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Studio Rebuild

In the last couple of months it has been a bit quiet with new music releases, I know, I am aware of that. Let me tell you what happened.

In the last couple of years I tried to create a very tidy studio, and decided to reduce the amount of equipment I needed to create my music. I mixed everything “in the box” and sold all my external effects. Also the mixing of the tracks was done all digital, and although the sound was good I missed that analog feel. So I decided that I wanted to be able to mix all my synths and other gear in an analog way. But to be able to do that I needed a big mixing panel.

So I bought a Soundcraft Series Two 32 channel mixing desk. But of course it was way to big to fit my room so I needed to change some things to find a place for it… This resulted in a total rebuild of my studio room. Because my studio is very small I couldn’t fit the standard 19 inch racks and keyboard stands, so I build my own closets. Due to the Coronacrisis the stores are closed and I had to order the materials that I needed online. Turns out I wasn’t the only person ordering online… so I had to wait a month for my order to be delivered.

After I finally received my building materials I started to build the new studio. All this time my equipment was laying around everywhere and I wasn’t able to make music. After building the basic setup I needed to reconnected everything of course; all power cables, audio cables and midi cables and put in all equipment again. A nice job to do, but takes a while.

New equipment

In the time that I wasn’t able to make any music I sold some equipment that I wasn’t using anymore and also bought some new equipment. I decided that I “needed” a cool sampler and came across an Ensoniq EPS 16+ for a decent price and bought it. Shortly after that I saw an E-MU Emax II sampler for sale, it was ‘assumed to be broken’ and so I bought it, repaired it and retrofitted it with a cool OLED display and a Gotek USB Floppy emulator to bring it into the 21st century. The cool thing about samplers is that there are libraries of samples available for it, and that they can give you lots of inspiration. Last week I came across an Akai CD3000XL sampler and bought that as well. Now I have literally tons of samples to browse through, so I’m sure that will keep me busy for a couple of weeks 😉

New album

I am working on a new album as well; I have about 5 new tracks that are more or less finished. I hope you can hear the more analog approach that I use now for recording. I expect the new album to be finished around June 2021.

I will keep you posted!

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Released today: Neospace – Revelation Tour

Today the new Spacesynth album Neospace – Revelation Tour has officially been released, and is now available as download on Bandcamp and CDBaby.com and is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, Yandex Music, Deezer, Amazon and all other streaming platforms.

The limited edition CD album (100 pieces made) is available in my shop and comes with an unique number and autograph, and a four page booklet with extra information, vocoder lyrics and ‘thank you’ notes.

On this album I tried to recreate the classic nineties Spacesynth sound, and I think it worked out pretty well 🙂
If you love the old-school Spacesynth music I am pretty sure that you will like this album as well.

GET YOUR COPY NOW!

Neospace limited edition album
Neospace – Revelation Tour, Limited Edition
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Neospace – Revelation Tour

It is almost here… my long awaited new album is in production as we speak. This album is heavily inspired on the old-school Spacesynth albums. I tried to recreate an authentic early nineties sound, and I think it worked out pretty well. I have taken more time to produce this album, and I am absolutely positive that you will like it 🙂

This new album Neospace – Revelation Tour is a limited edition, limited to 100 pieces world wide! You will get a numbered and signed factory made CDr Pro, with a 4 page booklet with vocoder lyrics and extra information.

Make sure to order your copy as soon as possible! YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT!

Pre-sale will start from February the first on Bandcamp and here in the new ChrisvanBuren.com Shop!
(orders will be backordered and distributed from the first of March).

PRE-ORDER NOW!

From the first of March the album will also be available as a digital release on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Yandex etc etc…

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A piece of history

Computers always had my interest, it was an amazing new technology and I was fascinated by all the possibilities that layed ahead in the future. 

At the age of 12, in 1983, my first computer was an old IBS (Inter Business Systems) 80086 AT computer with two giant 5 1/4 inch floppy drives. My dad had replaced this computer at his company, and decided I could have it. With high expectations I turned it on to see what it could do, but to my deception it just sits there and said “A:” with a blinking cursor on the screen. It had no harddrive so I was supposed to load everything into the (very small) memory from one of the floppy drives to be able to run it. I got some obsolete company software on 5 1/4” floppy disks, but it couldn’t do much more then very basic text processing and a spreadsheet program. It came with a book about DOS and that’s when I learned my first things in writing batch scripts and simple DOS commands. The computer was very limited in it’s capabilities; with it’s small memory and monochrome display it was designed for text processing and that was what it does. I couldn’t get it to do very much more then that.

