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by valis
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Any dangers to turning on modular equipment left in storage?
Replies: 27
Views: 559

Re: Any dangers to turning on modular equipment left in storage?

Pelsea wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:22 pm
The record was an Aries modular that spent 20 years in Gordon Mumma’s garage. None of it suffered any serious ill effects. A few faders needed lubrication, that’s all.
Go on...
by valis
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Announcements - Please read!
Topic: Mike has passed away.
Replies: 915
Views: 105423

I had no idea...

Reality Checkpoint wrote: One heartening thing though, reading through this thread, is to see the many tributes made by those who no longer regularly use the forum, but were active early on when I joined over 10 years ago. It is as though they came to check in to pay their last respects. Wonderful, ...
by valis
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Octatrack MIDI Clock Out to MPC1000 MIDI Clock In Help
Replies: 13
Views: 1390

Thanks all for the tips. I still haven't gotten the chance to get back in the studio to test your theories out but I'll report back when I do.
by valis
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Octatrack MIDI Clock Out to MPC1000 MIDI Clock In Help
Replies: 13
Views: 1390

Oh jeez. I missed all these replies. Thanks everyone. I'm eating dinner now but I'll get on it in a bit..
by valis
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: Books on 50s/60s electroacoustic/tape composers/studios?
Replies: 16
Views: 709

My personal favorite is:

Electric sound : the past and promise of electronic music / Joel Chadabe.
by valis
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Octatrack MIDI Clock Out to MPC1000 MIDI Clock In Help
Replies: 13
Views: 1390

Octatrack MIDI Clock Out to MPC1000 MIDI Clock In Help

Hello, I'm sitting in my studio and having a bit of trouble. I tried googling this. Sorry if it's a stupid question. I want to control to control the MIDI clock on my MPC1000 jjos2xl via my (new) Octatrack. I.e. When I press play on my Octatrack, I want my MPC to start playing loops. - On the Octatr...
by valis
Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: MPC 4000 Blew a fuse?
Replies: 7
Views: 513

I don't want to state the obvious (great posts Bunk btw), but you should also ask yourself why the fuse in your mpc potentially blew in the first place. I've never heard of this actually happening on an mpc and it's never happened to me. Something significant must of occurred.
by valis
Fri May 13, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: I broke my Eurorack..
Replies: 25
Views: 2521

Check the fuse and then go get a multimeter asap. Every modular user needs one. It will save you a lot of uncertainty, anguish, and money in the future. Even a $10 multimeter is much better than none. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you see it), if you're into electronic instruments y...
by valis
Thu May 12, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: started making free synth stuff
Replies: 96
Views: 11053

I have done the same, when I was 9. Draw the same on a computer, send it to China and a week later you have a real PCB. No offence but it's cheap to. I kind of like the idea. It's fun, simple, and lighthearted. Sure there's lots of ways to go about designing a cheap and quick circuit. No reason to ...
by valis
Wed May 11, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: The Great Buchla Migration
Replies: 15
Views: 1265

The "e" is awesome and is one of the most powerful modular compositional tools out there. I'd say it's a total waste unless you plan to use the memory though. The easel is fun fun fun. I think of it as more inspirational than compositional but that's simply my opinion. I only own a clone system and ...
by valis
Wed May 11, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: very soon....
Replies: 52
Views: 3100

Lucky you. You get to go to Cornwall and you get a Synthi. Life is good. Enjoy your synthcation.
by valis
Wed May 11, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: started making free synth stuff
Replies: 96
Views: 11053

Cool! Paper circuits seem like all the rage in the Maker/DIY community. I'll have to try it out sometime..
by valis
Sun May 08, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: Buchla 190 Dual Reverberator Clone
Replies: 11
Views: 1122

So awesome. I've been following your progress on this since you posted it on your blog ages ago. I currently have a 748 based dual spring in my buchla-clone system but at some point I'm going to try to build this. The transformers have always been the holdup on my end. It's awesome you found a suita...
by valis
Fri May 06, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: MPC1000 vs Octatrack for playing live
Replies: 61
Views: 11642

