Check Out This Custom Built Digitally Controlled Tape Sampler

Part of the Modular Process Music family of hand crafted instruments, Tape Sampler is a clever and fun way to manipulate sound. See it in action here.  

Here's something unique - a home made, digitally controlled tape-based sampler that can be used to sequence tape speed and direction of playback. Part of a family of concept instruments built by Krzysztof Cybulski called Modular Process Music, it combines old and new tech to create something really interesting. You can see it in action in the video below.

The project consists of 7 instruments. Each of them can work independently, but they could also be combined together in a number of different ways:

  • Tape Sampler is a digitally controlled analog tape recorder, with the ability to sequence tape speed and direction of movement;
  • Memo/move is a midi controller with 3 motorized faders, which can loop the actual fader movements, rather than the sound itself;
  • Memo/move works together with Granular Sampler, allowing for capturing and manipulation of the sound on the fly;
  • Igafon and Igafon Pro are lo-fi samplers, Igafon Pro's sound can be also triggered by external sounds;
  • Rhythm Box V.2 creates ever-changing rhythmical structures, complexity of which is based on the volume of external sound;
  • String Box V.2 creates harmonies based on notes detected in external sounds, it can be triggered by short percussive sounds.

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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