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Showing posts with label WEM. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The SYNTRX - latest toy.


video upload by noddyspuncture

"I'm sorting out some Synthi style knobs for it. And dug out my old WEM Copycat for some echo."

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Cover Versions by Debukas



Cover tracks by new supporting member, Debukas - https://linktr.ee/debukas

Featuring Moog Prodigy, Roland SH-101/MC-202/TR-909/Jupiter 6/MSQ-700, Yamaha DX-7, Kawai XD-5, Akai MPC2000XL, WEM Copicat, Joemeek VC2, Drawmer 1960, API 512c/525, Zoom 1201, TC D-Two, Sennheiser 421

Playlist:
1. Debukas - I Love You - A cover of the amazing Yello track.
2. Debukas Tribute To Aaron-Carl - My House
A tribute to Detroit house legend Aaron Carl, who died on 30th September 2010. This is a version of his tune, "My House", or more specifically the Dennis Ferrer remix.
3. Debukas - E-Vapor-8 - A cover of the amazing Altern 8 tune from 1992.
4. Debukas - Jupiter Jazz (UR) - Version of a classic Underground Resistance number.
5. Debukas - Join In The Chant! - Debukas plays Nitzer Ebb's "Join In The Chant". Recorded live, with added chant.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

WEM Watkins Copicat TapeEcho (Ft Novation Peak / Tanzbar / Arturia DrumBrute Impact with Solo Part)


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"On this video I did a Sound Demo of the lovely and vintage WEM Solid State Watkins Copicat Tape Echo with a kind of Techno Dub Loop .

To go with the delay I used 1 synth and 2 Drum machines:

The Novation Peak Polyphonic Hybrid Synthesizer (Half analog Half Digital) is used for the Stab chord part.

I used the MFB Tanbar analog Drum Machine for the Snare.

And finally I took the Arturia DrumBrute Impact to do the Kind of Tom Bass with its analog Fm Drum part.

At the beginning you can listen to the Full "track" , then at 3 Minutes you can listen to the Peak Chord in solo with the delay , Around 6 minutes you can listen to the snare in solo, then at 9 it s the DrumBrute Impact Fm Drum turn.

Other stuff you have to know about this video:

I switch off the Novation Peak Delay for this demo, the Watkins Copicat warm delay is the only delay used on this video.

At some point I did feedback loop with the Delay (with the aux of my Allen & Heath GS 3000 Recording Console you can see on the video).

I did a quick mix and master with compressor limiter and eq on Cubase

voila."

Saturday, March 10, 2018

MS20 / WEM Watkins Copycat


Published on Mar 10, 2018 se7ense7

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A little Bob Ross in there.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1968 WEM HAND-FULL VINTAGE HAND HELD SYNTHESIZER DRUM MACHINE EFFECTS UNIT

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SN 00036

"For sale is this vintage 1968 WEM Hand-Full synthesizer noise module. This incredibly rare monosynth, serial number HF 00036, is in extremely clean 100% all original condition. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, this unit is in perfect functional shape. Designed to be held in one hand, but played with both, this psychedelic approach to synthesis was too far ahead of its time. Most similar to today’s Korg Kaos Pad with regard to tactile manipulation and the small simple interface, this hand held synth consists of 4 separate circuits, each of which has 4 basic functions/buttons. Though each circuit board is mono, all four of the boards, as well as the 2 control knobs, interact in a very interesting manner. With squeals, slaps, dive bombs, whistles, and resonant thunder, the Hand-Full might be interpreted by some as a sound effect machine, but in actuality, is somewhat more sophisticated and clearly more musical. While this unit should belong in a museum, it would be an absolute treasure to have in a great studio. Though the serial number suggests that more than 50 were probably made, we’ve only accounted for the potential of a batch of less than 15. Part novelty, part history, this is an incredibly unique synth."

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Steely Dan's Jeff Baxter 1960's WEM WATKINS GUILD Custom Copicat Tube Tape Echo Valve Delay

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via this auction

"This listing is for a 1960's WEM WATKINS GUILD Custom Copicat Tube Tape Echo Valve Delay Unit Owned by Jeff Baxter."

