MATRIXSYNTH: Synth Quartet in B Minor "Nelly"

Monday, April 08, 2019

Synth Quartet in B Minor "Nelly"


Published on Apr 8, 2019

"A synth quartet in B minor called 'Nelly' featuring the Moog Grandmother ('Violin 1'), Korg MS-20 ('Violin 2'), ARP Odyssey ('Viola') and Sequential Pro One ('Cello').

The piece started off as a vocal line, then a 5 part chorale and finally turned into a string quartet. I don't have access to a string instruments so I decided to record it with synths instead.

The synths were tracked via MIDI/CV but I recorded a 'performance' of real time modulation by tweaking various parameters. I mainly tweaked the filter cutoff but also adjusted vibrato and envelope shapes to match the dynamics of the piece.

The Odyssey was quite pitchy and had trouble staying in tune across a large range, so I had to adjust the pitch slightly in post."

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