MATRIXSYNTH: Advance Instruments H1E LF Valve Oscillator SN 1527

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Advance Instruments H1E LF Valve Oscillator SN 1527

Published on Nov 25, 2016 orangecoals

"1st part -- just pure tones of unit - straight into soundcard

2nd part - straight into soundcard - through filter plugin and delay plugin

3rd part - are 3 overdubs -- using 2 overdubbed sounds to make a chord and the third playing with the pitch through small stone phaser guitar pedal and some spring reverb."

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"Start your own radiophonic workshop

imagine you're in cluster or harmonia - silver apples - or even Kraftwerk.

Nothing can quite prepare you for the fat tones of oscillation created by valves -- a truly lovely piece of vintage audio test equipment -- of a type similar to used by all the aforementioned classic early electronic bands.

Valve oscillators were the very beginnings of electronic music - either used alone or as part of a modular system, played through a filter or put through spring reverbs, guitar pedals -or used as part of a ring modulator- the choice is only limited by your imagination.

Fabulous condition -- obviously there is the odd mark here and there from use for a piece of lab equipment dating from late 60's early 70's. Please have a good look at the pics for the conditon - it's not far from 50 years old! there are a couple of stickers left on it from the lab/ a bit of writing and and some glue marks from old stickers -- I left these on ans I think they add to the vintage vibe - I'm sure it could be cleaned up and look almost good as new - if so desired.

Audio comes out of the front at line level ---where it says output -- you will need to either make up or buy a BNC test lead to audio.

Seems to work as it should - no idea if it needs calibration - and I've no idea if the tones it emits are infact accurate to the dial readings - I do know that it goes very very deep and very very high -- beyond human hearing at both extremes -- watch your speakers.

Has a rather nifty attatched stand which props it up ---as you can see in photos --- can be used with stand up or down.

It produces very fat square waves - or beautiful pure sine waves.

Also be very careful with vintage valve gear -- they operate at v high voltage ---deadly voltage so don't fiddle around inside it when it is switched on (or off ---valve gear holds its charge) . This should only be done by a trained tech.

Its been PAT tested in the last couple of years.

Highly rated top quality vintage Brimar valves inside --- Advance Instruments are very well regarded. The dial on this is beautifully engineered and has a fantastic feel to it --- makes it possible to paly the sine waves with nice smooth pitch bends -- very theremin like."

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