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Copicat + TR808


Copicat + TR808 from arthur joly on Vimeo.
perfect sound !!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WATKINS WEM IC 300 COPICAT

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via this auction

"Offered for sale here is this excellent IC300 Copicat: amongst the best-sounding of the tape Copicats - from an echo point of view (the valve Copicats do make great preamps, but don't produce as clear echoes). This is amongst the best examples we've had - it's had a very easy life and is very clean indeed and sounding fantastic.

It is in excellent working order - the heads have been cleaned and demagnetised and it's been fitted with a three-core earthed mains cable to comply with current safety regulations. It sounds as good as a Copicat can. The case is in superb condition, which is increasingly rare and it comes with its original footswitch (see photos below for details). Operationally it's a very good example indeed - all heads replay at an even level and tone - very inspiring to play. All knobs are crackle-free (some crackle may develop over time through lack of use - easily rectified by a few turns or in excessive cases, judicious use of suitable switch cleaner).

It works well with all sorts of sources, and is a great unit for dub delays - sounds lovely when feeding back into self-oscillation. The footswitch socket that is located in the rear compartment carries a wet-only signal enabling this to be used as a send on a mixing desk for dubtastic echo effects.
The echoes are even in level/tone across all four heads, and self-oscillate raucously when the sustain knob is turned up. The repeats are not particularly hifi in nature - they have a pleasing crunch to them which sits well behind whatever you're playing: this is not a digital delay unit!

It's fitted with a new WEM tape - because Copicats only use a short length of tape (compared to Echoplexes or Space Echoes) the tape should be changed regularly for optimum performance. We can supply quantities of tape loops if required. We use and supply both genuine WEM loops (still manufactured/supplied by Charlie Watkins) and loops from MyTape Echo. Usually if there is any overpayment on postage costs, we make up any excess with spare loops, but please get in touch if you require an extra supply.

It is a UK 240v model so will require a step-up transformer for use in countries with 100-110v mains supplies - the UK plug will be removed for overseas sales to countries with a 240v supply (unless otherwise requested).

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

1960s WEM Hand-Full Synth with a Belt

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via this auction

pics of the inside below.

"For your consideration is this vintage 1960s WEM Hand-Full synthesizer noise module. This incredibly rare example, serial number HF 00036, is in near MINT all original condition."

Controls/Features:
Bass
Rave
Percussion
Freakout
Psychedelia


Monday, September 03, 2012

WEM WATKINS COPICAT IC400 Vari Speed

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"Offered for sale here is one of the rarer and more sought-after models: the IC400 Vari Speed Copicat - complete with seventies 'space age' lettering: probably the most versatile of all the Copicats, with three echo replay heads and the all-important variable speed motor for accurate tempo-matched repeats (or crazy dive-bombing feedback dub effects).

It is in excellent working order and has just had an overhaul to ensure it's working as it should. It has an IEC socket fitted for 240v mains supply, the heads have been demagnetised and a new tape fitted. The case is quite scruffy (see photos below for details), but operationally it's a very good example indeed - appearances can be deceiving with these machines. This one sounds excellent: very inspiring to play. All knobs are crackle-free (some crackle may develop over time through lack of use - this is easily rectified by a few turns or in excessive cases, a squirt of Caig Deoxit switch cleaner).

The echoes are even in level/tone across all heads, and self-oscillate raucously when the sustain knob is turned up. The repeats have that pleasing analogue warmth that comes from tape and which sits so well behind whatever you're playing: this is not a crisp digital delay unit...

It has had a socket fitted for footswitch use which makes for a very studio-friendly unit: the footswitch socket carries the wet-only signal so it's perfect for use as an effects send when mixing, and great for dub-style feedback delays which sound wonderful - it's very easy to get lost creating hypnotic feedback rhythms when 'playing' this machine.

It comes with the original footswitch (a bit battered and missing the logo, but working fine).

It's fitted with a new WEM tape - because Copicats only use a short length of tape (compared to Echoplexes or Space Echoes) the tape should be changed regularly for optimum performance. We can supply quantities of tape loops if required. We use and supply both genuine WEM loops (still manufactured/supplied by Charlie Watkins) and loops from MyTape Echo..."

