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some kind of Wogglebug controlled DPO meditation…

Posted in eurorack, gear, music with tags , , , , , on 16/10/2012 by sync24

A recent thread on the muffwigglers Eurorack forum asked what members are up to with their MakeNoise DPO.
I’ve spent a while fiddling about with it, trying to understand how it works…
here’s one video in particular which has been super-helpful:

So here’s my Wogglebug controlled DPO meditation with accompanyment by iTablaPro running on my iPhone…

Shruthi-1 in Sound On Sound

Posted in gear, links, midi, music with tags , , , , on 25/08/2012 by sync24

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/sep12/articles/shruthi-1.htm

Mutable Instruments Sidekick

Posted in creative practice, DIY, gear, music with tags , , , , , , , on 16/08/2012 by sync24

mmmm, i thought i’d posted about this before…
mutable instruments offer various filter boards to go along with the Shruthi-1 project.
i bought one of them after completing my initial build, then mutable released another project called the Sidekick: http://mutable-instruments.net/sidekick
i grabbed one of the boards and ordered the parts in May 2011 and probably completed the control board in August or September 2011.
it has its own enclosure, like the Shruthi-1, but has no midi as it’s basically just a filter or tone generator / drone machine. once i’d completed the control board i tested it with the filter that came with the Shruthi-1, it worked, so i took a photo and moved on to the next thing.
after ordering the GorF i thought i should get some older projects finished – the Sidekick being at the top of the list. so i have just finished building the SSM2044 filter board (info here: http://mutable-instruments.net/shruthi1/build/ssm2044).
here’s a couple of pics, without the case:

and a pic from a year ago with the case:

i’m reasonably happy with the finished artefact, though initially, it doesn’t make as much noise as i’d have liked…
maybe i need to spend more time with it until i find the good settings.

win a GorF competition entered…

Posted in DIY, gear, midi, music with tags , , , , on 02/07/2012 by sync24

For a little while i’ve been keeping an eye on vacoloco’s website (http://www.vacoloco.net/synths/gorf/) as he offers kits of various midi things – the important one for me being the GorF.
GorF is a tiny midi sequencer which i could get hooked up to my Shruthi-1 so i can get some use out of it (it tends to just sit around looking nice, but rarely gets switched on).

vacoloco has released completed versions of one of his own synths and is gearing up to make the GorF kits available again soon, so i’ve been hounding him 🙂
on his facebook page there’s a competition to win an assembled GorF so i have submitted the following track (i wont win!):

SnazzyFX ‘Ardcore…

Posted in creative practice, eurorack, gear, music, video with tags , , , on 22/05/2012 by sync24

i’ve ordered one of these from Postmodular,
it’s basically a Eurorack module with an Arduino in it.
so you can upload code to it and control it with the rest of your modular gear.
there’s a growing patch library available for it, and it looks to have been developed by Darwin Grosse who was part of the NY MAX Conference i went to.
here’s the video i made with him in – far right on the modular:

so here’s some info and threads about the ‘Ardcore:
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=51001&highlight=ardcore
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=58624&highlight=ardcore
http://snazzyfx.com/ardcore.html
https://github.com/darwingrosse/ArdCore-Code

vimeo video of it running a drum machine patch:

stg Sea Devils Filter – Eurorack…

Posted in eurorack, gear, music with tags , , , on 06/05/2012 by sync24

just grabbed an stg Sea Devils Filter from muffs too!
http://postmodular.co.uk/stg-soundlabs/sea-devils-filter
http://stgsoundlabs.com/products/sea_devils_filter_mu.htm

here’s the blurb from the above page:
“A three pole diode ladder lowpass filter with voltage controlled resonance.
There are two famous 3 pole diode ladder lowpass filters. One of them was in a little silver box of a synthesizer with integrated sequencer that was used to make “acid tracks” and the other one was in a big suitcase of a synthesizer with a silver faceplate and semi-integrated sequencer that was used to make tracks while on acid. This is the latter. We’re not going to name any names here but let’s hope we don’t have to mention any voltage controlled studios or electronic music studios to establish the lineage of this filter topology.
We can’t promise this thing will make sea devils appear on your lawn or models of airplanes fly from one side of the stage to the other, crashing into a papier mache sun at the end of your song, so please don’t be offended if these things fail to happen while using the filter- presuming you want to own one.”

and here’s a pic:

Plague Bearer – my first eurorack module

Posted in eurorack, gear, music with tags , , , on 05/05/2012 by sync24

just grabbed a flight of harmony Plague Bearer from muffs!
http://www.flightofharmony.com/?page_id=22
http://postmodular.co.uk/fh/plaguebearer
Bargain!

here’s the blurb from the above web page:
“What is the Plague Bearer?
The Plague Bearer is called a filter, but that is just a description of the circuit topology, what it can actually do goes way beyond that. It has been described as a filter, a waveshaper, a mangler, a crusher, and – my favorite – as an “FSU module”.
I think calling it a filter may be a bit misleading, but I have no idea what else to call it. It is a filter, but it does more (all at the same time, really) excessive phase shifting, waveforming, ringing, formant generation, and so on. I guess it could be called a waveform modifier or enhancer, but those don’t sound good either. I nameed it the Plague Bearer for a reason.
If you are looking for technical synthophile specs you are out of luck here. All f(h) devices are designed in accordance with how they sound, not to achieve mathematical perfection. The most common question I receive is, “what is the filter slope?”
Honestly, I never measured that. I specifically avoided the conventional approach while I was designing this circuit, so it’s very problematic to try to describe this filter in the normal terms. The slope is directly tied to the gain of the circuit, making it variable, and the Q is affected by all three filter controls. The setup is actually a combined High- and Low-pass. The corner frequencies are adjusted by the controls and can be overlapped completely, which gives a comb-filtering effect.”

and here’s a pic: