Archive | December, 2008

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Early Christmas – Marshall 50W Plexi

Posted on 23 December 2008 by diode

My wife is officially the best wife on the planet. She scoured ebay and cragslist to find me a mint 50 watt Marshall plexi head, model #1987. I got it today, 2 days before Christmas. It sounds every bit as good as I’d hoped. Can’t wait for the next band practice!

Marshall 50W Plexi

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the beavis board – BYOP

Posted on 23 December 2008 by diode

Build your own pedal, breadboard included. From their site:

“Do you want to learn about building guitar stompbox circuits? Have you been frustrated before by soldering, or trying to buy the right parts? Have you tried your hand at various kits, but want to learn more about how circuits actually work?…”

beavis board

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Photosounder – image-sound editor

Posted on 22 December 2008 by diode

Photosounder 1.0 has just been released by Michel Rouzic.

from the site: “Photosounder is a one-of-a-kind image-sound editing program. It is unique in that it opens images and sounds indiscriminately, treats and processes them as images, and synthesizes them as sounds. Sounds, once turned into images, can be powerfully modified to achieve effects and results that couldn’t be obtained in any other way, while images of all sorts reveal the infinite kinds of otherworldly sounds they contain.”

An in depth review will be coming soon…

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x0xb0x diy TB-303 clone

Posted on 19 December 2008 by diode

by ladyada. A very faithful TB-303 re-creation available as a diy kit.

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Famous and/or Infamous Sounds

Posted on 17 December 2008 by fansofcollision

There are many timbres out there in famous songs, movie/TV themes which haunt us either because they’re so cool that we become obsessed with finding out how it’s done, or because although annoying we couldn’t avoid them because every producer on earth felt compelled to use the same trendy sound. If you’ve ever been curious as to where these famous/infamous sounds come from, check out the research done by synthmania.com.

“Famous sounds” are sounds that have been created or used by somebody, liked and then copied by many others, and thus earned a “classic” status.

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Synthesia – DIY open source synthesizer project

Posted on 17 December 2008 by diode

The Synthesia team have created an embedded digital/analog hybrid synth running a Linux GUI. Looks pretty cool so far. I don’t agree with the choice of the CEM3389 IC to drive the analog section however, as these chips will be extremely hard to come by and extremely expensive. The osciallators are digital, being implemented in a Xilinx SPARTAN fpga.

First discovered on the excellent Matrixsynth blog.

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WayHuge Electronics re-launches with new site

Posted on 16 December 2008 by diode

WayHuge electronics has re-launched under the Dunlop brand.

Jeorge Tripps, the founder, started WayHuge in 1992 and built a cult following. After closing shop in 1999, the pedals got extremely popular and valuable on the ebay/used gear circuit. After ’99 he did a stint at Line6 and was involved in such products as the DL4, MM4, Spider amps and the Tonecore pedals. Now, teaming up with Dunlop, Wayhuge will be his main gig once again. The new pedals look great, that’s for sure.

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ARP 2600

Posted on 15 December 2008 by diode

Damn, I wish I could afford this!

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Rickenbacker Model 331LS “Lightshow”

Posted on 12 December 2008 by fansofcollision

“The factory first offered the model 331, nicknamed the lightshow guitar, in 1970. It was the psychedelic spin-off of the model 330. Stephen F. Woodman and Marshall Arm created the initial design for the 331 and then licensed Rickenbacker to develop and manufacture it. Rickenbacker dropped the 331 from the pricesheets in 1975.”

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Synclavier FM ESX24 library demo

Posted on 12 December 2008 by fansofcollision

“Demo of the upcoming ESX24 Synclavier FM library.
All sounds are made with the FM portion of the Synclavier system, and played back dry from Logic ESX24. The Synclavier is a 64 partial additive synthesizer in four layers. Each of those four layers has FM with a dedicated envelope. You can get more FM by robbing polyphony (32v).
Furthermore you can perform resynthesis and convolution from the computer terminal, and let the FM engine play it back.”

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