The Aviator: Black Is The Next Trend

With the festive season nearly finished and everyone looking forward to 2013 we've managed to spend some time building another Aviator system. This is the first one to be built since 1996 and features the alternate black front panel with the eMu modular style knobs. The photo below was taken during a test build to fit all the parts together and to organise the internal wiring. This Aviator will be headed to France once completed and will feature the "Custom Built for ......" inscription laser etched on to the top left corner. If we get some time (and permission) we will attempt to try and get more photos of the completed system with the laser etching finished and visible. We are sure you'll agree the black front panel looks quite stylish. Anyway, the final comment for 2012 is for us to wish you all a Happy New Year.

2013-01-18T12:09:59+00:00December 31st, 2012|

Photos of the Universal Active Filter

The quieter Winter period has meant more time to build the various systems and modules we have to offer and one of the most recent has been the Universal Active Filter. Below are photos of one that was shipped over to Belgium recently. This one uses a number of the same original components from the eMu UAF while our Belgian friend built the wood casing himself. The feedback we've received from the buyer about the Universal Active Filter has been really positive; "It sounds great and is really well built" Next up is a nice Christmas break and we wish you all the best for the festive period.

2012-12-14T12:07:25+00:00December 14th, 2012|

Last Of The Few: The Aviator

Summer is over and my day job, flying an airliner, has eased off for the Winter giving me some time at last to write this blog and work on my projects! Exclusively Analogue has always specialised in making limited quantity custom built synthesizers and “The Aviator” was a perfect example of this. In total only 35 were actually produced back in the1990s so a rare beast and apparently much sought after. I recently had one of the earliest examples back for refurbishment and I have included some photographs of this unit so you can see a bit of what’s inside. The first picture shows how the very early front panel looked followed by a picture of what sits behind the front panel.   Quite complex and it took a lot of building especially when you add the 4 VCO boards, 24dB Low Pass Filter Board, and Power Supply. Later “Aviators” [...]

2013-01-18T12:11:57+00:00November 18th, 2012|

Synth Apps on a phone vs The Real Thing and a new Universal Active Filter

It's been a while since my last blog mainly because my 'day job' of flying an airliner has kept me very busy recently. I, like so many people Worldwide, have joined the 'Apple' family and ended up with an iPhone and an iPad. One of the interesting things I noticed was a number of Apps (Applications) that you can get for musicians including some quite good analogue synthesizer ones. There is a very good app from Korg, that recreates the famous MS20 synthesizer, and another from Akai. Both allow you to recreate some very realistic analogue synth sounds on your iPhone/iPad. The downside however is the lack of tactility that you get from the 'real thing' and you are left trying to get used to finger movements on the screen and that takes time to master. It's so much easier to just tweak a knob or switch on the real [...]

2012-12-02T17:29:32+00:00August 2nd, 2012|

More Pioneer Tribute Soundbytes

While being busy at work and building the Pioneer "Tribute" systems a small window presented itself to record some more soundbytes. Available via the Exclusively Analogue soundcloud profile you can also listen to them below. In the future we will be looking to host more of these on Soundcloud and ensure we have a central store people can refer to in order to hear what the various Exclusively Analogue systems are like.

2012-05-31T07:51:41+00:00May 31st, 2012|

Paying Tribute, Chance Meetings And A Salute To Longevity

I was sad to hear of the death of Donna Summer recently. I still think that her "I Feel Love" song, with the powerful and instantly recognisable Gorgio Moroder synth bass sequence, will remain one of the icons of the synth era. As a tribute to her I am in the process of recreating that iconic sound on the Pioneer 'Tribute' system and I will endeavour to put the results on here later. It's also a very small, and strange, world we live in and at the weekend I had one of those experiences that demonstrated how fate has a way of conspiring to make things happen. I attended a dinner in Oxford on Saturday and ended up sitting next to someone who it turned out was connected with the music industry. After lengthy conversations I discovered that both her and her brother knew various people that I did and [...]

2012-05-21T16:48:44+00:00May 21st, 2012|
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