Archives for the month of: October, 2012

Another day another jam.  This one features arpeggiated bleeps and bloops from the highly underrated  Sequential Circuits Multitrack.  I enjoy this synth because it is physically compact, straight forward in it’s layout, and has a very solid versatile sound quality over all.  It’s internal sequencer can hold 4 sequences of 6 parts each and is easy to sync to sequencer clock.  If you plug your sequencer clock into the tape input and put the tempo knob all the way to zero the synth goes into external clock mode.  Pretty slick!  All you need to do now is start it in time with your drum machines and you are off.  If you are slightly tricky you can record your parts to the internal click track and quickly stop recording on a whole measure. this way you can loop your sequence along to your other instruments indefinitely!  The internal arpeggiator is also cool because it will do standard up down or in order played.

PS:  this is what i do with the DSX sequencer as well. If you keep it in loop mode it will just start from the beginning when you punch out of record.  The Oberheim DMX is locked to the same clock and just playing along with the multitrack.

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Side notes:

1, I always hoped to find another dead Multitrack so i could make one of these.

2, I did a quick demo of the Multitrak when i picked it up.  All sounds were generated by and played from the internal sequencer at the same time out of the individual outs on the back.  For instance i made a patch that was a ‘kick’ sound which was track one, a ‘snare’ patch for track two, ‘bass’ for three, ‘pad’ for 4, and lead bloops’ were 5.

3, Note the velocity sensitivity on the snare patch.  There’s not many too MIDI Velocity Sensitive true analog synths from back then!

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funny minimal waves…

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My development is become arrested.  Space Lazr hath shaken my brain.  And the Korg wavz re Soooo Squayrwavy…..

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This track consists of the Roland TR 909 from here and the Korg from here… Also, the Korg bloops in the breaks are triggering from a master clock.  the same clock is driving the TR 909 via R-sync and Simmons SDSV Via 96 Sequencer clock ( With MFB sequencer ) here… it’s awesome when everyone talks synth!

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One dollar record of the day of the day!

So there’s a few actual record stores left here in town that i try to go dig for vinyl in with some frequency.  I love them because they have GIANT piles of records for cheap.  I can often get as many records as i can fit in my bag for 1$ each!  Awesome.

So on my last dig i came across a rare gem from synthesizer history.  It’s a record by SynergyLarry Fast ) called Cords.  Larry Fast worked with Peter Gabriel on his first album ( Peter Gabriel ST ) and up until 1986.  Kate Bush on Never For Ever, and even Carl Sagan‘s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage!

Whats fun about this album is it bridges the gap between the lush visual soundscapes i enjoy from Vangelis and the focused stand alone strength of discreet compositions.  It’s hard to believe while listening to this record that it was done on an 8 track in a side room of a house!

As to the synthesizer list, it’s long and sweet.  There’s a Moog modular, Moog Polymoog ( one of the 6 prototypes built ), Paia kits, Oberheim DS-2 sequencer, Micromoog, etc.  I’ve never used a DS-2 sequencer but it looks like a similar idea to the old Roland MC4/MC8 idea where you step in an composition ( two tracks in this case ) and you can play one or the other back to an external clock…

One last thing, the credit of  “Finally guitars…Sort of” on the back cover is funny.  Apparently the first two Synergy records said something to the effect of ” No guitars were used in the making of this album. ”  It was a response to bands like Boston ( halfway down right above the credits ) and Queen ( halfway into first paragraph ) attacking the use of synthesizers in rock music that was becoming more prevalent in the mid to late 70’s

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Here’s one of my personal stand out tracks from Cords.  Be patient and be psyched when it starts kicking ( It’s not my youtube video ):

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There’s a ton of info on the Synergy site Here.  It’s days worth of digging and i’ve already listened through both sides of this vinyl twice writing this post.  I am also a fan of the JH series tape machines.  They are/were total workhorses.  Tougher sounding than the Otari MTR machines and less cold than the Studer 80 series machines.  A little more rock over all.  At 15 ips they could be pretty noisy but at 30 they performed pretty well on delicate recordings.

So awesome for 1978.

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This is presented without comment because the soundtrack and this commercial is fantastic in general:

Thanks to the Yamaha DX group for this one!

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