December 10, 2006

Still AFk...

by Chris Randall

Just a quick update. We're in Tucson right now; our trip is halfway over. It's back to Phoenix and the 'rents for the next couple days. I had planned to be home on Tuesday night, but it's looking more like Wednesday some time.

We stopped at Analogue Haven (the store, not the website) Pomona on Friday, and that was actually quite a blast. If you're in the L.A. area for any reason, and you haven't been out to the store, it's really worth a trip. As far as I know, there is no other store, at least in this country, that has so much synthy goodness on display to fool with as much as you want.

I spent some quality time with the MachineDrum, a device about which I'd only read to this point. I can say without qualification that the MachineDrum is the Shit. It does have a particular sound to it that may remind one of the SP1200. But as long as you don't mind that particular sound, I couldn't find anything bad to say about it, other than its price, which is lofty.

The other piece I got an extended demo on is the Manikin Electronics sequencer, the Schrittmaker. I think this is one of those things where, if you don't ever see it or play with it, it's hard to justify buying. And I still don't know if I could be coaxed in to paying $1.7K for one. But that said, as sequencers of this type go, they've nailed it on the head, and then some. I couldn't actually provide you with a review or anything, as what I was shown would be difficult to write about, at least for me. But let me just state that for certain types of music, and for someone that liked to take the time to program things, it could be an incredible tool. I can't say for certain that I make that kind of music, and I'm not particularly fond of programming, so it'd be a difficult purchase to justify.

But I sure as fuck do want one now.

Anyways, I snapped a bunch of pictures, which I will put up when I get home. It's a nice store, and well worth the visit. Anyways, I probably won't have interwebs again until I get home (my wife's parents still use a modem, and I don't even go there), so if you have any questions about AH or whatever, don't expect me to answer them in the next 3-odd days.



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Dec.10.2006 @ 12:37 PM
brandon daniel
I'd like to visit the store at some point, but the only time I'm in the area is for NAMM, and they're usually all closed up and at the show for that week.

Dec.10.2006 @ 3:53 PM
Jeff C
> We stopped at Analogue Haven (the store, not the website) Pomona
> on Friday, and...

Awesome. I'm in Rancho Cucamonga, which is something like... 20 minutes from Pomona.

Definitely got to check it out.

- Jeff


Dec.10.2006 @ 8:23 PM
For a similar feel, I'd recommend Novamusik in Milwaukee... Very cool. Just make sure you check their hours... Easy 1.5 hour drive from Chicago. Excellent stuff, good deals, boutique synths... And no, I don't work for them.

Dec.10.2006 @ 9:40 PM
When I was visiting my sister in LA I got to check out the haven. It is pretty much the coolest store I've ever been in. I can safely say I'd love to own everything they sell. Now I really want to go to 5g in Tokyo. My friend lives there and picked up a 303 and a xbase09. The pics I've seen look pretty nutty. Tons of vintage gear just lying around.

Dec.11.2006 @ 9:29 AM
In Berlin go to Schneider's Buro... I live up the street... its insane in there... mountains of analog synths and Schneider is very loud and friendly and he demos EVERYTHING to everyone that walks in!
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Dec.11.2006 @ 2:33 PM
Elektron kit owns. I'd feel lost without them:

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Dec.11.2006 @ 6:58 PM
Heh. A Dutch ringtone site just asked me for some Machinedrum ringtones after reading my review.

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I can't imagine what happens to the low end on a five-millimeter speaker....


Dec.12.2006 @ 1:30 PM
Tell me more about 5g, I'm gonna be in Tokyo in February....

Dec.12.2006 @ 11:39 PM
Basically 5g is the only all synth store in Japan to my knowledge. Need I say more? Take alot of money with you, you will want to buy synths.

Dec.13.2006 @ 2:19 AM
I need to make it to 5g next time i''m in tokyo. That sounds like a blast. Unfortunately, I really don't have thousands of bucks to blow on synths right now, so maybe I should wait.

I've only dealt with scheider via email, when I was ordering a microcon 2 from him, but He was incredibly friendly annd helpful.


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