Korg 01/WFd Restoration

June 8, 2017 2 comments

About 2 years ago a friend of mine gave me his old keyboard. He is a fantastic player and had long left this guy behind. This was his first real instrument which he bought new back in the early nineties; a Korg 01/WFd. 

The Korg 01/Wfd back in business

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Challenge Accepted

January 12, 2014 Leave a comment
Make something jazzy/funky

Make something jazzy/funky

The other night Angie and I were sitting around at the end of the day, kiddies in bed, and we were feeling a little weary and uninspired. We had guitars in our hands also. And I was having one of those ‘who cares, Im just gonna quit now’ moods when I asked Ange: Read more…

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Amp Build – Part 3

January 5, 2014 2 comments
Valves glowing nicely

Valves glowing nicely

So in the previous installment of building my amp kit – Amp Build – Part 2 – we had the turret board populated with components and wires soldered, ready to bolt into the chassis which had the switches, jacks and potentiometers and what-not bolted on from part 1.

The work to do now is connect the wires from the turret board to the volume, tone, power switches, transformers, valves etc…  Read more…

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Bass Bausatz

December 29, 2013 Leave a comment
Body assembled

Body assembled

For my birthday my wife bought me a bass! The cool thing is that it comes in a DIY kit, not ready built. The hardest things are done for you already like the routing of the body, the neck is already built, the holes are drilled, even the tone controls are soldered together on the scratch plate… The things left to do are to cut the headstock to shape, drill holes for the small screws for the tuners, sand and finish the body, solder the pickups and the ground wire to the tone controls, then screw everything together. Read more…

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./make awesome -nolicensing -KXStudio

September 14, 2013 2 comments

TuxGuitarI have always been a FOSS/Linux/Community Dev fan but never got into anything much in the creative space using Linux as a platform until recently. Normally I would go straight to my Mac for anything audio or video, but he’s getting a little old to run the current software nicely. Besides, I have licensing issues with Cubase, plugin limits with Ableton Live, and problems with the audio driver for my Scarlett 2i2 interface freaking out and crashing, but only for playback and only under Garage band. And editing 720 hi-def video (or higher) in Finalcut Pro is quite slow due to its outdated specs. But its completely forgivable, its been my weapon of choice since late 2006, still does 95% of what I want, and is still of better build quality than most new laptops out there. Of course there are many options like upgrade the RAM, swap out the hard drive for an SSD, buy a new Mackbook Pro, or just borrow my wifes faster Airbook. But when I already have an i7 8GB lappy in the briefcase being all sensible and bored, dutifully running Windows during my hunt-and-gather hours, I thought why not put this guy to a more exciting purpose?

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Amp Build – Part 2

April 1, 2013 7 comments
Components on the turret board.

Components on the turret board.

Next up is the circuit board, something I had been looking forward to for a long time: Soldering all those cool components onto a real turret board (hand-made style) and setting them out in optimal position. Read more…

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Amp Build – Part 1

March 17, 2013 6 comments
Following instructions and trying to avoid electrocution.

Following instructions and trying to avoid electrocution.

Problem: I cant afford any of the amps I want to buy (except for this guy, looks quite interesting).

Opportunity: Build my own.

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