I got my mpc1000 to replace my midi sequencer and the reel to reel decks that I was bringing to shows (yes, I know). Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person who finds the mpc uninspiring, clunky, and unintuitive. And I'm using jjos. I like to do midi sequencing but working within the grid is clunk...
by valis
Wed May 04, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: [history] Jon Hassell & Buchla
Replies: 23
Views: 1848

I thoughts so. I'm super jealous that you get to interact with him. Totally amazing guy. Totally underrated musician. I recently picked up a copy of his book "Biofeedback and the arts: results of early experiments." Very interesting.
by valis
Wed May 04, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Buchla, EMS & Serge
Topic: [history] Jon Hassell & Buchla
Replies: 23
Views: 1848

That's cool. I like Hassell but I really love David Rosenboom's stuff.

Speaking of which, I recently found this while digging around in some archives..

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by valis
Mon May 02, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: arturia beatstep pro - its impressive
Replies: 1249
Views: 163430

Donderdag wrote: I'm super lazy and don't want to read all 35 pages of this thread, would a) a BSP "hater" be willing to post all/most of the negatives they found with using it, and b) a BSP "lover" be willing to do the same for the positives?
Lol. I agree with the "lazy" assessment :hihi:
by valis
Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Fractional Rack Modules
Topic: A good deal?? (frac n00b)
Replies: 6
Views: 2277

No worries. As many know, I love the old PAiA stuff. I'd be hesitant to drop $300 on that system though. They may find a taker for it but it's going to be an investment in time for whoever buys it. There's a bit of a cult following for old PAiA stuff these days I'm finding but I think that price is ...
by valis
Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Fractional Rack Modules
Topic: A good deal?? (frac n00b)
Replies: 6
Views: 2277

..I'd also say $300 is probably a little more than this system would go for on ebay.
by valis
Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Fractional Rack Modules
Topic: A good deal?? (frac n00b)
Replies: 6
Views: 2277

I refuse to call the PAiA 4700/2720 system frac but that's neither here nor there. I love the old PAiA systems but this would be a terrible first system unless you really want to learn about electronics. If you want to get a first modular system you'd be way better off buying used, more recent, modu...
by valis
Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: PAiA 1550 Stringz’n'Thingz rejuvination
Replies: 7
Views: 836

I'd start by doing some measurements around the SAD 1024. If memory serves me right, that's the source of the chorus. You could remove the SAD chip and see if anything changes. I'd measure the voltages around that IC as well. There may be a trimmer that effects the chorus as well. It's been ages sin...
by valis
Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Your sparse studio
Replies: 208
Views: 30079

xonetacular wrote:
prscrptn wrote:Image
nice, looks interesting. what's the little matrix looking thing in the middle?
Agreed. Wild setup. Is the banana machine diy? Is that four(!) Strymon pedals? Looks cool. You should hit me up if you're ever in Urbana.
by valis
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: MiniPops 7 Remake
Replies: 35
Views: 2252

Am I wrong in my interpretation of the specs? It looks purely digital to me. Technical Specifications: DSP platform AVR ATmega 20 DMIPS Supply power 2.7 – 5 volt Supply current ~2.9mA Input tolerance 2.7 – 5 volt depending on Vcc Audio output 40 KHz 10-bit sigma-delta PDM, 1 channel mono audio Synt...
by valis
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: MiniPops 7 Remake
Replies: 35
Views: 2252

Am I wrong in my interpretation of the specs? It looks purely digital to me. Technical Specifications: DSP platform AVR ATmega 20 DMIPS Supply power 2.7 – 5 volt Supply current ~2.9mA Input tolerance 2.7 – 5 volt depending on Vcc Audio output 40 KHz 10-bit sigma-delta PDM, 1 channel mono audio Synth...
by valis
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: MiniPops 7 Remake
Replies: 35
Views: 2252

Fun sounding but... Is this built around the dsp-D4 chip? If so, I'm not sure how it can be called a minipops remake. Having spent some time with a minipops and done a little service work on it, there's just no way one could argue that a single digital IC drum chip is a remake of a transistor based ...

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