Category: Remaster

oRigiNs – Cover Art Comparison 2001 vs 2018

maKo oRigiNs old coveroRigiNs - Remastered Cover 2018

As we approached the reissue of the oRigiNs album by maKo, we decided to take a look back at the cover art and compare it to the new reissued artwork and what it will look like upon its release in 2019.  We had originally scheduled this release for October of 2018, but decided to pull the album back for some last minute tweaks in the mastering and production.

Since this audio was recorded on audio cassette circa 1994 and then issued on CD in 2001, the master files needed some heavy duty reworking.  To bring you the best sound possible, we decided to push this one back and move forward with the new maKo single titled “griNd“, as well as the remastering of his previous EPs “aNgel” and it’s b-sides “fa113_n“. These reissues will release after the single and oRigiNs will follow thereafter.

Updated Release Timeline: maKo

December 2019 – griNd

January 2019 – aNgel EP

February 2019 – fa113_n (aNgel b-sides EP)

TBD Q1 2019 – oRigiNs

Time Lapse Build: Synthrotek DS-M

Synthrotek Drum Synth Module: DS-M Time Lapse Build

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We take on the Synthrotek Drum Synth Module otherwise known as the DS-M in our latest Eurorack Modular Build. The DS-M is a full featured drum synth that can emulate virtually any drum sound with a twist of a few knobs.  It is a complex, modifiable analog drum synth loosely based on the Coron DS-8 according to the Synthrotek website.  It a relatively moderate build with stand up resistors and intricate soldering points needed.  We recommend if you are new to soldering, to start out with something other then this.  

During our build, we made sure to double check each resistor prior to populating the board.  As usual, diodes and caps are directional based whereas the resistors are not.  This 8hp module packs a big punch just like its predecessor the DS-8.  Changes to the original DS-8 include the following:

  • VCA-like trigger input (more voltage = louder output)
  • Trimmer-adjustable attack
  • LED trigger indicator
  • 1v/o tracking (C0-C4)
  • Triangle core oscillator
  • Additional noise color switch setting (3 settings instead of 2)
  • More distinct noise timbres
  • Louder, improved noise circuit
  • Really LOW bass frequencies 
  • Total range ~4Hz to 2.6kHz

As well as being an amazing little drum synth, this module is also a fully functional monophonic synth that has the following features:

  • 1v/o tracking (C0-C4) 
  • Adjustable attack and decay envelope over the VCA 
  • Built-in LFO circuit
  • Sweep circuit
  • Noise circuit

You can plug in your CV or keyboard directly from your MIDI-2-CV converter and you are ready to go!  You can also use it stand alone as a monophonic synth if you choose to do so.  

DS-M Features:

  • Width: 8hp
  • Depth: 1.75″ (44mm)
  • Power connection: 10 Pin Keyed Eurorack
  • Current Draw: +12V: 20mA, -12V: 10mA (5V not used)

Hint:  The magic really happens when you connect 2x DS-M’s together…. 

To purchase the fully assembled DS-M, click here:

If you would like to purchase the full DIY kit of the DS-M, click here:

If you just want to purchase the DS-M panel and PCB combo, check out this link:

Video Details:

Music: Deep_Purple

Artist: maKo

Album: oRigiNs

Released: 2001

Remastered: 2018

Genre: Dance/electronic

Producer: maKo

Time Lapse Build: Trogotronic M11 VCA

Time Lapse Build: Trogotronic M11

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"These machine kills fascists"

After a brief hiatus from the studio, we finally sat down to some kits we recently acquired.  The first one we tackled this month was the Trogotronic M11 VCA.  This 4hp module can be used as an Audio Controller, CV Generator, CV Controller, and a VCA (all at pretty much the same time).  It also has a momentary button which has the capabilities to add some awesome effects to your mix.  

The kit itself was a relatively simple build, but we really didn’t like that the resistors were precut upon opening up the kit.  Due to the color coding of resistors, we highly recommend you have a tester avail before tackling this kit.  You can see the one we use in the video.  Check out the vid and let us know what you think. 

ps. It features music by maKo from the forthcoming oRigiNs album. 

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~ f i N

Spring is here and so are the new products!

We wanted to take a few minutes and give you some updates on whats been going on at fiN Studios. 

Coming in April:

  • New logo T-shirts in white, black and red. 
  • More modular building
  • More 3D printing videos 

Coming in May:

  • 2 exclusive products coming to the store
  • Album Release:  maKo ~ oRigiNs (remastered 2018) 

Stay tuned and make sure to follow us on our social media pages!

~ f i N

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