Saturday, 30 June 2012

Quadra Pong

Hello Richard

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Polysynthi Manual

Don't you just hate it when you're sitting in front of your favourite EMS poly synth trying to work out why all the knobs have been put on backwards and you can't find the user manual because it has slipped down behind a radiator about six months ago? Well this might help

Polysynthi Manual PDF


Do you remember when the guys from G-Force came to my studio to sample some of my synths? Here is the post. Well the top secret project that they were working on was a collaboration with the very clever people at iZotope who have made some software synth that uses an FFT interface. It is really incredible and well worth checking out here. So what they did was sampled tons of pure notes from the Moog, VCS3, Serge, ARP 2500 etc, and they form the basis of some of the Iris sounds - pretty cool!!!!

Ebay Fiesta

Hey - thinking of setting up a cool electronic studio? Just won the lottery / latest album gone platinum? Well here are a few things I have seen on eBay recently that you should buy:

1) You need a modular synth. They are all the rage. How about an original Moog 3P to get started - $36,200

2) You are going to need a large Polysynth. This is one of the best ever made - 1976 Yamaha CS80, $12,900

3) And you need a drum machine. This will be the one then - Linn LM1 from 1982 - $7,800

4) OK, so now you need an effects unit to make them all sound awesome, why not use one of these - EMT stereo valve plate model 140, $3,900

5) All thats left now is a mixing desk, so my recommendation would be one of these - Neve 5300 series vintage 70s console, just $47,000


Theres a really good article about one of my musical heroes Conny Plank HERE. There are some interesting contributions from Foxxy in there, and Eno tells of Plank's inventiveness - check out his solution to mixing desk Total Recall:
Plank also rigged a special system to take a photograph of the entire mixing console, to ‘save’ his work in the days before digital. ‘He was an inventor,’ says Eno. ‘When I was working there he’d developed an early automation system which consisted of a specially developed camera lens mounted above the console, so that you could take a picture at the end of the session of the state of the console. Then if you wanted to set the desk up in the same way at some point in the future, you’d project the picture you’d taken down through the same lens so that the image perfectly lined up with the desk. Thus you could move every knob back to its original position. It was an insane idea that probably only a German would have a) thought of and b) made work