Paul F. Conly's resumé from 1970

We happened to stumble across an interesting slice of synth history and thought it was worth sharing. Below is a scan of Paul F. Conly's resume from 1970.  For those unfamiliar of Paul, he was an early electronic composer and arranger, but is more famously known for his work with the New York based psychedelic rock group,  Lothar & The Hand People.  Paul Conly was one of the first musicians to begin incorporating the Moog modular synthesizer and the theremin into contemporary forms of music. Notice under his references you see Walter Sear & Dr.  Robert Moog.  His resume clearly outlines some of his academic and cultural accomplishments. We felt this was an excellent document to help illuminate another pioneer in electronic music. If you find this interesting, check out our Flickr where we host other interesting documents, catalogs, and other synthesizer ephemera. 




"Nerd's Ascent" by P.ortra.it


Nerd's Ascent from Portrait on Vimeo.

Our pal Ron Kurti aka p.ortra.it came to Switched On looking to produce a video and song purely out of our current floor inventory. So, during the course of a night we shot his creation entitled "Nerd's Ascent", which is borrowed from the name of a patch on the Eventide Space reverb pedal. 

Direction/Production/Editing/Music: P.ortra.it
Director of Photography: Malcolm-Elijah.com
Location/Gear: SwitchedOnAustin.com
Audio Mastering: darkartmastering.com
Special thanks to Sarah, Chad, Eric, Michael, Eli and the whole Switched On Crew.

All sounds were recorded live at Switched On in Austin, Texas using new & vintage hardware synths & effects. The name "Nerd's Ascent" comes from the title of a patch on the amazing Eventide Space Reverb. Cast of characters: YAMAHA CS-40m, Moog Minimoog Voyager XL, YAMAHA YC-20 Combo Organ, Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo, Korg King Korg, Moog Sub Phatty, ARP Solus, Eventide Space Reverb, Sequential Circuits Drumtraks, Hohner Clavinet D6, Electro-Harmonix Q-TRON Envelope Filter, Moog MF-103 12-Stage Phaser, Moog Opus 3, Korg PME 40x Pedals, Moog Thermine Etherwave Plus, Cynthia Four Transients, Make Noise Rene, Make Noise Echophon, Bubblesound CVWS, Bubblesound VCOb, 4MS Quad Pingable LFO, 4MS Pingable Envelope Generator, 4MS VCA Matrix, Make Noise Function, Grendel Formant Filter, Livewire Dual Bissell Generator, Apple Macbook Pro, RME Fireface UC, Ableton Live 9.

All inquiries: talk@p.ortra.it

 

Switched On presents: Love Inks, No Mas Bodas, Polio Club 7/24 @North Door

Switched On is proud to present as part of our local programming in the electronic and experimental arts, a new series at the North Door (ND). 
Each month we will offer up a selection of Austin's (and beyond) best electronic acts, producers, and visual artists.


Wednesday July 24th we start with...

LOVE INKS, 12AM
http://loveinks.com/



NO MAS BODAS, 11PM
http://nomasbodas.bandcamp.com/
An array of electronic and classical instruments swirling together in an ecclectic and romantic way.



POLIO CLUB, 10PM
http://polioclub.bandcamp.com/
Minimal post-punk and experimental jangles. 

Also, keep your eyes open for Gift certificate giveaways from Switched On!

 

Original EMS Diagrams and Info Sheets posted on our Flickr

Switched On acquired some original diagrams, info sheets, and other fun synth documentation from the now extinct,
but legendary Electronic Music Studios (EMS) company. If you have ever wondered what these rare and expensiver synths have in terms of features, they are nicely laid out and explained here in these documents!

You can view high-res versions of these scans and so much more by clicking through to our Flickr.




The Korg MS-20 Mini's filter being overdriven: It's a monster.

Within the last year we have seen a new generation of analog mono-synths appear on the market from larger manufacturers like Korg, Moog, Novation, Arturia, etc. It seems that people are re-discovering the beauties of crafting sounds via analog subtractive synthesis in the 21st century. Naturally this is a welcome sea change for us over here at Switched On. 
 
These recent designs retain the quality of a pure analog signal path but control voltage elements (EG, LFO, Keyboard, Midi to CV) are reaping the modern benefits of advanced micro-controllers and smaller components. One design feature that has been included within almost every synth within this new wave of monosynths is some form of overdrive to give the sound an extra aggressive, growly, shrieking distortion. The Arturia Minibrute has the "Brute Factor", Moog Sub Phatty has the "Multi-Drive", the Novation Bass Station II has onboard filter distortion, and so on. 
 
