Category Archives: General

3320 Filter module

Well, this house building business takes a lot more time than I had expected, and whilst I’v become something of a dab hand at building airing cupboards and fitting out utility rooms, I’m finally coming out of the other side and getting a bit of time to work on my music.

I’ve recently taken delivery of a third Mantis case (someone should have told me this Eurorack hobby would turn into an obsession!) and am working out what modules to put into the gaps.

DIY time

As you can never have enough filters, I decided to go DIY and search for something interesting for the last 8HP of the ‘Analogue Synth’ Mantis case.

This led me to a PCB and Panel kit by Guru Gara Synth, based around the 4-pole 24dB CEM 3320 filter. The filter was used in lots of classic 80’s music technology including most notably the Prophet 5 synth (Rev. 3), the Fairlight II, PPG Wave 2 and the Oberheim OB-SX – none of which I would ever expect to be able to own! (Unless Behringer feels like cloning them of course).

The kit doesn’t come with any build instructions, but the PCB is very clearly laid out, so that’s no biggie. As the CEM3320 has been out of production for some time now, I went for the AS3320 from soundtronics.co.uk which is a modern equivalent and very reasonably priced. From the YouTube videos, it does sound rather nice!

More info on the 3 Mantis cases themselves and how I’ve configured them in a future post.

Native Meetup London

Had an excellent time at the Native Meetup today at London’s Point Blank studios. Lot’s of really interesting tutorials throughout the day and great to meet so many talented and friendly London based musicians and DJ’s.

Highlight for me (apart from the ‘Breakfast in Bread’ lunch by the canal with my fellow attendees Colin and Rob) was trying out the new Native Instruments Maschine Jam and it’s brilliant. Particularly like the touch strips and the way you can use them to ‘strum’ instruments. It’s really intuitive and lots of fun too – will definitely be getting one of those soon!

They are planning to run these sessions every two months or so and the next will be on Sunday 4th December. More details will be on their facebook page…

www.facebook.com/groups/1168432673181443/

Mutable Clouds

Just ordered a new module for my evolving modular system.

This time, one I’ve had my eye on for a while, the Mutable Clouds which I ordered from Post Modular.

To be honest, it looks a little complicated compared to my other modules, but has a lovely sound. This video from DivKid does a good job of explaining it though.

It’s a thumbs up!

Well, not only did I get the chance to remix my musical heroes, Plaid, but I’ve also had an e-mail from Andy Turner of Plaid too, who wrote…

Though it’s not a factor with the competition, I must say your mix is my favorite in to date 🙂

It doesn’t get much better than that!

Modular Update 1

So I stripped all the modules out of their rack and made a start on adding the additional 3U space. Nice to finally find a use for all that ridiculous Amazon packaging!

modules

Here’s what the empty rack looked like before I started.

empty rack

Next, I created a cardboard mock up, just to get a rough idea of measurements.

mock up

Then, using some left over MDF and plenty of polyfilla, I added the new, sloped front to the existing rack.

sloped front 1

sloped front 2

Next step will be to sand and repaint it, then add a few little bits and bobs such as an XLR connector for the PSU. I already cut some internal access holes to pass the cables through for the spring reverb tank and bus rail which should both be arriving any day now. The MFB Seq 01 is delayed until early Feb though 🙁

Have also had a slight rethink about some of the other modules and will likely get an Intellijel unity mixer to give me space for more tiptop drum modules. Also, seriously considering a XAOC Moskwa sequencer which I researched last night – looks fantastic, but will have to rejig the bottom row a little to fit it in 🙂

Cream Maschine

Just received a custom NI Maschine skin supplied by Jesse Dean designs. Really compliments the ‘cream’ colour of my studio and looks fabulous!

Welcome (back)

Hi there and welcome to my new WordPress website!

I decided to go for something a little more simple and easy to maintain, so this should hopefully mean I can blog more often.

I’ll be posting some demos and rough mixes to my Soundcloud page as I record new material. Will also dig out some archive material and remixes to put up there too so start following me now! 🙂

Studio photos

Well, it’s finished! So wanted to show you some quick photos of my new studio.

It’s great having everything permanently set up and I’m absolutely loving my new colour-matched KRK speakers 🙂

More photos on my Facebook Page

New EP preview

I’ve just uploaded a new track ‘Casiotonik’ to Soundcloud from my forthcoming ‘Woodland EP’.

This track features sounds programmed on my Casio HT-700 synthesizer, a lovely little digital synth from the late 80’s which I recently added to my collection and which influenced the track name.

Castle Update

Slightly later than anticipated (2 months later than anticipated actually) but I finally took delivery of my log cabin a couple of weeks ago. What ‘delivery’ actually meant was several hundred pieces of wood and a 30 page installation manual!

Construction Time Again

Construction has been pretty swift considering we’ve only spent 2 days on it so far. Walls and roof are up, the outside has been painted and we got the felt on the roof last weekend. Just need to put the glazing in tomorrow and the underfloor insulation and floorboards then I can set about wiring up my solar panels. All very exciting 🙂

Joshua taking charge on the build