MATRIXSYNTH: Volca FM Keystep PO-12 Cuckoo Jam

Friday, August 12, 2016

Volca FM Keystep PO-12 Cuckoo Jam

Published on Aug 12, 2016 cuckoomusic

"Hello everyone! (ps: chapters below, in description)
Here's an unedited real-time recording of 6 jams using the Korg Volca FM, the Arturia Keystep MIDI keyboard, the Teenage Engineering PO-12 drum machine, and some minor, but important use of the iOS app Midiflow to route and filter MIDI between the device. In this case I also to used Midiflow to convert the Mod wheel to the VolcaFM's Velocity (cc41).

I decided to keep it unedited to show curious watchers the complete workflow, and also to highlight how fun the Keystep is! I love the sequencer, the arpeggio, the easy-to-access note gate and and swing. This is all made with musicians in mind. It's great to make a basic sequencer on the Volca. And then use the Keystep to play with its own sequencer on top of the Volca. And in the end freestyle while both of the sequencers are running. Great fun!

The Volca FM sound is wonderful. It really is wonderful. I think some FM synthesis at times tend to sound artificial and hard on your brain. But KORG has done a wonderful job, creating a warm and lovely FM engine. You can still go crazy with FM overtones, but it just sounds "right".

Ok ladies and gents, and everyone else.
Enjoy! ;-)

00:00 hello
01:47 jam 1
06:37 jam 2
14:44 jam 3
20:58 jam 4
31:50 jam 5
40:21 jam 6
47:10 bye bye, midiflow app, how to donate, xxx"

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