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Messages - Julio Di Benedetto

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 07, 2016, 03:18:23 PM »
Not modular related but Moog related......Noisebug in Pomona announced that production of the Voyager was ending....and of course they had plenty in stock to sell.  ;D ::)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 07, 2016, 03:05:11 PM »
Very fine set of oscillators Scott, and still looking good. 

I have been staring at them for 20 minutes imagining the sound.  The Moog speak is interesting....Clamp trig, clamp point, rectangular which would be square wave or is this something unique to Moogs and is really a rectangle in shape.  Strong & weak sync.....who would dare to put the word "weak" on a product electronic or not, today, though it describes what it does it perfectly.

The 921A....Oscillator Driver.... 8), What is it?  Rectangle LFO, yet there are only inputs no outs.  Is it internally wired?

THe 921 has a lot going on and good job on the led, looks like it was supposed to be there. Aux outputs with selectable waveforms - or +, interesting.

Thanks for sharing this special instrument with us......perhaps at some point when your patching the Moog you might record a phrase or two...would love to hear it.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 06, 2016, 05:09:02 AM »
Julio,  Never got to play with an original Buchla unit, but saw one up close when the Exploratorium had a Buchla exhibit years back.  I interviewed Morton Subotnick when I was in college for an article that never came out and he was crazy about Buchla gear back then.

Forrest

Buchla exists because of Subotnick...well Im sure Buchla would come out with his modular in some shape or form but it was Subotnick and the San Francisco Tape Music Center that was the driving energy. I always like that Buchla was fist a Nasa engineer that went on to build a modular synthesizer.  He's helped many people travel the galaxy. 

What an experience for you to have interviewed the man. Happen to have the transcript handy?  I enjoy watching interviews of him.....his energy at 81 yrs old is wonderful. 

I Dream of Wires really does cover the whole modular history and the rise of the east coast, west coast philosophy.  Good to see you in action Scott!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 05, 2016, 06:26:29 PM »
Heres the Buchla 259 Complex Waveform Generator from the 200 Series




These are the eurorack complexed oscillators inspired by the original Buchla 259

Make Noise Dual Prismatic Oscillator



The Sputnik Dual Oscillator




The Verbos Complex Oscillator





Endorphines  Furthrrr Generator


This wild and crazy looking oscillator is the closest to the original Buchla 259 in function.

I have had the DPO and currently use the Sputnik.

Here is a link to an overview of the 259 by Todd Barton.....simple videos explaining a complicated oscillator.  I found them very helpful
https://vimeo.com/album/3542094

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 05, 2016, 05:47:49 PM »
Its really great that you 3(Loren, Forrest & Scott) have or at some point had or learned on these amazing machines.  I would love to play a Buchla 100 or 200 or a 200e.  I look for eurorack modules that are inspired by Buchla design.  If you want to play Buchla get Buchla but the price is a big deterrent.  $1600 for a 261e complexed waveform generator (oscillator).

Good to read some of your history with these machines.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 04, 2016, 05:45:47 AM »
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: May 03, 2016, 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: May 03, 2016, 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: May 03, 2016, 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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