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  3. Hi, 

     

    I've been using Voltage Modular software for the last month or more and have become obsessed with it. It's not free and a very steep learning curve but the possibilities are only in computer power ultimately if you collect enough module bundles and things, which I have been doing before the prices go up. The expense has forced me to focus on using it when ill health would have otherwise caused me to not bother had it been free as I have to justify the expense to myself, so it works for me so far. I haven't produced many results with it yet, mostly just sections of live recording (the way Tangerine Dream recorded Phaedra using the Moog Modular - leave the tapes recording whilst experimenting). 
    I have put up one thing on youtube ... (continued under video link)

    ... and another on Bandcamp,    ... (continued under bandcamp link) 
     

    https://iancraig1.bandcamp.com/track/making-smile-memories-beautiful-modular-1a2-l

    both recorded live and slightly edited.

    Also, I was looking up Chris Franke's 1982 setup and found the following article which seems to cover the subject from a historical hardware standpoint, but otherwise in exactly the same kind of way I see the subject myself. It makes interesting reading. 

    http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/chris-franke-on-sequencers/5932 

    1. Jack Hertz

      Jack Hertz

      Wow, nice track and video to go with. 👌

      Glad to hear you're dipping into the modular realm. The digital side has plenty to offer, and some other benefits like being able to save your patches. Anyways, its all the same in the in end.

      Thanks for the article link as well. Looks like a great read. Always been a fan of Franke's work. I'll just shut up, read and listen now. Thanks! 👩‍🚀

       

    2. Ian Craig

      Ian Craig

      Thanks Jack 😁

  4. Behind the Walls of Imagination is an album by composer Eloy Fritsch. It is a spiritually charged, powerful instrumental album that maintains a reverent sense of wonder throughout, sort of like the title implies. It can be considered a definitive crossover disc straddling cosmic new age, electronic, and progressive. The music is composed and arranged by Eloy Fritsch, who performed all synthesizers and percussion instruments. All is very melodic and emotive, with multi-layered instrumental textures/voicings and solid, coherent arrangements. Fritsch mixes fanfares and percussive lead lines to lend his dreamy melodies a rockier edge. The opening "Overture" is a romping symphonic workout, while "Quasar" and "Centaur" are decidedly in the electronic prog-rock category. View full album
  5. lver

    Behind the Walls of Imagination

    Behind the Walls of Imagination is an album by composer Eloy Fritsch. It is a spiritually charged, powerful instrumental album that maintains a reverent sense of wonder throughout, sort of like the title implies. It can be considered a definitive crossover disc straddling cosmic new age, electronic, and progressive. The music is composed and arranged by Eloy Fritsch, who performed all synthesizers and percussion instruments. All is very melodic and emotive, with multi-layered instrumental textures/voicings and solid, coherent arrangements. Fritsch mixes fanfares and percussive lead lines to lend his dreamy melodies a rockier edge. The opening "Overture" is a romping symphonic workout, while "Quasar" and "Centaur" are decidedly in the electronic prog-rock category.
  6. lver

    Topic: Journey to the Future

    Synthesizer Music Album by Eloy Fritsch. View full album
  7. lver

    Journey to the Future

    Synthesizer Music Album by Eloy Fritsch.
  8. lver

    Exogenesis

    Exogenesis is a studio album by Brazilian composer and keyboard player Eloy Fritsch. The tenth Eloy Fritsch CD brings Exogenesis Suite in four movements inspired by the genesis of the universe. In addition to this suite the CD contains more eight individual tracks. Joining the symphonic and electronic, but without forgetting the ethnic instruments and the voices, the composer of new age music uses high technology in the service of emotions to create great compositions. The CD cover and blooket images were created by European artists specializing in science fiction illustrations Maciej Rebisz and Mirek Drozd and refer to the creation of the cosmos and the existence of other life forms.
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  10. Structured for use in university courses, the autor explaining the hystory electronic music and discusses the emergence of the early synthesizers and the subsequent evolution of more advanced technologies like digital áudio and the birth and development of the MIDI protocol. The Book include topics such as sound spatialization, computer music, algorith composition with Max/Msp, experimental music, electroacoustic music and a acousmatic composition methoded. The book Música Eletrônica is written in Portuguese.
  11. lver

