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Experimenting with Patch Sharing with Crystal VST Desktop and iPhone/IPad

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I was quite excited to see that Crystal XT was released for iPhone/iPad, mainly because the mobile version shares synth architecture allowing you to program patches on the desktop then move patches to the mobile edition. I think this is the sort of workflow that is going to make me use the iPhone more for music making.

This is just a quick post to let you now I’ve had success with this this. There on instructions on this at the bottom of this page - http://www.greenoak.com/crystal/. It took me a while get this all worked out as I was not that familiar with Crystal’s patch management system when using it within Live.

I’ve got it all worked out now and will do a follow up post with more step-by-step details soon.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO
www.modulatethis.com


(Blofeld) SwtchdOn 02 MM

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SwtchdOn 02 is an arpeggiator patch for the Waldorf Blofled. The timbre is reminiscent of switched-on works from artists like Wendy Carlos.

Modulation notes:

  • Velocity = Volume
  • Last note played sets velocity for arp
  • Mod wheel dirties the patch up
  • After touch engage a pitch LFO

Performance notes:

  • Play chord and notes to trigger arp
  • Play around with Cutoff and Res for Filter 1 for extreme timbre changes
  • Press shift button and dial to Tempo parameter and fluctuate temp as you play
  • Use Clock knob to change arp clock
  • Press shift+play to temporarily stop arpeggiator

 

Patch Lab - Blofeld SwtchdOn02 Patch by MarkMosher


Download: MIDI Version | Sysex Version


Your Modulate This Holiday Gift is Ready - "Sounds From a Distant Outpost" Ableton Live Pack Plus Samples

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 Update: I'm updating this soundset so it is currenlty offline.

I'm very excited to announce that your FREE holiday gift is now ready for download! It is an Ableton Live Pack called Sounds from a Distant Outpost.

Sounds From a Distant Outpost is more than a sample sound library. Over 30 hours in the making, it is a set of 12 deep and expressive instrument racks that will transport you to a dark and distant outpost. From here you will be able to explore the sounds, machines, and creatures of this world.  These instruments will help spark your imagination and I hope inspire you to create your own soundtrack for this world. Of course, the instruments will also help add an interesting "edge" to any sound or music project.

 

The  source audio is made up of some of my field recordings as well  as original synthesized and re-synthesis harmonic content.  The concept for the instruments was based on a back-story I created as the project progressed. Fueled by the story and setting, I translated these source samples into Ableton Live racks and meticulously programmed them to create playable dynamic instruments which are placed under your command via macro parameters, velocity, after touch, and modulation wheel mappings. I've also provided the original source samples for the project so those who don't have Ableton Live will be able to use these samples as oscillator sources in synths like Absynth, Alchemy, ElectraX and Blofeld.

This project is also a social experiment. Rather than just provide a Live Pack, I've created a dedicated social microsite so you can share your notes and work with the library. I’ve also offered a SoundCloud drop box so you can share your original sound or music compositions.

I've had a great time creating - to coin a phrase - this  "story-based sound design with social remix" experiment.

I hope you enjoy your gift. I'm looking forward to your notes and creations.

As always, thanks your support. Have a happy, safe holiday filled with electronic music!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist

www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.ModulateThis.com


"Sounds From a Distant Outpost" Ableton Live Pack Plus Samples

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This is a re-posting of the announcement for this Live Pack from Modulate This on 12/17. I've included a new audio sample I made for the library. The following sound scape was created only one patch from the library - Clock Streams. It was improvised and recorded in one pass and illustrates the expressiveness of the instruments in this library via the use of modulators.

Outpost Encounter by MarkMosher  ------ Announcement ----------

I'm very excited to announce that your FREE holiday gift is now ready for download! It is an Ableton Live Pack called Sounds from a Distant Outpost.

Sounds From a Distant Outpost is more than a sample sound library. Over 30 hours in the making, it is a set of 12 deep and expressive instrument racks that will transport you to a dark and distant outpost. From here you will be able to explore the sounds, machines, and creatures of this world.  These instruments will help spark your imagination and I hope inspire you to create your own soundtrack for this world. Of course, the instruments will also help add an interesting "edge" to any sound or music project.

The  source audio is made up of some of my field recordings as well  as original synthesized and re-synthesis harmonic content.  The concept for the instruments was based on a back-story I created as the project progressed. Fueled by the story and setting, I translated these source samples into Ableton Live racks and meticulously programmed them to create playable dynamic instruments which are placed under your command via macro parameters, velocity, after touch, and modulation wheel mappings. I've also provided the original source samples for the project so those who don't have Ableton Live will be able to use these samples as oscillator sources in synths like Absynth, Alchemy, ElectraX and Blofeld.

This project is also a social experiment. Rather than just provide a Live Pack, I've created a dedicated social microsite so you can share your notes and work with the library. I’ve also offered a SoundCloud drop box so you can share your original sound or music compositions.

