Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Introducing My 2xVCA 6HP Eurorack Dual VCA Module

Today I demonstrate my 2xVCA Eurorack module, an analog dual voltage controlled amplifier. Channel 1 is processing modulated noise coming from the E352. Channel 2 is handling an arpeggio from the CEM3340 VCO. My 2xADSR dual envelope is sending CVs to the VCA. I've added a kick from Future Retro Transient, and bass from DNA/101-VCF.

Recorded direct to a Tascam DR-05, some Timefactor delay used.

Specs and details are available at Modular Grid.
Be sure to check out the 2xVCA and my other cool modules available in my Reverb store.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Alesis Ineko FX Pedal Demo w/ A Synthesizer #11 [unboxing?]

This is the fabled Alesis Ineko effects pedal. Hasn't been out of the box in a while, time to unleash the Kraken. It's like the culmination of all the algorithms that appeared in Alesis modfx effects pedal series. It doesn't look like much, but it is very tweakable and has a few surprises. Like a lo-fi playground for happy accidents. Today I want to share w/ you what it sounds like on synthesizers, drum machines and stuff like that.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Announcing 2xVCA Dual Voltage Controlled Amplifier 6HP

Hello 2019. Hope everyone had a good holiday. I've already been hard at work to bring you my first module of the New Year, the 2xVCA. It's a dual envelope based on BA6110 chips, and the test circuit is sounding pretty good. Should be ready to go mid-January. More details can be found at Modular Grid.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Happy Holidays

Wanted to wish everyone happy holidays. And to thank you for your continued support. 2018 has been a great year, and kept me very busy. In fact, I've been hard at work through the holidays to bring you the best eurorack modules and more. Be sure to check them out in my Reverb Store. Fantastic new modules and content are planned for 2019, so be sure to check back often. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Behringer Model D Patches #1

Today I am auditioning some original patches on the Behringer Model D Synthesizer.
Patches show the versatility of this intrument.
From basses, arpeggios, percussion, and more.
Recorded Direct to Tascam DR-05.
All auditions are heard dry, no effects.
Selected auditions are then used with the Timefactor Delay.

If you are interested in trying out some of these patches, I made the patch sheets available for download right here on this blog.
Look over on the sidebar where it says Featured Post Download Links, click it!
That will take you to my download page.
That is where I manage the patch downloads for various synthesizers.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pittsburgh Modular DNA Symbiotic Waves More Tips-N-Tricks [Demo 3]

Once again we are looking at the DNA Symbiotic Waves dual oscillator: a cornucopia of naked digital synthesis anarchy. Today I will drill down on some more tips for edgy and gritty sounds.

Supersaw! + Detuned Oscillators - Layer Processor
Trying Other Processors with these settings
Small Processing Amounts
Using DNA with a Filter Module
Oscillator #2 Tuning
Modulating Oscillator Mix Balance
The Bizarre FM Delay Processor
Maxxing Out Processor Amounts - FM Reduce
Setting the Mix fully to One Oscillator
Reduce Processor
Switch Processor - Dubstep Wobble

Recorded Direct to Tascam DR-05, no effects.
VCA - Bastl Skis
LFO - Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box
Filter - my SH2-VCF
Note Triggering - Arturia Beatstep Pro

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Akai S900 Sampler Floppy Disk Drive Cleaning [No Soldering]

Floppy Drive on your S900 not working?
Does it take a while to warm up before the floppy starts working right?

You may be able to bring your disk drive back to life and/or improve its performance with a little cleaning and maintenance. In this video I show how the S900 floppy drive can be removed and cleaned with some simple tips.

Why would anyone want to mess w/ archaic floppy disk drives? While USB drive emulators are available which greatly increase the convenience and storage capacity of sample banks...
For me it's nostalgia. I just like floppies, you can still find boxes of blank floppies at thrift stores and garage sales. I also still use cassette tapes, some vinyl, and still buy CDs as well.

These tips may not guarantee results in every situation. The S950 and other samplers may differ in design/construction. However, these tips may possibly help you with other devices like E-mu, Ensoniq, Kawai, etc.

Beware! If you're not confident or experienced in electronic disassembly or repair, there's no shame in taking your sampler to a qualified technician. Floppy drives are delicate and have easily broken parts and bezels. You MUST unplug your sampler before attempting any service inside. Take all necessary precautions regarding static electricity discharge so as to not damage any sensitive electronics inside.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Timeout w/ 4x SH2-VCF + Oberheim Matrix-12 Eurorack DEMO

Taking a much needed break from building modules, to actually play them! Some downtempo/chillout/ambient textures. Four of my SH2-VCF filters are getting fed with:
1) Pittsburgh Synth box, arpeggio
2) DNA Symbiotic Waves, bass sweeps
3) Low Tom Drone using self-osc sine, Bastl Skis VCA
4) Rozendall CEM3340 VCO, arpeggio

Some Delay using Timefactor.
Matrix-12 going through Big Sky.
Recorded live in 1 shot to Tascam DR-05
Some post processing, comp, EQ, etc in Cubase 7.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

SH2-VCF Reporting For Duty! Eurorack Filter Module Demo #2

Following up on my prototype demo, the SH2-VCF is finished and reporting for duty. My SH2-VCF is a filter adaptation of the Roland SH-2 analog synthesizer filter using BA6110 op amps in place of the extinct BA662 chips of the original.

In this video I'll keep the talking to a minimum and explain how I resolved the BA6110 issue. And then put the filter through some paces including a massive kick drum, and an example track using TWO of these filters.

Be warned - some huge resonant kick drums ahead!
Audio recorded direct to Tascam DR-05 except the last part which has some delay.

0:00 Bass pad w/ two VCOs.
0:27 How I resolved the BA6110 issue.
1:35 Hand crafting these beautiful modules.
1:48 Bass pad + LFO + Resonance
2:04 Brutal Self-Osc Kick Drums (Filter Only)
2:50 Brutal Self-Osc Kicks through VCA (Bastl Skis)
3:25 Two filter Simple Track example, Bass: DNA Symbiotic Waves Delay: Timefactor, Kick: Tonus VCF

Oscillators - Pittsburgh Synth Box + Rozendall CEM3340 VCO
Envelope Contours - 2xADSR dual envelope
VCA - Bastl Skis
Sequencing - Arturia Beatstep Pro Pitch CV + gate

Check out my SH2-VCF and other cool modules available in my Reverb Store

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Oberheim Matrix-12 Synthesizer Sounds Demo #10

Today it's snowing a bit early this year. Nothing better than being hunkered down with a lovely Matrix-12 synthesizer. Each of the patches are auditioned dry first, then I maybe activate either/or Timefactor and Big Sky - some patches don't need anything :)

Patches range from the super-dark horrorshow opener, thick airy pads, hyper-surreal soundscapes, the occasional bass, and the occasional Hans Zimmer plucky thing.

Recorded direct to Tascam DR-05, audio was normalized.
No other effects or processing.