Couch studio

Couch Studio

I have built a studio in my lounge room to do some casual practice and writing.  It basically includes:

- DSI Mopho analog synth (I am using the midi out to point to the Volca Bass)

- Korg Volca Bass analog synth

- Korg Sample loaded with drum sounds (and Retrokits RK-002 midi adaptor)

- Korg Volca FM synth (not pictured as I am awaiting a Retrokits RK-004 midi hub so I can control multiple synths from a single keyboard)

- Arturia Keystep to MIDI in of the DSI Mopho

- M-Audio Trigger Finger which…

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New Gear: Moog Subsequent 37 Analog Synth

So this is a bit of a big deal.  I have lusted for a Moog for a long time and finally pulled the trigger.  It is great when a piece of musical equipment lives up to the hype because this things sounds wonderful.  Perfect integration with the desktop studio including a VST that slots into your work flow to control the synth configuration and presets.  


More New Gear - Maschine JAM and Zoom H5

I went out and bought Maschine JAM to go with my Kontrol 49 and Maschine MK2. 

The JAM really adds a lot for control of mixing and the step sequencer is good fun, although I am very manual about my note placement so I use the JAM as a quick idea interface. 

I also picked up a Zoom H5 mobile recording device and an additional microphone head unit.  My plan is to record a lot of in the field sounds and for them to end up as samples in my next phase of music. 


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NEW MUSIC: Dark Harvest

Here is a new ambient piece titled "Dark Harvest". 

I set out to do something soundscapey and immersive.  

I want to keep pushing this kind of sound further.  

Dark Harvest



Ped plan

More pedal board work

So this is how you build a pedal board. You need to account for all your power and cable routing and this excel spreadsheet is how I did that. You can see I noted which row and position for each pedal, and also the audio route series. Also note the power requirement column showing which pedal requires which voltage and what the source will be.  

The brown coloured fields are the ones I planned to modify next - like a TO DO notification. The 0.5 cells represent pairs of pedals run with earthed power…

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New Amp Configuration and Achillies 2x12

So I purchased another 2x12 speaker cabinet from Labros at Achillies Amplification.  I originally bought one from him maybe 10 years ago and had it loaded with two V30 speakers.  The new black one has a Heritage and Greenback configuration. The photos below show the new unit, with the older one to the left, as well as my now completed pedal board.  

I used the Free the Tone self assemble jack cables and a bunch of cable management stuff from Bunnings.  The selection of pedals sound bloody great. The pedals…

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