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.