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Modular Experiment #3
  147th/277   Σ21.737   May 14th 2017 11:43am
Not what I was planning to upload, but unfortunately my time management sucked. So here's one of my unreleased recordings of an experiment I did with my modular synth.

You get a bunch of pulse wave oscillators playing an arbitrary chord that I picked by ear. If you have absolute pitch...sorry buddy.
Pink noise is fed into a Sample & Hold. The output of the Sample & Hold is also fed back into it and mixed with the pink noise which is something I do a lot now. I feel it makes the output more musically useful.

The output is also fed into a note quantizer that cleans up the intervals. The quantizer has the side effect of causing varying note lengths, because it will ignore small changes.

Only if the output of the Sample & Hold exceeds a certain threshhold will an envelope be triggered that controls a lowpass filter. The output of the filter goes into a spring reverb tank.

Fun fact: I reused this patch in my song Glorbs for the iomods compo last year.

I don't really know why, but I prefer this recording to the Glorbs song. It's very rough, short and it is essentially just a single sound playing. But I've been listening to it over and over again for months and I keep getting reminded of the calm amazement and sense of discovery I had when I recorded it.

This to me is the beauty of modular synthesizers. They are cumbersome and complicated beasts. But the process of building and using one is something I haven't experienced with other instruments.

Enough rambling, I know this is no winner material, but I'd be happy to have nerdy discussions about synths in the comments :3
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Level 24 Chipist
post #83902 :: 2017.05.14 5:01pm
  goluigi and Grumskiz liēkd this
Spring Reverb Tracks VI :).
Level 25 Mixist
post #84779 :: 2017.05.28 1:54am
This really makes me miss sample entries. Looped once or twice this would score high for sure.
Level 9 Mixist
post #84835 :: 2017.05.28 11:49pm :: edit 2017.05.28 11:52pm
  Grumskiz liēkd this
yea I wish this was much longer too. I liked what you had to say regarding the beauty of hardware modular synthesis, cos yea this is particularly a soundscape I've never heard before and it really feels like something that was mined and explored to find. it really takes me to another space when I'm listening to it, the sounds are so complex and alive.
Level 23 Chipist
post #85385 :: 2017.06.04 7:54pm
god, I can't even begin to imagine how many hours of my life i have lost to feeding sample and hold into quantization... What's your quantizer? I have to use Disting's quantization mode for now, but the Intellijel ┬ÁScale is pretty much the reason I got into modular and I should finally have one this summer
Level 14 Playa
post #85405 :: 2017.06.05 12:28am
Currently: Sonic Potions Penrose
Planning to upgrade to a Clee 8 Channel Quantizer or possibly an ornaments & crime.

The Penrose is nice tho. Very playable. In my song "What is this "WIN" thing you keep mentioning" I used it to make chiptuney arpeggios which worked suprisingly well. Before I made that patch I thought LFOs were fairly useless, but I guess not x)

But I can't tell you how it compares to Disting or uScale or any other quantizer.(I only have self-made modules.)
Level 23 Chipist
post #85556 :: 2017.06.06 7:09pm
Man that sounds reaaally pretty and kind of has a 70's/80's sci-fi feel. The only minor critique I have is that some of the louder sections crackle from peaking. Nice work!

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