MATRIXSYNTH: Back in the day

Monday, June 23, 2008

Back in the day

YouTube via twoshedtunes
"Film of an analog electronic home studio showing how I made my tunes before digital came along and even before I had midi"
Update: some background from Lorne in Canada:
"Larry's a friend of mine who asked me to chop up a 1984 video of him working in his old twosheds basement studio back in 1984. I did and he just put it up on You tube. The tube has a 10 minute limit on uploads so its there in three chunks.

He used a synare, a 606 and 303 into a rather uncommon 4 track cassette mixer system from Clarion (came in its own factory console!) and he layered his homemade electric mandolin into it. The clairitone had built in analog echo circuits and varispeed. Anyhow that's how it was back in the day, just before I stumbled upon his African Bypass cassette in the local indy shop and met him. He was listening to a lot of southern African and Nigerian musics back then that were news to me. Anyhow its hard to see this gear the way it was before techno, so here's how one person made a non-techno non-disco studio out of it. He walks through how he worked back then, chain smoking the whole way, mandolin is in the middle and the final mix style is in the last chunk.

Lorne in Canada"


  1. Anyone know what kind of multitrack he's using?

  2. The final track is really cool
    It (almost) makes want to get my old multitrack from the attic

  3. _scoff_ Doesn't sound anything like a real 303. Must be broken.

  4. HORROR !!! A guy smoking in a studio

    BTW, drums and bass line from my old Casio sound much better than this.


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