Polyoptics: OctaTest – Octratrack, op1

November 14, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Testing out the octatrack. The loops are taken from a track I had laid out on the op1.
I am still figuring out the work flow, but in this case, after assigning the loops to tracks, I used the scenes functionality to play out the track live instead of patterns.
The octratack has freed this tune from being locked up in the op1. Next time I will get into patterns and banks more.”

The Octatrack is an 8 track performance sampler. Recording of sounds is a breeze thanks to the intuitive user interface, but the fun really starts once the samples are inside the machine. All audio content can be heavily processed and radically transformed. Loops do not have to be restricted by tempo or tone and can always stay in sync no matter if they are pitch shifted or if the tempo of the sequencer is changed. The inflexible nature of samples is finally a thing of the past.

Octatrack + Sylenth1 + Collision + Revolution = Minimal Saturday

November 6, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Octatrack sequencing the revolution, sylenth1 and collision while providing the drum sounds. Minimal techno/acid jam.

Hardware:
Elektron Octatrack
Future Retro Revolution

Software:
Lennar Digital Sylenth1
Ableton Collision

The Elektron Tapes continues – number 5

November 5, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#5). Studies inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Monomachine SFX60+ Elektron Octatrack w/ Pro X Fade coss-fader on Vestax PMC-05 Pro III. Also featuring Oto Biscuit, Korg Monotribe + Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2). Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2011.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
UP-DATE#2: “Naked flowers” (Album) is available on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/naked-flowers/id475830077 and Bandcamp http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/naked-flowers
UP-DATE#1: “High heels failure” (5 ‘single’ tracks) are available on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/zviij/id422672054 and Bandcamp http://zviij.bandcamp.com
N.B.— Zviij’s singles “Bug Machines III, IV, V” are available for download on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bug-machines-v-single/id432389810

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

http://www.zviij.com

New version of The Elektron Tapes

October 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#4). Studies inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Monomachine SFX60+ Elektron Octatrack w/ Pro X Fade coss-fader on Vestax PMC-05 Pro III. Also featuring Oto Biscuit (w/ iPad as sound source) + Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2). [Apps used on the iPad are: Moog’s Animoog & MorphWiz]. Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2011.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
UP-DATE#2: “Naked flowers” (Album) is available on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/naked-flowers/id475830077 and Bandcamp http://zviij.bandcamp.com/album/naked-flowers
UP-DATE#1: “High heels failure” (5 ‘single’ tracks) are available on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/zviij/id422672054 and Bandcamp http://zviij.bandcamp.com
N.B.— Zviij’s singles “Bug Machines III, IV, V” are available for download on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bug-machines-v-single/id432389810

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

http://www.zviij.com

New operating systems for Octatrack, Machinedrum and Monomachine

October 17, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron has released three new operating systems.

Octatrack OS 1.03 brings full 24-bit sample compatibility to the Octatrack, meaning Static machines now can handle samples in this bit rate. The OS release also contains bug fixes.

Machinedrum OS 1.63 and Monomachine OS 1.32 adds among other things improved handling of program change messages. A few bugs have been remedied as well.

Downloads:

Monomachine and TR 909 patterns

October 16, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background info: Borrowing a TR 909 for a bit. A few test patterns on the Elektron Monomachine and Roland TR 909. Here the Monomachine is synced to the TR 909. This TR 909 has an earlier version of the MIDI specification and does not always follow MIDI perfectly. Vice versa works fine. Switching patterns manually on both the 909 and the Mono.

