MATRIXSYNTH: 024//Night Trains - a hypnotic Moog DFAM & Mother 32 minimal ambient track

Saturday, May 19, 2018

024//Night Trains - a hypnotic Moog DFAM & Mother 32 minimal ambient track

Published on May 19, 2018 Alastair Wilson

"A melodic, semi-self-generating patch using a DFAM and a Mother 32 sent through an Eventide Space hall reverb and an Eventide Timefactor on tape setting.

I made this patch as an experiment into the DFAM's ability to play melodies (protip: small knobs are a nightmare to tune with!), supported by a simple note from the Mother 32. It's strangely hypnotic with the repetition of the single note, and that coupled with the ambient vibe made me think of a late night long train journey, hence the name.

In this patch, the DFAM plays chords - the sequencer's pitch knobs control the pitch of VCO 2, while the velocity knobs are patched to control the pitch of VCO 1. VCO 1 is also patched to the external audio input of the DFAM, allowing me to modulate its volume. The M32 is playing a single bass note, with the DFAM's VCO 2 patched into the M32's external audio input and the mix between them modulated by a slow square LFO. Most of the modulation is done with the random stepped voltages from the M32's Assign output - this is patched to the resonance of the M32's filter, and the DFAM's step advance input and volume of VCO 1.

If you want to recreate this patch, you can find it here:"

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