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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on May 10, 2016, 04:50:30 AM »
Fascinating look into your Moog Model 15, Scott......I understand now when you said you have a relationship with this instrument and a very long one.
Im quite happy staring at Oscillators, Envelopes et el, but then I need to get a life....no this is my life ;D

Theres all sorts of unique modular speak appearing on eurorack modules......Air, Span, Quality, Influence, Texture, Structure, just glanced over at the modular and read these off.  However there is still something unique about the Moog language and it was created alone though Buchla's modular was being created around the same time on the other coast.

Gorgeous track Scott...love the way you took this powerful monophonic instrument and created so much deep space, textures and delicate timbres.

Im enjoying how the Modular thread is becoming more personal and historic and not just a gear fest.
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Everything and Nothing / RIP Tomita
« Last post by Seren on May 10, 2016, 12:50:13 AM »
Just heard that Tomita has died - this is another one of those that really hits hard, I remember getting The Planets as a youngster.  :'(
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Scott M2 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. ;)

https://obsoletecomponents.bandcamp.com/track/adrs
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Scott M2 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.)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on May 09, 2016, 03:30:13 PM »
Came across this today....really good quiet ambient, for a modular.   Love the secret agent man brief case 8)

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I like this album too  well worth a listen. 8)
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by ffcal on May 09, 2016, 10:16:55 AM »
I didn't fully appreciate the access I had to Moog and ARP gear when I was a student, probably because I was more caught up in understanding the analog fundamentals then.  Oddly enough, I often found myself bringing in my Korg MS-20 into the EM studio to record because I spent more time programming it and was more comfortable with it.  The ARP 2500 made very cool sounds, but the oscillators tended to sound reedy and thin to me.  The Moog sound was much fatter, of course, but the monster Moog was much harder for me to program (and I tended to run out of cables!).  I did make liberal use of the Otari two-track machines for tape delay, though.   :)

Sorry, Julio, no transcripts from my Subotnick interview.  I was only a student!

Forrest
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by LNerell 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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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Joe R on May 08, 2016, 03:30:59 PM »
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Taylor Deupree- Disappearance. This is somewhat of a departure for Deupree, in that some tracks have a kind of edge to them, and one track in particular, ("Ghost Road") is even a little eerie. Still slow paced though, with well-placed piano/keyboard notes and Taylor's classic microsound design. I love this disc.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by hdibrell on May 08, 2016, 03:22:50 PM »
Buchlas and Moogs and ARPs, Oh my!! Forrest, Scott and Loren, I envy you guys and the gear you had access to back then. I attended Trinity University in San Antonio and there wasn't much interest in electronic music there. Luckily the head of the music department was interested, so we had a small electronic music studio which shared a room with overflow file cabinets of sheet music. My electronic music class was basically an intro class  concentrating on history and hands on experience with the gear which consisted of a EMS Synthi AKS, a EML Elecrocomp 101 and a EML 400/401 sequencer. We also had 2 Revox 2-tracks and a stereo system for playback. Like I said there wasn't much interest. My class only had eight students and they hardly ever signed up to use the studio, so my professor pretty much gave me a key so I could use it whenever I wanted. Even after I graduated. He retired a few years later and the university sold everything!  :-[ I do have great memories of playing and learning on that gear, though. BTW, this was around 1973 to 1976.
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