MATRIXSYNTH: Stefano Mattia Sequences

Friday, December 13, 2019

Stefano Mattia Sequences


Published on Dec 6, 2019 Stefano Mattia

Spotted #5 on discchord. Decided to make a playlist with the 6 to date. There's some SH-01a in here as well. If you are seeing this post off the homepage you might want to expand the post (click the "Click More" more link below) for the descriptions and patch notes before starting the player.

Playlist:

1. Sequence #1 // 0-Coast, Specular Tempus, Fugue Machine
I came up with this nice patch while jamming with my 0-Coast and decided to record a little sequence with it. I'm feeding midi data from Fugue Machine and Rozeta Arpeggio on my iPad, and recording the audio from the 0-Coast, through the Specular Tempus, directly in AUM. There is an additional delay send effect on the track.

Patch notes

MIDI B set to LFO
MIDI B CV to Sum input
Sum attenuverter to 3:00
Sum output 1 to Overtn
Lin FM attenuator to 9:00
Triangle oscillator to Lin FM
Square oscillator to Slope Trig
Overtone control to 12:00
Adjust Overtone, Multiply and Multiply attenuverter to shape the sound
Slope cycle engaged
Rise to 10:00
Fall to 10:00
Exp to 12:00
Slope to DCY (as Slope Time is controlled by the Oscillator, and, in turn, by the incoming MIDI notes, the pitch of the notes has a direct impact on the decay time)
Contour onset a bit after 12:00
Sustain 9:00
Decay 11:00 (adjust to control decay time)
Exp to 15:00 (adjust to vary between staccato and legato)
Balance between 8:00 and 4:00
Dynamics between 12:00 and 4:00 (increase for build-ups)
Specular Tempus set to Vortex algorithm (wet level 15, Decay 96, Warm 69, Intensity 81)
2. Sequence #2 // 0-Coast, Specular Tempus, Fugue Machine
A melodic techno sequence, driven by Fugue Machine, sprinkled with some percussions by Fractal Bits and Ruismaker Noir on my iPad.
I love how the slope's subharmonics blend with the main oscillator signal creating rich and unexpected harmonies.

Patch notes

MIDI B set to LFO
MIDI B CV to Sum input
Sum attenuverter to 3:00
Sum output 1 to Overtn
Square oscillator to Slope Trig
Adjust Overtone and Multiply to shape the sound
Slope cycle disengaged
Rise to 11:00
Fall to 10:00
Exp to 13:00
Contour around 12:00 (adjust to shape the transients)
Sustain 9:00
Decay 10:00 (adjust to control decay time)
Exp to 12:00 (adjust to vary between staccato and legato)
Balance between 8:00 and 4:00 (adjust to add subharmonics from the slope)
Dynamics between 3:00 and 4:00 (increase for build-ups)
Specular Tempus set to Nuance algorithm (wet level 17, Decay 89, Liveliness 57, Modulation 82)
3. Sequence #3 // SH-01A
A wild SH-01A appears!
I recently bought a beautiful blue SH-01A and I am having a lot of fun with it. And, it really sounds great!

Here is it playing over a little polyphonic sequence I came up with. You can see me controlling the filter, envelope, and the oscillator mixer. I added a touch of stereo delay, Eventide Blackhole reverb, and TAL-Chorus-LX in Logic.

It's refreshing to be able to play multiple notes at the same time after so much time spent with a mono synth. I'm sure it'll open a lot of creative opportunities, alone and together with my 0-Coast.
4. Sequence #4 // SH-01A
Here's another sequenced arpeggio over a classical sounding chord progression. I came up with this chord progression in Fugue Machine, and recorded the MIDI sequence in Xequence, while I was transposing it up and down.

I then copied the MIDI sequence over to Logic from where I recorded the SH-01A (yes, via USB!). I added a bit of stereo delay, Eventide Blackhole reverb, and TAL-Chorus-LX. There's also a touch of Valhalla Shimmer.

Enjoy!
5. Sequence #5 // 0-Coast, Specular Tempus, K7D, Ruismaker
Here’s my 0-Coast again, sequenced from my iPad. I came up with this sequence in Fugue Machine and I polished it in Atom, a nifty little app. Other apps used: K7D for the crazy tape delay performance, Ruismaker and Replicant 2 for the drums, and Rozeta Rhythm to sequence the drums. The Specular Tempus wraps everything with its majestic Shimmer algorithm. I recorded the single channels in AUM and exported them to Logic Pro for the final mix and master.

I’m also using my Novation Launch Control XL. I bought it used some time ago, but never tried to hook it up to AUM. I should have done it before: it greatly improves the whole jamming experience in AUM. I mapped the K7D and the filter controls to the knobs, and the drum channel volume to the fader and it makes things so immediate and fun to play with!

The 0-Coast patch is very simple. I’m just patching the MIDI B LFO to Multiply, and MIDI B gate (set to note) to the Slope trigger. The Slope is in turn patched to the Balance input. In this way, the slope acts as an additional controllable contour over the overtone contents. Neat!
6. Sequence #6 // 0-Coast, Specular Tempus, StepPolyArp
A sequence for a rainy afternoon.

I recorded some rain ambience from my window, and decided to use it in this little track. Also using StepPolyArp to sequence the 0-Coast, a powerful iOS arpeggiator/sequencer, after I finally started to get the hang of it.

The 0-Coast is routed through the Specular Tempus set on the Nuance algorithm, and recorded in AUM, where the rain afternoon sample is played through the file player.

Enjoy!

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