MATRIXSYNTH: Crudlabs Crudman (Version 1, with EXTRAS) | Aphex Twin "Ageispolis" cover on Crudman

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Crudlabs Crudman (Version 1, with EXTRAS) | Aphex Twin "Ageispolis" cover on Crudman

Aphex Twin "Ageispolis" cover on Crudman Published on Jul 18, 2017

via this auction - pics and additional details further below.

"Crudman is a unique electronic musical instrument based around a cassette Walkman hacked so its speed can be accurately controlled in musical intervals with Midi and 1v/octave CV. Here a Crudman plays a melody and a bassline of a song you'll hopefully recognize, via a Midi file played in Ableton.

The tape in the video is of a sine wave tuned to middle C, and the audio is straight into a recording device with no pedals or effects or anything. Straight unprocessed sine wave is not the most compelling sound in itself but it gives the clearest possible demonstration of how the Crudman affects a sound. Likewise I don't expect or want customers using these to cover classic songs but its a fun way to show the capabilities of the thing.

I believe this is the first of these videos to feature most of the Crudman's 4 octave range. The top 2.5-3 octaves are extremely stable and accurate, usually to about +/-10 cents. The lowest 1 to 1.5 octaves, heard in the bassline in the middle here, are super wobbly and the lower you go the less stable the tuning is. If you look at the bassline with a tuning app (I use PanoTuner for iPhone) you'll see its way off, like over 50 cents, but for whatever reason it still sounds pretty much spot on."

via this auction

"RARE monophonic cassette playback synth capable of amazing drones, leads, and sound effect - all based on recordings YOU supply.

Several videos available on YouTube demonstrating the use of this unique instrument; search "Crudlabs Crudman". Please note this is the Version 1 edition of the Crudman, and varies slightly from the later version shown in some videos. Video shown in listing is not of actual unit, and meant for demonstration purposes only.
Comes in original (plain white) box, original power supply, and printed instruction manual.
VERY light studio use.

EXTRAS INCLUDED: Five 60-second and ten 30-second blank cassette loop tapes, two tape splicers with splicing tape, an aluminum splicing block, a Sony F-V220 monophonic microphone, AND a separate Sony TCM-200DV cassette-corder (identical to the one on the unit) - all for use in recording and editing your own loop tapes. This extra cassette-corder unit may also be used to supply spare parts if needed for future repairs conducted at Crudlabs, located in Brooklyn, NY.

NOTE: Labels shown on inputs/outputs and switches are not factory screened/supplied, and have simply been added to assist in set-up and use."

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