1950s Electro Voice EV 630 Microphone

Granted I’m not doing any singing or micing of much these days but I do love the sound of old microphones so I got a really nice 1950s EV 630 and it sounds really nice! I love the natural compression these mics have and the frequency response is really nice too. It’s surprising how much […]

RIP Isao Tomita 1932 – 2016

Isao Tomita, composer and synthesizer artist, died May 5, 2016 of chronic cardiac failure at 2:51 p.m. at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital. He collapsed around noon in his home and was taken to the hospital, where he passed away with family at his bedside. Private funeral ceremonies attended only by family took place on May […]

Boomstar SE88 Modular Filter

I finally have the sound of the legendary Yamaha CS-80 in my eurorack modular system. I put it off for a while but decided it was time to get the Boomstar SE88 filter. It reminds me of my original plans for a modular synthesizer. I thought it would be nice to be able to change […]

Roland System 500 – 521 Dual Filter Module

I finally got a Roland 521 filter module and man does it sound nice!! Very thick and rich sounding! The lows are fantastic! Very similar to my SH-2 and I’m sure it’s close to a system 100 or 700. I cannot recommend this filter enough! I love it! Next will be the dual oscillator.

New Genelec Monitors and Shelves!

Well I finally decided on new monitors. I needed something smaller for this small room and one day I found out that Genelec made a small monitor called the M030 and I instantly knew that was the one I wanted. They sound fantastic and the lows are amazing! HUGE sound for small monitors, and yet […]

Arp Quartet

Well, one more has arrived and it’s a beauty! I randomly checked the Spaceman music website on the weekend and noticed they had an Arp Quartet. Now granted, I had just finished recapping the voice cards on the Elka Rhapsody 490 that I bought from them a few years ago that very same day but…. […]

Roland Boutique Synths

Well, I said I wouldn’t but I did anyway. But I wont any more. I have enough!! Anyway, I got the Roland Boutique JU-06 and loved it. It sounds fantastic! So even though I’ve never had any desire to get a Jupiter 8 I thought this would be a cheap way to get one just […]

Roland JX-8P and Aion Modular 904A Filter

Two new items have arrived recently. First the Roland Jx-8p. I’d played this synth a few times and didn’t like it much so when a friend offered one for sale I wasn’t interested. But then I played a jx-10 and realized how great the sounds were and decided I better grab it after all! It […]

Odyssey, EQS1 and Warp Factory

A few new additions lately. Finally after 5 months of waiting my Korg Arp Odyssey has arrived. SO… first impressions. Sounds good! Nice fat analog sound. Best ring modulator sounds I have from any synth including the modular. I like the first filter type the best. It’s really big and fat where as the others […]

My First Synth – Yamaha CS-10 – Back Again!

Now that I have a bunch of synths I’ve been wondering what my first synth, the Yamaha CS-10 sounds like compared to all of them. I thought it was a horrible little synth back then and desperately wanted something better so now that I have many much better keyboards it would be cool to revisit […]

Kurzweil K2000

Many years ago I played a Kurzweil K2000 in a studio I was visiting and for some reason I was not impressed with it. A few weeks ago one became available at Paul’s Boutique in Toronto and I hummed and hawed over it for a while and finally decided it might be cool to check […]

Doepfer Triple Resonance Filter A127 & A127 BOM

A couple of months ago my new A127 filter arrived and I took a few pictures to demonstrate how to install it with the A127 BOM because it seemed a bit confusing at first. Hopefully this can clear up any questions you might have! Step 1: Remove the ribbon cable from each stage of the […]

Korg SQ-1 Sequencer

I don’t do a lot of sequencing these days but I do have my eye on the Intellijel Metropolis as an addition to my modular system. But since Korg has released a nifty little (and cheap!) sequencer called the SQ-1 I thought I’d get one and have some fun with it. I’ve only had one […]

Mutable Instruments Braids Module

I got a new module last week. I was going to get another Doepfer oscillator but decided to be a bit adventurous and got a Mutable Instruments Braids instead. It’s a lot more expensive but it does a lot more. Holy cow, does it ever do a LOT more!! The cs-80 saw waveform alone is […]

Finally Got a Korg MS-20 Mini

Well, it was the one I wanted the second they announced it, but it was delayed and in the meantime I dived into a Modular synth. I finally found one fairly cheap, although since it came from Japan I got a 100v power supply (I have adapters anyway) and manuals in Japanese. Still, cool to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]