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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Sequencing a Univox Minikorg 700S [Demo #3] Using KVP + Beatstep Pro

Third video on the Univox Minikorg.
This Minikorg has been modified to take an external pitch CV + gate signal.
It expects pitch in hz/v and lo-active gates.
While the Beatstep Pro can do it - it's a global setting.
Using my KVP module to convert the signals, it means I don't need to mess w/ the BSP globals whenever I hook up a Korg product.

0:00 Pt 1: Delay- Timefactor
1:36 Pt 2: Percussion - Basimilus Iteritas Alter, FR Transient (hats)
3:13 Pt 3: Percussion - Basimilus Iteritas Alter
Bass Pad - 101-VCO/101-VCF/106-Chorus
Delay - Timefactor
Reverb - Big Sky

KVP details at Modular Grid.

Recorded direct to Tascam DR-05.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Korg MS-20 Controlled By Eurorack

ime to kick back and let this play in the background.

Been wanting to try the MS-20 w/ Temps Utile and Ornament and Crime. Using the KVP to achieve that. Beats from Basimilus Iteritas Alter. Kick from FR Transient. Some delay and reverb used.

Recorded direct to Tascam DR-05.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Introducing KVP - A Pitch CV + Gate Processor for Korg MS-20

Today I am introducing my new module - the KVP.
KVP is a pitch and gate CV processor that makes the MS-20 compatable w/ Eurorack (v/oct).
It works for the vintage MS-20, the MS-20 Mini reissue as well as the Behringer K-2.
And any manufacturer synth using the Hz/v standard.

Percussion: Basimilus Iteritas Alter
Sequencing: Arturia Beatstep Pro
Delay: Timefactor
Reverb: Big Sky

KVP details at Modular Grid
KVP is available exclusively in my Reverb store.