Tuesday, May 19, 2020

GSE Announces 4027 VCO Eurorack Adaptation of the ARP 2600 VCO-2

Today I am giving an introduction to my new 4027 VCO. The 4027 VCO is a Eurorack adaptation the ARP 2600 VCO-2. Watch your audio levels, especially when the full range of the waveforms are demonstrated.

0:00 Opening Sounds
0:25 Introduction
1:12 Audio
1:31 Euro Adaptation: Bringing That Special Tone To Life
2:09 Front Panel
3:03 Waveforms Audio
5:38 Doubling VCOs, FM
7:25 Outro Sounds: Bass, Lead, Arpeggio

4027 VCO full details at Modular Grid

Recorded direct to Tascam DR-05.
KBD control + Sequencing: Beatstep Pro
**Ending Track**
Bass: 4027 VCO | Tonus VCF
Lead/Arpeggio: 4027 VCO | 4023 VCF
Delay: Timefactor

Thursday, April 23, 2020

XaVCF Times Two Eurorack Filter Oberheim OB-Xa [Demo #2]

No talking today. Only jamming on two of my gorgeous XaVCF filters today for demonstration purposes. Taking a tour through all the various modes and different settings. The black panel version on bass, the aluminum panel on arpeggio. Headphones recommended.

More info at Modular Grid

Audio recorded direct to Tascam DR-05.

Oscillators: GSE 101-VCO, Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box
LFOs: Batumi
Panning: EMW VC Pan
Sequencing - Arturia Beatstep Pro Pitch CV + gate
Delay: Eventide Timefactor
Reverb: Strymon Big Sky 'Hall' set just below 50% mix.
Mixer: Mackie 802-VLZ3

Thursday, March 5, 2020

XaVCF Eurorack OB-Xa Filter Adaptation Now Available

The XaVCF is a faithful adaptation of the OB-Xa filter in Eurorack with added features. As with the original, the XaVCF has two filter circuits to choose from! The heart of both designs having each its own Alfa reissue AS3320 chip. The XaVCF has the original Modes: a 4-Pole standard Lowpass circuit, and a 2-Pole Lowpass derived from a State-Variable circuit. Additionally there are 1-Pole Bandpass and Lowpass modes not available on the original!

Caution! Aggressive resonant peaks ahead, watch your levels.

0:00 Opening
0:54 Intro & Architecture
3:04 Mode I w/ Basic Sawtooth Demos
6:27 Mode II w/ Basic Sawtooth Demos
10:00 Uses for V/Oct Tracking + Self-Ocillation (All Modes)
14:49 Audio Demos w/ Patches

More info at Modular Grid
Check out my Reverb store for availability.

Audio recorded direct to Tascam DR-05.
No added effects.

Oscillators: GSE 101-VCO, Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box
LFOs: Batumi
Sequencing - Arturia Beatstep Pro Pitch CV + gate
Delay: Eventide Timefactor

PS - YT flagged my video ineligible for ads by sounding exactly like Chemical Brothers.
This module must be doing something right!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

XaVCF Test Filter Circuit [Audio Only Demo]

I've been getting requests for demos of my upcoming XaVCF module.
It will be a eurorack adaptation of the OB-Xa filter.
More info at Modular Grid
You know this sound from Rush Tom Sawyer and Van Halen's album 1984.
While we're all eagerly awaiting the module prototype I thought
I would share a brief sampling from a mini-lab test circuit.
A more thorough overview of the module will happen when it gets built.
So be on the lookout for that one in the near future.

The XaVCF will sound pretty far out.
We're talking about full on intergalactic blast off here.
Headphones recommended. BUT!...
Watch your levels, thick resonant sweeps ahead!
Prepare for ignition...

0:00 Classic 2-Pole resonant drop sweep
0:16 4-Pole Resonant Riser
0:41 2-Pole pure self-oscillation sweep w/ tracking
0:56 ...add both VCOs back in, slow sweep through sweet spots
1:40 2-Pole pure self-oscillation musical sequence
2:05 1-Pole Bandpass LFO modulated

VCOs: 101-VCF, Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box
LFO: Batumi
Delay: Timefactor
Sequencing/Control: Beatstep Pro
No mastering, no eq, nor additional post-effects added.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Makeshift VHS Tape Ribbon Controller In 3-Minutes

Haven't had any synth repairs or DIY hacks in a while.
A buddy sent a FB video link and asked what's up with this.
Somebody was using a videotape as a makeshift ribbon controller.
Using the tape to send a control voltage to their modular gear.
You may have seen something like this, but wondered about the details required.

Does it actually work?
If so what are the necessary steps?
Let's find out.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

GSE - Clear Sky [Relaxing Downtempo Music]

Starting 2020 w/ lo-fi sugary sweet ear candy.
Chillin' things way down w/ a TR-606.
Recorded Live w/ overdubbed synth elements.
Post production in Cubase 7.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Behringer Neutron + Eurorack DEMO [Nanotech]

Spacy tech demo track. Headphones recommended.

Concurrent Bass + Percussion | Behringer Neutron
Sparse Lead | 101-VCO | 2xVCA | Mutable Clouds
Arpeggio | Basimilus Iteritas Alter | Mutable Rings
Effects | Timefactor | Big Sky
Euro Performance Mix | Infusor-X
Sub-mix | Mackie 802-VLZ3
Sequences | Beatstep Pro
Post-Processing | Cubase 7

Recorded live in 1 shot to Tascam DR-05

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Behringer VC340 Vocoder + 101-VCO [Demo #1]

Today the gorgeous sounds of the Behringer VC340 Vocoder
Strings and Choir paired with my 101-VCO on arpeggio.
101-VCO going to my 101-VCF for that classic SH-101 sound.
Future Retro Transient is going to the vocoder mic input.
Transient is modulated by Batumi to result in those
shifting vocoder effects - almost chanting/talking?
Arturia Drumbrute Impact is clocked to the Beatstep Pro.
Some Big Sky reverb and Timefactor Delay.

Recorded direct to Tascam DR-05.
More info on my 101-VCO

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Behringer Neutron First Patch [Demo #1]

Today a first patch soundscape/sequence on my new muse,
the Behringer Neutron. Listen that on headphones. No, really.

I haven't come across any compelling demos on the Neutron.
It has great specs, but not much attention was given.
Until I had a chance to play one last weekend at the Dallas Synth Meet.
HOLY SHNITZEL. This thing blew me away.
The analog BBD delay section is one of the nicest.
So responsive, expressive,
...and lovely thick feedback harmonics.
You can ride the feedback right up to pure chaos, then
back away. It will abide your every move.
And every time I tweaked something it got better and better.
I am really looking forward to getting more cutting edge
sound design with this one!

Sequencing: Beatstep Pro
Recorded Direct to Tascam DR-05.
Additional delay using Timefactor Delay.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

SH2-VCF IS BACK! Version 2 using BA662 clones

I am happy to announce the SH2-VCF is available once again.
It was very important that Version 2 had all the same glory.
And the BA662 clones this one uses can definitely deliver the goods.
For more details visit Modular Grid
Be sure to check this out and my other cool modules in my Reverb Store