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Apr. 16th, 2013 @ 11:17 pm Traffic... nice!
Before I forget I want to log this: For some reason everyone seemed to be driving properly tonight as I was coming home. No one tailgated me. No one crazily changing lanes in a hurry without signalling, NOTHING! It was a nice relaxing drive! The only one I can remember actually. Weird!
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scott from canada
Aug. 23rd, 2011 @ 10:09 pm EARTHQUAKE!!!! ... again!!! Also, New Synth!
So.... another year, another earthquake. And what's weird is this; last year when we had one (June 23rd I think) we had a tornado up north the same day. This year, we had a tornado up north on sunday, then the earthquake today, 2 days later. Weird!

Anyway... I didn't really feel this one. I just felt dizzy and I just didn't know why. No damage anywhere though luckily.

So... when we last left live journal I had just gotten my dream synth. Well it's all fixed up now and working perfectly! Woo! And, uhhh... I got another one. Over a month ago now. The Roland Gaia SH-01 that I wanted. IT is also awesome and I have already used it a lot in a song called Flight of Fancy.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnd..... today I got another one. Another one I had wanted was available. They guy had it listed in Kijiji and I had ignored it for 2 months. I figured it was sold anyway. But today I happened to look again and noticed the ad had been updated 2 days ago and the price lowered $100. So I emailed him. He agreed to deliver (I do NOT drive downtown!) and HERE IT IS!

Yamaha Synths-CS-40m and 20m

I've been unbelievably lucky getting all the synths I wanted over the last year. VERY lucky. Hopefully I will be done these songs very soon and will release them and see what happens next.

I'm really happy with my studio now. There are some bad low frequencies still but over all it sounds ok, and I have exactly the equipment I've always wanted. I sure hope someone likes my music!

My Studio with new Yamaha CS-40M
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Jun. 10th, 2011 @ 12:39 pm Oberheim OB-8
23 years ago I bought my dream synthesizer, an Oberheim OB-8. 2 months later, being out of work and out of money, I had to sell it. I've regretted it every single day since then. Yesterday the regret was brought to a close.

Me and the New (old!) Oberheim OB-8

I finally have another one! There's lots to write about this but I don't know if I will have the energy. The air conditioning in my office is not working and it's really hot in here and hard to concentrate.

This one was listed 2 weeks ago. The guy wanted $2500 for it. Bids only reached $1300. He also wanted local pickup only and he's in coburg, over an hour away so I passed. But last week he relisted it for quick sale. I was about to buy a Roland Gaia sh-01 and the email came in from ebay showing the new oberheim listings. I almost didn't even click.

He was now starting at $1200 and there was no reserve. Since there was a problem and it was in canada I felt it would sell fairly cheap and that I could fix the problem myself and finally have an OB-8. The auction was for some reason set for only 1 day.

The next morning I bid. I bid really high because I decided I didn't want to be outbid again and this would be a good way to get one (damaged and local). Amazingly there was only one more bid in the last 30 seconds and it wasn't very high. Still though, for some reason I get VERY nervous at the end of auctions!

As usual the guy was a dick and didn't reply to my messages. I waited from friday morning until tuesday morning then thought I'd ask what was going on. He said he was waiting until the money was in his bank account first. Then he said he would deliver it himself. Fine by me.

Also note, he added $250 for shipping and said he would refund the difference. When he delivered it he made no mention of that. Again, fine by me but he was pretty quiet and not really up front about it and that is always really annoying. He tried to tell me that it would be at least a 4 hour round trip to deliver it, I'm sure to justify keeping all the money. The truth is, even my google maps it's only a 1h20m trip one way.

Anyway, as I suspected there was a LOT of things wrong with it. A bunch of keys didn't work well, one voice is dead, all the switches are pretty worn out, I think MIDI is not functioning, plus the 2 stuck pots he mentioned.

Cleaning the Oberheim OB-8

After 4 hours of working on it last night I got most of it working and cleaned up. I removed more dust than I've ever seen before and got the switches working a lot better; cleaned the keyboard contacts and got the keyboard working perfectly; fixed those 2 stuck pots just by turning them with a pair of pliers. Although most switches are still in bad shape and the one voice is still dead it's working pretty well now. I'm very happy with it. I'll take it to Patrick at Teletech to fix the voice, calibrate it, and see about replacing some switches. Maybe the midi too if it isn't working.

