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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on August 18, 2016, 05:37:30 PM »
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Ambient vaporwave. Beautiful urban soundscapes, with a haunting emotional vibe. There is a lot of garbage in this genre, but this is a true gem.
https://dreamcatalogue.bandcamp.com/album/--22

2 8 1 4  - Rain Temple
Also from Dream Catalogue: New collaboration from HKE and telepath. Great stuff with a nice mixture of pulsed tracks and neon sound collages.
https://dreamcatalogue.bandcamp.com/album/rain-temple

Steve Roach - Shadow of Time
I enjoyed listening to this when it first arrived. But it is a bit one-dimensional. Perhaps it is that simplicity that makes it attractive on a first listen, but there isn't much here to captivate me and draw me back for repeated spins.
https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/album/shadow-of-time
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by modulator_esp on August 18, 2016, 04:30:49 PM »
I've found the VCS3 is great for processing stuff, I particularly like running external synths through the ring mod -> filter -> spring reverb, using the oscillators as to modulate stuff (and each other), rather than as sound sources, can get pretty wild, but can also be musical too
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on August 18, 2016, 04:15:57 PM »
The layout of the Synthi is very appealing.....would love to have had the chance to play one.  I enjoy making music with synths or modules that make odd abstract sounds and then attempt to coax them into more musical compositions.

 
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by LNerell on August 18, 2016, 12:06:14 PM »
I wonder what AKS stands for  ::)  ;D

The Synthesizer was the Synthi A, I guess A stood for the first model? You could order just the Synthi A if you liked, and most early models were just the A. The KS stood for Keyboard and Sequencer that they later designed that sat in the top lid. Here's a picture of an Synthi AKS:



I use to own two Synthi As with a cricklewood keyboard That I bought off of Richard Burmer (if you know who that is), here's a picture of a Synthi with that keyboard:



The cricklewood had an extra oscillator that you could use as an LFO. I use to hook both of them up together and make all kinds of strange noises. They weren't very good at playing melodic stuff as the voltages drifted too much, but they could make really cool sounds, most of the weird sounds on my first album were from the Synthis.  :D
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on August 17, 2016, 08:57:22 PM »
[...] and now we know the meaning of VCS3, I wonder what AKS stands for  ::)  ;D

A krappy sequencer.

Aye, kool shite.

Just an idea...

Stephen

Good one!

Trying to bring this thread back on focus and leaving EMS non virtues behind.....kind of funny but not really.

I thought we might gloat at Mr Cortini's Buchla Rig.....

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Scott M2 on August 17, 2016, 09:28:03 AM »
[...] and now we know the meaning of VCS3, I wonder what AKS stands for  ::)  ;D

A krappy sequencer.

Aye, kool shite.

Just an idea...

Stephen

Good one!
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by doombient on August 17, 2016, 08:26:21 AM »
[...] and now we know the meaning of VCS3, I wonder what AKS stands for  ::)  ;D

A krappy sequencer.

Aye, kool shite.

Just an idea...

Stephen
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on August 17, 2016, 07:18:00 AM »
Here's a recent interview with Peter Zinovieff (who designed the VCS-3). His history with electronic music reveals the VCS-3's "modular" roots as a wall of oscillators and such.


Fascinating video.....interesting how younger musicians today and I say younger compared to Peter Zinovieff and Subotnik who totally embrace the computer and Daw, whereas these younger musicians, myself included tend to treat the computer and Daw as a multi track tape machine and performances are live with little post manipulation.  Many would prefer to record direct to tape if those machines were more readily available and some people still do.

A lot to think about!
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on August 17, 2016, 06:33:15 AM »
Thanks for the in depth look Scott at the VCS 3 and your personal history with Synthi AKS

Heres Mr Cortini performing with the Synthi AKS......and now we know the meaning of VCS3, I wonder what AKS stands for  ::)  ;D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by doombient on August 17, 2016, 04:29:19 AM »
According to Dave Cockerell, the abbreviation "VCS 3" stands for "Very Crappy Synthesiser, third attempt".

Stephen
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