handmade
electronic
instruments

by Michael Rucci

DEVICE 0050
Completed:
May, 2012
Location:
Dresden, Germany

 

Housed in a very rugged and well used slide case, this synthesizer is capable of extremely dense sounds. The controls can be broken down into two sections, the drone and the auto-step synthesizer. Each section has it's own filter, volume control, and on/off toggle to blend the sounds. There is really nice cross-talk, especially in the way the auto-step will warp the drone section.

Above, the drone section consists of two oscillators that modulate each other while a third selectable LFO adds more interesting rhythmic sounds. This creates a nice thick bed.

Below, the auto-step section is based on a stepped-tone generator but with a sweeping LFO, giving it an almost automated looping effect. This is controlled with speed, frequency, and pulse length.

With a 1/4" output jack it is easy to connect to amps, effects or recording equipment. It is powered by a 9volt battery or any 9volt center-negative DC adapter. This was designed and hand-built in Oakland, California.

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