December 2014 Update

For anyone checking in on what’s new, here’s been the latest since the last post in 2013.

1. I left the Flannwood Mac project for logistical reasons and will be focusing on other projects that I will describe below. It was a blast. Very talented group of musicians to work with.
2. I had a great show at the Latvian Song Festival in July 2014 at Hamilton Place. Debess Manna was a cabaret show during the festival to pay tribute to popular Latvian music created by Latvian ex-pats. It was a full production show where I did up sequencing and played live. I had some technical fun getting the show in order technically, but in the end, we pulled the show off and people were happy. Some additional smaller versions of the show have been performed by the group since. More information on that later.
3. I got married in October to Corinne! That took up a lot of our time this year. We had a great wedding day, thanks to everyone involved and especially our friends and families for their support and love.
4. Allistor Bradley and I participated in a local Family Hackday event where we worked with kids to create ring tones for phones that they could take home with them. All software and content was public domain / open source too (part of the goal). The kids had a blast, and so did we. Some really creative stuff… and silly stuff… came out of that day.

Added musical bucket list items:
1. Working with Dave Kruger (The League of Kruger) on a new project album, bringing our writing efforts together for a new album under a new name. Dave and I have written music together since high school, and the bug that got us originally writing music has not died. Music is not just for the youth! With this project will come music videos for YouTube and live performances.
2. Auralplane is to fly this year with a first proper release. Overdue… No really… Really overdue. Again, I have plans for videos to be posted on YouTube once the music is complete.
3. Dave and I will be working with Anda Vitols on animated short films that she has in the works, doing music for them. Dave and I have always wanted to do this, and this is an awesome bucket list item to do.

Enjoy the holidays and new posts in 2015!

M.U.L.E. Returns is available at Apple iTunes Store!

Howdy folks!

For those who are old M.U.L.E. game fans, there is a new version out at the Apple Store!
https://itunes.apple.com/app/mule-returns/id629126149

Thanks to Comma 8 Studios for doing up this project. M.U.L.E. has remained one of my favourite video games over the years. Cool part from my standpoint is my music remix is in the game! In the first version of the game, my Auralplane band name appears. In version 1.2 or later, you’ll see Rob Adlers listed.

One check in my musical bucket list has been achieved!

Very proud to be part of this project. Looking forward to doing more game projects in the future should they present themselves.

Flannwood Mac is unleashed!

Well, I’ve gone and done it. Joined a new music tribute act! Flannwood Mac, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, is finally in gear and in motion! We hosted our inaugural event at Bobby O’Briens Bar and Grill in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on August 30th, 2013. Here are some videos on Youtube from an audience member Dave Sloane.

More to come later on this front, as we had the show video recorded and will be posting those videos up later.

Band members: Bryan Wright, Theresa Noon, Chris Flannigan, Chris Latta, Laura Friesen, Ryan Allen and yours truly!

Flannwood Mac Advert 2013-08-30

April 2013 Freezing Rain Storm Video

Time lapse photography capture of the ice/freezing rain storm that blew through Kitchener, Ontario, Canada April 11-12th, 2013. Video and music by Rob Adlers. This video was as much an experiment as it was a spontaneous thing to do. I wind up watching the little things that happen in the view as time moves forward. Oddly you don’t see the rain coming down, and it did pretty hard at some points. It’s a cheap camera, it is what it is…

S-video output for my Commodore 64 Computer

I still find it cool that 30 year old Computer equipment actually had S-Video output capability, but without the S-Video connector.

Commodore 64’s have Chroma/Luma and Audio outputs from the video port. They’re in RCA connector format, so I had to come up with an adapter. I looked up on the internet about the cables being sold, etc and found out that you needed a 300 ohm resistor inline to get clarity in the signal, because the Commodore 64’s output is a bit ‘hot’.

Well, I got a resistor and tried it and found I wasn’t getting any color. Tried a smaller ohm resistor and it began to show promise. I decided that a variable resistor would be a better solution in case each machine I connected to had different output levels. I spent some time and built my adapter case at Kwartzlab.

Voila! Observe the photo graphs!

The adapter:

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Output without resistance applied:

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Output with resistance applied:

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My Commodore 64 on a 52″ LCD TV in the living room:

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Ohhh… This is new!

Performing at Hamilton Place, opening for The Watch - 2012

Performing at Hamilton Place, opening for The Watch – 2012

Greetings everyone and noone!

I’ve finally launched my new website to capture the various things I get myself into and like to share with folks.

I’m moving over a lot of older non-Auralplane content over to this site from www.auralplane.com, as really, this is my ‘Everything Rob’ website. Moving forward, Auralplane.com will be my electronic music website only.

More to come…

Rob

The Watch 2012 Concert Photos

I had the awesome pleasure and opportunity to open for The Watch with Steve Cochrane, Ken Baird, and Aimee Matuszczak on November, 18, 2012. Fun evening, very awesome crowd. The Watch, as always, put on an incredible performance of their originals and older Genesis tunes.

Photos by Annette Roche.

Please select the 2012-11-18 – Opening for The Watch page to locate the concert photo gallery.

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Yamaha BP-1 and BP-2 Pedal differences

I’ve had a few questions recently around whether Yamaha BP-1 pedals can be used with an SK50-D keyboard.
From the surface, BP-1 and BP-2 pedals look identical. For the most part, they probably are.

