June 3, 2007

Spring... uh... cleaning?

by Chris Randall

So I'm renovating my little studio building, with the plan of eventually returning to my hut in the not-too-distant future. I've been inside our house now for a few months, and I vastly prefer it. Unfortunately my long-suffering wife would vastly prefer that I go somewhere far away. So, needs must, as they say...

In any event, in order to make the space air-tight (and thus less subject to the whims of environment) I need to _clean_ it first. Since I took out all the gear I need to work in something of a hurry, and I've just been using the building as a staging area for snowboarding, skateboarding, biking, and home improvement since, it is something of a disaster. So I spent the better part of today moving shit around.

The problem with that is that I keep finding fun things I forgot I had, stuff I bought at a yard sale or something, threw on the Pile, and promptly erased from the higher regions of my brain. This picture shows roughly 1% of what I'm dealing with. Everything in the photo with the exception of the little Vox amp, the guitar pedals, and the AudioMedia II card inside that IIci was purchased at a yard sale or thrift store. I've had no end of amusement today plugging various things in, fucking with TurboSynth, and generally getting nothing done.

(And before you ask, yes, I am _exactly_ the sort of person that would just happen to have a Mac II video -> VGA adapter just lying about in case I want to use an LCD monitor with an old Mac. I mean, you never know when that sort of thing would come in handy, right?)

But that's about the most ghetto picture I can put together of what could theoretically be described as studio equipment. I suppose I could find some old Marantz speakers to fill out the picture; what I really should have done was stack all my Realistic effects units on top of the Sears guitar amps. What's your most ghetto stuff? Photos if you've got 'em.



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Jun.03.2007 @ 10:31 PM
Chris Randall
You're god-damned right my IIci needs a NuVerb. Got one for me?



Jun.03.2007 @ 11:08 PM
i have a nuverb somewhere.... & a fully loaded (32MB!) Samplecell....
& the toys on this page are all mine...
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many happy parents sell me their kids musical toys to circuit bend
& give them soem peace at the same time ;)

Jun.03.2007 @ 11:52 PM
i almost forgot.. i have a mac quadra 840 a/v with two 32 mb samplecell cards and protools 1.0. It arrived with a busted plastic drive tray and a dead cmos battery.. gotta get that up and running.

Jun.04.2007 @ 12:23 AM
Turbo Synth is still cool. If you're running system 7 and have MIDI Manager on that IIci, you should ask Adam to sport you a copy of MacMuse. If he doesn't have a copy, I do! Maybe now that he's doing OS X stuff with you he'd maybe possibly update MacMuse for this century. Please oh Please!

Jun.04.2007 @ 1:19 AM
the harvestman
The basement lounge/office where I spend most of my time is next to a trash pile for the whole building: old electronics. I've grabbed at least one of every generation of Macs from the graphite G4s down... as well as a pretty comprehensive set of gear to take the specification of my workspace about 20 years back. Dumpster-diving for things like old NeXT manuals and bags full of SCSI cables hidden under bags of used cat litter, ancient ADB dongles, every piece of software Opcode made, a binder full of REALLY old Max developer documentation...

... one day, a nice Quadra 800 (coffee stains and spider nests) appeared in the pile and I passed on it as I didn't have any space to store another old computer. One day, on the way to lunch, I thought I'd take a look at it anyways. There was a fully loaded SampleCell inside.

My current project is the configuration of an old SE/30 (previously served on the floor of an Indianapolis plastics factory, covered in odd patches of black film) to run Max 3.5. I never used the audio processors anyway, and PACE isn't something I'd like on my computer.


Jun.04.2007 @ 10:54 AM
old ghetto schtuff: Kingston combo organ (pretty much the same as the Teisco Checkmate). The F#'s are all soft, the thing sounds like butt overall, but it's pink! Gretsch/Valco combo amp that I bought on Maxwell Street when I was 17 (bought the chassis and cabinet separately at two different tables. Found an output transformer for it 4 years ago.) Mac Wall Street powerbook running ReBirth. Mac Pizmo running Pure Data. Mac titanium that I still use for recording.

Jun.04.2007 @ 11:37 AM
Eh, I have bunch (yeah, like more than I have fingers) of Casio's laying around, two modded, rest not (god help me but I actually like the "industrial" esque drumset on one of them). I have an 16 channel behringer mixer that has had some really weird shit happened to it (I haven't looked inside) and anything that goes in sounds like it went through hell and came back with souvenirs. I have cheap modded Behringer effects pedals a whole slew, a Laney "toob" combo with really ratty spring reverb.

I also have a 70's AKAI amplifier (home stereo amp) that for some curious reason makes my synths sound "teh shit" when ran through. On less musical note, I have two Silicon Graphics O2's stacked on top of each other (kind hard to achieve with their shape) that are both working and I've installed IRIX 6 on them. 200Mhz beasts! I have no idea what to do with them. It's not like I have Maya 4 or so around, and besides... Xbox would have more power (and compatibility) in a renderfarm than these...

Other than that, and the two 5 (or 7?) way speakers that are matching set with the AKAI amplifier, I've thrown other old shite away. I need to start to find some more ratty equipment... old cheap shit is fun. Even if it sounds like old cheap shit.


Jun.04.2007 @ 12:05 PM
Adam Schabtach
I've weeded most of that kind of stuff out, but let me think... I have an original Alesis MIDIverb and MIDIverb II. The former is pretty cool for Art-of-Noise-like trashy gated drum 'verb. Not sure why I still have the latter, except that it's bolted into the same SKB case as a pair of MXR flanger/doublers which obviously I treasure. I have a Mackie 1202 (pre-VLZ) with a fritzy right master channel. I have a Midiman Oxygen-8 which never really worked right. I have a Behringer V-Amp that was given to me and is basically unused. (Anybody want it?)

I have an SE-70 also, but IMHO it's a pretty neat box. Ditto for my Ensoniq DP/4.

I have a Hughes Sound Retrieval System, a weird by-product of Hughes avionics research that made its way into the stereophonic market back in the 80s or so. It's supposed to enhance stereo imaging; I think it uses some sort of frequency-dependent phase alteration and maybe some of the usual invert-and-cross-feed trick.

The scary thing is that several decades ago I had one of those plastic reed organs that's in CR's photo. Same one, I think.



Jun.04.2007 @ 12:17 PM
Adam Schabtach
BirdFLU: I am blown away that someone here knows what MacMuse is. That was like the first MIDI-aware app that I ever wrote (and it probably shows). I wrote it basically as an exercise to learn how to write code for the MIDI Manager. I think it was also the last MIDI-Mgr-aware code that I ever wrote...

Updating it for OS X would mean a total rewrite. I'm not sure that I even have the source code anywhere (I'd have to check my boxes of floppies...) and even if I did it's written in an odd variant of C (or maybe Pascal? I forget) that wouldn't pass through any contemporary compiler. However, I still have the book that describes the Muse's internals. It might be interesting to write a Muse plug-in...



Jun.04.2007 @ 12:24 PM
Two Apple IIs with cmu-800rs, missing the software, and 6 Soundcraft channel strips from a 200 that i don't know what to do with.

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