Therevox ET-4.1 – new analog continuous pitch instrument

September 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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The Therevox ET-4.1 is an analog continuous pitch instrument inspired by the interface of the rare Ondes Martenot.

Each oscillator has six different waveforms, including the classic sine wave of the Electro-Theremin and the Ondes Martenot’s unique octiviant and white noise settings. Each oscillator can be tuned separately, or synched to create intervals or interesting harmonics. Oscillator 2 can also be set to a consistent note or used as an LFO to modulate the filter. The internal low-pass filter with variable cutoff frequency is used to shape the sound and this can also be controlled with an external expression pedal or CV source.

Details and Specifications

  • Two independent temperature compensated analog oscillators with sync function
  • Six octave positions for each oscillator covering C0 to C8
  • Six waveforms (sine, triangle, rectified sine/octiviant, 50% pulse, 30% pulse, 10% pulse (white noise on Osc 2)
  • Adjustable ring with metal reinforced wire
  • Replaceable reference keyboard with alternatives available (ex: lapsteel, specific scales, microtonal)
  • Dual wooden pressure-sensitive intensity keys with approx. 3/4″ travel
  • Low-pass filter with adjustable cutoff frequency (can be controlled by expression pedal or external CV)
  • Internal spring reverb with dry+wet mix control
  • “Silent” tuner output, switchable between oscillators
  • Line-level (+3db) output with volume control
  • Control Voltage (CV) outputs for ring position (1V/octave) and both intensity keys (0 – 10V)
  • 16VAC power input
  • Dimensions: 30 x 11 x 4″
  • Includes: Printed manual, power supply (110-120V and 220-240V Available) and extension cable.
  • Made in Canada

The Therevox ET-4.1 is priced at US $1475.

More info here >>

Hands on with the Novation Bass Station II

August 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

ProAudio creates a short track while exploring the features of the new Novation Bass Station II. Check out this video demonstrating the flexibility and mobility of this affordable digitally controlled analog monophonic synthesizer.

From Novations Website:
“Bass Station II is an analogue mono-synth based on the classic original Bass Station but re-worked for the 21st century. It has two filters, two oscillators plus a third sub-oscillator, patch save and a fully analogue effects section. Add a step sequencer, arpeggiator, full sized keys and a powerful modulation section and you have the makings of a synth that is built for bass, but capable of so much more.”

Joseph Colmenero shows you a fast and easy way to create your own custom drum sounds using the Novation Bass Station II analog synthesizer.

Making the wobble bass sound effect is as easy as 1-2-3. This is an unnecessarily long video tutorial showing how its done.

Jomox Xbase 999: Short Demonstration

August 24, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Short demonstration of the Jomox Xbase 999 analog drum synthesizer. All sounds are generated by the Xbase 999. Kickdrum, Snaredrum, Low Tom, and High Tom are true analog. Hi Hats, Clap, Rim Shot, Crash, and Ride are digital and can have different 8 bit samples assigned to them.

More info here >>

Closer look at the MFB Tanzbär Analog Drum Machine

August 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

MFB’s Tanzbär drum-computer offers fourteen analogue percussion instruments as well as a synthesizer for bass- and melodic voices.

Its integrated step-sequencer allows flashlight-programming and storage of up to 144 patterns. All parameters can be recorded per step! Because of its ability to control and call up all functions on the fly, while the unit is running, Tanzbär is ideally suited for live performances.

Tanzbär features

  • Analogue drum-computer with tight step-sequencer and 16 instruments.
  • Immediate control, integration of MIDI and CV/Gate.
  • Different step-lengths per instrument.
  • Programmable accent- and pitch-bend-functions.
  • 144 patterns with A/B-variations, fill-function to chain various patterns.
  • 3 CV- and 2 Gate channels.
  • Roll- and flam-recording.
  • Individual and global swing-quantization.
  • Recording of control-value per step.
  • 12 individual outputs, stereo output.
  • MIDI- and clock-sync, MIDI-dump.
  • Microshift-function via MIDI (future update).
  • Metal chassis with wood side panels.

Tanzbär is available to purchase for MSRP 840 EUR.

TBS-X16 ANALOG SEQUENCER PROTOTYPE *** Tecbug ***

August 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

New TBS-X16 analog sequencer prototype
16 step analog C.V.sequencer
Splits into 2 fully independent 8 step C.V. sequencers.
Also a 16 step gate squencer with 16 individual gates and a 16 step bus.

