MATRIXSYNTH: Korg ds-10 syncing the korg nts-1, the teenage engineering op-z & ipad: Setup, settings & tutorial

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Korg ds-10 syncing the korg nts-1, the teenage engineering op-z & ipad: Setup, settings & tutorial


"Using the Korg ds-10 as a clock source I show you how to setup and sync the ds-10 to the korg nts-1 and the teenage engineering OP-Z (as well as the ipad app for the op-z -motion Graphics).
by making a click track and sending that audio signal into the sync in of the nts-1 and then having the nts-1 send a midi clock signal to the op-z.

And if you are using the iphone/ipad op-z app you then have video in sync to the ds-10 also.
The great thing here is you can basically turn the audio clock source from the Korg ds-10 into midi data and use with ipad apps or an external synth.

1:41 1st sync methOD - y adapter w/panning
5:52 EXPLAINING THE y adapter methOD
9:27 NOTES (pause 2 read)
9:37 2nd sync methOd -TWO DS UNITS SYNCED THRU WIFI
12:16 3rd sync methOd 1 DS Click Out ONLY

After being asked to do a chiptune set in december of 2019 I worked on my audio setup and the songs and had nothing visually to go with it. I was not familiar enough with op-z and I did not want to use an ipad (only because I had being shows with just ipads and wanted to use ds only sounds) funny thing is I ran my audio for the set through a tascam i/o box into an ipad to control line levels. The show went great but with the down time of loading between songs and no visuals I decided I needed to have something syncd live to run visuals. I dove deep into the op-z and had to figure a way to sync it. I bought the module pack for the op-z but that would not use the audio sync in for timing (only for stepping). The midi on the module is trs midi so the module did not help. The bluetooth midi was useless for the ds. I then thought of buying the volca sync mixer, the korg sequencer with sync abilities or make a modded volca with midi. The I remembered I had synced up the monotribe to the ds a while back and it has sync in and midi out (a mod). So I originally made a video syncing the korg ds-10 to the op-z thru the miditribe. This method was close to perfect but I had to run the midi thru an ipad and an iconnectmidi to route it. I had an idea to buy the nts-1 to replace the monotribe....I had no idea how powerful it would be. The ability to use it as sync box swiss army knife and add your own oscillators has opened so many doors. The problem was every time I set up to do this video I had a new idea with syncing. I had to go back and edit using footage from when I first started because without a simple explanation the complex routings would make no sense. I do need to apologize for the video being a bit all over the place with setups and the sound. I was learning more of lumafusion, making a new setup for performance / tutorials and switching between different devices. I was only using two dsi xls, a midiman mixer and a tascam 2x2 into my iphone. While making this video I added my zoom h5 to use the mic and input at the same time and two of the recordings where on a tripod on my setup and have a lot of noise. anyway I'm learning how to make better videos and hopefully they won't be quite so cable accessy in the future. Also I would add that the click does not need to be exactly how I show in the video as some of those settings don't change the sound and same with the
op-z and nts-1.

Next I plan on syncing the kds10 to:
1 ipad in aum.
2. gameboy.
3. ms-20 clone k-2

Basic equipment needed for this video (I will make more sync videos with alternate cables and equipment).
-1 KORG ds-10 or ds10+ -1 Nintendo ds, ds lite, xl, LL, dsi, dsi xl, 3ds, new 3ds, or 2ds system -1 “y” stereo 3.5mm male to 2 mono 3.5mm male cable -1 KORG nts-1 synthesizer -1 micro usb cable (comes with the nts-1) -1 Teenage Engineering OP-Z -1 Nucleum or the like usb-c hub (the hub needs to be powered and have at least one usb-a port) -1 mixer that has at 3 inputs and 5 if using stereo out of the op-z and nts-1 -1 usb-c to usb-a cable to power the nucleum -2 mono or stereo 3.5mm cables for audio from the nts-1 and op-z to the mixer (can be 3.5 to 1/4” or 3.5 to stereo y cables)
if using two ds units (and 2 ds 10 carts) you can setup the same way or just use one ds unit as a click and the other ds as stereo sound.
Setup: On the (host) ds card pan both synths and drums 1,2 and 3 to the left channel and the 4th drum channel to the right (this will be our click track). Click edit drums, click drum four. Make a metronome sound by using the pics below and save it. On the nts-1 hold down the rev (reverb) button while powering on. Using the pics below (and by turning the knobs on the nts-1) change the settings to allow the units to sync. Hit the arp button when done that will save your settings. On the op-z go to midi settings and highlight the box “allow midi clock source in” also make sure midi channel is on 16 for motion video"

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