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Alright Julio. I'll take some proper snaps soon. This is a screen grab from Netflix of my system's brief cameo in I Dream Of Wires.  :)

Thats cool that you were part of "I dream of wires".....a movie star in are midst  8).  I have only watched parts of it so I will stream it off netflix.

Your Moog is an early(vintage) Model 15?  I know Moog has reissued the Model 15 and larger systems.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: Yesterday at 06:34:10 PM »
This seems like an appropriate place to slip this in... I paid over a hundred times more for my Moog Modular System 15.

http://www.keyboardmag.com/gear/1183/listenwatch-moogs-new-model-15-modular-synth-ios-app/57895

Scott you have been holding out on us....Moog Model 15 modular.  That sir is no small potatoes.  Come on, dont you be shy.....post some pictures sir.  Theres no room for modesty here, lets show it all and swoon with desire.  :) :o  :-*

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: Yesterday at 06:21:41 PM »
Yesterday I tried for the first time to run an external sound source through the Moog Mother 32 Ladder filter.  I was rather impressed with the results which I recorded. Closed down the filter has a lovely woolliness to it but opened up theres a quality to it that really shimmers.  The wavetable oscillator does not sound like this running through any other of my eurorack filters.

https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/moog-mother-external-audio-patch?in=digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings


Hi Julio,

Reminds me of the fun I had processing external audio through my Korg MS-20 many, many moons ago.  :)

Forrest

Yes Forrest....as much as the merits of the Korg MS20 have been praised for its historic sound, just as many accolades have gone to its external processing capabilities

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: Yesterday at 04:47:55 AM »
Yesterday I tried for the first time to run an external sound source through the Moog Mother 32 Ladder filter.  I was rather impressed with the results which I recorded. Closed down the filter has a lovely woolliness to it but opened up theres a quality to it that really shimmers.  The wavetable oscillator does not sound like this running through any other of my eurorack filters.

https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/moog-mother-external-audio-patch?in=digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings

Patch notes......I ran audio from a e350 Morphing Terrarium wavetable oscillator modulated by and e355 dual lfo into the Moog Mother 32 external audio input. The mix knob on the Mother 32 pans between VCO and noise, once the external audio is patched in the noise is replaced with the external audio source and is run through the Moog Ladder filter. During the recording Im panning between the Moog triangle oscillator and the external wavetable oscillator using the mix knob, opening and closing the cutoff & res, occasionally switching through the wavetable banks on the e 350. Processing is an Eventide Eclipse

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: April 19, 2016, 07:05:41 AM »
Heres a patch thats been percolating a while and finally came together last night.....highlights the Moog Mother 32 sequencer.

As usual this is a self generating patch.

https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/patch-29?in=digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 12, 2016, 08:41:03 PM »
My Mini MiniMoog,



Had this mother for a few days so its still new to me but its really straight forward as far as tweaking sounds.....it sounds very very good and its reasonable priced, actually its a great deal when you consider what your getting, oh and the build quality is first rate.

Ran the sequencer a few times and re clocked it externally which gave it some interesting patterns. Also functions as a keyboard.

Have not explored the patch bay in much depth yet other than taking the direct pulse and square wave outs and patching them into the main modular.

This is a great piece of kit whether a part of a larger modular system or just by itself hooked up to a midi or cv controller.

Why the QuNexus vs a Midi keyboard? Just curious if there are obvious benefits that I am missing.

Hi Paul,

Space is one reason...I have very little left on the table that holds my 2 cases, a skiff an now the mother, and its a really small controller.  Actually I have a midi adapter that came with QuNexus so it could be midi if need be. Granted Im sure there are some really small midi controllers as well.

More importantly as the QuNexus puts out CV & gate I plan to use it to trigger other oscillators in my modular system to create polyphony or rather multi tones by splitting the voltage and sending it around the system.  So for me in this case midi is not implemented in the system.

As to the Mother....cant see any reason that cv would be more beneficial over midi as a direct interface except that in a control voltage environment I prefer to keep it within the dominant form of communication.

