Vintage synths: Akai AX73 and Crumar Bit One / Bit 99 Sound demos

January 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · 3 Comments 

Akai AX73 Sounddemo (ohne externe Effekte)
Copyrights Volker Hein – 2013
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Crumar Bit One / Bit 99 Sounddemo (ohne externe Effekte)
Copyrights Volker Hein – 2012
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Forest and Trees – experimental sound installation

October 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Forest and Trees – experimental sound installation 

“Forest and Trees” is an installation of moving images and sounds employing 12 digital photo frames.
The animation and its sound effects playing through the internal speakers of each frame gradually
come together to form music.

This work will be exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

“Search for New Synesthesia”

This video is list version for vimeo.

A short guide to sound synthesis

August 26, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on A short guide to sound synthesis 

A brief guide to sound synthesis / how synthesisers (synthesizers) work. Using a Doepfer A-100 modular synthesiser, I demonstrate CV pitch and gate signals, oscillators, attenuators, mixers, ADSR envelope generators and filters.

Roland Jupiter-6 Signature Sounds

February 22, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

The Jupiter 6 is an incredible analog synth. All of the Jupiters have a sound that was unlike any other synthesizer and the Jup 6 is no exception. This sound is due in part to classic analog Roland technology in its filters, modulation capabilities and a thick cluster of 12 analog oscillators at 2 per voice. Easy and intuitive programming via front panel sliders, knobs and buttons for all your tweaking needs.

The Jup 6 is a scaled down version of the Jup 8 in terms of programming and polyphony. However the Jup 6 has some major improvements of its own such as newly added MIDI control and better tuning stability! While the Jup 6 does have MIDI, the implementation is very rudimentary and hard to control. The Jup 6 was one of the very first (along with the Sequential Prophet 600) synths to use the then new MIDI protocol, and the implementation on the Jup 6 is far from complete.
A quick demonstration of the Roland Jupiter-6 vintage analog synthesizer. Showing some of the signature sounds that are its claim to fame, and some sounds that may be not so familiar.

Not since 1983 has Roland produced anything quite like it. What sorts of things set the Jupiter-6 apart from its peers?
– Its wild multimode filter capable of Lowpass, Highpass, and Bandpass
– Like a handful of other synths, compound waveform selections are possible for each of the oscillators.
– A feature called Cross Mod: it’s like a third ‘virtual oscillator’ which is a frequency modulator for affecting OSC1. The beauty is that you still have OSC2 to do as you wish.
– Very stable oscillators, and the autotune routine takes about a second to execute! Memorymoog takes around 8 seconds.
– Envelopes: the attack transients are most unique. They aren’t extremely fast, nor syrupy, but I haven’t been able to get any other synth attack to sound the same.

What are these signature sounds the Jupiter-6 does well?
– Buzzy things
– Creamy Sawtooth, silky pad sounds
– Ambient Drones
– Gritty, Dirty, Raw, Nasty, Edgy sounds
– Blippy arpeggios
– Aggressive stabs/leads
– and very rude filter sweeps

EVOLVOR Sound Design App for Percussa AudioCubes Demo

December 28, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on EVOLVOR Sound Design App for Percussa AudioCubes Demo 

The EVOLVOR concept – a new way of sound design and the ultimate tool to get more out of your existing synths and effects  EVOLVOR is a MIDI application which generates LFO (low frequency oscillator) envelopes, and which it sends via MIDI to any hardware or software synthesizer or sound effect connected to your computer. Each envelope can be drawn using the built-in graphical envelope editors. Envelopes can be played back and looped with adjustable speed (by setting the cycle time in milliseconds).

Envelopes can lead or follow, which means that they play back by themselves (lead) or sum their own looping signal with signals from other envelopes (follow). Each of the envelopes is automatically linked to a physical AudioCube on your table, a smart wireless block capable of detecting other blocks nearby, which are also attached to (other) envelopes. When blocks are next to each other, wireless connections are formed, and envelopes will automatically sum up in the EVOLVOR software, creating completely new LFOs for your synths and effects in real-time! AudioCubes display bright colours as visual feedback, which helps to remember which envelope is where on your table.

By drawing your own envelopes and looping and summing them at various speeds, you can create ever changing sounds and sound effects, and discover new sounds you never imagined before!

Audiotool Sketch Tutorial

December 17, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Audiotool Sketch Tutorial 

Luke explains the basics of Audiotool Sketch in this video.

