Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
4ms Rotating Clock Divider Test by ibdk
"no gates from any sequencers. Just a clock that's multiplied with a Model 28, divided and rotated by the 4ms Clock Divider, some gate logic, and two more ASys dividers, and a bunch of envelopes modulating and oscillators and LPGs." Thanks Don!
Update: One more great sounding demo from Don...
4ms Rotating Clock Divider Only Sequence by ibdk
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Here's a quick video of us testing the new 4ms Rotating Clock Divider module. The RCD is triggering a few Analogue Systems rs60 EG's that are controlling a Malekko Borg, Boogie, ASys rs100 Low Pass and the Bananalogue VCS (AD style). The Analogue Systems rs200 sequencer is the master clock and is also controlling the pitch of the Anti Oscillator and it's giving us a a four on the floor kick for reference. The divisions change near the end as we introduce a slow triangle LFO from an rs80. Available soon!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
We're just messing around using the Tetra MAPS as a master clock/pitch source. Modules for this patch: Malekko/Wiard Borg, Boogie, Noisering, Anti Oscillator(primary osc) ; Bananalogue/Serge VCS (slewing CV from The Tetra) ; 4ms Atoner(CV mixer and secondary osc) Noise Swash for fuzziness ; Analogue Systems rs60 EG(off camera). There's some really great sounds coming out of the Anti Oscillator. Pairing it with the Borg as a low pass gate sounds super awesome. We're still amazed by the Malekko Wiard modules. Affordable and super BadA$$ sounding!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
This Ham Heart, hand-made analog synth box sports one main oscillator, four modulating LFO oscillators, a filter and switches for LFO ranges. These little boxes are chock full of interesting drones and wild sounds. All Ham Heart synths are unique looking and sounding..... they're all different and we like that! This one is still available.
I found the classic 1961 Del Shannon song, Runaway, on YouTube and was blown away by the beautiful and very unusual keyboard solo sound. There is an explanation of what the keyboardist used:
"Max Crook was his organ player, playing a "Musitron" which was built from parts from a Clavioline, Viking 85 reel to reel machine, Fisher K-10 Reverb Spacexpander, a Gibson guitar amp, and several other parts and pieces."
There's also a 1986 version on YouTube of Del Shannon singing with Paul Schaeffer and the Tonight Show Band (David Letterman show). It appears that Paul Schaeffer used an Oberheim Matrix-12 for the solo work. Paul's solo is well played as you would expect, and it does sound similar. But it certainly does not have the same WOW factor to it. It never ceases to amaze me how often I find that really primitive gear, combined with creativity, just totally kicked ass.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
There's a new record out by one of our favorite customers John Tejada featuring Big City Music's own Josh Humphrey. There are some great modular synth sounds as well as the typically impeccable production from John Tejada.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Brian Wilson playing the Mellotron.
Big City Music is proud to announce our sponsorship of the exciting new film about the Mellotron and Chamberlin called Mellodrama: The Mellotron Documentary. The film by Dianna Dilworth will be shown at the 2010 NAMM Show. We can't wait to see it! The DVD will be released in late December but you can see it on the big screen at NAMM! More information coming soon. Check out the trailer below and Dianna's website.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Too much percussion! It starts off with some drum sounds from the Diabolically modified 707. The 707 is clocking the x0xb0x 303 clone. The x0x's output is running to the mega-sweet Diabolical Devices Fuzz Burglar guitar pedal. It self oscillates and has twelve different settings for the internal oscillator as well as a momentary drop switch that lets you drop the pitch by about two octaves. The x0xb0x is also controlling the maniacal Flight of Harmony Infernal Noise Machine via control voltage. The INM has all sorts of sounds just waiting to make you sick to your stomach;) The joysticks are fun too.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
We just received our first shipment of Modular World cases. Each row sports 14 Doepfer power connectors and one Analogue Systems jack. The power supply is a hefty 2000mA, powerful enough for any array of your favorite modules. The case also has 4 attenuators, 6 four-way multiples and 3 momentary switches; all available on the bottom of the front panel for easy access. These are extremely well-made cases, built for the road with heavy duty metal corners and latches. All this and they're available at an unbelievable $385.00. What?!? Yep.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Here's a quick noodle with the KCP Glamour Box. It's an insane two squarewave oscillator synth with some awesome modulation functions and external audio processing(the next vid) Just like all other KCP products the Glamour Box is extremely well-made, ready for the road or your local noise show. Oh, and it's sparkley too!