Friday, March 03, 2017
Patch Notes #31 - Varigate 8+, Voltage Block & Chord Organ
Published on Mar 3, 2017 Voltage Control Lab
"I was setting up a generative patch using the Malekko Varigate 8+ and Voltage Block, and discovered that Music Thing had released a new module/Radio Music firmware, the Chord Organ, so I had to use it.
Varigate 8+ outputs 5 through 8 are randomized using Random Gate mode, with the END gate out routed back into the RND input, generating slightly (or not so slightly) randomized rhythms from those outs, as well as the Voltage Block when in slave mode. The V8 clock out is routed to the VB clock in, so the clock/slave modes can be toggled, randomizing the VB sequences in slave mode but not in clock mode.
V8 channel 5 is routed out to Make Noise Maths channel 1 trigger input, then from the unity output to trigger the Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas, and from the channel 1 out to the pitch input on the BI to give a little punchier of a kick. The output is routed to the Malekko Mix4.
Channel 6 on the V8 is routed to the trigger input on the Mutable Instruments Braids, which is in snare mode, then out to the Mix4. One channel on the Voltage Block is routed to the FM input, which is set to modulate the volume level of the internal VCA, giving the snare some more feel (hopefully).
Channel 7 is routed out to trigger channel 4 on Maths, the unity output from which is opening the Optomix channel for the Chord Organ. The root note and chord quality on the Chord Organ are controlled by two separate channels on the Voltage Block, then routed through the Make Noise MMG filter, into the Optomix and on to Mutable Instruments Clouds for some reverb and granularizing. Then, out to the Mix4.
Channel 8 is routed to the Malekko AD/LFO, which is opening the 2nd channel on the Optomix. This channel is creating the crunchy high frequency percussion from the Malekko Anti-Oscillator, frequency modulated by the the Sputnik Oscillator, both “sequenced” by two random voltage sources from the Sputnik West Coast Random Source. The Anti-Osc is routed to the Optomix and then on to the Mix4.