North Coast News

Walking the hypercube
2018 Jun 20th

Walking the hypercube

Here is the skeleton of a four-dimensional hypercube, or tesseract, with the vertices labelled by musical note names. No label is used more than three times, and out of the 24 two-dimensional faces of the tesseract, on 18 of them the note nam… [Read more]

State of the store
2018 Jun 8th

State of the store

In the last couple weeks, since the storefront move, I've been busy with a lot of store and non-store issues and haven't had much time to update here.  Sorry about that; here are some notes on what's going on. Storefront This Web site is… [Read more]

Modular synthesis intro, part 14: Multiples
2018 May 30th

Modular synthesis intro, part 14: Multiples

This is Part 14 of a series that started with Part 1. The basic operation of patching a modular synthesizer consists of connecting an output to an input.  Perhaps you have a MIDI interface with a V/oct pitch control voltage output, and y… [Read more]

Continue With The Operation, II
2018 May 24th

Continue With The Operation, II

So, here we are. As you've probably noticed, this storefront has changed significantly. The thing is that Shopify, which I used to run my corporate Web presence since starting the business, changed its admin interface in such a way that it would… [Read more]

Behind the scenes
2018 May 6th

Behind the scenes

A few days ago I suddenly found myself unable to log in to the admin section of this Web site. That's understandably a problem when I'm running a business through the site. Upon investigation, it turns out that my e-commerce provider had made some… [Read more]

Modular Synthesis Intro, part 12: Sequencing
2018 Apr 30th

Modular Synthesis Intro, part 12: Sequencing

This is Part 12 of a series that started with Part 1. Many beginners say they're interested in making "drones" with their modular synths - musical textures that eschew conventional musical notions like rhythm and melody. I think part of the… [Read more]

Alternate harmony with additive synthesis
2018 Apr 22nd

Alternate harmony with additive synthesis

Much of musical harmony comes down to combining notes that share harmonics. Sounds produced by (some...) physical objects typically have consistent waveforms, where each wave is the same shape as the last. That is also typical of modular-synth osci… [Read more]

Frequency, latency, and uncertainty
2018 Apr 8th

Frequency, latency, and uncertainty

Some wigglers want "fast" envelopes that will turn a signal on and off without any delay and without any perceptible clicking sound. Some wigglers want spectral effects, like frequency shift or vocoding, without any latency between the input and… [Read more]

Transistor Mixer press release
2018 Apr 3rd

Transistor Mixer press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New mixer from North Coast uses only six transistors TORONTO, Ontario - April 3, 2018 - North Coast Synthesis Ltd., Toronto-based manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, today released its Transistor Mixer, a f… [Read more]