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For sale in Tampa Bay: A gorgeous monster “Eurorack” analog synth setup for $28K

A massive setup of various analog synthesizer modules — think of a commercial airplane cockpit, but with more patch cables — in three large racks, effectively creating a wall of knobs, buttons, cables, and the occasional LCD screen.
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I can’t justify spending $28K on this monster analog synth setup, but maybe you can. If you’re working on a soundtrack or sound design for a movie or game, or the next big electronica/EDM/electroacoustic masterpiece, this collection of systems assembled into three racks just might be the thing you’re looking for!

The seller’s based in Clearwater, and the lucky buyer will have to pick it up there or someplace nearby, and you’ll probably need at least an SUV with the back seats folded down to drive away with three racks’ worth of gear.

Upper two racks of the synth system.
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Here’s what the ad in Facebook Marketplace says:

Condition: Used — like new

Massive Eurorack setup including three Doepfer A-100 cases. Everything has black panels and has a nice aesthetic. I have extra panels for a few items that didn’t come in black. I have almost all the original manufacturer boxes.

Also will include a huge lot of organized eurorack cables, extra power cables, and misc screws and parts.

This is a truly incredible setup!

Must pickup in Clearwater or arrange for meet-up in Florida. I can drive to your or meet you – free – depending on location. Not willing to ship – way too large, heavy, and delicate.

Lower two racks of the synth system.
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Here’s a modular grid view of the upper case:

Detail view of all the components in the upper rack.
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You can see a larger view of the upper rack here, and it contains the following:

  • Schlappi Engineering 100 Grit (black) Low Pass Filter, VCA, and Distortion with Brass Touchpoints
  • Schlappi Engineering Interstellar Radio (Black Panel) – DESTRUCTIVE TRANSMISSION LINE
  • Schlappi Engineering Angle Grinder (Black) – Sine waves and grinding feedback
  • 2hp Freez (Black Panel) – Freez is a voltage controlled locked looper
  • Erica Synths Black CV Tool – Full analogue CV and audio processor
  • Erica Synths Ringfade – Ringmodulator/Crossfader/VCA
  • Empress Effects ZOIA Euroburo – Complete Modular System by Empress Effects
  • Erica Synths Pico INPUT – Instrument input booster
  • Erica Synths Drum Mixer Lite – Compact Drum Mixer with a compressor
  • Erica Synths Drum Stereo Mixer – Stereo mixer, 4 stereo in, with limiter
  • Erica Synths Black Stereo Mixer V3 – 4 input stereo mixer
  • Erica Synths Black Output Module v2 – High quality output mixer and stereo panner with balanced outputs and headphone amplifier.
  • Expert Sleepers ES-5 mk3 – Gate, Clock and Sync expander for the ES-3 Lightpipe to CV DAC
  • Expert Sleepers ES-9 – USB Audio Interface
  • Erica Synths Fusion VCO2 – Full analogue sound source with lots of distinct features
  • Erica Synths Fusion VCO2 – Full analogue sound source with lots of distinct features
  • Erica Synths Fusion VCA-Waveshaper-Ringmodulator – Unconventional VCA/Waveshaper/Ringmodulator
  • Erica Synths DIY Polivoks VCO II – Updated design based on the original Polivoks VCO
  • 4ms Company Ensemble Oscillator (Black Panel) – Black panel for the Ensemble Oscillator
  • Erica Synths Black Double Bass – Erica Synths Black Double Bass is unique module that combines two transistor suboscillators (-1 and -2 octaves) and lowpass filter.
  • 2hp ADSR (Black Panel) – Four Stage Linear Envelope
  • Erica Synths Black Quad VCA2 – Four channel voltage controlled amplifier and mixer
  • Erica Synths Pico VCA – Dual linear VCA
  • Erica Synths Black Quad VCA2 – Four channel voltage controlled amplifier and mixer
  • Erica Synths Drum Mixer – Dedicated Drum Mixer with a compresor
  • CalSynth uO_C – Micro Ornament & Crime in matte black
  • Acid Rain Technology Navigator – Attenuator, Attenuverter and Mixer
  • Erica Synths Black MIDI-CV v2
  • Polyend Poly 2 – Polyend Poly 2 MIDI to CV Converter
  • Instruō Harmonaig – Chord generating quantizer

