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Roland TR-707 pictures

by bdu on May.02, 2009, under drum machines, media, pictures

A friend of a friend needs a 707 to stand in for his 909 on tour, and having one that I never use, I’m happy to pass it on to someone who will use it. But of course, I must take pictures first!

Full flickr set here.

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Random gates – analog version

by bdu on Dec.24, 2008, under audio, drum machines, media, modular, plug-ins, software

Like I said in the last post, couldn’t wait to get home and try it with the modular.

In this installment, I replaced the timbres, now we have a real (distorted) 808 playing the static drum beat, and the modular being played by the midi output of my custom modules in plogue bidule. This time the pitch input of the random clock module is being fed by a short repeating sequence I played and looped into the sequencer…

The modular patch is very similar to the one used from this post, but with the self-playing part of the patch yoinked out and replaced with the gate output of the Doepfer midi->cv/gate converter module. Also, I went ahead and made the whole thing pitched, played from that same module. So yes, you can play FMed sine oscs through lowpass gates in a melodic way, and no, it doesn’t sound half bad when you do so, if you’re careful to tune things properly. Lastly, it’s slathered in reverb-ish delay courtesy of Audio Damage’s Ricochet multi-tap delay.

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pseudo-random clocking

by bdu on Dec.24, 2008, under audio, drum machines, media, modular, pictures, plug-ins, software

I spent some time in Plogue Bidule today wiring up a pseudo random clock midi note generator.

This object takes a midi clock as an input, then chooses (randomly) various divisions of that clock to output midi notes. The midi pitches are either hard-set internal to the object or with external midi input. You can weight the divisions heavier by adding that division’s number multiple times in the number text field.

In the example audio below, the notes were chosen by a pseudo-random note generator I patched up awhile back, similar in function to this random gate generator, but for notes instead of gate divisions. The resulting midi was played by the Magical 8bit Plug, with D16’s Nepheton providing the static beat underneath so you can hear the original clock speed unaltered.

I’m looking forward to letting this bad boy loose on my modular, where I was intending on using it primarily as a clock source via midi->cv/gate conversion.

It’s worth mentioning that doing something like this in a pseudo-random way is the most difficult form, once you have that, it’s mostly a matter of *removing* bits of the module to, for instance, make one that switches divisions based upon the value of a midi CC input.

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Waldorf RackAttack

by bdu on Dec.09, 2008, under drum machines, media, non-modular synths, pictures

Long time no bleep. Sorry, I’ve been very busy, and still no case for my modular (well-meaning inquisitive look in Shawn’s direction), so no posts for you.

But I *am* trying to sell my Waldorf RackAttack. It’s a fairly rare hardware implementation of the Attack software synth. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more flexible hardware drum synthesizer. It’s a great little box, but I don’t find myself using it often, so it needs to go to a loving new home.

Because of that, I took pictures, which is why I’m posting here. Click the pic below to go to the whole flickr set.

If you’re interested in purchasing, contact bdu at fdiskc dot com.

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by bdu on Nov.23, 2008, under drum machines, media, mixer, modular, musings, pictures

waiting for a home

Word has it that my monster case shall be heading to southern California around the end of the month, so I’ve started putting the studio back together in the wake of our yearly Bay Area Analogue Heaven meet-up.

Usually the whole thing is run sans-mixer, using 16 channels of analog to optical conversion that then route into the computer, but I spotted a way to fit my six-channel Seck mixer into the tightly-packed room in such a way that it can be easily patched around with the patchbay. What does that mean? Mixer dub delay loops FTW!

Mixer pics and a bonus 808 shot after the cut…
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Elektron Anniversary Editions

by bdu on Nov.14, 2008, under drum machines, media, non-modular synths, pictures

I just got a hot little email in my inbox announcing a special edition Machinedrum UW and Monomachine (in red and blue, respectively) as a celebration of Elektron’s birthday.

For now they are available only to those with Elektron “friends” accounts, so if you’ve got one head on over and check it out.

For those who don’t have access, here’s what the page looks like:

Elektron order page

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