Qu-Bit-Electronix

http://www.qubitelectronix.com

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A eurorack Sampler that uses
http://www.raspberrypi.org.

Akai Pro

http://www.akaipro.com

Look at some of their MusicMesse gear.

Producing OTB Release

Getting ready to release a summer single EP with all of the Outofthebag artist. Be on the lookout. It will feature Pailo, Bedford, Walkingstick, JQuest, Chili, Dylan C, FuturLuv, Tallest Towers, and some special guests.

Pailo Free EP

Pailo Download

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Elektron

Bought a few new Elektron pieces of gear for the Outofthebag studio. Really happy with the performance of their sequencers and the flexibility each one has to offer. Recently found a Monomachine SFX60+, Octatrack, and Analog Four. They are all completely different and have some amazing strengths outside of the computer world. I hear people complain about sub menus and other things but all in all they have an awesome way of creating interesting sounds on the fly without ever having to stop the machines. Got rid of some old stuff to embrace the new. I had some heavy gear but this has all been a great replacement.

1. The basic “menu diving” that everyone is worried about seems to come down to 5-7 menus. My muscle memory serves me well from years of playing instruments and different instruments and sequencers. Learning these little boxes was fast and intuitive. Everything was right where i needed it to be. Lights for indicators. Mutes. Performance settings. Keyboards. Octave changes. Transposition. If you think it should be on the box it is and then some. The knobs were smooth and have a quick edit also for more dramatic changes in sound.

2. The final sound is very clean and polished. If you are used to working in DAWs i think the
Elektrons sound even better. 24/96khz is the standard of the Octatrack and it seems so clean you have to “color” sampled sounds to make it sound different than the original. Its that clean. If you are used to working in an RME or Apogee world, you will quickly be happy with your purchase because it is comparable. Its nice bringing them into high quality recording gear because if you push the VCA’s you will get some drive.

3. There are a ton of nice new interesting
effects. You probably are tired of the effects you have used a thousand times in plug form. These boxes have a host of new effects that are trigger lock enabled DSP. You can lock every step to change the effects parameters in real time and save that information. Or change them over time with all types of LFO’s and Envelopes.

Hope this is a good detail of some of the fun i am having.

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Monomachine SFX60+ - Tons of FM synths, Virtual Analogs, Wavetables and VO Synths.
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Analog Four - 4 Dual voice analog machines with two filters, two LFOS, two Envelopes.
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Octatrack - *track Sampler/Midi Sequencer Granular Heaven. MicroSound.

Anushri Build

This is a kit from Mutable Instruments called Anushri. Basically it’s a Oberheim voice with and overdrive in the resonance of the filter circuit. Monophonic Beast!!! Super fun. It also has a digital drum section which sequences 128 notes from a keyboard input and HH, SN, BD with Topographic sequencer similar to Grids.

There is a eurorack kit which you will see in the build here. Took me about 3 hrs total, and tuning took about an hour. Love the panel and feel of this module and haven’t seen it around much. Enjoy the pictures below.

Anu Resistors

Anu Caps

Anu Bottom

Anu Sockets

Control Board

Anu Back Control

Anu Panel Mount

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Thanks

Thanks for all the support at the Control Voltage clinic. It was a huge success. We will be doing another one really soon. Stay tuned at Outofthebag and ControlVoltage.net.

CV Clinic

Control Voltage/Outofthebag Clinic
3pm 15$
Midi - CV - Ableton -Eurorack
Tips on
-Advanced sequencing with the CPU
-CPU to Modular Clock
-Saving tips
-Ableton Clock
-4ms QCD Syncronization

QCD Build

We are working hard on the new 4ms module!!!

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December!!!

Back to the site. Been really busy with projects and cases. I’m currently fixing some more synthesizers. There will be some updates soon with photos of the SCI Pro 1, Red Roland Sh-101, Roland TR-606 and Arp Odyssey. Lots of minor repairs like jacks, batteries and knobs. It will be good to show you the insides of those machines. They Are some of my favorites synths of all time.

The build for the 4ms Quad Clock Distributor has been hard, but really fun. Learning a new build takes some time and we have been making sure the panels have lined up with the knobs and LED and all. Looks like next week will be official “First ones”. That makes me really happy to get them in peoples hands and hear some feedback. It has been one of the best time piece modules I have ever used. Dan’s brain is coding things right, and musically the possibilities are endless.

