The Punisher – modular synth jam

March 9, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Numerology 3 Pro and analog step sequencers in the modular. A real-time studio recording in Cubase 6. Synths used were the modular synths, Waldorf MWXT, MicroQ, TX816, Nord Lead 2X, Prophet 8, DX7II and Korg ES-1. Using a Novation Launchpad to control the Numerology tracks. Step sequencers are dotcom Q960, Q119 and STG Soundlabs Time Suite. The opening and closing sound is a new SSL1130 DDVCO through a CGS01 harmonic sequencer and back into the DDVCO exponential and linear modulation inputs. Video editing in Final Cut Pro X.

Prophanity – Free VST synth

January 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Prophanity –

Chris Roberson (a.k.a. Blu Gruv) has released Prophanity, a freeware VST instrument which aims to clone the Prophet 5.

  • Oscillator A: Frequency, Osc Waveform (Saw/Square), Pulse Width, Sync
  • Oscillator B: Frequency, Fine, Osc Waveform (Saw/Triangle/Square), Pulse Width, Low Freq, Keyboard
  • Mixer: Osc A, Osc B, Noise
  • Poly-Mod: Sources – Filter envelope, Osc B; Desinations – Freq A, PW A, Filter
  • Wheel-Mod: Source mix (LFO/Noise)
  • LFO: Frequency, Waveform (Saw/Triangle/Square)
  • Filter: Cutoff, Resonance, Envelope Amount, Keyboard, ADSR
  • Amplifier: ADSR
  • Volume, Velocity, Master Tune, A440, Glide

Download Prophanity here or here! 1.41 mb

Live modular performance – Muon Dependency

August 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Would love to spend some time in this dude’s studio :-)

A live performance. A 137 space modular synthesizer, Waldorf MicroWaveXT, Dave Smith Prophet 08, Nord Lead 2X, Yamaha TX816, DX7II, and Oberheim Matrix 6.
All synthesizers are controlled either with Numerology 3 Pro or from the modular synth on-board sequencers. Recorded in Cubase 4 from Steinberg.
I played a single line at various times on the DX7II. Everything else is fully automated including a pseudo-random sequence generated by a Catgirl Synth Suboscillator/Harmonic Sequencer module by Ken Stone.
The baseline is the Prophet 08 controlled by a midi output from the Q172 midi output of a Q960 8 step sequencer pattern.

Background info on the Numerology 3 Pro:

Numerology 3 is a music sequencing and audio plugin environment which uses an innovative approach to electronic music composition based on modular step sequencing. With version 3 Numerology now comes in two flavors: a Standard Edition for anyone that wants an economical step sequencing addition to their studio, and a Pro version with advanced features for users looking to make Numerology a cornerstone of their compositional workflow.  Another major addition is an AudioUnit version of Numerology that allows users of supported hosts to add advanced step sequencing to their DAW-based workflow. The Numerology AU is the first Audio Unit plugin to offer sample-accurate MIDI scheduling and built-in latency control.

Other highlights of Numerology 3 include new generative sequencing options, a completely revised user interface, a preset playlist, a humanize function, Audio and MIDI recording for every part, and several new and updated modules. These features expand and complement the capabilities provided by Numerology’s extensive list of sequencing and signal processing modules. With version 3, Numerology’s library of modules now numbers more than 50, not including hosted Audio Units.

The Generate and Evolve features in Numerology 3 allow users to explore new compositional territory by using generative algorithms both to create new patters, and to make transformations to existing patterns. The Generate feature includes 18 algorithms for generating new patterns, and is setup to allow users to easily control the musical context in which the pattern is generated. Evolve goes a step further by allowing users to program specific algorithmic changes to a sequence. These changes can be triggered directly, or setup to automatically repeat for regularized pattern modulation.

Features specific to the Pro version of Numerology include multi-output support for hosted AudioUnits, monophonic audio routing support, OSC support, custom scale quantization, and several new modules specifically oriented for building advanced sequencer setups. Included in that set are gate generator and clock offset modules, a CV To Audio module for driving an analog synthesizer directly from Numerology (with a DC-capable audio interface), and a pair of operator modules supporting a total of 61 functions.

Both the Pro and SE versions of Numerology 3 come with much improved synthesis options for the built-in sample-based SampleSynth and DrumKit modules.  These modules now include a multi-mode filter, 2 AHDSR envelopes, a beat-synchronized LFO and a modulation matrix.  Complementing these additions are a new set of built-in audio effects, including tempo-synchronized delays, multi-mode filtering, and a ring modulator.

Two new features in Numerology 3 greatly expand user options for storing and sharing presets and patterns, the Stack Library and Module Presets. The Stack Library is a new centralized location for storing part-oriented sequencing and synthesis setups. The Numerology 3 download comes with a library of stacks that include a variety of demo tracks, examples and core sequencing templates. In addition, the new module preset function in Numerology 3 allows users to easily store and load settings for any module. This feature is particularly handy for keeping track of sequencer patterns as well as building preset libraries for the SampleSynth and DrumKit modules.

Sound testing: Arturia Prophet V vs. SCI Prophet 5

July 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment

Comparison of the factory sounds of a real hardware Prophet sound demos on the internet recreated with my Arturia Prophet V software synthesizer. Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 was one of the first fully programmable polyphonic analog synths, the Prophet 5 is the most classic synthesizer of the eighties! It is capable of a delightful analog sound unique to Sequential’s Prophet series in which the P5 was King! Five voice polyphony – two oscillators per voice and a white noise generator. The analog filters, envelope and LFO all sound great and are extremely flexible. The P5 had patch memory storage as well, which scanned and memorized every knob setting for storing and recalling your sounds – a desperately needed feature at the time!

