The ARP Avatar is very similar to the Odyssey but instead of a keyboard it was designed to capture the notes and articulations being played on a guitar and use that to control the synthesizer. So I guess the synth is supposed to be an “avatar” of your guitar? Seems kind of sad. Continue reading “ARP Avatar”
I spent a lot of last week neck-deep in restoring this Mellotron M400. I’m still not finished, but here are some photos of the process… Continue reading “Mellotron M400 restoration in progress”
The Hohner Pianet T is a lesser-known electromechanical piano that was made in the late 1970s. It is completely passive without even a volume control, with little Wurlitzer-like reeds and the tiniest pickups I have ever seen. The sound is like a cross between a Rhodes and a Wurlitzer. Continue reading “Hohner Pianet T”
This is the beginning of a massive MOTM modular project that we’re probably going to be working on for a very long time. We were handed a few big plastic tubs containing dozens of modules ranging from apparently complete to semi-built to just bare boards and we’re just supposed to slowly complete and test them all. Continue reading “CGS “Synthacon” Filter and Blacet “Dark Star Chaos” Modules”
I just finished restoring the electronics on this beautiful Juno I bought directly from Japan, with all its voice cards failing, to restore and sell. I was going to announce it as “for sale” here on the blog, but I had already posted it on our Reverb shop yesterday, and by the time I checked my email today it was already sold. Continue reading “Roland Juno 106 (#5)”
Darian just finished a job putting together this pedal (for the same person who I did this pedal for last week). It is actually two fuzz pedals in one, Jed’s Peds “Soda Master” and “Farting Cones,” based on Devi Ever’s “Soda Meiser” and “Torn’s Peaker” respectively. The client didn’t want us to put any labeling on it, so the picture above is probably pretty meaningless and boring, but there it is… a very loud and very noisy dual-fuzz pedal.
Another Juno 106. This one, miraculously, had all of its panel switches working! It had not had such a hard life as many others. Only one voice chip was failing but we opted to restore all of them. It’s best not to give them a chance to get worse. I pretty much always do all of them now. Continue reading “Roland Juno 106 (#4)”
This synth sounds FAT. It’s architecture is really simple, but it sounds really good. I can’t think of any 80s polysynth that is better at making fat, Moog-ish leads and basses. Six voices of a patch like that sounds absolutely huge. It has the 4 way joystick shared by the whole Korg “Poly” series which effectively gives you an extra (analog-controlled) LFO. The oscillators have a lot of low end and can sound really fuzzy, like Big Muff fuzzy. It has a simple arpeggiator that allows you to tell it to run your arpeggio up and down the whole keyboard. If you trigger an arpeggio by playing several notes in different octaves, it will alternate steps above each of them as it arpeggiates, allowing you to make some complex, interesting sequences. Continue reading “Korg Poly 61”