Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
Ahh the theremin, quite probably one of the most difficult things to play we've ever come across, of course it might well just be us. The above beauty is a Moog Etherwave Plus we managed to blag for this set of samples for two main reasons; one, we thought it'll be fab to have a go on one (it is) and two, it comes complete with CV outputs for pitch, volume and gate. This means it can be used as an interesting controller for the analogue synths.
The above video shows how the Etherwave can be used to control the filter and gate on the Moog Little phatty via CV. The pitch (upright) aerial is controlling the filter cutoff point and the Volume aerial (the horizontal loop) is working the gate. The sequence is being triggered from an Future Retro orb hardware sequencer via midi. We used the Orb a lot during this sample commission as it has CV outputs as well as midi in/out.
Of course we couldn't have the Etherwave in our grubby liitle mitts without attempting to play it in a more 'traditional' manner, in fact as we own a couple of theremins you'd think we'd be pretty good at flapping away behind one - you'd be wrong. But anyway here's a few examples of some spooky wooowwweeeewwooowaaaawwwoo noises we coaxed out of it.
As with the rest of this CV theme there's a full set of samples on the cover DVD of the next issue of Future Music (issue 234).
Thursday, 4 November 2010
The above video give a taste of the sort of thing, apologies for the quality, video's not our strong point, plus MR Hoodee appears to be the size of a house (or expecting) in his un-ironed shirt! Oh how we chuckled, he however hasn't seen the funny side of it and is sulking ;)
ANYWAY, as ever there's some examples for your sampling pleasure here
Something else quite special Andy provided especially to be controlled by the 4 Steppa was this modded Stylophone. One of the modern re-issues it's been modded to include both a wider tuning pot (great for huge pitch drops) and also a CV input. When twinned with the 4 steppa and run through a few Moogerfooger effects this little beauty sounds fab ;)
There's a few examples of the 4 Steppa doing it's do with a Moog Little phatty, Sh101 and the modded Stylophone to download on our soundcloud page here.
Anyway us being us we couldn't let all this noise go by without throwing up a mic so there's some random sounds of destruction and tons of pouring concrete(!) on our soundcloud page - here and here
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Moving studio is never easy, especially as we've had to downsize our rig to fit it into our new temp working space whilst the building work begins around our ears. This meant a week of boxing, unplugging, unracking, re-racking, swearing, many leads coiled and many, many cups of tea consumed.
It was an enjoyable collection to work on and made a nice change to be almost entirely hardware (and analogue at that) based. If your wondering about the above pic it was an off the cuff idea Ecki and MR Hoodee had for the accompanying photos for the mag and not someone finally trying to get rid of those awful curtains.
We've thrown a few of the samples up on our soundcloud page as a preview, get 'em here.
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Featuring plenty of scope for hands on knob twiddling , we especially like the kick, snare, hat and clap strips which have a character of their own, whilst retaining some analogue fullness. You can grab some free samples taken from the vermona here.
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
This little beauty has been on our want list for a while now and we managed to grab one just in time for an Early Chicago house set of samples for next months Future Music. The analogue kick and snare (hats are samples) came in handy emulating the classic sounds of the 808/909.
We've uploaded a few bonus beats and some drum hits here and here on our soundcloud page for your sampling/mangling/programing pleasure.
Friday, 16 April 2010
As time and samples wait for no man we had no sooner packed all those fab little boxes away before we moved onto our next little sound adventure - some dark dub samples for Computer Music.
As you can see from the pics we broke out the hardware effects to inject the right amount of analogue dirt into these samples. The drainpipe at the top is a Great British Spring reverb unit, we've mentioned it before in this blog and it's perfect for that honky verb sound.
Underneath is a new addition of our moogerfooger armoury (infact we only now are missing the new midi murf) - the analogue delay. An absolutely fantastic unit, we were blown away by it to be honest, just inserting an expression pedal to control the feedback made us smile for ages, we're a bit sad like that.
Another great feature is the ability to run the delay feedback through an external effect unit and back into the delay so the echoes get processed. We used a moogerfooger phaser to add some nice grimey shimmer and phatness to the repeats. Nice
Friday, 2 April 2010
Here's a couple of 'Buddha boxes', very low-fi playback boxes that contain various low bit-rate looped recordings of chants, mantras or music to aid meditation. How such crackly, hissy samples can aid any ones peaceful meditation is beyond us but they are an interesting starting point for some sound mangling. The packaging is really nice as well...
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Are we chuffed, oh yeah.......;)
This cheeky little devil is a Bleep Labs Thingamagoop. A rather fab sound/FX generator, the Thingamagoop contains an oscillator that is controlled by a light sensing photocell (the little buddys 'nose').
As well as reacting to ambient light the 'goop' has it's own 'LEDicle' sticking out of the top of its bonce. This LED blinks at different speeds to make the little metal dude spew forth all sorts of bleeps, burps and odd noises. Of course there's a little more to how the 'goop works but we're not going to go into too much tech spec here (as long as it works were happy :).
Now discontinued (Bleep labs have moved onto the Mk 2 'Goop) there's plenty of videos knocking around internetwebby land, of these boxes doing their thang - there's a good one here.
Next up is our Chimera BC8 synth, a mini marvel in white plastic that we've already had a quick look at last year (check a video of it in action here).
Monday, 29 March 2010
After much running around like headless chickens we managed to finish everything in time for MR Hoodee to catch his flight and have a great time in NYC - so pics below.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
This little 2 knob wonder is a basic noise synth built into a mint tin (fab touch) and appropriately named the 'Punkastic'. You want a rude synth noise-maker, this is your baby - it splutters, burps, pharts and bleeps like a good 'en.
Of course we couldn't resist having a quick play and sorting out a few samples for you guys so head on over to our soundcloud page where there's some wavs to mess with (first few are taken raw from the Punktastic, the second half are run through the Moogerfooger MuRF filter array).
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Anyway we're slowly getting things back to normal (still having a few email hiccups) and just in case you missed it here's a late Xmas prezzie - 100 or so kicks for you to download, chop up and make some fab rhythm with.
Check 'em here