The Music & Work of Eric Beam
DIY TB550A

Finished this guy up tonight (TB550A). Not the easiest of builds, as mentioned patience is key. I made a couple careless mistakes along the way, but all are resolved. TIP – Triple check alignment/orientations at all stages. For the time being I’ve loaded it up with a pair of 990’s & a CMOQ-2S. I might swap out the 990’s at some point, but I have to say it’s performing very well as is. Great EQ kit.

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Time-lapse video / optical synth control experiment.

While getting familiar with the d5100’s time-lapse & video capabilities, the idea of video controlled synthesis came to mind. I unsuccessfully scanned the net looking for a something to generate midi from video. While staring off into space a psychical solution was staring back at me. My Thingamagoop 2. I ended up using it’s photocell eye to pick up the changes of light from my video experiments.

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A/D Conversion, can you hear the difference?

In my downtime I decided to do a in-depth comparison between the A/D converters I have at hand. With the amount of “Night & Day” reviews you read about it’s easy to question if converters are drastically different from box to box, It got me questioning at-least. The technical converter specs over the last 10years or more out perform most sound sources, processing, & environments. I have done my share surgically analyzing the THD+N, frequency response, Jitter, & so on, But that never answered the question if one can audibly hear the difference? Time for a real-world test I say.

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Drums + Synth + Coffee

The result of testing out the D5100 video capabilities. Everything is shot thru a 18-200 with marco ring, no post processing (other then time manipulation).

Audio = Discarded crap drum tracks+Grendel+a lot of coffee. I was feeling a bit guilty that the Grendel Drone Commander was collecting dust, this was a perfect excuse to fire it up. Amazing what a little #ValhallaÜberMod adds to a bunch of BS.

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