Tuesday, September 7, 2021

SH5-VCF: Beauty & Terror [Demo #3] (no jibber-jabber)


Some Darkscape Eurorack patches featuring the SH5-VCF.
Exploring some near-oscillation resonance sounds.
And frequency modulation of the VCF which this diode filter is so good at.
This time around using Big Sky Reverb and Timefactor Delay.
If you want to hear the naked filter alone the first two demos I made were bone dry no effects :D

I used different colored patch cables, so maybe you can glean what is going on.
If there are questions about that go ahead and pepper me in the comments.

SH5-VCF is all-analog eurorack adaptation of the Roland SH-5 Synthesizer Filter and Mixer.
Check my Reverb store for SH5-VCF availability

As per usual, listening w/ headphones or quality monitors is the best audio experience.
Watch your levels, this is a filter demo w/ some resonance ahead.
Be sure to check out SH5-VCF Demo 02 to see how I made the patches in this video!

Oscillators | Pittsburgh Primary Oscillator B, Cre8audioCapt'n Big-O
Modulations | Batumi, 2xADSR, Delta Soundlabs Mobula Ring Mod
Control + Sequencing | Keystep Pro

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

SH5-VCF Dual Filter Patches + Sounds [Demo #2]


In this video I will show some cool patches with SH5-VCF Dual Filter.
As per usual, listening w/ headphones or quality monitors is the best audio experience.
Watch your levels, this is a filter demo w/ some resonance ahead.

Check my Reverb store for SH5-VCF, 101-VCO, 2xVCA, 2xADSR availability

Timestamps
0:00 Sounds and Intro
0:16 Patch 1 | Fat Liquid Bass
2:44 Patch 2 | Series Cascading the Dual Filters
3:01 Patch 3 | Evolving Sequence
3:47 Patch 4 | Analog Percussion
5:20 Patch 5 | Supersaw! Unison Stack
6:33 Patch 6 | Complex Analog Thing

Oscillator | 101-VCO
Modulations | Batumi, 2xADSR
Control + Sequencing | Keystep Pro
No added effects, EQ, Compression, nor other post-processing.

Introducing SH5-VCF Dual Filter Eurorack Adaption (Roland SH-5) [Demo #1]


Introducing the SH5-VCF.
An all-analog eurorack adaptation of the Roland SH-5 Synthesizer Filter and Mixer.
The Lowpass filter is a diode ladder configuration using open-collector matched transistor pairs.
No filter-on-a-chip here :D
Similar Lowpass configuration was used in the Roland SH-1000 and the earlier System 100 (not 100m).
The dedicated Bandpass section introduces voltage control modulation not found on the original.
While the two filter sections are routed in parallel, that doesn't stop you from being able to re-route them in series configuration.
What you can expect from the SH5-VCF is the quintessential Roland modular filter experience.
These are all reasons I say it is time to get a little more serious.

Check my Reverb store for SH5-VCF, 101-VCO, 2xVCA, 2xADSR availability
As per usual, listening w/ headphones or quality monitors is the best audio experience.
Watch your levels, this is a filter demo w/ some resonance ahead.
Be sure to check out SH5-VCF Demo 02 to see how I made the patches in this video!

Oscillator | 101-VCO
Modulations | Batumi, 2xADSR
Control + Sequencing | Keystep Pro
No added effects, EQ, Compression, nor other post-processing.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

GSE Patches for ASM Hydrasynth [Demo04:Patches031-040]


Auditioning more of my original ASM Hydrasynth patches available soon.
Stay tuned.

Timestamps
0:00 031 Futurescape | Sci-Fi Atmosphere
0:31 032 Wave Bass | 90s Digital Bass Synth
0:52 033 Strat of Mind | 80s Retro Strat
1:25 034 Undercurrent | Growling, Moody Pad
1:55 035 Think Tank | Slightly Pulsing Pad
2:26 036 Requiem | Dark Choir
3:00 037 Datastream Pad | Percolating Modulated Pad
3:41 038 Hydrastation | Wavestation Steam Pad
4:11 039 Next Gen | Stabby Pad w/ Movement
4:45 040 Mellotronix | Mellotron Strings + Ahhs

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Behringer RD-9 [User Review] Rhythm Designer Analog Drum Machine


Today I am giving a user review of the new Behringer RD-9 Analog Drum Machine. The RD-9 is an affordable re-issue of the Roland TR-909 all-analog circuitry. With some updated functionality. This is not another typical audio comparison video, nor tutorial. How does it sound? Whats the design, construction quality and workflow like? Do I like the features? How does it compare to other analog drum machines currently available? I'll break it all down for you right here, right now.

