Thank You Portland x2

Thanks to everyone who came out to learn about Digital Oscillators, and folding Wavetables. I had a blast teaching, again. The next two clinics are being planned right now and the dates will be announced soon. Check here or at for more information.


Basic Synth 2


Control Voltage
3742 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland OR 97227

Rytm Update

They updated the OS. Better go update your machine!

Thank You Portland!

It was a great turnout and we learned a ton about modular synths. See you at the next one!!!


Basic Synth 1


Control Voltage
3742 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland OR 97227

PDX Music Clinics

Some new events are starting soon hosted by Pailo and a few others from Topics range from Subtractive Synthesis, to Ableton, to Elektron workflow and tips. There are also posts on the PDXMusicClinics site about tips and tricks to get your mind into concepts that our instructors will cover.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the latests music gear, from top notch users willing to share their specialized techniques.

Thank You OSU


OSU and Ableton Live

Note on the download page.

Student Breakout Sessions
2-2.45pm: First 45 min student breakout session:
An introduction to Ableton Push (Jeremy – 20 mins), Motion Sensor integration with Live 9 (Nate Asman)
3-3.45pm: Second 45min student breakout session:
incorporating modular synths with Live 9 (Joseph)
4-4.40pm: Third 40 min student breakout session:
Drum Racks in Live 9 (Jeremy – 20 mins) and Instrument Racks in Live 9 (Joseph – 20 mins)

5-6pm: Break

Evening Public Presentation
6:30-7.00pm: Jeremy Highhouse presents
7:00-8.00pm: Joseph Cerimeli presents 
Clocking the Modular with Ableton Live: An intro to timing, modular synths, and computer functions in electronic music
8.00-8.30pm: Nate Asman performance/presentation
Monome, Live 9 and alternative controller integration


Pasted Graphic

A eurorack Sampler that uses

Akai Pro

Look at some of their MusicMesse gear.

Producing OTB Release

Getting ready to release a summer single EP with all of the Outofthebag artist. Be on the lookout. It will feature Pailo, Bedford, Walkingstick, JQuest, Chili, Dylan C, FuturLuv, Tallest Towers, and some special guests.

Pailo Free EP

Pailo Download



Bought a few new Elektron pieces of gear for the Outofthebag studio. Really happy with the performance of their sequencers and the flexibility each one has to offer. Recently found a Monomachine SFX60+, Octatrack, and Analog Four. They are all completely different and have some amazing strengths outside of the computer world. I hear people complain about sub menus and other things but all in all they have an awesome way of creating interesting sounds on the fly without ever having to stop the machines. Got rid of some old stuff to embrace the new. I had some heavy gear but this has all been a great replacement.

1. The basic “menu diving” that everyone is worried about seems to come down to 5-7 menus. My muscle memory serves me well from years of playing instruments and different instruments and sequencers. Learning these little boxes was fast and intuitive. Everything was right where i needed it to be. Lights for indicators. Mutes. Performance settings. Keyboards. Octave changes. Transposition. If you think it should be on the box it is and then some. The knobs were smooth and have a quick edit also for more dramatic changes in sound.

2. The final sound is very clean and polished. If you are used to working in DAWs i think the
Elektrons sound even better. 24/96khz is the standard of the Octatrack and it seems so clean you have to “color” sampled sounds to make it sound different than the original. Its that clean. If you are used to working in an RME or Apogee world, you will quickly be happy with your purchase because it is comparable. Its nice bringing them into high quality recording gear because if you push the VCA’s you will get some drive.

3. There are a ton of nice new interesting
effects. You probably are tired of the effects you have used a thousand times in plug form. These boxes have a host of new effects that are trigger lock enabled DSP. You can lock every step to change the effects parameters in real time and save that information. Or change them over time with all types of LFO’s and Envelopes.

Hope this is a good detail of some of the fun i am having.

Monomachine SFX60+ - Tons of FM synths, Virtual Analogs, Wavetables and VO Synths.
Analog Four - 4 Dual voice analog machines with two filters, two LFOS, two Envelopes.
Octatrack - *track Sampler/Midi Sequencer Granular Heaven. MicroSound.

Anushri Build

This is a kit from Mutable Instruments called Anushri. Basically it’s a Oberheim voice with and overdrive in the resonance of the filter circuit. Monophonic Beast!!! Super fun. It also has a digital drum section which sequences 128 notes from a keyboard input and HH, SN, BD with Topographic sequencer similar to Grids.

There is a eurorack kit which you will see in the build here. Took me about 3 hrs total, and tuning took about an hour. Love the panel and feel of this module and haven’t seen it around much. Enjoy the pictures below.

