Following interest in the UAF and conversations about what other modules we're building this post looks at what's currently available to order and what's coming shortly. The Universal Active Filter is a faithful reproduction of the Emu module and although some alternative components have been used to replace the original, impossible to get, dual transistors this change has not affected the sound at all. I have done extensive side by side testing to confirm this and spent a lot of time matching the transistor characteristics. The VCO Range Switch module is a useful addition to a system since it allows instant octave shifting of any 1Volt/octave VCO. 3 individual VCOs can be controlled by this unit and although designed for the Emu system it can be fitted to any modular provided there is a suitable Power Supply. The Pot Pourri module is my take on the Emu Pot Pourri module [...]
Depending on where you come from, and your particular interests, the word 'knob' can refer to a number of things including things not really suitable for this website dedicated to Analogue Synthesizers! I've just had the pleasure of visiting someone in Germany who really enjoys analogue synths and he has an enviable collection of modulars, including an Emu which is why I was there. Looking around the room my eyes always focused on the big old modulars like the Moogs and then at the newer, smaller and compressed modulars. Whilst I can appreciate that small knobs and small format modulars work for a lot of people, (it saves building an extension to your house or flat just to hold the modular!), for me 'Big is Beautiful'. In particular the large format of the Emu modular is a favourite which is why I've spent a vast amount of time and effort [...]
I’m often asked why I remain firmly rooted in the past using technology from the 1970s and 1980s rather than taking the leap into the present and embracing the digital world. While you might think at my age I would enjoy nothing better than driving my car listening to classical music, heavy rock or perhaps the Bee Gees it might surprise you to know that Tiesto, the Swedish House Mafia, or a Trance compilation (played at the required high volume sufficient to get the whole car to become a bass resonator) is nearer the truth! I know Trance is an acquired taste but what attracts me is that if you listen to most tracks you can guarantee that a lot of the sounds used are “analogue'” in origin and in particular a great deal of use is made of sweeping filters. Analogue synthesizers have been part of my life since [...]
We did it in the 1990's with the Aviator travelling as far afield as the USA and Japan and we've now done it again thanks to orders from the USA, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK. A big thank you to all those that have placed orders and reserved build slots in the past few weeks, you should now have received confirmation of the process and timelines for your Aviator. For those still interested, there are now only 5 left to order. If you'd like a piece of the action before the Aviator takes the last flight please get in touch to avoid disappointment.
Following on from yesterdays post about the first Aviator to be built in 16 years we've now uploaded a few sound files from the testing that was undertaken before it was shipped. These 3 sound files demonstrate the filter options available on the Aviator. The above sound file is based on the intro beat from the Swedish House Mafia track "Greyhound". It uses the Exclusively Analogue Aviator synthesizer with the 24 dB Low Pass filter before switching to a 12 dB Multimode filter and demonstrating Low Pass through to High Pass. Based on the track "Greece 2000" and starts with a 24 dB Low Pass filter before switching to a 12dB Multimode filter. This sound file has The Aviator synthesizer doing the lead synth solo that Keith Emerson did in Lucky Man. It starts with a 24 dB Low Pass filter before adding a VCF2 in Multi-Mode as an additional [...]
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.