MATRIXSYNTH: Eurorack Techniques: Switches and Maths

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Eurorack Techniques: Switches and Maths

Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video resident expert Nick Bigelow shares his technique for using CV controllable switches (WMD SL3KT) along with Make Noise Maths to create unique and precise sources of modulation.

From WMD: "SL3KT (pronounced "Select") is a simple three-channel switch module for Eurorack Modular Synthesizers.

Three independent, two-way switches allow for users two select between different sources or destinations of both CV and Audio Signals. Useful for many tasks in a Eurorack system such as sequence selecting, CV selecting, boolean logic operations, group switching, group routing, gating, waveform mixing, and so much more!"

Order WMD SL3KT here:

From Make Noise: "The MATHS music synthesizer module is an analog computer designed for musical purposes. Amongst other things, it will allow you to:
-Generate a variety of linear, logarithmic, or exponential triggered or continuous functions
-Integrate an incoming signal
-With no signal applied, generate a variety of linear, logarithmic, or exponential functions
-Add, subtract and OR up to 4 signals
-Generate analog signals from digital information (Gate / Clock)
-Generate digital information (Gate / Clock) from analog signals
-Delay digital (Gate / Clock) information
-If the above list reads like science rather than music, here is the translation:
Voltage Controlled Envelope or LFO as slow as 25 minutes and as fast as 1khz
-Apply Lag, Slew or Portamento to control voltages
-Change the depth of modulation and modulate backwards!
-Combine up to 4 control signals to create more complex modulations
-Musical Events such as Ramping up or Down in Tempo, on command
-Initiating Musical events upon sensing motion in the system
-Musical note division and / or Flam
-Perfect for modulating the DPO and just about anything else

Order a Make Noise Maths here:

From Mutable Instruments: "Plaits is the spiritual successor of Mutable Instruments’ best-selling voltage-controlled sound source, Braids. Not just a mkII version: its hardware and software have been redesigned from scratch.

Just like its predecessor, it offers direct access to a large palette of easily tweakable raw sonic material, covering the whole gamut of synthesis techniques.

Gone are the screen, menu system, hidden settings, and the long list of somewhat redundant synthesis models.

Thanks to additional CV inputs, and to the use of three timbre-shaping parameters per model, Plaits is straightforward to use, and much closer to the ideal of one synthesis technique = one model. What were fragmented islands of sound in Braids are now part of a continuum of sounds.

Patch a trigger generator or sequencer into Plaits’ trigger input and instantly use the module as a percussive source thanks to its built-in virtual low-pass gate (LPG).

An internal D (decay) envelope generator is normalled to all unpatched CV inputs. Just turn the corresponding attenuverter to add pitch, timbre or morphing modulation. And if plucks and snappy hits are not your thing, patch your own envelope or CV source into the LPG CV input."

Order a Mutable Instruments Plaits here:
Performance by: Nick Bigelow
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)"

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