0:00 Introduction
0:42 Build Quality + Connections Overview
2:52 Sounds + Features Overview
6:25 Other Similar Drum Machines
7:25 Summary of Final Thoughts

Recorded direct to Tascam DR-05.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Behringer RD-9 Doing Slower Tempo


The Behringer RD-9 Rhythm Designer drum machine just rolled in the door. Today I'm showing 3 little vignettes of what it sounds like doing slower tempo stuff w/ SH-101, TD-3 and some eurorack stuff.

3 parts:
0:00 90 bpm w/ Roland SH-101 andfx processing on some of the individual outs. You might like headphones or monitors to get the full sound.
1:18 80 bpm w/ Eurorack + Keystep Pro. RD-9 through Big Sky then DBX 160A compressor
3:01 100 bpm w/ TD-3. RD-9 low tom getting lo-shelf at mixer then Reverb + Delay. Some use of Probability and note-repeat (ratchet) on the closed hats.

The wave designer features were not used.
No mastering or post processing. This recording could have used some. The RD-9 definitely has punchy transients, I kept turning my record level down but still peaking my Tascam DR-05. So the average level sounds kinda low to me.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

GSE Six 8HP Filter Modules Shoot-Out [comparison] [vs]


Today it's the battle of the 8HP filter modules!
Six of 'em, says the squinty-eyed man with no name.
101-VCF, SH2-VCF, JP6-VCF, Delta VCF, Pro VCF, and 4023 VCF.
You know them, but what are some of the sonic differences?
Watch out, some skreechy resonance ahead. They're filters after all :D

0:00 Intro
0:40 Bassline sequenced
3:24 Arpeggio sequenced + Reverb + Delay
6:09 Bass Sweeps, various res settings

Details
Osc | 101-VCO square + saw + sub
Buffered Multiple | My one-off Buffy Bot is used in 1-into-6 config.
The buffered osc signal is going to each of the 6 filters.
Envelope | 2xADSR is stack-cabled to the various CV inputs.
The CVs are zero'd out until each filter gets dialed up.
Delay | Timefactor
Reverb | Big Sky

Check my Reverb store for module availability

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

G-Storm Electro Patches for Roland Jupiter-6 [Demo #4]

Auditioning some original Roland Jupiter-6 patches available for download. I had the good fortune of getting another Jupe in the studio. The previous one that had Europa was sold. This one is an earlier model, and was purchased dead. After bringing it back to life and calibration... Soon I had quickly re-programmed all my favorite sounds.

This video is un-rehearsed, so lots of noodling. Not dwelling too long on any one sound, to save your time. So if you skip around, you might miss something. Just sayin' :D Chord stabs, sweeps, bass, apreggio, sound fx, leads. Patch F7 is my template (default, or blank) patch. Patch F8 is my scratch patch, for when I can't remember what location I wanted to over-write.

The Roland Jupiter-6 has only rudimentary midi capability: simple note on/off and patch change midi message only. So, these patches can only be dumped all at once using the cassette interface. BE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR OWN PATCHES BEFORE OVER-WRITING THEM!

Download the patches as an mp3 audio file on my DOWNLOAD PAGE. I have used the JP-6 VERIFY function and confirm the audio file is good.

No additional effects or processing was used, aside from some normalization. Video was made in great haste - so it's un-edited, some audio levels are clipping. And sometimes scratchy volume pot.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Gyrinx VCF + Pittsburgh Primary Oscillator Audio [Demo #3]


Today I am running the Pittsburgh Modular Primary Oscillator through the Gyrinx VCF.
And throwing a bunch of LFOs and short triggers at them.
Expect more saturated noise and a few harsh tones in this one.
As well as strange bass sounds and fx bleeps.
The sequenced stuff is going through my 2xVCA

Gyrinx VCF is a eurorack topology of the Synton Syrinx Filter section.
Check my Reverb store for Gyrinx VCF, 2xVCA, 2xADSR availability
http://reverb.com/shop/gstormelectro
0:00 Strange Drone I
1:06 Even Stranger Drone II
3:14 Quick Sequence
3:31 Sequence I
4:59 Sequence II

Modulations from Batumi, 2xADSR
Control + Sequencing from Keystep Pro
Some fx from Timefactor and Big Sky

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

GSE Patches for ASM Hydrasynth [Demo03:Patches021-030]


Auditioning more of my original ASM Hydrasynth patches available soon.

Timestamps
0:00 021 Diginoise | Lo-Fi Tones + Atmosphere
0:28 022 Blades | Edgy Synth
0:53 023 Sine Tones | Pure + Smooth the way you like it
1:14 024 Voices + Chimes | Choir + Morricone Chimes
1:40 025 Hackspander | Obie Sweep
2:00 026 Ghosted | Dissonant + Creepy Choir
2:22 027 Pulsing | Sawtooth Synth Arp
2:44 028 Hydrix-8 | Another Obie Sweep
3:10 029 Darkscape | Sci-Fi Noir FX
3:43 030 Tickin' Clock | Modulated Delay Percussion