However, there is a wiring difference between the two which makes the BP-1 pedals incompatible with the Yamaha SK50D.

Hunt down the user manuals for Yamaha YC45D organ and Yamaha SK50D keyboard.
If you look at a Yamaha YC organ series (25D, 45D for example), look for the pin outs for the BP-1 pedals on the back of the keyboard. Then look at the pin outs for the SK50D BP-2 pedal pin out.

They do not match in configuration or pin count. These connectors aren’t exact common place anymore, so trying to locate a replacement connector to convert the BP-1 pedals would be a hunt in its own right.

Because the pin outs are different, you’d have to reverse engineer the BP-1 and BP-2 pedal wiring to understand how a BP-1 pedal would have to be re-wired to work in a BP-2 configuration, if even possible.

So after the above blurb, are the BP-1 and BP-2 pedals interchangeable between keyboards? No. Please refer to the user manuals to see which pedals are recommended for the keyboard you have.

Hammond M3 – Remember To Oil Them!

I actually haven’t blogged about this beast on my website yet. Why? I don’t know!

I picked up this 1959 Hammond M3 (A4 body style) with a Rhythm II unit bolted to it in Waterloo late last year. That Rhythm II box is a little rare on these things.
A friend of a friend was looking for a home for it, or it was possibly going to the dump. NOOOO!!!!!!!!
He had inherited it from his grandmother, but had no interest in keeping it. Fair enough.

One look at the beauty and I knew it should not be destined for the dump! It was physically in amazing condition! Even the bench wasn’t that aged!
And my draw dropped when I heard the bench was supposed to go to an in-law. I paid for that to stay with the organ.
It’s kind of like removing a seat from a jet. Ya just can’t! It’s meant to be with the machine capt’n!

What was wrong with it? Besides the power cord crumbling, he mentioned that a service tech had mentioned that a tube was blown.
I figured, “OK, no problem. Tubes are easy to test, and power cords are easy to change.”
I pick up a new restoration project with the aid of my neighbours and friends.

The Hammond M3 sat in my dining room all winter waiting for me to give it some TLC. Today was the day. Let’s find out what I’ve gotten myself into this time.

Old Hammond organs are ‘tone-wheel’ organs. By old, we’re talking early 1970’s back to the 1930’s. There’s a spinning rod with tone wheels attached to it inside that pick ups work off of to generate tones. Look that up on the web along with Telharmonium if you want to study how tone-wheels generate sound. You also want to keep a constant pitch with those tone wheels, and Hammond had invented the machine to do it – Synchronous motors from his clock designs. Nowadays in North America, we take constant electrical power levels for granted. Back in the early days of electric power, it wasn’t so steady, and that would throw electric time clocks out of whack frequently. Hammond invented a motor that could isolate the power fluctuations from the clock speed and keep a more steady time. So, with these two technologies in the organs, a Hammond tonewheel organ keeps a steady A440!
SO, you’ll find two switches on the older tone wheel organs to get them running. One to start up the spinning of the tone-wheel spindle, like a car ignition switch, and the second to keep it spinning at a constant speed.

So, work with me through this. Run your analytical skills along with me as you go through this.

Initial symptoms:
1. Scanner start worked – check
2. Scanner start a little noisy – OK, more noisy than my other M3 at home – raised eyebrow
3. Push power switch after 8 second of scanner start, no continuing scanner sound – hmmm
4. Test output on keyboard – nothing from keyboard or foot pedals, just a quiet hum – hmmm

Diagnostics time:
1. OK, let’s pull out the Rhythm II unit – yep, that’s working – so the amp is working, not a tube issue there
2. Wiggle the tubes – no change to the keyboard output, but it’s bugging me why the tone wheel scanner didn’t continue to spin after starting it up.
3. Read online – keywords ‘Hammond M3 scanner stops when powering on’ – Details: Scanner powers up, but the synchronous motor has a resistor on the circuit, thereby less power to the scanner, and if not oiled, will stop because the synchronous motor does not have a lot of torque. If the bearings are not oiled, the motor can’t turn the scanner shaft.
4. Read online – keywords ‘Hammond M3 oiling instructions’ – 1/2 on the left most filler, 3/4 for the middle and right most filler cups. Holy crap, that’s a lot of oil! OK. Do it.
5. Notice a couple of other spots where there are foam pieces just over the scanner shaft. I dab oil on them too (just a dab!)

Test time:
1. Switch the scanner start circuit on… wow, still kind of noisy. Well, there appears to be a rail down the middle of the scanner area under those oil fillers. I shake the scanner slightly back and forth…. Voila! Quiet and happy!
2. I turn on the power switch. Voila! It lives! I test the keyboard and bass pedals. EVERYTHING WORKS BEAUTIFULLY!
3. Drawbars rather scratchy – out comes the fader remedy lubricant. Works like a charm now.

So, all that’s left is to change the power cord, which I’ve already acquired, and polish up the keyboard/body, and it will be put up for sale.
Poor old beauty almost met a sad fate on the count of lack of oiling to the tone wheel scanner bearings.

Folks, be kind to your old Hammond organs! Remember to oil them!