Moog Mother 32.

I love the fact that this is actually a thing.

Moog Mother 32 Sketch from Gearslutz

Check out the crazy thread on Gearslutz …. not a lot of detail, but it is always fun to read the rampant speculation.

The quick skinny:

  • Last weekend at Knobcon, Moog had a special “no photography” area where they were inviting people to look at a new product.
  • The new product may have similar lineage to the Werkstatt.
  • Eurorack compatible
  • 32 patch points
  • Complete synth voice with a single VCO
  • Step sequencer
  • MIDI in
  • MSRP: $599 USD
  • Available in mid-October 2015

Some thought the product would be announced yesterday, but so far there has been no announcement. The picture above was skteched from memory by a Gearslutz user.

Studio Nebula: Chronology

For the sake of my own recollection, and perhaps posterity, I share this, the evolution of my home studio.

Studio Nebula v6

2014 – present

Tobermory Cr., Brampton ON
Most construction was finished in 2014, but there’s always work to do. The workflow at the new location has been further streamlined.  I had some racks custom-made by M-Gear Design. Space allows me to use different areas for different technologies. An Expert Sleepers ES-3 Lightpipe-to-CV interface allows very usable computer control over vintage analog gear.

Double Synth RackDesktop Rack

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Mecha-Mania Boy (Devo Cover) – Restored from a 20-year old cassette.

DEVO (Red Energy Dome icon)I think it was around 1994 when I was approached to contribute something for a compilation CD of Devo covers. At that time, “Mecha-Mania Boy” was only available (as far as I know) as the B-side of “Jerkin Back And Forth”, and it would still be a couple of years before it would be released on a CD. Only hardcore DEVO-TEES (and their close spud friends) had ever heard it – which is a shame, because it was one of their best.

Read on, and hear the full recording!

New! Old! Whippany Electronics MELOSONIC 350 Combo Organ

Just scored this little retro curiosity for REAL CHEAP. I’m really excited for what I might end up doing with some of these old Combo Organs. Click on these images to enlarge.

It has a few issues and it will definitely need some TLC, but I’m very thankful for this awesome article on the “synthrepair” blog. Check it out for some great repair tips, and some decent shots of the organ’s innards.

Issues: the lowest E flat key is missing (I’ll probably never find a white one, so I think I might carve one out of hardwood or something). You can’t shut off the internal rhythm unit. There is a stuck note. Some keys are out of tune.

I also plan to take the hinges off of the keyboard lid so that it can actually be removed. Then the keyboard enclosure will become a good place for small keyboards and other gadgets. The Poly-800II seems to fit the space rather perfectly, but I could imagine some combo of a drum machine, the MS-20, the Microbrute, perhaps an fx pedal or two – this is actually the first self-standing keyboard I’ve ever owned and the possibilities excite me more than they would probably excite a normal person.