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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: my introduction
« on: June 01, 2016, 11:03:32 AM »
Good track Claudio. Welcome.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 27, 2016, 09:05:44 AM »
Loren, I was in the Moog Audio store in Toronto where they have a very good collection of Euro for sale. The staff are always screwing around in the modular section, which is great because they can speak with more knowlege about them. Some great sonics attracted my ears and I went over to enquire. It was this module generating the main sound and it's always been in my imaginary eurorack system ever since.  ;D  8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 15, 2016, 11:58:51 AM »
Good quality reverb is important. I'd recommend Valhalla verbs as a quality affordable option. I use their Room a lot but they're all good.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: May 10, 2016, 12:45:33 PM »
Listening while setting up gear to prep for a live set this week.

I was really enjoying the Moog Mother+ piece until it came to a section that felt too basic compared to the previous parts. I checked my computer screen to note the time... The piece had ended and Soundcloud had started a piece from someone else! ;)

I found Patch 32 to be exquisite ambience. I'm playing it now for the 3rd or 4th time.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Tomita
« on: May 10, 2016, 10:29:21 AM »
Isao Tomita was a Grandmaster of the Moog. While Carlos set the bar incredibly high right out of the gate with the SOB recordings, Tomita floated over it on the textural clouds of Snowflakes Are Dancing.

As a lover of sound in space, I feel blessed that he has been re-releasing his earlier albums in higher-resolution surround-sound "ultimate editions". He was still creating and preparing for concerts when he died at 84. An inspiration always. RIP Tomita.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 09, 2016, 05:27:57 PM »
Last year the Obsolete Components label (which is all about the old hardware) asked if I had an ambient track which featured my Moog on it for a chilled compilation they were assembling. I didn't, but decided to make one with the Moog as the only sound source plus copious use of my Eventide H9. It was named ADRS as the envelopes were a significant factor in its creation - and now you'll get the joke Julio. ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 09, 2016, 05:19:28 PM »
I have been staring at them for 20 minutes imagining the sound.  The Moog speak is interesting....Clamp trig, clamp point, rectangular which would be square wave or is this something unique to Moogs and is really a rectangle in shape.  Strong & weak sync.....who would dare to put the word "weak" on a product electronic or not, today, though it describes what it does it perfectly.

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

Re- the 921A, as Loren said, is wired to the 921Bs at the back of the modules. In the larger Moog systems you'll find three 921Bs attached to each 921A. I think it's meant save patching into each individual oscillator to save multiples and wires.

And because they were pretty much the first, the "common" nomenclature was not standardized yet. Yes, the "rectangular" wave is commonly called a "pulse" wave now and with the Width knob at 12 o'clock it's a square wave. The Minimoog had some unique naming too. Emphasis for Resonance (Q) on the VCF and the Envelopes were called Contours. On the Modulars they were called Envelope Generators but instead of the now-common ADSR layout they used T1 (Time1), T2, T3, Esus or effectively ADRS. They also used the uncommon "S-Trigger" instead of an incoming voltage to trigger them. It made it easy to use an simple external switch to trigger them.

Here's a photo of my 911 Envelopes (which I also build LEDs into) and a less common 911A Dual Trigger Delay to which I added a 1/4" jack with a voltage to S-trigger converter and a switch to bypass the delays - which add a tiny delay even at their lowest setting. I use an MPU-101 MIDI to CV converter which uses voltage triggers, so the converter is always used. It's also handy for triggering from an LFO. (This is kind of fun revisiting little mods made decades ago - which I just take for granted now.)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 06, 2016, 09:53:27 PM »
Alright Julio. I'll take some proper snaps soon. This is a screen grab from Netflix of my system's brief cameo in I Dream Of Wires.  :)

Thats cool that you were part of "I dream of wires".....a movie star in are midst  8).  I have only watched parts of it so I will stream it off netflix.

Your Moog is an early(vintage) Model 15?  I know Moog has reissued the Model 15 and larger systems.

