Looking for a real 808 since ever and finally got it (and modified it as well:)) Yocto Mods from the Forum: BD tune, SD OSC1 Tune, Clave/Rim1 Tune, CP Reverb, incl. On/Off switches for most of the mods (for original values). I built another clone using the XXLarge schematics back in the days. 50 mods. believe me…that´s the essentials that i build in my 808 as well.
THIS WILL TAKE A WHILE… I had the chance to grab an all-time fav from an Emu collector 30 minutes away from home. The EMU EMULATOR TWO with an PLUS expansion (double tap 0 and ascess second bank). Beside the fact, that he got rid of one of his EII´s i was able to check out the sound of ALL of the EMULATORS (incl. Filters) at his home studio. I was very impressed by the sound of the Emulator I but i liked the versatility of the EII better. The same…read more
Got this iconic beat machine in town fora fair price. Battery needed a replacement and all of the 30 push buttons were cleaned with isopropanol. Fader 8 is still flakey. After that i experimented with the ssm2044 chip and came up with an external control box for both of thi filters. Cutoff 1,2 Reso 1,2 Env. Depth 1,2
I found this broken at a local shop and fixed some problems. First there was the powersupply broken and needed replacement (+15, -15, +5 Volt) Next up it was not possible to load the OS via the floppydrive (are all the included disks failed?) so i replaced it with a gotek+display+rotary. Now it works fine and got thousands of sounds on USB;)
After decades i was able to aquire this gem in my hometown. Switchboard and transistors on the mainboard for driving LEDs were faulty and some switches needed a replacement. I decided to modify it non destructive as possible with the following mods i did to the RC-808 and the yocto clone alteady. BD tune SD tune, snappy decay CL/Rim tune CP reverb Noise level Metal noise overdrive Metal tune Noise/Metal Hat switch OH CH choke off switch CYM short decay switch I made the same Mod for my friend Break…read more
Studer A820 controlled by serial remote controller, resoldered 9pin cable (different studer pinout) to a usb-serial converter directly to Max/MSP (M4L) in Ableton Live. Now it reads the timer, but i will add some more functionality like biasing other audio parameters as well:) its unbelievable how future proof the whole design in the mid 80´s already was!!! What drove me crazy (together with Deborah and Daniel as well, thx for your help my friends!) was that Studer did not really document their special pinout for the serial connector. more info…read more
In October 2017 G and eorge Lazenbleep and Medallion Man headed to Dresden, for the Circuitcontrol festival, a week of hacking, soldering and live performance. In the first of a series of articles from the festival, we met up with Jacob Korn. I won’t talk about his recording career, as I’m much more interested in his work as an engineer. We met 4 years ago in Dresden, and I remember spending an evening together geeking out about an 808 kick drum circuit I built. We talked about his 909 at the time, and I…read more