New Toys!!

New Toys!!
TRG-1 from above.
TRG-1 side view
TRG-1 from the side

Even though things may have been quiet here, it’s been a hive of activity in the real world. For a while now I’ve been hard at work building my a drone synth. I really got back into building audio electronics again after making a dub siren for a friend last year and slowly I’ve been studying designs and modifying them into my own probably far to complicated version.

I had the main voices for the synth finished a little while ago and have been working on circuits for modulation sources. I decided that one circuit in particular would be useful outside the synth I’m building as a modulation source for my beloved Juno 6.

So here it is, my first nearly finished box of tricks.

TRG-1 from above
TRG-1 from above.

It’s nothing amazing circuit-wise. Initially I just wanted something that would be able to convert any short percussive sound into a trigger signal that would clock the arpeggio input of my Juno. I decided I might as well use the trigger pulse to drive a simple envelope generator as well and then use the envelope to control the voltage controlled filter (VCF) of my Juno.

There are still a few little tweeks in progress before I screw the lid shut and call the job done but I’m more than happy with the results so far.


I have another addition in the studio as well. This one is shop bought though.

For a while I’ve been trying to create a lot of my drum line by physically playing them and while the pads of my MPC do a sterling job I’ve been keeping an eye out for something simple I could actually hit wit a pair of drumsticks so I could really play into the tunes I’m writing.

I thought I’d found a good solution when I saw Alesis had released the PercPad a little while ago. I’d read some good reviews about the pads themselves and the idea of something that could be played as a percussion source or a midi controller for a sampler seemed just what I needed.

However before I could buy a PercPad Alesis release the SamplePad which was pretty much the same unit except you can load your own sounds into it. A much better solution thought I and went out and bought one.

So far I’ve had a lot of fun with it and It does pretty much everything I expected it to do. Not being the world best drummer I’ve spent more time playing along with pretty much every bit of music I’ve put on rather than actually doing any work with it but I need the practice. Plus of course its a lot of fun 🙂