New DIY Synth, The Crowminius, Inspired By Minimoog & CS-80

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DIY synth guru Scott Rider, aka the Old Crow, has announced a new DIY project, inspired by the circuits of the Moog Minimoog and the Yamaha CS-80.

The two main goals for the ‘Crowminius‘ project were:

  • to make a new synth in the style of a Minimoog 204D (“model D”) for a good friend, who lost his circa 1974 original Mini to hurricane Katrina; and
  • to create a synth that would fit in a compact aluminum attache case.

Here’s an audio demo of the Crowminius in action: Continue reading

Laurentide SynthWorks Dual Passive Vactrol Gate Now Available

laurentide-synthworks-vactrolLaurentide SynthWorks has announced that their VG2 Dual Passive Vactrol Gate is now available.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

No power needed! Each Vactrol Gate has 1 CV Input (gate, envelope, LFO, etc.), 1 Audio Input and 1 Audio Output. The CV Input hits the Vactrol LED, allowing audio to pass through. In addition, there is a simple Low Pass Filter applied to the Audio Input with an Amount (Cutoff) knob.

As this is a passive circuit, it will not give you full cutoff control, but it does allow the taming of harsh waveshapes.

The LPF is simply the same concept as a guitar’s “tone” control. Also, there is an LED at the CV Input for quick visual reference and LED light action!

Here’s their official intro video: Continue reading

Theremin Music In The Streets Of Bucharest

Reader Simon Iddol, founder of Moarrr, shared this video with us, which captures an interesting experience he had in Bucharest.

“This was one of my most trippy and most heart warming experience in 2014,” explains Iddol. “I was wandering around alone in the Old Town….before my gig. I heard a strange and really unique sound from somewhere,and I got really excited. Is it a theremin? How? Why? On the street? In winter?” Continue reading