    Spiritual Energy

    The album Spiritual Energy (2014) is a collection of tracks composed for film, TV and theater and offers instrumental music of seventies inspired keyboard symphonic/electronic progressive music and new age. The compositions are very melodic and emotive, with multi-layered instrumental textures/voicings.
  12. lver

    Mythology

    Mythology is an album by electronic artist Eloy Fritsch. It is generally viewed as one of his stronger solo works. Fritsch plays a variety of synthesizers on the album. Featured in the inside photograph are a Modular Synthesizer System-700, Minimoog Synthesizer and electronic keyboards. Mythology deals with diverse myths of the world. So several cultures were visited, including those of Brazil, the Aztecs, the Incas, Assyria, Greek, Hindu, Egyptian, Nordic, Atlantis, the Romans, the Chinese, and so on. All electronic compositions on the album were based in his own interpretation of the characteristics of each mythological element chosen for this work.
  13. OneAmbient4

    Patterns

    Patterns... a journey thru ambient and dark ambient themes. Thank you and enjoy. credits released April 4, 2019 license Copyright, all rights reserved
  14. Earth's not too distant future, is told in this ambient space album story, of an Earth that has used up most of its resources, and has located another planet they called "Homestead II". Envision as you will, traveling to Homestead II, passing the planets on the way. Into the darkness of space itself. Heading to a place of hopefully no more tears. You even get to visit for a short time the ships engine control room. And not having fears of the darkness and monsters.
  15. Jack Hertz

    Dubreq Stylophone S-1 Pocket Synthesizer

    What is a Stylophone?” you ask. The original Stylophone pocket synthesizer was invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis and manufactured by Dubreq from 1968 to 1975 as Stylophone, the original pocket electronic organ. Over three million original Stylophone synthesizers were produced and sold before the company ceased production. Today’s Stylophone reissue was introduced by the inventor’s son, Ben Jarvis and is manufactured by Dubreq, Ltd. The reissue retains all of the original features but with up-to-date technology. The current Stylophone retro pocket synth is a modern, portable synthesizer with a hit-filled past and present. The Stylophone’s unique sound has featured on numerous hit records. How many single instruments, manufactured by one company, can claim a list of artists who have played it that includes David Bowie, Queen, Rick Wakeman, Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Orbital, Marilyn Manson, Gotye, The Beatles, The White Stripes, Vince Clarke, and hundreds more? Check out this StylophoneYouTube gallery showcasing Stylophone music by a number of famous artists. A piece of history in the palm of your hand. Dubreq’s Stylophone is an iconic and extremely popular keyboard instrument that was a lot of musicians first foray into simple synthesis. The classic look of the retro design and chromed speaker grille returns with this true to form reissue of the original. When the nickel-plated keyboard and the stylus connect it completes the circuit and make the distinct ‘buzz’ sound which made the stylophone famous. The S1 features a vibrato function and three truly retro voices: Bass, Classic, and Treble. All providing their own feel and sound. There are line outs and line ins so there are plenty of connectivity options. With new technology bringing it up to date - the Stylophone is as fun as it was in 1967. Features + Classic retro design with chromed grille + Nickel-plated keyboard played with brass-tipped stylus + Vibrato function + Line-in and headphone sockets (3.5mm jack) + 3 voices, bass, classic and treble + Built-in stylus + Built-in Speaker + Vibrato Switch + Volume Control + Tone Switch + Tuning Control + MP3 Input (3.5mm) + Line Out (3.5mm) + 3.5mm Cable Inc
  16. DUBREQ launch the Stylophone Gen R-8, a brand NEW Touch Analog Synthesizer, designed and manufactured in Britain. Packed with features of much larger and more expensive instruments. + Full analog signal path + Steel enclosure + Dual VCOs with Saw, Square and PWM (oscillator 1) + Sub oscillators and Subsub oscillators for room shaking bass + Unique British design 12dB VCF with Low pass, High pass, Band pass and wide Notch + Fast and punchy envelope + Supersensitive 3-octave TOUCH keyboard + Glide and Modulation keys for expressive performance control + 8 waveform LFO with S&H and One-shot feature + 19 CV/Gate patch points for advanced modular patching + Grungy analog style Delay with modulation CV + Drive knob for extra boost and fatness + 16-step sequencer with 8 banks and on-the-fly switching + MIDI in/out
  17. Daniel Robert Lahey

