December 14, 2005

Novachord Restoration...

by Chris Randall
 



In case you haven't been following this on Analog Heaven, or one of the many other mailing lists and forums it's appeared in, Paul Cirocco of CMS just finished his complete restoration of a Novachord, and has fully documented the process.



For those of you not in the know, the Novachord is generally accepted to be the first commercially-available synthesizer. It is tube-based and polyphonic. Check out the MP3s at the bottom of the resto page and prepare to be floored. This thing sounds good. Paul has said he'll be offering a complete sample CD for sale once he assembles same, so be on the lookout for that.

 
 
 

5 comments:

 
 

 
Dec.14.2005 @ 7:50 PM
Jaysen
Damn if that thing doesn't sound awesome- this was built in 1937? Very impressive.
 
 

 
Dec.14.2005 @ 7:59 PM
penzoil washington
phil is a genius and i think he's done a service to mankind with this restoration, seriously. I'm a big fan of the Hammond synths (Solovox, S1 (etc.) Chord Organ, F100 Extravoice)

only one thing puzzles me. he makes no mention of david keane who has or had audities museum in Canada. A few years ago, I remember distinctly that he was in the process of rehabbing 4 or 5 Novachords in order to present a concert of music which had been specially written for a Novachord ensemble back in the day.

 
 

 
Dec.14.2005 @ 10:56 PM
Suit & Tie Guy
i used to own a Novachord. i'm glad to see Phil go even further than Mike Fulk in the restoration process.
 
 

 
Dec.14.2005 @ 11:41 PM
inasilentway
I used to have an all-tube Wurlitzer organ (before rats got in, and ate away at the cables, electrocuting themselves and ruining the organ), and it sounded similarly fat and huge. It was to Farfisas as Godzilla was to a little garden reptile. Now I wish I still had it so I could run it through some filters and make some sounds like this.
 
 

 
Dec.15.2005 @ 9:26 AM
Switchonoff
"There are 12 oscillators, 60 frequency dividers, 60 band pass filters, 72 VCA's, a pre amp and a hex-vibrati in the generator. There are a total of 146 tubes in the generator."

sweet holy ...
this MUST sound good.

 
 

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