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by commodorejohn
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Hacking up an old rhythm board...
Replies: 0
Views: 23

Hacking up an old rhythm board...

A few years ago, I salvaged the percussion generator board from an old cheapo Kimball organ that gave up the ghost a couple weeks after someone "thoughtfully" donated it to our church. I've had it kicking around as one of my "one of these days..." projects ever since, but now I'm working on a piece ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Is CMOS still analog? Best way to call out 'chip' logic vs uP logic?
Replies: 41
Views: 607

Re: Is CMOS still analog? Best way to call out 'chip' logic vs uP logic?

Actually though, funny thing about that. When you really get down to it, a lot of things are actually discretized, per the current (very well tested) understanding of physics. That's quite literally what "quantum" means. Take that , analog purists. :razz: Yes, but what's the sample rate/bitdepth on...
by commodorejohn
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Is CMOS still analog? Best way to call out 'chip' logic vs uP logic?
Replies: 41
Views: 607

Re: Is CMOS still analog? Best way to call out 'chip' logic vs uP logic?

Anyway, TTL and CMOS are digital because inputs and outputs are binary numbers. CMOS is just a design process, if we're gonna be OCD about it; AFAIK you can do analog circuitry in a CMOS IC. Also, didn't the EDP Wasp do something bonkers like kludge a handful of cheap digital-logic ICs into perform...
by commodorejohn
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: RIP Spencer Davis and Gordon Haskell
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: RIP Spencer Davis and Gordon Haskell

Aw. Post-Wake and pre-Larks Crimson is definitely my least favorite lineup, but Haskell had a nice voice and did good work with the material. May have to give Lizard a spin this evening.
by commodorejohn
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What new booty did you buy?
Replies: 7513
Views: 618900

Re: What new booty did you buy?

Poked around for a bit on eBay looking at options for hardware reverb and ended up ordering a Boss RRV-10 instead. There's only one demo of it worth a damn on YouTube, but I'm digging the gritty early-digital character :) Looking forward to playing with it! Got here this afternoon. Being a budget u...
by commodorejohn
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Is CMOS still analog? Best way to call out 'chip' logic vs uP logic?
Replies: 41
Views: 607

Re: Is CMOS still analog? Best way to call out 'chip' logic vs uP logic?

"Discrete logic" is the usual term to describe digital circuitry not implemented with LSI complex function chips or microprocessors. I'm not sure if there's a convenient term for mixed-mode stuff that uses small-scale analog ICs, but that's the tidiest term I can think of off-hand.
by commodorejohn
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: what's so special about triangle core VCOs?
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: what's so special about triangle core VCOs?

In additional to all those other points mskala mentioned, the pulse waveforms produced by saw- and triangle-core oscillators respond to PWM differently - with sawtooth-cores, one edge of the pule remains at the start of the cycle, while the other varies according to the pulse width. When pulse width...
by commodorejohn
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: Multitracking and reverb?
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: Multitracking and reverb?

Well, I need to verify this, but it sounds like the reverb unit I picked up is only pseudo-stereo anyway, so I can quite easily just run the wet and dry signals on the left and right going into my sound card to keep my options open...
by commodorejohn
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What new booty did you buy?
Replies: 7513
Views: 618900

Re: What new booty did you buy?

Finally got around to poking at my Digitech TSR-24S in an attempt to see if I could fix it easily, and couldn't. Poked around for a bit on eBay looking at options for hardware reverb and ended up ordering a Boss RRV-10 instead. There's only one demo of it worth a damn on YouTube, but I'm digging the...
by commodorejohn
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: Multitracking and reverb?
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Multitracking and reverb?

So I'm preparing to record a piece I've finally started seriously sketching out after toying with the idea in the back of my head for a while, and one thing I'm trying to sort out ahead of time is my recording process (not that I can't go back and re-do stuff if I need to, but I'm trying to improve ...
by commodorejohn
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What is a piece of gear that you will never part with?
Replies: 88
Views: 2098

Re: What is a piece of gear that you will never part with?

I've sold and bought back my Mk.I DX7 twice now. I learned my lesson; I'm not selling it a third time.
by commodorejohn
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: is the mad flutist now a serious environmentalist
Replies: 17
Views: 354

Re: is the mad flutist now a serious environmentalist

Ah, now I want to put on Minstrel in the Gallery...
by commodorejohn
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: Eddie Van Halen
Replies: 21
Views: 386

Re: Eddie Van Halen

My musical heroes are more of an older generation (but then, so were his - he learned tapping from watching Steve Hackett, after all,) but there's no question that he was one of the greats. A brilliant technical performer who could back up the flash-'n-dazzle with solid musical chops, unlike a lot o...
by commodorejohn
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Iy there a magazine only for modular synths ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2424

Re: Iy there a magazine only for modular synths ?

Shouldn't there instead be a disaparate collection of articles printed in a variety of page formats that you can bind together yourself?
by commodorejohn
Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: feedback sound of guitar without a guitar
Replies: 28
Views: 2990

Re: feedback sound of guitar without a guitar

This thread reminds me, I really need to play around with my eBow more.
by commodorejohn
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Starting a song - what's your first track?
Replies: 21
Views: 512

Re: Starting a song - what's your first track?

Whatever sequence first really sparks my creative juices while I'm just mucking around having fun noodling. Second is usually the bassline, unless it was actually the first.
by commodorejohn
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: What do ya do with S&H
Replies: 92
Views: 13151

Re: What do ya do with S&H

I had fun once with a patch that used key-triggered S&H fed by noise modulating the filter cutoff, getting a conventional filter-burble sound that didn't mess with the rhythm of the melody. Though it always managed to muff the wrong notes when I was sequencing the part, somehow I got through the rec...
by commodorejohn
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Ahhh... P Bass or J Bass.
Replies: 31
Views: 609

Re: Ahhh... P Bass or J Bass.

Yeah, the heavy-duty bridge really does make a difference.
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: 1st guitar and a newbie signal flow question
Replies: 19
Views: 288

Re: 1st guitar and a newbie signal flow question

Yeah, gotta concur with the general sentiment - focus on learning to play and having fun with it, then start worrying about signal chains and whatnot.
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Ahhh... P Bass or J Bass.
Replies: 31
Views: 609

Re: Ahhh... P Bass or J Bass.

The answer to "this instrument, or that instrument?" is always "yes!" :lol: But for me, while different designs do lend themselves better to different things, I think it's at least as much about getting a good instrument as it is about the type. I thought for a long time that I just didn't like P-ba...
by commodorejohn
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Oscillators - point me in the right direction
Replies: 37
Views: 966

Re: Oscillators - point me in the right direction

The right direction? Zero-going. No, wait...positive-going. No, zero-going. Hang on, try negative-going. Wait...
by commodorejohn
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: prepared piano
Replies: 14
Views: 381

Re: prepared piano

A couple of options which are probably too far from what you are looking for: * a cheap guitar or lap steel * a Clavinet Clavinet and ostinati go together like wine and chocolate, for sure. Though it'd be kind of funny to hear as it's about the last thing I think of when I think of "minimalist" :lol:
by commodorejohn
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: things that would get your Muff license revoked
Replies: 175
Views: 4561

Re: things that would get your Muff license revoked

There's an accordion museum in Superior, WI. Always meant to get over there when I was living in Duluth, never did.
by commodorejohn
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: How do you describe modular to laypeople?
Replies: 74
Views: 1404

Re: How do you describe modular to laypeople?

"The bits with the wires and the knobs what make the noises."

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