Are you enjoying using 2 Mothers?  Forrest mentioned some music demos you posted on Facebook.....perhaps you could post them here as well!

 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 11, 2016, 04:01:44 PM »
My Mini MiniMoog,



Had this mother for a few days so its still new to me but its really straight forward as far as tweaking sounds.....it sounds very very good and its reasonable priced, actually its a great deal when you consider what your getting, oh and the build quality is first rate.

Ran the sequencer a few times and re clocked it externally which gave it some interesting patterns. Also functions as a keyboard.

Have not explored the patch bay in much depth yet other than taking the direct pulse and square wave outs and patching them into the main modular.

This is a great piece of kit whether a part of a larger modular system or just by itself hooked up to a midi or cv controller.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 07, 2016, 08:10:34 PM »
I think Reaktor Blocks is really an amazing interface and extremely inspiring.  I was considering getting it until I found that my OS is outdated and does not support Reaktor 6, still could be possible as I have Reaktor 5 the upgrade is not that much.  I cant change the OS due to Adobe CS4 issues so Im sort of stuck. 

It would be very interesting processing external hardware through Reaktor as the video demonstrates, like that idea.

Not sure about the soft emulations of hardware Euroracks.  When UA does an emulation of a Manley Massive Passive Eq when the hardware costs I forget how many thousands or a vintage Lexicon verb....that makes sense.  These eurorack hardware modules are really coming along in build quality and components but I feel they are still not a match for the the quality of top end pro audio so why copy them.   

What I picked up in the video is that apparently eurorack manufacturers are designing Reaktor Block modules, Noise Engineering was mentioned. This is cool, that real designers are pushing Reaktor and maybe besting their hardware digital capabilities.....

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 03, 2016, 09:09:48 PM »
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith...a girl well worth listening to in the modular domain.




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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:04:16 PM »
Heres the original EMU modular


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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: April 02, 2016, 08:53:04 PM »
Huge Fan.....season 6 is coming soon, april 26th.

Watched Season 1-4 in a few weeks.....that was the best way. Total immersion

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 02, 2016, 08:19:47 PM »
That would be fun to do Forrest.....yes, once I get a little time with it I will put up a demo that showcase the filter.

You mention the Z plane filter......



Not sure when its coming out but should be in the next few months, it debuted at the recent Namm but was not truly functional ....very exciting, though I never have used EMU gear in the past this seems to be a filter that works in a 3d sound stage axis.  I have seen pictures of this filter that show a 3d square in the little lcd that graphically expresses the morphing patterns of the filter as it travels....well it was a picture so it was not actually moving  ::)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 02, 2016, 05:24:24 AM »
This filter is on its way to me......from the creator of EMU  :)



Video link to eye candy description https://vimeo.com/152385871

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Spectral Detours.
« on: April 02, 2016, 05:16:26 AM »
Enjoyed listen to the two tracks eversoslightly.....solid production with a nice blend of experimental timbres and melodic phrasing.  You using a modular synth because there is a quality to the sound that suggests it.

FYI, your bandcamp banner picture is of my first hifi pre amp, a Quad, wonderful sound!

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: April 01, 2016, 09:14:09 PM »
Nice hardware...Im a little jelly
Do you only work within the confides of the hardware or do you rout your patches into software to use as layers and musical elements?
I enjoyed listening, thanks for the share.

Hello eversoslightly,

Welcome and thanks for joining in this thread.

Yeah, currently I am work as you said, though I must say Im not finding it too confining.  Treating the computer as a digital tape machine so to speak and recording everything in one pass as a live performance has been very rewarding and challenging especially trying to let control voltage be my hands with myself doing very little after the record button is pressed.

Working this way is like looking at a finished sculpture....you were not there for its creation, each hammer to chisel and marble dust everywhere.  Thats how the patch was built, the recorder piece is the sculpture.

Routing the modular into the computer and recording layer on layer is closer to painting and how I have always worked in the past and at some point I may do that again but for now with this system I want to explore the moment, what is immediate.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: April 01, 2016, 08:27:49 PM »
I was out of music for about 17 years and was very surprised on getting back into it as to how little effects had been developed, in comparism to most other areas of music creation.

