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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Stearns & Kit Watkins....?
« Last post by dreamin4ever on August 15, 2016, 02:19:19 PM »
Michael's long-overdue planetarium album "Music for the Dome" is finished & already at TrepStar ready to be uploaded to BandCamp. But, it's holding off on releasing it 'till September when college radio is back 'online' for the fall semester. Everything simply shuts down in the summer.

Most of Michael's time has been spent scoring a feature film for Sony, long project that will take him through next spring for release in 2018.

In addition, he's been working on a new two room studio up in the foothills of Santa Fe. The upstairs studio will be all synths and guitars, downstairs is a large Dolby Atmos mixing stage. Downstairs is finished, he's working now on the upstairs studio and systems integration at the moment.
Thx for the update. Really missing MS work. Totally awesome music.
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Stearns & Kit Watkins....?
« Last post by dreamin4ever on August 15, 2016, 02:17:00 PM »
From my understanding Michael spends most of his creative time doing sound for amusement parks and the occasional movie. I also heard he was going to perform in Tucson last February, but I don't know what came of that. I think I saw some photos of him on Facebook of late, it looked like he was traveling.

Last I heard he was suppose to perform in tucson. But that never happened. As far as his Facebook. I thought his page was hacked. I saw the travel photos but it did not look like it was his or related.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Scott M2 on August 15, 2016, 10:10:24 AM »
A Synthi AKS (VCS-3 in a case) was my second synth (bought from David Pritchard - "Noctural Earthworm Stew" - if that means anything to you). I really appreciated all the basic synth power in a small briefcase and I felt like a secret agent (with a case full of gadgetry) when taking it home on the bus from Toronto to Ottawa the first time. I think that nowdays you could cook up a similar small, shallow Eurorack system in a briefcase (though without the speakers).

It's one of the synths I regret selling years later because it is so self-contained. Besides the basic 3 VCOs, Noise, VCF, Envelope and VCAs, it also had a great ring modulator, spring reverb and powered stereo speakers plus the wacky keyboard/sequencer. If I still owned it, it would hang on a hook in my kitchen wall like art and I'd twiddle up strange sounds while waiting for water to boil and for listening while washing dishes. Could just grab it from the hook to take to a jam.

Its self-contained nature was also the reason I sold it. Everything was non-standard. The control voltages were not 1V/octave. The Trapezoid had a linear output instead of exponential (which I prefer most of the time). The sequencer could not be synced with other instruments. I really wished for octave switches on the VCOs when I was using with my rock band. I usually just set up one patch per set during breaks and my Minimoog did the heavy lifting, as it was fast to tweak. You can wire up pins to 1/4" jacks to interface with other gear but you have to be careful about scaling, polarities and such. (The built in meter was a huge help though, for understanding what's going on. I eventually built a meter into a Moog cabinet but it didn't have the nice zero volts at 12 o'clock response to observe voltages moving through both polarities.) When I needed money to buy my first proper half-track, it was the logical instrument to go because I couldn't get it to play along with my other voltage controlled synths without convoluted patches involving the patch bay in my Korg 3100 (which had some handy modules available).

I've recently bought a VCS-3 app for my iPad which sounds very good and adds more capabilities to the original but in a confusing fashion. I believe it will reward more time spent learning its new elements and configurations.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by doombient on August 15, 2016, 05:23:50 AM »
[...] You got to really want one of these and have patience.

As much as I like the VCS-3 for what it does, there are better and more instantly available options around today.

More cost-effective, too.

Stephen
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Welcome here as well Jon ;)
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well, I gave it 4 stars out of 5 in my review a short while back....
www.sonicimmersion.org/review.php?letter=R&review=73359
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on August 14, 2016, 08:41:41 PM »
The VCS3 is still in production......over at muffwigglers one person said they joined the wait list in 2010 @#74. April of 2016 that person was @#11.

You got to really want one of these and have patience.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by doombient on August 14, 2016, 04:51:07 PM »


Well, a 2600 or a Putney are (semi-)modular in nature

The VCS3 or Synthi are fullly modular in nature, they don't make any sounds unless you make connections with the pins on the matrixboard.

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They are not internally pre-wired and ready to be played (unlike a 2600 or a Mini Moog), that's true, but "modular" in a sense of "give me three of these modules and four of those" they are not. They are fairly limited in terms of options and you're stuck with what you've got (they don't even have a proper envelope generator, for a start).

I do love my educational toys but I don't refer to them as "my modular rig". That would be a bit pathetic.

Stephen
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Welcome, Jon.
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