Category Archives: Musical Equipment

Old school compressor DBX 166

Got new old stuff. Bought it on Yahoo auction with electrical cable cut short. Very good looking device, apart of missing colour knob caps on one channel. Installed to my rack and checked with condenser mic – very interesting workflow. I like it. Nice sound.

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Got new 2U mixer and start making some noise

Eventually I’ve run out of inputs of my main mixer, so got extra 8 channel 2u unit Yamaha mixer for connecting 8 channels of Akai sampler in the future. By occasion it was quite cheap to get, this particular model were in my watch list for a while. Looks not that bad on a auction pictures, so I got it in my hands and found out that it is sounds not that bad either. Inside I found neat through-hole Japanese schematics with famous capacitors, but found no date of production. This is model of year 1986 so re-capping would be beneficial for the sound. I will leave it for later, haven’t figure out yet how to use those Akais in a first place 🙂

Could not make SCSI CD-ROM to work nor connect it by SCSI to old hateful windows computer. Meanwhile practicing and reading manual for my sequencer brings some fruits right now. Kind of lemons or something not very tasty on it’s own, but it is just beginning. Prototyping of workflow and sound sketching. Here we go, check this out, but not judge seriously.

Из последних приобретений приехал рэковый микшер для поканального подключения в будущем сэмплеров Акаи, с которыми мне ещё предстоит разобраться. А тем временем курение мануалов и нажимание кнопочек на секвенсере приносит мне радость прямо сегодня, особенно одновременным с кручением крутилок на синтезаторах. Реальные кнопочки – нереально здорово! Сегодня вышел вот такой вот набросок, который я публикую не гордости ради, а для документирования процесса.  Фактически два синтезатора и секвенсер с драм машиной и после записи лишь поднял немного громкость и отреза по краям. Сыровато да кривовато, не судите и не …  До встреч в эфире

Today I got new red hot device!

Вообще-то лень создавать список всего оборудования, можно начать с другого края, например, сегодня приехал новый агрегат. Korg Monologue. Красненький. Новенький, что впервые для моей студии собранной из старого хлама. Новый аналоговый синтезатор, модель запущена в последних месяцах прошлого года, у моего серийник имеет лишь четыре цифры.

Пока не разобрался со всем, но первое впечетление очень хорошее. Понятный интефейс, легко создавать пресеты. За две минуты легко сделал забавные звуки и шум из них. Есть 16ти шаговый секвенсер с возможностью записи автоматизации любых четырех параметров. Можно создавать свой строй или пользоваться пресетами. Кстати, пресеты в числе прочих писал Apex Twin, который, типа,  пользуется микротюнингом на скевенсере Cirklon, ибо не все инструменты и секвенсеры позволяют создавать свои музыкальные настрои, а тут пожалуйста.

Не последняя деталь в юзабилити – наличие маленького ч/б экранчика, который объявляет название пресетов, показывает пункты меню настроек и обычно показывает осциллограммы звуков в реальном времени, говорят, ему ещё на вход можно подавать сигнал и мучать его фильтрами и смотреть на это дело через этот осцилоскопчик.

В целом студия шкаф выглядит теперь так. Думаю немного подвигать тут кое-что, так что фото документ пусть будет. Надо будет секвенсер поближе куда-то прислонить, может вместо драм пэдов а их можно будет ставить, например, на пол, при необходимости настучать дикий ритм отчаянных аборигенов.

My plan to update this blog with the list of all equipment of my studio does not look very realistic at the moment. So I’ve decided to start it not from begging, but from the end, which is now. Begining there and we are here. Now. Today I’ve received new hot red device. Korg Monologue. Fresh model from the end of last year. Mine has serial number four digits long.

My first impression very good. Analogue synth sounds fat and juicy. Digital part easy to understand and use. Just in two minutes I’ve  manage to create sound and 16 step sequence with four automated parameters. That’s exactly what you have here  – 16 step sequencer with any four parameters automation. Plus we have micro tuning and tiny oscilloscope b/w display.

Lovely. See you later – going to study my big sequencer and research about native African scales  . What scale has mbira? Need to know soon!

It’s time to tinker more cables

Кончились все провода купленные ранее, снова поехал на Акихабару и купил 18 метров,
надеюсь, на какое то время этого хватит. Перед этим обнаружил что провода купленные ранее были знаменитыми Могами, какой то модели Неглекс 2549, я просто искал обычный, экранированный двужильный микрофонный провод. Оказалось что этот подходит в самый раз по цене и внешнему виду. 160 йен за метр, жалко что цветов этой модели в магазине было только три. В этот раз купил такие же.

 

#cable making in progress not neutrik #soldering #diy

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От прошлой закупки на Ибее ещё остались реплики Neutrik джеков, конечно, не такие приятные при паянии, и не такие надежные из-за наличия заклепок и лепестков к которым крепятся провода, но пока, вроде, не шумят и работу свою выполняют за гораздо меньшую цену а с наружи выглядят почти как оригинал.

Кончено, простая и надежная конструкция Neutrik заслуживает уважения, основные металлические элементы выполнены на токарном станке, цельными деталями без всяких заклёпок, хорошая изоляция, ломаться нечему. Но жаба. Когда звук всех элементов будет запредельным, тогда и все джеки придет время поменять, а пока и так сойдет.

L-type quater inch jack guitar interconectors pack

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Для синтезатора в стойке, понадобились L-джеки, тоже решил сэкономить, купил на Амазоне пачку педальных проводов за дешево. Целых 12 джеков оказалось, цельнометаллические, разборные, то что надо для бюджета. Два L-type Neutric джека стоят столько же как эти все 12 с проводами. Самый треш оказался у них с проводами, провода там электрические, не экранированные провода для электропроводки до 500в, криво припаянные очень. Но провода эти мне и не были нужны. Вот так я и развожу себе провода.

