Archives for the month of: February, 2014

I love me some Eproms.  Especially ones that fit into old Drum Machines.  Digidesign ( of Pro Tools Fame ) got it’s start making alternate chip sets for drum machines in the 1980’s.  Want a new set of sounds>?  You can buy some chips and pop them in!

But if you are REALLY cool you get an eprom blower and make your own sounds.  The Simmons EPB ( Eprom Blower )  allowed you to sample and edit your own sounds and then blow them onto a chip to put into an SDS-1, SDS-7, or SDS-9.  The drawback being that it could only make eproms for Simmons machines. Oberheim made one as well called the Oberheim Prommer that was more universal and could even read one manufacturer’s eprom and translate it to another for use in a different drum machine!


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From the list:

The mystery of the EIII that didn’t exist ( As played by Chevy Chase in the video for Spies Like Us! ):



From this article in Sound on Sound:

The most far-reaching effect of my McCartney sessions was not any of the sounds I did for him, but an in-joke that cropped up in an idle moment. Someone noticed that the white tape they used for naming the channels on the mixing console with a chinagraph was almost exactly the same width as the ‘I’s in the legend ‘Emulator II’ on the back panel. It was irresistible to stick an additional one on the machine so it now read ‘Emulator III’. McCartney thought it was a splendid joke. It would probably have gone no further than the studio if McCartney hadn’t decided to take it up to Abbey Road to use in the video for ‘Spies Like Us’ (title song for the John Landis movie with Chevy Chase and Dan Ackroyd, and the only hit to emerge from that period of McCartney’s work). The ‘EIII’ was used for Chevy Chase to mime the keyboard part in the video, which was then put on heavy rotation on the newly launched MTV in the States.

Unbeknown to us, Emu then started getting all sorts of calls from disgruntled EII owners in the US, saying things like “Hey man, I’ve been using the EII since it came out, how come you’ve started shipping the EIII in Europe without telling me?” In vain, Emu tried to explain that there was no such thing as an EIII (it would be several years before Emu actually shipped a product with this name). All they would hear back was, “I’ve seen it on McCartney’s video, it’s a different colour and shape completely!” (all from the addition of a short strip of chinagraph tape!). Eventually things got so bad that dealers were canceling their scheduled orders of EIIs, because the customers all ‘knew’ that the EIII was coming. It ended up causing a major dip in Emu’s sales in the US.

I do miss Pierce Hawthorne…

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I am referring to the Roland MC8 of course~!

This is a tech post, i wanted to ping an interview with the man who invented modern sequencing….

Quite an accolade i know, but some amazing stuff was done with his basic idea by Roland ( Giorgio Moroder ) at first and then Oberheim ( David Frank ) and others which eventually led us to home computers with sequencers like Pro 5, Vision, Cubase, Reason, Live, etc, etc…

Interview quoted from:


interview with ralph dyck

There are many old software sequencers too for people that are into old computers.  Luckily deceased software eventually becomes open and public domain.

M was a cool composition tool from the early days that is still updated and lives here:

Some old software archives and reading can be found here:

and here:

Be sure you find an ancient computer first!

I have an old Mirror G4 running OS9 with Alchemy (the best sample SMDI editor for old samplers ), Pro Tools 5 Beta (32 tracks ), Opcode StudioVision Pro ( midi sequencer with 8 channels of audio via protools hardware ), and Galaxy Plus Editor with tons of patches…


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This is from a while back but i really like the title and was thinking about vocoders  ( as i am always wont to do 😀 )


I originally heard about it here:  The Vocoder: From Speech-Scrambling To Robot Rock

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From : retrosynthads

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