Just a simple DIY case on a stand i made out of plywood. I put the strip of wood between the rows so I can screw the rails straight into that and not thru the sides.
q: what’s the box in the middle?
also: love that tape recorder to death – have mine sitting prominent in my studio rn. are you just using it to record sets?
i love the gs64 and 402 combo
It’s an OTO Biscuit; a bitcrusher. I used the tape recorder/biscuit to make noises between songs (each song was a separate max patch), as people seem to get confused when there are pauses in an electronic music set. I also used it for a ‘tape fast forwarding’ solo during one song.
Those can’t possibly still be made…can they?
I used more or less the same recorders in the 70s for my language lessons, and other miscellaneous narration type things.
I bought it new in 2013 for $40. They still have the garbage motor noise, clunky controls and horrible sound quality you remember. I’ve used it in a variety of settings, including in songs for its weird qualities : https://soundcloud.com/toaster-1/bd_rkn
Funny, this deck, and the DIY analogue manipulation stuff I see floating around connected to synthesis reminds me of a weird device I built in college, built around one of thsoe decks which I’d dissassembled. I built a hand-cranked cassette drive, with the tape passing over the playback head, wired in to an amp, and a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember clearly. The visible aspect of the device was as much a part of it as its sound, using brass sheets, tubing, plexiglass sheet, etc. It got used in a few performances, alongside loops spliced together from recordings on some ancient modular in a lab I had access to.
I also took the circuit board out of one of those decks and soldered random leads to various places and connected it all in to the in/out chassis of a home-made guitar effect pedal…and ran whatever audio I pleased through it. Truly random results, with a couple pots hooked in. Probably lucky I didn’t electrocute myself in the process. An oscilliscope saw occasional use too…somehow.
that reminds me of this:
Hah! That’s more or less exactly what I built, although mine was 10,000 times less elegant!
I should buy one…just 'cause.
Thanks for that.
tehn is selling one there : hc-tt
Couple things I had ordered came in:
The Dicers were originally for use with my snare (will figure out some 3D printing thing to keep them in place against the hoop), but now that I’m getting a turntable, I’ll likely use one with that too!
A Steve Hubback charger, which sounds fucking amazing.
And a big poofy bass drum beater.
you gotta hip me on percussion things to get when i come visit!!!
honestly your dexterity, strength, and motor coordination learned over years juggling should translate well to drumming
Really looking forward to it too! (though if we play together at the gig I’m thinking of doing banjo + electronics + lightbulbs, and if we do a separate video at home, then drums + electronics stuff)
I’m constantly surprised by this, even though I know it will happen! Just had a turntable lesson this weekend and it felt really good. Obviously a lot of things to adapt to (following the record around, and getting a feel for where it is at all times, and the crossfader ‘rhythm’), but I was able to get some reasonable sounding scratching going pretty quickly.
Close up of footswitch I’ve been working on, with a pixel sorting plugin I recently got.
Part of a music device I’m recently spending time getting reacquainted with
Spent some time on the weekend tidying it up and giving it some new strings.