John Blacet has passed away.

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Post by basstromme » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:21 pm

Another "raised on Frac" guy here. Seriously bummed out to learn about this.
Thanks for everything, JB, and rest in peace.

Hope the format will stay alive, if not possibly the brand.

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Post by chachi » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:36 am

blacet was my start too. well, motm, then blacet because it worked on the power supply. but the feeling you’d get after successfully completing one of john’s kits was pretty magic. i’m still actively using the format and was hoping to make a blacet order this summer, hopefully it doesn’t go away.

there was a lot about the company that could have been brought into a more modern context. the binary zone, for example, while possibly not something john wanted to bring back in the same form, would be a perfect panel/pcb product. also, his later kits switch to the flush 3.5mm jacks aligned on one board on one side. i have often wished i could just just buy the jack board for other projects.

it’s a little strange to see that his synth work, that i think about so much, was just a side thing for him, that he maybe didn’t talk about with the other sides of his life.

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Post by Seaweed Sound » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:28 am

Sad news to hear.

I used to enjoy spending hours pouring over his website catalog. I built only one Blacet module - the Time Machine analog delay behind a "Stooge" Larry panel and John's module was the crown jewel of my little MOTM DIY kit synth.

The quote "pioneers like John Blacet provided a small oasis for the world of modular" is definitely true. Blacet was one of those companies like PAIA holding it down in the modular world before this synth resurgence/new golden age we're in.

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Post by ARC » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:28 am

RIP Blacet

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John Blacet/manuals

Post by dhamaryder » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:40 pm

Oh my gosh, that was a punch to the gut. Over the years I've built almost every single kit on his website. I even won, in a free giveaway he had, the Frequency Divider. I was so shocked because I never win anything. I've gotten a lot of responses back and forth from him over the years but like people said, never anything personal, and that's ok. But even someone you don't now personally very well, when you hear that they're gone the finality of it all still hits you in the gut.

Does anyone know if someone has taken over his website? I just stumbled on to this sad news because I was looking for the online manual for the Hex Zone. I keep all my all my Blacet manuals in a particular place but could not find my Hex Zone. I haven't used it in awhile but I have urgent need of it now. Does anyone have a digital copy they could send me or point me to where I could find one?

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Post by diophantine » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:47 pm

dhamaryder - Most, if not all, of the online manuals can still be retrieved via the wayback machine at archive.org - here is the Hex Zone one:
https://web.archive.org/web/20190423171 ... lBasic.pdf

As I mentioned earlier, Blacet Research is (with the blessing of John's family) being taken over by one of John's friends & former colleagues. I have no details beyond that at present, and haven't heard any updates since mid-July. However, I suspect that there are a lot of things to sort through and assess.

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Post by dhamaryder » Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:59 pm

thank you so much.
Are you going to post it on here if you hear anything from his friends/colleagues about continuing his site?

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Post by diophantine » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:56 am

dhamaryder wrote:thank you so much.
Are you going to post it on here if you hear anything from his friends/colleagues about continuing his site?
No problem! And yes, I will...

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Post by ritchiedrums » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:14 am

Huge contributor to the rebirth of Modular.

It would be nice if someone could post a Tribute page somewhere on the internet to share stories, pictures, etc....

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Post by Moog$FooL$ » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:51 am

ritchiedrums wrote:Huge contributor to the rebirth of Modular.

It would be nice if someone could post a Tribute page somewhere on the internet to share stories, pictures, etc....
i second that!!! i would love to know more about Mr. Blacet.

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Post by vmgas » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:14 am

when i heard this news it made me realize i'd likely never get rid of my frac setup even though i hardly use it anymore.
quick personal blacet story, my gf from a few years ago wanted to get me a cloud generator for christmas one year but couldn't get a hold of one and the current run had already been sold out. she got in touch with john and he said well he can have mine and mailed her the cloud generator he had in his system. always found that pretty sweet.

