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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #120 on: June 15, 2016, 08:13:18 AM »
I get a little excited every time I look in this thread.   :o
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #121 on: June 15, 2016, 09:15:31 AM »
I get a little excited every time I look in this thread.   :o

Yes, I'm getting some vicarious enjoyment out of it, too.  Makes me wants to plug patch cords into things.   ;)

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« Reply #122 on: June 15, 2016, 09:56:30 AM »
It made me buy Reaktor 6 for the Blocks modules.

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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #123 on: June 15, 2016, 11:14:39 AM »
quote author=Julio Di Benedetto link=topic=8473.msg50744#msg50744 date=1465939283]
Heres a podcast and poor quality unfortunately with Mark Verbos talking about all things random with emphasis on Don Buchla's genius and how it arrives into the new Verbos Random Sampling module. [/quote]

I already have Doepfer's A-149-1 and A-149-2 which is basically the top part of the Verbos module. Here's a video of how it works

https://youtu.be/l59lAQ0ihmI
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #124 on: June 28, 2016, 04:29:06 PM »
What you may ask does an Akai APC 40 Mk2 Ableton controller have to do with modulars...well nothing, but for me it does because each on of those colored soft buttons represents a patch or part of a patch.

I saw Morton Subotnik talking on a video about how he uses Ableton live and a few controllers for his live performance.  What this meant was that he could have a small Buchla system and use Ableton to record, process and send back out into the live system while performing.... at least thats my understanding of it.  This idea appealed to me to expand the system without adding more modules and use the daw in a live and spontaneous manner. This has completely opened up Live for me in very new way.

I dont use the APC with the computer, that is, it's connected but located as part of the modular system.  As a patch evolves its sections are recorded into Live.  The patch is dismantled and a new one created as a continuation or the first patch. Then this patch is recorded and spread across the controller.  This patch is taken down and a new......you see the pattern.  I have 10 channels coming out of the system so technically I can have 10 separate events (not voices) happening simultaneously.

I had wanted to only produce/perform music from the modular with just the modular and its limitations and keep it "alive" and spontaneous as was expressed with the "Modular Musings" thread, so this maybe a compromise if one could call it that but Im hoping the music will be that much more.
         

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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #125 on: June 29, 2016, 03:23:56 PM »
Interesting, I wonder it that would work with Mainstage instead of Live?   :o

BTW here is a pic of me from my live show last week, with my modular as you can see:

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« Reply #126 on: June 29, 2016, 04:55:31 PM »
Here are a couple of other shots of modulars that were at the show.

This one is actually the synth I first learned synthesis on 35 years ago:

It's the moog 35 that Long Beach City College owns. It sat in a storage room for over 20 years not being used (I almost bought this thing off of them at an auction in 1987, but they pulled it out before the auction ended). Two math professor heard about it, the music department gave it to them, they sent it back to moog who refurbished it to this condition. Nice to see it in use again after all these years.

This is my friend Rychards modular synth, he likes LED lights  ;D



This guy named Matt brought his smallish system, it does a lot for it's size:



Lastly a closer picture of my system:

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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #127 on: June 29, 2016, 07:37:47 PM »
Fantastic pictures Loren....how did the performance go?

It seems the mixer is a focal point for you...could you explain the performance process and how each part of your setup interacted.  Im very interested in what is involved in a modular performance and making it all come together in a live situation. 

Was a recording made?

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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #128 on: June 30, 2016, 11:52:04 AM »
Fantastic pictures Loren....how did the performance go?

It went well I thought.

It seems the mixer is a focal point for you...could you explain the performance process and how each part of your setup interacted.  Im very interested in what is involved in a modular performance and making it all come together in a live situation. 

Well the mixer is kind of the focal point since everything goes through it. It looks like that because of the two side tables that attach to the mixer rack. I think more central was the computer. I was doing a short (20 minutes) version of my album Taksu, so I ended up using a lot of samples. The modular I had programmed with six different patches that I could play, so it wasn't all samples.

Was a recording made?

Yes and a video as well, it should be done shortly, I will let everyone know when it is up.
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #129 on: June 30, 2016, 03:53:35 PM »
Thanks for the info Loren.....post like yours really make this modular thread a living breathing personal experience  :).

