MATRIXSYNTH: TINRS Fenix IV - Case Microphone Patch explained

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

TINRS Fenix IV - Case Microphone Patch explained


Making Sound Machines

"This patch we made last night uses the tiny microphone built into This is Not Rocket Science's Fenix IV to play the brilliant digital oscillator, resulting in this chill kalimba soundscape.

The case mic is routed to the Fenix' external input module, which allows you to extract a gate and an envelope from the audio. This gate clocks the Fenix' sequencer and advances the sequence by one step each time Enrica taps the case - sending new pitch CV to the digital oscillator in FM mode, and triggering two ADSR controlling two VCA.

The result is mixed with the case mic's original signal - not only do the bamboo end cheeks look and feel absolutely great, they also make a lovely sound - and fed into the stereo digital delay. We absolutely love this sound, somewhere between Stockhausen Kontakte, our own experiments with Mutable Instruments Ears and Music Thing Modular's Mikrohonie piezo eurorack modules, chimes, tonguedrum and glockenspiel, and the lovely skits on Danny Breaks records.

Thank you Stijn, Priscilla and Lauri at TiNRS for the lovely surprises you built into this machine! ❤️ So much to discover!"

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