Saturday, 29 January 2011

Friday, 28 January 2011

Windows 2011

This year is a fresh start in the studio and I am starting the refurb next week. First thing to do is position the window....

UPDATE: I moved it over a bit:


Having met with Julian the builder and had a think about the logistics of the wall and existing brickwork behind the fabric and soundproofing, it seems this would be a good way to go now. Here's a photoshop version of the idea, compared to the previous idea below it:

Scratching Space

Two videos sent my way by Richard Lee who lives in Silverlake, Debden

No Holes

Have you ever wanted to implement all those great mods to your EMS VCS3 but not wanted to drill holes in the panel? Well this website has the solution!

Here is the introduction:

"Many Synthi users dare not make mods because they're afraid to depreciate their valuable instrument. Is understandable, but is a pity because the mods wonderfully expand the Synthi and open doors to fantastic new sonic worlds

Here's an idea I think is worth to be shared. I'm surprised no one else had it before

I did a few mods on my Synthis A MKI and AKS using push-pull pots instead of switches to avoid drilling holes in the panel

LEDs in the spare anti-rotation holes left by the original pots (push-pull ones are smaller) show that the mod is active when the knob is pulled 

This makes the mods fully reversible and preserves the Synthi's original appearance"

Mods covered:

* Push-pull pots
* Voltage controlled shape on each oscillator
* Hi/lo range switchable oscillators
* Filter 18/24 db
* Filter slew/unslew
* Oscillator synchronization
* Attack and decay time extension

I saw this over on matrixsynth

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


Saw this over on Synthtopia

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Three Questions for Me

I've been interviewed about synths over on the excellent ether^ra blog. I've added a permalink to his blog on the right because he regularly posts really interesting experimental music things