01.
Fat sounds and thick pads
2021 Sep 8th

Fat sounds and thick pads

From time to time we hear people claim that one synthesizer sounds more "fat" than another. For the sound to be fat is supposed to be a good thing. This is often cited as an advantage of analog synths over digital; or of one analog synth over another. Somehow it always seems to be the most expensive equipment that sounds fattest. What does it really mean for a sound to be fat? Is "fat"…

[Read more]
02.
Gracious Host development adventures
2021 Jul 4th

Gracious Host development adventures

The MSK 014 Gracious Host is planned to be the next new module from North Coast Synthesis, and I've spent a lot of time in the last few months working on the firmware for it. I did most of the hardware design last year, but then shelved it for a while to do more time-sensitive work on module production and custom panels. Here are some pictures and commentary from the ongoing development ef…

[Read more]
03.
Marbled and hydrographic panel gallery
2021 May 2nd

Marbled and hydrographic panel gallery

As described in an earlier posting a month ago, I've been experimenting with painting and printing on a batch of defective Eurorack module front panels, trying to both salvage them into something usable and develop some techniques that will be useful in my future products. Here are some photos of my progress on marble painting and hydrographic dipping. The earlier gallery covered tape mas…

[Read more]