Trends in music shape the features of musical electronics and vice versa, but we wanted to highlight a quality of the new Korg MS-20 Mini that was always in the original. The sound of the MS-20 filters being overdriven is legendary and thus many clones in various formats have been spawned. This is especially heard in techno, IDM, dubstep, noise, and experimental music. 
 
This demo shows off just how the MS-20 mini growls, shrieks, hisses, gets aggressive, and is the real thing. The patch we have setup is audio from the headphone jack being fed back into the signal processer section and the routed to the total control up top. Having the flexibility of a simultaneous resonant high pass and low pass filter allows you to fine tune the grit and sputtering distortion this synth is capable of and always was. These are certainly not the only sounds it can make, but a finer point worth mentioning!





 

Switched On now carries Intellijel!

Switched On is pleased to announce that we now carry Intellijel modules for Eurorack modular synthesizer. Intellijel's wares are beautifully designed with thoughtful features for the electronic and experimental artist. Intellijel modules can be purchased in-store for the Austin community, or shipped. To order please contact us through e-mail, or call (512) 782-8806. We are open Noon-6PM (CST) 7 days a week!

Our current Intellijel inventory includes: 

The Rubicon
A thru zero fm triangle core vco.
The Azimuth II
A dual vca, panner, balance, xfader, and stereo enhancer.
The Dixie II
A triangle core VCO & LFO.
The Dixie Controller
The expander for connecting up to four Dixies. 
The µVCF
A State variable filter.
The µScale
CV quantizer and musical interval generator in 4HP.

RubiconDixie IIµVCFµScale IIAzimuth IIµFold IIDixieCTRL

Super Synthesis' "Phraser" and 4-Channel Bi-Polar mixer

The Super Synthesis PH-01 Phraser (Right) and the BMIX Quad Bi-Polar Mixer (Left)

Super Synthesis is a brand new company based in our hometown of Austin, TX. Although they might be new to the Eurorack manufacturing world they have already made a splash by creating the The Super37. The first and only powered skiff with a built-in keyboard and a midi to cv convertor on board. 

This round they have released their first 2 modules. The PH-01 Phraser and the BMIX 4 Channel Bi-Polar Mixer. 


The Phraser, or PH01 for short, is a knob recorder. It records a DC voltage (via the DC pot and record button) into a loop, and outputs that movement as a 0v-5v control voltage (and displays the output via the led). The Rate knob adjusts the playback speed (or loop length, however you want to think about it.) The record button overwrites whatever is in the loop with the current position of the DC pot, allowing for complex sequences with just a little clicking and twiddling. Loop length goes from ~18 seconds to over 500Hz. The Phraser can be used as a voltage sequencer, programmable lfo, gate/trigger source, static control voltage, clock, or drone oscillator. Read more about it and purchase the Phraser H E R E


The BMIX is an active 4 channel mixer with bipolar inputs and complimentary positive and negative outputs. Each input channel has a gain control ranging from -1 to +1, with an open dot indicating a gain of zero. The positive output
( + ) is the sum of all 4 channels, and the negative output ( - ) is the negative of that sum. BMIX is DC coupled, so it's perfect for mixing control voltages or audio. The negative output allows it to act as an inverter and attenuator simultaneously, so a control voltage can be patched, inverted, patched away, and still available. 
BMIX is a handy companion for modules without enough cv inputs or attenuators, and at 6hp, wont needlessly eat up your rack space. Read more about the BMIX and purchaser H E R E


 

 

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Block now in stock...

The Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Block is in stock and it sounds great. It is a semi-modular and 100% analog synth voice in a 28HP panel.  Each section of the voice can be treated as an independant module to interract with the rest of your system, or it can be an all-in-one synthesizer voice without any patching necessary. These are running for $299.99 which is an excellent value for what you get with this module. If you are just beginning a Euro system this is a good module to cover all of your basics and get immediate results without breaking the bank. Upon first play today we tried it as a stand alone mono-synth. It's character was warm and smooth, something more akin to vintage monosynths. Once we started patching it to other modules it became evident that the Pittsburgh Synth Block in a one row skiff with some interesting control modules can take you a long way without taking up valuable case space. Read more about the Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Block H E R E.


 

Arturia Minilab now in stock at Switched On

The Arturia Minilab is a compact, intuitive, and well designed controller for virtual instruments. It reads the way an analog synths parameters would be arranged on the hardware and is fairly immediate in being able to map controls to it's surface.Also, it does not need drivers to begin functioning with your laptop, desktop, or even your iPad! We think the Minilab is one of the more attractive controllers aesthetically, functions with ease, and best of all it's price point is $99.99. Read more and purchase H E R E.

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