10 Moogist Tricks on the Moog Voyager
Tim Tsang, demonstrates that with some modulation, you can turn you keyboard shredding into something much better. Expect explosive flurries of atonal melodic flourishes and timbral mayhem. Using a Moog Voyager, he modulates those pitches into some musical insanity. In short:
- Add pitch randomization with sample and hold (a lot of it).
- Filter the result.
- Hold that key trigger so you can use your fingers for something else. (Here, the Voyager’s X/Y pad.
- Route mod wheel to LFO.
- Route LFO to pitch, add more triggering, timbral modification like FM …and go all wobbly.
More details on the Pi Synth:
A short demo showing filter cutoff, resonance and more LFO- and EG-driven Phase Distortion.
Synapse Audio has released three new Rack Extension effects for Propellerhead Reason:
RM-1, above, is a virtual-analog ring modulator with a unique soft-saturation characteristic. Both an internal oscillator as well as mono and stereo side chains are available as a modulation source.
The AF-4 is a virtual-analog lowpass filter module, based on the well-known transistor ladder design. The filter can be driven into a warm, musical saturation, as well as into self-oscillation. Additionally, the resonant tuning is correct across the entire frequency range. The filter can be toggled between a 12dB/oct and 24dB/oct lowpass response, and supports both mono and stereo processing.
Full integration into the Reason enviroment and workflow is provided by the CV Inputs on the backside, allowing to control all front panel parameters.
The Synapse DC-2 dual chorus offers a warm, sweeping stereo chorus effect based on a classic two-stage design with matched delay times. Sound parameters include the delay time, modulation rate, depth and a bipolar feedback control.
The delay time, modulation rate and feedback parameters can be controlled via CV Inputs on the backside.
Second video tutorial featuring the Xpander:
In this video I will introduce the MODULATION PAGES used for creating a SINGLE-mode patch.
My next video will continue discussion of modulations and programming a Rave Hoover sound, and a Hi-Fi Crescendo Deep Chord as heard at the end of Tutorial 1.
The Freqbox is a very underrated device.
This is very simple programming, just some slight modulation of the waveshape, to an overdriven 101 LPF. Then a random sequence with most of the pots totally CCW seemed to simulate a two person morse code conversation using the Ringmod as a pitch source.
Oscs sent to a synthesiers.com VCA and to the MF 104z Delay prior to going to the board.
The MF-107 FreqBox is different from other effects – the effected sound is not a processed version of your input signal, but the sound of the input signal modulating an internal oscillator. It contains a VCO with continuously variable waveshape, and the capacity to modulate that Oscillator in the following ways:
– the VCO can be hard synced by the input signal
– The VCO can be frequency modulated (FM) by the input signal
– The VCO frequency can be modulated by an envelope follower which tracks the dynamics of the input signal
– The Amplitude of the VCO also tracks the dynamics of the input signal
Hard sync is a classic analog synthesis technique where the start of an oscillator’s cycle can be reset by another. The oscillator being synced takes on the frequency characteristics of the other oscillator, and when its frequency is swept, it reinforces the harmonics of the fundamental frequency. In the case of the FreqBox, the input signal is used to reset the FreqBox’s VCO.
FM is a technique used to get really rich sounds from simple waveforms. The type of FM used in the FreqBox is linear FM. Sounds range from gong or bell-like tones to sizzly sweeps.
The FreqBox, like all moogerfoogers, works with any instrument to line-level input. In addition to the panel controls there are control inputs for use with expression pedals or control voltages and control outputs for interconnecting moogerfoogers like you would a modular synth.
The demo was recorded with an electric guitar, the FreqBox, a Moog EP-1 expression pedal, and recording software on a laptop. That’s it!
The FreqBox can provide some really unusual processing to all types of signals – guitars, synths, drum sounds, vocals or wind instruments allowing you to enter previously unexplored sonic territory.
A short video demonstration of Delta Modulator VST/AU plugin by Xfer Records.
Xfer Records has released Delta Modulator, a free bitcrusher VST/AU plugin based on a signal modulation technique found in Nintendo NES video game console’s delta modulation channel.
I just threw Delta Modulator together out of mild curiosity of how it sounded compared to traditional sr/bit-reduction.
Using a keyboard tracking external VCO to achieve Tuned Ring Modulation.
The track used in this tutorial for download:
Adam Pietruszko – Chillishit.mp3
A short improvisation featuring processed audio from a really bad Sci-Fi movie, HP and BK sine wave generators, ring modulators, tape echo, various effects, and a dash of reverb.
Playing the Orphion iPad app through a Moog MF-102 Ring Modulator and MF-104Z Analog Delay. Moogerfooger parameters are controlled with the Moog Voyager Touch Surface CV outputs. Learn more at www.experimentalsynth.com
Demonstration using the Moog MF-102 Ring Modulator as an extra “atonal” oscillator for the Moog Voyager