I’ve really been amazed by Todd Barton’s Krell patch and I’ve made a few attempts at translating it to the eurorack format. But I haven’t been totally satisfied with the results. I took a break from exploring this patch and revisited it with a new and fresh approach. I’m pretty satisfied with this recording andI plan on leaving the patch up for a few days and record some videos and write the patch down for future development.
I started working on my next audio sketchbook about a week ago…
This one features the Positronic Transient Gate and Quantum Rainbow eurorack modules by Steady State Fate. I’ll be posting sketches and patch ideas for the next week or 2 while recording the project. Keep checking back for updates.
Here’s the first patch I made after un boxing the module…
This synth composition features the Positronic Transient Gate eurorack module by Steady State Fate. I limited myself to only use the sound and sonic character of the PTG’s outputs and vactrols to give the listener an idea of what this module will add to your system. The one thing i would like to point out about this module is that it will totally bring out some amazing sounds out of the most vanilla filters… why? because vactrols are magic. HAHA… all jokes aside the vactrol transient’s really do bring out a unique sonic quality to everything they are applied to. I love what kind of sounds the PTG can get out of any bread and butter VCA and filter combo. The Universal Allpass Gate is absolutely the next evolution of what Don Buchla brought to modular synthesis with his Low pass gate design.
The Patch: Moskwa Gate Out »> to PTG In A Envelator 1 Out»> to PTG CV A (unipolar mode)) Piston Honda Out»> to Triple Wave Folder»> to PTG VCA Input Envelator 2 Out»> to PTG In B MATHs CH. 4 Out »> to PTG CV B (unipolar mode)) PTG Out B-»> to Z2040 Res In PTG Out B+»> to ModDemix CV In. modDemix to Main output PTG Out A +»> to Z2040 FM In and multed to Main output Z2040 Out»> to Main output
Bonus sub patch: Quantum Rainbow Pink Noise»> to XMIX X In Red Noise»> to XMIX Y IN XMIX -Out»> to Sport Modulator (S/H/ mode) In uStep Out»> to Sport Modulator S/H In Sport Modulator Out»> to uScale In uScale Out A»> to Piston Honda 1/v Oct In Moskwa CV Out»> to uScale Shift In uScale Out B»> to Anti-Oscillator EXP In Anti-Oscillator Tri Out»> to Piston Honda FM in Anti-Oscillator Mayhem Out»> to Z2040 IN
This mornings sun rise opened sonic portals of possibilities. Every patch chord took me in a new direction as I interconnected the frequencies… they began to cross modulate and form a sound bridge to another dimension. This limitless world of vibrations is available to all that let go and feel without compromise. Be free and color outside the lines with us.
This is one of the compositions from my up coming vinyl release. The project will feature live one take recordings of my 18u eurorack analog modular synthesizer pressed on clear 12 inch vinyl with one of a kind hand painted record covers. This will be a super limited edition of 20 signed and numbered records. Stay tuned for more info.
My XAOC Moskwa Sketchbook is a collection of analog modular synth compositions showcasing the creative capabilities of XAOC Devices Moskwa roto sequencer eurorack module. Each auditory sketch on this project was recorded live in one take over a 3 week period with no outside sequencing from the computer. I originally intended to record 5-6 sketches for the project… but the Moskwa ended up being so fun and inspiring that I wound up with 13 compositions for this project.
This release comes with a PDF Moskwa sketchbook featuring art by Shiro Fujioka and visual patch diagrams of some of the sketches heard on this album that you can try and or re interpret with your own modular synth.
Here’s some video footage of some of the Moskwa Sketchbook recording sessions at Akashic Mountain Studio
This is the results of a inner city born and raised (Los Angeles) beat maker that has been transformed into an experimental analog modular synth composer.
This analog modular synth patch is an experimental live beat session using the Tip Top Audio BD808 and other various synth modules triggered with the MakeNoise Pressure Points touch controller. Everything is played live recorded in one take with a little spring reverb and tape echo.
Is it instrumental underground hip hop? is it experimental? who knows… it’s just me and all of my influences translated into a modular synth composition. Some will enjoy and appreciated it on a technical level, some will get into the feel and energy and nod their head. some will press stop because they don’t like it or can’t relate to it.
