Re: [AH] Re: clock/trigger questions /old school historical answer

From LucidSound
Sent Tue, Aug 19th 2008, 19:55

Anybody remember a device made by Drawmer called the Midman?  I bought one 
of these for 40 quid after fixing one belonging to Hawkwind. Fantastic for 
dividing down midi clocks then driving analogue sequencers and arpeggiators, 
like the SQ-10, Jupiter 6, Polysix, SH-101, Doepfer etc.

Don't seem to see them or hear about them these days. Must have been 
produced in about 1988.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Matt" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 4:31 PM
Subject: [AH] Re: clock/trigger questions /old school historical answer

> Hi Lorne,
> Thanks for this. I remember the Doctor Click from studios in the 1980s
> but it's going to be near impossible to find one now I suspect. It
> reminds me of those fun-packed pre-MIDI days when all electrronic
> instruments were incompatible with one another & a bright spark could
> make a living building interfaces.
> Ever since I was a kid I've longed for a modular, but really have
> neither the need nor space for one at present; is there another less
> rare  alternative to the Doctor Click that's more readily available? I
> wish Korg had included a clock divider in the MS-02...
> Matt
> On 19/08/2008, Lorne Hammond <> wrote:
>> What you need is a modern modular unit that simply divides by 2, 3 4 and
>> something for the different scale and type of pulses and gates.  Blacet 
>> used
>> to make a good divider.
>> Historical answer:  Garfield electronics made the Dr. Click (I and II) a
>> tool box rack unit in studios that did nothing but match dozens of
>> clock/gate standards from midi to synclavier to Moog to Yamaha to 
>> Oberheim
>> to teeny Korg beat box, and included clock dividers.  Every output jack 
>> does
>> two things, depending on how far the jack is pushed in.  The Dr. Click I
>> included some cool triggered envelopes for modulation as well and was a
>> tabletop design.  The Dr. Click II added midi in a rack unit as well and 
>> on
>> it the back and the front jacks are NOT duplicates of each other, its 
>> deep
>> at what is does.
>> Both also used beat "masking" to allow you to hand link real drums off of 
>> a
>> tape to synthetic samplers and Simmons type replacements.  Build quality
>> internally was on par with an oberheim sem so they usually still work, 
>> cept
>> for power supply caps.  Very few (lets say almost none) were sold outside 
>> of
>> high end studios and film composers workshops.  I never saw one for sale 
>> in
>> a store, but you could probably buy them in pro shops in la SF, Chicago, 
>> New
>> York, Nashville and London etc., but not any place smaller than that.  If
>> you needed one, you phoned them and bought it over the phone.  They made
>> lesser models to deal with smpte and basic clock locking.  I have never 
>> seen
>> a schematic and have no idea how few were made.  You don't see them much
>> unless a big old studio closes.
>> I have user manuals (scanned I think) for the I and II but no service
>> manual.  The company is long gone.  The II in my rack came from The Toy
>> Store in New York when they sold off their "not used anymore" rental 
>> unit.
>> The Toy Store are legends themselves.  They did cool things like deliver 
>> and
>> set up studios anywhere in the world you (if you had the Rolling Stones'
>> charge card) wanted to record, no matter how isolated.  You tell them 
>> where
>> the building is you want to use, they did the rest and sent a bill (oh 
>> what
>> a bill!).  They started as one guy with a pager and the first LM-1 drum
>> machine in Manhattan, on call 24/7.  Now that really was old school and 
>> they
>> were quietly famous in the day.
>> Lorne in Canada