It's time for one of those inevitable 'sorry I've not update the blog for sooooo long' excuses. It had to come eventually I guess!

So, yes, sorry that I've been quiet for a while. Plenty of changes have happened here over the past couple of months and I'm glad to say that they were all good changes. As with all upheavals and transitions though comes a little pain and I have to say that for a while I was struggling to keep up with customer orders and client work. To all the people who have been waiting (and some that still are) for completed work from me I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your patience and faith. It means a lot to me and I'm lucky to be able to do business with some very cool people. I'm even happier to say that I've definitely got things back on track now!

I've a few updates to add but I especially wanted to post this one as this design has been sat in my "Awesome Ideas" folder* for probably two years. I'll let it speak for itself!

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So it's nothing massively out of the ordinary and it is a 'standard' Sammich SID but I'd been waiting for an opportunity to make my case design a reality. This will shortly be winging it's way to a very lucky (and very patient client).

The other cool thing I completed recently was a modification of a Metasonix D1000 Drum Machine. The client wanted it 'banana-tying' i.e. the inputs and output converting to banana sockets instead of the standard 3.5mm ones because his modular synthesiser was a banana format also.

Initially we planned to totally replace the 3.5mm jacks but finding good quality banana sockets that were short enough to fit the gap between the faceplate and the PCB proved very difficult. I came up with another solution which, instead of replacing the input and output sockets, mirrored the connections and brought them to a cluster of banana sockets on the side of the D1000 case. While I was there I repaired the dodgy clock input and brought the clock out to the front edge of the case (along with a manual switch for switching between internal and external clock - you don't have the luxury of switched sockets if you're using bananas)

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Oddly enough I've got two more D1000s to modify now!

That's all for the time being as I'm incredibly busy at the moment. So….oh hang on, I also built two Sonic Potions LXR drum machines!

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Honestly, the LXR is one of the best little synths to hit the market for ages. Great ethos (the operating system is completely open source and is actively being developed) and a cracking drum machine which sounds like something twice it's price. I loved it so much that even though I built the second one speculatively to sell on, I ended up keeping it. It's just too much fun for the money!

Until next time, peace and love!


Sammich SID Sonic Potions LXR Metasonix D1000 clock mod banana DIY

Published on by Neil Baldwin.