The West Coast is an amazing place with tons of great shops and restaurants. Getting a little more settled in and wrapping up the first major Pailo release here on Outofthebag Records. Looks like the site may change a little more and the launch will be here. It will be available on iTunes, Amazon and about 30 other major music retailers. Please support small record labels and help out an artist you love!

Pailo Digital (Self Titled)

Dee Box Prototype

So the Dee Box project began a little while ago. Sat down with a really great wood designer (Dee) who inspired me with his amazing home (made of wood) which of course went on to us talking about synthesizer cases. I told him what I had in mind and we sat down and drew a few ideas.

This box is just a starting point for me and Dee working on projects together and I want to show you what went down and how I powered the box with help from 4mspedals.com DIY boards. Lets take a look at what happened…

DeeBox Front

Here is the first public shot of the Dee Box. I wanted something completely original with this design. Planked out lid and back, with a bug eaten handle (Dee’s amazing work). This case is made for laying down at a table when you are performing. The cables hang on the handle while you perform.

DeeBox Inside Pre Fill

This is a shot of the inside of the box prior to putting the voltage regulators inside. If you look at my past BLOGs you will see that I have a separate box for my power supply so no supply is needed in the back of the case. Simple Vector TS204s are used to mount the modules.

4ms Regulator Boards

Above are the 4ms regulator boards. These basically take 15 volts and convert it down to 12 volts. Each 104hp has 2 boards giving about 2.2 Amps through of power if needed. The supply is running close to 7A @ 15 volts. Should be enough power for about 6 rows in my opinion.

4MS Finished Regulator Board

The finished regulator board before I cut the leads off above.

Panel Mounting Regulator Board

Panel Mounting Regulator 2

This is where the Power Din Module is connected to the regulator boards. Basically you have to solder the wire +15V, -15V, Ground and 5V from the regulator board to the DIN input module. This takes some patience.

DeeBox Inside w Power

DeeBox Indside w Power 2

Then the DIN Panels are installed along with the Regulator boards inside of each row. This was done with a few small 1/4” wood screws. As you can see the wiring is done with quick release connectors so anything can be disconnected and moved or worked on in case of any changes.

DeeBox w Modular

Here is the final case filled with half LZX and half of audio modules. This is a perfect example of a DIY case with the 4ms Regulator Boards. A big thanks to Dee Church, Dan Green and all of my friends who helped me connect with all of these great people.


SH-101 Fixed

So I finished one of the Red Roland SH-101 projects enough so it’s working and playing some sounds. Want to thank DINSYNC.info for Paul’s help in having the service manual for the old Roland gear. The first three pages are like computer programming for synth nerds, but it thankfully reset the main chip. Once you do that there are a few fun steps in making the keyboard work properly.

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I still need a tune knob, slider covers, a back panel and the bender. The second one needs all new parts because it took two bad one’s to make one good one. It also cost me 84$ for the CEM3340! I still need two more chips for the second 101 (another CEM3340 and a IR3109 Filter) Its about knowing what chips, where to get them and how to put them back on without frying them. You also have to check every single solder point and wire connection with a multimeter and replace countless caps. This one took about two days of 8 hour work to get it back up. Three days of web research and a day of ordering also helped make it a smooth repair.

More to come.

6.7A Power Supply Build

I documented my power supply build so everyone can see how it happened. You will see in the first step there is a plastic case with two supplies. Each one is 6.7A and they are going to be wired together to create a +15V/-15V power supply. The mounting is done with 1-1/4” 4/40 screws, washers and lock washers. There are also two 1/4” 4/40 plastic spacers so the power supply bottoms and plastic case do not touch in case of supply heat against the plastic case.

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After that I trace out the MIDI/DIN jacks on the side of the plastic box before cutting each one out with an Exacto Knife. They are super sharp and can cut holes out really close. Be careful though, one wrong move….ouch!!!

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Once the MIDI/DIN holes are cut I moved onto the IEC jack with fuse holder. That cut was also done with my Exacto Knife to get it as close to the size as possible. This also helps with the midi jacks because you can have enough plastic to screw them in with 2.5mm screws and square nuts. The IEC also has tabs so if the hole is the correct size it locks into the plastic and stays put when plugging and unplugging.

