tiistai 11. kesäkuuta 2019

Moog Prodigy and AS3046

With these SOIC to DIP adapters I managed to change the LM3046 chips with AS3046 SMD drop-in replacement chips. Next I must re-calibrate Prodigy and see how these SMD-chips behave.

tiistai 4. kesäkuuta 2019


Here is my version of drop-in replacement for uA726 part used in Buchla Easel. I have tested this before here. I ordered the first proto-batch from Eurocircuits. Because of two SMD-parts it's very compact (width = 37mm and height = 17mm). For LM3046 replacement I use ALFA-parts AS3046 (Vbe is matched five times better for the NPN pair than in the original with +- 1mV).

keskiviikko 1. toukokuuta 2019

Buchla 208

I am considering the possibility to make my own clone of Buchla 208. Here is the first sketch of the motherboard.

sunnuntai 3. maaliskuuta 2019

Review of Sonic Landscapes

Here is a Sonic Immersion's review of my latest album Sonic Landscapes.


lauantai 12. tammikuuta 2019

Eventide H3000-D/SE

Finally found replacement part (jog wheel optical encoder) for my H3000. Adjusting any parameters was impossible when the jog wheel operated erractically. Optical encoder is an obsolete part that Eventide no longer stocks. Studio Electronics Inc. has this part ! It's little bit tricky to replace but I managed to do it and now the jog wheel operates normally.

Mechanical jog wheel with the optical encoder (led + LDR).

Lot of old logic chips inside the H3000 !

maanantai 17. joulukuuta 2018

MANU - Sonic Landscapes

Sonic Landscapes is an exploration of the interrelationship of landscape and soundscape. MANU is a solo-project of Manu from Sigma.

Omuro 88 is a miniature version of Japan's most famous pilgrimage route on the island of Shikoku. It is located in the district of Omuro, on the grounds of the temple Ninnaji. There are 88 miniature temple's in an 3km route that lies at the foot of mount Joju. This long ambient composition is created from simple generative rules that take control of analog synthesizers.

Sampola I & II are created in the spirit of my summer cottage in Finland. The summer nights are magical. Birds are singing all the time because of the midnight sun. The electronic soundscape is created from analog synthesizer recording manipulated with granular-synthesis. EWI controlling Moog Prodigy is used for melody/solo parts. Part II is an exploration of sounds that you might hear when you are sitting ashore. Composition is created with electronically enhanced thumb-piano.

Le Noci is situated in Italy Tuscany. Tuscany is characterized by green hills fringed with cypress trees and medieval hill towns on the top. ”Le Noci” is created from a composition by redistributing and reorganising the audio. I improvised with the Granular-synthesis and created this re-composition.

Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. Roof of the World or Top of the World is a metaphoric description of this high region also known as high Asia. The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. Composition started from an improvisation with my EWI controlling Moog Prodigy and was completed with Ami's synthesizer parts.

Oumuamua is the first known interstellar object that visited our solar system 2017. It is a mysterious cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue. Oumuamua is Hawaiian and means “a messenger from afar arriving first”. Composition uses granular-synthesis technique where the source is a sound-exploration recording with my ARP 2600 synth. Here I wanted to create a composition with pure sound and timbre manipulations without any traditional composition structure.

Sant Antimo is an ancient abbey that has been inhabited by Benedictine monks for centuries. It is situated in Italy’s Tuscany. The concert of the cicadas was very special and loud. The idea here (and in Sampola I) is to create new sonic environment from ambient music that blends with the existing sounds from nature.

Nanzenji is a temple of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, and is situated within a pine forest at the foot of the eastern hills of Higashiyama in Kyoto Japan. Composition is created also with granular-synthesis where the source is a single recording of a Tibetan Shang-bell played with strokes and singing-bowl techniques.

Arisaig is a small village in Lochaber Inverness-shire on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. The word Arisaig means “the safe place” in the Scottish Gaelic language. Ami Hassinen played some electric guitar parts where from I created the final guitar tracks with granular-synthesis methods. Melody is improvised with my EWI/Moog combination.



released December 8, 2018

All music composed, performed and produced by MANU
except Lhasa composed by MANU and Ami Hassinen (keyboards).

Ami Hassinen plays Guitar on Arisaig.

perjantai 7. joulukuuta 2018

Sonic Landscapes

An album of music is about to be released ! This is my second solo album and first under the name MANU. I am trying to get this released before the new year’s eve.