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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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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: March 20, 2016, 04:58:56 AM »

I have chosen, for now, not to use any quantizer or chord generators...I dont want anything to constrict possibilities within the system and predetermine structures would I feel lead me back to the black and white keyboard and I prefer to use my ear to tune VCO's.  I have nothing against the keyboard I just want to explore other scenarios that have more accidents


This is what led me to explore fractal and algorithmic music in the 90s.  I wanted to rely more on my ears and less on the physical limitations of my fingers to find interesting "seeds" from raw sonic material to develop further into a composition.  There is also a spirit of discovery in this approach (and in yours) that makes it more fun to create music.

Forrest

Taking what you said so well, which is just as I feel, I wonder if audiences also respond in a similar manner picking up on this very idea of discovery as the musician discovers within the context of a modular performance.  It would seem that maybe the case.  Modular synths cant be solely drive by the market place, it needs curious musicians who in turn need curious listeners.  This is true in general for music that is avant garde or leaning that way.  With self generate modular music we all get to be the audience.....picture a live modular performance where the artist sets the stage, sounds begin and the artist walks off the stage and sits down with the audience.   

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: March 19, 2016, 08:10:42 PM »
I ask about the Verbos Harmonic Oscillator as you show it in your modulargrid rack so I thought you had it.....often the only way to really know is to actually use the module.

You are right it is in my modulargrid rack. I see a few other modules that I don't have in there as well, I thought I took them all out, oh well. I sometimes put modules in my grid rack to see how they would fit if I were to purchase them so my grid is always changing. I mean that's really the beauty of it, you can test out things and move them around without having to actually move any real modules. My photos show what I actually have at the moment, except for the new module that I just purchased in the last few weeks.

Yes Loren, modulargrid is really good to play around with to sense what could work.  I have two modulargrid wish list cases, one for Oscillators and another for filters, random, envelopes & fx....modules Im interested in but not definite must haves.  It does change a lot but this helps me remember what modules I feel resonated with me

Oscillator case: https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/225455

Filter, Random, Envelope case: https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/261303

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: March 18, 2016, 08:27:30 PM »
Yes Forrest, it has become as you say.....though the improvising I am leaving to control voltage for the most part.  Some of these recordings I try to create a piece of music fading different aspects in and out in real time as I would do in a track by track basis in my daw. 

The performance itself is the culmination of the patch which could take hours or days to create and its the balance within self generation that is really challenging....how to create a patch/performance that is evolving, curious and not too repetitive.

I have chosen, for now, not to use any quantizer or chord generators...I dont want anything to constrict possibilities within the system and predetermine structures would I feel lead me back to the black and white keyboard and I prefer to use my ear to tune VCO's.  I have nothing against the keyboard I just want to explore other scenarios that have more accidents

It is tricky to achieve this in some sort of musical way and as I struggle on it has come clear that control voltage is king and in depth understanding of it is the only way.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: March 18, 2016, 07:54:34 PM »
Loren, what are your thoughts on the Verbos Harmonic Oscillator... lots of very positive comments abound but not heard any demos that really grab me, yet I like the synthesis idea behind it.

I've heard some great demos of it. It is on my short list of modules to get.

I ask about the Verbos Harmonic Oscillator as you show it in your modulargrid rack so I thought you had it.....often the only way to really know is to actually use the module.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: March 17, 2016, 07:04:48 PM »
The Morphing Terrarium is a great sounding smooth wavetable oscillator thanks to Robert Rich and Synthesis Tech.....it pairs really well with the ST E355 Morphing Dual LFO.

Loren, what are your thoughts on the Verbos Harmonic Oscillator... lots of very positive comments abound but not heard any demos that really grab me, yet I like the synthesis idea behind it.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: March 17, 2016, 05:06:17 AM »
With lots of changes in my system there has been some new learning curves.....while I patch everyday nothing was worth pressing record for me until yesterday

https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/patch-25?in=digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings

Enjoy

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: March 17, 2016, 04:30:15 AM »
Been some turn around in my rig with a fair amount of Make Noise modules sold at ebay......heres some of the new eurorack modules that replaced them

Ieaskul F. Mobenthey.....Sprott
This is one crazy module, a filter thats not a filter thats an oscillator thats a.....each lp, hp, bp and chaos can be patched separately yet each effects the other and all manner of unexpected behavior....nothing gentle about this but further processing delivers.  Still figuring it out but liking the results
 





Noise Engineering.....Loquelic Iteritas
A digital oscillator that sounds as wonderfully nuts as it looks  ???  The timbres this produces is amazing, leaning towards aggressive in sound but again with further processing like through a filter bank the sound begs to be sculpted.





WMD Synchrodyne

This is an analog oscillator and some....more complexed than your typical triangle, saw, square and sine vco





Mannequins....Three Sisters
Love this filter....four sound source coming together into a linked filter 8)  This does not behave like your usual filter!




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I received a copy of the original sonic atmospheres "Planetary Unfolding" yesterday.  Have not heard this in 10 years or more. :)

MSP/Earth Turtle are great to deal with.......below is one of the emails they sent me that covers the cdr quality of the 2015 re mastered version.

Hello Julio
The newly re-mastered version is a CD-R but very high quality.
TrepStar uses mastering grade Taiyo Uden blanks and burns the discs one at
a time, not en-masse.
If you'd like a copy of the older version which is pressed, we still have
some here at the office.  The cost would be US $17.50 here in the US, and
$25 if you live outside of the US.  You can pay either with a check, or
via PayPal.
Just let me know what you'd like to do.
Olivia for MSP/EarthTurtle

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Keith Emerson
« on: March 11, 2016, 09:44:06 PM »
It was really just yesterday....or so it seems that I watched a video of him standing in front of the Moog reissue of his modular system. Sad indeed.  Your here in a blink.....

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2016, 06:42:42 AM »


Beautiful, graceful music from APK.......this cd had me from the first gentle sounds on track 1 and continued until the last piece that left me with a quiet smile.

Within this music laid in a subtle way are obscured rhythmic elements that are more suggestions that work to enhance the deep melodic structure than any marked time which peaked my interest on top of the beautiful timbres that had warmed my emotion.

The music put me in a "place" that the best of ambient music can and one that I will return to often! 

Full Circle  http://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/track/full-circle 

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Read my last couple posts.  Short version:  go to his website, email asking if they have Planetary original CD. 

Ah, understood....Thanks

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