Next is cutting all of the wire to size and putting Female Terminal Connects on all of the wire going to the IEC jack and stripping the wire to be on the supplies and soldered to the MIDI jacks. This step is the most important because the ground wire in my box is done with 12G wire and all of the power if done with 16G. From doing car audio we always used thicker wire with the ground. The shorter the run of cable the better so there isn’t a bunch of wire in a corner of the box. It could also cause EMI noise in your audio lines.

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Once the wiring is done and the MIDI jacks are wired and soldered I go get a multimeter and test all of the jacks to make sure the power is giving +15V where needed and -15V where needed. There is a regulator board inside each of my cases that regulate the boards to +12 /-12. Running the system this way has been documented on the ELBY Designs site. It seems to be solid. If you do not know about voltage regulators you can always buy +12/-12 supplies and just go straight 12volts.

You can see my power MIDI/DIN jacks are finished. Then i GOO-Gone the marker off. Please note that people in your studio SHOULD know there is power running on MIDI/DIN jacks. If one of these gets plugged into any gear you could have a total gear meltdown. My studio speed has become much slower now that there is power running along MIDI lines. Be CAREFUL if you choose to run things this way. MIDI jacks have plenty of pins and usually are handy for running over 10’ lengths for connecting gear/power/audio in certain situations.

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My final wiring is below. As you can tell I like clean wiring and simple design. I found the plastic case in the trash and the supplies were 30$ each online (Jameco.com). Wiring is about 5$ with a 3$ IEC plug and 1$ fuse. Pretty simple project that took me about 1 hour.

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Case is powered and making amazing sounds!

FuturLuv Record

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FuturLuv.com is the BLOG for the new record. Available on iTunes now!!! We have been working really hard on Outofthebag’s first Indy release.

Roland SH-101 Repair

So i had a really good friend give me two pretty beat up Roland SH-101 Red.

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They have lots of missing parts, broken caps, missing benders and missing bottom bed trays. This looks like a nightmare to the normal eye, but to me it looks like a great time to fix something. Just like the Arp Axxe repair job i shot in an earlier blog post, i will show you what i have done to these keyboards to get them to function properly.

Note: If you are not a service tech or have not been around service techs for years (which is my case) DO NOT OPEN ELECTRONIC GEAR!! You could mess something up, or worse hurt yourself. I have been shocked a bunch and know how bad it can hurt. AC & DC voltages feel different and effect you different. If you don’t understand the location of those things on power supplies stay away. Also have witnessed boards get destroyed in one fallen screwdriver (for real just zap goodbye!). Ok had to say that.

My first step is to find the service manual, become familiar with the parts on the particular board, find where the power comes in, where the location of all elements are (CPU, VCO, VCF, VCA, ADSR, LFO,), check all the boards and what looks like a problem from first glance. Make Notes.

Shot below is trunk of car Day 1. The back one is almost complete, but the CEM3340 is gone (main voice), two sliders are dead, bender is broken and bottom tray is missing. Also found out no tune knob and the battery cover is gone. The second one is missing 6 keys and springs, missing both CEM3340 and IR3109 (FILTER!!), bottom tray is gone and the sequencer button board is missing 6 buttons and a push button. Again most people would have not even looked over this, but in a short 1/2 hour look over this is what i found.

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Next Step is cleaning. Now I am pretty OCD so cleaning is no big deal to me. You have to know the proper things to clean boards with. Contact cleaner can help, but good old water and alcohol can do some wonders. Using a mix of both along side q-tips and a small fine toothbrush you clean carefully. This stuff is pushing 30+ years so the harder you are the more of a chance the trace will come up, or somethings will get ruined because of being careless. Take time when cleaning and let things dry on sunny days. if all of the moisture is not taken out of the board after cleaning and you power the unit on it will be destroyed. Trust that. Before and after board clean below.

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So once the board is clean you order parts. That is as far as I have gotten. Come back for more information on my red Sh-101 project. They say the parts will be here Friday so the next update will come after the weekend.

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PLUG

Pailo is featured tonight @ PLUG
https://www.facebook.com/events/526891264016758/

See you there.

Artist Update

The artist page has been updated and Outofthebag Music is proud to sponsor some amazing talent. These artist continually make great original music. Contact Outofthebag if you need booking information for anyone on our roster.

Adjusting

Getting used to the new turf. West Coast is beautiful. BLOG has been put on hold for a minute, but we are still working on some great new projects. Pailo has a few records coming out, and there is a new video on the video page. Check out the LZX synth in action.

NAMM

NAMM 2013 was Awesome. Good to see everyone!!!

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