment.

Now I have a quad system and the BluRay of DSotM with both the newer James Guthrie 5.1 and the original Alan Parsons Quad mix - and no pops or crackles.


You must have the Immersion Box Set (not related to Mr. Roach  ;D). I was thinking about getting that, is it worth it for the surround sound mixes?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: December 13, 2015, 06:18:12 PM »
I can understand the name Garage Band, the software is for beginners, most people when they first start bands they usually start in their garage. They also have an audio app for live performance called Mainstage, both names makes total sense to me. But who cares, its just a name, what comes out of any of that stuff is what matters.

Hard to know if you are imagining it or not. Early CDs that were reissues of old classic albums sounded different from region to region mostly because of the master tape  used at the time. What would happen is a master recording is made at the studio (I am talking analog tape here). After that the master tape was then copied several time. Due to the nature of analog tape if you make a copy of a copy the quality of the sound goes down. Some times several generation of copies were made which where then sent to different parts of the world where they would then make vinyl masters from those copies. When CDs first hit the market in the 1980s, they would take those same tapes and would use them to make the CDs. So, depending upon where the original master was  kept, one version of the CD would sound better then the rest.  As an example The Who's album Who's Next the US version was considered the best sounding CD at the time because the original master was used instead of a copy of it. On the opposite end Jethro Tull's album Aqualung, the original US version was considered one of the worst sound CDs issued because they used a copy of the master that was several generations below the original.

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