Friday, August 10, 2012

WATKINS (WEM) COPICAT Mk2 Rare Sixties Valve/Tube Tape Echo

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See the seller's other items for more.

"Offered for sale here is a valve (tube) Mk2 Copicat from the sixties in reasonable cosmetic condition and excellent working order (for a 40-50 year-old valve tape echo). It has had a full service including, head cleaning/alignment/demagnetising, replacement of the capacitors, earthed three core mains cable fitted, and valves tested and replaced where appropriate.

Compared to the later IC Copicats the valve units don't usually produce such clear echoes, even when in good order (bear in mind the heads are 45 plus years old). This sounds lovely both as a pre-amp and as an echo unit. All three heads work well and sound excellent - good strong repeats that break up in an evocative fashion, and run into self-oscillation when the 'reverb' knob is turned up for authentic dub effects. The echoes have a good tone for an old valve Copicat and degrade with a dark crunchy quality - they cannot be desribed as accurate repeats as this is not a digital delay, but they have a sound and vibe that is most pleasing and create a unique effect that sounds 'right'.

These valve Copicats make great preamps, and are increasingly sought-after to add character and warmth to modern digital recordings (the Arctic Monkeys used a valve Copicat when recording their recent 'Suck It And See' album - see Sound On Sound magazine July 2011), as a result they are becoming harder to find, especially in good working order.

It has a trailing socket for footswitch operation and works with any normal footswitch (not included): the added advantage of this is that the footswitch socket carries the wet-only signal for use as an effects send via a mixing desk in the studio - the repeats don't self oscillate from this output unless you feed the signal back via the desk. This makes for a great character dealy when mixing, and is good for authentic dub effects.

The case is in reasonable order for its age, there is some damage as you'd expect and the original plastic grilles are long-gone but it has appropriate replacements.

It's fitted with a new genuine WEM tape - these are easy to bulk buy online, but if the winning bidder wants some couple of spares, please message us for prices/quantities. For best performance tape loops should be changed regularly. We can supply tape loops in greater quantities if required. We use/supply genuine WEM loops, still manufactured/supplied by Copicat designer/manufacturer Charlie Watkins, as well as loops from MyTapeEcho."

Friday, May 11, 2012

WATKINS (WEM) COPICAT Mk2 Rare Sixties Valve (Tube) Tape Echo

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rare WEM HAND-FULL


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"This is an Ultra Rare Synth Model From WEM / Watkins electric Music Limited The serial No. is 00036 and I've not been able to ascertain how many where ever made. There is hardly mention of them on the internet but for a clip from an old Brochure. And the Effect makes an appearance on the cover artwork of Pink Floyds Ummagumma Album link

There is an Adjustable Strap which holds the box n your hand your fingers then have control of the 4 buttons on the top which Generate four Very Deep Sub Bass tones Combining the Buttons in different Orders Produces Variations of notes. Next there is the BASS Dial which controls the Volume of these tones The RAVE dial acts both as the On/Off Switch and Over all Volume for the rest of the Effects

PERCUSSION
These four Buttons each emit a short Mid range tone Something like and 808 Conga Sound only sharper

FREAKOUT
1 hi pitch Oscillation / 2 White Noise / 3 Long siren That descends and ascends on removal / 4 Shorter Siren Like Sound

PSYCHEDELIA
1 hi piercing Sound / 2 sounds Like a bee / 3 Hi Mid Oscillation / 4 Another Variation on Oscillation pressing various buttons together or holding one down whilst you play others produces variations of effects and Analog Sound to my ears it's not that removed from something you'd expect of Arp Synths of that Era lots of Sharp sounds

Inside the Box each Button is attached to it's own very Dense Circuit board each button is it's own tone generator, there is allot of Circuit inside!

When i got this not all the Buttons where working and i soldered a few wires that had come loose and gave it a good spray of circuit Cleaner. I also replaced the output Cable as the old one had deteriorated. The New Cable has a female 1/4 Jack on it so you can extend the reach of the box. I did not do anything else to it apart from installing fresh batteries.

