Analogue Systems Control Voltage Recorder Module

Analogue Systems has announced a new control voltage recorder module:

This module will re create the KS section of the legendary EMS synthi AKS when in Real Time mode.In Step Time mode it will emulate the Roland SH101 sequencer section. In addition the module is a 4 channel cv recorder with non volatile memory contained in 12 banks.

We are working on the possibility of layering up to 4 tracks of recorder cv data but this spec may vary subject to change

The control voltage recorder is officially “in the works”. We’ll have more details as they become available.

Musical Instrument Loss and Recovery After the Nashville Flood

Photo courtesy Guitar Center. They describe the scene: “A shattered Kay acoustic guitar (Circa late 1950’s or early 1960’s) sits on the floor of Soundcheck Nashville, waiting to be assessed for damage.”

Wherever they occur in the world, disasters’ material impact can be nearly as emotionally and personally challenging as loss of life. Floods in Nashville, Tennessee have illustrated this vividly, as irreplaceable instruments at facilities like the legendary Soundcheck Nashville have born the brunt of the rising flood waters.

For their part, Soundcheck has been running a flood blog covering recovery and equipment load out.

National Public Radio’s All Things Considered last night covered some of the damage, and how people are coping – including some of the instruments that are being saved.
Floods Wreak Havoc On Nashville Music Scene

Rolling Stone has similar stories:
Country Music Reels From Dangerous Nashville Floods

Unique instruments with unique sounds are, of course, inseparable from the artists who play them in their relationship to musical heritage. Entire communities in Nashville now face floods that threaten the livelihood of artists, as well.

Guitar Center announced this week their own efforts to help with clean-up and recovery, and released information about resources which may help. The project, entitled “Operation High Ground,” includes a number of componments:

  • MusiCares will assist those in the Nashville area community to assist with emergency financial assistance. If you want to donate to the effort, you can visit a Guitar Center store or
  • Teams of specialists from Guitar Center and GC Pro will advise victims on gear repair and replacement; there’s a Tennessee hotline (877-687-5405) and rush shipment and distribution for those trying to purchase replacement gear in a hurry.
  • “Guitar Center has partnered with local Nashville FM radio station 104.5, The Zone, to help musicians rebuild their devastated communities. Beginning in May, for a six-week period, 104.5 will be holding live broadcasts from storm-damaged areas. Guitar Center representatives will be on-site to evaluate damaged gear and provide advice and assistance.”
  • A benefit concert with FM 103 WKDF and 3rd and venue Lindsley will raise money to “rebuild Music City.

Obviously, Guitar Center also wants to make sure they sell some gear here, but the repair and recovery efforts are real. And there is a chance to help artists in the community, and to save instruments. Listen to the NPR story above for a sense of how tenuous the repair effort is, albeit with some rays of hope.

Here’s more information on the MusiCares organization:

MusiCares: Providing emergency financial assistance to people in the music industry, they have the ability to help anyone in the music industry who was affected by the flooding. To be qualified you must have been in the music industry for at least five years. This includes tour bus drivers, writers, etc. The organization will help replace homes, music equipment, etc. Call Cortney Bailey at (615)
327-0050 or email at

If any readers in the CDM community have been impacted by the flood in Nashville or disasters in any part of the world, we’d like to hear your stories and do what we can to help. Do get in touch.

Sound Design Secrets – How To Create Organic Textures From Barbecued Chicken

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This sound design tutorial, by Jim Stout, takes a look at creating organic textures from barbecued chicken, using Camel Audio’s Alchemy.

via designingsound

Rave Music History (Video)

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History of Electronic Music: This 2006 BBC documentary, 1989: Summer of Rave, takes a look at the development of rave culture in the United Kingdom during the summer of 1989.

It’s a nicely done documentary – but it’s surprising how ancient the footage looks….

The Studio Electronics Code 4 OD

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This is a preview of the presets from the Studio Electronics Code 40D synthesizer:

The CODE sports Moog and Oberheim-style filters stock. Yamaha CS-80, Arp 2600 and TB-303 style filter cards can be added by the user.

The CODE’s we carry come standard with four voice cards which give you four note polyphony. Other voice cards can be added, allowing you up to eight voices total. This is definitely one of the best sounding polysynths ever made and has some great modern features like storable presets, lFO’s that sync, cross-modulation, and a switchable overdrive on the output section (hence the “OD”)

via bigcitymusic:

Michel Montecrossa Wants To Be Your Cyberman

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Michel Montecrossa is pretty much single-handedly keeping 70’s space rock alive, with his combination of synths, guitars, psychedelic imagery and lyrics about cosmic consciousness and cyberman sex.

Here’s his latest, I’m Your Cyberman.

Voxengo GlissEQ 3.2 dynamic equalizer plugin released

Voxengo GlissEQ version 3.2 update is now available for download. Voxengo GlissEQ is a dynamic parametric equalizer plug-in for professional audio and sound production applications, available in AudioUnit and VST plug-in formats, for Mac OS X and…

MOTU Ethno 2.0.1 and Electric Keys 1.0.3 updates

Ethno 2.0.1 and Electric keys 1.0.3 are now shipping. If you own either one (or both), you can download the free updaters (for Mac or Windows). These maintenance updates provide numerous enhancements and we recommend that all registered owners…

MGMT’s Brian Eno, Live On Letterman (With Lyrics)

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MGMT performed Brian Eno on the Late Show with David Letterman on 5/11/2010.

Brian Eno Lyrics

So tired
Soul searching
I followed the sounds to a cathredal
imagine my surprise to find that they were produce by Brian Eno

past the gates
quite stark
the roses trimmed and the windows dark
I see the walls through a limestone crack
not red not blue not yellow but black
and all the space left for you
if the sky was synthesized you’d probably know

he taught me many things
the wisdowm of o bleak stratagems
the prophet of a sapphire soul
presented through creative freedoms
and everything i say is true
cuz if i was telling lies it’d probably show

i can tell that he’s kind of smiling
but what does he know?
we’re always one step behind him, he’s Brian Eno
Brian Eno

when I was stuck he’d make me memorize elaborate curses
tinctures and formulas to ditch the chori and flip the verses
my whole foundation came unglued
when i tried to humanize by ambient light
dipping swords in metaphors yeah but what does he know?
he’s go the whole world behind him he’s Brian Eno
Brian Eno!

he promised pretty worlds and all the silence
I could dream of Brian peter George St John Le
Baptiste De La Salle Eno

well all alone by the oldest stone where the shade
trees grow the creature by the water feature with a
ghostly glow making sure that time’s preserved
well we reap what we sow he’s go the whole
world behind him he’s Brian Eno etc. etc.

The Eigenharp

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This promo video, via Eigenlabs, introduces the Eigenharp line of electronic musical instruments.

The Eigenharp is a unique new musical instrument that combines a matrix of velocity sensitive multi-expressive keys, a built-in wind controller, ribbon controller strips, percussion keys and a built-in step sequencer.

See our previous Eigenharp posts for more details, including coverage of the Eigenharp Alpha, Eigenharp Tau, and Eigenharp Pico.

More details at the Eigenlabs site.