The P5 lacked MIDI (a feature that came later on the P5 spin-off, the Prophet 600). But it is still loved even today for its great string sounds, analog effects, and punchy analog basses. Unfortunately the P5 is not immune to the dark side of vintage synths – it has its fair share of analog synth problems such as unstable tuning, it’s difficult to repair, lacks MIDI, etc.


Prophet 600 playing by itself in a duet with piano

June 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

I hadn’t used my prophet 600 (mid 80′s analog synthesizer) for a long time. When I took it out to a gig it started playing by itself, changing sounds and pitch randomly, it was quite musical I think. I sat down at the piano and improvised together with it while my friend Chris filmed.
Please do comment if someone has a technical explanation on how it could play by itself! The buttons have not been working very well for a while, I think it’s something to do with the computer that scans the settings of the buttons, and also which keys are being pressed down, and this function was obviously not working as it should.
Funny thing is how it stopped at the end of this video at the same time as I stopped.
After I left it plugged in for 48 hours it has gradually come back to normal, so no more music from it.

I’m thinking that maybe one year in a flightcase was to much for it to take, so it had a lot of music inside that just had to come out.

You can hear more from the prophet 600 here (together with also oberheim obx, SEM, arp 2600, jupiter 6, b3 organ and more):
- I’m playing the synths there, they don’t play by themself

Moog Voyager and the Vmodular rack running drone sounds and sequences.

May 19, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In this video:

My first song using East West plugins Voice of Passion. Starts out with the Moog Voyager and the Vmodular rack running drone sounds and sequences. The violin solo is East West Symphony Orchestral played on the Voyager. Filling in is Addictive Drums, Prophet 08 for strings, my newly restored Roland JD 800 and the Fantom G for Orchestral percussion triggered by a Korg Padcontrol. Hope you enjoy it.

Synthporn Saturday – inside Jorge’s studio

May 14, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment

Well you can definately everything you need in this guys studio :-)

One things that caught my eye was the Teisco 110F. In the beginning of the 80′s Kawai began manufacturing synthesizers under the company name of Teisco. Their early designs resulted in synths like the S110-F above. The Synthesizer 110-F is an upgraded S60-F, with dual analog VCO’s and an updated look. It has a small but usable 37 note keyboard. Classic analog sawtooth, square, and triangle waveforms plus noise are on-board and can be mixed with external sounds run through the 110-F’s filters and envelopes. The oscillators can be de-tuned for duophonic textures or phatter leads and bass sounds.

There’s plenty of modulation ability and classic analog effects in the 110-F to really liven up the sound. There’s an LFO which can modulate the VCO and VCF and can trigger the EGs. The VCF resonant low pass filter is great too. There’s also a VCA section with Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release controls and finally there’s a Hi-Pass filter. There is also a portamento effect, a ring modulator, vibrato and sample-and-hold for those classic analog synth effects and tricks! Lots of pretty blinking lights, a sleek and straight-forward layout and very nice analog bass, lead and synth sounds are all a part of the Synthesizer 110-F experience.

But also the Octave Cat. Octave released this analog classic – the Cat – during the era of the Minimoog and ARP Odyssey synthesizers. The Cat is actually very much like the ARP Odyssey, so much so that ARP had sued them in the late 1970′s for cloning their designs. The Cat is a monophonic/duophonic analog synthesizer with 2 oscillators capable of square and sawtooth waveforms. VCO 1 also has a triangle waveform. Each of the waveforms can be played simultaneously and mixed together and there are additional sub-octave oscillators on each oscillator to blend new and interesting sounds.

In this video:

Bob Weigel of begins his month or so long journey to see former Bozeman residence the Wiest family in Sheriden, WY and former roommate Alfredo Pinto in Denver area. Also quick interview with Jorge about his awesome synth studio featuring a Jupiter 8, Teisco 110F, Prophet 5, Juno 60, Minimoog, Korg MS-20, (I said 10…) Roland SH-5, Octave Cat, etc.

Pimp my Synth

April 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment

Synthesizer modifications (keyboard replacement / aftertouch / card reader as a HD replacement) in the synthesizer studio of Martin Höwner. Music played by Martin and Dietmar Höwner Steinhauer on Prophet V, Oberheim OB-X, PPG 2.3 and Memorymoog.

DSI Prophet ’08 Module: Advanced Sequence

April 11, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More info below:

DSI Prophet ’08 Module: Advanced Sequence
Audio & video by Arjen Schat

I bought the Prophet ’08 Module back in 2008 but never really used the internal step sequencer to its full potential. In this video I use three layered sequences which were all composed using the internal step sequencers. The first sequence modulates the pitch of oscillator 1 in layer A, the second sequence modulates the pitch of oscillator 2, also in layer A. The third sequence modulates the pitch of both oscillators in layer B.

I use key step triggers to trigger the different steps of the sequences and alternate between three different notes with yet another sequence coming from my DAW (Renoise). These notes transpose the pitch of the sequences at their respective steps and create intricate polyrhythms due to the different lenghts of the internal sequences and the key step trigger sequence from Renoise.
The notes in the trigger sequence are also transposed a few times to keep things sonically interesting.

The audio is routed through a Moog MF-104Z BBD delay, a Maxon AD999 BBD delay and T-Rex Room-mate reverb.

Improvisations with Prophet 5, Oberheim OBX and Minimoog

March 6, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment

we are planning a music-project with only analog synthesizers from the wonderful synth-collection of martin forrest. he owns more than 140 instruments from every synthesizer generation und they are all in perfect condition! You find all the legends from moog, ARP and oberheim over sequential circuits to PPG, EMU, Roland and Yamaha and all the Samplers of Akai, Emu and Roland.

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