I have bought six of those #cables on #Amazon for those twelve shiny #connectors, each of them cost me about ¥150 or 1.5€ They are quite good for that price. One L-type #Neutrik cost almost the same as half of those, but I don’t plan heavy touring anytime soon. Funny thing is that cables in that pack is main’s unshielded electrical cables rated for #500V which goes strait to the bin, because I plan to use it with my #mogami

I’ve realised that I bought famous Mogami cables last time in Akihabara, so this time I did same. Got 18 meter of them, in 3 colours. Made some cables with those L-type connectors with Neutrik for rack mounted synth – saved few centimetre of space and got neat looking rack. From last purchase on eBay I’ve got few Neutrik kind of replica connectors, so used them for sound card output cables.

Makine cables with Neutrik much more pleasurable activity than soldering replicas with tiny riveted petals as soldering point. Hope they will work ok of nobody touch them.

That is about my audio cables routine. See yaa.

 

New Ignat’s studio rewired, up and running


I think, I’ll post here some updates about my home studio life. Today, after total deconstruction of studio prototype 0.1 due to metal table construction new table is ready and all equipment connected to electrical outlets and to audio and midi hubs. Old school Varka Tokyo studio 1.0 rewired,up and running. Soon I’ll introduce it hardware members. That’s all for now.

Future of digital DJ-ing?

by dj Kone

vestax_vci300

Seems that Vestax + Serato finally came out with gadget that DJs may love. VCI-300.

In short: you only need a laptop and that’s all. Very useful controller, audio interface and mixer, scratch-enabled.
I have not tried it (£600 in UK, $900 in US), but according to videos it is friendly, logical, simple and stable.

Useful features I noticed:
You don’t need to touch your computer: select tracks, make loops, adjust scratching jog wheel’s time, EQ and more with the device itself.
It allow DJ to be much more artistic/creative in easy intuitive way.
Only 3 cables needed (stereo out + USB to laptop). So connecting while another DJ is playing is not so much problem. Big Jack outputs included.
Buttons visible in dark.
Serato is best DJ software available, trust me, I ‘ve tried them all, in real clubs. Most stable, intuitive, best sounding (well Ableton Live sounds great too).
Vestax produce one of the best DJ mixers in the world (well, after Rane =) so it must sound well. I hope that “delta-sigma modulation 24 bit stereo D/A-A/D converter” tell you something.

Please notice that I LOVE VINYL.
I collect/play vinyl since 1996. I tried to became digital DJ in 2007. First turntables + Final Scratch + PowerBook G4 (absolutely unstable, sounds terrible), than turntables + Serato + PowerBook G4 (more stable, sound great, but not as great as vinyl). I played this digital setup for one and half years, and have RETURNED TO VINYL.
Why?
1. Connecting/disconnecting while people are dancing and DJ is playing is terrible for you, for DJ before you, for clubber. Imagine: you have 6 (six) audio cables + USB cable + power cable. 8 in total. If you make mistake = party breaks. If your setup don’t works from first time, you have to disconnect, connect again, restart, check the needles, ask previous DJ to play one more tune = party breaks. Nightmare!!! Your party mood disappear, you get nervous, clubbers feel it, you completely loose control and forget what you wanted to play. DJ must be relaxed and self-confident. Otherwise party breaks.
2. The concept itself, Turnable + Computer is sick (even if it great Technics 1200s and Macintosh). It only works when turntables are brand new, needles are brand new, there’s no dust in the air, there’s no vibrations from strong sub bass. Real clubs: Technics 1200 are 10 years old. Your needles are (hopefully) only 2 years old. Dust and humidity. Strong sub bass. Everything is vibrating, including your laptop’ hard-disk.
I understand manufacturers, they wanted transition from vinyl to digital to be smooth, DJs love vinyl-touch, so at first this seemed to be nice idea. But it was not stable. It used to happened to me a lot: you’re playing great set, clubbers are happy, stuff is happy, and suddenly sound disappears. STOP. You have to find real record to play, drop it, its not what you meant to play, yo start this checking/restarting process, maybe twice, you’re dead. The mood you and clubbers have just created together is gone. I discussed it with other DJs, they bring with them set of records just in case. You never can be 100% sure about this vinyl controlled digital setup. Computers crash time to time too.
So I returned to vinyl. Its expensive, yes. Post takes a week, yes. Sometimes a record is not as good as you expected when listening to it in myspace, yes. Sometimes B-side appears a nice surprise, yes! Sometimes you play a record only couple of times, and than you want a new one, yes. It is heavy, yes (why not to buy a used car and forget about overpriced taxi? You will save yourself from liters of alcohol too). Yes, lot of problems. But it is one hundred percent stable. It has sleeve. It’s music on physical domain, just think about it, how it is unique in itself! You own a track embedded into plastic!

But, I must admit. Digital is the future.
Sound systems in many clubs are way far from perfect, so clubbers may not feel the difference. Serato sounded better than Final Scratch, and hopefully future devices will sound even better, I mean less digital, closer to vinyl (VCI-300?). Playing digital allows you to be more creative, to make re-edits on the go, to mix faster, not to worry about bit-matching and to play your own edits of the tracks (I mean not your own remixes, may sound bad, but just changing parts of the audio, copy/paste). You can scratch a little, too, crowd will love it. You can be more artist and selector, than just selector.

One DJ said to me, that he feels like labels itself try to convert vinyl DJs into digital ones, by selling vinyl/digital release with best remixes as digital-only. Interesting opinion. So let’s see. But this toy make me think again. Maybe I will continue to play Jazz/Bossanova/Funk on vinyl, and my second love, Techno/House as digital again. At least with this device a step in right direction is taken.