DAVID KRONEMYER: These ElectroHarmonix Mini-Synthesizers were pretty beat on arrival so I spent a pleasurable afternoon resoldering connections and cleaning up so they would work. Particularly annoying is their cardboard enclosure. My tendency in these matters is to over-improve so I briefly contemplated the fabrication of a new metal casing or perhaps even one of nicely polished shiny wood but then I decided it wouldn’t be worth the effort. Mid-deliberations it occurred to me that an effective solution to maximize the likelihood of their conservation and also yield ergonomically desirable results might be to mount them on rack panels, so that’s what I did. This outcome pleased me so much that I decided to do the same thing with some of their relations. Here’s a pic:
I recorded this track to demonstrate their capabilities in three passes, 1:30 long with minimal processing. It includes sounds from the dreaded “Super Space Drum” (left), the “Electronic Crash Drum” (right) and the “Clap Track” (towards the end). The Mini-Synthesizer on the left sounded better with bass and the one on the right sounded better with lead, so there you have it.