I've had a great time creating - to coin a phrase - this  "story-based sound design with social remix" experiment.

I hope you enjoy your gift. I'm looking forward to your notes and creations.

As always, thanks your support. Have a happy, safe holiday filled with electronic music!

Visit OutpostExperiment.com now to download the Live Pack.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist
www.OutpostExperiment.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.ModulateThis.com


ElectraX Tips: Importing Sample Data, Creating Vocoder Patches, Creating Your Own Wavetables, and Saving Patches with Sample Data

I’ve started doing some sample-based sound design work in ElectraX. I’ve found a few handy convenience menus and templates that will save you some time.

Quick Import Sample

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First off, there is a quick import option if you want to use a sample as an oscillator source. Click File then “Quick Import Sample”.

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Then click the Load button to load the sample.

Quick Import Vocoder

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Follow the same process as for loading samples and select “Quick Import Vocoder”. This loads your source sample (vocals, drums…) into OSC2 of Synt1 which is auto-configured as the Modulator. Synt2 is auto-configured as the carrier with an Ultrasaw synth method for Osc1 by default.

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You can change the character of the synth sound by programming Synt2. I want to point out that ElectraX has no routings for processing and external audio source as a modulator in real-time. Nevertheless, being able to trigger modulator samples from keys is a pretty handy way to do vocoding.

Wavetable Creation
You can quickly resynthesize sample data and then use that as a wavetable controlled by PW (pulse width).  Change Osc type to “Wavetable”. Click the “Resynthesis” label to load an audio sample. PW1 now sweeps through the wavetable. In the screen shot below you can see I’m using LFO to modulate through the table. image

Below is an excerpt from the manual the describes how waveforms are imported based on sample length.

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Saving Patches with Wave Data
With many sample-based instruments, the waveform data referenced by the synth is stored externally in a folder making it necessary to extra steps to package up the patches and sample files to share with others.

I was excited to find that when a patch uses Sampler, Vocoder, and/or Wavetable synth types that the sample data is automatically stored in the patch (.fxp) when you do a “File->Save Patch”. Woot!

Rapid Patch Programing with Original Harmonic Content
While ElectraX isn’t intended to replace a full-on sampler, these features will allow you to quickly incorporate original harmonic content into your patches. You may find yourself reaching for your sampler less with ElectraX in your rig.

ElectraX Official Site

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


About

DSCN3509 Motivation
Mark Mosher from Modulate This here. I've had a passion for programming synths and working with samplers for over 20 years. I'm constantly experimenting and creating new patches with a large variety of electronic music instruments. I'm also creating original harmonic content via field recordings and re-synthesis.

While many of these patches are used in my original music and sound compositions, I have a lot of patches that have yet to be used. This led me to thinking of ways I might share my past and future patches and samples so you could use them in your work. I also hope that these listening to these sounds, reading my notes,  and spending time to reverse engineer these patches will help inspire you to go deeper with synthesis and sound design so you can add unique sounds and timbres to your music and sound compositions.

Patch Lab Concept
To this end I've launched the Modulate This Patch Lab. Patch Lab is my "synth programming stream of consciousness share as I go" micro site. I'll be sharing individual presets as I finish them - or at least get them far enough along for you to have fun with them. I'll also share some patches from my personal library.

For each patch I'll be starting from "init". I'm releasing these patches under a non-exclusive royalty-free license so you can use the patches in the context of any musical and/or sound composition (see licensing for more details). From time-to-time I will also include some libraries of sounds (licensed separately)

Site Features
Each post corresponds to a patch or library. For patches, there is a screen shot, description/usage notes, an audio sample, and download links.

The main site has an RSS feed so you can subscribe to all updates. Each synth and patch type has it's own category each with it's own RSS feed.

Use search to explore the patches. The search results page offers a thumbnail screen shot and the audio preview of the patch making it easy to browse the search results. I've also provided a SoundCloud drop box in the right column if you would like to share original music or sound compositions you made with patches from this site.

Subscribe, Comment, Share
So, subscribe to this site, download patches, have fun, tell your friends, share and leave comments.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Synthesist, Sound Designer
Boulder, CO

PatchLab.ModulatetThis.com
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Ableton is Resetting Trial Versions for All Users

imageAbleton just announced they are resetting all trial versions. So if you’ve installed the trial before and it expired, you can now install it again and get another 30-day trial with no limits or disabled features.

According to Ableton:

“With support for The Bridge and the addition of Amp, the premium amp- and cabinet-modeler, recent updates to Ableton Live have seen a whole new world of possibilities. To allow everyone to try out these new features, we’re resetting the trial versions for all users…”

Get your free trial here: http://www.ableton.com/nl759-free-trial

Mark Mosher
www.ModulateThis.com