I’ve been delving in building myself a comfy, compact and easy setup to play some acid house, quickly and easily.
i built a midipal, aka a midibud, an excellent midi do-it-all thingie that boasts sequencer, arpeggiator, midi filter, midi-whatever-you could possibly think of. It is a very useful addition to cheap synths that dont have an apeggiaotr, at least.
since my TR707 doesnt like to be a slave to external midi clocks, it had to be the master to the whole setup.
i had to use a midisolutions QUAD THROUGH box, to be able to multiply the 707’s midi out.
everything is more or less connected there. another useful box from the aforementioned company, the MERGE box. Since to use the midipal arpeggiator you need both clock and keys in, to out the arpeggio, i merged the clock from the through box, and midi out from my poly800 to the input of the midipal, and midipal out to midi in of the poly800.
Also featured, a Mode Machines x0xb0x (mki, when they were still made in Germany), i also have one from x0xs0urce, but this sounds a lot more trebly and acid. the other one is a lot smoother and bassier.
The system works a beauty. The Electribe plays some samples, from my Commodore 64 sound archive (i was a baby SID programmer in 1983), and sometimes triggers, ace analog drum box, MAM’s adx-1.
Everything is connected to some outboard fx, most notably MAM’s vintage spring reverb, a Dynacord Vertical Reverberation System, and a Lexicon MPX550 (my first digital multi fx rack, wow!) set to ‘Basement’.
I will post sounds as soon as i get my head together on this project..