Here’s a modular grid view of the center case:

Detail view of all the components in the center rack.
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You can see a larger view of the center rack here, and it contains the following:

  • Erica Synths Black Polivoks VCF V2
  • Polivoks VCF with original programable opamps
  • Erica Synths DIY Multimode VCF – DIY Multimode VCF based on AS3320 chip
  • Erica Synths Fusion VCF3 – Resonant 24dB/oct lowpass filter
  • Erica Synths Black LPG – Novel LPG design with a decay envelope
  • Erica Synths Black Dual ASR EG – Full analogue looping AD/ASR envelope generator
  • Erica Synths Fusion Modulator – Complex, all analogue modulation source
  • Xaoc Devices Zadar (black panel) – Optional accessory replacement panel.
  • Alyseum MATRIX II – 16 X 16 Sequential Matrix I/O router.
  • Synthesis Technology E370 Quad Morphing VCO (black panel) – Quad Morphing VCO
  • Erica Synths Bassline – Full analogue synth voice module for ultimate acid basslines
  • Neutron Sound Dust of Time – Dual stereo oscillator with modulators
  • Modbap Modular Osiris – Bi-Fidelity Wavetable Oscillator
  • ST Modular OBERHAUSEN – Complex Oscillator
  • CalSynth uBraids II – Mutable Instruments Braids Oscillator Module
  • Erica Synths Drum Mixer – Dedicated Drum Mixer with a compresor
  • Synthrotek 2HP Buff Mult – Compact buffered multiple
  • Moog Music Inc. DFAM – Drummer From Another Mother – Semi-Modular Analog Percussion Synthesizer
  • Erica Synths Sample Drum – Sample Drum with the current screen
  • Erica Synths Bass Drum – 909-style Bass Drum Module
  • Erica Synths Snare Drum – 909-inspired Snare Drum
  • Erica Synths TOMS – Low Tom, Mid Tom and High Tom in a sigle module
  • Erica Synths HiHats D – Erica Synths take on classical 909 HiHats sounds
  • Erica Synths CLAP – Classical drum machine Clap sound in eurorack
  • Erica Synths Cymbals – Distinct topology digital/analogue cymbals module
  • Erica Synths Dual Drive – Dual overdrive/distortion
  • Synthrotek 2HP Buff Mult – Compact buffered multiple
  • Erica Synths Black Output Module v2 – High quality output mixer and stereo panner with balanced outputs and headphone amplifier.
  • Synthrotek 2HP Buff Mult – Compact buffered multiple
  • Moog Music Inc. Subharmonicon – Semi-modular synthesizer based on Trautonium and Rhythmicon concepts for Moogfest 2018
  • Erica Synths Drum Stereo Mixer – Stereo mixer, 4 stereo in, with limiter
  • Erica Synths Drum Sequencer with Black Keys – X0X-style live performance oriented sequencer
  • Erica Synths Pico Mixer – 3 channel DC coupled mixer for CV and audio signals
  • Erica Synths Pico Mixer – 3 channel DC coupled mixer for CV and audio signals
  • 1010 Music BitBox 2.0 Black Panel – Sampler, Looper, Slicer & Recorder
  • Synthrotek 2HP Buff Mult – Compact buffered multiple
  • 4ms Company 1hp Blank Panel – 1hp Blank
  • Erica Synths Drum Stereo Mixer – Stereo mixer, 4 stereo in, with limiter
  • Blue Lantern Modules CMOS Clock Divider – Musical Clock Divider
  • Moog Music Inc. Moog Mother-32 – Complete semi-modular voice with sequencer and keyboard

