The first of 3 short videos featuring a quartet of the up and coming MacBeth Micromac-D desktop analogue synthesizer.
“I called it The Sweep- two Micromac-D units having their filters swept in stereo! A third unit is doing the lead stuff- and the first one that you see/hear- effects…..”
Inspired by visits to Santa Monica, and always seeing the ‘turn right’ sign for a place called Slawson Avenue- I did this track whilst experimenting with the Micromac-D pre factory model. I’m also using a Korg Prophecy as a controller keyboard and a ‘scrapper’ SH101 as an analogue sequencer. There’s a Roland CR8000 on drums. My latest project Nexus 1 fits in here too! The Micromac series and the Nexus 1 basically complete my synth dream wishes!…I hope you enjoy…..Ken
Last Sunday, Paul Hartnoll from the great electronic band Orbital paid a visit for tea and a sandwich, and also to talk synths a play around with some new projects that I’m working on. Here we see him tweaking with the MacBeth NEXUS 1 prototype. All sounds are recorded to the camera mic, as opposed to the desk- so don’t expect high quality. It was a fun day and I was a guest in the evening for a fantastic gig that featured the MacBeth M5N played by a master!
Here’s an experiment that I did. I replaced one octave of touch keys that I’m working on on an old scrap SH101…..it works perfectly!….my next shot is to give the scrapper SH101 a full three octaves as opposed to the two and a half octave keybed. If this all works- the touch keyboard I’m going to do as a stand-alone will have this built is seq! The sequencer is driving the up and coming Micromac-D synthesizer and I also played here the prototype of the experimental NEXUS 1 analogue touch synthesizer!
Below the comments to the video from MacBeth:
This is the first demo of the complimentary synth to the micromac series. 4 Oscillators, Dual State Variable Filter and 4 Envelope generators should get you started, The touch keyboard rounds it up! See you at NAMM ’13!
Modular synthesis maestro Ken MacBeth, has revealed this yet-unnamed instrument on Facebook this weekend. Of the new design, MacBeth says that it has “four oscillators, two noise generators, one LFO, a dual stage variable filter, four envelope generators, two VCAs (Stereo) and a stereo tape delay”.
It seems that this synth is something that Ken has had in mind for a while, too: “It’s been a long term development over years,” he says. “The micromac series has been designed for those who wish for the vintage ‘Moog-like’ sound – this is a completely different design!”
No news on when we can expect the synth to come to market, but SBC will be monitoring its progress.
Here’s a quick video demo of a MacBeth Micromac-D being played via the prototype of the up and coming 3 Octave Touch Plate Keyboard…..and another thin that I’ve been working on- a ‘dual tape delay synthesizer’! Playing these things together is a lot of fun!….
Seen here- A Micromac- D Analogue Synthesizer being played via a MacBeth Touch Capacitataive Keyboard and being fed into something that they just knocked up! This is what MacBeth calls a ‘Tape Delay Synthesizer’!….it’s lo fi- mildly grungy- but mesmorizing to work with! Still to be refined- but I hear the potentiontial- it’s ‘breaky wakey’ at moments- but it seems to work well- this shall be partnered into my complimentary synth to the micromac. It’s a twin delay device- stereo in other words- but here we have delay 1 being fed into delay 2- so it’s mono…..but mad!
BRUNO ENDER LEE – “Return to the Pleiades” – performed live, October 14. 2012
MacBeth M5N & Doepfer MAQ-sequencer, Synthesizers.com Studio-88, ARP Odyssey, MiniMoog Voyager OS, Moog Little Phatty, Analogue Solutions Vostok, Korg Polysix, Korg DS-8, Korg MS2000, Roland Juno-60
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Yet another promising video with updates from MacBeth, details below:
Life’s not all grim! Touch keyboards are real fun and they make you think in a completely different way about keyboard playing- odd at first- but the technique starts to change and grow. Here is me playing the MacBeth micromac-r unit and the olde ‘vaporware’ protoype unit with the mere 1 octave prototype job. To your right the planned three octave controller- now with now stylus, earthing yourself to ground or anything like that-0 it’s now ‘touch capacitative’ and pure analogue!
Yet another teaser from MacBeth, all looks good apparently
This is the first test that I have done of the micromac-r synthesizer since this test example came back from the assembly plant- all is good! It’s working perfectly! One hell of a lot of sound come from a very micro sized unit!