    Twelve Step Program

    This is actually a mix of symphonic and ambient music. This is the tip of the iceberg. 12 recent (as of 2019-05-25) pieces out of 714 (141:13:36 hhh:mm:ss). I am happy to support our host, Jack Hertz in his open-minded and open heart collection of pieces and I hope that folks get at least some part of the joy that the music brings me. Please note: These pieces are spread out over a few albums, so it might be easiest to go to the pieces page (https://danielrobertlahey.com/pieces.php) or to use the "search" drop-down on the home page to locate pieces.
  18. tranceadelic space studio

    Korg OASYS Re-Routing EXi Output(s)

    ... I've been new on your Forum, but the first overview seems to be great for me. It is optical uncomplicated and clean & offers a lot, so i can't say more at this moment ...
  19. All compositions by Hugh Le Caine processed in The Canadian Electronic Ensemble's studio. Published in co-operation with the Hugh Le Caine Project. Contains tracks demonstrating the Electronic Sackbut, the first voltage-controlled synthesizer.
  20. There is a MIDI add-on kit for the Korg Volka Modular synth. 

     

    1. Ian Craig

      Ian Craig

      Nice video. 

      (my keystep is only boring white 😥 🙃)

  21. Those who live in the company of trees will tell you they talk with the wind. This Music Plants Trees! Proceeds from this album will be donated to Plant a Billion Trees Project. Please help support our great green friends with the power of sound.
  22. OMG!!! I cannot wait to get mine. Anyone else into this beast?
  23. A Solution for a modular MIDI world The recent surge in AU plugin availability (for audio and MIDI) on iOS opens up new modular ways of stringing musical tools and instruments together. This modularity comes with a million new needs for creative MIDI routing: the plumbing between plugins and controllers. Suddenly there is a lot of demand for MIDI handling and manipulation plugins. Most of which is very specific to one particular workflow or even one single project. While it’s fun to make such MIDI plugins, it’s not realistic to expect developers to address every esoteric use case with a dedicated MIDI plugin. There simply aren’t enough of us to create and maintain products for every specific need :) Introducing Mozaic I’m creating a new product, codenamed Mozaic, to make it as easy as possible to roll your own AU MIDI plugins, ranging in complexity from simple/basic filters to moderately sophisticated apps and generative plugins. Mozaic will be able to cover a lot of plumbing ground. If Super Mario has taught us anything about plumbing, it is this: It can be a lot of fun There’s always a learning curve, but a well-designed learning curve is gentle and contributes to the fun challenge These two insights have been guiding principles for my design of Mozaic as a tool that seeks to balance power, accessibility and depth. So what’s Mozaic? Mozaic consists of two main ingredients: (A) a very readable and flexible scripting language and (B) a programmable AU MIDI plugin container Very unfinished work in progress The MIDI plugin part is like a MIDI controller with lots of features (such as ready-to-use LFOs, AU Parameters, host communication, tempo syncing, timer events, scales, programmable metronome, etc.) which you can tap into using the scripting language. This means all the heavy lifting is done for you by the plugin. As with all AUv3, each plugin instance can run a different script. The scripts are powerful and designed for MIDI and music applications; you can set up an LFO using a single line of script and get usable MIDI values from the LFO with just one additional line. Writing a funky MIDI filter (e.g. round-robin distribution of incoming notes over several MIDI output channels) would just take a handful of lines of script. About the scripting language I’ve put a lot of effort into designing