MATRIXSYNTH: Streetscape and OP-1 Field 🌿 Excruciating Minutiae

Friday, January 13, 2023

Streetscape and OP-1 Field 🌿 Excruciating Minutiae

video upload by Postmodern Machine

"🏢A streetscape in San Pancho Mexico with Soundtrack🏡

I was lucky to film so much on my Honeymoon in Mexico. There was beautiful movement all around. In some cases I captured sound using my Fuji X-T30 and Oade Brothers micro mics that I have had for many years and pulled out for the trip. 🎤

I made a piece of music focusing on the OP-1 Field string synth. I pre planned using the Chase Bliss/Meris CXM 1978 on the final mix, so did not overdo the layering. I used the endless sequencer to create some repeating patterns and the mono delay to add some slow repeats or in some layers the spring reverb to each recorded sound. I used the Studio tape emu for the first time. I have been finding the noise/hiss on the other emu's compounds in a not so flattering way. This is something I hope TE refines in a future update. Tape his should not compound with each track recorded onto it, and it would be nice if the hiss level could be controlled.

I used the new FW update to the field with velocity sensitivity built into each sequence and I used the new record panning feature while committing ideas. The bass was performed live on the keyboard into the field while playing the other layers through the CXM 1978 and my outboard into the DAW. In Reaper, I added EQ, compression and filtering. Filterfreak creates a unique rhythmic pattern that adds a lot of interest to the high frequencies of the piece. The street sounds were added once I had decided this shot would fit the best with the music. Some verb and volume automation was added to the streetscape sounds. While mixing I accidentally sped up the OP-1 tracks in reaper by about 20% due to changing the tempo, but after noting this and comparing to the original speed, I liked the faster version more and decided to keep it.

📺 Check out my current music releases 🌗

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field / Chase Bliss / Meris CXM 1978 / AwTAC Channels / AwTAC Compressors / Elysia Xpressor 500 / Siemens W295b / Burl Mothership / Reaper / Kush audio / Output Portal / AudioThing miniVerb / D16 Decimort 2 / Fuji X-T30 / Oade Micro Mics"

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