Dark Energy, a monophonic desktop synthesizer conversant in Volts, MIDI and USB. With a single oscillator, low-pass filter and ADSR envelope plus two LFOs, its feature set looks fairly basic, but to encourage modular fraternisation, it adds a cluster of patch connections. The Dark Energy has three internal sources of modulation: two LFOs and an ADSR envelope. The LFOs offer just triangular or rectangular waveforms and each has a red/green LED, the colours shifting to track the phase of modulation. Low, medium and high frequency ranges may be selected, the latter hoisting LFO frequency to around 5kHz. Modulation at audio rates is your ticket to pseudo-ring-mod atonality, whilst the slowest (“up to a minute”) LFO speed is ideal for those slothful moments. The envelope is entirely conventional, with just one slight twist. It has three operational ranges scoped for precise, short envelopes, envelopes suitable for solos or general performance, and long drone-type settings. Droners everywhere take note: the maximum attack time is almost a minute.
In this video:
Controlling Analogue Solutions Telemark’s filter with Doepfer Dark Energy LFO. Dark Energy has an incredibly high LFO rate and can make for some interesting sounds when paired with the Telemark.
Analogue Solutions Telemark
Doepfer Dark Energy
Vermona DRM1 MkIII
With a solid foundation of synth theory and even Thor’s fundamentals under your belt, this week we’ll be diving deeper into the filter types in Thor – looking at the State Variable Filter, the Comb Filter, and the Formant Filter. You’ll also learn about the self-oscillator included with some of these filters. From there we’ll move through Thor’s semi-modular signal path to see how you can tap into the sound-bending power of the shaper, the mod envelope, and the Modulation Matrix.
As with all of these Synth School videos, the knowledge in here builds heavily off of previous tutorials so if you’re jumping in to this one first I can highly recommend looking at past weeks to get a better understanding of the advanced concepts we’re covering here.
Also: Don’t forget to get your cap and gown measurements to the principle’s office because graduation from Synth School is next week!
LFOTool is a VST and AudioUnits plugin (32 and 64-bit) which syncs up to your sequencer with sample-accuracy, and allows you to draw custom shapes for one or more graphs (up to 12) and perform rhythmic effects (autopan/trancegate/autofilter/tremolo/sidechain-simulated ducking, and more). LFOTool will be $24.95 but *FREE* with purchase of the xferrecords EP “Fish”, released March 22nd on beatport.com
“LFOTool is an FX utility plug-in for VST and AudioUnit hosts for both Macintosh OS X® and Windows®. It empowers music producers to create tremolo, auto-pan, trance-gate, side-chain compressor simulation, and dubstep-type wobble effects with minimal effort.
LFOTool will process incoming audio as well as generate a MIDI message stream for controlling other instruments.
This unique plug-in also allows users to sculpt custom LFO curves and shapes and comes equipped with dozens of presets to achieve desired results quickly.
Consistent with other products in Xfer Records’ software lineup, LFOTool is coded entirely in C++ in order to minimize the CPU load during operation.
LFOTool will cost $24.95.
Korg iMS-20 on iPad: “MS-step” dubstep demo
A short but interesting dubstep track made with iMS-20 app on the iPad. I use automation to change the tempo-based LFO speed on the bass to create the typical wobbling effect.
More in-depth tutorials coming your way from the Propellerhead studio
After watching the first two Synth School videos you’ve probably realized that the entirety of synthesizer sound design is simply about taking a basic sound wave and reshaping it with basic tools like filters, amp envelopes, phase, other oscillators mixed in, etc. This week we’ll look at the final piece of the SubTractor puzzle: LFOs and Performance Modifiers. When you’re done this video you will have everything you need to start creating some seriously unique SubTractor patches. More importantly, you’ll be ready to tackle the more complicated Malström Graintable synthesizer.
Next week I think you’ll be surprised with how much you already know about it having built a strong foundation in a fundamental synth like SubTractor.
A nice demo via deadlover73
Heres a one oscillator patch with the Piston Honda
Synth.com / MOTM modules create most of the modulation sources, 3 LFOS in total.
Also used: S&H, wogglebug , Maths , doepfer 156 quantizer and 132 vca
MFOS sequencer and RCD providing clocking…
Aceess Virus Snow is used for delay and reverb
Design the Media has introduced version 1.5 of LFO everything, a Max For Live device that lets you add an LFO to control any device parameters in Ableton Live.
- Updates free for all buyers.
- Tempo synced or not.
- Waveforms drawable.
- Easy to use & user-friendly.
- Control LFO by LFOs by LFOs…
LFO everything is available now for 8 EUR.
A small demo showing basic functionality of my new ipad app “synthmate”.
“This panel exposes the synth parameters available for editing and assigning to the y-axis. These include a selection of wave types for both the source oscillator and LFO, volume, delay time and feedback, LFO destination (amp or frequency), LFO frequency and LFO amplitude. The user can also assign the y-axis of the control surface to control one of these parameters (except for LFO destination).” – synthmate.com
Our friend 7thDanSound has yet again released a couple of nice demos, enjoy
“This is a demo of how the Sawtooth Animator sounds when fed somewhat unusual inputs. It works surprisingly well with triangle and sine wave forms but I also try noise, dual oscillators, drums and chords from an Elektron MonoMachine”
“This video is a showcase of the Cyndustries Sawtooth Animator module using the LFO outputs. It has six of them and they are derived from what ever you put into the module. The speed of the LFOs vary with the input and if there is no input at all the LFOs stop so they can sort of be used as a crude sample and hold”
“This video shows how the Synthesizers.com Q106 oscillators behaves when synced to another oscillator. I have the oscillator aid module too and use its soft sync input to show how that works. I finish off by showing how voltage controlled sync works.”
This is a Frippertronics style demo of SynthPad – a new iPhone instrument inspired by the interface of the Korg Kaossilator family of devices.
Instead relying on piano keys to register notes, SynthPad uses a dedicated touch surface to control the sounds. Additionally the Y-Axis on the touch surface can be used to control different parameters, like filter cutoff and LFO values, making it an “expressive little toy.”
Its sound engine is a fully programmable monophonic virtual analog synthesizer. Among its parameters one can find:
- 2 oscillators with different wave shapes
- Fine tuning of the second oscillator
- Volume Envelope
- LFO modulation
- A Low-Pass filter
- Filter Envelope
Additionally, the scale and the key on the touchpad surface can also be configured, for live improvisation.
SynthPad is available now in the App Store for $1.99.