Modal Pro – new powerful app that allows you to build your own synthesizers

May 15, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Modal Pro is a powerful app that allows you to build your own synthesizers and effects by connecting various modules together. Inspired by classical modular synthesizers, Modal Pro is nevertheless designed specifically for the iPad with touch controls that allow you to tweak the sound just the way you want it.

More than a tool for building and playing, Modal Pro is also a great learning companion. Each module is documented in detail and an extensive tutorial is included to help even absolute beginners discover the world of synthesizers. Modal Pro allows you to explore the world of sound in your living room, on the train, at school or on stage.

Features:

* Flexible and Intuitive Patching
Modal Pro allows you to connect modules whichever way you want. You can use any module to control any other module. You can even connect a module to itself. You’re not guaranteed to get an interesting sound, or even any sound at all but you’re guaranteed not to break anything. The touch interface allows you to rapidly connect and disconnect modules so that you can easily explore all sonic possibilities.

* Easy-to-Use Touch Controls
Modal Pro features interface elements such as its custom “double sliders” that allow you adjust each detail of the sound intuitively and accurately. Controls are adjusted specifically for each type of parameter.

* Analog Modeled Oscillators
Modal Pro’s oscillator modules are built to emulate the sound of classic analog synthesizer. The traditional waveforms sound rich and warm but because they are modeled rather than sample-based you can modulate them freely, in real-time and at audio rate. Go ahead, build an FM synth with bite, with sawtooths!

* Two Workspaces
Modal Pro features two workspaces where you can build instruments or effects. The “Polyphonic Workspace” is typically where you build instruments, and offers up to 8 voices of polyphony. (Actual polyphony will vary depending on your iPad’s speed and complexity of the instrument.)

The Polyphonic Workspace is connected to the “Monophonic Workspace.” As the name implies, instruments that you build here can only play one sound at a time. This is the perfect place, however, for building effects that process the output of the Polyphonic Workspace.

The two workspaces are entirely separate. You save and load work on these workspaces independently so that you can easily change the effects that are applied to your polyphonic instrument.

*The Preset Slider
The state of an instrument or effect can be saved as a preset. These presets are stored in the “Preset Slider,” which not only allows you to recall these states but also interpolate between them, making fluid and sometimes surprising transitions between presets possible.

*The Keyboard
Modal Pro features a keyboard optimized for the iPad’s screen. The standard chromatic piano keyboard is complemented with many fixed-scale keyboards. Adjustable portamento allows you to slide notes individually.

*Comprehensive Help
Feeling lost? Touch any module and the “Live Help” window will display a detailed description featuring not only an explanation of the module’s features but also advice about how to use it to get great sounds.

Modal Pro also comes with a lengthy tutorial to guide you through every feature, building your own simple synthesizer and effect along the way. In following releases, more tutorials will be added to help you learn the basics of sound design. 

[Specifications]
* Modules
- Oscillators
Sine/Square/Triangle/Sawtooth/White Noise/Pink Noise
- Controls
ADSR(Envelope)/Simple Curve
- Modulators
Amplifier/Mixer/Crossfade/Ring Modulator/Sample & Hold
- Effects
Triple Filters/Delay/Lo-Fi
* MIDI Controls
Note/Volume/Preset Control
* Keyboard
Width : 9 octaves(scrollable)
Portamento : 3 presets(None/Legato/Glissando, intermediate value selectable) 
Scales : 24
* Outside-App Communication
CoreMIDI, Inter-App Audio, AudioCopy
(Audiobus to be supported in next release)

Get it here >>

First picture of U-He’s new modular beast Bazille

May 13, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

u-he-bazille-screenshot

Bazille is a modular FM and Phase Distortion Synthesizer. It’s modular engine allows for patching of any signal output into any signal input, regardless of signal type. This makes Bazille a sibling of ACE, but it caters for a digital synthesis paradigm rather than for subtractive (virtual analogue) synthesis.

  • hybrid modular system: digital oscillators, analogue filters – unlimited patching capabilities.
  • 4 oscillators with simultaneous FM (phase modulation, linear / exponential / relative FM), PD (phase distortion) and FR (fractal resonance).
  • 4 multimode analogue type filters, 2 of which have 6 parallel outputs.
  • 4 ADSR envelopes, 2 LFOs with multiple outputs, 2 ramp generators.
  • 2 modulation maps (can be used as oscillator waveforms), lag processors, quantizer, inverters, rectifiers, sample&hold.
  • morphing snapshot sequencer: 8 slots of 16 steps each (splittable into 4, 8 or 12-step units).

The product page http://www.u-he.com/cms/bazille has been updated as well…

BAZILLE, the modular monster. After ACE, the second spawn of our ongoing ‘Berlin Modular’ project, this one is a very different, much larger beast…

This is an old teaser movie:

Here’s a sneak preview of the first synth inside the upcoming Berlin Modular System. This synth combines FM-Synthesis, Phase Distortion and subtractive in a rack-like appearance. In this video I’m showing teh layout and the basic oscillator functions.

Grayscale Algorhythm overview

May 12, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Demo video for the Grayscale Algorhythm sequencer module:
grayscale.info/modules/algorhythm/

Audio taken from three sources:

Grayscale – Endless Random
soundcloud.com/grayscalemodular/endless-random

Grayscale – Algorhythm vs Turing Machine
soundcloud.com/grayscalemodular/algorhythm-vs-turing-machine

Richard Devine – Reticulating Rhythms:
vimeo.com/94437575

M. Geddes Gengras artist interview

May 10, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Lot’s of modular stuff :-)

Inside Moog’s new Emerson Modular synth

May 8, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

At MoogFest 2014, Peter Kirn gets a tour of Moog’s mammoth new tribute synth, a part-for-part reconstruction of Keith Emerson’s iconic Moog Modular.

In 1969, Emerson incorporated the Moog modular synthesiser into his battery of keyboards. While other artists such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones had used the Moog in studio recordings, Emerson was the first artist to tour with one. Emerson’s use of the Moog was so important to the development of new models that he was given prototypes, such as the Constellation he took on one tour[8] and the Apollo, which had its debut on the opening track of Brain Salad Surgery, “Jerusalem.”

The Moog was a temperamental device; the oscillators went out of tune with temperature change. Emerson: “I had my faithful roady Rocky tune the instrument to A 440 just prior to the audience coming in, but once the audience came into the auditorium and the temperature rose up then everything went out of tune.”

His willingness to experiment with the Moog led to unexpected results, such as the time he stumbled into the signature sound for Hoedown, one of ELP’s most popular tunes. Emerson: “We’d started working on that arrangement and then I hit, I don’t know what, I switched a blue button and I put a patch cord in there, but anyway ‘whoooeee.’”

The so-called “Monster Moog,” built from numerous modules, weighed in at a whopping 550 pounds, stood 10 feet tall and took 4 roadies to move. Even with its unpredictability, it became an indispensable component of not only ELP’s concerts but also Emerson’s.

He is known for his technical skill and for his live antics, including using knives to wedge down specific keys of hisHammond organ during solos, playing the organ upside down while having it lie over him and backwards while standing behind it, and has cited guitarist Jimi Hendrix and English organist Don Shinn as his chief theatrical influences. He also employed a special rig to rotate his piano end-over-end while he was playing it, though this of course is purely for visual effect, as a piano cannot operate as an instrument while upside down.

More on Emerson here >>

“The New World of Synthesizer in Osaka”

April 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://modularsynth.jp

Japanese synthesizer document film
“The New World of Synthesizer in Osaka”
Short trailer.

Introduction to ACE modular

April 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The first in Dan Worrall’s 4-part series about u-he’s ACE modular synthesizer.
Best viewed at 720p (HD) resolution

u-he: www.u-he.com
Dan: www.platinumears.com

Ace is a semi-modular software synthesizer, with default routing like ARP 2600.

Features:

  • 25 signal sources, 30+ signal targets
  • up to 8 times unison with +/-2 octave detune range each
  • exceptional filters, can self-oscillate
  • LFOs can be used as VCOs and vice versa
  • sync, FM, cross modulation
  • use multiples for inversion, amp / ring modulation etc.
  • custom LFO waveform “tap map”
  • microtuning (Scala .tun standard)

Moog Music Announces The New Emerson Moog Modular System

April 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Moog Music unveils one of its largest engineering undertakings, the new Emerson Moog Modular System.   

On the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Moog Modular, the first voltage controlled synthesizer, Moog Music is proud to honor Keith Emerson and his seminal collaboration with Bob Moog.  Today, for the first time at Moogfest 2014, Moog Music reveals its three year effort faithfully recreating the iconic Emerson Moog Modular.

In the intervening 50 years since the advent of the first Moog synthesizer, people have steadily come to appreciate the power and flexibility of the early Moog modular systems. Now in 2014, 60 years after Bob Moog started his electronic musical instrument company, with great respect for the tradition, design, and craftsmanship of the original Moog modular systems, Moog Music proudly announces the recreation of arguably the most famous synthesizer in history–Keith Emerson’s Moog Modular System.

Over the last 3 years Moog Music has set out to research and build a faithful recreation of this highly complex, custom instrument. Using the original documentation as well as circuit board and art files for nearly every original Moog module, Moog Engineers have painstakingly recreated the original Emerson Modular System. The new Emerson Moog Modular System is comprised of handcrafted Moog modules built from the original circuit designs and are true recreations of the originals, utilizing the same hand assembly methods used in the Moog Music factory in Trumansburg, NY in 1969. The modules in the new Emerson Moog Modular System are built just as the originals were, by hand-stuffing and hand-soldering components to circuit boards, and using traditional wiring methods. Even the front panels are photo-etched aluminum (a rare process now), which is the classic and durable, look of vintage Moog modules.

Moog Music is proud to partner with Keith Emerson and salute his pioneering artistry with the announcement that Moog will build a handful of these incredible, custom handcrafted Emerson Moog Modular Systems.

To celebrate the introduction of the new Emerson Moog Modular System, Moog Music featured Emerson as a headliner at Moogfest 2014, where he played a special performance last night on Thursday, April 24th and is featuring a live discussion with Emerson today, Friday, April 25th.

To inquire about the new Emerson Moog Modular System, contact Moog Music. Price available upon request. 828.251.0090

synth birds

April 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

4ms Peg, QCD² / Expander², QPLFO, RCD²,VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS100²,RS110²²,RS 360²
Arp Odyssey white noise
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Cyndustries Zero Oscillator
Doepfer R2m, A114, A118, A134²²,A141, A143-2/9,A148,
A149-1,A151²², A175²²,A185-2′³, A 138a²²b²²c²²²
Flame Chord Machine²,Talking Synth Module
foh choices
Grendel Formant Filter ²
Make Noise Brains,Pressure Points², Maths²,
modDemix²²,Optomix,QMMG,René, Wogglebug²
Malekko Anti ²² ,Uncle³,Jag
Moog Taurus 2 , Freqbox ²²,MP201
Roland SVC 350 Vocoder,System 102 & 104
SSL Modulation Orgy
Tip Top Audio Z8000 manual voltage source
Toppobrillo,Quantimator, Sportmodulator,TWF²
Logic masterclock to Kenton Pro 2000²
FX :Alesis 3630,Boss VF1,BSS DPR 402,
Lexicon PCM 80, Line6 Echopro,
Red Federation BPM FX Pro, TC M3000
mackie the mixer³
morse key

Studio Science: Morton Subotnick On His Buchla Synthesizer

April 17, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Morton Subotnick runs through his live set-up, a unique amalgamation anchored by the Buchla Synthesizer. Filmed at the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp San Francisco

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