Arp Axxe Restoration

So some of my j-wires broke and the keys bottom out every time you play them. Solution: new bushings and new j-wire. The procedure is long and takes some patients. I am halfway through the project. Here are some pictures of the tear down. I need to soak the keys too. Thinking palmolive.
DIY people remember how fragile the j-wires are when taking apart the board. I used a pillow to lay the bed on so i didn’t ruin anything(except the pillow). There is tons of grease on the Pratt-Read Keyboard. Another thing to note is Vintage Vibe has the bushing set for 25$. J-wires are hard to find and more expensive than they look. If you need that link email me. Other tips are go slow so you don’t cut your hands or fingers, and don’t pull on the keys once you unscew them, take them off back to front.

I have found little documentation on j-wire and good tips for replacing them. That is why this blog is following a step by step. Once all the keys are off you can get to the j wire bed a lot faster. The hardest part, not hurting the good j-wire while replacing the bad. I will have more details on the next post.

Malekko NoiseRing


This piece has amazing time ability. Add this and a clock divider, and you have a great timing module that can control your modular. You can write drums, trigger sequencers, and time LFO’s with this module. It also does more. 250$

A-109 Module

The Doepfer A-109 is a module that has a VCA, VCF., and Panner all in 1. It’s about 175$ and is a useful module to add if you are building a basic, inexpensive synth. This with a good VCO (A-110) 199$, Envelope (A-140) 95$, and an LFO module (A-145) 90$ would do it all. That’s 600$ (plus a case My guess if you build your own power supply, or get the cheapest Doepfer one that’s a 700$ analog modular.

The more I read into modular, the better it gets

Sole Control

Here are my notes for Sole Control. Enjoy.

Sole Control.
Joseph Pailo
Recording Live Music, and Arranging In Real Time.

*Audio Clips
*MIDI Clips
*Loop Arrangement
*Global Record
*Preset Management

1. Phrasing. A basic building block in music. Where ideas begin, and keys and changes take shape. Thinking process which can be rhythmic, melodic, experimental, and a combination of the three.

2. Looper is in Live8, but is the basic idea behind clip recording (whether audio or MIDI). Using the metronome will keep parts together in time, where the Looper can pick a tempo from the original phrase of music. Using live to capture parts is similar to many DAW, the big difference is the ability to do this in real time and to add more parts without stopping. A major push in Live is to continue making music without stopping.

3. Audio clips are very simple on the surface, but can do extremely intricate tasks. From envelop followers, to follow actions, to quantizing outside of the global clock, to holding groove pool information. There are so many uses for clips besides simply playing information. They can also be used to make dummy clips, which store effect trigger information and automation.

4. MIDI clips are a great place to use a controller and to quantize music which is recorded in real time. It's quite different from audio in that sense, but the other features from audio clips are still prevalent. MIDI clips cannot be used for dummy clips.

5. Loop Arrangement is great for working on "sections" of a song. This is a place where you can develop solos, arrange drums, compose harmonies, and these loop points can be fixed (made permanent) by adding locators. There are tricks involved with the section above the arrangement mixer dealing with locators and the ability to scroll through the song by parts.

6. Global recording is the performance place where Live remembers your entire performance including automations, clip arrangements, and midi note adjustments. Live is very flexible in this task especially with live editing of MIDI notes.

7. Presets are the most important part of Ableton. Making your own presets and saving them for quick recall make sessions a breeze. Having important and inspirational effects and instruments can be the difference between getting work done, or just noodling around. In the noodle time MAKE YOUR PRESETS. MAKE THEM BIG. KEEP SAVED WORK CLEAN.

Thanks for listening.