Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Repair shop talk

Not to completely turn this into a synth prOn blog or nuthin, but here's a photo of the guts of a Doepfer A-110:

This is the second Doepfer VCO I've repaired in as many months (give or take) and have to hand it to old Dieter for squeezing a maximum number of parts onto a single-sided board. That thing is crowded.

On both oscillators (a 110 and a 111), one or more of the legs on the octave switch detached from the board and had to be resoldered. No big deal. But! Because the board is single-sided, the pads for the legs are underneath a jack which is kludgely (new word!) surface mounted over them! Two parts sharing the same real estate-- talk about German efficiency! Clever work, sir.

This has been "Repair Shop Talk with Pete." Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Note to self...

...this is a nice sound.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dr. Octature filter types

My semester is finished! Synth video summer vacation commence!

Here's a quick run-through of some of the filter types you can get by mixing a Dr. Octature's variously sloped and phased low pass filter outputs:

Side note: I bought that (mostly functional) Miniwave for $55, which stands alone as the best deal I've gotten so far in 2012.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

"Euro Traveler"

Here's something I've been working on-- a Max patch controlling both video playback and voltage control over a modular synth.

All audio generated/recorded live. Enjoy!

(Video: "They Live" by John Carpenter)


I've performed this patch live twice over the last couple of weeks, both times relatively successfully! Here are my crib notes: