mastodon seems fairly tech/programmer/web dev focused overall, so a lot of what y'all post is totes lost on me, but if anyone wants to talk old synths, drum machines or samplers from the 80s, MIDI, analog everything, cassettes, sequencers etc. that's my shit right there

@connor oh! so, i think the most *fun* drum machine i have is probably the 606, but i love the Vermona MKIII bc it's so versatile. If I had the extra cash I'd get a 909 though :)

@connor What is your favorite drum machine? Do you make music?

@toilettrouble I do make music (sometimes)! I can't afford to buy a real drum machine, so I've mainly been playing with filtering sampled 808/909s in weird ways. I mainly play with analog synths because I have friends who buy them. Playing with a Taurus III right now!

@connor that's awesome! I've never used one of those, but i've seen demos of it on youtube. also, if you are ever looking for an affordable drum machine, Korg's Volca Beat and Volca Kick are really great, ~120-150 each. I use them a lot as well. also, Teenage Engineering has their little handheld synth pocket operator line for ~70 bucks each and they sound great.

@toilettrouble yeah I've really been looking at the pocket operators. The KO looks super neat.

@toilettrouble yeah I've really been looking at the pocket operators. The KO looks super neat.


Actually there was a new instance that was spun up SPECIFICALLY for that sort of thing :)

please stand by while I scroll back to ancient history -.-


dangit... missed it by THAT much :D

A friendly place in the fediverse for discussing music recordings.

Run by the very awesome @djsundog

@banjofox @toilettrouble i read this and immediately thought of pointing you to mr sundog

not at all surprised he already has a whole server for this stuff



A friendly place in the fediverse for discussing music recordings.

@toilettrouble analog stuff is fun, I've been cleaning up some old Technics cassette decks lately 📼

@butthead awesome! i wish i knew more about cleaning and repairing cassette decks.... it seems daunting. I've done minor fixes here and there but nothing more than that.

@ajroach42 thanks! someone *just* tipped me off on that and I promptly joined :)

@meff I've got a room full of old synths and drum machines, all going into an old analog mixer, mixed down to a 4-track and mastered on cassette. it's a long, rewarding process that involves me looking at no screens at all, which is heaven.

@toilettrouble damn son, I actually like working on Ableton, but I'm also too cheap to have much by way of actual equipment. Why don't you do the mixing on a computer at least? But eh I mean whatever works for you

@meff i used to use a computer/Ableton for everything; mixing, recording, live shows.... i got burned out on it and wanted to use my hands and my ears rather than a mouse and my eyes. it just feels more intuitive to me. i like tinkering, too, so that's absolutely part of it, but the chaotic uncertainty of non-digital appeals to me more these days

@toilettrouble would you compromise with controllers + ableton? I totally agree that mousing is a lot shittier than having actual control surfaces, but like I have a small midi keyboard, and a midi controller. My typical workflow is to have those 2 setup on my desk and have my headphones in, and to bump surfaces as I work.

@meff Back in the day I used an APC-40, an M-Audio triggerfinger (like an MPC) and an M-audio O2 keyboard for my live stuff. I wanted to really understand synthesis at the time, so I gradually started acquiring old gear and learning it, and I feel like although Ableton is great for what it is, I was just ready for a different approach. Hardware is totally not for everybody... it can get pretty frustrating at times, but it's really grown into part of my sound.

@toilettrouble I like cassettes and CDs, and ever since apple deleted thousands of my songs I decided to just only buy music that way. I also have run my own pirate radio station before although it was very low-powered. I also built the radio transmitter myself.

@toilettrouble I just rip the CDs in high quality .ogg format and listen to them on my MP3 player or computer or whatever. I've also made my own cassette mixtapes (think like a club set with turntables).

@Sadshark i love making cassette mixes to sell at my shows afterwards, or just to give to friends :) i moved to buying all vinyl first, cassettes second and CDs third years ago because i like interacting with the physical media

@Sadshark that's so rad! how hard is it to do? i've always wanted to run a pirate radio station

@toilettrouble Well it's not hard if you want to just buy a premade transmitter (which I can send a link for p.s. the seller does not ship to the UK even though he's based there LOL because laws).