No worries, I’ll continue to push and explore this style and share patch ideas and notes on the process of creating an analog living beat machine.
I’m an absolute fan of Grant Richter’s Wiard synth designs his approach is very creative and the instruments he designs really help me take my music compositions into new and uncharted territory.
Strange Modes is a Wiard Synthesizer centric release. All sounds were created electronically with Wiard System 300 / 1200 or Malekko/Wiard Modules. All donated funds will go to supporting Muffwiggler.com
My contribution to the compilation was made with the following Malekko/Wiard eurorack synth modules: Anti and Unkle OSC, Borg-1, Noisering, VCA and 2 Envelators. Having this limited number of modules really helped me explore what can be done with these feature rich sonic tools. Panic Attack is driven by the Noise Ring and the voice is sculpted with the Wiard OSC and Anti OSC… lots of cross modulation and frequency modulation was involved in this patch. I really like the sharp percussive sounds you get by Fming the Anti OSC with the noise output of the Noise Ring. This is a live one take recording with me tweaking the dials and controls of the aforementioned Wiard synth modules.
Be sure to checkout the compilation is packed with some very talented analog synth composers.
released 04 December 2012 VoltageCtrlR, Rico Loverde, Mark Griffiths, Roycie Roller, Ryan McRyhew, Michael Ford, Kuxann-Sum, Dave/Gas Anorex, sandyb, Numan7, Bactene, Zerosum Inertia, Olivier Gerber, Norman Fay, Elektrograd, Levitating, Otoskope, Robert Efroymson, Diffuse.
I’m going to be doing a series of Malekko/Wiard XMIX patches for the holiday season.
First up is my version of the XMIX Ringmod Patch by Grant Richter:
uLFO Sine out to XMIX X in, X and Y attenuators turned all the way up. Set Switch to negative. Iphone (Sonic Youth - Tremens) headphone out to X MIX Z control in. Set Z attenuator to about 1 o’ clock XMIX X out to soundcard.
Here’s a littler bit of info about the tube driven monster:
The ModuleModule #3 built by Zerosum Inertia takes 2 audio signals and processes each through a separate grid on 1 single 5725 dual-control pentode.
Each input has a different sound due to the different grid for each input. When both inputs are used the two signals become one and create a unique overdriven combination different than that of a conventional mixer or signal combiner.
The result of using both grids results in multiplication.
For a dizzying effect, feed 2 detuned oscillators beating against each other into the ZIMM03 and observe the summed effect.
A single VTL5C3 vactrol provides CV for the amount of processing.
The slew of the vactrol controlled gain creates a unique VCA type effect different than that of a traditional solid state VCA.
Experiment with sending pulses into the CV input and leave the AD generators free for other duties.
To the left is an independant 1 in 2 out multiple. Experiment with splitting 1 signal source, then processing the 2 outputs through inputs 1 and 2 of the ZIMM03. Or experiment with creating feedback. A mult is a mult.
The 1/4” jack on the top mirrors the Tini-Jax output. Try feeding the 1/4” output to an effects processor and the Tini-Jax to other modules.
Or use the the 1/4” output to feed your mixer without having to convert a Tini-Jax to 1/4”.
For my very Auspicious 108th post I thought I would put up a complex synth patch to explore and re discover for the next few days.
After chillin’ under the moon light last night absorbing the lunar frequencies I was motivated to re-explore a synth patch I made the night prior…
I call it the eternal witness patch, it’s a pretty complex patch involving almost all of the synth modules in my 18u setup… it’s a blend of a few sub systems that I can continue to explore for as long as it stays interesting. I have some rhythmic elements, melody and lots of randomness that I can weave in and out of for what seems like an eternity. The random part of the patch is really engaging and adds an element of surprise. I plan on making a few more compositions with this patch before I tear it down and start on a new sonic journey. Until then I will continue to witness what kind of energy comes out of this living machine of sound and vibration.
This is yet another expression of the Eternal Witness patch from the previous video. So many different vibrations, rhythms and energies are found in this complex patch portal. I wonder where it will lead me next…