Friday, 13 May 2016

Ripcord - USB flavoured power for music gear

As I have already made clear on this blog, I am a fan of sensible, no nonsense solutions for synthesiser power. With quite a few different products to power, it's not always convenient to run around with power supplies and multi-way adaptors - not to mention the ugly, bulky bricks that some come with.

Thankfully, there's a new project from the guys behind MyVolts that they are calling Ripcord, which they are touting as a a plug and play anywhere USB power cable. Powered either from a laptop, computer, phone charge or even a portable battery recharger or micro USB enabled phone, it's clear that this opens up more opportunities for playing with your gear on the go as well as making it easier to power things in a desktop scenario. I'm not entirely sure with the battery power I get out of my LG G4 that I would find this viable but I do like having the option!

From what I can see, Ripcord is clearly positioned as the next stage in the evolution of the USB splitter cable that powers the Volcas (which I had lovely things to say about here) and is currently available via a Kickstarter, which at the time of writing has just over 20K EUR to go. The video there explains everything more succinctly, so take a look and see what you think!

Jump on the kickstarter page here:

Hiatus ended (hopefully)

I've been pretty busy with work and other projects, while being distracted by Reddit's r/synthesisers group and Twitter updates, but I'm hoping to get back into blogging again soon. 

Priorities for me:

  • More Saturday soundtracks
  • Modular DIY building
  • Experiences with Bitwig
  • KMR Audio's Synth Expo tomorrow
  • Novation's XioSynth - new second hand hardware!
  • Novation BassStation II - borrowing for a while
  • Volca FM impressions
  • Finally finishing some stuff for Soundcloud