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.)




Jul.19.2006 @ 2:45 PM
Why not black out the UM to make it a CR Performar, CR?

Jul.19.2006 @ 3:57 PM
CR - Your comment about using Phase Two with the Crumar brought something to mind I'd been wondering about.

In your working studio, what's the balance of hardware vs. software you use to tweak audio? Is it all integrated? Do you have different "stations" to do different things to audio, some hardware based, some computer based? Do you have a core system, and then move the audio somehow to the more esoteric gear?

My apologies if this is a little vague. Anything you'd like to share about your hardware and plug-in setup would be welcome.



Jul.19.2006 @ 4:38 PM
Chris Randall
I see what you're asking, I think.

My system, both hardware and software, is fully integrated. For instance, my Eclipse sees duty as an insert effect in Nuendo. (The World's Most Powerful Plugin!) I've yet to actually run analog audio through it, and probably never will. I don't use any compressors or EQ on the input when I record audio, either. I record my signals on the low side (in the -10dBfs neck of the woods) and do all my carving with software.

As for synths, the only analogs I own currently are this Crumar and a Yamaha CS-05 that doesn't work at all. So, 99% of my synth work is with plugins. I'll have a Korg 770 here on Saturday, though.

My guitar rig is entirely separate and analog. The only way it meets my computer is via a microphone. I'm of the firm opinion that digital anything and guitar signals don't go together at all, so I get my tones with mic placement and what-not before the guitar ever even sees the DAW, and once it's in, I generally don't do anything to it, except for minor EQ and maybe some 'verb.



Jul.20.2006 @ 6:04 AM
"I'm of the firm opinion that digital anything and guitar signals don't go together at all" - amen, brother. Unless, of course, you want that sound. New Order springs to mind... wonderful things done with horrid guitar sounds.

Jul.20.2006 @ 7:55 AM
So by "Joy Division vibe", do you mean it'll sound horribly out of tune when played live? ;-)

Jul.26.2006 @ 2:35 PM
I found an old performer in the dust in the back of a pawn shop, the proprieter had no idea it was back there. I brought it home, plugged it in, it smoked a bit, fried something, but kept working perfectly for years. There's an adjustment you can make to the decay that will make it near infinite. That was my fav thing, play a nice string chord and then move on to other keyboards.



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