I have added some new gear and finished a keyboard project.
First, I bought a Moog One. This is the 16 voice model with the latest 1.4 firmware. It is wonderful! I think right now my favorite synthesizer to just sit down and play. My Solaris is a close second, however, there is no fair comparison between the two keyboards. I love and enjoy them both.
I have the Moog One stacked under my Voyager and Model D re-issue.
Next, I have filled out my Moog Model 15 modular and bought two full size power cabinets (P-Cabs) from Gerhard at Synth-Werk and three 8U one module high cabinets. With this purchase and as part of one of the P-Cabs was Gerhard’s sequencer compliment with two 960 sequencers and half height 961 Interfaces and 962 Sequential Switches. I also purchased several other modules like the 984 mixer, VCAs, EGs, etc. I have a few random modules in one of the short cases like a DOT COM quantizer, my own “961” partial clone, and some other modules. Right now, I actually put my own 914 clone (with the same inductors as Moog uses) in the system in place of Gerhard’s excellent 914 clone.
Last, I wanted to build a real vintage Synthasystem controller. I also wanted to be able to use it with one of my keyboardless Synthacons that has it’s own duophonic keyboard electronics. I had a new ARP 3620 case along with a “for parts” ARP 3620 keyboard. I took the Pratt-Read keybed, cleaned it up. removed the ARP 3620 panel and electronics, and added the duophonic keyboard electronics to the case. I have a switch which lets me select if the keybed connects to the Synthasystem jack or the Synthacon Cinch jack. It works great. Here is a photo of it next to the keyboardless Synthacon.
As I wrote, “I am highly skeptical of any SDIY’er who says their studio hasn’t changed in the last two hours, much less the last year or two. I think I change something every time I walk in the door. Part of the fun, right?”
Well, I have proven this comment true time and time again over the past few years. The general size shape and layout of the system hasn’t changed too much I suppose, but I have shifted modules around, built some new ones, added some awesome gear, and put some gear into the hands of others who can really use it. I’m leaving the rest of this page as is, but am adding a few photos here of some new gear I have acquired in the past few years.
Older Studio Comments:
Since I last wrote here, my studio has dramatically changed. I’ll add new photos at some point, but for now, I’ll just add the descriptions!
In the “place of honor” is my Steiner-Parker Synthasystem™ which I re-issued with the critical and invaluable help of Nyle Steiner. A great friend and truly good guy. I added two keyboardless Synthacons™ to this modular and had Toni at Antonus custom build one of his “Sidecars” to fit the dimensions of the Synthacons. In this Synthacon Sidecar, I have a Steiner-Parker™ sequencer, VCF, a Microcon™ and some other miscellaneous utility modules. Nyle told me once he thought my Synthasystem was the largest system he was aware of.
For Moog™ gear, I have a Moog™ MiniMoog Voyager™ keyboard and RME, Moog™ MiniMoog Model D re-issue, and a Moog™ Model 15 re-issue. The Model 15 is complemented by numerous Synth-Werk modules including 921 VCOs, HP filter, 914 FFB, EGs, VCAs, Bode Ring Modulator, mixers, Reverb, and soon a sequencer compliment, and 984 mixer. I also have a Moog™ Vocoder re-issue on order and now have 2 Moog 953 keyboard controllers. This is rounded out with some MoogerFoogers™, a MiniTaur™, Wertstat™, a and Moog™ MP-201 Pedal. I also have some Synthesizers.COM™ modules, keyboard controllers, and a ribbon controller.
I also managed to procure some of the Moog Accessories and have managed to restore two 1125 Sample & Hold units, one turned into a 1U rack mount due to the unavailability of proper slide potentiometers. This can be completely undone if wanted. I also have an 1130 percussion controller and an 1150 ribbon controller. A Moog™ Mother-32, Drummer From Another Mother, and a MacBeth Studio Systems™ X-Series Micromac™ rack mount are housed in their own three tier system using Moog™ housings.
The modular gear is controlled using one of two Moog™ 953 duophonic keyboard controllers or a Steiner-Parker duophonic keyboard.
With regard to other synthesizers, I have a Buchla™ Music Easel™ and a Portabellabz clone under construction (which may not get finished). I purchased an ARP™ 2600 with 3620 keyboard and have a Korg™ ARP 2600 FS on order. I have expanded the ARP 2600s using an Antonus SideCARP system which sits brilliantly on top of either ARP 2600.
I also have an Anyware Instruments Tinysizer, a Dave Smith Instruments™ Tempest , and an AJH MiniMoog clone in modular format, housed in a Waldorf KB37 Controller system.
A John Bowen Synth Design™ Solaris is prominent in my studio with an expansion module on order.
Other “digital” synthesizers include a Kawai K1 II keyboard and rack mount with a Yahama TX801.
I have a rebuilt Teac A3440 four track overdubbing tape deck, a TASCAM DP-24 digital studio, and a Teac Model 2A mixer with meter bridge to record and edit. I also have other equipment to compliment these synthesizers detailed in the menu to the left (still to come…).
I sold most of my “second modular” and found a way to put gear that was going unused closer to my fingertips. I purchased some Atdec laptop and monitor arms and a couple of laptop shelves. My DP-24 and Tempest fit nicely on the laptop shelves. My Tinysizer and the extra euro racks mount using a VESA standard monitor mount. I can swivel what I’m not using out of the way or bring something within easy reach for patching and knobbing.
Please have fun looking at the equipment while scratching your head as you wonder what was I thinking? I still haven’t figured it out and I’m thankful my wife just ignores the whole mess for the most part.
I promise I’ll work on a proper equipment list and will try to muster the courage to share some examples of this instrument at work.
Here are some photos of my current Synthasystem, my MoogerFooger rack, and some miscellaneous Moog™ module clones, some purchased and some my own layouts. Thank you:
- Bob – Moog Music
- Alan – ARP
- John – John Bowen Synth Design™
- Gerhard – Synth-Werk
- Dave – Modular Synthesis
- Roger – Synthesizers.com
- Bob – Analogue Solutions
- Analogue Tommy – Anyware Instruments
- Allan – AJH Synth
- Ken – MacBeth Studio Systems
- Dave and Roger – DSI
- David – Vintage 47 Amps
- David – Nice Racks
- Sebastien – MOS-LAB
- Carsten – Analog Monster
- Jurgen Haible