Af the age of 14 my mother got me a used Texas Instruments game computer for Christmas. You connected it to the television, and you had to load cartridges in the back of the computer to load a game. I played Arkanoid for weeks! The computer didn’t have a diskdrive and used it’s own programming-language so I wasn’t able to do some more exploring on it.

At the age of 15 my neighbor was experimenting with computers and radio transmitters, that’s how I got interested in FM transmitters and pirate radio stations. He gave me a Spectrum Sinclair ZX computer which I could borrow. He also told me it was able to produce sounds,  that was amazing!  I didn’t have the right software to make something decent though.. I managed to get some beeps out of it, but that was it.

In 1990, at the age of 19, I was in the Dutch army. I met a guy called Dennis Meex, we became close friends. He was as crazy about computers and music as I was. He owned a Commodore Amiga 500 computer and showed me what it could do. I was amazed by it’s possibilities, so I saved up some money and bought one myself. 

Amiga 2000Octamed

Now we were able to share software and we started to make music together. We had a program called Fasttracker and we could make 4 track audio patterns on it, but the 4 tracks were very limited. Soon we upgraded to OctaMED and now we were able to make music on 8 different tracks. And now we started making our own experimental music. 

Soon I upgraded to a Commodore Amiga 2000 with harddisk, sampler and Audio Enhancer, and I bought a Roland W30 sampler workstation and a Boss DR660 drumcomputer. That’s when we made our first house tracks.

After a while we got demotivated because we didn’t have a clear plan in what kind of music we wanted to make. Dennis was into Hip Hop music and I tried to make house music. And after fulfilling my military duty I went back to school to study mechanical engineering. Music was not my priority anymore. After some time I decided to sell my Amiga and other gear.

Years past by… school was finished and I worked in the company of my dad. Dennis was working for IBM in Scotland. In March 2003 I received a call from his mother: Dennis had past away… just like that, probably a hart failure. The end of an era for me…

In 2007 I decided to leave the company of my dad after being miserably failed as an entrepreneur. I had some free time on my hands and started to make some music once again… At first with a PC and Fruityloops, but later I bought an Apple iMac computer and installed Logic. It reminded me of the Commodore Amiga…

And here we are.. producing music again 🙂

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Korg DVP-1 Tact switch repair

Since you are reading this article I assume you have a Korg DVP-1 Vocoder with one or more tact switches that are not functioning properly.

Today I took apart my DVP-1 because the “1” button must be pressed very hard for it to function, and the “2” button didn’t work at all anymore. So I decided to look what kind of tact switches were used, and if it would be a common type, just replace them all by new ones. Like I do with all my synthesizers when buttons start to fail on me.

It turns out a tactile switch 8 x 8 x 10,5 mm KEC10010 type was used in the DVP-1 Vocoder. This type is a kind of rare, and a simpel replacement button is not easy to find. The only replacements I could find were “New old-stock” parts on Synth-parts.com for € 4,15 a piece. With 20 buttons to repair this could be an expensive job…

So I tried to take apart one of the tact switches and see if I could repair it. It turns out there is a very little pushbutton with a carbon base inside the switch. From my experience I know I can’t do very much with the carbon-type switches but clean it a bit and hope for the best.

Thats when I came to realize that there are also “up” and “down” buttons on the value-editor, right beneath a turning knob with the exact same function…

DVP-1 Value Editor

So I could easily replace that switches with my failing “1” and “2” button without even missing them. Because when I edit parameters I use the the turning-knob all the time and never touched the “up” and “down” button anyway.

So when you are looking for an easy fix or cheap work-around, just consider switching this buttons and you are done. In the end of this story it turned out that the button that I cleaned started working again as well.

Product information “tactile switch 8 x 8 x 10,5 mm KEC10010”

tactile switch suitable for model *

  • Korg DVP-1
  • Korg EX8000
  • Korg SDD-2000 und Korg SDD-3000
  • Roland Fantom X6, X7 und X8
  • Roland MC307

Korg replacement part no: 37504800Roland  replacement part no: 894645

The construction part is not longer built. The old serial number was KEC10010 With that serial number the part was built during the 1980s. 