a language that’s powerful for MIDI applications and at the same very readable for humans. This means that you can look at the preset scripts — or someone else’s code — and get a good idea of what’s going on. And make it easy to quickly modify a script for a project you’re working on. The scripting language is pretty powerful, because I designed it specifically around MIDI plugin use cases. It’s fully event-based (e.g. you can make things happen when MIDI comes in, when the host starts playing, when the user tweaks a knob, and two dozen other useful events) It’s easy to respond to MIDI, or to generate MIDI of your own (e.g. for generative apps, CC generators, or oddball sequencing concepts) You get easy access to AUv3 functionality, such as the AU host’s status and transport information, AU Parameters, host synchronization, etc. You can freely use (and dynamically label) all knobs and buttons on the provided plugin GUI to let your users interact with your plugin as if it were a MIDI controller device built-in LFO support, pedal support, musical scales support, etc. makes it easy to do interesting stuff with just a few lines of code No need to know anything about the dreadfully undocumented internals of Apple’s AU standard or how to write realtime-safe code I’m also writing a programming guide, which should be easy enough for anyone to dive into and get started quickly. It will teach you the syntax of Mozaic Script, but also explain how to effectively use conditionals, nested loops, variable arrays, and lots of other useful programming basics. In summary, Mozaic will not be for everyone and does not offer the instant-gratification factor of the next synth plugin. But I’m putting a lot of depth and value in it, just under the surface, waiting to be unlocked by the creative community.
  24. Voltage Research Laboratory Organic Modular Synthesizer Explore the Natural Systems and Lesser Known Fringes of Analog Synthesis An Organic Synthesizer by Pittsburgh Modular The Voltage Research Laboratory is a completely different analog synthesizer where every function of the instrument has been influenced by the behaviors and systems of the natural world. Wildly experimental and extremely deep, the Voltage Research Laboratory is a sonic playground created to explore the natural systems and lesser known fringes of analog synthesis. The Voltage Research Laboratory is 100% eurorack modular format compatible and is comprised of 3 separate eurorack modules housed together in a purpose-built, handmade eurorack enclosure. More than a collection of tools and functions, it is a unique modular synthesizer designed to reward deep experimentation and encourage the creation of unique sonic systems. Voltage Lab Synthesizer Voice Module The unique sound palette of the Lifeforms Voltage Lab originates with a complex oscillator pair that utilizes a wide range of shaping and manipulation options to move away from basic geometric shapes to more harmonically rich tones. A custom wave folder with enhanced waveform warping, linear FM, amplitude modulation, ring modulation, waveform cycling, hard sync, and more are available for extreme sonic research. Manipulation A set of multi-function generators work as interactive voltage processing systems to create and modify complex control voltages. The function generators act as voltage controllable envelopes, LFOs, slew generators, and more to produce evolving control signals. Voltage controllable parameters and multiple unison modes create complex and intertwined modulation systems through time. Interaction Twin dynamics controllers pull everything together. A unique circuit expanding on the classic low pass gate, the dynamics controller with variable response adds an organic depth to the sound of the Lifeforms Voltage Lab by simulating the natural behavior of sound. The multi-mode signal processor features a 12db resonant filter, VCA, and