Out now in the Android Market:…

Audiotool Sketch allows you to sequence sounds using emulations of three different classic devices. Make some beats with one of the drum machines and then move onto the bassline. Once you have finished building your sequences navigate to the overview and start switching up the patterns, add some delay or change the tempo, all in real time.

Each device includes the full range of parameters which would have been found on the original machines, this coupled with the multi-touch functionality makes it possible for the user to really control each device’s output signal. Audiotool Sketch is built around the same audio engine as Audiotool and outputs full power audio.


September 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on СИГНАЛ / SIGNAL 

| Full Screen recommended |

Written and Directed by: Maxim Zhestkov
Sound design: Marcelo Baldin / Combustion
CG: Ilya Nikolaev / Maxim Zhestkov
Editing / Compositing: Maxim Zhestkov

Experimental sound installation – wine is included :-)

September 13, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Experimental sound installation – wine is included :-) 

Background information on the sound installation:

Sun Boxes is a solar powered sound installation.  It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels.  There is a different loop in each box programmed to play a different guitar note continuously.  These guitar notes make a Bb chord.  Because the loops are a different length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.

Sun Boxes creates space; it’s an environment to enter and exit at will.  The footprint this space occupies is similar to that of a city.  A metropolis.  It’s a burst of technology in the middle of nature.  Unlike most cities I’ve been to, it does not just take over the space.  Rather Sun Boxes interfaces with the environment and collaborates with nature.  It is the perfect combination of technology and and nature that create art, an environment and a metropolis.

For the past two years Documentary Filmmaker Kevin Belli has documented Sun Boxes in several locations through out New England.  He has traveled through the snow to a frozen pond in Plymouth, MA.  Woken up at 3AM to capture sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, in Acadia National Park,Maine.  And several parks and beaches in Massachusetts.  The end result will be a short documentary about the Sun Boxes and we’re planning a multi-screen installation that will show the  piece in different environments.

We’d like to continue this process on Martha’s Vineyard and showcase the diversity of the island’s landscape.  In 10 days Sun Boxes will be on a beach, in a field, near a lighthouse, in two galleries and on a working farm.  Martha’s Vineyard offers a tremendous opportunity.  All this will of course cost money.  With your generous donations I’m confident a $5000 budget will pay for a majority of the expenses.  To thank you I’d like to send you something unique from the trip.  We will be documenting Sun Boxes on Martha’s Vineyard and want to share it.  From $1 to $2500 whatever you can afford I will send you something from this trip.  Photographs, recordings, prints, books it will be great.

IPAD2: Simple Sound Sources

May 4, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on IPAD2: Simple Sound Sources 

Quick video showing some simple sound sources available on the iPad2. Apps used include Snowdrift, Polychord, Pulsate, NodeBeat HD, Thicket, Slewpi, and SoundPrism.

Altair-4 The SciFi Sounds Lab DemoVideo

April 9, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Altair-4 The SciFi Sounds Lab DemoVideo 

Altair 4 – The SciFi Sounds Lab
is for spacey & wobbly stuff, drones and scapes i.e SciFi FX-sounds, and it is quite good at doing bell like sounds too.

The movie Forbidden Planet from 1956 being the first movie with a complete electronic soundtrack (by Louis and Bebe Barron) using sounds that could have been done with this plug.
“This instrument does do a lot of the things the Barron’s did with their circuitry albeit a lot easier”.
“It makes sciFi sounds & noises and everybody will reminiscent to a old soundlaboratory of the 50/60ties”.
Anyway Altair 4 puts it to a modern level.


  • 2 oscillators with two soundsources with one (B) driving the other (A) to resonate; each oscillator with three mod inputs and extensive control options
  • 3 LFO: L1 (7 waves) with key restart on first key pressed, L2 (8 waves) and phase modulation,- L3 (7 waves) with optional modulation by sub LFO;
  • 2 hidden LFO: L12 = mix of L1 and L2, L13 = mix of L1 and L3;
  • 1 Sample & Hold (6 modes);
  • 1 VCA with AR EG (with pan for undelayed sound at Rev section);
  • 1 Main Volume with level control: fixed, Velocity, and even Aftertouch, or Wheel;
  • 1 Delay (bpm synced) and dedicated pan
  • 1 Bass Boost
  • 1 Reverb with predelay
  • 1 Hold button to hold last played key
  • 1 Joypad with 3 balls to control 6 destinations

Altair 4 will be available “soon” for 19 Euro, as introductionary offer until May, 15th 2011. The regular price will be 29 Euro. A demo version is now available.

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