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

Archives: July 2006


July 19, 2006

Corbaccio At The Keys...

by Chris Randall
 



I've never been a big fan of the Marx Brothers, and as such, I didn't realize what most of you probably already know: Chico Marx could give a fucking clinic on piano playing. Like, take you out back and learn you a thing or two style.


 
July 19, 2006

Crumar Performer, Round Two (Fight!)

by Chris Randall
 

Okay, so I got this Performer in the hizzle. It is actually in surprisingly good shape; only a couple minor problems, which I can certainly deal with for the price I paid!


The resonance slider on the Brass section is dead, for starters. I haven't opened it up to see if it's a loose connection or the pot is actually completely out of commision, but I assume the latter, and will need to replace it. The slider toggle for the Brass volume is broken off, so that'll need to be replaced. And all but 5 of the slider caps are missing.


So, anybody have a dead Performer and want to sell me the resonance and Brass volume sliders, plus ten slider handles? Otherwise, I'll just buy 15 new ones, if I can find a current production model that fits.


Otherwise, it's in great shape. Someone sharpied out the "AR" in "CRUMAR" on the top, resulting in a "CRUM PERFORMER" but I don't really care about that. In sound, it is significantly different than the Omni 2. You can really hear the divide-down working on the lower notes, where it's not so obvious on the Omni and RS09. As string synths go, it's one of them. I wouldn't pay a shitload for one, but it has a definite Joy Division vibe to it which I really like, and is appropriate to what I'm currently up to, musically. So I have no complaints.


(And let me just add that Phase Two fucking owns this cocksucker. It's like they were made for each other.)


 
July 18, 2006

New At Analogue Haven...

by Chris Randall
 

It has become my lot in life to tirelessly pimp both Analogue Haven and Effector 13. Today, I have the opportunity to do both in one fell swoop. The Effector 13 Synth Mangler pedal, which initially brought that company to my attention a couple months ago is now available at Analogue Haven for purchase, for the reasonable price of $295. What is it? A pair of E13 Soda Meiser pedals, in their "Truly Beautiful" configuration, with a joystick to crossfade between them. I have a Soda Meiser, and it is the single most destructive pedal I've ever even come across, let alone owned.


So, this gets a "highly recommended" from me. Effector 13 destructive power and Analogue Haven service. What more could a boy ask for? And you have to be impressed about the fact that I've finally managed to make a post about AH where I spelled the name of the company correctly throughout.


 
July 18, 2006

Diamond Dave: The Gift That Keeps On Giving...

by Chris Randall
 





I don't really have anything to say about these that Diamond Dave hasn't already said. "This baby is loaded with techno." (Thanks to Mr. McAnally, Diamond Dave's new best friend.)


 
July 17, 2006

A little synth poem...

by Chris Randall
 

Ode to Synthesizers

By Josh Langberg



Oscillators that stay in tune.

Filter sweeps will make girls swoon.

Black ebony, white ivory,

49, 61 and 88 key.



All made up of circuit boards,

if polyphonic you can play chords.

Special chips make you temperature stable,

unless of course, you have a wave-table.



Multiple envelopes contour the sound,

while distortion effects bring forth the hellhound.

Frequency modulation is the control,

that combines oscillator sounds, it can shake the soul.



With a keyboard or rack-mountable,

using a TRS or XLR cable.

Voltage controlled amplifier,

How you titillate my desire.



One can never have too many LFO?s,

they?ll sound like the engine of a UFO.

Blipps and bleeps, multimode filters squelching,

most are made in Tokyo, not Beijing.



Sample and hold, you turn my world to chaos,

random voltages you are the embodiment of Eros.



Waldorf, Quasimidi, Ensoniq, and Polyfusion,

you bring me out of dissolution.

Oberheim, Arp, E-MU, and Access,

give me the need to continually practice.

Moog, Roland, Korg, and Sequential,

you make the most of my potential.
 

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