Im sure I’ve been here before…..

Back in 1987 I bought one of these.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensoniq_SQ-80

Its internal sequencer,  timbral range and the fact it was 8 part multi timbral made it incredibly powerful and amazing value for money for the time.

All these years later I got to be glancingly involved in the design and testing of this recreation.

It sounds GREAT. and gave me a HUGE sense of DejaVue.

Some NICE work here. Jam with the short handles!

Jam with the short handles! Had some very special moments with cng303 (Chris Ng ) and mng (Mongi)

These moments appear fleetingly and then morph and twist into new shapes in a matter of mins.

I captured these a few mins apart.

More Fun with loop points

Really this is just about seeing what’s available in the new QuickSampler in LogicX, and as far as this tricks concerned, its pretty primitive compared to SOME of the tools out there, but given you can lock the loop lengths and start points to quantise values, it lets you do some fun stuff!

Just set up the CC’s in the mod matrix to 2 faders on your keyboard or whatever…

Start and Loop start to the same CC and Loops End to a second CC.

gets better each time it goes around… 

Into the Atticus and Trent sonic? Give this a dig…

Delighted to announce the imminent arrival of a new library from ModWheel

I’ve been assisting with, manipulating, and and doing some sonic design work on this for the last month or two … and all I can say is … ITS SERIOUSLY GOOD.

Into the Atticus and Trent sonic?  Give this a dig…

#Endlesss

Had a rather dizzyingly early start a few mornings ago to jam with Imogen Heap via Endlesss

People : Meet Matt and Imogen…

The session was about an hour of absurd noises and some fun, it was an honour and delight to be involved …

I need to point out this was a collaborative effort, so also very much involved were: Jim Mclure, Rick Sands, and Jeremy Michael Skjevling.

Thanks to all!

Got asked, so…Setup was: OBS  collecting my 2 vid streams  (laptop and Phone cameras) and intercom audio sending via Google Meet to the very gracious Matt at Endlesss, then music via Ableton Live ‘blackhole’d‘ to the amazing @EndlesssFM Studio, synching all the audio from the UK and USA to me. My Toys were a few NI soft synths, a Microfreak, with a tokai tele and a stingray bass via GtrRig.

Snapshot Demos for SoundDusts recent release

 

Keep your eye on the dial… 

Euclidian Pulse Triggering the Note at the relative note pattern position.

 

 

Intent:  FUN 

Have real time control over the accent pattern on a repeating 16 step riff, allowing you to make it into a dynamic performance rather than a static loop. 

The Riff keeps the relative position of the notes constant, while the Euclidean Rotator allows shifting the accent pattern to ‘pick out’  different notes in the 16 step pattern. 

Quick Start:

Make sure the Euclidean Rotator is set to  16 steps and a Fill of 16 

So it triggers every step 

Now, use the Shift Sequencer to set up a repeating pattern you like 

(to make things more obvious, start with 16 beats)  THEN: Hit Stop. 

 

Now try lowering the Fill to a value of 10 and hear how notes in the sequence are now being picked out so only 10 of the 16 steps are being heard, note, the Sequence is still playing the same notes at the same point in the bar. 

 

CC-11 controls FILL 

 

Now try altering the STEPS counter and the FILL amount and see how the Dynamic pattern now evolves over several bars, but the riffs notes are still positioned in the original point in the bar. (so you can have a set melodic pattern that rhythmically is shifting the accents)

Quick guide to the GUI below

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CLK DIV 

1 Triggers the step rate of the Shift Seq 

2 Triggers CFG gate 2

3 Triggers CFG gate 3

6 Triggers the rate of the Euclidean Rotator

 

CFG 

1 controls a fast timbral sweep on the DWG 

2 controls a slower timbral sweep on the DWG 

3 Controls a change in the MIX of the DWG outputs 

4 controls the Level of the LPG so can be thought of as the AMP ENV. 

 

DWG Mod A input is a summed CFG 1+2 Mod B input is CFG 2  

 

Mod-Wheel controls the Decay of the LPG and its output level and brightness, as well as changing the delay balance.  (signal will be heard if the clocks are running and Mod-Wheel is up)

 

After Touch controls a slight detune of the MOD OSC in the DWG providing a tiny bit of extra grit 

 

To take things up a notch, use the RANGE controls in the Shift Sequencer to alter the octave and holds or notes to provide even more weirdness, or change the Shift Seq Clock rate, or…  

“Wow, nice idea but I hate the synth” I hear you say?

Then try the included midi only version with the monophonic synth of your choice

 

Thought id try to learn Ableton, but it became more about the #MicroFreak

So, Sitting around Self Isolating …
Thought id teach myself Ableton LIVE

Yep is Music for old people, buy hey IM OLD so …

Made this track using its 909 kit and an Arturia MicroFreak.
Excuse the less than inspired drum part, got lost in the Synth:+)
To make things interesting, made some rules:
All sounds from Default on the micro freak had to be made in less than 3 mins and the parts had to be played in with no edits.

45 mins later;…

By request. the no crappy beats version, you can REALLY hear the bad playing now!:+)