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Post by synthcube » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:36 am

awesome story--- many like that we hear from time to time
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Post by dogoftears » Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:59 pm

built a dark star chaos in 1999 when i was 14 and in the 9th grade. still have about 9U of blacet, still rawking frac.
john blacet is legend. he was essentially the first person to make modular accessible to everyone (at least in the states-- it was hard to get or try doepfer back then). the modules were inexpensive, available as kits, easy to build, and unique. i'll never forget my excitement when the miniwave was first announced-- i get to have a WIARD module without selling a kidney?! i couldn't believe it.

it would be great to make a blacet archival site with all the module manuals (they included schematics and pcb layouts), some historical info, and perhaps a photo gallery. i'd be happy to host it or contribute in any way necessary.

i'd argue the Time Machine is the finest analog delay.
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Post by mamonu » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:32 pm

dogoftears

I have started gathering some materials
(gathered from waybackmachine quests) for this kind of thing here:

https://github.com/FracModular/Blacet


i was thinking of creating a fracmodular.github.io dynamic and hosted
page this way


a next idea would be to auto scrape recursively the blacet page (snapshots of every year) basically and have it accessible this way as well


I literally had the idea 24h ago.. so excuse the mess.. its nothing better than a dump for the manuals and some info...
still its better than
lorem ipsum
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Post by dogoftears » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:39 pm

nice, this is a good start. if you're in touch with norman phay-- pretty sure he has everything archived if you're missing bits.

it would be nice to get the blacet.com domain and have this info accessible from there.

btw i would argue frac rack is not a discontinued format-- bugbrand still going strong!
mamonu wrote:dogoftears

I have started gathering some materials
(gathered from waybackmachine quests) for this kind of thing here:

https://github.com/FracModular/Blacet


i was thinking of creating a fracmodular.github.io dynamic and hosted
page this way


a next idea would be to auto scrape recursively the blacet page (snapshots of every year) basically and have it accessible this way as well


I literally had the idea 24h ago.. so excuse the mess.. still its better than
lorem ipsum
music and mastering: http://xexify.com
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Post by monstrinho » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:41 pm

dogoftears wrote:
btw i would argue frac rack is not a discontinued format-- bugbrand still going strong!

And Paia.

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Post by mamonu » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:49 pm

I would agree. I will change it to something else.


(although bugbrand is also i think a thing of its own. Thank god for it though
I dont have any banana-bugbrand modules but i like the format a lot)
and PAIA .. they are alive but some little modules they have that I want
are not availiable for ages :cry:

the domain is a good idea...
but perhaps Im thinking of waiting to see what the owners of the copyright have in mind first.

EDIT:
As it is now however its just a folder for manuals which is not bad either until more info becomes availiable ( :nana: soon) on what is going to happen
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Post by synthcube » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:59 pm

folks we LOVE the discussion about archives, etc-- we would politely and respectfully ask that no one do anything just yet as we might have some more information to announce shortly that will be helpful..........
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Post by soggybag » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:48 pm

I built a bunch of the Blacet modules in the early 2000s.

Great stuff super fun to play. I almost went with Doepfer but it was more expensive and hard to get in the US. It didn’t seem as fun as the Blacet stuff at the time.

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Post by chachi » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:56 pm

two wiard mini-waves AND a joyrider...? :woah:

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Post by thee ghost ov n_phay » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:48 am

And an Evenfall Mini-modular. That would be a fine thing for Synthcube to resurrect, huh?

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Re: John Blacet/manuals

Post by mamonu » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:22 am

dhamaryder wrote:Oh my gosh, that was a punch to the gut. Over the years I've built almost every single kit on his website. I even won, in a free giveaway he had, the Frequency Divider.
steve
you know looking at my email archives... I had won this givaway too :cloud: :

we had to send a postcard to him and then 4 lucky people were the winners

TM from Greece <- thats me
MB from Oakland CA
RC from Brooklyn NY
SM from Cincinnati OH

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Post by a.dighera » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:14 pm

This is very sad news to hear, Johns modules are also my entry point into modular synthesis, I just recently picked up a very neglected frakrac system for cheap and it has the Rev 1 Dark star Chaos on it. I was going to purchase the I/O module from blacet and the site disappeared and now I know why. He seemed to be quite the pillar of the community here, he will definitely be missed by many.

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Re: John Blacet has passed away.

Post by chachi » Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:09 am

love this old board with the not-quite-blacet.com web address
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