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Jonny's New Modular Setup

As Ed has recently started to use many ~boutique~ effects pedals, so Jonny has finally looked into synth modules other than those produced by Analogue Systems. The new modules are predominantly by Doepfer and Make Noise, but ones by Tiptop Audio, 4ms Company, and MFB are also present. In addition, on top of the left synth racks there is a API 500-6B Lunchbox filled with a 500 series preamps and EQ’s.

These synth module rack setups are all new, and have never been used with Radiohead by Jonny – many of these modules did not exist during the recording of The King of Limbs. The Analogue Systems rack is the only one featuring modules that Jonny has used previously, and they are in a never before seen arrangement.

Thom and Jonny creating beats with the MFB drum modules and sequencer (twitter).

Full Module List

Rack 1 - Doepfer A-100LC6 (Left; Top)

  • ROW 1
  • MFB SEQ-1 Drum/Trigger Sequencer
  • MFB Drum-04 Bass Drum
  • MFB Drum-05 Snare Drum
  • MFB Drum-07 HiHat Cymbal
  • MFB Drum-99 Drum Mixer

  • ROW 2
  • Make Noise Erbe-Verb
  • Make Noise Echophon
  • Make Noise Phonogene
  • Analogue Systems RS170 Multiple (only present in the older photo)

Analogue Systems The Spawn (Left; Middle)

Rack 2 - Doepfer A-100G6 (Left; Bottom)*

  • ROW 1
  • Doepfer A-110 VCO
  • Doepfer A-110 VCO
  • Doepfer A-114 Ring Mod
  • Doefer A-115 Audio Divider
  • Doepfer A-116 VC Waveform Processor
  • Doepfer A-138b Exponential Mixer
  • Doepfer A-120 VCF1 Low Pass Filter
  • Doepfer A-106-6 XP VCF 16-fold VC XPander Filter
  • Doepfer A-131 Exponential VCA
  • Doepfer A-130 Linear VCA

  • ROW 2
  • Doepfer A-190-4 USB/MIDI to CV/Gate/Sync Interface
  • Doepfer 4HP Blind Plate (blank panel)
  • Doepfer A-118 Noise+Random Volt.
  • Doepfer A-148 Dual Sample&Hold / Track&Hold
  • Doepfer A-145 LFO
  • Doepfer A-146 LFO2 Variable Waveform LFO
  • Doepfer A-160 Clock Divider
  • Doepfer A-161 Clock/Trigger Sequencer
  • Doepfer A-180-1 Multiples
  • Doepfer A-138a Linear Mixer
  • Doepfer A-170 Dual Slew Limiter
  • Doepfer A-140 ADSR Envelope Generator
  • Doepfer A-140 ADSR Envelope Generator

Rack 3 - Doepfer A-100P6 (Right; Top)

  • ROW 1
  • Expert Sleepers ES-3 MK3
  • Expert Sleepers ES-5 “ES-3 Expander”
  • Expert Sleepers ESX-8CV
  • Make Noise René
  • Tiptop Audio Z3000 Smart VC-Oscillator

  • ROW2
  • Make Noise DPO
  • Make Noise MATHS
  • 4ms Company Pingable Envelope Generator
  • Mystery Module?

Rack 4A - RS200 Sequencer System in RS10 Case (Right; Middle)**

  • R200 Sequencer
  • RS150 4-channel sequencer switch
  • RS280 audio / trigger clock divider

Rack 4B - Analogue Systems RS15 Case (Right; Bottom)

  • ROW 1
  • Analogue Systems RS70 Pre Amp/Inverter/Slew
  • Analogue Systems RS30 Frequency to Voltage and Envelope follower
  • Analogue Systems RS165 Signal Mixer?
  • Analogue Systems RS350 Slew Limiter
  • Analogue Systems RS210 8-Octave Fixed Filter Bank
  • Analogue Systems RS220 Joystick
  • Analogue Systems RS50 Trigger Generator

  • ROW 2
  • Analogue Solutions SR01 Spring Reverb (old 12HP version)
  • Analogue Systems RS80 LFO (likely not the RS85)
  • Analogue Systems RS80 LFO
  • Analogue Systems RS110 Multimode Filter
  • Analogue Systems RS510E Trapezoid Generator
  • Analogue Systems RS270 Adaptor Converter

Rack 5 - API 500-6B Lunchbox

  • API 512c Preamplifier
  • API 512c Preamplifier
  • API 550A 3-band Equalizer
  • API 550A 3-band Equalizer
  • API 512c Preamplifier
  • API 512c Preamplifier

There is also a KENTON Pro-2000 MIDI-CV converter on top of Rack 4.

*Rack 2 is the current version of the Doepfer A-100 Basic System 2 with MIDI (rack), with the A-190-1 Midi interface replaced by the USB/Midi interface A-190-4. The change was made by Doepfer in April, 2014, so Jonny must have acquired the unit after then.

**Rack 4 is a re-purposing of one of the racks that Jonny used for live performances of Idioteque. The majority of the modules have been switched out, but the RS200 Sequencer still features the markings for knob positions, corresponding to the song’s kick drum hits.

An unknown individual (Jonny? Colin?) using the system (twitter). The headphones are AKG K 271 MKII’s, also used by Radiohead during the recording of In Rainbows.

In this image, percussion sounds (kick and snare, hihat is disconnected) are generated by the MFB drum modules and mixed in the Doepfer Linear Mixer.

The “colored noise” out of the Doepfer A-118 Noise is run into the Doepfer VCF1, through the Doepfer Exponential VCA, and mixed with the other percussion sounds with the Doepfer Linear Mixer. The VCF1 is being modified by an unknown source, but the Exp VCA is controlled by one of the Doepfer ADSR’s (currently with no input).

The Analogue Systems The Spawn’s envelope output is being multiplied by the RS170. From there, it is sent the the Make Noise René, the 4ms Company Pingable Envelope Generator?, the Doepfer Linear VCA, and possibly the Analogue Systems RS200.

The Make Noise René is controlling the pitch of the Tiptop Audio Z3000, while being controlled on both the X-axis and Y-axis by The Spawn’s envelope. The Z3000’s sawtooth output is in use, but it is likely sent to some module hidden behind the person’s head. The Make Noise DPO’s VCO A’s Sine output also seems to be run into the mystery module.


Ok people, here it is! Time for some big gear lust.



more lusting…