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Here's a little patch we drummed up with our friend Don. Bad pun, good patch. The Jomox 999 is having it's frequencies shifted! We're also using the envelope follower function from the rs35 External Processor module. The rs50 is shaping the envelope out of the rs35 so we can trigger an rs60 envelope generator more accurately. There's actually a couple of envelopes modulating the rs 240. We're also using our shaped pulse to clock the rs200 sequencer, using output A to modulate the rs240 even more. We also used a little too much Eventide 2016 Reverb but that's okay ;) Fun stuff.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Awesomeness! The NoiseRing is controlling the pitch of the Anti Osc which is being modulated by a Cwejman D-LFO. It seems random at first then you can start to hear a structure in the chaos. The NoiseRing will repeat a sequence for while and then change to another random sequence. The sequences vary depending on the "Chance" and "Change" variables which can also be modulated externally with CV's. The Noisering is also clocking an Analogue Systems rs200 sequencer, pitch A going to the linear fm input of the AO. The rs200 is also triggering an rs60 EG which is opening the Borg filter module, doubling as a filter and VCA. FM randomadness!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Okay. Finally! Not a very musical sequence but we're just trying to show off all of the incredible sounds the AO does. For a second we had it sounding like a violin! You can also hear a short envelope with some serious FM'ing by the Cwejman sine. We're using just the AO, the Borg as a VCA and an Analogue Systems rs200 sequencer and rs130 PSG as a quantizer and a Cwejman sine wave for modulation. At times it sounds like there's a filter but there's not! The AO has a 1volt/octave input as well as exponential, linear and wave envelope inputs which reveals some super awesome FM sounds. For the money and high-quality build the AO is a no brainer. And it sounds fantastic!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Don't forget about the Spaceland show on 10/13.
Dewanatron is also performing
Wednesday, October 14, 8pm
Dewanatron at The Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles
Brian and Leon Dewan will accompany a program of silent short horror movies at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theater.
611 N Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Analogue Systems has just released a brand new module, the rs440 BBD Analogue Delay. This is an awesome sounding delay, utilizing a Panasonic 3011 BBD chip. Analogue Systems has done a great job keeping the price down on this voltage controllable delay. There is some clock noise at longer delay times but the use of a low pass filter after can easily rid you of it. Actually, the clock noise is pretty fun. You can use it as an effect! If you've had any experience with BBD delays you know that clock noise can be an issue. Luckily most modular users have multiple filters ;). The rs440 has two cv inputs for controlling the delay time, one with an attenuator. There's also cv in for controlling the wet dry mix. In this video we're running a simple sequence using an rs95 square wave. The output of the VCA goes into the rs440, and the rs440's out into the rs100s Low Pass Filter. This delay sounds great and the feedback and freakouts have a wonderful tone to them. We're running one of our sequencer channels into the variable cv input, sequencing the delay time. Yes. Sequencing delay time! Woohoo! We also run a medium-speed triangle LFO into the fixed time near the end, which gives the delay a nice vibrato. Cheers!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Leon, Brian and Big City Music invite you to come check out Dewanatron! The guys will be showcasing their new Dual Primate Console. The new DPC is modular in essence, making it more portable than before. There's some new features too. If you've never seen Dewanatron in action, here's your chance. This has to be one of the most fun and entertaining shows we've been to. Leon and Brian are great people and the atmosphere they create is open and friendly. This time you can join them. Bring an instrument!
SHOW DETAILS (more below)
Ghettogloss presents: The Dewanatron Experiment at Spaceland
Tuesday, Oct 13, 8:30 pm onwards
Admission: $10 at door, $8 in advance, $5 if you show up with a musical
Dual Primate Console -Check out the nixie tubes!
Some shots from the inside of the DPC. Handbuilt... Let's see a machine do that!
In honor of Dewanatron coming to town we made a short video with the Melody Gin.
We're having some fun with the Dewanatron Melody Gin. The Melody Gin's envelope is being triggered by the Elektron Machinedrum's Impulse machine. The Impulse machine allows you to send out gate pulses which can be super handy. The Melody Gin's audio is patched into the Machinedrum and we're using a bit of the built in reverb. The Melody Gin is a truly original synthesizer, hand-built by Leon and Brian Dewan in New York. It's basically a two oscillator, four LFO synth with cross modulation, an envelope and some other really neat features like the "Slice" function.
Oh yeah. There's a cool new Dewanatron documentary you should check out by William Dickerson too.
More show info from Dewanatron band member Mark Blackwell...
GHETTOGLOSS PRESENTS: THE DEWANATRON EXPERIMENT AT SPACELAND
DEWANATRON IN THE L.A. TIMES
GHETTOGLOSS PRESENTS: THE DEWANATRON EXPERIMENT AT SPACELAND
Ghettogloss presents THE DEWANATRON EXPERIMENT at SPACELAND - Tuesday, October 13th at 8:30pm! Bring a musical instrument to the show, receive a discount on the price of admission, and be a part of the groundbreaking Dewanatron Experiment at Spaceland!
