Seeing if the 3VCO can be used effectively as a polyphonic device playing chords. It can if you use a MIDI-CV device that can send 0V on the unused channels when needed. This is because the second and third oscillator of the 3VCO can only be offset from the first oscillator, not individually controlled.
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“A guy suggested one could have quite fun with just three modules of Modcan, the 3VCO, the Dual Multimode Filter and the Quad Envelope. This thanks to the amplitude input on the 3VCO which in fact works like a VCA for that module. Works like a charm and packs quite some punch into very little panel space! In fact, if you go for a rack space system, you can fit two more modules into one row. This will definitely get you started though!”
Controlling and processing the Buchla through my Elektron MonoMachine proved to be totally lovely! This is something I’ll spend a lot of time doing in the future. The rhythm based delay and reverb inside the MM and the very dynamic timbres of the Buchla match very nicely.
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This is a quick test of using the Buchla 259e and Verbos 258v for melodic purposes. They are driven by an Elektron MonoMachine via a Kenton Pro Solo MIDI-CV unit. Then the MonoMachine acts as gate and adds a little effects to the 259e (delay) and filtering to the 258v. But just a little. I think I got pretty decent results even with heavy modulation and when using the mem/skew wavetables.
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The FSR is ideal for working with the Moog MoogerFooger pedals as they have plenty of voltage control possibilities. But what makes it so easy is that the MoogerFoogers supply their own control voltage on the ring of the control inputs for use with passive devices such as the Moog foot pedal. As the FSRs are passive this is a great feature. They are unattenuated however and as the FSRs are slightly sensitive ideally you’d need some kind of attenuator, like in the CP251.
I like vowel sounds, I think that’s clear by now for anyone who’s followed my videos. The MiniMoog vowel patch was the first demo video I did. On forums and here on YouTube I’ve seen a few vowel patches and thought I’d try one out. Had to tweak it a little more than I expected to and didn’t quite end up where I had hoped but it was an interesting experiment.
And although not extremely vocal like I find the resulting sound very pleasing
I was just going to try some more modulations before taking down the patch and get going with the video I had planned for tonight but I found the sound to be so pleasing and interesting I just had to record it.
It’s the FM patch from Episode 50 only this time there is just one modulator. I use two outputs of the modulator however, the regular sine and a sawtooth run through a fixed filterbank. This gives some extra interesting control over sound. But what came by accident and feels even more interesting is the variation of notes and the higher modulation index that yields a more screaming sound at times. This is what I love with this patch.
I planned to make a massive FM patch to see how cool that would be. I studied up on Gordon Reids fantastic Synth Secret series in SOS and happily went along. The patch didn’t quite turn out as I had planned however and instead of being a bit FM thing it turned out a somewhat modulated sound playing a nice little arpeggiated melody. I like it a lot and I think it shows a bit of the basics of frequency modulation with a modular synth.
Just to be clear because “permission” sounds a bit harsh. Since this is a wavetable device, I thought I’d respect the creative work of the good Buchla people and kindly ask them if it was ok to show the waveforms. I guess you can’t really copyright that kind of thing and I guess it’d be hard to copy anything from a skewed scope picture on a YouTube video. Still, better safe than sorry. I’ve emailed a bit with Jon at Buchla and Associates and he’s been extremely helpful and very nice. So, “permission” is my words and Buchla provides great customer service and is a great company.
Also, I have an older firmware, I think version 7. So the remarks on noise in upper wavetables should be taken as is. Thanks to boobtube for pointing this out in the comments.
The 259e is an amazing device. Since last time I’ve had a few requests to show the waveforms better on the scope. I was a bit hesitating so I asked the very nice people at Buchla and they sad no problem. So here’s a video where I try to show how the module actually works and what the waveforms look like. It’s a bit longer than usual and may be boring to some but I thought I’d offer this for the interested. For the rest of you, just skip through and you’ll find some examples of just how amazing this fine module can sound. I’m being impressed every time I play it and this video is just the tip of the ice berg on this one!
A quantizer has other uses than just locking voltages to note intervals. I thought I’d try how well the synthesizers.com Q172 does at some of these uses. Or abuses I do pulse bursts, arpeggios, bit crushing and octave doubling.