The Elektron Tapes continues

October 1, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#3). Studies inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Monomachine SFX60+ Elektron Octatrack w/ Pro X Fade coss-fader on Vestax PMC-05 Pro III. Also featuring Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2) & Korg Kaoss quad. Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2011.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
N.B.— Zviij’s singles “Bug Machines III, IV, V” are available for download on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bug-machines-v-single/id432389810

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

http://www.zviij.com

The Elektron Tapes

September 18, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron tapes (#1). Studies inspired by Aphex Twin & Venetian Snares productions — using Elektron Monomachine SFX60+ Elektron Octatrack w/ Pro X Fade coss-fader on Vestax PMC-05 Pro III. Also featuring Korg Kaoss Pad KP3 (x2) & Korg Kaoss quad. Performed by sound artist & noise designer Zviij © 2011.
* Booking : zviij AT zviij.com
N.B.— Zviij’s singles “Bug Machines III, IV, V” are available for download on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bug-machines-v-single/id432389810

Zviij — (born Franck Smith) is a French sound artist, noise designer and electronic musician, active as a soloist, living and working in Brussels.

http://www.zviij.com

Back to basics: Working OT

July 24, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Nice demo featuring the Octatrack:

Loaded up the Octatrack with some loops and hits. Everything but the main drum loop is from either the Buchla 200e or old recordings from when I had a eurocrack system. TResonator goes from subtle to downright nasty as I test my limiters. Check your ears and your levels on this one. Slider P-Locks the drum track delays for the pseudo Karplus-Strong sounds.

Technos Acxel gets sequenced by the Elektron Octatrack

July 10, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Technos Acxel may look similar in operation to a sampler, although its workings were very different and the sound structure is accessible. Where samplers used an A/D converter to convert a continuously-variable analogue signal into digital data, the Axcel worked on the premise that any sound, no matter how harmonically complex, could be broken down into a finite number of sine waves, and that these sine waves could be individually altered to fundamentally change the sound, producing what Technos founder Nil Parent termed re-synthèse. The Acxel was invented by Pierre Guilmette, the operational design was Nil Parent realization, the system was developed at Technos, company own and directed by Pierre Guilmette, Nil Parent and other partners.

Utilising a FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) analysis, sounds inputted into the Acxel were broken down into a number of variable-amplitude and variable-frequency sine waves, up to a maximum of 1024. Once sounds had been processed by the Acxel, all the constituent waves could be pitched up or down by the same factor, which had the effect of increasing the pitch of the sound without affecting length, or introducing any of the digital artefacts that traditional samplers did (for example, pitching all waves up by a factor of 2 would raise the overall pitch of the sound by 1 octave, without affecting length. Using a traditional sampler, pitching a sound up by 1 octave would result in it being halved in length).

The Acxel also had the capability to synthesise sounds from scratch. The same 1024 sine oscillators, that in fact can be of various waveforms including of draw-able shape, which were used to resynthesize sounds could also be used for additive synthesis. You can either take Analyzed sounds and modify them. A large palette of parameters and controls is accessible, on the same manner if you start from scratch or from analysis, and in Real Time:

Features:

o Draw waveforms directly onto its LED matrix display with finger-tip (a feature once offered by the Fairlight CMI almost 10 years previously, albeit using a video monitor and light-pen).

o Draw dual Spectrum type shapes for Amplitudes, Frequencies (with separate: Integer / Decimal parts, and Envelope Variation), Phases – Corresponding to each parameter the base spectrum and the MIDI control spectrum.

o Draw dual Envelopes to each Oscillator Parameter: Amplitude, Frequency – Corresponding to base envelopes and MIDI control envelopes, independent on each oscillator.

o Draw dual Envelopes to each voice parameter: Volume, FM, Color, LFO1, LFO2 – Corresponding to base envelopes and MIDI control envelopes. Draw waveforms for LFOs.

o You can also apply a digital type of filtering named COLOR filter. With center frequency envelope. The frequency is expressed as harmonic number, then you apply the filtering on the same manner at 100 Hz or 2000 Hz or 5000 Hz. With possible selection of harmonic numbers to be filtered or not (example to keep fundamental). With drawn envelope and filter shape (Low pass, High pass, Band, User-drawn response curve – for example Comb type shape)

o FM (Frequency Modulation) envelopes is also accessible and applied on the created sound structure (or analyzed).

o Other controls and editing: Timbre interpolation, Time stretch / expansion, extended MIDI controls (programmable control curves), muting elements, chorus.

In this video:

Technos Acxel gets sequenced by the Elektron Octatrack, lfos controls different arpeggiator settings. the sound from the Acxel gets routed back into the Octatrack for some effects mangling.

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