March 24, 2007

Acid Screamer...

by Chris Randall

While it may be the single most played (and by that I mean "tired") sound in electronic music, it still has its place, and the 303 never sounds better than when it is being run through a good distortion pedal. This fellow has made a distortion box specifically for shredding the 303. The sound samples tell the story. Pertinent to your work? Hard to say; I'll let you be the judge of that. Thanks to Wim for the heads-up.



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Mar.24.2007 @ 2:06 PM
some nice distortion there. i'm sure it'll work well on lots of things.

are these actually forsale or is this just a project? i didn't see any info on $$$ or who what when where you can buy one. still in prototype perhaps?


Mar.24.2007 @ 2:23 PM
Chris Randall
Dunno. I also don't see any contact info. The domain is registered to a Jeroen Allaert ([email protected]), but you know how that works out usually. Could be worth dropping him a line, though.



Mar.24.2007 @ 9:48 PM
A discussion of what instruments / sounds have been used to death would make a good open thread topic.

Mar.25.2007 @ 10:16 AM
It does a good job complimenting and coloring the 303 sound but you can come pretty close to that style sound with the 777 overdrive as well. (although the gain control on that is pretty flakey). I would however say that calling the 303 sound "played" or tired for electronic music akin to calling the guitar sound tired for rock, I mean its been on every record since the beetles right?



Mar.25.2007 @ 12:45 PM
Chris Randall
Hmmm. The difference between a guitar and a 303 is that... well... I don't have an argument here worth the name, except to say that a guitar is a far more versatile and dynamic instrument, so its palette is correspondingly larger.

Now, it's worth mentioning that I _lurve_ the 303 sound, and I would use it in every track, but for the fact that one has to be a bit careful; it does have a limited range, and pretty much everything it can do has been done. Just a dash in the right spot can really set something off; however, the days of Propellerheads' Bang On, with the 303 as the lead, are over, I think. (Is that even a 303 in that track? Hard to say for certain, but I'd assume "yes.")

And it's "Beatles." So have drums and bass.



Mar.25.2007 @ 1:42 PM

The 303 sound is a bit more distinctive than just "electric guitar". It would be like if everyone used the exact same guitar, with the exact same amp, with the exact same playing style (like the 303 sequencer) on every single rock record.

That being said, every single "new rock" band that they play on your local clear channel station, pretty much sound the same to me. So yeah, if you are talking about a certain sub-genre of bad rock music, the guitar is pretty played as well.


Mar.25.2007 @ 2:55 PM
lol...beetles. Thats what I get for posting all hungover.

I guess I just dont see the big variance in the guitar sound, but that could very well come down to just not liking them. I'd suggest the 303 is fairly versitile as well, but the number of people that do anything with it past the basics (myself included) are few and far between.


Mar.25.2007 @ 11:23 PM
303 would be like using exact amp, same guitar, and playing style.
I disagree.. plenty of ppl ran it through different delays, stomp boxes, guitar pedals just like a guitarist would do with a pedalboard. But I can hear your point of view due to the 2 note 303 arps,16th note acid basslines etc etc.. One mans trash is anothers treasure.

Mar.26.2007 @ 12:32 AM
Chris Randall
As someone who is well versed in the playing and use of both guitar and 303, I can state unequivocally that even if you only had one guitar, one amp, and no pedals at all, and had to use it on every song you ever wrote in your entire musical career, it would still be a far more versatile instrument than a 303, if only for the fact that it can play more than one note at a time.

A monophonic instrument with such a limited tonal pallet, especially one that has two dynamic settings (forte and fortissimo), is simply unable to express much beyond base emotions. In a club environment, where base emotions are the coin of the realm, this is desirable, and indeed preferable to more colorful expression. In any other performance venue, not so much.

All that said, the tool is a minor part of the operation; the carpenter everything, and you can take that to the bank.



Mar.26.2007 @ 7:32 AM
Guitar running through the Acid Screamer, anyone? 303 through pedal board arrays? Food for tonal thought.

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