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2020 = 303 + 808 + 909, literally

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Sat 21 Dec 2019 7:37 pm

As many have observed (even before Roland themselves caught on), the year 2020 is the sum of 303 + 808 + 909.

So 2020 means some serious techno (and acid techno), and auspicious dates to celebrate March 3, August 8, and September 9. Mark those techno calendars.

If you want to consider the zodiac, you may need a different year. Japan’s Juunishi is derived from the Chinese zodiac, and 2020 (which starts toward the end of January) is the Year of the Rat. Then again, it is associated with wealth, so – business techno? Consider also charm, persuasiveness, artistic talent, and creativity meaning all techno fits.

The closest year of the rat to the Roland machines in 1984, which is a little late. On the other hand, here’s some Cybotron for that year, just so you’re prepared.

Photo (CC-BY-SA) Alexandre Dulaunoy.

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Get a free plug-in version of the 1176 Peak Limiter

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Sat 21 Dec 2019 6:59 pm

The pre-Christmas week is turning out to be a great time to load up your plug-in folder. Next – an IK Multimedia rendition of a landmark dynamics processor.

After two versatile and essential reverbs for free this week, now you get one of the most effective dynamics processors of all time, too. Broke producers, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to us!

Through Christmas, you can get IK’s Black 76 Limiting Amplifier via Audio Plugin Deals. You’ll need to fill out a form, but you can opt out of any marketing use. Then you get an authorization code and use IK’s own Authorization Manager to download and install.

The 1176 is a 1976 classic from Universal Audio. (At the time, UA was operating under the name UREI, or United Recording Electronics Industries. Uh… we’re glad they went back to the original name.)

It uses a FET (field effect transistor) wired in a feedback configuration to reduce gain. The important thing about that technical detail is that it also colors the sound in a way that a lot of people then – and now – find pleasing. It is actually a Bill Putnam Sr. original, with later revisions by UA’s Brad Plunkett. So if you want a faithful copy, you can get either a hardware reissue or software DSP-based recreation from UA themselves.

IK Multimedia’s recreation here is accurate but pretty basic – it’s an older plug-in, so it’s possible you have a better rendition already in your arsenal. For instance, in addition to the UA plug-ins, I’m a big fan of the Native Instruments – Softube collaboration on the Vc 76. That one deviates from the original hardware by adding a dry control (for parallel compression) and a sidechain input (for… various ideas).

That said, if you don’t have an 1176 amplifier, this one is a versatile and characteristic dynamics processor you can use all over the place. You get the most popular rev, revision E of the 1176LN (low-noise, signifying that Brad improved the circuitry).

And crucially, IK did a good job of the “all button mode” or more serious-sounding “British mode.” That’s a fancy way of saying that sound engineers discovered that they could mash all the compression ratio buttons together at once, and get a unique, squashed sound. They also found a “no button mode” – that is that they could get all the buttons to release at once. That lets you just color the sound with the 1176, but I think it may be missing on the IK.

Let’s pause, though, and reflect – some of the most famous sound engineers in history were mucking about with the buttons on their insanely expensive gear. Hey, what is sound tech if not something you can intentionally misuse, at random? Some things never change. Here’s an example of what you get, but – you’ve heard this everywhere, you just may not have known it:

Actually, I guess this is the funny thing about plug-ins… there is a certain alchemy to all of this. By the time you’re at mixing and mastering, you probably want to know what you’re doing, or hire someone who knows what they’re doing. But I don’t know that there’s any scientific way to describe “hey, let’s mash buttons together and see if we like what we hear.”

And that’s a very good reason to go download this.

IK Multimedia product page, where this is 99 bucks. For a better buy, get their T-Racks tool that’s got a bunch of different choices in a single, integrated interface (but still with skeumorphic interfaces so you feel like you’re looking at the real thing).

While we’re at it, Universal Audio has some tips on using their 1176 collection – and it’s possible you got a version of this bundled with your hardware, if you bought from them. But you could apply these tips to other plug-ins that model the 1176.

I’m going to try this one just to compare its all-button and no-button sound to the Softube Vc 76. And of course sometimes this really is trial and error on source material, as accuracy may or may not be important to what you want to do. Someone who does have the original hardware or, like, actual engineering skills, I’m glad to hear from you.

More free holiday stuff – I’ll put together a full list if there’s more.

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Kijimi, key planet in new Star Wars flick, is named after the synthesizer

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Sat 21 Dec 2019 2:35 pm

J.J. Abrams, mega-nerd – not only is the Star Wars writer/director a scifi fan, but synth fan, too. No spoilers here, but his love of a certain synthesizer comes out in Rise of Skywalker‘s script.

Kijimi is the lush polysynth from Black Corporation, also makers of Deckard’s Dream (the Yamaha CS-70 homage) and assorted modules. Kijimi, the creators say, doesn’t mean anything. It’s just a name that struck them, and one originating in Japan, the country in which the company is headquartered.

But J.J. apparently liked the name, too. The Star Wars boss is a known Black Corporation customer himself – you can spot him in a photo posing on the balcony of Black’s Shibuya, Tokyo offices. (Hey, wouldn’t you blow your Disney money on synths if you were in J.J.’s position? Oh, wait – it was a gift. Man, it’s good to be the king.)

Here’s the next round of nerdy meta-references – hang on. So the Kijimi is based loosely on the rare 1970s polysynth, the RSF Polykobol. Fans of Battlestar Galactica will immediately recognize Kobol as the legendary ancestral home of humanity, sought by the exiled fleet of the surviving colonists. (Sadly, much like J.J. buying his Kijimi before you could, the Cylons got to Kobol first. Uh… spoilers, sorry. From 1978, though.) So the French synth makers named their synth after the planet.

J.J. just turned the tables. While synths have been named for spacecraft before – I believe including the Moog Voyager – now the space franchise takes a name from synths. Kijimi isn’t just a passing reference, either – it’s evidently (no spoilers) a prominent planetary setting in The Rise of Skywalker. Abrams is co-credited with the story and screenplay, so he gets both the synth and its placement forever enshrined in Star Wars canon.

A Reddit user potted the reference even before the film came out, let alone before Black Corp acknowledged the connection:

I would include a photo of the planet Kijimi, but I don’t have an official press pack for Star Wars, and Disney lawyers frighten me. I will be going to see the movie, though – John Williams inspired me as a kid that being a composer was cool, and Star Wars was possibly the first movie I ever saw, in greatly shortened form on my parents’ sound super 8 film projector.

All I want for Christmas, meanwhile, is a Kijimi – I visited Black in Tokyo this fall, and it’s just a splendid splurge instrument.

So none of this story makes me jealous, in regards to either synth or Star Wars. Why, does it make you jealous? No. We are cold, stoic unfeeling walls, definitely not in any way responding to any element of this story. Good.

Full-blown Kijimi costs US$3749, but if you’re willing to put together the (elaborate) kit, that drops the price way down to US$999. So basically, don’t subscribe to Disney+, and it’s yours. You can pirate th — mmm..–dskklsggggrrrh — mmmm, my throat — jeez, Disney lawyers can even do force chokes?! (As if I’m not going to the film and to Galaxy’s Edge and seeing twenty more Marvel things in theaters this year. Uh-huh.)

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