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<A HREF="http://www.paia.com/fatman.htm" TARGET="_blank">on this page</A> you can download some sound-bits. <BR>What the hell analog synth is good for? heh heh ... I don't know anymore...really, but it's just a mood for me. Analog synth is good for what it is. No big deal, yet the same time analog synth will be always cool. <BR>Now the question for you, Nick? What 'projects' exactly your question is about? Do you think people just can read your mind over the net? heh heh heh <IMG SRC="http://www.interruptor.ch/cgi-bin/discu ... /happy.gif" ALT=":)"> This company makes the whole line of cool toys for guys who like to play. They arn't cheap thou..., but not really crazy prices...also you get the feeling that you actually "building" your own stuff, while you're not. If you are hell of a creative mind and got some cash and time to waste you can build some crazy nose-makers in a nice red-wood hi-gloss boxes - make a piece of art out of it, sort of speak..heh heh ... <BR>The sound? hmmmm, I don't know... there's just so many ways nowdays to get all sort of sounds with much more control over it than just some basic mono-synth ...well, I don't know really... it's still cool stuff <BR> <BR>/respects, <BR>/Mike Zee aka Dr. ZEE
Hello Nick, <BR> <BR>I built a number of these effects units some years ago. I did not buy them from PAIA. Rather, I bought a copy of Craig Anderton's "Electronic Projects for Musicians" and used the diagrams there to build the devices. This book is the ultimate source of these devices. <BR> <BR>I cannot recommend this publication too highly. Everything is explained very clearly and I see no reason why a person of reasonable competence should not be able to tackle the projects therein. Each effects box is given a difficulty rating from "beginner" to "advanced", so there is an immediate indication of the kind of skills needed to complete them successfully. <BR> <BR>What did I construct? <BR> <BR>First, the "Super Tone Control". A very useful effect which can gives an extensive ability to alter the sound from keyboards etc. It has three bands; low, mid and high and these allow the user to filter out or emphasize frequencies of interest. The cutoff frequency can also be altered in real-time to give interesting filter-sweep effects. There are also two resonance controls: a lo/high switch, and an adjustable pot. <BR> <BR>Second, the Ring Modulator. If you want weird, far out, otherworldly sounds, this is the machine for you. With a ring modulator you can transform totally the sounds you make; they can become literally unrecognizable since the output is not related harmonically. Instead, the output is related mathematically. Sensibly, Anderton's design allows you to mix in some straight signal with the ring modulated output. This gives the option to make the effect less extreme and, therefore, more useable in a wider variety of musical contexts. <BR> <BR>The final project I constucted was the Noise Gate. - Not a spectacular "effect"; but still very useful for attacking noise problems in the studio. Actually, I use it to combat carrier signal bleed-through from my ring modulator, and to clean up the signal path in general. <BR> <BR>As you can probably tell, I am impressed by these effects; so much so, I fully intend to build some duplicates, more Super Tone Controls, more Ring Modulators and more Noise Gates. There are many other projects in Anderton's book which I will also construct. <BR> <BR>Hope this helps. <BR> <BR>Electro.