Hardware

The museum

I was always fascinated by technology.
Unfortunately, this fascination led to the destruction of many electronic devices…
When I was a child I’ve started to make some records with two tape-recorder.

Portable Tape-Recorder

The method is pretty simple:

  • Record a sound with the first tape recorder.
  • Play the first tape and add a new sound while recording on the second.
  • Continue the process

By using such a method I was able to create complex and frightning ambiances.
The main instrument was my mouth and some accesories.
Because I lived in a house in the middle of the woods, I really enjoyed to see the hikers wondering about the source of these dark sounds that I was playing in the evening.
I guess that my house was like the haunted house…

If it was not so, I was very glad to think so ūüėČ


Casio PT-1

My first electronic music keyboard was a Casio PT-1 wich was also destroyed (sacrificed on the autel of curiosity).
I really enjoyed to play with this toy, but to be honest it was also very frustrating to use such a synth…


Amstrad CPC-464

Here is my first computer…
I remember the unbelievable number of hours passed in front of the screen typing lines of BASIC 1.0 code while knowing that at shutdown everything would be disapeared…
I remember this horrible sound of modem while reading the datas located on the tape ! This was the the stone age of personal computing


Sound Blaster AWE32

This soundcard was unbelievable it was the first time that a soundcard had an embeded wavetable of 8Mo and it was also the first one to be so big sized !

The gadget

WooWee :: ROBOQUAD

I wanted to put a reference to my favorite gadget: Roboquad ! Pretty usefull against cats and small children and in any case very funny !

The home studio

Home Studio


M-Audio Keystation 49e

This is my USB keyboard, it’s not a awesome keyboard but you cannot expect more for a keyboard that’s costing 50 ‚ā¨.
It’s robust and so far it does what it should do !


M-Audio Studiophile AV-30

These are my “monitors” speakers, they are also pretty cheap (less than 100‚ā¨) and even if they lack a bit of responsiveness in the lows, the mediums and highs sounds great and the stereo image is also very good !


Senheiser HD280 Pro

This audio headset is the best I ever used ! It is so precise that if you listen to MP3 files with this one you will be able to hear all the compression artifacts… Seriously the responsiveness in all frequences is really awesome !


M-Audio Audiophile 192

This is the soundcard wich I’m using and I think it is pretty good. No much to say about it ! It’s a 2 inputs, 2 outputs with both analog and digital…


Keyfax Phat.Boy

According to my experience with this Midi controler, this is the best I ever bought !
More than 10 years of use without a glitch… wich is remarkable !


Roland R5

This is not really my own beatbox because it belongs to a friend of mine.
He never ask it back so I’m taking care of it while waiting…


Behringer MIC100

This is a very cheap pre-amp but honnestly for the price, it is very good. Don’t ask it too much but trust me he is better than some pre-amp 10 times more expensive!


Korg Monotron

This little beast looks cheap but it rocks a lot !


D.S.I. Mopho

Mopho is a compact and affordable‚ÄĒbut powerful‚ÄĒmonophonic analog synthesizer. The voice architecture is identical to a single voice of the Prophet ’08, but with a couple of unique twists to distinguish it from its award-winning sibling. We have added two sub-octave generators‚ÄĒone per oscillator‚ÄĒfor additional girth and crushing basses. It also has an audio input that lets you process external audio and mix Mopho’s own audio output back in pre-filter for feedback effects that can range from subtle distortion to extreme skronk. The Push It button is a manual trigger that lets you play a specific note or latch notes and sequences on. It can also step through a sequence to play short melodic lines without a keyboard. Of course, Mopho can also be used with a MIDI controller or external sequencer.

Mopho is fully programmable and all the parameters can be tweaked from the front panel. The four Assignable Parameters controls are assignable per program for optimum performance control. A free editor is available for Mac OS and Windows to facilitate programming. (And, if you already have a Prophet ’08, most of Mopho’s parameters can be controlled from the Prophet’s front panel via MIDI!)

Mopho is perfect for people who want to learn the ins and outs of real analog synthesis without spending a bundle, DJs looking to add some old school sonic spice to their setups, and musicians who will appreciate a great-sounding, very portable mono synth.

The darkroom

Nikon D50

This is my digital camera, it is no more available on the market but it was the best in his category ! I bought it for about 600 ‚ā¨ a few years ago and I still enjoy using it !


SIGMA 70-300mm APO

This is my 70-300mm lens… In fact it is not really the same model that’s on the image, because this one is more recent. Mine is normaly dedicated to an argentic camera…
So I have some limitations…
Anyway, the quality of the image and the colors are really good ! The APO technology is very old but is still efficient !