“Improv session / live jam used custom sound of VL-1 with VCV Rack.
The VL-1 was the first instrument of Casio’s VL-Tone product line, and is sometimes referred to as the VL-Tone. It combined a calculator, a monophonic synthesizer, and sequencer. Released in June 1979, it was the first commercial digital synthesizer.
Time for the next update! This will be the last one before we head off to superbooth in the coming weeks.
With this update we’ve covered a variety of requests for the MIDI module as well as simplified the use of the module. This update also comes with 2 presets, new versions of the 8-voice wavetable synth patch demonstrating the changes we made to the
One of the largest forums for music tech nerd-kind this week reports the loss of its founder: Muff Wiggler’s creator, Mike McGrath, has died. The Internet responds.
I want to first say, my heart goes out to all of you who have lost a friend, a family member, a personal connection, or even a far-off but meaningful Internet connection.
Muff Wiggler, the forum, has for more than a decade been the single most influential online community for people interested in modular synthesis, as well as a range of DIY topics – it’s a common go-to for how-to documentation on electronics, among other topics. It has also hosted widely trafficked official forums for a number of brands, including the likes of Expert Sleepers, Hexinverter, Metasonix, and Snazzy FX. It’s been the object of love, of hate – but always has played a central role in conversations about music making technology and the voltage and circuits pulsing underneath.
And it’s worth saying that the whole project really began with one person, Mike – known by many exclusively online, but host to a community of strangers who often grew close. Like a lot of the blogs and forums that support the music tech community, Muff Wiggler and its creator have even become synonymous. I know personally how demanding that can be.
It wouldn’t be any exaggeration to say that part of the explosive growth of Eurorack and modular synthesis is because of Mike’s creation of the forum – one that inspired rabid consumers at the same time as it collected knowledge of how to engineer the modules.
Photo above, at top by I Dream of Wires, who interviewed Mike in their work on the evolution of the modern modular synthesis fandom.
The Muff Wiggler platform grew into other projects – a store, live events (like a collaboration with TRASH AUDIO in Portland, Oregon), and others, which helped people meet the man behind the forum in person, some of them flying from literally the other side of the world to do so.
About that name – it comes from a handle Mike chose that combined the names of two popular Electro-Harmonix effect pedals, Big Muff and The Wiggler.
For their part, a message from Muff Wiggler’s team promises they’ll keep the site going in Mike’s absence. Kent writes on a admin post: “The moderator and admin staff are going to take the needed time to get things in order and ensure the smoothest of possible transitions. It’ll be rough for a bit.”
In the meantime, there is an outpouring of sadness and gratefulness from people who knew Mike personally and those who knew him in the virtual arena – from the community of people for whom he created a home where none had existed.
Modular giant Ken MacBeth writes: “Mike McGrath……….I hope that you find your peace now……..RIP.”
Mike himself wrote in 2017 about his passion for the project in a Facebook Group, saying it began from wanting to learn about modular synthesis, amidst options that were “intimidating” – to create instead a place where you could make friends. And he talked about the importance of music and his machines in his personal life – in good times and in dark times.
Matrixsynth has a heartfelt obituary which traces some history – even before the forum, including the first blog posts by Muff Wiggler (back when it was just Mike’s alias):
Mike created the de facto modular synth forum on the internet … and he did it in a way that put members first. He created a platform for makers and users of synths to come together and engage directly with each other.
And yeah, I think all of us who have run enterprises on the Internet for music feel this one in our gut. Again quoting the mighty Matrixsynth:
I just can’t believe he is gone. As the host of this site, I feel like I lost a fellow compatriot. Someone I had history with through the ups and downs. Running a site can be a challenge, and just knowing he was out there doing his thing helped. I am going to miss him and the lost experiences we would all have had with him around.
“The S&H from Atlantis pairs perfectly with Scales to generate endless melodies. By modulating the rate of the LFO along with the range of the melody using Planar, it’s possible to use expressive gestures to influence these melodies.”
Die Firma mit dem seltsamen Namen ist ein Drum-System, dennoch bekommt man neben Modulen, die für Schlagzeugsounds geeignet sind auch noch diverse kleine Dinge mit dazu und wie bei Komplettsystemen üblich, auch Stromzufuhr, Gehäuse und ein T-Shirt. Insgesamt ist alles sehr exklusiv und auch streng limitiert.
Eigentlich ist es so eine Art Best-Of die man auf ein Mal kaufen kann und wird deshalb quasi belohnt mit allem, was es so gibt bis hin zum T-Shirt. Das System ist auf nur 5 Stück begrenzt. Neben dem Case mit Holzseitenteilen und Stromversorgung und sind diese Module an Bord:
1x Count: master clock generator
3x Bus Mult: CV distribution system
1x Mito: polyrhythmic trigger sequencer
1x Deviant: bipolar random voltage generator
1x Gmo: voltage controlled 12bit rompler
1x Muskrat: 8bit wavetable drum
1x Kriket: quad blip & beep generator
1x Dial-Up: Glitch Drum
1x Moffenmix: quad distortion mixer
1x 4ms Row Power
1x Power Brick
Handmade 92HP Ash Cabinet
Moffenzef Fraterni T-Shirt
Ad Infinitum Patchkabel 10x 6″, 10x 12″, 10x 24″
Das bedeutet, dass man eine Art Master-Clock hat, dazu einen Generator für Zufalls-Werte, einen Sequencer für asymmetrisch ablaufende Sequenzen unterschiedlicher Längen. Es gibt ein Modul für Samples, wo diese fest im ROM sind, es gibt verschiedene Sample-Angebote dafür und dazu Wavetable-Drums, was eine sehr spezielle Idee ist und generell ist das System ungewöhnlich und irgendwo zwischen verrückt und LoFi zu vermuten. Ähnlich sind auch die anderen Module, wo es um Verzerrung, spezielle Drums die „kaputt“ klingen („Glitch“). Ein Individualisten-Angebot was für IDM und Braindance vermutlich das interessanteste Werkzeug ist. Es britzelt und kann auch Gamesound und 8Bit-Fans interessieren.
Die Website gibt weitere Information bekannt. Das Møffenzeef Modular bekommt man für $2100 und es soll nur 5 Stück davon geben.
“A little jam in Levanzo, in an ancient saracen watchtower on the Pizzo Torre (tower mountain). The saracens took control of the Aegadian islands after they drove away the byzantine, in 827 a.d. , building many watch site like this is every island and all around the mediterranean sea”
Møffenzeef Mødular started with the missiøn øf making a small mødular drum machine that specializes in creating “clicks and cuts” style glitch percussiøn. Nøw før the first time ever after 4 years øf børderline masøchistic wørk, the cømplete Møffenzeef system is finally available! System Møffenzeef is