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Modular synthesis intro, part 2:  Don't do it!
2017 Dec 10th

Modular synthesis intro, part 2: Don't do it!

This is Part 2 in a series that started with Part 1. When I started the market research for my business, I put together a profile of who'd be buying my products. I imagined my customers as the kind of people I've met in the modular synthesis hob…

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Modular Gift-Giving Guide 2017
2017 Dec 3rd

Modular Gift-Giving Guide 2017

The Solstice is rapidly approaching and I'm doing my usual routine of putting off making any plans until the very last moment, then panicking, buying a bunch of random gifts, and handing them out with little regard to who's receiving what. I've c…

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2017 Nov 26th

Modular synthesis intro, part 1: What is it?

My mother asked me to explain what I'm up to in one sentence, for inclusion in the annual Christmas Letter, and I said that I'm making electronic musical instruments. That's a pretty good summary as far as it goes. But people often want more detai…

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Free MIDI software rundown
2017 Nov 19th

Free MIDI software rundown

Modular synthesis involves a lot of on-the-fly experimentation with the hardware, but if you're going to make music in a preplanned way, there's a good chance you will end up involving a computer and connecting it to your modular via MIDI. Here a…

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Ribbet!
2017 Nov 12th

Ribbet!

The Leapfrog VCF does not actually go "ribbet," at least not without some effort. But after being told by one friend I showed it to that most people don't want to make real music with their modulars but just want something that goes "uuuuuuuuu…

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Leapfrog press release
2017 Nov 9th

Leapfrog press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE North Coast announces 21st Century modular synthesizer filter TORONTO, Ontario - November 9, 2017 - North Coast Synthesis Ltd., Toronto-based manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, today released its flagship…

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Totally tubular
2017 Nov 5th

Totally tubular

It's just one thing after another with the Leapfrog. I'd been hoping to have them for sale by now, and I am getting close to that point. I actually have the stock of the first batch on hand and ready to sell now. But there's still a fair bit…

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Preferred values for resistors and capacitors
2017 Oct 29th

Preferred values for resistors and capacitors

You've probably noticed that although resistors and capacitors come in many different values, some of which seem like they could be randomly chosen, there's nonetheless some sort of logic to it. You'll see power-of-ten sizes like 1kΩ, 10kΩ, 100kΩ…

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Temperature compensation with NTC thermistors
2017 Oct 22nd

Temperature compensation with NTC thermistors

The panel contractor says they dispatched the first production batch of MSK 007 Leapfrog VCF panels to me on Friday, and those are the last remaining physical items needed before I can launch the module; so I'm still hopeful that I can ai…

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The Celebrated Leaping Frog
2017 Oct 15th

The Celebrated Leaping Frog

I've spent most of this week working on the second and third prototypes for the Leapfrog VCF. I'm hoping to have this product available for sale by the end of the month - maybe in time to have some kind of spooky Halloween tie-in for the launc…

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Nucleosynthesis
2017 Oct 8th

Nucleosynthesis

Here's a diagram of something called the CNO process, encompassing many of the nuclear reactions by which stars shine. I thought it would be fun to "sonify" the CNO process by building some kind of simulation of a star and making it generate…

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Notes on notes on the plane
2017 Oct 1st

Notes on notes on the plane

I finally got the Leapfrog prototype PCBs from Shenzhen, so I hope to have some progress on that very soon. Meanwhile, Muffwiggler is still down, and the word is that it's because Mike is in hospital. Everyone's thoughts and prayers are with…

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