Julio, Mine is from the seventies and so is "vintage" but not one of the earliest models. I bought it bit by bit from my friend Eric Hopper (Sylken) but that's another story.

The earlier Moogs had 901 series oscillators which were known for pitch instabilities and they're probably the ones that Forrest suffered with. Moog improved the stability greatly with the 921 series - which is what Loren and I have/had.

Since we're discussing oscillators, I snapped this with my iPhone.

The main 921 is the gem... super-wide frequency range, clamping (to reset where the waveform starts) plus a waveform switch and dedicated attenuator for fast realtime changes. I waste its extreme high-range by primarily using it as an LFO, which its very good at. You might spot the LED I built in which glows red to green depending on the polarity and yellow in the audio range. A simple thing that I've found really useful.

The Sync is not the more typical kind you find in a Prophet 5 where you can create those agressive timbres when detuning one oscillator. The Moog ones just snap out of tune when you push them a bit. I think their sync is intended more for preventing any drift between oscillators when that suits your sound design.

The main tidbit I can pass on is that the 921 oscillators are super-stable if you don't use the Moog keyboard - which I believe is the main cause of drift (from a lackluster sample/hold circuit (probably just a capacitor) and glitches from dirty j-wire/bus-bar contacts (which needed cleaning more than once a year). Once I switched to using a Roland MPU-101 MIDI to CV interface the oscillators became very reliable.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 04, 2016, 10:48:46 AM »
A nicely varied array of machines Loren! I used to have strong desires for the ARP sequencer because of the quantizing. My little PAIA sequencer was very tedious to tune up - and the knobs interacted - probably due to me building it.  :o

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 03, 2016, 09:22:55 PM »
Alright Julio. I'll take some proper snaps soon. This is a screen grab from Netflix of my system's brief cameo in I Dream Of Wires.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 03, 2016, 05:30:29 PM »
This seems like an appropriate place to slip this in... I paid over a hundred times more for my Moog Modular System 15.

Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 28, 2016, 07:21:55 AM »
More sadness. RIP Jeff.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 22, 2016, 07:37:54 PM »
Probably belongs in "Forum Members' Projects" Mike.  ;)   8)

Canadians Eh!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 12, 2016, 12:31:10 PM »
This thread has been a bit of a droolfest for me. My modular is a small Moog system (and I have a relationship with it) but if I was starting now I'd definitely go Euro with all those crazy, kinky modules!  8)

It feels inappropriate, but this whole thread has given me a big smile!  ;D

Last April dreamSTATE performed at the Nite Comfort series in Toronto.
Here's Snowdaze - a piece from that concert with a good Canadian Winter theme.

PS - If you're in the area of Seattle, Washington (USA) or Leiden in the Netherlands this Saturday, April 9th,
you may wish to catch the 2016 edition of the Drone Cinema Film Festival, curated by Kim Cascone.
There are nine films this year featuring visual interpretations of Drone Music and my piece Dandelion
is included in the event. Here's links to the official program and to their main Facebook page.

Nice! Hope they play some North American dates and Toronto with the Moog.

I've been lucky to catch them a couple of times. Let's see if this little Vine from last year's Unsound will work here:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Android needs more synth apps.
« on: April 05, 2016, 07:01:26 PM »
My understanding is that latency is a major problem for most android devices, so music apps that you are not directly playing work best - like a drum machine or something sequenced.

What apps are you digging on your device?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 02, 2016, 07:58:08 PM »
Been on a rock bootleg kick recently.  I found all of these on Discogs for reasonable $ and I recommend them all highly: 

Roger Waters/Eric Clapton- Lunatic Rave.  2CD from 1984 Pros and Cons tour.  Disc 1 is Pink Floyd, Disc 2 entire Pros and Cons album.  Great sound.

How does Clapton sound playing the Pink Floyd stuff??? I caught that tour later on, after Eric had left the band and it was still a great concert.

(Waters was quite brilliant in filling Gilmour's gigantic shoes with other giants like Clapton and later Jeff Beck.)

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