Monday, 23 November 2015

Xtreme decay drum mod demo

Below is a brief demo of the xtreme decay version of the new drum mod, you will need to listen on big speakers or headphones to hear the bass properly. Starts with the bass drum decay at minimum, you will notice that is much more powerful than the stock BD, then as the clip progresses I tweak it a bit. the snare drum has a fairly wide pitch range now, at minimum position the sweep is a bit more punchy than stock, I adjust as the clip plays, the pitch can go up to a sort of hi tom or bell like sound depending on the decay and noise setting. The snare noise now can go very short, stock or much longer, same for hihat at the longest setting the hihat sounds more like a ride cymbal decay.

The BD decay near maximum can last for around 5 seconds, at maximum it is almost infinite although it does decay very slowly.

As mentioned before these will be LTD edition to 30 pieces, easy to fit, circuit board comes fully assembled, just drill the holes using the template provided and solder 5 points. Price is £55 plus shipping, to order email me by clicking the link at the right.

There will be a normal version also coming which will be LTD to 30, it will sound a bit different than this version with shorter decays than this version.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

New drum mods WIP peek

As mentioned before there is a new drum mod kit coming soon, actually there will be 2 versions each numbered limited edition of 30 pieces, as usual they will come fully assembled built using good parts and proper PCBs, full instructions for fitting and drill guide, simply solder 5 wires and drill 6 holes to fit.

These mods are not available anywhere else, they are the result of many hours of experimentation and work, I think that they make the monotribe drums very useful, due to the way the BD and SD are reconfigured the stock sound is no longer available for them, but I have tried to keep it similar enough that when the pots are at zero they are fairly close (but a bit better!)

Right now I am ordering the components and designing the stickers and working on the installation guides, so the first batch should be available in a week or so, the price is £55GBP plus shipping at cost, payment is by paypal, if you are interested keep an eye on the blog for further updates, in the meantime here is a vine of one of the prototypes, bear in mind it is shot using phone built in mic, but it should give a rough idea.

Better demos in the next few days.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Bonus Round - VCO mod NEW BATCH

After a few requests for VCO mod I have managed to source the parts for a final (this time really final!) run, the first 3 will be ready next week (around the 27th October) they are slightly different than the previous version, a different shaped PCB and some component changes, so a slightly different sound, but essentially the same in what they add to the sound capabilities of the Monotribe.

Price is £55 GBP plus shipping (£5 UK, £9 rest of world)

Pretty simple to fit, full illustrated instructions sent by email, they come fully assembled with just 4 wires to solder and a few holes to drill, a drilling template is sent to allow you to get the holes accurate.

Pics and more info to follow soon, in the meantime if you want to order one hit the email link to the right. (monotribemodsATgmailDOTcom)

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

How to order or contact

To order or get in touch email me monotribemodsATgmailDOTcom

I will be setting up a proper web store eventually but for now ordering is done by email.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Stock update - drum and VCO

Just 1 VCO mod left, and also down to last 2 drum decay mods, neither will be available any more once these few have gone.

The drum decay mod will be replaced later in the year with a different version which will be a little more expensive (£55), the VCO mod will most likely not be returning due to parts, there may in the future be a similar mod, but it will definitely not be the same.

A new mod which takes the place of the VCO mod is coming, but it is totally different and will not be limited edition.

Some other mods are in the pipeline too, but not until later in the year.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Roll Call - Last ever VCO mod run 5 available, MIMO

Heads up, the last batch of VCO mods is available now, I will not be making any more of these due to the chip becoming unobtanium, and I wanted to keep it below 50 pieces worldwide, so act now if you do not want to miss out.

Here is a picture

It is an additional VCO which is fed from the internal VCO then mixed back into the filter, it is capable of a number of different effects depending on the settings, see the youtube demos for the kinds of sounds it can make. Certainly for techno or experimental music I feel it takes the Monotribe to a whole new level, and I am proud to say that a few of these have ended up in the hands of some techno legends. It is a wild little mod for sure and I won't be directly replacing it, although I do have some new and different mods coming soon around summer time.

Price is £55 plus shipping £5 UK £9 rest of world, to order hit the email link at top right of page.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Small passive mixer for Monotribe, Volca etc

I made some small 4 channel passive mixers, great for small tabletop set-ups, 4 mono channels, built using good parts, the size is a little smaller than a iPhone, each channel has a level control and there is a master level control. Nice and simple and clean, always a handy thing to have around, price is £30 plus postage.

Here are some pictures

Monday, 2 February 2015

Got midi? Got gear that takes triggers? Read on!

If you have midi out on your Monotribe and you use other gear that takes triggers, like drum synths, sequencers or modular gear, then this might be of interest.

I have developed a box which takes midi output from the Monotribe and converts each drum hit and each synth gate into triggers (not CV from the synth, just a trigger each time the VCA opens) It spits out 5v triggers for each of the parts, and even when you use the roll function on the drum parts, so you can get nice trigger patterns happening, and by setting the active steps different for each part you create some nice polyrhythmic stuff too!

It is working very well at the current prototype stage, and seems very tight timing wise, more info will follow in the coming weeks and all being well, I hope to have these available for sale sometime soon.

In the meantime here is a vine sneek peek:

If you have any questions email me from the link at the top of the page. Pricing TBC.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sync cables available now

Here are some nice quality 50cm sync cables, £9.99 for a set of 4 or £3 each, probably makes more sense to add to an order due to postage costs, but I am happy to post them at cost if you do not need anything else £2.03 UK £9.75 worldwide.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Currently available and prices

Here is a list of current stock:

Updated 29/01/15, previous update 27/01/15

VCO £55 (2 in stock) when gone no more for a while
Drum decay £40 (2 in stock) when gone no more for a while
Mutes £35 (0 in stock) when gone no more for a while
Midi £40 (3 in stock) 
CV/Gate boxes £20 (1 in stock)

Shipping is £9.75 for tracked worldwide shipping, priced per parcel not per item.

To order email me by the link at the top right of the page. Payment to be made by paypal in £GBP only, full instructions sent by email at time of shipping with tracking number.

Video links - listen on good speakers or headphones to hear BD mods properly!

If you have any questions email me using the link at the top right of the page.

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