Anu Resistors

Anu Caps

Anu Bottom

Anu Sockets

Control Board

Anu Back Control

Anu Panel Mount

Anu Panel wKnobs


Thanks for all the support at the Control Voltage clinic. It was a huge success. We will be doing another one really soon. Stay tuned at Outofthebag and

CV Clinic

Control Voltage/Outofthebag Clinic
3pm 15$
Midi - CV - Ableton -Eurorack
Tips on
-Advanced sequencing with the CPU
-CPU to Modular Clock
-Saving tips
-Ableton Clock
-4ms QCD Syncronization

QCD Build

We are working hard on the new 4ms module!!!



Back to the site. Been really busy with projects and cases. I’m currently fixing some more synthesizers. There will be some updates soon with photos of the SCI Pro 1, Red Roland Sh-101, Roland TR-606 and Arp Odyssey. Lots of minor repairs like jacks, batteries and knobs. It will be good to show you the insides of those machines. They Are some of my favorites synths of all time.

The build for the 4ms Quad Clock Distributor has been hard, but really fun. Learning a new build takes some time and we have been making sure the panels have lined up with the knobs and LED and all. Looks like next week will be official “First ones”. That makes me really happy to get them in peoples hands and hear some feedback. It has been one of the best time piece modules I have ever used. Dan’s brain is coding things right, and musically the possibilities are endless.

The West Coast is an amazing place with tons of great shops and restaurants. Getting a little more settled in and wrapping up the first major Pailo release here on Outofthebag Records. Looks like the site may change a little more and the launch will be here. It will be available on iTunes, Amazon and about 30 other major music retailers. Please support small record labels and help out an artist you love!

Pailo Digital (Self Titled)

Dee Box Prototype

So the Dee Box project began a little while ago. Sat down with a really great wood designer (Dee) who inspired me with his amazing home (made of wood) which of course went on to us talking about synthesizer cases. I told him what I had in mind and we sat down and drew a few ideas.

This box is just a starting point for me and Dee working on projects together and I want to show you what went down and how I powered the box with help from DIY boards. Lets take a look at what happened…

DeeBox Front

Here is the first public shot of the Dee Box. I wanted something completely original with this design. Planked out lid and back, with a bug eaten handle (Dee’s amazing work). This case is made for laying down at a table when you are performing. The cables hang on the handle while you perform.

DeeBox Inside Pre Fill

This is a shot of the inside of the box prior to putting the voltage regulators inside. If you look at my past BLOGs you will see that I have a separate box for my power supply so no supply is needed in the back of the case. Simple Vector TS204s are used to mount the modules.

4ms Regulator Boards

Above are the 4ms regulator boards. These basically take 15 volts and convert it down to 12 volts. Each 104hp has 2 boards giving about 2.2 Amps through of power if needed. The supply is running close to 7A @ 15 volts. Should be enough power for about 6 rows in my opinion.

4MS Finished Regulator Board

The finished regulator board before I cut the leads off above.

Panel Mounting Regulator Board

Panel Mounting Regulator 2

This is where the Power Din Module is connected to the regulator boards. Basically you have to solder the wire +15V, -15V, Ground and 5V from the regulator board to the DIN input module. This takes some patience.

DeeBox Inside w Power

DeeBox Indside w Power 2

Then the DIN Panels are installed along with the Regulator boards inside of each row. This was done with a few small 1/4” wood screws. As you can see the wiring is done with quick release connectors so anything can be disconnected and moved or worked on in case of any changes.

DeeBox w Modular

Here is the final case filled with half LZX and half of audio modules. This is a perfect example of a DIY case with the 4ms Regulator Boards. A big thanks to Dee Church, Dan Green and all of my friends who helped me connect with all of these great people.

SH-101 Fixed

So I finished one of the Red Roland SH-101 projects enough so it’s working and playing some sounds. Want to thank for Paul’s help in having the service manual for the old Roland gear. The first three pages are like computer programming for synth nerds, but it thankfully reset the main chip. Once you do that there are a few fun steps in making the keyboard work properly.


I still need a tune knob, slider covers, a back panel and the bender. The second one needs all new parts because it took two bad one’s to make one good one. It also cost me 84$ for the CEM3340! I still need two more chips for the second 101 (another CEM3340 and a IR3109 Filter) Its about knowing what chips, where to get them and how to put them back on without frying them. You also have to check every single solder point and wire connection with a multimeter and replace countless caps. This one took about two days of 8 hour work to get it back up. Three days of web research and a day of ordering also helped make it a smooth repair.

More to come.