DIY – Hands on with an ARP 2600 clone

July 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Testing the second prototype of the Two Thousand Six Hundred, an ARP 2600 clone. This is a DIY kit to be released in September.

Read more at www.thehumancomparator.net

Welcome to the site of the Two Thousand Six Hundred project, or TTSH for short. The TTSH is the attempt to replicate an old classic semi-modular synthesizer. It will be available as a kit containing PCBs and front panel (Nothing is pre-built). The goal is to release it this fall, September preliminary.

I’ve put up an interest list, and you can find it here. If you don’t want to miss this opportunity, make sure you’re on it. As it’ll be where the information goes once this is live. From now on this will be the main portal for communicating changes in the project. But if you’d still like to know more and follow the evolution of the project, you can read this thread over at Muffwiggler. The project is currently in prototyping stage, where one prototype has been received and built. Errors on the prototype has been fixed, and the second prototype board is being laid out at this moment.

Composition for modified toy piano, sine waves, ta…

July 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Wouter van Veldhoven has shared this multi machine video, details below:

This basically put almost every machine in my studio in operation,
Everything is controlled by a doepfer a100 system + some home-brew modules, in combination with some self made step sequencers build

Synthesizer cut-outs – DIY fun stuff

July 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In the MooG for Love
Animation film tribute to Legend of Electronic music KLAUS SCHULZE.
Directed by James L. Frachon

These “cut-outs” are faithful counterparts paperboard kits * of some mythical synthezisers which make me dream since ages (I’m almost vintage too !).

I’m still dreaming…

klaus-schulze-sdiycut

More info here >>

Groovesizer Alpha – first taster

June 24, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Groovesizer is an arduino-based DIY 32-step sequencer / synth – the project is based around a custom PCB that in it current form features 4 rows of 8 tactile switches and leds – the final version will add a fifth row of buttons and leds dedicated to control functions. It features an embedded hackduino, an 8-bit DAC option, an LM386 amp output, MIDI in/out/sync and is configurable to work with some of the most popular existing arduino audio projects. Firmware can be updated from the arduino IDE, either via an AVR ISP programmer, or by flashing the chip on an arduino board and swapping it out. Furthest along in its development is the Alpha firmware which features a 3 oscillator monosynth. Other firmware will include the Bravo which borrows code from the Bleeplabs Bleepdrum https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11606 , the Charlie, based around the Illutron 4-voice wavetable synth http://www.instructables.com/id/Turn-… , and the Delta, based on the original Groovesizer with the auduino synth engine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zsxWf…
The complete kit with PCB and all components will be sold for around US$100 – follow the progress on this project at http://groovesizer.com

Doepfer V6 – six silver synthesizers (Doepfer A-111-5, Dark Energy)

June 6, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

First test of the new DIY case with six Doepfer A-111-5 synthesizer voices.
Two sequensers: Doepfer A-155, Modcan Touch-Sequencer
Two extra filters: A-108, A-106-5.
Controllers: Doepfer A-174-2 Wheels, Intellijel Planar joystick, A-198 Ribbon control
FX: Tiptop Z-DSP with Dragon Fly
Extra LFO: Doepfer A-143-4 Quad LFO (controlable)
Mixers: 3x Doepfer A-138b
Multiples: 2* 4×4 DIY multiples

More info: http://www.creativegallery.nl/index.p…

Checking out the Two Thousand Six Hundred project

May 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A test of the prototype PCB for the Two Thousand Six Hundred (TTSH) project.

Multitracked with all sounds, including drums, from the TTSH.

www.thehumancomparator.net

Expanders for Turing Machine Random Looping Sequencer

May 3, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Two DIY expander modules for the RLS from Music Thing Modular. Pulses produces seven pulse outputs, related to the master clock and controlled by the main module. Voltages (with the faders) is an eight step sequencer where multiple steps can be active at once, creating very unpredictable patterns.

Patch details:
One pulse output is pulsing the white noise from the RLS module through a QMMG low pass gate, creating the kick drum sound at the start.
The two outputs (normal and inverted) from the voltages module are going into a A156 quantizer, then into two sizes of a DPO oscillator. Each time the note changes, the sine wave outputs are gated through the QMMG.
One more output from the pulse module is triggering the FM bus on the DPO, causing the bleeps and bloops.

Techno with DIY/modified instruments

May 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A 1st generation Nanoloop (cartridge for Gameboy classic) and a modified Korg Monotron are synced by a Roland TR-626. Nanoloop is triggered by the rimshot pattern of the 626. The sawtooth LFO (low frequency oscillator) of the Monotron is triggered by syncuino (http://chemiker1981.blogspot.com/) and the cutoff frequency of the Monotron analog filter is controlled by a sequence generated by Syncuino.

Meganome — DIY Arduino MIDI Controller

April 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Meganome is inspired by the monome controller and powered by an Arduino Mega. Like other grid controllers like the Launchpad and Push, it has performance modes for triggering drums, playings synths, and launching clips and effects. I like the feel of arcade buttons and look of exotic hardwoods, so mass-market products just weren’t right for me.

You can see how the grid-based layout makes octave jumps and glisses really easy in this video: http://youtu.be/Gsph_10sb64?t=2m18s

Watch the Meganome be used as a drum machine: http://youtu.be/rMrk-pZ4RBk

Patrick writes with more details:

I just uploaded a demo video for my custom grid-based controller, the Meganome. The design is obviously inspired by the monome, but it departs in a couple ways from the monome and its cousins. I wanted larger buttons with light but solid action for triggering drum hits and synth notes–buttons that are hard to miss and give you a nice “clack” sound when struck. The rectangular arrangement with 14 buttons per row lets me display the entire
chromatic scale plus two notes of overlap when the Meganome is in synth control mode. Like the Push controller in its chromatic mode, the notes of the scale I’m in light up, but unlike the Push, the Meganome lays octaves along its columns, which makes for easy traversal of octave space and wide chord voicings. Triads, on the other hand, are tricky.

I did a blog post on difficulties I encountered while building it and posted my Arduino code on my blog:
http://jazarimusic.com/finally-a-diy-midi-controller-with-purpleheart/

Acid-Techno on Home-Made Synth Equipment

April 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Home-made synth + modified Korg Monotron, both synced by Syncuino (http://chemiker1981.blogspot.com/)

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