Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MIDI Tutorial Series by Andrew Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick Audio

MIDI Part 1 - MIDI Signal Path

Published on May 22, 2017 Shifted Phase

"This is the first part of my series on MIDI. In it we cover the basic idea of what MIDI is and how devices are connected together including how IN, OUT and THRU ports work, and the different types of MIDI connections."

Build your own Synthesizer

Published on May 23, 2017 Pieter Smuts Music

"Synth build through DIY delay"

w/ Synthrotek's Atari Punk Console


This one in via @carolinezoids

"'Silence is *NOT* Requested': 29-31 May w/ Synth Petting Zoo, @Analog_On & #Moog System 55: http://www.tcd.ie/ … #berkeley50 @matrixsynth"

The will be performances as well of course. Full details here.

"Time to move outside our comfort zone…
In a nod towards the artistic “happenings” and gatherings of the 1960s, the Library of Trinity College Dublin presents three nights of poets, music, sound effects, psychedelic projections and swirling quadraphonic sound in the Berkeley Library.

Curated by Richard Duckworth of the Department of Music, these events link the fifty years since the Moog synth was made commercially available with the opening of the Berkeley Library, and mark a radical departure from our usual events…

The nights have at their heart the classic Moog System 55 synthesiser – in Dublin as part of an upcoming Science Gallery exhibition – and we are very grateful to Paul Smith/Moog Sound Lab UK for its use. Each night will feature a 'Synth Petting Zoo' to get up close and personal with the rig."

Analog On w/ Buchla & 5U systems.

Original Vintage White ARP Odyssey 2800

via this auction

Patch Base for iPad Adds Editors for 4 Vintage Roland Synths

iTunes: Patch Base - Coffeeshopped LLC

Roland synths: JV-2080, JV-1080, XP-80, XP-60

"Patch Base 2.6 is available today, bringing editors for 4 Roland synths: JV-2080, JV-1080, XP-80, and XP-60. These synths were incredibly popular in the 90's, and have a lot of sounds that you'll recognize, just scrolling through the presets. According to Wikipedia, "The JV-1080 has been used on more recordings than any other module in history." And according to Legowelt, "If you program [the JV-2080], you can get some really freaky sounds out of it." Now with Patch Base, you can take these old machines to new (freaky) places.

Support for each synth is divided into two editors. The "Patch" editor is the standard synth voice editor, giving access to all voice parameters as well as copy/paste for envelopes and "Tones" (more on this below). The "Rhythm" editor is the drum kit editor, where you can create a kit with 64 different sounds in it, and shape each sound with pitch, filter, and amp envelopes.

Full support for each synth is available as an In-App Purchase, and the purchase of support for a synth unlocks both the Patch and Rhythm editors. For the next few days, these new editors are all 50% off. So check them out!"

VIRTUAL Yamaha DX-7 / DX-7II Programmer for Logic

The editor is available on eBay here, or Reverb here.

"This software is a virtual synthesizer programmer for use with any 6-operator Yamaha FM Synthesizer. Designed originally for the DX-7 or DX-7II series, it can also be used with any other 6-operator Yamaha synth - but is only compatible at the VOICE level. Therefore on a synth like the TX-802, you can edit the individual 6-operator FM sound of any one voice, but not the Multi setups involving multiple voices.

The editor lives in a software environment within the APPLE LOGIC audio/sequencer program (formerly Emagic Logic). To use this software you MUST have a valid copy of LOGIC on your computer (see below) as well as a MIDI interface which connects your computer via MIDI cable to your hardware synthesizer. This software can NOT be used as a stand alone application under any circumstances. It is not a plug-in and is not compatible with VST, Ableton, AU or any other plug-in format.

Upon purchase, you will ultimately receive a ZIP archive of the editor you purchased for Logic.UNZIP this archive and you will have a choice of LOGIC song documents you can now open in the Logic program, either original DX-7 or DX-7II version. In general, please select the version that more closely resembles your particular model. With first generation FM synths like the DX-1, DX-5, TX-7 and TX816 use the DX-7 version - and for the DX-7S and TX-802 you should use the DX-7II version.

ARP Omni 2

via this auction

Note the leather side panel bending up in the last image. The orange on black Arps had thick leather rather than wood side panels.


via this auction

"You are looking at an original Arp Pro Soloist. One of the first synthesizers to come out in the early 70's. About as vintage as it gets. This has been owned by my family since it was new. My sister played this in the 70's at our church. (see the original vendor sticker from Wichita. KS.) Or course it was been in storage for 30 + years. It is missing the bottom cover, and both of the wooden sides are a little loose like they might be missing a screw. I plugged it in and the red light on the on/off switch did not light up. I did not go any further to see how much does or does not work. I'm sure a person could service this and get it back up and running great."

Vintage Elka Synthex SN 867

via this auction

"This Elka Synthex is in in excellent condition.Refurbished by Retrolinear in 2014 for $2250(see receipt ).
Includes the original pristine operating manual and midi break out box attachment.Comes with all original 80 factory patches(yes, it has the laser harp).

Exceptional sound capabilities that almost all other analog poly synths of the 1978-1983 era can't quite produce due to their lack of BPF/HPFs. There are plenty of websites to research this synth: Sound on Sound, Vintage Synth Explorer, Great Synthesizers, and plenty of videos on You Tube on this incredible synth.

For the novice, the Synthex contains the following:
DCO- analog oscillators with digital control ,2 per voice. Tri/Saw/Square/Pulse/Ring Mod
Noise Genetator-white/pink
VCF-Curtis analog24dB LP, 12dB HP, 12dB & 16dB BP
VCA- analog ADSR
LFO-Tri/Square/Rising and falling ramp with routing to osc/filters, and amps
Glide/portamento control
Sequencer-4 track with pulse or real time programming 128 notes
transpose function
Split/layering keyboard
BBD Chorus with 3 modes
Mono/stereo selector with L/R panning
Service included:

cabinet stripped and finished
installed high grade wide range linear PSU which eliminates the need for a fan(operates 30degrees cooler which minimizes the damage risk to the expensive Curtis chips). For a snapshot of the new "silent Synthex", do a search for "Elka Synthex great synthesizers" and click on Elka Synthex-a polyphonic classic/Greatsynthesizers.Scroll down and see the new German manufactured PSU for the Elka Synthex that allows for cooler and quiter playing. Well worth the $750 these new PSUs go for! The same PSU was installed in this unit in 2014.
all electrolytic capacitors replaced
all logic chips on keyboard contact strip replaced
replaced ROMS with latest software upgrade
replaced RAM ICs
rebuilt joystick controller and repaired analog joystick readout circuitry
reapired faulty solder joints on keyboard and sequencer control boards.
cleaned all keyboard contacts, switch contacts,and controls
calibrated all oscillators and filter trims"

KORG MONO/POLY monophonic synthesizer

via this auction

The seller has one more listed here.

"Overhauled before shipping for long life and to keep original sounds,
Change all electrolytic capacitors and voltage regulators, most of short life Operational Amplifiers and logis ICs with new ones.
Knobs, switches and jacks cleaning.
Four VCOs are in perfect unison due to special VCO circuit care."