MATRIXSYNTH: Arturia Microfreak Ultimate Vocoder Tutorial. Microphone Connection, Settings, Tips & Tricks.

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Arturia Microfreak Ultimate Vocoder Tutorial. Microphone Connection, Settings, Tips & Tricks.

Anton Anru

"This tutorial will be helpful for all Microfreak users regardless of the synth edition: Original (grey) one or Vocoder (white) Edition. I'm showing what types of microphones you may use, how to connect them, new Vocoder settings in Utility Mode, new synth engine parameters, tips and tricks, patches ideas with different input sources and modulation matrix.

Soundsets for Arturia Microfreak:
-- Keys in Nostalgia (50 Keys Presets)
-- Modular Arps (50 Arp Presets)
-- Mystic Pads (50 Pad Presets)
-- Noise Osc (10 presets)

Get the presets:

All background music and sounds are done with Microfreak and these presets.

00:00 Introduction
01:06 General information about vocoders and how they work. Carrier and Modulator.
02:10 TRRS splitter to use with non-original Arturia mic. TS and TRS jacks.
05:03 DAW (Ableton Live) settings: Inputs and Outpus, Tracks, Routing. Studio microphone (with XLR) connection.
07:36 Other mics options: phones with mic for mobile phones, cheap computer mic
08:37 Volume levels and Indication. Microfreak Utility settings: Mic Gain, Noise Gate, Mic Detection.
12:53 First steps with voice and beatbox. Sending midi notes from Live to Microfreak.
15:17 Hiss Modes solve the problem: consonants clarity is lost with Vocoder. Off, Switched, and Pass Modes.
19:22 Using other types of signals instead of voice: drums, guitars, samples, etc. Rhythmic effects. Modulators combination: Drum Loop + Voice.
24:00 How to use vocoder, connect a mic or line signal directly to Microfreak without a splitter.
25:37 Carrier part. Wave, Timbre (Formant Shift), Shape (Bandwidth) parameters.
28:41 Modulations with LFO, Envelope, and Cycling Envelope. Dynamic and rhythmic timbres. Envelope retrigger with series of chords/arpeggiator. Interaction of different rates in arp/notes division and LFO rate. Polyrhythm. Different filter types with the current modulations.
40:10 Firmware Update, Carrier and Modulator parts summary.
41:30 My presets for Arturia Microfreak (4 banks/160 presets)"

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