Monthly Archive for October, 2012

multiecho hh twins

these twin spunky HH multiechos are NOT having sex. its just so rare that beauties like these could possibly be in the same room. so i just let them play around. and wow. they are good. they are gutted that they just missed out on a threesome! no further sexual innuendo intended. cos i JUST sent MY old HH to jonny boinkin of mank industries in queensland. ive had that  HH for years and years and it has never failed to do the stupid good push button echo-ing thing. ive made a heap of cool sounds with HH and this writhing track is pretty good too.


it features the HH doing multihead switching and regen blurpomatic interrupting stuff.  so HE can make a wild freaking hit LP record from one of his stonking fat songs with his new HH  . if not then i’ll be eating of my BOOT.

new music from the ekadek thunderbird


grampian 636 spring reverb schematic

heres a drawing of my modified grampian 636. parts of it mite look a bit weird. without delving back into it (where i was for ages already) i can say that it works very sweet. theres several opotunities inside the circuit for gain changing. the mic stage gain control is very strange. i might be wrong about that part.goes well tho. when the gain is low (-) not much mic amp noise gets thru to the next stage.  the board is a messy one. badly planned out on variboard. my one anyway. it was a mission to draw it. all good tho.  note the power supply end.  im not absolutely sure ive drawn that right. i remember having issues when using a centre tapped supply.  i think it went ok when i had two seperate 9v supplies – stacked.  18 volts from ground to hot. and a clean 1/2 of that fed just for the tank driver.  the 2000 uf probably arent even needed if you using batteries? anyway. try some things out. have a think. youll work it out.
also note that this is a positive earth unit.  good luck.any discuss about the circuit is welcome. germanium sounds so good. its all kinds of noisey but so so juicey. wow.

vortexion spring reverb

the vortexion is designed to be used in a control room situation.   fed from a  aux send and equaliser -  either outboard or ITB – so as to tailor the signal that hits the spring.  very important . and then the vortex output should feed another eq to feed the reverb back into the mix.  with that set up u can really get in there and create specific characters for different purpose. you can make a vast and bassey booming atmosphere on a bass guitar or synth. or you can make a splashey little fat crack under a snare drum. or make a very fantastic-realistic room sound drum and bass section. or add a single magical distortion to a guitar.

the spring tank is mounted out of the chassis. so as  to ‘ adjust ‘ it.    place bits of soft cloth or sheepskin ontop  the springs to damp the reverb time down. then drive the spring a bit harder ..   and wow. its pretty much there into lee perry land. some smart tweaking on the send and return eqs . to clean and refine the energies and wow wow its amazing.  the kind of depth and delicious fullness of a fat refined reverb can do.  yummy.

theres only an iceypole’s chance in hell that a software emulation can build that organic authentic sound – that feels so alive – like these real electromechanical devices.

the vortexion also features a really beaut  switched internal speaker.   the function is there to test the signal that is hitting the spring. check for too much level distortion and the sound balance. very useful for getting the verb sound clean of raspey harsh too ugly noises or to much bottom end. the spring is very sensitive to it.

the speaker and amp is  EF86. EL84 A-class hi fi and pretty fat sounding for its size. u can use the  vortexion as an auxillary mini monitor. it is definitely good enough. the speaker has a clear valvey tone that can fill a room.  the speaker has a very fat low volume bottom end.

price is 1450$.   inclusive of gst and delivery within NZ.