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by oldgearguy
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Does no screen make a sequencer really see like more of a 'real instrument'?
Replies: 51
Views: 1084

Re: Does no screen make a sequencer really see like more of a 'real instrument'?

Back to the topic.... One of the reasons people liked the ARP 1601/1613 sequencer is precisely because you had to play it or else be stuck hearing the same 16 note loop driving a monosynth with an LFO doing a filter sweep. The limited controls were sufficient and immediate to effect interesting chan...
by oldgearguy
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: My oscillators are bullies
Replies: 15
Views: 480

Re: My oscillators are bullies

on one hand we have this thread about getting stuff to stay in tune... on the other hand the very same folk are going mad about getting the new STG oscillators.. which purposefully go out of tune.. I dont get it.. Fair point. For me, it's not so much the out-of-tune that bothers me. It's more the t...
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Does no screen make a sequencer really see like more of a 'real instrument'?
Replies: 51
Views: 1084

Re: Does no screen make a sequencer really see like more of a 'real instrument'?

never heard of this torso thing....will have to check. i suppose that I should have constrained the basic consideration here to midi sequencers. Agree - the Torso thing looks interesting. I think designers feel they have to either create a performance controller or a sequencer. One's primary purpos...
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Does no screen make a sequencer really see like more of a 'real instrument'?
Replies: 51
Views: 1084

Re: Does no screen make a sequencer really see like more of a 'real instrument'?

For me it's mostly about my ability to play the instrument live and expressively, within my limits - and interface is of course crucial to that. But imo both the C15 (which I have) and the Moog One (which I don't) are highly expressive performance instruments with almost completely opposing interfa...
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Does no screen make a sequencer really see like more of a 'real instrument'?
Replies: 51
Views: 1084

Re: Does no screen make a sequencer really see like more of a 'real instrument'?

one other thought - the reason a violin (or guitar or trumpet or ) works is that by definition, the controls/command set is very limited. It's what you do with those controls and how you interact with them that gives rise to the musical expressions. Easy to learn the command set, takes a long time t...
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Does no screen make a sequencer really see like more of a 'real instrument'?
Replies: 51
Views: 1084

Re: Does no screen make a sequencer really see like more of a 'real instrument'?

For a long time I had a Notron sequencer (or two or three). They tried to strike a balance between functionality and ease of use. Their approach was to implement a number of basic functions and allow you to combine them in many different ways to produce results that were often surprising and mostly ...
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: My oscillators are bullies
Replies: 15
Views: 480

Re: My oscillators are bullies

In the old days, we had a timer to know when the MiniMoog and others were stable enough to tune -- the lava lamp. Once the lava inside started to loosen up and flow then we knew the room temperature and gear were stable for tuning. (joking a bit but not joking. If the room was cold the lava lamp too...
by oldgearguy
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ornaments+crimes extended / polymorphic 4x16bit CV generator
Replies: 2545
Views: 169404

Re: ornaments+crimes extended / polymorphic 4x16bit CV generator

Follow-up --- probably a combination of being tired, impatience, and the module not being screwed in, but I must have let up on the encoder press too early or my hand twitched or something. Today, under more controlled conditions (and patience) I held the encoder down until the menu appeared and sta...
by oldgearguy
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ornaments+crimes extended / polymorphic 4x16bit CV generator
Replies: 2545
Views: 169404

Re: ornaments+crimes extended / polymorphic 4x16bit CV generator

all good points. I didn't state my quals as bragging, but just to focus on other possible non-obvious issues, but you all are right -- it was late in the day, I was moving through the process quickly and I should go back and recheck one thing at a time. I did spend time pulling down the recommended/...
by oldgearguy
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ornaments+crimes extended / polymorphic 4x16bit CV generator
Replies: 2545
Views: 169404

Re: ornaments+crimes extended / polymorphic 4x16bit CV generator

ok, I must be a stump about this, but how do I stay on and then enter the Calibration menu? I hold down the left encoder on power up, I briefly see the two choices, but then it exits quickly to the last app I had loaded. What do I do once those two choices are on the screen and the timer bar is goi...
by oldgearguy
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ornaments+crimes extended / polymorphic 4x16bit CV generator
Replies: 2545
Views: 169404

Re: ornaments+crimes extended / polymorphic 4x16bit CV generator

ok, I must be a stump about this, but how do I stay on and then enter the Calibration menu? I hold down the left encoder on power up, I briefly see the two choices, but then it exits quickly to the last app I had loaded. What do I do once those two choices are on the screen and the timer bar is goin...
by oldgearguy
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Planned System Evaluation
Replies: 10
Views: 244

Re: Planned System Evaluation

FWIW, I've had an order in for a Grove Dual oscillator since May. Although a recent comment from John about his paint dryer being on the fritz and not being able to complete panels may be contributing to that delay. I would echo Ockeghem's comments about availability. Unless you're buying new module...
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Need a boring module - cv shifter
Replies: 22
Views: 457

