August 6, 2006

Wheezebox...

by Chris Randall
 




Witness the awe-inspiring musical powerhouse that is the Magnus Electric Chord Organ. It has two sounds: "wheeze" and "slightly louder wheeze." They're fantastic. Can't get 'em anywhere else. Hard to record, though, you know? You pick up the sound of the motor.
 
 
 

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Aug.06.2006 @ 9:20 PM
john_o
holy god. the magnus.

my parents had one that was 'full sized' when i was a kid. it took up the same amount of space a decent home organ would have, but without sounding like a musical instrument. it sounded running the vacuum cleaner on full blast while someone is playing a broken accordion in the next room. playing around with the chord buttons did teach me the difference between a major and a minor chord at an early age though, so there is that.

wow. i haven't heard one in 20 years at least. come to think of it i can't imagine what they'd sound like recorded. the blower noise on mine was DEAFENING. if only they'd included an air-blower powered rhythm box as well...

 
 

 
Aug.06.2006 @ 9:32 PM
penzoil washington
ugh, i used to have a cool-looking, but useless hohner wheezer, and I remember the Magnuses from ages ago, they were like a plague. i just find the sound, even if noise weren't a problem, to be flat, inexpressive. with balky attack (whole notes or drones only, please), no dynamic control, it's like a harmonica with a pump noisily sucking on it. Actually, it's not like that, it is that.
 
 

 
Aug.06.2006 @ 9:33 PM
synthetic
Cool. My first keyboard. Even then I remember it had a cool distortion sound when you played a bunch of keys.

link [www.jefflaity.co...]">link [www.jefflaity.co...]

 
 

 
Aug.06.2006 @ 10:11 PM
Chris Randall
Oh, yeah. It's awful. My first keyboard was a 1894 Kranich & Bach upright grand, courtesy of my grandmother (via her grandmother) which is still in the family. However, my second keyboard was a Bontemi wheezer bearing a striking similarity to this Magnus. (Which is a '66, if you're curious.)

In any case, for my current musical leanings, it's actually quite useful. What are those little reed organs with the hand pump? Sort of like a spinet accordion? I need to score one of those bitches.

-CR

 
 

 
Aug.06.2006 @ 10:56 PM
john_o
do you mean like the Indian harmoniums? they are prettyy small and have a bellows on the back that you operate with one hand. these guys have a few models:

link [www.larkinam.co...]">link [www.larkinam.co...]

it's very much like a compact sized version of an old pump organ.

 
 

 
Aug.06.2006 @ 10:57 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah, that's it. Thanks.

-CR

 
 

 
Aug.06.2006 @ 11:16 PM
Jaysen
You're not hinting at a future Audio Damage plugin are you? ;)
 
 

 
Aug.07.2006 @ 1:23 AM
Chris Randall
No. We don't make instruments. And we sure as fuck would come up with something more interesting (and less sucky) than a reed organ if we did.

Believe it or not, I'm a songwriter and producer who occasionally finds things interesting aside from their software-cloneable properties.

-CR

 
 

 
Aug.07.2006 @ 7:26 AM
dm
How about a virtual Hammond S-6 then, i don't think theres anything cooler than that?

link [www.hammondonmyind.d...]">link [www.hammondonmyind.d...]

there's sounds here:

link [www.keyboardmusum.or...]">link [www.keyboardmusum.or...]

Im wondering if one of those Monome 40h would work for the chording interface, hmm im starting to get the idea for a new nord g2 project..

 
 

 
Aug.07.2006 @ 9:06 AM
penzoil washington
The Hammond S6 is great, if only for the solovox voice on board. Unlike the solovox, these actually come up in good condition, cheaply.

The ultimate hammond synth, short of a Novachord (see Phil's brilliant restoration at CMS), is the Extravoice F100.

I don't see any point in cloning these as software, DM, the whole vibe is the tube oscillators. you can switch up to very high octaves and still the sound is butter. Probably a better sample set than a VI.

 
 

 
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