Brian Eno – “An Ending (Ascent)”

July 21, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Absynth version of Brian Eno – An Ending Ascent. This was all done using Absynth’s envelopes.

Yazoo – ONLY YOU – Re-created w/ Sequential Circuits Pro-One Synth

July 21, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Yazoo’s Only You, recreated on the Sequential Circuits Pro One synthesizer., details below:

Some friends needed the backing track of this song for their wedding, so I took the opportunity to geek out with it. The original is well-known by synth nerds as having been produced by Vince Clarke using only a Sequential Circuits Pro-One monophonic analog synthesizer. So, since I have a Pro-One, and there are scans of an old music magazine article online which show the settings for some of the sounds Vince used on this track (https://www.flickr.com/photos/8478882…), I figured I’d have a go at re-creating it.

First I transcribed the music (sequenced with Cubase), using soft-synth sounds as temporary stand-ins for the Pro-One. Then I had to dial in all the Pro-One sounds one-by-one and record each part via a Kenton MIDI-CV interface. I found that all of the patches from the article needed adjusting to get them in the ballpark, plus I had to create the other sounds from scratch (I’ve credited each patch accordingly). Having done so, I’m not convinced that every single sound on the original is actually a Pro-One. The “Tinkle” sound, for instance, sounds more bell-like on the original, so it could possibly have been something like a PPG. I don’t think Vince had his Fairlight yet, otherwise I’d say it was that. Also, the string line toward the end of the song sounds like it might have been played on a polysynth, ie maybe the Jupiter 4 which Vince used alot at the time. Of course, there’s also the snare, which was an 808.

In any event, I think I got pretty close with my rendition. Of course the effects and mix are going to be different, and some of the sounds are closer than others, but whatever.

I had a limited amount of time to work on this, and am already hearing at least one minor omission and also some slight patch refinements I’d make, so if you want to give it a shot yourself, you can download the MIDI file and the patch sheets here (be sure to let me know if you make your own version, and give me a shout out if you post it online!): https://www.dropbox.com/s/lfn3vb1pxwq…

One tip: the cutoff of the “Wobble” sound varies a bit, getting slightly brighter during the chorus, etc. The only way to do this is manually while recording. I tried to use automation for this via the Pro-One’s filter CV input, but doing so cancels out the Keyboard Amount setting, which is crucial for this sound, so I simply adjusted the knob in real-time.

If you liked this re-creation, check out my other videos for four “Speak & Spell” tracks that I re-created using only a Yamaha CS01-II synth.

Thanks to FrankPerri.com for the blank patch sheets!

Moog Sub Phatty VS Native Instruments Monarch + midi fun

July 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here Flux302 shows some comparison of the Moog Sub Phatty analog synth and Native Instruments Monark Virtual analog Moog clone. then I midi map the two together for some fun

‘Saturn Rising’ performed on Modular machines

July 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This composition is constructed with VoltageCtrlR’s analog modular synth and arturia micro brute being clocked/drums by the electron machinedrum. additional sound design compliments of the polygon sampler by glitch machines.
Recorded 6AM 07.19.14 Akashic Siddhi Sound Temple, Los Angeles.

Shiro Fujioka

A walkthrough of the AY3 synth’s essential features

July 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Checking out Twisted Electrons’ AY3 Chiptune Synth.

Features:

  • 64 preset memory (8 banks x 8 presets)
  • 5 pots and 1 endless encoder with push button
  • 40 blue leds
  • 16 step sequencer to sequence notes on/off, pitch and noise on/off
  • 4 Pitch modulation modes (aka lfo)
  • 4 arpeggiator modes
  • ultra fat 6 voice unison mode with detune knob
  • 6 chords to split the voices
  • 6 voice polyphonic mode
  • Glide mode
  • Stereo sound (3 voice per channel/chip)
  • intuitive 5×6 mode matrix to access and control:
    • volume, pitch, noise volume, envelope assignments, arp modes, sequencer assignments etc
  • control of all knobs and other features via midi CC
  • backlit front panel

The AY3 Chiptune Synth is available via Twisted Electronics for €197.00.

Роботы performing Robotmetrobot

July 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vocoder bonanza :-)

Трек 10 с альбома “Robotmetrobot” (2003)

http://www.myspace.com/robotiband

Listen to ERASURE’ s new single Elevation (Radio Edit)

July 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elevation is the first single to be taken from Erasure’s forthcoming new album The Violet Flame which will be released on September 22nd in the UK and September 23rd in North America.

Elevation will be available as a one-track download from all online retailers from Monday 21st July to coincide with the song going to radio, and will also be available as an instant-download to anyone pre-ordering The Violet Flame album from iTunes.

The full single, featuring extra tracks etc will be released on CD and via digital download at the beginning of September.

The Violet Flame will be available internationally on September 22nd (September 23rd in North America) and is available to pre-order now in CD, 2-CD and Download editions from all good retailers, or in a limited-edition 3-CD Deluxe Box Set edition from Pledge Music (link below).

www.erasureinfo.com
www.pledgemusic.com/erasure

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Swinth Commodore 64 compilation in HD – C64 SID chip

July 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Played on a REAL Commodore 64 with the 6581 SID chip.

— “I did not compose this and can’t find out who did it. Sorry!”

Songs:
- Theme from Stationnary Ark
- Saturdays in Silesia
- Excerpt from Vangelis’s “Spiral”
- Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”
- Theme song from Magic Shadows
- ???
- Oxygene II
- Pachelbel’s Canon in D minor
- ???

From the program “Swinth”.

Dave Smith Instruments SNAMM 2014

July 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Keyboard Magazine takes us on a tour around the DSI booth at SNAMM

Analog Theory Reason ReFill for the Korg MonoPoly Rack Extension

July 18, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Analog Theory is a new ReFill by Nucleus SoundLab for Korg’s MonoPoly Rack Extension.

Download the free demo ReFill, and get more info here:
http://nucleus-soundlab.com/products/…

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