Sequential Circuits Pro One – Alive after 20 years!

It is time, finally, to repair my Sequential Circuits Pro One synthesizer!  Back in “the day” when I was picking up analog gear like it was trash to the new “digital synth craze” I was able to procure this for $35 (it was DOA). I have purchased 2 CPU chips over the years but they were DOA as well. Finally, I ran across this new Turbo-CPU chip from Music Technologies Group. I have yet to install the MIDI part, but the SCI is working like new!

What a great piece of gear; I HIGHLY recommend MTG and appreciate his passion for keeping old synths alive!

Getting ready to replace the chip:

Before/After of the CPU:

The Pro One after it was 100% working!!!

Some cool etchings on the board! Anyone know what the bottom one says?

Here is a quick drone track I did immediately after it was working. The first time this machine has talked in at least 20 years!
Sequentialstein by davealex

Multicast presents aural espianage… "The Spy"

This track was from a live set. The originating track was part of the aural “wall of noise” tracks called Rotation ][ where we lit up the sound system and chilled everyone with a wall of sound. However, one show we took it in a completely different direction…which is the beauty of incorporating impromptu playing with hardware at live gigs.

 

Hope you have your counter-surveillance equipment rockin’… Enjoy!

 

Multicast – Sea-Foam Green – New Track!!

After most of the winter hiatus, Multicast is back! This time with a track to lull you into a trance…or simply to sleep! Sea-foam Green is about the seashore experience; I’m sure you’ve all been there and done that! Sitting on the shore listening to the waves unravels everything inside of you and brings out the relaxation in any of us. This track is a metaphor for this feeling…the lapping patterns of the waves making peaceful sea-foam.

Please don’t operate heavy machinery or drive while listening to this track. You’ve been warned!

New tunes available for first time online!

In doing some cleaning of the Obliq vault I discovered a huge amount of cassette tapes and DATs of the early years; many pre-date Obliq Recordings.  I’ve been discovering that many DATs are no longer playing correctly and so I have my deck and borrowed two other decks from friends and have been able to get most into a modern format (WAV and MP3 for now).  Also, many cassettes are broken in one way or another; but nothing a little surgery can’t fix!

I have been also posting DJ mixes from the old Radio Station and Club days (starting in the late 80’s) as I get time over at davealex.com.  As I get time I’ll record more of these and likely make them available online (the easiest way for me to listen to them; so might as well share if anyone else may be interested too)!