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Swarmatron!

Post by GuyaGuy » Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:12 am

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This week's New Yorker gives props to esoteric synth builders:
http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2011/01/2 ... paumgarten

Seems like a neat little gadget!




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Re: Swarmatron!

Post by cartesia » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:14 am

Woo! swarming!

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Post by garranimal » Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:38 pm

I love the keylock on-switch. Very NASA. Dewan's version has those rascal polysix/prophet toggles, but Trent's has the two-position types. I like their PCB tank and I've seen those at Frys. I've been cooking my PCBs in the kitchen on the stove.

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Post by maindeglorie » Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:09 pm

This thing is pretty f***ing cool.

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Re: Swarmatron!

Post by bhrama » Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:27 am

buuuuzzzzzz. Kids in a candy shop!

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Post by madrasputin » Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:38 am

Big City Music has them for 3,250 USD or a price real close to that. The whole idea of pulling notes like taffy is f**k sweet and it sounds amazing!
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Re: Swarmatron!

Post by Doooooooom » Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:56 pm

Is it like a Trautonium?

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Re: Swarmatron!

Post by garranimal » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:05 am

madrasputin wrote:Big City Music has them for 3,250 USD or a price real close to that. The whole idea of pulling notes like taffy is f**k sweet and it sounds amazing!
I don't know if they're using the SN76577 in the Swarmatron but those chips aren't that rare. And I can't imagine the parts in the build costing 1/10th of that asking price. There must be more to it. Ah, their other builds in the video are very ghetto which is what I like, pots and wires going everywhere. Does anyone know what that ribbon/bender contraption is for pulling those notes? Home-grown variable resistor? It is pretty damn cool.

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Post by Stab Frenzy » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:13 am

garranimal wrote:I don't know if they're using the SN76577 in the Swarmatron but those chips aren't that rare. And I can't imagine the parts in the build costing 1/10th of that asking price. There must be more to it.
It's a lot of hard work designing and building analogue electronics, and the people that do need to be rewarded for their time. Building the case for it wouldn't be cheap either.

The standard doepfer VCO is $200, and that's very basic and manufactured in fairly large numbers for this kind of stuff. So just getting 8 oscs, never mind a power supply, case, VCAs, filters, controller is $1600. When you look at it like that the Swarmatron is reasonably priced.

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Re: Swarmatron!

Post by GuyaGuy » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:34 pm

Stab Frenzy wrote:
garranimal wrote:I don't know if they're using the SN76577 in the Swarmatron but those chips aren't that rare. And I can't imagine the parts in the build costing 1/10th of that asking price. There must be more to it.
It's a lot of hard work designing and building analogue electronics, and the people that do need to be rewarded for their time. Building the case for it wouldn't be cheap either.

The standard doepfer VCO is $200, and that's very basic and manufactured in fairly large numbers for this kind of stuff. So just getting 8 oscs, never mind a power supply, case, VCAs, filters, controller is $1600. When you look at it like that the Swarmatron is reasonably priced.
Word. Parts alone do not determine price.
But I would like to know what that ribbon is, too.

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Post by shaft9000 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:41 pm

I've played around with one. They are not easy to get on with, although like a Theremin the architecture/principle is fairly simple. Build-wise they are really unique and something special - like exotic Jules Verne undersea nav-equipment or whatnot. As for what it's like to play one - the words wild and esoteric come to mind. One would need more than a few practice sessions to get really comfy on one though, I'd imagine.
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Re: Swarmatron!

Post by bassdude » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:30 am

Edit: nevermind, i sorta get it after reading that article. weird instrument, trent is rad.

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Re: Swarmatron!

Post by Stalfosia » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:02 pm

I'd love to mess around with one...
Put it through some of my fx ...

Here's that Trent video they talk about in the article.


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