How Seasons Affect Mood – My Theory

This is an off topic entry just because I felt it was worth writing about. I haven’t been getting much work done on music lately because I’ve felt very tired. It seems to happen every year when the sun starts going down earlier and earlier, and especially once we switch back to Standard Time and Read More…

And Now… Yamaha SK-20. Beauty Keyboard!

Arrived last week, a beautiful old Yamaha SK-20. Organ, Strings and one oscillator poly-synth in one neat little heavy-as-a-tank package! Unfortunately this one arrived with a little problem: D4 and D5 were not working. If it was some feature (other than the strings) I might have been able to live without it but I kinda Read More…

Roland VK-8m Arrives

One day last week I suddenly remembered I was sorta looking for a Roland VK-8m so I finally had a real organ module with drawbars and a good Leslie emulation. So I went to ebay and did a search and found one right away. Sent a message asking if he would include Canada as a Read More…

New Music… Eventually…

Just to be clear, I am working on new music but I’m taking my time, trying to make it sound the best I can. I think these sounds are fairly unique and much more interesting than anything I’ve done before. My engineering and mastering skills are also improving and along with newer, and older synthesizers Read More…

Roland SH-2

Well, After enjoying the Arp Axxe so much I couldn’t resist getting another old synth. I’d had my eye on an SH-2 for a while and finally decided to grab one. I got one from eBay and although ti came from Japan it was here in less than a week. And I have to say, Read More…

Arp Axxe Arrives!

Well, I wasn’t going to get anything else, but Paul’s Boutique had an Arp Axxe sitting there for quite a while and I just couldn’t resist! And it has arrived! The keys look pretty yellow but it is surprisingly clean otherwise. The keyboard feels fine, no dust inside, sounds really nice and rich like a Read More…

Moogerfooger MF-101 and Microbrute

Toys. More toys. So addictive!! Must stop. I bought a Moogerfooger MF-101 on eBay last week and it arrived yesterday. Fantastic pedal, gives me a real Moog filter for my modular system. It sounds great! Then this morning, after seeing Tony Miracle of Venus Hum tweet about how much fun they were, I decided to Read More…

Theremin!

Well I took on the job of recording some theremin sounds and ringtones. It’s a lot harder than it looks! But a very cool sound when combined with the space echo’s reverb. In other news, here’s a tip for people trying to upgrade the Prophet 12 OS: Make sure you get the right file!! Don’t Read More…

Prophet 12 Has Arrived!

Saturday I decided it was time for something new. Something really new, not just another old synth. I really like the old ones and would love to pick up a few more, like say a Roland SH01 or 02, and of course, a Yamaha CS-70 or 80 but the problem is repairs. Old stuff breaks Read More…

Back to Work!

Well, It’s been a rough 2 months. Back pain hit on thanksgiving back in October and then just as it was almost better it hit again HARD around mid November. Worst pain I’ve ever felt. So I’ve been in bed or on the couch as much as possible since then letting it heal. I can Read More…

Growing Modular

Well unfortunately, massive lower back pain has stopped me from sitting in my chair and doing more writing and recording recently. In fact, for about 2 months so far. But i hasn’t stopped me from buying more modules! I have most of what I want now, although there are a few more things still coming Read More…

More Doepfer Modules

I finally got 6 more Doepfer modules! Another oscillator, another ADSR, another Multi, and a VC phaser, Distortion/Waveshaper and an A-112 8-bit sampler. All very cool and useful but the sampler is definitely going to take a lot of experimenting with to find good ways to use it. I have already ordered 2 more and Read More…

Korg M3-M Woes

Well the strange buzzes and dropouts I’ve been getting with my Korg M3-m for the last couple of years came to an end a few days ago when it died. I figured all along it was a power supply problem and that was confirmed when I opened it up to check the voltages. It turned Read More…

Doepfer A-110 Oscillator Tune Knob mod

I’ve already made my first modification to my Doepfer A-110 oscillators. For some reason they have set the Tue knob range to only a single tone up or down. One thing I do a lot is offset the oscillators by a fifth so this wasn’t going to do! So I contacted Doepfer and they told Read More…

Recording A Modular Synthesizer: Lesson 1

I have learned the first lesson about recording a modular synthesizer: Record a reference pitch first! There is no auto-tune or built-in reference tone so you could be tuned to anything! Fortunately the first 2 things I recorded seem to be in tune… hopefully. This Doepfer modular is capable of some pretty amazing sounds. The Read More…