I play on the synthesizer all the time, but don’t always record it. This time I made a groove I liked, and recorded it in Reaper.
Long before I recorded anything, I spent a lot of time on the Beatstep pro devising 16-step sequences that worked well together to create harmonies and rudimentary counterpoints. When I got a few I liked, I extended them all to 64 steps, then made slight variations to them by silencing individual steps, or adding a few, and tweaking their notes.
I used the little Qunexus keyboard to play another voice.
All in all, there were 6 voices at play here:
1 – Sequence 1 from BSP controlling a Braids VCO2 – Seq 2 from BSP controlling a voice mixed from the Z3000 and Analogue Solutions VCOs running thru an E440 filter
3 – all 8 gates out feeding a Delptronics Little Drummer Boy which fed into an E560 Deflector Shield frequency shifter (I like the sound of pitch-shifted drums)
4 – a voice played on the keyboard controlling an E350 Morphing Terrarium whose Morph X was modulated by a very attenuated LFO
5 – tElharmonic knob-twisted manually
6 – Clips from a Radio Music going into a Doepfer phase shifter which feeds a Synthrotek Echo
(8 gates going from the BSP to the LDB-1)
I’m a big believer in buffered multiples to distribute CV’s and mixers to bring all the voices to the final output. I can handle 9 voices mixed for output.
Here’s “Listen to me.”
I was asked how I did the Braids Bach piece, so I made this short video.
I’m hosting a Maker Event at the 2016 Maker Fair titled “Making Sound and Music with a Modular Synthesizer.”
A ton of details are at http://www.makerfairedetroit.com/ so come make some noise with me at the end of July!
E350 Oscillator oscilloscope playtime
I love my Synthesis Technology E350 Morphing Terrarium Voltage Controlled Oscillator. I need me my complex waveforms. With an expander module, you can enable what’s called “phase mode,” and that makes for a nifty oscilloscope display if you draw Lissajous figures. (Look it up.)
In order to keep things moving, so to speak, I used a little dual low-frequency oscillator to slowly modulate a Doepfer A-125 Phase Shifter’s output of the XY Out of the E350, and ran the Z Out into another SynthTech module, an E440 LP filter. I also twiddled knobs all over the place.
I noticed a couple things, if I cranked up the resonance on either the filter or the VC phase shifter, the patterns would change quickly and dramatically as the controls swept through prominent harmonics.
An oscilloscope is mandatory gear in a studio or at a gig because synthesis, IMHO, is also a visual experience.
I love my Braids. As far as complex oscillators go, this is tops.
I was diggin’ the crazy waveforms out of this thing and wanted to see if they could be used musically. So, I spent an afternoon messing with a short MIDI score by cutting it into pieces and recording them. I used no other VCO than this one, and no filters, just a VCA and a dual ADSR. The second ADSR in the Intellijel fires with the first and I used it to sweep Timbre on the Braids.
Listen (hey it’s only 1:08 of your life you’ll never get back.)