Here is a quick tip on a feature you might have missed on Twin 2. The little snowflake button between Oscillators 1 * 2 is the Ring Mod Button. Screen shot above is from a patch I quickly pulled together from “Clean” patch with a few tweaks. Resultant waveform display in s(M)exoscope.
Mark Mosher Electronic Musician | Composer | Performer Boulder, CO
The show was great and visuals were incredible. If you are curious about the visuals and how they made them, checkout “Making How to Destroy Angels” video below. For even more info here is an article in Wired.
It's got two oscillators. Each with 8 waveforms. Each waveforms has two "Control" parameters that can be modulated. Most notably: - TriangleMod: Does a foldback-distorted triangle wave combined with a symmetry-warp function - SuperSaw: Does a sawtooth with 6 additional sawtooth mixed in, ad variable detune - Feedback: Does a sawtooth with distorted feedback at variable (tuned) delay and gain - Noise: Does noise with adjustable bandpass filtering and cutoff - PWM: Does PWM with an invented-by-u-he pseudo-resonance control - plus another sawtooth and triangle waveform Both oscillators can interact by Ringmodulation, Sync and Crossmodulation.
Urs also mentioned the Uhbie filter will also be in Zebra 3.
On the arppegiator Urs indicates:
The sequencer can work in step mode, where the white keys switch to "dub", "replace", "ins", "del", "startify", "<" and ">". The 3 black keys to the right become "CC", "pause" and "tie". CC records ModWheel, BreathCtrl and Expression for each step.
You can also record live, while the sequencer is running. You can layer notes, replace them, pause them, tie them on the fly.
On palyback you can switch between 7 sequences at any time. You can either noodle over them on the keyboard, or use the keyboard to transpose the sequence. You can even layer sequences in realtime, e.g. to add a little variation here and there.
The arpeggiator is very basic but very powerful. It can program the sequencer, and it can transpose it.
I went on a bit of a synth “walk about” in the last year and mainly went deep with one synthesizer for programming from INIT – the mighty Absynth. Yesterday maked the 100th patch I’ve made with it.
This a sound design experiment using three samples as oscillator sources. Sample 1 is a recording I made of my daughter 10 years ago (I left the beeps in from the low budget digital recorder I used at the time). Sample 2 is crowd noise from a CU Basketball game. Sample 3 was made by resynthesizing a bell through an additive synth called Morphine which I then loaded into Absynth in granular mode.
I then turn down the volume on all oscillators and use LFO’s with square waves running in mono-mode and in series to modulate the OSC volumes. So the LFOs act as a gate shaped by the LFO waveform turning on the audio round-robin as the samples play out. I then modulate the LFO speed with a performance slider all the way up to audio rates as the piece progresses. This is ALL absynth including effects (resonator with surround motion).
So thanks to Brian Clevinger for making Absynth (which will continue to be a main focus). Also thanks to John Bowen for showing me his Solaris Synth rotors a few weeks back when I was in Seattle for Pacific Northwest Synthfest which inspired the sound design concept behind this piece. You both have made amazing instruments!
I finally got around to gathering and posting photos from my trip to Seattle. There are videos popping on YouTube of my performance as well. I also wanted to give a shout out Lunchbox Audio who were kind enough to loan me a Theremin for the show!!! Definitely checkout their store and web site.
I debuted my new 2013 rig and show based on interactive Resolume visuals with live camera input at this event so it was great to see these videos from others on YouTube.
Here is a video of my song "Dormant" which will be on my upcoming album. This video was shot by Matrixsynth who has been kind enough to do multiple posts on my work. It’s played mostly on Maschine (which replaced Launchpad in my 2013 rig) and on keys (Remote SL 25 MKII). Only the drums are sequenced. Everything else is performed live.
Here is video for my song "Stealth" from my album REBOOT. This is a very cool edit from Brad Marvin. He captured the show with two cameras - one camera on me, the other on my new projected visuals which include my human-alien hybrid alter-ego projection. At the 1:10 mark, he superimposed the hybrid so it appears right next to me!!!
Synthfest Was Great and Worth Checking Out
This was my first time at this event in person and there were probably 150 people between the performance room, jam room, vendor area, and petting zoo. It was a really fun event with some very interesting artists, presenters, and manufacturers. They have a few of these a year and I recommend you checkout the event if you get the chance. Watch the http://www.mostlymodular.com/ site and their Facebook page for future events.
- we'll showcase Bazille 1.0 (to be released in June/July) - we'll showcase Satin (tape machine emulation, due in May) - we might showcase Presswerk, a massive compressor (ui pending) - we'll have a Digital oscillator module for Diva - we'll have a new "Uhbie" filter module for Diva and ZebraHZ - we'll have a sequencer/arpeggiator combo for Diva (all coming in June) - we'll have Caffè corretto to pick you up And also, wish us luck for Diva's second nomination for the MIPA award. It took Zebra twice to get it, so we're in good spirits. More screenshots will be posted as they come...