Not having space or finances to look into the modular realm at present, I'd like to know how much are the widely differing modules truly different and in their core unique and creative?

any thoughts and left field arcs welcome

Hi Seren,

I think the Modular Synth in general has stayed true to founding designs of the west coast Buchla & Serge Modular and then the east coast Moog designs so in that respect there has not be such leaps and bounds in actual unique modules and design over the years.....until the eurorack format.

There is something like 700 modules or more and 80 some manufactures.  Some of this follow along the governing modular principals of the east coast west coast schools but most are really pushing the creativity and a lot of this is happening in the digital domain.  In a way its sort like how soft synths are on the cutting edge of sound design and are at their best when not trying to be virtual analog but purely digital....same is true for digital modules and not just oscillators but fx's, granular samplers and modal type synthesis (struck, pluck and blown)   This is not new, but it is to hardware and new to modular's.

For example Dave Rossum, the founder of EMU has launched a new eurorack modular company and is releasing very exciting modules....a classic ladder filter a la Moog but with a new set of features that take well into another territory or his Morpheus Z plane filter.  I never did have any EMU rack gear but this filter was much loved and will be in a modular format under control voltage....new, no, yet new in a way that was never so hands on. 

So yes theres lots of exciting ideas being implemented but as you would expect it is how its all patch together the real possibilities of these modules come into being.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: April 01, 2016, 06:58:47 AM »
A fascinating look behind the making of Heros......



Includes parts by Eno and Fripp

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: March 28, 2016, 05:28:52 AM »
one thing I wonder about this oceanic amount of modules, is does it sound as good as it looks ?
sure it is analog, but a lot of this module companies are pretty much made by people in the garage,
sure a lot have good functions , but it seem to be a lot about the eye candy stuff too..

Anyway I will jump on the modular train before I die to, but it is little bit too expensive for me right now.

Yes Ekstasis, they do sound as good as they look and sometimes they sound stranger than they look.

There was and still is a good part of the modular synth community that are DIY'ers...do it yourself builders that are responsible for the renaissance of modulars, mostly in the eurorack format.  Back then I believe some of the build quality was questionable but they were experimenting, discovering and sharing ideas where function was the most important.  That has changed though the garage workshop may still be common, the build quality is excellent and the sound is as good as any main stream electronic music manufacturer, analog or digital and usually the sounds are more interesting.

I think there is some eye candy stuff going on.....I recently saw a thread on Muffwigglers that was titled " How many people buy modules because of the lights" or something like that, for most the lights serve a function though design and ergonomics are very important within  such a small format as eurorack.

When that day comes and you jump on the modular train you will be very happy about the audio quality.  Already some of the pro audio sound requirements as found in high end mic preamps and such are become more common in module design as builders work to perfect their designs. This does increase the price but whats new.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: March 24, 2016, 04:05:59 PM »
The late Richard Lainhart talks about modular synthesis, his Buchla 200e and the 3 year patch!

https://vimeo.com/34593269

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: March 20, 2016, 07:34:40 PM »
I agree that curious musicians and listeners are needed to move the modular sound forward.  I hope that it transcends its current faddishness and evolves into something deeper and more meaningful.  I am somewhat space-challenged at the moment, so I doubt a modular is in my future, at least for now.  I think a loyal audience could develop for the current modular iteration, if it can move beyond the obvious bleeps and blops that tend to be associated with Modular 1.0 of the 60s and 70s.  But first and foremost, have fun with it, anyway!  :)

Forrest

I does seem the vast majority of current modular music I come across is deep in the bleeps blops and general chaotic noise mode.....and thats cool when do well but not a style of music that will garner much popularity.

I hope that time comes to you when a modular is back in your musical world.....a single u6 case can contain a wealth of modules and not too demanding on real estate.  Recording the modular sound by sound layered in a daw does not require a big system which aims at multiple different events happening simultaneously.

Thanks for chiming in Forrest and sharing you musical insight.


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