Re: Need a boring module - cv shifter

So, maybe I'm approaching this whole thing wrong. What do you guys do that have large systems and have been working with modular for years? In my modest configuration, I have: a module with cv inputs expecting 0 to 3.3v (~5v with a simple mod), modules with cv input and out ranges set to -3.5v -> +...
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Oberheim ob8 Arpeggiator only sounds 6 different notes
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Oberheim ob8 Arpeggiator only sounds 6 different notes

Hey all, I’m think of buying an Oberheim ob8. Seller saying Arpeggiator only sounds 6 different notes and keys contacts are not a %100. Will this be a serious issue ? Or just a simple cleaning fix. Thanks ! If it's only sounding 6 notes, that implies 2 voices are bad/need service. In the past, I've...
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Need a boring module - cv shifter
Replies: 22
Views: 457

Re: Need a boring module - cv shifter

The problem is probably that your ported modules haven't been modified to provide more reasonable CV input and output ranges, nor expanded with appropriate attenuators. Which is understandable, as this is (I assume) a much bigger job than re-panneling and making the needed power changes. So I belie...
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Need a boring module - cv shifter
Replies: 22
Views: 457

Re: Need a boring module - cv shifter

So, maybe I'm approaching this whole thing wrong. What do you guys do that have large systems and have been working with modular for years? In my modest configuration, I have: a module with cv inputs expecting 0 to 3.3v (~5v with a simple mod), modules with cv input and out ranges set to -3.5v -> +6...
by oldgearguy
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Need a boring module - cv shifter
Replies: 22
Views: 457

Re: Need a boring module - cv shifter

I typically use the STG Mixer to do this since it has a +5v wired to one of the mixer inputs, so by combining attenuation on an input plus the offset on another, I can get what I want, but it seems a shame to tie up an entire quality mixer like that just for level+offset duties. Did you take a look...
by oldgearguy
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Need a boring module - cv shifter
Replies: 22
Views: 457

Re: Need a boring module - cv shifter

I've been looking at the suggestions. The Q125 looks like a generally good choice, but it's a single processor per 1U. I typically use the STG Mixer to do this since it has a +5v wired to one of the mixer inputs, so by combining attenuation on an input plus the offset on another, I can get what I wa...
by oldgearguy
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: Need a boring module - cv shifter
Replies: 22
Views: 457

Need a boring module - cv shifter

Does anyone make a dedicated quad cv shifter? Ideally it could do shifting and scaling, but I'd be happy with just shifting. The reason is I have some modules that prefer 0 -> +5v modulation inputs rather than 0 - 10 or +/-10. Right now I end up using an attenuator + a mixer to scale and shift a typ...
by oldgearguy
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: What do you use to tune your oscillators and synths?
Replies: 48
Views: 948

Re: What do you use to tune your oscillators and synths?

I have a Peterson VS-1 permanently patched into a mult. Just run a cable from any waveform output to the mult and tune away. I've seen them on Reverb.com for under $100.

It can also tune audio coming from a monitor/speaker or whatever as well.
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: The "Show Us Your Filters" Thread
Replies: 102
Views: 8447

Re: The "Show Us Your Filters" Thread

:tu: I'm seeing the Grove 904 turning up in several setups. I think I'm going to have to check this filter out! I wonder if the filter fairy is watching over you? Perhaps a 294A will show up under your pillow.....or doorstep. :hihi: Check your email...I need feedback!! Speaking of the Grove filter ...
by oldgearguy
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: 5U adventure, activate
Replies: 19
Views: 636

Re: 5U adventure, activate

Nice setup and the Box-11’s were definitely what I was planning on doing myself. However, I’ve heard that their depth has been an issue with some manufacturers modules being too deep. So, for me anyway, it looks like I’m going the Cabinet route to hopefully avoided this scenario in the future. Have...
by oldgearguy
Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Roland Jupiter 4 cv/gate modification VS Arpeggiator
Replies: 8
Views: 565

Re: Roland Jupiter 4 cv/gate modification VS Arpeggiator

I wrote this up with some diagrams, a link to the wayback archive of legoluft's original post, as well as a PDF version of it too (in case web archive wayback ever does something) http://sunshine-jones.com/jupiter-4-cv-gate-mod/ I'd LOVE to do this to mine, but I can not bear to drill holes in my b...
by oldgearguy
Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: I got a "noisebox built for moby" off craigslist and opened it up.
Replies: 18
Views: 776

Re: I got a "noisebox built for moby" off craigslist and opened it up.

note that if it's hot glue, then isopropyl alcohol loosens/dissolves it and makes it easier to remove.

(got that tip from a tech when I was working on Waldorf Waves)
by oldgearguy
Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: 5U Format Modules
Topic: 5U getting started thread?
Replies: 28
Views: 730

Re: 5U getting started thread?

A few comments from someone experienced with synths but still a relative newbie with a modest 5U system - I have a couple DotCom ++ modules. Yes, they are more cramped than others, but my view is that if they are not functions you are constantly tweaking, they are great for the added functionality. ...

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