And finally, here’s a modular grid view of the lower case:

Detail view of all the components in the lower rack.
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You can see a larger view of the lower rack here, and it contains the following:

  • XOR Electronics Nerdseq – IO Expander – IO Expander black
  • XOR Electronics Nerdseq Black Aluminium Front – The Nerdseq is a Hybrid Tracker Sequencer
  • XOR Electronics Nerdseq – ‘More Triggers 16’ Expander Black – 16 additional trigger/gate outputs
  • Poly Effects Hector (Black Panel) – (Black panel version of Hector)
  • Synthesis Technology E520 Hyperion Processor (black panel) – Stereo Effects Processor
  • Synthrotek 2HP Buff Mult – Compact buffered multiple
  • Orthogonal Devices Black ER-301 – Voltage-controllable canvas for digital signal processing algorithms
  • Erica Synths Black Joystick2 – 4 channel recordable Joystick controller
  • Instruō arbhar expander – arbhar expander (included w/ module)
  • Erica Synths Black Stereo Delay
  • Instruō arbhar – Granular processor
  • Erica Synths Black Hole DSP2 – Stereo Effects Processor
  • Endorphin.es Milky Way (black) – 16 Algorithm Stereo FX Processor
  • Erica Synths Black BBD – Dual tap analogue delay
  • Erica Synths Dual FX – 2×8 custom FXes
  • Strymon Magneto – Stereo multi-head tape delay emulation, looper, phrase sampler, reverb, clock multiplier, chaotic oscillator
  • Erica Synths Black Octasource – LFO with 8 simultaneous outputs
  • Erica Synths Modulator – An advanced modulation and pitched noise source with focus on rhythmic (but not limited to) compositions in mind
  • Erica Synths Pico RND – Combined LFO/random source
  • Acid Rain Technology Maestro – Clocked Modulation Controller
  • Mordax DATA (BLACK) – Four channel oscilloscope, Spectrum analyzer, Spectrograph, Tuner, Dual waveform generator, Clock source/div/mult, and more
Closeup of the synth setup’s sequencer section.
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Closeup of synth system’s center rack.
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For those of you who aren’t familiar with synthesizers (I used to be — and still am — a synth keyboardist), this rack is a killer collection of:

  • Synthesizers, which make all the beep boop sounds,
  • Drum machines, which make all the thumpy and OONTZ OONTZ OONTZ sounds,
  • Sequencers, which record the order in which the beep boop, thumpy, and OONTZ OONTZ OONTZ sounds should be played,
  • Effects, which add dimension to all the sounds, from reverb to echo to distortion to oddball sonic effects.
Closeup of synth system’s center and lower racks.
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The asking price is US$28,000. I can’t tell you if this is a good price or not; I’m more familiar with the more conventional synths you’ll find at Sam Ash or Guitar Center than with this sort of rig.

Maybe someone should contact Trent Reznor and see if he’d be interested in coming down to Clearwater, and maybe, you know, meet up with me for a beer or two?

Closeup of right section of center rack.
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An important reminder from He-Man

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Accordion, Instrument of the Gods It Happened to Me Music

The November 23 gig

Jay, Dave, and Tom, the other members of the band setting up on our “stage” — the dock of Bayou Bistro, which opens up onto Tarpon Bay. A beautiful sunset in the background.
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Another Wednesday, another fun gig with Tom Hood and the Tropical Sons, the house band for open mic night at Bayou Bistro in Tarpon Springs. It was a fun pre-Thanksgiving celebration, and a chance to play some good ol’ classic rock with great local musicians at a very friendly bar with tasty seafood.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to rock out!

