MATRIXSYNTH: Door #2: Bald nun ist Weihnachtszeit (It's Christmas time soon) - Synthmas '21



Thursday, December 02, 2021

Door #2: Bald nun ist Weihnachtszeit (It's Christmas time soon) - Synthmas '21


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First Synthmas post of the year.

"Ho-Ho-Ho! This is Synthmas '21, the virtual calendar presenting a Christmas carol played by synthesizers - every day from 1st to 24th of December.

Door #2: Bald nun ist Weihnachtszeit (It's Christmas time soon)

The song:
'Bald nun ist Weihnachtszeit' is a German Christmas carol from around 1940 written by Karola Wilke (lyrics) and Wolfgang Stumme (melody). Unlike most christmas songs the lyrics have no spiritual relation thus it was willingly played in the former eastern part of Germany (GDR). In the GDR Christmas was celebrated in like manner as in the western part, but the govenment diminished the Christian context or at least they tried.

The gear:
The song is played by two Waldorf synths, Blofeld and Streichfett. Waldorf Blofeld is a digital synth with 3 oscillators, each capable playing square (pulse), sawtooth, triangle and sine wave. Oscillator 1+2 additionally can play wavetables so Blofeld follows the footsteps of the legendary PPG synths or Waldorf Microwave. The synth has many modulation sources, different filter types, complex envelopes and an effect section.

Blofeld plays the bass in this song, lead voice is played by Streichfett. The digital synth imitates the typical sound of 70s string machines. It has - like many of its ancestors - a string and a synth section. Along with different wave forms that can be switched seamlessly the 3-mode chorus is a key for shaping the string machine sound. There is also a phaser effect trying to act like a Smallstone; well it doesn't at all. Someone wrote in a review that you always get a good sounding patch, whatever parameter settings you set and I can completely agree.

Trailer material: Pexels.com (image @seurafrancis99, video @cottonbro)"

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