Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.

Archives: April 2006

April 5, 2006

Tube Porn Video...

by Chris Randall

A short movie made by Dave Pape about Theo Argiriadis, a British tube effect builder guy. Says Dave:

His workshop sublimates eccentric retro gear porn into a higher form,
something like gynaecological valve art - and after much pestering from me,
he agreed to assemble a little collection of units he's made over the past
few years for me to film.

I really want to hang out with this guy. He not only knows his business, but has really good hair. Check out this distortion box he made for Dave. Hit up his website for more info, and pay special attention to that stereo spring 'verb / valve amp. That is a thing of beauty.

April 4, 2006

A Wild Goose Chase...

by Chris Randall

I don't suppose any of my fair readers has an original manual for the Realistic Electronic Reverb, do they? We're doing the manual for our Ratshack Reverb today, and we wanted to use some quotes from the real thing. If you have this, and can scan it, or know where to find it online, let me know.

April 3, 2006

The Big Sell Off (round three!)

by Chris Randall

Okay, we're getting in to the home stretch now. Here's what's up in this one. A little more esoteric...

SCI Prophet 2000: Still available. In excellent condition electronically. 7/10 cosmetically. Analog filters and VCAs. A few disks. Makes an excellent controller, or you can resample drum loops and such. I use it mainly for resampling softsynths to give 'em a little oomf. $225. No takers on this, and I'm parting it out for the CEMs (which are worth more than the $225 I want for it.)

Wurlitzer Model 112 electric piano:
The Supertramp Special. You basically need this, no two ways about it. It needs some love, though. There are two broken tines. I went to replace one of them (I have an NOS replacement for it) and discovered that the screw that holds it in is stripped. So that would need to be drilled out and retapped. Also, the amp needs to be recapped. This thing weighs 3.6 metric fucktonnes, so shipping is basically out of the question. So if you live anywhere from Seattle to L.A., I'll deliver. If you don't, you're shit outta luck unless you want to come get it. $400 takes it.
Sorry. I just turned this on, and decided I'm not selling it.

Wurlitzer Sideman: The First Real Drum Machine. It's big. It's beautiful. It sounds awesome. It has a hum like nobody's business. The tube drum synth portion of the unit needs to be recapped, and I wouldn't wish this job on my worst enemy. The tube amp portion is clean as a whistle, and sounds fucking fantastic. See above re: size and shipping. It only weighs 1.3 metric fucktonnes, for what it's worth. Make me an offer I can't refuse, then come pick it up, because there's no way I'm shipping it.

Sound Labs Mini Synth PCB, stuffed. This is the PCB portion of a Sound Labs Mini Synth. All components are there except for one capacitor that I ran out of. Just add front panel pots and box to hold it, and you're golden. I'd like out of it what I put in to it, sans time. That would be $82.00.

As with the last bit, Paypal only, buyer pays for shipping of his/her choice. Drop me a line if you're interested in any of this.

April 3, 2006

Messe = Big Fat Waste Of Time And Money?

by Chris Randall

So, between my own native curiousity about things noisy, and my interest in aquiring grist for the AI mill, I am pretty hungry for press releases that look interesting. Is it just me, or was there very little at this Messe to be excited about? Here's my roundup of interesting shit...

Adam A7 near-field monitors: These look sexy as hell, and for $1199 the pair, finally put powered Adam monitors within reach of the unwashed masses. I'm reasonably certain that Audio Damage needs to purchase these, so I can tell exactly how bad my code is fucking up the audio stream. Now to talk my partner in to that... (Maybe I'll use the ploy where I say "dude, these speakers have your name written _all_ over them!" Yeah, that'll work.)

SSL Duende: I've talked plenty about this over the last couple days. I'm not sure whether I'm more excited about the Adams or this, but damn, it looks tasty. Still nothing on the SSL flash-a-thon about it, but they always have been a little slow. Go there and read about the new iteration of the AWS-900+ that neither you nor I nor both of us together can afford while you're waiting.

Moog Little Fatty: There is truly nothing left to say about this that hasn't been already said by a whole fuckload of people that have never seen or heard it in real life. In my opinion, as one of those people, it looks like a good deal for a synth that is really eye-catching, and judging from the samples on the site, a 2-OSC Moog monosynth through and through. As several people that talked to Moog reps at the show have said, there will be another model down the road a bit, with plastic endcheeks and amber LEDs for $999.

If there's something else that came out that fits in my sexy file that I missed (unlikely) please let me know about it. I'd add the Focusrite DSP box, but there's just too much of a chance that it'll not be what it's cracked up to be. Focusrite is really hitting the bottom end of the market hard, and a lot of people who's opinions I respect say that the Liquid Channel is crap. So I have misgivings about the Focusrite Liquid Mix.

April 1, 2006

The Big Sell Off (round two!)

by Chris Randall

The Blacet modular, the Univox EC100, and the Neumann PEV are spoken for, so they're off the block. Here's a current list of what I'm unloading, with suggested prices. If you want to make an offer, I'll seriously consider it, as long as it isn't a complete joke:

SCI Prophet 2000 sampler: In excellent condition electronically. 7/10 cosmetically. Analog filters. A few disks. Makes an excellent controller, or you can resample drum loops and such. I use it mainly for resampling softsynths to give 'em a little oomf. $225

Oberheim Matrix 6: You know what this is. It is in generally okay shape; could probably use a good cleaning inside. The mod levers are a bit scratchy. Otherwise fine electronically. Cosmetically, 7/10 $175

TL Audio Dual Valve Mic Pre: This has been with me for years and years. Works like a charm, except the right gain pot has a dead spot at the end of travel. Only a problem if you're using a ribbon mic, really. 2U rack mount, with a grill so you can see all the tubes. $80 (I believe I paid $700 for this in 1996.)

Eventide H910: This is the very unit we cloned to make the original Discord. The right (delay only) channel occasionally has some distortion. The pitch shifting channel works like a charm. I imagine a recapping would put it in to excellent health, but if you just want the pitch shifting part, you're good to go. Cosmetically, it is 7/10. $150

Behringer Eurorack Pro: 16-input 1U line mixer. Get this fucking thing out of my studio, please. I promise I won't make fun of you for it. Basically like-new condition. $50

Groove Tubes Ditto Box:Valve D.I. I don't like it. Maybe you will. Basically new, and comes with complimentary suck. $50

Blue Ball microphone: I don't like this either. Some kind of crazy person thought a phantom-powered dynamic mic was a good idea. $50

There will be more. Paypal only. I'll ship anywhere, buyer determines method and pays. Drop me a line if you're interested in any of this stuff. I can deliver the keyboards anywhere from Corvallis up to Seattle.


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