On the other hand, building your own transmitter is tricky but I made one on a small breadboard circuit which simplifies the process (also I can send the link I used on how to build a breadboard transmitter too if you're interested).

@toilettrouble Ah yes, well, I have a handful of sources and I'll get back to you with them in a minute

@toilettrouble Okay so here is the video on how to make a breadboard transmitter (however, if you want to actually record audio from a line-in source like an mp3 player or computer you'll need to hook that up a different way without a mic)

@toilettrouble My home is rife with new synths and drum machines not from the 80s, but I don't know how to talk about anything about them or the music they contribute to.

@toilettrouble I don't know a darn thing about any of that, but I like how they sound and I like hearing about them.

@bstacey that's where i started out, then i fell down a rabbit hole and that's it :)

@toilettrouble I don't know much about old synths but I've played with VHS signal glitching in an artistic capacity, and find the whole topic interesting even when I don't understand it... which I guess is the reverse of your situation!

@behemoff my friend did some video glitch stuff.... he circuit-bent a video mixer from the 80s and we played around on a tv/VCR combo for a long time. nothing came of it though, but you've inspired me to hook it back up again. i know next to nothing about video stuff though :P

@toilettrouble Yee! I have a circuit bender from Big Pauper, if you know them-- hooked up to a rack of 3 VCRs (two for input, so I can blend/mash two signals, and one for output to tape or DVD).

I haven't done anything with mine in a while either, though I did make a trailer with some mild bending for my fanfic of a never-published comic of an 80s anime... because that's how I roll.

I'd love to see anything you come up with!

@toilettrouble You should have been at my gig last night. Two analogue synths, two virtual analogues and a digital, all driven by an XOX style sequencer through my analogue summing mixer.

@jankoekepan Awesome! I'm afraid to take my synths to a live show, which is why i haven't played out in a few years... i'm getting a more compact setup though, so it should be easier to transport

@toilettrouble Try thinking cheap.

Get a couple of Volcas. Drive them with MIDI. Put them through guitar pedals.

If you can't fit it all in one plastic tote, including cables and mixer, you're doing it wrong. (OK, allowing for portable keyboard stand/desk and PA solution.)

@jankoekepan I've done a few shows under a different name using volcas and stuff (i actually brought my SH-101 to those gigs) but my newer music uses a hardware midi sequencer and an 8-bit sampler and some other large, expensive-ish stuff. I'm getting rack versions of a lot of my synths though, it's just a time and money thing right now. I'm more in a creative phase anyway, for now, but eventually I'll get back out there :)

@toilettrouble Which sequencer? I've chosen the Social Entropy Engine for live performance duties, and it's a little beast. Great for livelooping in particular.

@jankoekepan I'm a masochist :) I plan on using the Roland MC-500 MKII (floppy disks, oh yes) for live stuff, but i write / sequence everything in my studio on an Ensoniq ESQ-1 sequencer. I love it, it's the best sequencer I've ever used. That Social Entropy sequencer looks great though! They modded my 606 for me :)

@toilettrouble The Engine is well worth it. For heavier duties I use other equipment in the studio (although the Engine is quite studio-friendly as well) but for hitting a gig, I've found nothing as powerful for anything like the same price.

Powerful randomisation features, polyphonic sequencers, quick editing, soloing ...

@jankoekepan i think my main issue is with too much flexibility in sequencers.... i have an Elektron Octatrack sitting in a box, waiting for me to sell because it was too damn complex for me to wrap my head around. That's why I got the MC-500.... it's pretty straightforward. The Engine does look really solid though... too bad they're sold out

@toilettrouble Keep an eye open; I think that they keep a contact list for the next production run. It really is very easy if you're at all used to the Roland way, which isn't surprising when you consider Social Entropy's history.

@toilettrouble I don't know about using that shit but I am passionate to listen and read that shit

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