Monday, 20 September 2010


The last few weeks have been all about sitting round the house and not the studio, so I have been keeping myself busy by tinkering with the Serge modular, and trying to build the custom Serge/Doepfer panel for it. I decided to go with knobs which match the later Serge STS modules, as they are exactly the right size for the Doepfer panel holes, and are really nice to use. I got them from Small Bear Electronics in America, who provide an excellent service

What was really hard was working out the measurements for the holes in the panel artwork. I ended up using some digital calipers to measure everything out, then I made a panel design in Illustrator

Then I dyed the paper to match the old Serge panels, printed it out, laminated it and punched the holes. After about 5 attempts, the holes actually started to line up with the metal face plates on the Doepfer modules!

I then populated the panel and created the 'junctions' and fixed it all together. There are some extra holes I made above and below each module so that I can add functions later if necessary. Luckily the Serge and Doepfer modules both use +/- 12v, so I just connected the power supply rails together, and it works!

Another thing I wanted to try were some of those Stackcable cables, so that I could build crazy patches with minijacks instead of bananas. I had to import them from Germany [from - great service again]

Here are some crappy pics from my phone I took late last night. I'll take some better ones soon....

Analoge Instrumente

Theres a really cool buying section on German eBay called Analoge Instrumente which is worth checking. It often has bargains on it if you're prepared to take the risk with shipping. Sometimes it has some very unusual synths on it, like this one which I have never heard of before.

From the seller in googlish
"Tiracon 6V (VEB automation systems Cottbus)
6 voice polyphonic polyphonic synthesizer
VCO Waveforms: Saw 4 'square and 4', 8 'and 16'
VCF: 24 dB low pass filter with adjustable resonance
3 LFO's: one for VCO, VCF and pulse width
32 program memory locations
Sequencer with two lanes for 250 notes
Chord memory function
Tape recorder interface for backing
Midi in out and thru
Weight 14 kg"

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Biba Beat

OK, so here is the reason I haven't posted for ages. I got a dog. She's an 8 week old Briard, and is called Biba. As you can see she has a keen interest in old-school drum programming