Posts Tagged ‘HD-video’

Attack of the Cylons, or was it the VP-330!?

This week I’ve been working on a client’s Roland VP-300 Vocoder. It was flat sounding and basically needed a re-calibration. As you can imagine this was quite time consuming since there’s quite a few test points and calibration potentiometers. So it was a matter of working through the service notes, injecting sine waves into the circuit, drinking cups of tea, reading the results and calibrating the signals.  Anyway this will be my last post for a few days, since I’ll be away from the studio while moving house.

This is me, Fredrik, doing the final testing, and it really does sound much better now. I think it captures the Herbie Hancock feel from his awesome  vocoder tracks, like “Better bet you love on me”, although Herbie used the now practically unobtainable Sennheiser vocoder VSM-201.

It’s punchier and gone is also the extra release of the vocoder sound that wasn’t supposed to be there.  So, if you’re having any problems with weak sound from your VP-330, a calibration is probably the best way to start. The client, house producer Q-Force, was extremely pleased with the result after the calibration. Check out his cool tracks here: - and yes, he uses a lot of analog goodies :)

This particular model is supposedly a pre-production a model, as it is lacking both serial number and the usual logos – it just says “vocoder”. The  sound is really excellent though!


04 2009

Minimoog jamming

For highest quality click on this link to youtube.

I got my new camera yesterday, a Canon 5D Mark II.  I just managed to get the battery charged in time for its first assignment; press photos for DJ Devastate. The camera is absolutely fantastic, and coming from a Canon 40D, it’s the upgrade I’ve been waiting for. It also features a smashing video recording mode – the quality using canon glass is simply amazing combined with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps).

After the photo session we recorded me playing the Minimoog for a track on DJ Devastates upcoming album on BBE Records, “Movement Silence”, laying down basses, leads and fills n bits.  I’m featured on most of the tracks playing Memorymoog, Roland System 100, Korg PS-3100 and loads more.

Devastate grabbed the camera a shot some of the action. This was recorded on “low-res mode” (640x480@30 fps) and then, as usual, destroyed by Youtube compression, but I think it looks really nice anyway. No more mobile phone videos! Expect more higher-quality videos in the future :)


04 2009