"Ghettogloss presents: THE DEWANATRON EXPERIMENT" at SPACELAND, Tuesday, October 13th - featuring an extremely rare Los Angeles performance by world-renowned electronic music pioneers Brian & Leon Dewan, plus a star-studded full-band array of special guest musicians - including YOURSELF if you're so inclined!
In a groundbreaking FIRST for the legendary Spaceland, anyone can bring their own musical instrument to the show, receive a discount on the price of admission, and personally be a part of this historical event!
The New York Times calls Dewanatron "eccentric inventors and visionary entrepreneurs exploring and sharing a new, offbeat world of music, technology and homespun craft," while The Los Angeles Times raves that in Dewanatron's last mindshifting L.A. appearance, the expanded supergroup "at full roar...howled and warbled with demented mid-1960s fervor, all simple rhythms laced up with complex and freakish electronic wails, a retrofuturistic journey to the reinvention of the synthesizer" (see L.A. TIMES LINK).
Let us digress for a moment here and pose an important music-related question to you:
Do you ever wish you could go back in time and actually perform on stage with the Beatles at The Cavern Club, groove with The Velvet Underground at Max's Kansas City, be an integral player in Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable at The Factory, or personally be a part of legendary formative shows by groundbreaking, inventive artists such as, say, Radiohead, Devo, Kraftwerk, or (insert your favorite band here) at their respective historically-significant early venues?
Well, sorry, that's ridiculous, you can't.
(And if you did happen to be around at any one of those watershed musical moments and you could've actually been there, you more than likely wouldn't have even gone out that night anyway, because you probably wouldn't have found out about the show until the next morning, or you would've been too jaded, depressed, drunk, and/or high and sitting around at home watching TV and whining about how nothing cool ever happens and how everything sucks - and if a freakin' miracle occurred and you did manage to actually be there, none of those bands would've let you show up with an instrument and actually play with them anyhow...)
So now's your chance to finally be a part of musical history! Join in The Dewanatron Experiment at Spaceland, Tuesday, October 13th from 8:30 onwards! If this show doesn't eventually become legendary, at least you will have given it a shot and enjoyed an amazing Tuesday night out with a bunch of great people! And if you don't show up and participate, you just might regret it for the rest of you life...
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and only $5 if you show up at Spaceland with your own instrument (random percussive objects, acoustic whatnots, strings, woodwinds, small portable keyboards, and/or/etc are welcome - anything you can reasonably carry on your person, nothing too bulky or on wheels or that will be irritating, intrusive, and/or unwieldy - all instruments subject to Spaceland and/or Dewanatron approval) to personally join in the exciting, engaging, and explosive experience of The Dewanatron Experiment!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Yes. It's true. Not only can you create insane sequences with the MAPS but you can also use it as a four-voice polyphonic MIDI to CV converter! It works! We've patched four separate Analogue Systems mono voices, osc, adsr, vca and the outputs are mixed together. The Tetra's four sets of CV/Gate are routed to the mono voices to control oscillator pitches and trigger the envelope generators. The Tetra is great at allocating the voices. Holy cow! Polyphonic modular. The possibilities! Just make sure you have plenty of patch cords ;) In this video we
're actually using the tabetop version of the MAPS but the Euro module does it too! Please excuse the boring patch and keyboard playing. Thanks for watching!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
The MAPS sequencer, short for MIDI Analog Performance Sequencer, is now in Eurorack modular synth format! The Tetra MAPS is an incredibly versatile sequencer, capable of producing beautifully complex multi-channel sequences or your simple everyday sequences. The MAPS has four(!) MIDI-CV converters as well as up to 32 midi channel outputs. This short demo shows multiple sequences "chasing" each other. You can set the gate time per step, which can give you some wonderful rhythmic variation as well as some nice random melodies. By pushing the corresponding encoder, you start a particular sequence. You can start and retrigger all of the sequences multiple times too. Awesome!
We're sending our control voltages to three Analogue Systems voices, each patched a bit differently. All are using the rs95 oscillator with fine tuner. One has an rs100 Low Pass filter, one a Comb Filter, and all three mixed are running into the amazing Reverb/Chorus module.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Here's Stephi playing with the a super-fun modified HR-16. There's a master pitch control knob (sample rate for drum samples). There's also an awesome looking and inspiring new patch grid system. These patches connect various bends including pitch modulation, sample rate modifiers and delay-like effects. The little patchers have different color LED's that light up differently depending where you patch it and what else is patched.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We just got in these super cool new modules from Malekko! Designed by Grant Richter of Wiard and built by Malekko Heavy Industry, the Noisering rocks! Use it as a clock, noise source, oscillator, cv source and more. This is a really fun module with lots of potential and tons of features packed in.
