Tuesday, May 30, 2017
In this video I'm having a go with Mutable Instruments Rings with the Roland TR-8. Rings is getting signal from Synth Box, V/Oct from Beatstep Pro and going through Timefactor Delay. DRUMS. Okay the TR-8 is getting Big Sky Reverb and gated by the Bastl Skis, rhythmic trigger by Bastl Little Nerd. I'm really liking these Bastl modules! No, really. Bass sounds a little funky. The DNA is feeding the JP-6 VCF but gets lost underneath the percussion. So, yeah there's no mastering or EQ here. Recorded direct to Tascam DR-5.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
In this video I demonstrate the Ibanez Bi-Mode Chorus with a Roland Alpha Juno-1 synthesizer. This is a vintage analog chorus from the 80s that uses Panasonic BBD Chips. It has only one chorus line like most pedals. However it is modulated by two LFOs w/ corresponding width (amount) knobs on each! How does it sound with a synthesizer? You be the judge.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
This is a quick follow up to the last Ensoniq EPS 16+ Sampler demo. In my previous EPS 16 Plus demo it was suggested I use a phaser to help give the sound some movement. After all it worked for Jean Michel Jarre on his Eminent. I'm in luck! I happen to have a Boss PH-2 Super Phaser. I also use my delay trick from my previous PH-2 demo to help widen the stereo image a bit.
Monday, May 22, 2017
In this video I am running various synthesizers through a Boss/Roland PH-2 Super Phaser Pedal. The PH-2 is an analog pedal made from the mid 80's to 2001. Since the PH-2 is monophonic I will be auditioning it in both mono, and with stereo widening provided by an Eventide Timefactor. Sounds range from Jean Michel Jarre to Polymoog Vox Humana as heard on Gary Numan 'Cars'.
0:57 Roland Alpha Juno-1 Mono
1:27 Roland AlphaJuno-1 Stereo
2:13 Korg MS-20 Mono
2:59 Korg MS-20 Stereo
3:25 ARP Solina String Ensemble Mono
4:17 ARP Solina String Ensemble Stereo
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
In this video I am showing what the DRE4MTR4CK sequencer module does best: dealing with fast incoming clock signals. With the DRE4MTR4CK I change octaves and patterns for each part, and rotate the track data.
Track 1: Synthesizer Box
Track 2: DNA Symbiotic Waves going to the JP-6 VCF
Track 3: Disting Osc going to Doepfer SEM filter
Tracks 1-3 going to Deflector Shield Phase Shifter and Big Sky
Clock randomization by 4MS RCD, getting its data rotated by Pittsburgh Toolbox S/H.
Track 4: Bass Pads by Juno-1 played off-camera (right hand), my own patch called Aurora Pad 2.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Today I am messing around with a vintage Ensoniq EPS 16 Plus sampler. These were made around 1990 (27 years ago!) and are an excellent crunchy sampler alternative to Akai S-900 and E-mu Emulator. For this video I sampled an ARP Solina String Ensemble. This is less of a tutorial and more of a comparison. Does the sampler do the Solina any justice? Check it out and see. Be sure to click 'LIKE' and thanks for watching.