Friday, February 17, 2012

Mystery Synth Luv...

We synth nerds love to debate what is the "best" form of synthesis. Is it Analog? Digital? Modular? VST? Can you hear a difference? IS there a difference? What makes a synth "the best" or even just "good?"

Here is an audio demo of a synth to be featured in the next post on this blog. Can you guess what made these sounds?  This was recorded live, one take, with no editing.

 And what good would a contest be without prizes!

A free Download from the back catalog at Http:// for the person who gets closest AND a free download to the 15th and 30th person to submit a guess. So even if you have no idea you might get some cool free music!

 Two hints:

- This is a monosynth, it only plays one note at a time.
- There are dedicated knobs galore.

Email guesses HERE. Results will be posted later this month.

Guess on!

Friday, February 10, 2012

All sorts of goings on...

It's been a while since I've posted but it's not for a lack of activity. I have a new album from  Sweeping the Noise Floor almost finished, there are huge goings on from Buchla and Associates, and there are plenty of synth and noise machines floating around for upcoming posts.

To get us going here is a quick theme I did on the Yamaha SK30 organ/string synthesizer. Live one take old school and I even left the recorder "shut off" click at the end to add some lofi mojo :)

Here is a brief update of the new Buchla Company 

The first new module, the 267e is now available as well as a new ultra portable completed system the Buchla Skylab  which many are calling a new "Music Easel" type unit. In addition Buchla and Associates has formed their first ever partnership which was announced at the winter NAMM show. You can watch a short video with Mike Marins explaining that here:  

There also is a new update to the operating system for the 200e main computer (included in the 225e and 206e modules) and updated firmware for all modules (now operating on 3.x). I am currently keeping my system on the old firmware but hope to upgrade sometime in 2012. For now you can find experiences and opinions about the process and features in the Muffwiggler forums and in particular on this thread.

So there you have it, news, one new song, and a few hints of things to come.  The next post will be a return to form with some examples and more synthy geek stuff to follow but for now relax with the stringz'n'things and keep an eye peeled for the "new" Buchla Musical Instruments.