The Wem Hand-full is powered by an old style A136 9.0V Alkaline battery One of which i've placed in the photo so you have an idea. These are available from this supplier http://www.smallbattery.company.org.uk It is quite Possible that you could wire in the adapter for a modern 9v Battery i did not do this as i wanted to keep the box as untouched as possible There is one batteries inside the machine now but it's running low!"

Monday, November 07, 2011

NightBird's RSF Polykobol Videos

"RSF Polykobol II" live & short démonstration (NightBirds Electronic Studio)

YouTube Uploaded by NightBirds31 on Nov 7, 2011

"Here is a short demo with an RSF Polykobol.
Quickly made...
Tired this morning to do better:)"

NightBirds Teaser 1 (RSF Polykobol II, RSF Kobol & ARP Odyssey)

Uploaded by NightBirds31 on Nov 5, 2011

"Instruments Used :
RSF Kobol (Fx)
RSF Polykobol II (sequence & Fx with the second split part)
ARP Odyssey (Fx & play)
WEM Reverbmaster & Pre-Mixer (mix & spring reverb used)

Video by Monade

P&C NightBirds Electronic Music - 2011

* Just a hypnotic sequence recorded with a RSF Polykobol II.
Live improvisation with ARP Odyssey, RSF Kobol."

NightBirds Teaser 2 (Live arpegiator sequence with the RSF Polykobol II...)

Uploaded by NightBirds31 on Nov 6, 2011

"Instruments Used :
RSF Kobol (Melodie)
RSF Polykobol II (Arpegiator sequence & Fx sounds with the second part split)
KORG Micro-Preset (Improvisation)
ROLAND MC-202 (Ambient Sounds)
WEM Reverbmaster & Pre-Mixer IV (mix with spring reverb)

Live improvisation in the futur studio.

P&C NightBirds Electronic Music - 2011"

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Debukas - Join In The Chant


YouTube Uploaded by rottenrow on Mar 8, 2011

"Debukas plays Nitzer Ebb's "Join In The Chant". All live, apart from the choir.

Featuring Moog Prodigy, Roland SH-101/MC-202/TR-909/Jupiter 6/MSQ-700, Yamaha DX-7, Kawai XD-5, Akai MPC2000XL, WEM Copicat, Joemeek VC2, Drawmer 1960, API 512c/525, Zoom 1201, TC D-Two, Sennheiser 421"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Anyware Instruments - SEMtex XL Analog Synth & WEM Watkins Copicat Model Super IC Tape Delay


via this auction

"ANYWARE INSTRUMENTS SEMTEX "XL" Desktop SEM Clone. Those box has the Serialnumber #25 and was recently serviced by Anyware itself; thereof it has the last current MIDI Firmware and fixed some small 'Issues'."

Also see the seller's WEM Watkins Copicat Model Super IC Tape Delay listed here.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

analog ist eh am besten...!

flickr by TheMM
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Copicat Bandecho

flickr by TheMM

wem Watkins Copicat

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wem Watkins Copicat trio


YouTube via zioguido.

KORG MS20, ARP Odyssey and Alesis Andromeda A6 make an appearance.
Synth demos at 1:41.

"These are my three Wem Copicats. One is the classic "Custom" Copicat, model IC-400, and I think it's the oldest of the three; one is the Super IC model with 4 playback heads, and the black cat is the VariSpeed model, the only Copicat with a DC motor capable of changing tape speed, and I think this is the newest. I don't know their ages or the production years precisely, but I suppose it's something between the late 60's and the early 70's. All 3 models are solid state.
I love them, I love tape and analog echo effects in general, the Roland Space Echo is my favourite, but Copicats have something special, not only in their tone.

Plus, they come from the inventor of the tape echo, Mr. Charlie Watkins.

If you can find one in good conditions, grab it with no esitation! And if you're into computer music and you just wish to have fun with one of these babies without having to buy one, try the free emulation: WatKat. You can download it here: http://www.genuinesoundware.com/?a=sh..."

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

WEM/watkins copicat


flickr set by janvanvolt
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Synth connection? they also made the WEM Nightshade.

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