Yes your mixer is front and center but I understand how the computer is really the core.

From my own experience Im beginning to realize how the Akai APC 40 just shines for live performance, well, my own studio performance that is but still I can envision this out in a live situation.  One Apc may not be enough.  I believe they can be daisy chained so one could almost ignore the computer.

Staring at all the eye candy I was distracted and missed  the story about the Moog 35....thought it was a Synthesizer.com, they do share a resemblance.  Damn Maths teachers....stick to fractal and algorithmic music ;D

Looking forward to the video of your performance.
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #130 on: July 04, 2016, 09:05:29 PM »
A new module added to my system...Iron Ether Pithoprakta, a probabilistic rhythm generator.  Basically a very random gate sequencer






FYI....Iron Ether is primarily a guitar pedal manufacturer out of Lafayette Louisiana with just this one astonishing eurorack module 


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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #131 on: July 06, 2016, 03:30:40 PM »
Not sure why but I can never get youtube videos to show on this forum. Any way here is a link to a video of my concert from a few weeks ago:

https://youtu.be/I37auFrlFNA
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #132 on: July 06, 2016, 07:29:43 PM »
A new module added to my system...Iron Ether Pithoprakta, a probabilistic rhythm generator.  Basically a very random gate sequencer






FYI....Iron Ether is primarily a guitar pedal manufacturer out of Lafayette Louisiana with just this one astonishing eurorack module

Wow, I didn't know that Iron Ether was from Louisiana, let alone 40 minutes away from where I live. Thanks for posting about that.

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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #133 on: July 07, 2016, 03:37:08 AM »
Not sure why but I can never get youtube videos to show on this forum. Any way here is a link to a video of my concert from a few weeks ago:

https://youtu.be/I37auFrlFNA

Excellent performance Loren....what a beautiful kaleidoscope of tone and texture.  Really enjoyed it.   

Might be an idea to repost this in the members projects section so others who want nothing to do with us gearheadz ;D can experience the piece. 
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #134 on: July 07, 2016, 07:34:57 AM »
Not sure why but I can never get youtube videos to show on this forum. Any way here is a link to a video of my concert from a few weeks ago:

https://youtu.be/I37auFrlFNA

You have to use it in this way --> starting with www. and not using the given short https
Like this (I typed the first "w" in brackets otherwise the video would be visible but not the link) --> (w)ww.youtube.com/watch?v=I37auFrlFNA

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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #135 on: July 07, 2016, 08:45:01 AM »
Not sure why but I can never get youtube videos to show on this forum. Any way here is a link to a video of my concert from a few weeks ago:

https://youtu.be/I37auFrlFNA

Excellent performance Loren....what a beautiful kaleidoscope of tone and texture.  Really enjoyed it.   

Might be an idea to repost this in the members projects section so others who want nothing to do with us gearheadz ;D can experience the piece.

Thanks Julio, yes I posted it in my Loren Nerell news thread and also updated it so it now appears not as a link.

Speaking of links I guess you have to change everything so it reads "(w)ww.youtube.com/watch?v=" and then add the "I37auFrlFNA" for it to work. Thanks for that info.
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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #136 on: July 24, 2016, 04:34:24 AM »
Heres a new module recently added to my system....The Modcan Touch Sequencer



This is the eurorack version of the Modcan Series B Touch Sequencer from their large format Modular system pictured below.
Both modules behave the same way.  The eurorack version has to be the smallest 4 track sequencer I have come across.  It is so straight forward and simple to use and yet deep and complex results come out from it.



These are the video manual for both units for those curious












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Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Reply #137 on: Today at 05:56:47 AM »
Came across this video of the history of the Modular Music and the East coast / West coast paradigm give by Tony Rolando, the man behind Make Noise.  Its short and has an interesting selection of music that demonstrates the 2 coasts and the Moog & Buchla philosophies. Ultimately he gets to his main purpose of exhibiting his new and about to be released Make Noise "0 Coast" or No Coast synth voice.....like the Moog Mother 32 this is a great place to start for anyone looking to get into modulars or add it to your existing system.



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« Reply #138 on: Today at 07:06:54 AM »
Robin Rimbaud....aka Scanner talks about his live modular setup.  I always enjoy listening to artist discuss their gear and method if any.  Its slutty and education ;D

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