North Coast News

Voltage control modifications
2018 Feb 25th

Voltage control modifications

There's a recurring thread that comes up again and again in SDIY fora, where someone asks how to "mod" an existing device that is not voltage-controlled to give it a CV input. Sometimes this question is asked in relation to a specific product, in wh…

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2018 Feb 20th

A note on RSS

I saw in my Web hosting logs that someone visited this site and spent a significant amount of time using the site search and guessing URLs in an unsuccessful attempt to discover the RSS feed URL - which was linked on every single page, but at the tim…

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The Music of the Dwarves
2018 Feb 12th

The Music of the Dwarves

Orid Oru, "The Universes of Forever": a world not much different from many others, whose most notable feature is a huge inland ocean connected to the outer waters that surround the world only through a small channel in the northwest. The western…

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Live-coding a permutation-based fugue
2018 Jan 28th

Live-coding a permutation-based fugue

If you've been following North Coast for a long time, you may remember the live video streams I did back in 2016. This week I spent some time getting the software and hardware set up to do that again, which pretty much meant starting over from…

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Modular synthesis intro, part 5: Saving money
2018 Jan 21st

Modular synthesis intro, part 5: Saving money

This is Part 5 in a series that started with Part 1.Back in Part 3 of the "intro to modular" series I said it would cost about US$1000 to US$2000 to get started in modular synthesis, and I said that although there are ways to economize, they are real…

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Random thoughts on negative resistance
2018 Jan 14th

Random thoughts on negative resistance

It's been an exciting week here at North Coast. Since selling out the first batch of Leapfrog filters, I've been busy making more. That's still in progress. Then just yesterday I gave a talk at Frequency Freaks, here in Toronto, and that see…

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2018 Jan 7th

Modular synthesis intro, part 4: Some pitfalls

This is Part 4 in a series that started with Part 1.This week I continue the series on how to get started with modular synthesis by looking at some common pitfalls beginners encounter, and mistakes I hope you can avoid making.Beware of "passive" modu…

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Listening to the Mandelbrot set
2017 Dec 31st

Listening to the Mandelbrot set

Okay, it's New Year's Eve, I'm overdue to write this week's Web log entry, and the topic I wanted to write about is held up because of (among other things) a package that apparently was stolen from my front porch after it was "delivered" during my…

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Modular synthesis intro, part 3:  How to get started
2017 Dec 24th

Modular synthesis intro, part 3: How to get started

This is Part 3 in a series that started with Part 1. I will assume that you've already read Part 1, which describes what a modular synthesizer is; and part 2, which says that you shouldn't buy one. Your spouse isn't allowed to kill me because…

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Maximizing inharmonicity
2017 Dec 17th

Maximizing inharmonicity

As I've said before, I'm interested in slow ambient drones - sounds that smoothly change their texture over a period of time without any sharp boundaries or beats. If you have something like this playing in the background, I want for it to never…

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