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Subject: MOTM vs Blac** Ring Mod

From: "thomas white" <djthomaswhite@...>
Date: 2000-02-09

Hi Friend,

The Blacet Ring Mod is a unique tool with more adjustments for the ring-mod
sound than the MOTM. The waveshape adjustments of the onboard carrier are a
cool addition. I think that my MOTM, under the proper input circumstances
sounds far smoother/cleaner siganl to noise than the Blacet. It is truly an
unfair comparison due to all of those extra adjustments/inputs on the
Blacet. The MOTM is fantastic at ring modulation and I have already used it
together with a 300 VCO, 320 LFO and 420 Filter in one of my new songs. I am
glad I have both for the functionality of the combo. Are there any plans for
a crazy super-extravagant MOTM ring mod in the future?

I would also love a uVCA module or two.

Thanks for listening,

Thomas White

>From: improv@... (Dave Trenkel)
>Subject: Re: [motm] micro VCA? ring mod users?
>Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2000 12:47:18 -0800
> >From: "David Bivins" <dbivins@...>
> >
> >Are there plans for a vanilla micro VCA? I could really use some more
> >and I'd rather not build an equal number of ring modulators (and use up
> >valuable rack space).
>I seem to remember some talk here recently about a 1u hi-fi VCA. I too
>could use a few more VCA's...
> >
> >Also, who's been using their ring mod? I'm almost (but not quite) ashamed
> >say that I haven't yet found good settings for it with my current gear. I
> >prefer the <ducks> ring mod in my Zoom 1201. I just wonder if I'm doing
> >something wrong or if it works ∗really great∗ with those oscillators I
> >have so I'm missing out. They require a pretty hot input, don't they?
> >
>I think you really need the 300 VCO's, or at least other VCO's that have as
>strong an output as the 300. If I'm trying to ring-mod other sources, I've
>been running them on an aux send from my mackie, cranked way up. I recently
>ran a mix of a sludgey metal tune through 2 ring mods, modulated by
>slightly out-of-tune 300's, add a nice grind that, mixed in the background,
>was just the thing. IMO, the MOTM ring-mod sounds really clean and hard,
>good for harsh and clangorous sounds. I also have a Craig Anderton-designed
>ring mod, from the Electronics Projects for Musicians kits from PAIA, that
>sounds much warmer and "rounder", if that makes any sense. Both sound
>great, and have their own personalities.
>Anybody compared the Blacet ring mod to the MOTM? I've got space for one
>more Blacet module in my frac-rac, and am considerring the ring-mod. I just
>built the Blacet mixer-processor, and it's a handy little module: a 3-input
>mixer for both audio and CV, + another channel that is a simple
>gain-control and inverter. Very cool little piece.
>I've been getting into doing a bit of dance-ish stuff using the MOTM, I've
>been listenning to a lot of really minimal Porter Ricks/Richie Hawtin stuff
>lately, and the modular seems like a good tool for those kind of slowly
>evolving sounds. I'm sure that my tracks would clear a dance-floor in
>seconds, though...
>Dave Trenkel : improv@... :
>"...there will come a day when you won't have to use
>gasoline. You'd simply take a cassette and put it in
>your car, let it run. You'd have to have the proper
>type of music. Like you take two sticks, put 'em
>together, make fire. You take some notes and rub 'em
>together - dum, dum, dum, dum - fire, cosmic fire."
> -Sun Ra

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