November 18, 2005

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall
 



One of the AI readers, Phil Hendricks of Seattle, sent me pictures of his current rig, and as soon as I saw them, I knew my HCGP issues were solved, at least for this week. Pictured above, you can see Phil's Wall O' Korg, including an MS10, two MS20s, an SQ10, and an MS50. Ouch. A Minimoog D, a Roland Expander 102 (I think), an ARP Odyssey, what I believe is one of the Realistic Moogs, and a few various vintage effects. To the right, you can see some Moog modular bits. I'm embarassed to say I don't recongize the blue modular. I thought it was Emu at first, but that stuff is silver. It's not dark blue enough to be a PPG modular. I assume Phil will fill us in shortly.





Here's his vintage/current/boutique pedal collection. Lots of fun stuff here. Note the Realistic Electronic Reverb. No quality studio lacks one. I have two, of course, for double the quality.





Here's where Phil is trying to score brownie points off of me. But I can't be bought! A tasteful little collection, there. Can't go wrong with a K2K. Can't go wrong with an Emax II HD. Can't go wrong with an Evolver. In short, you can't go wrong.





And last but not least, Phil's modern modular setup, because whatever that blue thing is, whatever that silver thing is, the Moog modules, and that ARP 2600 in the corner simply aren't enough. Lots of Blacet, some Wiard, some MetalBox, lots of EuroRack. However, we see these sorts of rigs all the time. What Phil gets extra credit for is his taste in effects units. A PAiA vocoder, a Metasonix Hellfire Modulator, and a couple other pieces make for nice weirdness, but the cream of the crop is that blue box on the right, the Deltalab pitch-shifter. I believe that's an MXR Pitch Transposer there, as well, but I might be wrong on that.


In any case, hopefully Phil will pop on and let us know what the other pieces of note are.

 
 
 

10 comments:

 
 

 
Nov.18.2005 @ 2:59 PM
resonaut
Very cool, and he uses Logic :)
 
 

 
Nov.18.2005 @ 3:00 PM
Ataru
that's a Sherman Filter Bank at the top of one of those racks, isn't it?

*drool*

 
 

 
Nov.18.2005 @ 10:22 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
Thanks, Chris.
sorry the photos suck they were spur of the moment. Just took some more, I'll try and post a link to them tonight.
Nah, it's an MXR digital delay, their pitch transposer is really nice.
Good spot on the deltalab, that's an odd one.
There's also and AKG BX5 spring verb, and an Orban 111B reverb(not shown) I love those springs but really want that Tellun Neural Agonizer. looks like a lot of work. And there's a Urei 545, great parametric. I don't know too much too list, a couple Drumfire's which are pretty cool boxes. A weird seemingly high end dig delay from Advanced Audio Designs in Oregon, I love this thing for its' modulation, but have never found much info on it.
Also, love the Multivox MXD-5, analog delay and spring verb.
oh, that Roland piece is a GR-500 Guitar Synth, their first, it sucks if you like to play *real* music but it has CV out, and a heavy nice guitar with it.

Th blue modular, love it! The first CD I released was based on it since the guy wanted to hear what it sounded like, and I really satarted to like the examples so...
Anyway, it's part E-mu part DIY, it has and R and upside down R in a circle, many suggest Ron Rivera...? no idea. But some boards are emu, and it seems it was made to be a huge poly modular, the config is like four minimoogs, so no eccentric modules. Most of the modules are based on those delicate but excellent SSM 20X0 chips. The same use in the rev 1 Prophet 5-- ssm2040,2030,2050...

Anyway it sound, the 2040 filter is probably my favorite filter.

 
 

 
Nov.18.2005 @ 10:37 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
on the digital stuff... I don't think the MWII is shown. but there's also Casio VZ-10m, CZ-101, Yamaha TX-802, Kawai XD-5. +++
Although, I've had them for years, these digital things are such a steal now, well the K2000 and Emax II i bought new..ouch! The K2000 is so expressive annd still does amazing wild extreme shit. The Emax II, i've had many samplers and the early E-mu's just sound so good and thick, esp. when transposed down. New samplers seem too perfect to me
I'm recording into a Tascam FW-1884/G5 Logic. Monitors... went with the Samson Rubicons, as i just needed something fast and was low on cash, but for the $$ I'm pretty happy with them. Was using Event 20/20's with a Hafler amp before and it sound great...only on that set-up. And I kept burning them with naughty frequencies... the whole place starts to smell like burning metal... not good.
best,
phil
 
 

 
Nov.18.2005 @ 10:53 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
oh, yes, that's a Sherman! what an amazing module, so well desinged. so much attention to detail. I just haven't used it enough for recordings. It's the next closest thing to a modular.

Ok, here's a request I need a GOOD transparent limiter/attenuator to stop the nasties/overs from going into my audio interface. With modular stuff this is needed. I have a DBX 166A(ordered a 166 used got this..it was cheap) anyway, it's pretty crappy not sure if i want to send everything through it just for this task.
-phil
link [cloaca.net]">link [cloaca.net]

 
 

 
Nov.18.2005 @ 11:32 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
Chris, maybe something on Filters?
to me the SSM 2040 is the shit for an all around thing.

The moog LPF/and Buchla LPG are so organic and perfect for certain things. To me the early Arp 2600 implementation of the "moog" filter is much more versitle to me. The mini just screams MOOG, good and bad.

The Sherman is a korg MS filter on a bad, yet, very expansive trip, i think you need!

i need to know about those EMS (Clone) filters and Ken's Bi-N-Tic Filter... and slow vactrols vs. the new fast ones? like in the new Borg...all? was there a vactrol shift? does faster make it a bad meth vactrol? or were the molasses vactrols what w wanted anyway?


 
 

 
Nov.19.2005 @ 12:33 PM
penzoil washington
how about a link to some music made with this rig?
 
 

 
Nov.19.2005 @ 4:31 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
sounds are here as Atlatl:
link [www.cloaca.net]">link [www.cloaca.net]

 
 

 
Nov.20.2005 @ 4:22 PM
menJop
Hi, just wondering what's special about the DeltaLab pitch shifter. I saw a couple of them (used, obviously) sitting in a rack in a local music store, and thought about grabbing one.
 
 

 
Nov.20.2005 @ 11:55 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
the Deltalab DL-5 Harmonicomputer is pretty cool, not amazing, just has a unique sound, I'd rather have an early Eventide, but i found this in Vancouver and it was cheap and pretty unique. CV control is the clincher for me, it does some wild shit in a very wrong way, personally i love using gear that doesn't work quite right, or pushing it in areas that exploit its' flaws. If you can find one cheap it can be a lot of fun, if you want to use it as a great harmonizer, stay away..it adds LOTS of character.
 
 

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