VOCU VTE-2000

Sugoi!! Super happy to have finally bought a device I’ve been hunting for, for over a year! The VOCU VTE2000 is a tape echo with one special feature that none of the Roland or Korg tape echos have:
a pedal/cv input for echo/tape speed!

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Like my Fuji TX2 I have somehow lucked in again, buying a device that is 20+ years old but has hardly been used. The seller said this had been used less than 20 hours total, and looking at the head & roller it would seem to be true!

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The parent company are interesting, VOCU now primarily make power supplies for guitar pedals and apparently ceased making tape echos due to access to parts. But the website for this model & the VTE1600 are still online, have a look here for the VTE2000, which lists the new price as ¥59,800 = USD$529. Shame they aren’t still made as there would be plenty of demand for them… Page for VTE1600 here (They did sell the VTE2000 outside Japan as HIWATT Custom Tape Echo CTE2000) There is a link to a PDF of the VTE2000 manual in Japanese here

A few google translations from that site:

– Control of echo time by the expression pedal, such as loop recording function, packed with unique features not found in conventional machines.

– Foot switch: Echo on / off, recording on / off

– The longest echo time about 2000ms.

– Head configuration: Erase × 1, recording × 1, short echo playback × 1, Long echo playback × 1

A side note: if you are into film cameras the you probably know of Japan Camera Hunter who is based in Tokyo & will source film cameras to request.. Current stock is listed here (check the Nikkor fisheye lens!! and the xPan 2 full set)

Wouldn’t it be great if someone did the same service for synths & outboard gear, especially devices like this VOCU tape echo that you very rarely see outside Japan…
Hmmmmmmm….

Heres some (slightly wacky) sounds from one (not my vid)

update: wow – just found a second one from the same source!!

update: put the manual through google translate, english version here

update: english manual for the HiWatt version here

Vinyl love

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Since I got back from Japan I have been massively re-organising my studio & my house, inspired by the brief objectivity you get from arriving somewhere familiar but after having not seen it for 2 months. Needless to say I left it in a slight state of chaos & that chaos is now being sorted!

One conclusion I came to is this: my house is 2 story, and basically anything downstairs I do not tend to use very often. My foley/recording room gets used occasionally (intensively for periods & then not much) but one thing that struck me was how much I miss listening to vinyl…. And as my turntables & vinyl collection are all downstairs I decided to remedy that fact!

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So now my modus operandi is: if its not in use, it goes downstairs. If I am using it, or plan to then it goes upstairs. I think it might be a useful mental paradigm!

But ah fck what a pleasure it is to listen to vinyl again! The blue vinyl in this case is POLE – R album I bought as a double 12″ in London, which must mean it was back in 2001…

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The lefthand deck is an SL1200 but the right hand one is a Vestax PDX2000 – I used to have a pair of 1200s but sold one to buy the Vestax, after using one in a record store & loving the fact it had a backwards button, and very wide pitch control… great for sampling, or just for listening in strange ways…

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But this isn’t some technical fetish – its the music that matters. And its been a pleasure diving back into my vinyl collection – if I can find them on online I’ll post a few tracks I’ve been listening to recently…

Relatedly last night I was struck by how beautiful the play out locked groove was at the end of a Dub Syndicate album – it had a thump & a click as kick/snare in nice timing, but it was the spatial stereo clicks & pops that made me sit & listen to it for a while… & then start jamming on the piano…

Found a 7″ of this classic

& this Flying Nun classic

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▶ new Porter Ricks!

 


▶ Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – Remain Calm, via bleep
(love ‘Xhill Stepping’ from the new album)

 


▶ Lars Leonhard – Freedom from Erstwhile album

 


▶ Matt Robertson from In Echelon album

 

Fuji TX2 + Velvia 50

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For shooting colour film I love Velvia 50, the greens & inky shadows are gorgeous!!
I must get out into some New Zealand dense bush & forests & shoot some…
Shot with Fuji TX2 + Velvia 50

Kyoto, sideways

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This is one of my favourite photos from my whole 2 month trip to Japan – I love the bokeh from 35mm film, to me the photo feels a mysterious landscape… until I rememeber its all sideways, and the ground/footpath is the right of the photo!

Contax T2 + Tri X (click image for larger version)

Detritus 405

 

▶ this is like the opening lines of a film I’d like to see:
“Abandoned in space in 1967, a US satellite has started transmitting again”

 

oscilloscope music

 

▶ love these gifs by Mochimochiland

 

▶ “This experiment uses machine learning to organize thousands of bird sounds. Using a technique called t-SNE, the computer created this map, where similar sounds are placed closer together. The computer wasn’t given tags or the birds’ names – only the audio

 

▶ picture editors timelines from feature films

 

▶ a great read: Laurie Anderson on reality and non-reality

 

▶ NASA has just released 2,540 gorgeous new photos of Mars

 


Shiro Takatani: Toposcan / Baden-Württemberg from ZKM | Karlsruhe on Vimeo.

more info about the exhibition here

 

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▶ from the new Shapeshifter album Stars

 


▶ Jay Glass Dubs – New Teeth For An Old Country, on Bokeh Versions

 

 


▶ Sascha Rydell – A Day Ward – Lebensbaum – [BAUM016]

 


▶ Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Grounation