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Messages - Julio Di Benedetto

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 16, 2016, 05:54:06 AM »
May I chime in with a noob question, Julio?  ;D

Can you say a bit more about the link between the mic or line-in and the computer? I've read that one wouldn't want to simply plug a device straight into the computer without what you called the "audio interface." What exactly is that? Is that akin to a nice sound card? Is it a separate piece of equipment? Is an "analog to digital converter" something that doesn't natively exist in most computers?

Hi Chris...... Anthony covered it well so no need for me to elaborate, unusual for such a gear head as myself who loves to talk about his gear or anyone else's  ;D

Still heres a picture of my audio interface.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 15, 2016, 05:59:19 AM »
Hi Spunknik,

Its quite simply yet can seem complexed.  Heres the most common signal chain used to record music:

Instrument - Microphone (if needed) - audio interface which is the bridge between the outside world and your computer and contains mic pre amps, instrument inserts, analog to digital converters - computer - digital audio workstation, such as Live, Logic or Pro tools, which is like a recording studio inside your computer.  This is the recording signal chain...heres the playback signal chain once you have actually got music recorded into the computer.

Digital audio workstation - computer - audio interface where the digital signal is converted back to audio - studio monitors / headphones to hear your creation.

The audio interface as a bridge between the analog world and the digital one inside the computer is very important, the computer you use is not so important just that the operating system specs are able to communicate with your audio interface.

There is just so much info out there in the www......with lots of helpful videos.

Lastly consider your budget.....entry into the recording world is very affordable but its important to have an idea of the necessary equipment that you need and what you dont need....this usually requires experience but as I said there are plenty of places out there to help with these specifics and naturally encourage you to purchase from them ;)

Good luck....its an amazing journey!

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: May 13, 2016, 06:02:05 AM »
FYI.....all the recordings on the Modular Musings soundcloud page have been made available to download.  All recordings are 16bit @ 44.1, cd quality.

https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings

Enjoy.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: May 12, 2016, 05:46:22 AM »
Im glad you enjoyed this piece Forrest & Anthony.

Its interesting what you said Forrest about a "soundbed for a longform piece" as I have been think about when the time will come to stop this thread because Im ready to create an actual complete body of music for release in some form.  Its actually hard to imagine that point of crossover as this format seems to work for me where I am experimenting and recording hopefully at least interesting music/sounds with the occasional decent piece coming through.

The idea of sharing this process....this evolution, has really appealed to me and I think it has change the way I compose music. Certainly the modular synthesizer has change the way I create.

The immediacy of a sound sculpture being in the moment and shared rather quickly seems to have a live feeing to it.....not like a physically experienced performance but perhaps close......anyway I could ramble on for a while as theres now a philosophical aspect to music making that I have not had before, at least consciously.

Thanks for tuning in! 


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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: May 11, 2016, 02:55:33 AM »
Thanks for your kind words Scott.

Yeah thats happened to me on soundcloud while preview some of my music except the opposite, I hear a change and  say to myself...oh thats good but I dont remember this part, only to find out its not me  :o >:( ;D

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:16:08 AM »
Patch #32 came to me much more quickly then past patches......started out by doing some basic self teaching patches of a complex oscillator to learn features and function which then lead to what if I sent this out to that and......well in no time at all the entire system got involved.

As patches seem to have more confidence as I continue to learn the challenge is the live performance.....keeping it interesting, flowing and controlling levels as random modulation runs free and unchecked.

Enjoy!

Patch 32 https://soundcloud.com/digitalvoices/patch-32?in=digitalvoices/sets/modular-musings

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 10, 2016, 04:50:30 AM »
Fascinating look into your Moog Model 15, Scott......I understand now when you said you have a relationship with this instrument and a very long one.
Im quite happy staring at Oscillators, Envelopes et el, but then I need to get a life....no this is my life ;D

Theres all sorts of unique modular speak appearing on eurorack modules......Air, Span, Quality, Influence, Texture, Structure, just glanced over at the modular and read these off.  However there is still something unique about the Moog language and it was created alone though Buchla's modular was being created around the same time on the other coast.

Gorgeous track Scott...love the way you took this powerful monophonic instrument and created so much deep space, textures and delicate timbres.

Im enjoying how the Modular thread is becoming more personal and historic and not just a gear fest.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 09, 2016, 03:30:13 PM »
Came across this today....really good quiet ambient, for a modular.   Love the secret agent man brief case 8)


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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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