In-depth exploration of the KOMA BD101

June 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The KOMA BD101 is a complex (short) Analog Delay & Amplitude Modulation unit that can be used for filtering and treating audio signals; the very short delay time closes every “standard” application, but opens a whole landscape of sonic crushing and underclocking distortion. Pretty Wild. The IR sensor is very sensible to strong lights for shooting; so, on this video, its sensibility is not so strong than in the real life.

KOMA BD101 amplitude modulating Doepfer Dark Energy; Dark Time retriggers synth eg and BD101 is AMing signal for a rhythmic interaction; short delay and underclocking of BBD as usual.

The short BBD into BD101 is modulated with LFO triangle/square wave out from Doepfer Dark Energy. A lot of harmonics and – when underclocking takes act – a lot of severe audio changes. Not a standard delay, but a complex sound sculpting machine.

Silent Way Rack Extension Teaser

June 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Silent Way Voice Controller, part of the Silent Way plug-in suite, will soon be available as a Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason. Silent Way offers deep control over analog synthesizers direct from your DAW.

For more information on Silent Way, see
http://www.expert-sleepers.co.uk/sile…

Silent Way is a suite of plug-ins designed for use with analogue synthesisers, and especially as part of a modular analogue synthesiser system. The plug-ins produce no sound themselves, nor do they process sound – rather, they generate signals to be used as control voltages (CVs), which can be patched into the control inputs of oscillators, filters, VCAs etc. of an analogue system. Also, with the addition of the CV Input plug-in, it is possible to bring CVs from the synth into the computer, for recording or processing.

There are currently eighteen plug-ins in the Silent Way suite – Silent Way AC Encoder, Silent Way CV Input, Silent Way CV To MIDI, Silent Way CV To OSC , Silent Way DC, Silent Way ES-4 Controller, Silent Way ES-5 Controller, Silent Way ESX-4CV Combiner, Silent Way Follower, Silent Way Learner, Silent Way LFO, Silent Way Quantizer, Silent Way SMUX, Silent Way Soundplane, Silent Way Step LFO, Silent Way Sync , Silent Way Trigger and Silent Way Voice Controller. These are described in more detail below. It is anticipated that more plug-ins will be added to the suite in the future – watch the website for product announcements.

Analog meets Digital

May 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Patch details below:

the patch

snazzy fx ardcore running dual lfo sketch
triggers the two MFB seq 02 sequencers

both are running in AB mode 32 steps each

MFB OSC-02 Triple VCO is sequenced and modulated by
MFB seq 02 and Maths
MFB OSC-02 Triple VCO ing mod out is sent to the filter of monotron e

Maths
with black front panel white knobs

is patched into function
with black front panel and monotribe knobs

function is being fed by the monotron e LFO
EOC is sent to the filter cv of monotron-e

all audio outputs are mixed with MFB drum 99 mixer

this is sent to the alesis io dock input

a little KORG iELECTRIBE is added

this is all on channel 1

Ableton live 8 win7 64bit with hp Compaq L2105tm touchscreen

channel 2
midi input from korg ms20 legacy and DOEPFER A192 CVM 16
Max for Live
QM synth

channel 3
sonic charge microtonic
audio damage big sequence

‘The Tempest’ Analog Drum Machine + Ableton Live – MIDI Sync / Audio Routing Tutorial

May 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

More info: http://bit.ly/12pRSK6
In this video tutorial, DJ Kiva explores the creative possibilities of midi sync and audio routing between Dave Smith Instruments’ Tempest drum instrument and Ableton Live.

The Dave Smith Instruments Tempest is an analog drum machine that was created by two of the top minds in the industry: Dave Smith and Roger Linn. Together they have developed an instrument that takes the traditional drum machine into new realms of sound and control. While exploring the instrument in our studios, Dubspot Ableton instructor DJ Kiva recorded this tutorial in which he syncs the Tempest with Ableton Live and records the Tempest’s multiple outputs as individual audio tracks in Ableton. To finish off the session Kiva plays back the recorded parts and adds his own custom delays through send channels in Ableton Live.

Analog Hard Disk

May 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background information about this project can be found here >>

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