meandering

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modified my cassette 4 track further to incorporate a potentiometer to punch in and out (for smoother transitions). the following was recorded while giving the new modification a test run.

kara andree: melodica
david andree: acoustic guitar, 2880, modified 4-track w/ cassette tape loop

modified (for quiet)

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in creating quiet/subtle sound works there are many times one can run into the problem of stage volume not masking the sound of foot-switches, which can take away from a work. to minimize the noise of switch clicks, i modified a selection of my electro-harmonix pedals (2880 foot controller, stereo memory man with hazarai, cathedral reverb) by installing momentary click-less soft-switches when possible. this modification is an easy drop-in replacement and would be beneficial to anyone using these pedals who desires a lower noise level for recording or live situations. i’m interested in cusack’s tbs2 for replacing noisy 3pdt on/off switches next.

edit: i already had a couple people ask about the toggle on the stereo memory man + cathedral. that was a separate modification allowing you to record/layer or freeze the reverb without having to keep holding the switch down. a post regarding that modification can be found here http://www.davidandree.com/blog/?p=572

mod / repair

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picked up this beautiful tube amplified portable reel to reel recorder for $10. it didn’t play and many of the controls were frozen. i put in new input and output jacks, freed up all the stuck controls, cleaned the pots, added a custom kill switch for the input/microphone channel and came up with a simple solution for bypassing the erase head – i was able to revive the little unit and got it to play + record.

modified recorder / chance layering

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modified cassette recorder (removed erase head, upgraded internal microphone + wiring, added switch to disable/enable the internal microphone)

loop recorded with just the modified cassette recorder and an acoustic guitar – then layered with pitch shifted versions of itself.

modify

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images of a pedal modification to allow for recording and holding audio without having to keep a foot on the pedal’s momentary switch, freeing me up to manipulate other sounds. the posted sound file is the first work made using some of the possibilities made available by the modified pedals.