A selfie featuring Joey deVilla in an aloha shirt with his accordion in the foreground, and Tom Hood and the Tropical Suns in the background. Behind them is Tarpon Bay and a Florida sunset.
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Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway 2022 (or: Birthday stretch 2.0)

Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway banner with added photo of Joey deVilla on accordionLast year, the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway (TBUG for short) took place on my birthday. The 2022 edition happens this weekend, and we’re going to be there!

Anitra wanted to go, and I thought it would be a fun birthday activity to try my hand at a stringed instrument, which I’m normally terrible at playing. (My “keytar” period, and later the accordion, stem from being a frustrated attempted guitar player.)

TBUG takes place at the Sirata Resort on St. Pete Beach, right next door to where we got married:

Joey deVilla and Anitra Pavka on St. Pete Beach.

It turned out better than expected. For starters, Anitra won the grand prize at the raffle…

Anitra Pavka and the ukulele she won.

…I found a very reliable local purveyor of high-quality aloha shirts in Emily and Mike Stehle (my old go-to had closed up shop…

Joey deVilla in one of his new aloha shirts.

…and I also found Tom Hood, who invited me to join him and his band, Tom Hood and the Tropical Sons, on a number of local gigs!

Joey deVilla playing accordion on a pier with Tom Hood and Tropical Sons.This year, I’m not just an attendee, but part of the lineup of evening performers. I’ll be playing originals and classic rock/blues covers with Tom Hood and the Tropical Sons, as well as helping out with the special ’80s jams — mostly on accordion, but maybe a little ukulele as well.

Best of all, I’ll get to be on stage on Saturday, which happens to be my birthday. For me, that’s a great birthday treat.

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Linus Akesson’s “Commodordion” — an electronic accordion made with two Commodore 64 computers and floppy disks for bellows!

Leave it to Linus Akesson, 8-bit music maker extraordinaire and creator of other retrofitted instruments such as the  Sixtyforgan and Qwertuoso to create an electronic accordion with two Commodore 64 computers, floppy disks, and duct tape: The Commodordion!

Writing about the Commodordion is like dancing about architecture — the best way to understand it is to watch Linus’ video below:

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The best way to support your favorite band is to buy their merch

According to iGroove’s recent study (original German version here, English interpretation here), a musician or band can expect to get paid 0.3¢ to 0.5¢ per Spotify stream, which means that they’d need somewhere between 200 to 333 streams of one of their songs to make a single dollar. Music may be what musicians make, but unless you’ve made it big, it doesn’t pay the bills.

Want to really support your favorite act, especially if they’re small? Go to their shows, see the live, and buy their merchandise. When you see artists live, you not only get a one-of-a-kind experience, but you also support them in the most effective way possible. Most  of the money from tickets and merch goes directly to the artists, rather than the “middlemen” — the record labels, distributors, or streaming services. 

 

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Underappreciated Canadian rock tune of the day: “Armageddon” by Prism (1979)

Last night, I had a dream where Armageddon, a 1979 song by Vancouver-based band Prism — a song I haven’t even thought about in a very long time — featured prominently. If you grew up in Canada in the early 1980s and listened to FM rock station, you’ll recognize the tune as soon as you hear the horns playing the opening march. If you’re not from that place or time, prepare to be rocked:

It’s an over-the-top number, clocking in at a few seconds under 8 minutes, but it doesn’t feel like an 8-minute drag. In fact, if you didn’t pay too close attention to the fact that it’s a song about nuclear annihilation, you might think it was the perfect tune for driving down the highway with volume cranked and the top down — and it is! It’s catchy orchestral classic rock that would fit in perfectly in a set with the Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin, and Queen.

I will admit to once owning this button and proudly wearing it on a denim jacket:

I’ve used Armageddon as an example song to teach people how to play by ear. Even if you’ve never heard the song before, it’s catchy enough that you want to learn it, and just complex enough to give you a little challenge. (In case you’re wondering, the intro, outro, and chorus are in the key of E, and the verses are in B.)

I’m definitely adding this to my “having beers on the front porch” playlist.