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Thursday, April 24, 2014

PhonoPaper Camera Scanning Synth for iOS Now Available and Free

And the best part is it's currently free. What's interesting is it will work using the camera on anything. I thought the app would only read between the horizontal bar lines in the paper images you see to the left, but I just tried it on anything and it worked! You just have to set it to free mode. Great app to trip people out. Would also be interesting to use it to capture a visual what your playing on your modular or other and then feed that audio back in for processing. Or just have it watch TV and feed the audio back into your modular or mix. Should make for some interesting performances. I'm surprised it's is free as I can see it going viral with non synth people picking it up for a buck just to show it to people. Grab it while you can.

iTunes: PhonoPaper - Alexander Zolotov

You might remember the video posted here for the Android version (also available).

"PhonoPaper is:
• format of graphical representation of the sound (music, human voice, etc.); in other words, it is the 2D audio barcode (by analogy with the QR-code);
• real-time PhonoPaper-code reader (using the camera);
• PhonoPaper-code generator (sound to image converter).

Key features:
• PhonoPaper-code is analogue, so it is not so sensitive to different types of the image distortion (bad camera, dark picture, wrinkled paper, etc.); at least you will hear the "silhouette" of the original sound;
• PhonoPaper does not require access to the network; its code is self-contained;
• PhonoPaper-code can be played in real-time with hand-controlled speed and direction;
• PhonoPaper-code can be drawn by hand (paper version of the Virtual ANS synth);
• PhonoPaper is free!

Examples of usage:
• voice messages (or pieces of music) on the billboards, posters, postcards, goods;
• audio labels for phonorecords;
• audio examples in some textbooks;
• art-experiments;
• learning the basics of the spectral music.

PhonoPaper is based on the Virtual ANS engine - it is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS. So if you want to make more complex PhonoPaper-codes - use the Virtual ANS.

Default PhonoPaper-code length is 10 seconds. But you can make it shorted or longer - playing speed can be changed manually.

Official website with examples and FAQ: http://warmplace.ru/soft/phonopaper

Please try my other apps:
Virtual ANS."

All great apps.

korg delta DL-50 vintage analog strings synthesizer repair

Published on Apr 24, 2014 markusfuller·15 videos

"here I repair the Korg Delta DL-50 synthesiser from the 1980s era. with the usual capacitor problem that many vintage keyboards suffer from. the Delta is a slimmed down version of the Trident."

Siel DK600 tech talk; a tough nut to crack

Published on Apr 24, 2014 sounddoctorin·188 videos

"Bob Weigel of http://www.sounddoctorin.com gives a tech overview of The Siel DK600 aka Opera 6 aka Kiwi. This synth has some fantastic attributes if you can get one working reliably. I've found some problems besides the common battery spill which just requires a lot of socket/chip changing, trace repair and cleanup usually. The voltage on 5V supply can drift too low and particularly hitting notes hard the s+h cells for key voltage will bleed back onto the power supply through the analog switch 4051's. This creates a phantom lfo strangeness when you hit keys hard. Anyway you may find yourself in a labor of love on these and hopefully this video helps some people. Always check the website for more tech tips, parts etc.

The architecture is somewhat similar to the polymoog except with only 6 voices instead of fully polyphonic in that it uses analog VCO's driving a divide down network. In the Polymoog the frequencies are hard wired of course like an organ but in the siel they are assigned to synth channels by the computer like any polysynth. Watch the demo video showing more of the sounds layered with the Expander module! (A Dk600 with only volume and tune knobs that are analog controls for the vco's)"


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Moog Minimoog Voyager Old School Custom White Blue LEDs & Moog Case

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Moog Minimoog Voyager Lunar Impact Edition with Moog Hard Case

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BugBrand DRM-1 + DRM-1x sequenced.

Published on Apr 24, 2014 LowGainElectronics·48 videos

"Messing around with the new BugBrand DRM-1+1x. Only other module being used is the SEQ-1+CV expanders. No other modules used!"

EURORACK MODULE - AniModule - TrAniModule

Published on Apr 24, 2014 DivKidMusic·18 videos

"So here's the AniModule TrAniModule, Transistor amp and speaker module. It's a class A circuit through and through with a 1 watt amp and a speaker "the size of my big toe" (according to Jesse from AniModule).

As always any questions feel free to get in touch and leave comments etc. Make sure to subscribe for more coming soon."

SYNTABLISM - Using a Turntable to Control a Modular Synth

Published on Jan 31, 2014 sircut1200·43 videos


...ist eine alternative Turntablism Spielart, bei der nicht das direkte Manipulieren von Audiomaterial auf Schallplatten im Mittelpunkt steht, sondern diese genutzt werden um Synthesizer anzusteuern und völlig neue Klänge zu erzeugen.

Syntablism is the art of using a turntable as a musical instrument to create and/or manipulate sound with a modular synthesizer."


Published on Aug 6, 2012 sircut1200·43 videos

Note the first video is from back in 2012.

AnttiPussinen : OverUnder - Analog Synthesizer Based Sculpture

AnttiPussinen : OverUnder from Antti Pussinen on Vimeo.

If you are in Berlin, Germany, the work is possible to see till 26.4. in Suomesta Galleria.

"OverUnder by Antti Pussinen is an analog synthesizer based sound sculpture, that creates infrasonic sound waves around approximately 16Hz. Over tones of base frequency are created by folding original waveform into itself.

Since most of the frequencies in the artwork are below hearing range (and below the range of my recorder), a sense of pressure is missing from the video. The low frequencies one can hear are a product of sound reflections inside the gallery room.

Analog sound synthesis based sound works are like sculptures. In a sound synthesis circuit, electricity is forced to form abstract waveforms in electric current. A speaker transforms these electric waveforms into waves in air
pressure. Since no data is lost in digital to analog and analog to digital conversions, a viewer can feel and hear the original sculpted waveform in full detail.

The power of digital revolution is based on evaluating what is relevant information, and filtering out the rest (for example outside of hearing range in digital audio). With this development we are maybe losing some feeling or content that is seen irrelevant, but is still there.

2014, 160 x 90 x 90 cm, Infrasonic subwoofer, speakers, analog synthesizer circuitry, other electronics.

Shown in Suomesta Galleria, Berlin, together with paintings from Mimmo Catania.


supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland"