For Sale: Cwejman/Analog Systems/Doepfer A-100, MKH40 Mic

Posted in Announcement on October 9th, 2009 by admin

This listing is out of date, please check this one for the latest information:

It’s a bit painful doing this, but I have some urgent bills to pay in the next 4 weeks. I’m selling my mixed Cwejman/Analog Systems/Doepfer A-100 modular synthesizer system as well as one Sennheiser MKH40 microphone. Selling the synth isn’t as bad as it seems, since I’m currently more than halfway finished building the DIY modular of my dreams…

Click photos to enlarge, of course.

This A-100 system of mixed modules from Cwejman, Analog Systems and Doepfer is about two and a half years old, is in very good condition and is located in Berlin, Germany.

I’d prefer to sell the whole system together, but I can sell individual
modules if needed. Base price is now 75% of retail.

Still available as of 16 July 2010:

Doepfer A-100 Suitcase 220V    EUR 370 /75% = EUR 277.50
Doepfer A-175 Voltage Inverter    EUR 45 / 75% = EUR 33.75
Doepfer A-135 Voltage Controlled Mixer    EUR 120 / 75% = EUR 90
Doepfer A-138 Mixer (exp)    EUR 45 / 75% = EUR 33.75

Added 16 July 2010 (photos soon):

Doepfer A-199 Spring Reverb  (module only without tank, RCA jacks added to faceplate of module to allow tank to be kept outside case)
EUR 60 / 75% = EUR 45
Doepfer A-174-1 Joy-Stick (spring removed, still very stiff)
EUR 75 / 75% = EUR 56.25
Doepfer A-136 Distortion/Waveshaper (broken trace on PCB repaired by hand)
EUR 60 / 50% = EUR 30
Analogue Systems RS-40 Noise / Sample & Hold / Clock
EUR 139 / 75% = EUR 104.25
Analogue Systems RS-30 Frequency To Voltage Converter
EUR 115 / 75% = EUR 86.25

Sold as of 16 July 2010:

Analogue Systems RS-180 VCA   SOLD
Analogue Systems RS-110 Multimode Filter   SOLD
Analogue Systems RS-80 VC-LFO    SOLD
Analogue Systems RS-95 VCO    SOLD
Cwejman VCO-2RM Dual Oscillator    SOLD
Doepfer A-105 VCF SSM 24dB Low Pass    SOLD
Doepfer A-140 ADSR     SOLD
Doepfer A-147 VCLFO     SOLD
Doepfer A-180 Multiples     SOLD
Doepfer A-180 Multiples     SOLD

Sennheiser MK40 Cardioid Condensor Microphone + mic clip + nice wooden case
Retail = EUR 1200

Contact: macumbista AT THE DOMAIN

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Halfway across the Great Loneliness…

Posted in Documentation on October 7th, 2009 by admin

The only true wisdom lives far from mankind, out in the great loneliness, and it can be reached only through suffering. Privation and suffering alone can open the mind of a man to all that is hidden to others.

—Inuit shaman Najagneq, recorded by Knut Rasmussen

If you want to build a modular, my advice is not to do it if you want to have any friends, it takes too much time.

—Jessica Rylan

(click photos to make them BIGGER)

My new DIY synthesizer project is getting better and better. Right after I got my residence permit I realized I had almost a month in Berlin without having to get on a plane, train, bus or boat, so I decided to maximize that time by going deep into the modular cave. The Great Loneliness indeed–but with incredible revelations! This is the realization of a dream I’ve had for ten years now, so forgive me if I geek out for a moment…

The modules I’ve built, from top left to right:

Two Dual Thomas Henry XR-2206 Voltage Controlled Oscillators (Bugbrand PCB layouts, self-etched)
4×4 Bipolar DC Matrix Mixer (Ken Stone CGS 33 & CGS 04 PCBs)
Blank Panel (singlewide)

Super-Psycho Modulation Source (Ken Stone CGS 21)
Wave Multiplier (Ken Stone CGS 29)
Blank panel for another Dual Thomas Henry XR-2206 VCO (will complete tonight!)
Blank panel (doublewide)
Two channel DC Mixer (three inputs per channel, large jack outputs)(more CGS 04 PCBs)

Dual Synthacon Voltage Controlled Filters (Marc Bareille PCBs)
Dual Polyvoks Voltage Controlled Filters (Marc Bareille PCBs)
Blank Panel (doublewide)
Blank Panel (singlewide)
Breadboard Prototyping area (= doublewide blank panel)

Besides most of the PCBs, I’m really committed to making every part of this thing with my own hands. Some people in the synth DIY scene send their front panels out to get professionally etched and anodized. I’m not really concerned with having the “professional look”, partly for financial reasons, and partly because it’s really important to be able to rapidly prototype things, get them in the case and make some fucking noise. The fact that it looks handmade separates it from all that store bought crap that people don’t have any clue what goes on inside of anyways.

With that in mind, I found a great “finish” for the metal by using an orbital hand-sander and 100-grit paper. Very Neanderthal, just the way I like it! The top row modules all have this finish. I’ve got some metal-stamps on order for the panel lettering, and then I’ll probably clear-coat each panel to keep the finger-grease out.

Speaking of noise, sounds soon, maybe on the weekend.

Now Playing (…besides the synth that is…)

baronessblue record[2009 relapse]
coalesceox[2009 relapse]
convergeaxe to fall[2009 epitaph]
eagle twinthe unkindness of crows[2009 southern lord]
helmut schäfer & zbigniew karkowskieminent risk factor[2008 ALKU 65]
lightlife is meaningless & goes on forever[2009 self released]
pelicanwhat we all come to need[2009 southern lord]
prurientrose pillar 11″[2009 heartworm]

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