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Modular Advice Please!

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Zubermensch from Angelspit’s Forum asked me about STUFF…here’s my response..

Before we start, have a look at the article I wrote for THE DOSE (the most AWESOME CYberpunk eZine EVER!!)


> How does one get started with a modular synth rack? Do you buy it all put together like that? 
> Do you buy a frame or something and just start stacking up the inputs?

The most import ant thing: make sure you NEED a modular. You might be able to make your music just fine with SoftSynths. Although I (personally) don’t like SoftSynths, many bands who I admire (The Prodigy, NIN…the list goes on) use SoftSynths to some degree.

Good music DOES NOT need to made from good gear - just good ideas!

First: play around with the SoftSynth versions…then bust out the big cash when you’re certain you NEED a modular. There’s a heap of starter systems that cost US$1000-US$2000., Doefper, Analogue Systems, Analogue Solutions (and many more brands) have such systems. Refer to the article I wrote for THE DOSE for more info:

…also jump on our forum – there’s a lot people there who are getting into modulars.


> How do you (personally) send the sound from the computer in to the synth as seen in your blipverts?

We have an old Yamaha DSP Card connected (via Optical Cable) to our old 01V Yamaha Desk. (yes, it’s old gear, but it works fine and I HATE landfill!!)
We Bus the signals from the card to the desk, then assign them to our central patch bay…it’s very complex and old school…there’s much easier was to do it these days with new-fangled Audio Boxes that all the “cool kids” are using…these fancy-pantsy boxes have multiple outs…so you’d assign the drum sample out the “B” output, plug it into your filters and go NUTS.

Remember: Content is King! A song is rooted in a good idea…it does not need the latest/expensive gear.

Beasty Boys wrote an AMAZING album on a 4 track. Frontline Assembly did incredible things with an Atari ST1040, some samplers and a desk.

I hope this answers your questions and inspires you to MAKETH ROCK!


STUDIO SNAPSHOT : Doepfer A-137 Wave Multiplier

Brand: Doepfer

Model: A-137 Wave Multiplier

I think this is the most amazing distortion unit ever made. It has a huge scope of distortion from “Gently Warming” to “Cut into sharp thin slithers and ram into your eyeball”. It’s strength is not just distortion, but also in Wave Shaping. You can patch a pure Sine Wave in and get a Spiky Saw Tooth out.

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ANGELSPIT’s gift to DIY Horror Flicks and Noise artists : Metal Scrapes


This is me…smashing and scraping metal. These recordings were destroyed using the modular.

Please use this creatively!
Please credit Angelspit, and PLEASE let us know when you upload your completed work – we’d love to link to it!

FORMAT : 24bit, 44kHz, 320 MP3, 6.8Mg


Vampire Freaks Interviews Angelspit

zoog_head1-IMG_1278-2000Vampire Freaks talks to Angelspit’s Zoog Von Rock about latest projects and their unstoppable creative process.

“Computers have made the creation of art too easy. Old machinery means that you need to invent new process – which yields new art.
- Zoog Von Rock.

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STUDIO SNAPSHOT : Metal Atmosphere

A large salad bowl is bolted to a 2 metre long steel rod (out of shot). The rod rests in a metal umbrella stand (All items were found in back-alleys near our studio). Two mics (one above and one under) record a stereo image of the experiment. The rod is tapped, plucked, scratched and bowed which resonates the bowl. The sound is clean, clear and quiet. We had to set this up in the studios’ kitchen because the air-con in the main studio was waay too loud (it was working overtime on a hellishly hot day). We had to unplug the fridge because it’s hum was bleeding onto the mics.

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Frostwave Sonic Alienator


Brand: Frostwave (Australia)
Model: Sonic Alienator

This is a Bit Crusher from HELL. You can (analogue) drive the input AND it’s got a built in analogue clone of an MS-20 Filter.
PLUS, you can choose the order in which you debauch the sound. eg: Pre-amp -> Decimator, Decimator -> Pre-amp, or something else which is RANDOM AND DOOOMESQUE (??)
We love it and use it on vocals (“Grind” Blood Death Ivory), guitars (“Vena Cava” Krankhaus), bleeps and lead synths (“Devilicious” Blood Death Ivory).

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Australia has stupid censorship rules governed by a right wing country listened Liberal voting bunch of North Shore conservatives called ARIA.

ARIA stands for the Australian BLAH BLAH BLAH Rancid Infected Anus.

We like to say “FUCK”, so we get a “Level 1″ black and white sticker.

From ARIA’s cock sucking website:

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The art of DIY Musical Instruments must be revived!! This idea started with the salad bowl (refer to Studio Snapshot on Jan 27). We added strings, tuning pegs and an electric fan case for extra rattle.

The strings pass through the electric fan casing and resonate it, making the little white spokes rattle and shimmy. Moving the white electric fan casing bends the pitch of the strings. The strings are fastened to the salad bowl, so all the sounds resonate together resulting in a wonderfully rich twang with lots of glimmering high end. Everything under 250Hz has gets cut out in the mix.

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Angelspit Blipvert #6 – Jupiter 8

Angelspit Blipvert #6 – Jupiter 8

We would be honored if you use this recording of our Roland Jupiter-8 in your music!
This recording remains the intellectual property of Angelspit. If you use it in a track, please credit Angelspit – it’s only fair!

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ANGELSPIT LIVE! TX, NC, VA shows added!

spit_live-600*MORE* Dates have been announced for Angelspit’s new live set and stage show!

With special guests The Gothsicles

June 12th Milwaukee WI - Erosion Fest @ The Miramar Theatre : DETAILS
June 14th Dallas, TX @ The Church : DETAILS 
June 15th Austin TX @ Elysium : DETAILS
June 18th Richmond VA @ Fallout : DETAILS
June 20th Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub : DETAILS

…more coming!

View all the details here.