This is something that I’ve been putting off for a long time now. Mainly as just about everyone I’ve spoken to about modular synths just tells me it sucks every last penny from you and you’re never really finished in any meaningful way. Which is a shame. So you can understand why I might decide not to go down this route. However, after a series of events and triggers I have finally given in with what can only be called a modest initial set up, and one that is in keeping with my largely mobile aspirations.
The set up is inside a lunchbox. So it’s pretty small, and almost all of the modules are from Music Thing Modular, so it is a fairly esoteric modular set up.
I hope to have some kind of output to show for it in the not too distant future, but for now I thought I’d at least post some pictures.
It’s a fairly rare MIDI kit for a Casio VL-1. I’m not building it myself, it’s just too fidly, but I have some plans to be able to use a VL-1 over MIDI. We’ll see where that goes.
Who doesn’t like cool little instruments that fit into an altoids tin?
More on this when I’ve had a chance to play with it.
Currently I don’t even have a ZX Spectrum, but I did, a long while ago, and one day I’ll have one again. When I do I’ll be running this among a number of music programs that I used to use a long time ago. That’ll be fun.
Ever since the last Apple event I’ve been thinking more and more about going to Android. I’m not thinking that I’d replace my iPad, more just the more non-musical apps on my phone. But for the life of me I can’t work out what device I need or what would be useful.
To be fair I’ve got a reasonable amount of time before I need to make a decision about this, so it isn’t a big problem, but I don’t really know where to start in order to work out what would be a good device.
I love how Apple always tells you how much all their products and services make life easier. Well not always! Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had terrible trouble with iCloud. To the extent that it’s deleted all of my calendars, forced me to change passwords all over the place too.
Not much fun at all. Not in any way. Thanks so much Apple.
Which is positive as there’s no real future for Pebble watches with Pebble or FitBit, Rebble could be a possibility. It seems that they’re making progress albeit slow progress. The latest update is the 23rd of April. I’m hopeful that this will bring the Pebble back to life, but it is early days.