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Motherbrain’s Custom Console

Posted on 05 March 2013 by diode

Motherbrain, a recording studio in Brooklyn has just been outfitted with one of the most gorgeous consoles on earth. To be exact, it’s actually (now) an analog console / DAW control center. UM Project did an absolutely amazing job retrofitting and modernizing this late 60′s Wiener Schwachstromwerke board. It’s been lovingly appointed in a custom bent ply and steel chassis. From the small pictures on their site, it is a little bit difficult to see exactly what is going on but it looks as if on the left there are 14 channels of original analog input, 4 aux returns or busses and a master fader. The center section has been fitted with an Avid/Euphonix protools control surface and what looks to be some tonelux 500 series outboard. The whole right section of the board is set aside for two rows of full size 19″ outboard mounted horizontally and containing an LA-2A, Retro Audio and more.

motherbrain custom console

This desk is just stunning. I’m sure gearheads will make the trek to motherbrain just to feast their eyes on this piece of art.

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Live Studio Session – Depeche Mode – Heaven

Posted on 19 February 2013 by MasterDelight

At Music Gear Daily, we love watching artists and bands in their studio environment. A great way to learn about studio recording is to study videos like these for some essential techniques like mic placement, what microphones are being used, how the band is set up and playing together, what environment they are in. This is all useful stuff if you are planning your own studio recording and need some inspiration.

Remember, studio recording is an art. Every situation, every band is different and can sometimes require some out-of-the-box thinking to get the right recording.

Today we bring to you a brand new song by Depeche Mode called Heaven. It looks like they are recording in a high-rise building, super sleek look. Enjoy!

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MGD Wishlist: the UPIC by Xenakis

Posted on 16 February 2013 by MasterDelight

Here at Music Gear Daily we know there are a lot of magical people behind each and every piece of gear we use on stage, in the studio and in the jam room. The MGD Wishlist highlights some of those extra-ordinary pieces of gear that would be a dream to own.

The Xenakis is one of those pieces of gear. It’s like a giant Chaos Pad for digital synths. The video below may be in French but Aphex Twin says it all: “UPIC by Xenakis puts almost everything else to shame. It’s under 1mb and it shits on everyone.” – Aphex Twin

We’re not exactly sure what Mr. James is referring to when he says “it’s under 1mb”, it may be either HighC or MetaSynth, regardless the piece of gear in the video below looks like the shit for sure.

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Moog in white & new Sub Phatty

Posted on 26 January 2013 by diode

Moogs in white. Beauty, what’s not to like?











They also introduced a new lower cost Phatty. The sub phatty. With it’s new distortion circuit, it sounds downright nasty.


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What the Future Sounded Like

Posted on 14 January 2013 by diode

“What the Future Sounded Like” is a documentary from 2006 highlighting the rise of electronic music in the UK. It’s an interesting peice because it shines a light on EMS, who often only get attention for the VCS3 and SYNTHI instruments but not for their role in pioneering the sequencer and computer controlled music.

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David Byrne pedalboard art

Posted on 01 February 2011 by diode

Came across a picture of this artwork … Awesome! The idea is that you would have to walk across the pedals while walking into the gallery, making random pedals turn on and off with a loop playing through them.

David Byrne in front of Boss pedals

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Andy Summers on dynamics and guitar synth

Posted on 07 April 2010 by diode

Andy Summers explains the importance of dynamics in music, and specifically how they used dynamics with the Police. Bonus shot in this video: Andy playing guitar synth!

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ARP Odyssey custom LED slider mod

Posted on 23 November 2009 by diode

Just had to re-post this. It’s too beautiful …



originally discovered via Matrixsynth

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History of PPG & Wolfgang Palm

Posted on 16 September 2009 by diode


Wolfgang Palm of PPG fame has started a myspace page and posted many fascinating blog entries about the history of PPG and his career afterwards. Palm is highly regarded as a pioneer in digital wavetable synthesis.
[Update: Nov 20, 2012. We have updated the below link to reference Wolfgang's new website]

Read the history here.

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