percussive low pass gate modes. Dimensional Sound interacts with the world around it. The Voltage Lab uses analog delay to simulate this interaction and create an artificial sense of time and space. Manipulation of delay time and feedback add depth and warmth through reverb, chorus, flanging, Doppler, slap back, and echo type effects. Unstable Systems Chaos is everywhere. Random gates and control voltages spark uncontrolled reactions, disrupt systems, and generate ideas. The Voltage Lab utilizes noise, stepped random CV, a pseudo-random sequence generator, pitched random CV, pitched random sequences, and random gates to add multiple levels of unpredictability to any patch. Interactive Touch Controller Module Intuitive and inspiring, the Lifeforms Touch Controller replaces the creative restrictions of a traditional chromatic keyboard with a set of fully configurable multi-dimensional touch pads. A duophonic touch controller that utilizes two sets of five touch pads to offer a flexible and interactive performance surface. Performances can be interpreted with a unique combination of monophonic and duophonic responses. The channel animator is available to quickly generate complex sequences or glitchy chaos. Intuitive and inspiring, the Lifeforms Touch Controller is the perfect launchpad for an experimental journey. Output Utility Module A Voltage Research Laboratory exclusive, the Utility module adds a few welcome features to round out the functionality of the instrument. A unity gain signal mixer / splitter along with stereo headphone and line outputs. Research Console Eurorack Case A beautiful 96hp eurorack enclosure designed with the warmth of walnut and the strength of steel. The Research Console eurorack format modular case pairs classic desktop synthesizer ergonomics with a modern eurorack form factor and clean, reliable power supply.
  25. Unlock your sweet dreams This eight voice polyphonic synthesizer keyboard is a performance machine that can usher in soundscapes of distant dreams and worlds previously out of reach. The 37-key velocity and pressure sensitive keyboard with aftertouch gives you a whole new level of expression and control of the Digitone’s intuitive sound engine. Imagine the sound of whispering dunes, rolling thunder, or the twinkle of distant stars. These are the things that dreams are made of. 8 voice polyphonic digital synthesizer Restrictions are for the dreamless With this ready-to-go performance machine, curiosity is all you need. Wield the Digitone’s powerful sound engine with even more control with intuitive sound crafting, 37 keys, 8 voice polyphony, mod and pitch wheels, dedicated outputs per track, and brand new customizable controls. Multimap lets you configure and assign individual sounds per region, triggering sounds or patterns with the tap of a key, while the ability to use portamento and arpeggio flourishes with the freedom of three octaves. Twist through the looking glass and back with the flick of a wrist. Sculpt your sound With the Digitone’s powerful and easy to use FM engine you have Digitone dynamism in keyboard form. A variety of dedicated features put the power at your fingertips. Get maximum control out of the machine with eight new assignable knobs. Choose the function you want for each knob to tailor your Digitone Keys, and then let loose. The freedom to switch between tempestuous and serene soundscapes in an instant is laid out in front of you. In an Elektron first, the Digitone Keys helps you liberate your live show with a flexible mod and pitch wheel setup, allowing you to warp your sound to another world with multiple modulations. Get connected With separate outputs for each track, connecting to external effects mixers and pedals, audio interfaces, and modulation sources is easier than ever before. Pinpoint single Digitone Keys tracks to process independently from the rest of your sound.
  26. Jack Hertz

