MATRIXSYNTH: Eurorack jam featuring Metropolix, Manis Iteritas, Prok Drums, Zen Delay, and electric guitar

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Eurorack jam featuring Metropolix, Manis Iteritas, Prok Drums, Zen Delay, and electric guitar

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"A live, semi-improvised modular performance performed entirely on hardware, with one guitar overdub.

This jam started with a simple exploration of the Intellijel Metropolix, a neat sequencer that helps you stumble into inspiration, along with two voices (the Noise Engineering Manis Iteritas and the Acid Rain Chainsaw). My ambitions were no more than "play guitar with eurorack". But as the song found itself, and more and more was added to the table, it became clear I'd have to add guitar after the the fact.

A big highlight here is the Prok Drum modules being sequenced by the Mutable Instruments Grids. Not only is Grids fast and inspiring, but its modulation allows you to add performability (like the snare rolls I add via a touch pad here) and variety (through its chaos and frequency controls). Special thanks to Michael, a good human and also a member of my Patreon community, for allowing me to commission him to build the Prok modules! You're the best, Michael.

And of course, the Erica Synths Zen Delay works its magic again. Here, it runs everywhere from flanger to filter to gonzo delay, and I just love what it adds to a jam.

The patches would take a very long time to explain, but here are the modules:

- Noise Engineering Manis Iteritas
- Squarp Rample
- Acid Rain Chainsaw
- Qu-Bit Chord
- Frequency Central Product
- Prok drum modules

- Intellijel Metropolix
- Westlicht Performer
- Mutable Instruments Grids

- ALM Busy Circuits Pamela's New Workout
- Intellijel Dual ADSR and Dual VCA

- Make Noise QPAS
- WMD Overseer

- Befaco STMix
- Intellijel Mixup
- Intellijel 1u Mixer

- Noise Engineering Ruina Versio, Desmodus Versio, Melotus Versio
- Strymon Magneto
- Intellijel 1u Multi-FX
- Qu-Bit Data Bender

Output modules:
- Strymon AA.1
- Intellijel Audio I/O

For guitar, I used the Godin Radium Winchester Brown, which is a ton of fun. For its effects, I had the Union Tube & Transistor Lab (for compression) and C-verb (for shoegaze reverb), and the Strymon Iridium for amp simulation.

Modular performance recorded live, and guitar performance recorded in one take on a separate pass. EQ, compression, and limiting on the mix and master."

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