MATRIXSYNTH: WMD SYNCHRODYNE - A demystifying in-depth demo

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

WMD SYNCHRODYNE - A demystifying in-depth demo

Published on Jan 2, 2019 WMDevices

"What is the most insane sounding eurorack module ever? How can I make crazy techno sounds and ambient textures with the same module? Do I really need a modular synth? Can't I just make all of the same sounds a hardware synthesizer can with my VSTs? What is the Synchrodyne and what can it do for my music?

If you are asking yourself these questions, you may enjoy this video. If you've heard of the Synchrodyne and have no idea what it is, you may enjoy this video. If you are looking for ways to expand your sonic palette to unheard of realms, you might enjoy this video.
If you like listening to electronic music that doesn't sound like the inside of a Forever 21, you could very well enjoy this video.

The Synchrodyne is a filter for the Eurorack format of modular synthesizers. A crazy cool filter with tons and tons of sonic possibilities as well as the capability to be it's own standalone voice. What makes this filter unique is that it uses a Switched Capacitor design that uses capacitors and switches, controlled by a high speed clock to filter incoming audio.

This module has it's own internal clock VCO that is capable of reaching supersonic frequencies, making it perfect for clocking the filter while processing external sources. However, we really wanted to be able to use this VCO as our main sound source instead of requiring and external oscillator. What we came up with was to use a PLL (Phase Locked Loop) circuit with some Clock Multipliers and Dividers to track our oscillator's frequency while it is in the audible range with the ability to be multiplied to the supersonic frequency necessary for clocking the filter. The PLL circuit made for an radical, very unique sound that we had never hear before.

In this video, Alex talks through each section of the Synchrodyne while providing high quality audio examples of what this module is capable of as well as real world uses in live performance and in the studio. This video is more focused on creating house, techno, and dance music with the Synchrodyne. A showcase of it's ambient sounds will come in another video.


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