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

From Tim Parkhurst
Sent Tue, Aug 19th 2008, 20:34

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If you're up for a more DIY solution, Blacet makes this nifty little MIDI
Clock to Sequencer Interface chip. It reads a MIDI signal, and spits out a
24ppqn pulse, which can be easily divided down as needed. If you're handy
with microprocessors you could probably whip out something like this pretty
easily, but since Blacet has the chip all ready to go it probably wouldn't
even be worth your time to program your own chip.

Tim (nifty little chip) Servo
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On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 10:55 AM, lucidsound <> wrote:

> 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