Sunday, January 24, 2016

Turns out you can tune the damned thing!

Thanks to this Muff Wiggler thread:, and thanks to the fact that I'd bought a Snark SN-8 tuner for my classical/fusion guitar a couple of years ago, I decided to try making the necessary modification to have this be my new oscillator tuner. Took about 20 minutes (mostly spent putting together the Weller soldering iron and figuring out how I'd route the wire...), and I was golden.

How did I route the wire? I recently put a bunch of my tools in storage, so I didn't have a drill to make a mounting hole. Instead, after looking over the SN-8's one-sheet manual, I realized that I would never, ever, need to recalibrate or transpose the tuning of the device. So the hole for the calibration button was the perfect routing hole for my needs. Perfecto!

Oh, and it turns out the USB lamp plug I'm using on the Synthwerks Lamp-1 module is the perfect clamping point for the tuner. Wins all around!


Monday, January 18, 2016

Almost All...

I spent some time this afternoon rearranging a few things in the case, then decided to do a kind of massive patch using pretty much every module. In fact, all of them were used except for the Yarns, which waited patiently while a made a non-MIDI patch.

Cool little blippo sound, and I'm pretty happy with the current layout.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I Think I Made...

... a book. It's a freebie that is the beginning of a series I've been working on for a while. It's called "Modular Synthesizer Mastery Volume Zero: The Four Basic Patches". It covers the first four patches that everyone needs to know, and is free in exchange for your email.

Shoot a note to "" and I will (or, rather, some magical process will...) send you a copy. I'd appreciate your help in testing the book, giving me feedback and/or pointing out howlers. And cheers!!!


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy Effing Holidays...

Damn, I hate wall wart power supplies for modular systems.

For some reason, my New Years Eve modular extravaganza was subverted by some gremlin wiping out all of the wall wart power supplies that I was using for my Pittsburgh-style cases. All dead in one day. Nothing else was affected, so I'm assuming some sort of craziness either in the distro boards or something else.

I ended up ordering a Tiptop Zeus board and Cincon power from Control Voltage just so I could have someone to blame in the future. Yeah, I'm that customer.