MATRIXSYNTH: Energetic jam w/ Novation Circuit Rhythm, Manis Iteritas, Qu-Bit Bloom, Sample Drum, FX Aid XL

Friday, August 27, 2021

Energetic jam w/ Novation Circuit Rhythm, Manis Iteritas, Qu-Bit Bloom, Sample Drum, FX Aid XL

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A live, semi-improvised track performed entirely on hardware.

For my previous piece, (, I created this small Eurorack setup with two sound generators, the Noise Engineering Manis Iteritas and the Erica Synths Sample Drum. I was going to take the rack apart for a new song, but decided to just noodle around on it for a few minutes. That led me to a variety of beautiful sounds on the Manis, which I sampled into the Sample Drum, and then sequenced using a long branching path on the Qu-Bit Bloom.

Since I was using the Bloom for both tracks of the Sample Drum, I had no sequencer left for the Manis itself; as a solution, I used the ALM Busy Circuits Pamela's New Workout to create a quantized square wave LFO that alternated between two notes in the key. Then I could "play" the LFO to create a little variety in the Manis sequence. In other words, Pam's once again proves itself to be the most valuable module in my rack.

Once I had this strange, impromptu sequence, I didn't know how to finish it. On a whim, I connected it to the Novation Circuit Rhythm, since it had a eurorack clock out and I hadn't tried it in a full jam yet. Thanks to the Circuit Rhythm and its lightning fast workflow, I had a finished song in about ten minutes. I had been a bit lukewarm on the Circuit Rhythm at first, thinking it wasn't my favourite groovebox, but once I started to treat it like a drum machine instead of a groovebox, it made a lot more sense. Despite being an entry-level device in terms of price, it's got a lot of tricks and a lot of immediacy to offer. I really enjoyed working with it, and I think it's a great drum solution for people who have a eurorack with little or no percussion in it.

Performed and recorded live with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

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