So, all in all, I'm pretty darned happy about this! It's so nice to finally close that long chapter of my life where I had to live without an OB-8!
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Apr. 25th, 2011 @ 07:30 am bleh
Not much to say these days. Dunno if anyone still uses lj. Work still sucks. hate going back. and Portal 2 was great. That's about it.
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Feb. 4th, 2011 @ 10:04 am SEM Video
Not a lot going on these days. Weather has been average for winter, not really cold but not as warm as last year. Maybe a little bit warmer than average actually.

I dont know if I mentioned this before but My car needs $2200 worth of work. Then the wiper switch broke that was $400 to fix. Hopefully I can put the other stuff off for a few more months but the rattling exhaust pipes are getting annoying.

Anyway, mostly I just work on music these days. Gotta get a bunch of songs done and posted soon. Gotta make money and get a new life. FREEDOM.

Anyway, here's the new video.

Back to work :(
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Jan. 17th, 2011 @ 03:29 pm Oberheim!!
Wow, it was -20 when I woke up this morning. We'll see if we get that kind of cold temps this year, unlike last year when it was strangely warm.

Anyway, Oberheim SEM-Pro came in!!! I got notice in my mailbox on friday and picked it up on saturday at the post office! Woooo!

Oberheim SEM-PRO Top View

Also, I did an unboxing video for the Moog Slim Phatty this weekend.

I'll do one for the Oberheim this week.

I'm still waiting for some patch cables I ordered to arrive, and my mixer to be repaired at Teletech. Things are sorta coming together. Now I just have to write some music that people want to buy.

I should also mention that Sisely said my car needs $2200 worth of repairs, but I am hoping they can wait a while. Like a few months. or 6.
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Dec. 20th, 2010 @ 10:41 pm MOOG!
Moog Slim Phatty finally came in today! MOAR ANALOG!!

Me and Moog Slim Phatty in Rack
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Dec. 19th, 2010 @ 01:11 pm Movies!
Tron Legacy is a pretty good movie. Best I've seen in a long time. I may actually go see it again, which I haven't done in a long time.

Hmmm.. I don't really feel like doing this right now. Kinda tired for some reason. So, just a few more quick points.

Late last night a capacitor blew in here somewhere. Made my speakers pop and crackle really loudly which Im sure bugged the people downstairs. Now I'm testing it out and everything seems fine, but I'm pretty sure the burning smell is coming from the mixing console power supply. Annoying but if I have to take it somewhere its a lot easier than taking either the speakers or the console. Oddly enough, everything seems to be still working though. But since the smell started again when I turned the power supply back on I have a feeling it will get worse after some use.

More movies:

Inception. Bored by it. Dumb. Cant stand leo. Cant care about him at all.Cant believe a 17 year old girl is the worlds leading designer. Just really stupid all around, like most newer movies. If you don't care about the characters, you don't care about the movie.

Paprika. Pretty good. I don't know if I've ever seen an anime before but this one was interesting. Similar idea as Inception but much better execution.

In other news, I'm working on a new song called (I think) Welcoming Committee and I really like it. Can't wait for the 2 new synthesizers to arrive. I think they will inspire me a lot more.

I think I need a nap! Bye.

Wait.... 2 other things:

I just tried these things called Window Wipes. Microfiber cloths. Comes on a roll like paper towel. You just wet one and wipe down a mirror or window, then use a dry one to dry it. Perfectly clean, no streaks!! Awesome! A+++

Second, for synthesizer folks, the Use Audio Plugiator is an awesome synth. Cheap and VERY analog sounding. They do what the older Creamware or Sonic Core ASB boxes did but all the sounds are in one smaller box. You dont get the whole front panel, but the sound is identical. The Minimax, Prodyssey and Pro12 are there and sound fantastic!! The B4000 is cool for some organ sounds, although not nearly as good as the VB3. And the Drum and Bass synth is pretty awesome too. Highly recommended!!

Ok, that's all.
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Dec. 13th, 2010 @ 10:31 am Driving
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Dec. 6th, 2010 @ 10:16 pm Today's News
In brief:

RIP Mark Dailey :(

Hooked on Angry Birds.

Lost another ebay auction for a Creamware Prodyssey yesterday. Grrrrrr.

Ordered Oberheim SEM Pro today! Wooo! Should have it by end of month.... ish

Still waiting for Moog Slim Phatty

Relax song mixed.

Weird cold still around. Cant feel it much, just stuffed sinuses.

Got iRig and Korg Monotron on saturday

Got Moog Filtatron for iPod last week. Pretty cool.

ok, Back to Angry Birds while working on database at work. (from home)
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