John Blacet has passed away.

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Post by JohnLRice » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:58 am

:waah:

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Post by chamomileshark » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:45 am

what a shame
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Post by plord » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:09 pm

Oh no. RIP John.

My Blacet system used to run to 6 rows before I started swapping things out to get (more) Wiard. John was fantastic to deal with, for purchases, repairs, you name it. His VCO design is a classic (octave input! waveform CV!) and there is STILL, IN 20-freaking-19, no module in any format that can do things like the Binary Zone.

What a loss.

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Post by Guidotoons » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:48 pm

John was a straight shooter and great guy.

He will be missed.
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Post by pirx » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:02 pm

This is very sad news. Blacet Time Machine and MiniWave have broght me many hours of joy over the years. On a few occasions I interacted with Mr. Blacet as his DIY customer, he was always very professional, honest, kind and helpful. RIP.

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Post by megaohm » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:51 pm

He gave help and inspiration to many of us.
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" pioneers like John Blacet provided a small oasis for the world of modular, after years, if not decades, of being forgotten for mainstream synths. John helped keep the modular world alive, when by all circumstances it should have been lost. We have him and the handful of botique manufacturers to thank for what we have now."
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Post by synthcube » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:18 pm

we are deeply saddened here.
The Time Machine was our first foray into kitting, with John;s generous help back in 2011.

We've continued to offer Frac and will continue to do so.

If anyone here is in touch with John's family, we would certainly appreciate a way to contact them directly-- to express condolences and to express interest in carrying on the Blacet brand and lineup here at synthCube

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Post by thee ghost ov n_phay » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:27 am

Very saddened to read about thisd, I got my first 2 modules (dark star chaos and freq divider) back in '99 and jst picked up the last few blacet modules i didnt have earlier this year. JB was consistently and A++++ designer AND seller, no issues whatsoever over a 20yr period and my blacet instrument is awesome.

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Post by thee ghost ov n_phay » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:32 am

I still have a micro lfo yet to start assembling on the bench - deep complex feelings when I look at it.

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Post by pugix » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:14 am

This is sad. I have a Binary Zone in a MOTM Stooge panel by Larry Hendry. I have quite a few Blacet modules built into MOTM format. Always good designs with clever features.
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Post by revtor » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:11 am

What a loss. Always under the radar but if you worked with Blacet gear you know what quality circuits they were and how well everything gelled. Truly a complete system that was continually upgraded. Best ring mod ever?-Klangwerk.. awesome sub divider? Check. Wavetables in a modular?-Blacet!! Legendary vc bbd delay?-Blacet!!! In fact All of his modules had interesting features that set them apart even as the modular world expanded like crazy in recent years.
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I hope John is flying with clear skies and a killer soundtrack wherever he is!

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Post by fluxmonkey » Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:03 pm

His kits provided me my first opportunity to own a synth, and his modules remain a integral part of my rig and my sound. He will be missed.

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Post by sabasan » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:42 am

sad news today. rip John.

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Post by Luka » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:04 am

rip blacet :(

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Post by davidh » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:55 am

:waah:

was a big fan of the miniwave, I added the miniwave pcb to my Classic VCO, to make a kind of waveform city, he had always good design et was always helpfull

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Post by J3RK » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:17 pm

John's modules were also my introduction to modular synths, (real analog ones) and building electronic devices in general. RIP John!
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Post by diophantine » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:09 pm

I've been in touch with John's family & they appreciate the condolences they've received. They are hoping to keep John's synth legacy alive with the help of one of his close friends. When and if they have something that can be shared, I will post it here.

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Post by Moog$FooL$ » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:35 am

diophantine wrote:I've been in touch with John's family & they appreciate the condolences they've received. They are hoping to keep John's synth legacy alive with the help of one of his close friends. When and if they have something that can be shared, I will post it here.

this is good to hear..... thanx for the info.
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Post by arrmcbain » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:47 pm

So sad to hear this.

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Post by solitaryzen » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:02 pm

I just heard this terrible news. Can only echo what has been said - such a brilliant, unheralded figure in the world of electronic musical instruments. I have a large frac system comprised mostly of Blacet modules, and it is the centrepiece of my studio still. RIP John :(

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Post by Samuron » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:40 am

I just heard; very sad news. :(

His modules will always be the wild heart of my system, and the Improbability Drive will always be my favorite random module.

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Post by synthcube » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:56 am

thats a lovely system and great tribute to JB
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Post by emmaker » Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:01 pm

Such sad news.

My condolences and good wishes go out to his family.

I got started with Blacet synths before Eurorack became popular. I'm an engineer and wanted to build my stuff. Since I build stuff at work I wanted something easy where I didn't have hassles ordering parts and the designs and boards were done properly. Blacet gear is well engineered, kits well done and John's support was always great.

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Post by CF3 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:45 pm

Sad news

I was a fracer from way back. In fact, that’s how I first came to know about Mike (muff) because of his original blog before the forum.

Hope someone carries on the Blacet torch or at least brings his most excellent designs into other formats.

RIP.

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Post by mamonu » Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:16 pm

May he rest in peace.

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