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jwilsey



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:30 am    Post subject: microwave xt service manual Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I just got a broken xt cheap, it looks like it has a blown diode and two fried resistors. ( was this a common problem? was there no polarity protection? )

I need to try and find the schematics for the io board for the XT. I already emailed Waldorf but apparently during the bankruptcy they lost all the parts and manuals. I have also emailed hardware developer Frank Schneide but have not herd back....

Its probably a long shot but dose anyone have a service manual or schematics?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I don't have the manuals, but you could try VintageSynth forum, which has links to several manuals (the links are in one of the sticky threads). Also try the Waldorf forum, and ask if someone could help you out by checking inside their XT for part specifications. I'd do this myself, if I had an XT.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for the heads up. I didn't know that VintageSynth had a forum. I found a guy there that has a lot of service manuals and schematics, its going to cost me $5 bucks for a download but he is the only one that I have seen that has the info that I need.

Here is the URL if anyone needs it. http://www.muzikelektronix.com/sm&sch.html
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Cool, hope it works out for you. Thanks for posting the follow up.

You could still try the Waldorf forum, and see if anything turns up within a few days.

Anyway, $5 seems OK, if the information is good.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:18 pm    Post subject: Re: microwave xt service manual Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

jwilsey wrote:
I just got a broken xt cheap, it looks like it has a blown diode and two fried resistors.


Hi,

Did you end up managing to fix this one? Did you manage to get a decent copy of the manual?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I still haven't had the xt shipped to me yet.

I am going to be moving next month and at this point I am going to wait before I add on to my studio.

Still haven't located a xt service manual or schematic. Looks like muzikel ektronix's just moved and are having a hard time finding them.

Waldorf tech doc's are just imposable to get your hands on. I am just going to have to figure it out. Its going to be a easy fix so I am not that worried about it.

I am still looking and who knows maybe something will turn up.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi,

Just noticed you're located in Taiwan; how's the electronic music scene there? What kind of music are doing, by the way?

Hopefully those floods aren't cramping your style too much.

Cheers,

Oli

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I lived in San Francisco for 10 years and SF is hard to beat as far a Music scene. But so many people are doing it that I think people just take it for granted.

EM never really came into its own out here. I am into indie-electronic/IDM which is known amongst the students who traveled overseas and ex-pats that live here but there is no homegrown scene to speak of.

EM music here in Taiwan manly focuses on the club scene with house and trance being pretty ubiquitous. There is also, electro, Drum and Bass, minimal techno ect... but again its students who traveled overseas and ex-pats that make up the scene. I am not dissin' students or ex-pats but I am just saying that the Taiwanese have not embraced EM music like you see in the west.

The kids out here are manly into hip-hop which I think is cool. I see them starting to tap into the local culture as opposed to copying the west.

I am excited to be out here and soon to be an owner of a xt. I might be one of the only ones out here with a XT. Very Happy

James

Ps: The floods sucked, but the global outreach of help was awesome.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi James,

That's an interesting take on the scene in Taiwan. I've spent some time in China, and I think the situation is fairly similar. I saw some Chinese club DJs, but didn't think all that much of what they were doing. There are some clubs more oriented to the European scene, which I really appreciated. They are a lot more interesting to me than anything in my home town of Perth, Australia.

The hip hop scene seems to have more appeal to urban kids in China. The American media is influential. I think it ties in with the basketball phenomenon as well. I was pretty disappointed to see kids wagging school, getting into skating and graffiti though. I don't think that's such a positive influence there. Chinese culture has traditionally treated education as a valuable opportunity, which I have a lot of respect for.

I think it's great when people take to hip hop, but relate it to their own scene, as you mentioned is happening in Taiwan. Cool. Good things can come of that.

I tried going shopping for gear in China a few times, but didn't see much of interest there. I don't really know where to look though. There is DJ gear. I was rather amused to see SL 1210's with GOLD TRIM!! Hehehe. That's so Chinese/Hong Kong. I thought it was brilliant. It was done well too. Looked pretty good. That was some years back now.

Cheers man,

Oli

edit - I think Japan probably has the most mature electronic music scene in Asia, and plenty of gear to be had too. If you get the chance, maybe check out Tokyo, and the upstairs markets in Akihabara. I haven't made it there yet, myself, but am dead keen to go.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

It may have been a common problem jwilsey, the psu i was using with my xt just died and i accidentally tried one with the wrong polarity, diodes appear to be ok but the resistors on the small board either side of where the power socket is are fried Sad

I don;t suppose you/anyone managed to find the schematics or service manual? Or even just could tell me what value of resistors i need?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Crazy_Jane wrote:
It may have been a common problem jwilsey, the psu i was using with my xt just died and i accidentally tried one with the wrong polarity, diodes appear to be ok but the resistors on the small board either side of where the power socket is are fried Sad

I don;t suppose you/anyone managed to find the schematics or service manual? Or even just could tell me what value of resistors i need?


Try the Waldorf forum on Yahoo.
There are many very knowledgeable people there, and Waldorf monitors the forum since they are reacting to issues with Blofeld & Largo.
There is a company in Santa Barbara, CA Usa that services Waldorf gear, but I would hope you can find something closer.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks cappy.

I've tried the yahoo XT forum, which is a bit dead, but perhaps a general waldorf one will be better. Let me give it a shot.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Do you have a link for that? There are 1000+ groups that search up for Waldorf, but as soon as i try 'waldorf synth' i just get specific ones :~
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Crazy_Jane wrote:
Thanks cappy.

I've tried the yahoo XT forum, which is a bit dead, but perhaps a general waldorf one will be better. Let me give it a shot.


Try this mail list instead
http://www.waldorf-forum.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/user-forum

This is the one I was referring to. It's much more active than the Yahoo list.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks man, i'll give it a shot. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hey, Crazy

I still don't have my xt out here, I am waiting to move to my new place before I get it shipped.

muzikelektronix was a dead end, they lost a lot of data due to some hardware failure and cant find the hardcopy.

I hope that there is a chance that when I desolder the dead resistors and that the PCBs side survived so I can read the code. Or find a picture of a working I/O board.

Here is a pict of someone with the same problem. http://www.sequencer.de/blog/synthesizer/2007/05/mwburnedja4.jpg
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi Jwilsey,

Yeah, i've seen that pic, so i guess not just us this happens to.

You might want to have a look at this thread, i think we've managed to crack what the parts are:

http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?t=2450086

All been well gonna try the repair this weekend once i've got the bits, so will let you know how it goes.
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