Archives: May 2006
New Zealand's Buzz Audio has some nice stuff in the pipeline. Click the image for a larger pic. The Elixer mic pre fits in API-sized slots, and is a class A/Lundahl design based on their excellent MA-2.2 mic pre. $695 a throw, which puts it right in line with almost every other 500-sized mic pre. (I don't believe there are any other 500-sized pres with a transformerless input stage, so this is definitely a new flavor for that form factor.)
On the right is the Essence compressor, one of the very few non-API compressors in this form factor. It is, as you can plainly see, 2U wide, which kind of blows considering the price-per-slot of 500 racks. Not much info about this one yet, but the price is probably going to be in the $800 to $850 range.
1. HP 200CD oscillator. You want to talk about bottom? Holy shit. There are samples of this on the "samples" page, but the real thing is tubey and has a big fucking knob. It is heavy as hell; I wouldn't suggest shipping this over-seas. I paid $40 for it. Make me an offer I can't refuse.
2. Bell & Howell Model 10D oscilloscope. This is a good starter scope. Not a lot of bells and whistles (or Howells, for that matter) but it works as advertised. Fun for viewing your LFO and MiniWave waveforms, which is what I used it for. It is largish, but light. Offers.
3. Speak 'n' Math. Someone started a bend on this, but never actually did anything. (I have a pretty good idea why: there are three normally closed momentary buttons in the front. Something tells me the prospective bender bought the wrong kind of buttons at Ratshack and gave up.) It works fine, if you're in to the whole Speak thing, and is ready for bending. $15 and it is yours.
4. iOpener, unmodded. I got this with the intent of making a little BeOS box for running MIDI software, and using it as an external sequencer. However, I never got around to doing the mod necessary for it to run BeOS. I may get around to it yet, but it may serve someone who has a bit more free time better. If you don't know what this is, I suggest avoiding it; it is a more advanced project. Offers.
If you're not in the know, we do FMOF the first Saturday of every month. You download the loop, and edit/chop/slice/dice/whatever it to your heart's content. The resulting file must be the same tempo and key, but otherwise, you're free to have your way with it. You may use only the provided source material. No extra samples or synthesis. You can, of course, resynthesize pieces of the included loop.
Export the results of your labours and zip it up and e-mail it to me, or post a link to it in one of the FMOF threads throughout the week. At midnight next Friday, I'll assemble all the loops in chronological order, and post the resulting track.