Archive for the 'Synthesizers' Category

Synthplex

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Synthplex begins in two weeks! This is new synthesizer event in Burbank, CA that features exhibitors, panels, DIY builder sessions, and electronic music performances. I’m scheduled to do a set on Friday, March 29th and will be using the Buchla with a nice quadraphonic sound system!
Tickets and more information are available on […]

Open Source Magazine

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Danny Kim, known for organizing the Binary Society art and electronic music events around Silicon Valley, has created a new print publication called Open Source. I’ve contributed a rather technical article on decibels and voltage levels as they relate to synthesizers and control voltages, along with tips and approaches to interfacing different types of […]

Quadraphonic

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

I’ve started reconfiguring some Buchla patches for quadraphonic playback. My living room isn’t the most ideal studio space for a quad speaker setup, but i have these old Meyer Sound Lark speakers on stands to act as rear channel monitors. With the power and audio cables running all over, the place is kind […]

Studio.h

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

I’ve been troubleshooting some issues with the large Buchla system where the 225e MIDI decoder and Preset Manager lock up unexpectedly. Fortunately Doug at Studio.h has a solution available. I’ve installed his bus repeater modules on the power/data bus boards, and the problem seems to have been solved. I did have to […]

Performance Configuration

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Every once in awhile it becomes necessary to shuffle the modular deck. I recently picked up a Polyend Seq, pattern sequencer and instantly found it useful for coming up with new ideas. I’ve reconfigured my Buchla rig with a 225e midi decoder module to interface the Seq with the 200e modules that respond […]

Sequential Prophet X

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

I just finished up another voicing project for Dave Smith / Sequential for the upcoming Prophet X keyboard. This is something different that uses a multisampler engine, digital oscillators, and analog filters! The primary sample content comes from the 8DIO libraries and includes an abundance of acoustic instrument sets. The fun really […]

Rossum Assimil8or testing

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

More testing of the Rossum Assimil8or module in combination with the Strymon Magneto delay module.

Rossum Assimil8or Eurorack Sampler

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

I’ve been helping Dave Rossum with a bit of testing and content development for his new sampler module called Assimil8or. It has eight (mono) sampler channels which can be configured to run as one shots or loops. Two channels can be paired to playback stereo samples, or a series of channels can be […]

Landscape FM Stereo Field

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

yeah, the landscape FM Stereo Field is just a beautifully designed piece. The overlapping concentric circles of the touch plate gives you the sense that it was inspired from watching the stars under a desert sky while on an acid trip in the 70s. The sounds that emanate from this unique device are […]

DSI/Sequential Prophet REV2 Voicing

Monday, May 29th, 2017

I’ve been busy working on factory programs for the upcoming Sequential Prophet REV2 synthesizer. This is an update to Dave Smith’s popular Prophet 08, but features a 16 voice polyphony along with new effects and improved features. It’s an incredibly versatile performance instrument. I’m posting snippets over on my IG feed. […]

Moog DFAM - Drummer From Another Mother

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

I’m one of the lucky participants of the Moogfest 2017 Engineering Program who had the opportunity to build something a little extra special this year, the DFAM - Drummer From Another Mother. The workshop is a great experience, and the DFAM is simply a fun unit for synthesizing a wide array of drum and […]

Rossum Electro-Music Control Forge

Friday, November 4th, 2016

For several months now, I’ve been involved with Rossum Electro-Music and have been testing their new eurorack module, the Control Forge. This is a programmable 8 stage control voltage generator that can be use in a variety of applications. It can act as a waveform generator or an LFO, an envelope generator, a step sequencer, […]