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

Archives: 2005

December 19, 2005

Cwejman modular???

by Chris Randall

It seems that the Cwejman site is down due to unknown Swedish troubles, but there's a Cwejman forum on where Michael Cwejman posts now and again, and the above-linked thread is quite interesting. It seems that Cwejman is going to do a real modular, which is a bit of a departure from their normal prepatched and semi-modular offerings.

There's a PDF available that talks about the various modules that will be available in the initial offering. Pictured at left is a 3-band parametric with voltage control on each control, which is pretty nifty. Also available will be a pretty fucking sophisticated oscillator, a multi-mode filter, and a complete voice module, which contains an oscillator, a multi-mode filter, and two envelopes.

These modules will be Euro-Rack, which just figures. It's looking more and more like I'm going to have to invest in a couple frames of that format. Maybe Shawn from Analog Haven (our friendly local Cwejman dealer) will chime in with an expected release date, and maybe some prices.

UPDATE: Shawn just posted to the Analog Heaven list that these will be shown at NAMM. I'll try to snap some pictures when I'm there.

December 19, 2005

Phase Two Progress...

by Chris Randall

We've now got Phase Two running as an AudioUnit. See? All that's left now is optimizing, the manual, beta testing, and installers, and another fine Audio Damage product will be out the door. Not long now...

December 19, 2005

It's about time! An API EQ DIY project...

by Chris Randall

In my years of watching the various sites that talk about DIY audio gear, I must have seen a couple hundred requests for an API EQ project. (I think I may have made one or two of those requests.) Now that I'm older and wiser, I know that the API 550 is a hidiously complicated beast. However, I'm watching this thread at Prodigy-Pro with interest. It seems Elco of Egostatic Media is working on a clone of the API 553 three-band EQ. While this little guy isn't as fly as its big brother, it is still really fly, so I'm pretty excited about this.

Elco's project will be fully compatible with the API 500 form-factor, so it'll fit in the lunchboxes and boards already in existence. It has a couple extra features, too, like switchable highs and lows, and the ability to use any 990-footprint op-amp, so you can tune each unit to taste. I think it would be interesting to have, say, 8 of them, and have a different op-amp (e.g. Hardy, Melcor, Millenia, et al) in each one.

Anyways, the project should be quite easy, and relatively cheap. I'll keep you posted of the progress; when he has boards available, you can definitely sign me up.

December 17, 2005


by Chris Randall

Yesterday, during my Daily Surf, I came across a schematic for an MS-20 (Sallen-Key) filter that had been modified for 9V use as a guitar pedal. I had it in my head that it was at but I'm obviously mistaken. Does anyone here know what the fuck I'm talking about, and furthermore where the hell it is? I can't for the life of me find it again.

In other DIY news, I finished stuffing the Sound Lab Mini Synth board. For some stupid reason I accidentally ordered SMP-flavored op-amps instead of DIPs, so I need to scare up 3 of those before I can call the board officially done. But that said, I'm going to pick up some paint for the case tomorrow; assuming I don't pull all my hair out wiring the front panel (my least favorite part of any DIY project) this guy should be running within the next couple days.

UPDATE: Never mind. Found it.

December 16, 2005

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall

This week, no funny business. What we have here is Rusty Insects Studio, owned by James "Carbon111" from the Analog Heaven mailing list. When I put up a studio and make fun of it, and you all go "yeah, but what the fuck is it _supposed_ to look like?" this is what I'm talking about. A good selection of digitals and analogs, some tasteful outboard, and not a piece of Mackie or Behringer in site.

Of course, James obviously has some cash to spend, as witnessed by the three Serge panels, but still...

Here's his workstation, which isn't visible in the above photo. In short, it's an excellent small workstation, properly laid out, with some good quality yet not too ridiculously expensive gear. Visit his page for info on all his stuff. He also resource pages for the Evolver, Serge, Microwave, and Juno 60, chock full of usefull shit if you have one of those pieces.


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