Happy Rawwwwwr-days from Bleep

by bdu on Dec.22, 2009, under NAMM, media, modular, pictures


It’s that time of year where we all get a few days off to play with our synthesizers, and some of us are gearing up for the winter NAMM show in less than a month. Let this be a reminder that despite this blog’s usually-low rate of posts, I *will* be covering the NAMM show here again this year, so keep your eyes opened.

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Computer Controlled

by bdu on Jul.07, 2009, under media, modular, non-modular synths, plug-ins, software, video

The latest thing in analog is digital. Computer control of CV direct through a DC-capable audio interface.

So I acquired such an audio interface and the two plugins that have been released for these purposes, MOTU’s Volta and Expert Sleepers’ Silent Way.

I’m using a non-MOTU interface, so there are some kinks to work out there with Volta, but MOTU is being plenty helpful, and I trust we’ll get things worked out eventually. In the meantime, here’s Silent Way controlling my 101 via my simplified CV/Gate test rig. 6 octaves of perfect tuning!

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Macbeth Euro module

by bdu on May.15, 2009, under media, modular, pictures

Ken Macbeth just posted a preview of his first eurorack module in this thread on the muffwiggler forum.

Check it, it’s a big ‘un that clocks in at 48HP, dual oscillator with built in ring mod:

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Module pr0n

by bdu on Apr.15, 2009, under media, modular, pictures


Doepfer 155 sequencer:

Plan B Model 15 oscillators

Bananalogue VCS

Analogue Systems RS95 oscillator

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ModDemod video demo

by bdu on Apr.12, 2009, under media, modular, video

I apologize for the camera audio, I don’t have the time to record and sync up… so you get what you get.

That said, here’s a quick demo using two PlanB model 15 oscillators feeding one half of the MakeNoise ModDemod dual ring modulator.

I botched the modulation bit, instead of grabbing the heisenberg’s stepped out, I just unplugged the smooth out from one VCO and put it into the other one. Oh well, you can’t get ‘em all 100% right, and I had no time for a re-take.

MakeNoise ModDemod from Brandon Daniel on Vimeo.

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Boys Will Make Noise

by bdu on Apr.09, 2009, under acquisitions, media, modular, pictures

MakeNoise ModDemod is in the house. No time to play until the weekend, but you get pictures now.

Full flickr set

The ModDemod is a dual passive ring modulator, in case you didn’t know…

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Some modular sound

by bdu on Mar.21, 2009, under media, modular, video

Dubstep with the modular from Brandon Daniel on Vimeo.

Drums are 808, the rest is NM G2 and the eurorack modular (or the former processed with the latter).

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Buchla Balloon

by bdu on Jan.18, 2009, under 2009, NAMM, media, modular, pictures

The Noisebug booth was full of these balloons Buchla and Associates had made for the show.

I’d never thought of the 200e as particularly “epicurean”, but maybe someone else feels differently…

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Stecken Schrauben Spielen

by bdu on Jan.18, 2009, under 2009, NAMM, media, modular, pictures

Great new book brought to you by the folks from schneidersbuero, about several modern analog synth designers, both as creators of products we love and as musicians. I haven’t had a chance to take a close look yet, but I love the concept, and I hope to review it here later.

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MOTU Volta analog integration plug-in

by bdu on Jan.15, 2009, under 2009, NAMM, media, modular, pictures, plug-ins, software

MOTU was showing off something that absolutely blew my mind this morning: Volta.

It’s a plug-in intended for use with any of their DC-capable audio interfaces (Like, say, a Traveller or 828), it allows multi-channel PitchCV/Gate/ControlCV out to your modular system. Its interface is like a grid for your IO, each output is a box in the grid. Into the grid, you place (drag and drop-style) the voltage source for that output. You may choose from items as mundane as the channel’s midi input (for things like note data), or as crazy as step/trigger sequencers, LFOs, clock sources, etc.

This all sounds pretty neat, right? But wait, it gets better…

There’s a built-in calibration and scaling tool, so that it can automatically determine the proper CV scale to generate musical pitches from your possibly-less-than-perfect analog oscillators.

Now how much would you pay?

They couldn’t quote an exact price, but they said to expect in the $250 range. Of course there is the cost of a MOTU audio interface if you don’t already have one. That said, killer product for analog geeks like me, way to go MOTU, I know this must have been a hard one to pitch to management.

Pictures from the presentation after the cut…
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