February 13, 2007

Things To Buy Real Soon Now...

by Chris Randall

I've got a mental list of things I'm going to get in the not-too-distant future. These first two will finally complete my Analog Effect:

Moog MF107 Freq Box. I don't know why this thing appeals to me so much, but I literally can not wait until it comes out. It occurred to me that with this, the ring mod, the LPF, and the phaser, I'm actually dangerously close to having a modular synth again, something I swore off semi-permanently last year. Well, as long as I don't buy a MIDI-CV converter, I'm still safe, right?

Eventide TimeFactor. I already have an Eclipse so this is somewhat superfluous, as there is literally nothing in this box that the Eclipse can't/doesn't do. However, it's an Eventide delay in pedal form, and it will finish off my Analog Effect nicely, and I even have the perfect spot for it, and it's such a pretty blue...

Waldorf Blofeld. Essentially a Microwave Micro Q in a desktop form-factor, with some extra shit, right? In any case, I like desktop units because I can just keep 'em all on a shelf and pull the one I need out, and they all occupy the same footprint.

So, those are the next additions to my lil' studio that you'll be hearing about as they become available. What's on your List?



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Feb.15.2007 @ 12:09 PM

I was actually thinking the exact same thing when I wrote that (I play guitar too). I guess the difference is that there's really nothing you can't do on your tacky $23,000 PRS mother-of-pearl inlayed dragon monstrosity that Carlos Santana once pissed on that you can't do on a $400 Mexican Strat (especially if you put nice hardware on and have it set up really well... now it's $600).

In a way, it's even more revolting because at least modular nerds are using them, as opposed to owning expensive guitars in the Cameron's dad's Ferrari kind of way.



Feb.15.2007 @ 2:12 PM
Well, at least now the modular re-enactment guys have Youtube so that they can share with the world how they are able to power up their gear.

Feb.15.2007 @ 4:15 PM
Adam Schabtach
In my own defense, emanations from my modular have appeared on two commercially released CDs. I'm not overweight, either. I am white, however.



Feb.15.2007 @ 5:23 PM
I'm way the fuck fat and white, but I've actually gigged my modular, and it didn't sound at all like Tangerine Dream or Yellow Magic Orchestra.

Feb.15.2007 @ 5:27 PM
I certainly didn't mean to imply that there weren't ANY musicians making "real" music with modulars... (if you send me hate mail about 27 minute tone clusters being a song, I will shoot you in the head... I know it's music, just not the kind I'm talking about or want to ever listen to).

there's Reznor/Alessandro-whatever his name is (though I don't think Trent's ever come even close to PHM or Downward Spiral), there's Depeche Mode (who haven't done crap since Violator...), oh yeah, there's Goldfrapp who are fucking divine and there's modular synths ALL over their shit. I'm sure there's more. I'm about to whack out some guitars for a soundtrack through mine... may the force be with me!



Feb.17.2007 @ 9:23 AM
Vermona Retroverb...much more than a spring reverb.

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