If you are interested in modifications of your analog gear or you want to control your 70’s and early 80’s machine with MIDI it might be possible to put a retrofit into it. check out the list of possible upgrades and videos of my midified and heavily modified analog synths and drum machines. I am a graduate engineer for media technology (Dipl. Ing.). Please ask for pricing of your individual project. CONTACT kits for the following manufacturers are available: ROLAND, MOOG, YAMAHA, ARP, KORG, KAWAI, CASIO, SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS, OCTAVE, OBERHEIM, JEN, SOLINA, LINN,…read more
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
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
This lovely Linn drum/DMX/Drumtrak sounding drum machine with 24 sounds and a lot of interesting preset rhythms and fill/break variations. the programming is fantastic and uses a very lively feel (they call it a built-in humanizer function). I added an 8ch output multicore cable for arranging and mixing down those instrument groups in a more flexible way.
Jacob Korn takes Telekom Electronic Beats TV into his studio for a Tech Talk with a difference. Watch as Jacob demystifies the seemingly complex world of modifying synthesisers and drum machines. In addition, to Korn’s wisdom, you will also hear 2 demos of what a few modifications can do to your gear, be it Roland, Yamaha or any other brand. Check out www.jacobkorn.de/studio for more infos on mentioned projects!