MATRIXSYNTH: "Let's Take a 20 Megaton Surface Burst" - a DB-01 solo

Thursday, June 06, 2024

"Let's Take a 20 Megaton Surface Burst" - a DB-01 solo

video upload by Richard DeHove

"How many parts can a mono synth play in one pass? Here I think the DB-01 does a good job simulating three or four tracks and yet this is all just one live take, plus vocal samples on top for color. Music-wise there are no edits, no automation, no DAW EQ or any other effects. Everything is exactly as you see it.

The DB-01 runs into the Darkglass B3K, then to the Zen delay, and is then output in stereo to the Boss SL-2 Slicer. You'll notice the DB-01's resonance is at 100% with 50% drive. The Zen delay's input is being overdriven slightly and there is again about 50% drive there as well. Filter is set to highpass.

It's always tempting to start adding extra layers to these pieces, especially drums, but I like the simplicity and 'purity' of a DB-01 on its own. Hopefully that also makes it more useful as a demo of the DB-01 and effects.

Quotes and video are from the 1982 documentary 'The Atomic Cafe', an excellent movie which is a compilation of old newsreels and military training clips set to music and news commentary of the times.

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