There was another news report on Syria today. Makes me so sad.
I remember a beautiful country. Some of my happiest memories are of a trip I made there in 1998/99.
When in Aleppo the place to stay was the Baron Hotel.
Only $20 a night.
The rooms are Spartan. Definitely not the Hilton but dripping with history. The furniture is probably from the 1920-1930s.
Built around 1909 by the Mazloumian Brothers, this used to be the centre of luxury.
If you were royality or someone famous, there was only one place to stay when visiting Aleppo ....
.... The Baron.
This is the public waiting room.
The guest list reads like a who's who of the mid 20th century.
In 1934, Agatha Christie wrote the first part of "Murder on the Orient Express" in room 203.
Lawrence of Arabia slept in room 202 and he didn't pay the bar bill :-).
Presidential Suite occupants list include Charles de Gaulle of France,
King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser, Sheikh Zayed
bin Sultan Al Nahyan (the founder of
the United Arab Emirates) & Syria's former President Hafez Al Assad.
David Rockefeller the American Billionaire also stayed there along with Dame Freya Stark, Julie
Christie, Mr and Mrs Theodore Roosevelt, Kemal Ataturk, Lady Louise Mountbatten, Charles
Lindbergh and Yuri Gagarin
King Faisal declared Syria's independence from the balcony in room 215.
1U (1.75 inches or 44.45mm) Not a very common size when it comes to modular synths.It is used extensively in audio gear. Some synths that use this format are Thomas Henry & erthenvar . Dopefer also produced a few 1U synths like the MS-404. Not a modular though.
Very handy if you have limited space. 2U (3.5 inches or 88.9mm) Again, this is not a very common size when it comes to modular synthesizers. This height is more common with audio gear. Some rack mounted synths that are are sold in this size include the Paia Fatman and the Waldorf Pulse. And one of the most popular digital synths to ever come from Roland the JV-1080 took the 2U format.
3U (5.25 inches or 133.4 mm) This is probably the most common size when it comes to modular synths. It includes the the huge Eurorack/Doepfer range and all Frac-Rac, Blacet, Wiard, Metalbox, BugBrand, PlanB, Livewire, Bananalogue, Analogue
Solutions, Analogue Systems, NonLinearCircuits (NLC), Synton, Paia, Metasonix, etc, etc etc
An assortment of 3U Eurorack modules from different manufacturers. (Blue Lantern, WMD, ADDAC, Snazzy effects).
Doepfer's 3U mini synth voice the A-111-5 (it's the eurorack version of the Dark Energy) next to Din Sync's modularized Roland TB 303 filter.
Demoing the filter programming & morphing capability of the 296e.
The 296e Spectral Processor is a very complex 16 channel bandpass filter. It has 16 VCAs and 16 envelope followers (but more about this in another post). Just focusing on the filter morph/program today.
By pressing the DISP switch on the top right we can jump between the two level inputs A & B.
Programming each spectral shape is done via the touch potentiometers.
By using the morph control you can pan between the two spectral shapes. The actual net filter response can be viewed by selecting “progrm”.
A control voltage can rapidly alter the degree of morphing. I'm using a LFO from the modulating VCO of a 259r.
I commissioned this case to house some of my NLC and Serge panels.
I wanted a portable case to carry to gigs with enough space above the panels to be able to close the case
without having to remove patch cables.
Many thanks to Nathan for his excellent work.
Panel 1:Panel 2:Panel 3:
New Timbral Oscillator Random Source Sequencer
Precision VCO Smooth/Stepped Generator ASR
+ N Comp Dual/Transient Generator Active Processor
Pulse divider Dual Processor Dual VC Clock
Triple Wave Shaper Dual Universal Slope Generator Pulse Divider
Audio mixer Quadrature Oscillator Boolean Logic
X Fader 4 Stage Sequencing
Variable Q VCF Programmer
Universal Audio Processor