    Korg minilogue xd module

    The long-awaited desktop module of KORG’s next-generation analog synthesizer minilogue xd module is the new desktop module version of minilogue xd, the four-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer with a customizable digital multi-engine and built-in stereo digital effects. The desktop module is equipped with the same controllers as the keyboard version, making it a great choice not only as an additional sound module for your keyboard or DAW but also providing excellent performability, giving you an easy way to include an analog polyphonic synth in your setup. It's also equipped with a poly-chain function that lets you connect it with another minilogue xd or minilogue xd module so that the two units can operate as a polysynth with a total of up to eight voices in your studio or on stage. Equipped with an analog synthesizer circuit and a digital multi-engine Voice structure of minilogue xd is 2VCO + MULTI ENGINE, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO. In addition to the distinctive circuits found in the series, such as wave shaping to shape the overtones of the oscillator and a sync/ring switch, there's also cross modulation, a two-pole filter that can be both sharp and fat, and a drive switch that adds thickness and drives signal into minilogue xd’s filter. Every parameter has been tuned in detail based on what musicians want out of their synth. The sounds range from the warm pads typical of analog to fat basses and crisp lead sounds, covering every situation. The additional sound design possibilities of digital sound are delivered by the multi-engine: the third oscillator in addition to the two analog VCOs. This engine, which is equipped with three different types of sound generator (noise, VPM, and open-source user oscillators) lets you take advantage of a sonic character that's different than analog, and use it at the same time as the analog engine, infinitely expanding xd module’s potential through hybrid sound design. High-quality digital effects minilogue xd’s high-quality digital effects use 32-bit floating point DSP processing, adding a finishing touch to its deep sound design platform. The three types (modulation effects, reverb, and delay) can be used simultaneously, letting you choose from a wide range of variations including chorus, ensemble, warm tape delay, and a diverse variety of reverb. The user effect slots allow you to load your own effect programs that you've created. User customization brings out infinite potential The minilogue xd features a customizable open-source environment. The unit comes with 16 user oscillator slots and 16 user effect slots that you can customize. Oscillators and user programs that you’ve created with the SDK (Software Development Kit) can be loaded into the minilogue xd via the dedicated librarian software, as well as oscillators other users share online. What sounds can you create using the fusion of expanded digital oscillators with analog synthesis? Create original programs, share code, and participate in the user community. KORG even provides sample code to get you started. Polyphonic Step Sequencer One of the major features of the minilogue xd series is its 16-step step sequencer. Each of the factory-preset programs has an embedded sequence pattern created with performance in mind. The step sequencer provides 16 steps, and supports both realtime recording and step recording. You can use the 16 step buttons to select a step directly, allowing quick editing to replace the pitch of a step or to mute it, or even improvisatory performances. Motion sequence lets you record the movements of up to four knobs, adding time-varying change to the sound, and you can record not only smooth changes in value but also values that change precisely at each step. You can use this to have different parameter values at each step; for example, you might create a drum pattern or sound effect from just a single program. This allows countless ideas to be unleashed. When you turn Keyboard mode on, these 16 buttons operate as a keyboard of more than an octave, providing a convenient way to check the sound. Poly chain support The minilogue xd module can be used in conjunction with another unit (*2) in the minilogue xd series (*1) for poly assignment settings. Specify one unit as the master and the other as the slave, and they will play as an eight-voice polyphonic synthesizer (*3). This supports a variety of uses, such as a voice-expansion module for the minilogue xd or as a sound module for a DAW-based production system. *1: For keyboard-equipped models, supported in system ver. 1.10 or later. *2: Any combination of the xd and xd module can be used. *3: The two xd units can each play four voices, for a maximum total of eight voices. The master unit takes priority for producing notes, and the fifth and subsequent voices are assigned to the slave unit.
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    • Ian Craig

      Hi, 
       
      I've been using Voltage Modular software for the last month or more and have become obsessed with it. It's not free and a very steep learning curve but the possibilities are only in computer power ultimately if you collect enough module bundles and things, which I have been doing before the prices go up. The expense has forced me to focus on using it when ill health would have otherwise caused me to not bother had it been free as I have to justify the expense to myself, so it works for me so far. I haven't produced many results with it yet, mostly just sections of live recording (the way Tangerine Dream recorded Phaedra using the Moog Modular - leave the tapes recording whilst experimenting). 
      I have put up one thing on youtube ... (continued under video link)
      ... and another on Bandcamp,    ... (continued under bandcamp link) 
       
      https://iancraig1.bandcamp.com/track/making-smile-memories-beautiful-modular-1a2-l
      both recorded live and slightly edited.
      Also, I was looking up Chris Franke's 1982 setup and found the following article which seems to cover the subject from a historical hardware standpoint, but otherwise in exactly the same kind of way I see the subject myself. It makes interesting reading. 
      http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/chris-franke-on-sequencers/5932 
      · 2 replies
    • Jack Hertz

      Get the Waves Flow Motion FM Synth for only $29 at the following link:
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    • Jack Hertz

      Which one are you?

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    • Jack Hertz

      There is a MIDI add-on kit for the Korg Volka Modular synth. 
       
      · 1 reply
    • Ian Craig

      I started a track a few days ago. I felt it was okay yesterday so as I rely on my friend in the U.S. to give me feedback he said he would check it properly "in the morning" as he only checked a few bits, but he thought it sounded thin. Anyway. I spent about 10 hours this morning reworking it a bit to sound less thin, then before I had it up on Youtube he commented that it only sounded thin because of his faulty internet connection. Typical.
      Anyway. Yesterday's version is here https://lnkd.in/g3xqMvK
      The less 'thin' much improved update is here https://lnkd.in/gJiNxvj
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