The buttons are firmly soldered to a circuit board. For replacing the button craftsmanship and experience in soldering is required.

(*) Information taken from Synth-parts.com

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Website updated

Hi there! If you visit my website on a more regular basis you have probably noticed some changes. I have tried to tidy up the design a bit.. You also might have noticed that my shop is gone. Physical CD’s are no longer for sale at this point, and next releases probably will be digital only. A new shop with merchandise and goodies is in development.

NeoSpace

I tried to come up with a new project-name for my future releases. I have chosen the name NeoSpace because it pretty much says what it is. I want to break free from predefined Spacesynth styles and produce a new and appealing sound for old and new generation space sound lovers. Of course I will be using old gear to produce my music, and maintain the old analog sound. Occasionally I already used the name on compilation albums.

Youtube

New video’s are coming up soon. I was working on a cover for Youtube but it has been delayed, because I want to explore the possibilities to actually release it first. Making video’s for Youtube is very time consuming (if done right) but as soon as I find some time I will upload some new stuff. So if you didn’t do it already subscribe to my channel and be the first to know.

New projects

I have been working on some tracks for a new retro spacesynth project by Spacesound Records, in cooperation with Eric van Vliet and some other producers. There is no release date yet… but I am sure it will be a very interesting project 😉

See you in space!

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New developments

It has almost been 4 months since my last post, so it’s time for an update.

For those of you who visited my Soundcloud profile lately, you might have wondered where all my tracks have gone. Well I decided to give up on Soundcloud because the amount of people following me there is not as big as I had hoped for. Also there is not a lot of interaction possible in the Soundcloud app, so basically I don’t think it is fun anymore.

Having that said.. I want my Youtube channel to be more successful, so I decided to upload more video’s on a regular basis. Not only covers, but my own music as well. I know CD Baby does upload my music to Youtube Music, but this is only available in USA region and not in Europe for some reason. My fanbase on Youtube is growing and I get a lot of nice responses there.

So if you want to be the first to know about new video’s, subscribe and turn on notifications on my channel 🙂

New projects
So, after summer it’s time to get into the studio again. I am working on some new music for a project with I am not allowed to tell much about. But it will be a nice remake of some iconic 80’s Spacesynth music. Especially for this project I bought a Casio FZ-1 sampler to be able to mimic the sound they used.

Also this year I will participate in the annual Space Holidays and Space Odyssey compilations, in fact I have some tracks already finished.

Some people might have noticed that I am also trying to produce some trance music lately, so expect me to produce some of that as well this winter.

So thanks for your attention 🙂 Follow and subscribe if you like, and see you next time.

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New release 2018!

Guys! I am very proud to announce my new 2018 album release on the 15th of June!

The new album is called “Tierra Del Fuego” and is in Spacesynth style with a touch of modern additions 😉

Twelve tracks which some of them have been released on Space Holidays and/or Space Odyssey compilation albums. On this album you will find remastered versions of those tracks, and of course brand new unpublished tracks!
I am pretty sure you will like it!

Official release-date is June 15 2018, and is available on Spotify, Deezer and all those other streaming services and download sites now!

Download at CDBaby.com

Hardware copies, as in physical CD’s, are available and can be ordered at: Discogs and the Shop-page on this website (Paypal only).

All CD’s will be autographed by me of course 🙂

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it!

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New ‘end of year’ releases

Hi guys!

The year has come to an end, and I hope you all had a wonderfull christmas! I also hope you noticed my new end-of-year releases on the annual holiday compilations: Space Holidays and Space Odyssey 🙂

It became a tradition for Spacesynth producers to give away some free music at the end of the year, and try to participate in the well known and much appreciated holiday compilations Space Holidays (USA) and/or Space Odyssey (RU).

This year the Space Holidays compilation consist of 3 CD’s and is available for free at Spacesound Records. I am represented with two tracks on the American Spacesynth compilation and with one track at the Russian compilation.

Space Holidays

  • Drifting into Hyperspace
  • Future Forecast

Space Odyssey

  • Cosmified

All three tracks will also be available on my next album in a special album-version 🙂

You can download the Space Holidays compilation at Spacesoundrecords.com and you can download the Space Odyssey compilation at Spacesynth.ru

I hope you all have a wonderfull 2018! and please follow my social media accounts for news on my 2018 album of which I expect it to be released around June this year.

Thanks again for all your support! and Happy New Year!