Evolve – new soundset feauturing 70 ambient/cinematic patches for the Virus TI

November 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Humanoid Sound Systems has announced the release of Evolve, a soundset feauturing 70 ambient/cinematic patches for the Virus TI synthesizer from Access Music.

Talented Efrain Becerra takes the Virus TI to a new dimension with “Evolve”.

The sound bank comprises of 70 amazing ambient and cinematic sounds and texture, with smooth pads, sound effects and dark atmospheres, all of which evolve in interesting ways. (Hence the name Evolve! See what we did there?)

Let Evolve inspire you and bring new life to your Virus TI.

The soundset is available for purchase for $19.99 USD. More info here >>

Dancing in the air : KORG DSN-12

November 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Experimental video clip and soundtrack.
Camera : Zoom Q4 for DSN-12/Canon PowerShot G12 for telephoto shot
Edited with Openshot and Kdenlive on Debian wheezy.

Vintage synth demo: Roland Jupiter-4

November 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vintage synthesizer demo track featuring the Roland Jupiter 4
all sounds: Roland Jupiter-4 Analog Synthesizer (1978)
drums: Roland TR-808 (1982)
recording: multi-track without Midi
fx: delay and reverb

The first Jupiter synth. It was among one of the first poly synthesizers (4 individual voices which could be synced together for one fat monophonic lead), it had a pitch wheel that could be assigned to the VCA, VCF, VCO or all together, there are 8 memory locations and a cool arpeggiator – the arpeggiator can be heard in the Duran Duran classic, “Rio”. It also has a very slow LFO for those ever-so-long filter sweeps. Pretty good for 1978!

Not so cool however, are the 10 preset sounds which sound nothing like the piano, brass or strings they claim to be. The placement of all the preset buttons below the keyboard can be inconvenient, especially while playing it. And as with most old analog synths, the Jupiter-4’s tuning can go out often. Still it is a nice analog synth for creating weird trippy analog sounds.

DSI Tempest vintage synth sounds

November 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

DSI Tempest vintage synth sounds, patches by YellowRabbit, additional delay by Elektron Analog Four.
Enjoy!!

The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 – Sequencer Introduction

November 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is an introduction to an exploration of the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Sequencer.

Sample based instrument: Historic Harpsichords – Ruckers 1628

November 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Available for iPad & iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/histo…

Historic Harpsichords – Ruckers 1628 is a superbly-sampled recreation of one of the greatest and most valuable harpsichords of all time!

Flemish instrument-building family Ruckers need little in the way of introduction to those in the know; suffice to say, their highly-valued (and valuable) historic harpsichords are akin to Stradivarius violins built by the Stradivari family.

You could even say that the harpsichord was the ‘synthesizer’ of its time, without which influential early musical stylings such as baroque and renaissance would never have emerged.

Synth Archives: Nord Lead 4 First Performance Preset Improv

November 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

New video from Mark Mosher exploring the Nord Lead 4

http://MarkMosherMusic.com

A video from my archives. I made this in January of 2014 when I was only 5 hours in with Nord Lead 4. This video shows off the first three single-slot custom presets I created (the Nord Lead 4 can is really 4 independent synths). Some pretty cool stereo imaging about half-way in so use headphones. I’m getting huge timbre and rhythm texture shifts by morphing a whole lot of parms (arp speed, delay time, filter, distortion…) with the mod wheel and morph buttons.

The Nord Lead 4 went on to be my primary controller and synth for studio and live work at festivals throughout 2014.

Crank – new hybrid synthesiser for Kontakt

November 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Rhythmic Robot Audio has released Crank, a hybrid synthesiser for Kontakt melding acoustic and electronic sources in a 4-oscillator architecture.

Crank takes over six hundred samples of an Eastern European stringed hurdy-gurdy – and places them at the heart of a four-oscillator analogue synthesiser framework ideally suited to the creation of strange, eerie, evolving patches.

The acoustic hurdy-gurdy produces its sounds by rubbing a rosined wooden wheel over a series of violin-style strings: the sound is half violin, half hand-cranked barrel organ and can be both plaintive and raw-sounding. Rhythmic Robot has sampled a hurdy-gurdy extensively to create the basic tones for Crank, and named the instrument after the handle that the player cranks round to make the hurdy-gurdy play.

The twin Crank oscillators are independently controllable, with dual filters, envelopes, pitch control, LFOs and so on; they also run in tandem with twin Analogue Oscillators, adding some classic analogue waves to the tonal palette. The characteristic attack “squeal” of the acoustic hurdy-gurdy can be turned on or off individually, and the sound sources mixed and blended to create haunting and evocative instruments that sound “almost real.”

Features:

  • Twin Crank oscillators drawn from extensive samples of the hurdy-gurdy.
  • Twin Analogue oscillators sampled from the Roland SH7 flagship analogue synth.
  • Twin flavours of noise: classic white noise, plus vinyl-style crackle.
  • Extensive LFO modulation of pitch, amplitude and filter cutoff, independently for both Cranks.
  • The Rhythmic Robot GLITCH button to randomise the instrument in musically inspiring ways.

Price: £24.95 – Crank is available now from Rhythmic Robot, at an introductory special-offer price of £19.95. Requires Kontakt v.4.2.3 or later to run (including all versions of Kontakt 5). Kontakt Player is not supported.

Get it here >>

Modular synths: SLOPE114-SentimentalJourney

November 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

All sounds from the Serge Modular, clock & trigs sent from DIY Drum machine.
coa-modular.com

KORG MS-20 Synthesizer Assembly

November 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

Sharing the satisfaction of assembling my very own synthesizer; the reissue of the 1978 Korg classic monosynth! At the end is a brief audio demo including modular sequencing of the MS-20.

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