Here were using the Noisering as an oscillator. It doesn't track one volt per octave exactly but that doesn't really matter for this type of patch. We're using the Analogue Systems rs200 sequencer to control the "Ext Rate" input. The first sound is output one of the Noisering running into the Borg Filter in low-pass gate mode, triggered by the Analogue Systems rs60 EG module. The second sound is output number 2, and yes they are very different sounding outputs! More coming soon!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Looking for some different sounds? Check out some Plan B stuff.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
They're on their way and we can't wait!
"...a sequencer that is more robust, versatile, flexible, intuitive and user-friendly than any other comparable sequencer. Which other sequencer allows you infinite virtual tracks, modulations or multiple, REAL-TIME versions of one sequence? Which other step sequencer allows polyphony with only one sequence?"
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Here's the incredible Blues Saraceno demonstrating the newest Dirty Boy pedal, the Rude Boy. The Rude Boy is a butt-kicking fuzz based on the Univox / Unicord Super-Fuzz. The components are mostly rare new-old stock parts, making a great new version of this timeless fuzz pedal. The best thing is it's got some great features that a modern guitarist would want. The Rude Boy features two LED indicators, power supply input, and a dedicated footswitch for the Notch setting. The Rude Boy is available exclusively at bigcitymusic.com and the quantities are extremely limited. Once they're gone they're gone! Don't wait.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
What could be cooler than meeting the man who introduced me to the incredible sound of a Moog modular synthesizer? I was just a kid when I first heard Keith Emerson's Lucky Man solo on a pair of Klipschorn speakers. That huge, otherworldly synth sound changed the way I thought about keyboard players forever.
The monster Moog modular pictured below is Keith's and it is the same one he used back in the early days with ELP. It sounded amazing when he played it at the Waves of Inspiration / Legacy of Moog event in Carlsbad last weekend.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Janet, Stephi and I attended the Waves of Inspiration / Legacy of Moog event at the Museum of Making Music on Saturday night. We were waiting to meet Keith Emerson when we ran into Dave Smart. I remembered Dave as the only person I know who has both an Analogue Systems Bode Frequency shifter and also an original Bode Frequency Shifter.
Dave plays keyboards in an ELP cover band, Brain Salad.
Dave is the proud owner of two large Moog modular synths (a 3C & System 55). Janet and I stopped by his house on Sunday to see and hear his beautiful Moog synths. They are as you would expect - spectacular!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Bad picture....Awesome Synth!
New mods include:
VCA decay pot
Two separate 1/8 Cutoff CV inputs with AMOUNT pots (located on back)
1/8" CV outputs for square and triangle (located on the back)
Also on the back
-bass boost switch
-cutoff freq lowered
-envelope to zero
all of the switch mods have a LED status indicator along the left side.
Email us to reserve one today! email@example.com
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The WMD Geiger Counter in eurorack has finally arrived! This is a simple squarewave drone from a Cwejman VCO-6. We are sequencing the wavetables of the Geiger with an Analogue Systems rs200. Partway through we add in another sequencer row modulating the sample rate which has an attenuator. Awesome!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Here are a few combination presets from the new and super awesome sounding Dave Smith Tetra. The Tetra is an analog 4-voice synthesizer with great features like multiple envelopes, LFOs, sequencers an analog resonant filter and more. All this awesomeness in this little package too. The Tetra sounds great. Especially for the money!
Get one here.
Friday, August 7, 2009
For a limited time you can save $50 on any in-stock Diabolical Devices drum machine and circuit-bent SK-1's or SK-5's! This includes the modified 707's, 727's, and 505's. All of these items can still be used as originally intended and all of the mods or bends can be switched off.
Don't miss out on these good deals! Find the fuzz here.
"This is a fun setup. The rim trigger out of the 707 is clocking the 101's sequencer which is cool because you can alter the pattern rhythm very easily. These modded 707's are great for tweaking on the fly. You can turn all the pitch mods on and off on the right and control their pitches with the bottom row of knobs. There are a few global bends on left which are fun too. The Matter Disorganizer is a brutally massive fuzz with an octave up. Between the Matter Disorganizer and the awesome filter on the 101 you can get some crazy sounds. "
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
First of all, youtube audio will not do this amazing machine justice. This is by far one of the best sounding all in one packages ever conceived. Here's a cool demo song from the new Spectralis 2 utilizing samples, analog synths and a killer filterbank. Available now! More videos coming soon. Thanks for watching.