Saturday, 24 April 2010

Coffee Break

This would make a lovely coffee table

Friday, 23 April 2010

Small Studer

There's a nice little Studer 169 on the bay today. It's in Germany and has has a ton of bids, but I'll report later in the comms. I really need to sort out the 189......


OK, I definately need to sort out the Studer 189 console, check out this auction:


The Studer 089 desk, built in the late 60s, is said to have one of the best microphone preamps ever built. Offered here is a pair of Studer 089 preamps in a rack, with an external power supply, which is included. The PSU can be powered with 100-240 VDC.

The rack has been built and the preamps have been checked by KID Broadcast, Germany. The unit is fully working and ready for use.

The "Line Ins" are microphone inputs, depending on the Input selected on the front panel.

Roland Goofed

I was messing about on the Roland RS09, and I discovered that it is in fact pretty rubbish. This is because of the envelope implementation. At first I thought it was broken, because it was so frustrating to use. It only has ONE envelope in it and this means notes don't articulate properly for a string synth. As far as I'm concerned all string synths need to have an envelope that starts and finishes it's cycle for each note pressed. On the RS09 it cuts off the attack and decay with each new key and this is such a major compromise that for the first time I can announce 'Roland goofed'. I really like the size and design of the RS09 and was hoping it would be a good thing for using live [I'll try it out in Toulouse next week]. If it had proper snappy and controllable envelopes then this would be an amazing little synth

Here's a noodle I did putting layers of the RS through the Doepfer delay and phaser

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Modular Tables

I like doing price comparisons and lists and things, especially when I combine lists and synths. I found this modular synthesizer feature comparison chart from a matrixsynth post a few weeks ago [click to a post he did about a load of cool synth scans by jimmy now lives in sun city]

Here is a link to lots of very interesting original price lists put together by Synthfool. Remember that shops and dealers would usually discount the list prices by 25 - 50%. Inflation means that you generally double prices every 10 years

Below is a current comparison I did [in £] of equivalents to these Buchla 100 systems. Not all the modules are available so I have tried to get close. Gaps are because modules are already covered. As far as the 100 goes, I tried to guess prices first....

Synth Cat

I just saw this ebay auction via Matrixsynth for an Octave Cat duosynth. It's basically an ARP Odyssey clone from the 70s. This was the first synth I owned, I can't remember where I got it from, maybe someone I was in a band with. I paid £30 for it, I think in 1987. I sold it to a music shop for £40 a few months later, which seemed like a really good deal at the time. I wonder how much this one on ebay will get. With the £40 I bought a Moog Prodigy, which I sold to buy a Yamaha CS40M, which I sold to DJ Billy Nasty via Loot. That was the last synth I ever sold, probably in 1990. With the proceeds I bought my EMS VCS3, directly from Robin Wood at his farmhouse in Cornwall. And so began my synth obsession

Untitled - Biro on Graph Paper, 2010

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Soundcraft in Cargo

I am a really big fan of Martin Hannett and the work he did with Joy Division, OMD, A Certain Ratio, et al. Mike gave me a book about him which I really enjoyed reading about 2 years ago. Well it turns out that his favorite studio was called Cargo in Rochdale and he recorded loads of amazing tracks there including the one below [Atmosphere by Joy Division]. Cargo was the epicenter of British post punk music, recording albums by, well EVERY BRITISH BAND EVER between 1977 and 1983: The Fall, Joy Division, ACR, The Teardrop Explodes, OMD, Gang of Four, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc.

The really cool thing about all this is the recording console they used was a Soundcraft Series Two, exactly the same as our one!

Which gives me a very warm feeling inside

Here's our one

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Storm in Shoreditch

Hugo was in town this week and we ambled down to Spittalfields together. We stumbled across an exhibition of Storm Thorgerson's work and had a laugh. He was part of Hipgnosis who made some of my favorite album covers of the 70's and 80's. Is there a good website with all those amazing covers on? I can't find one

Look below, I knew that picture I took in LA last year looked familiar....

Custom Calrec

Note: I have nothing to do with this sale or any of the ebay auctions I blog about, unless stated

There's an interesting [well, interesting to me] Calrec on the bay today. I've not seen one of these before. It's very expensive at £30k though. In my experience i-c based consoles do not command such prices, unless they begin with the letter 'N' - who wants to take on all that risk without the cachet? Sexy though isn't it....

Ebay text:
This is an auction for a STUNNING vintage custom made Calrec 40 channel mixer which is in good condition for it's age and was custom made for Front of House duties for the world famous Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London at a cost of over £150,000 in the 80's. That was a lot in those days too!
Also included (but not pictured) is a single, genuine plastic Neve knob from a 51 series mixer.
From what I can gather, it is a 40 input mixer with full mic pre's and 4 band eq, 8 aux sends, with 36 busses and 40 group/monitor faders that can be routed to the main mix buss. All of this is in a very compact frame so would be good for all you bedroom users (if you have a big enough bedroom of course...
I have been told that the design of the e.q. was based on and closely resembles the one in the classic UA8000 Calrec consoles...!
It includes a comprehensive GPO patchbay, quite a few power supplies and the leads to hook it all up, plus the original Calrec manual/schematics. Please see the many high resolution photos I have posted to see the good condition this console is in. Considering it dates from the mid-80's it is not too bad at all - have a look at the photos and make your own minds up! The Royal Opera House had the budget to maintain this regardless of expense but it is untested and sold totally AS-IS.
This little beauty is ideal DAW front end and you will get some amazing sounds from it. It has that Calrec/Neve warmth to it and you can tell this just by running a couple of channels up with no eq, it just seems to do something to the sound which just seems so right. People who have used vintage Calrec/Neve consoles before will know exactly what I am talking about.
Just as spares alone, or if it is broken and sold as modules it would be worth over £30k + VAT!!! Try me with a realistic offer....