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Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Let's make a modular synth patch in the style of Ryoji Ikeda

video upload by Frap Tools

"Ikeda's style is famous for its austere structure and meticulously carved sounds. Such precision is achievable in the digital domain, so it may thus sound a bit odd to emulate it with a modular synthesizer, which by definition is "less reliable" than a computer.

However, even if we must forgo the exact repeatability of computer music, we can still learn something from this approach that we can transfer to our modular synth: playing with pure tones, and noise, and leaving a lot of space in the mix. Let us know if you liked the result and if you have more ideas!

00:00 Patch overview
01:17 Clicks
04:04 Sine waves
09:40 Noise
12:58 Reverberated drone
14:33 Kick"

Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Antonio's hidden random clock trick for SAPÈL!

video upload by Frap Tools

"Let's extract a secret random clock output that plays only when the actual random clock is silent. The trick is simple but insanely effective!

00:00 Introduction and technique overview
00:56 Patch 1: Ringing Cunsa
05:40 Patch 2: Double sequence with Usta and Sapèl
10:48 Patch 2,5: The Krell trick"

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Six interesting timbres with one FALISTRI (a patch-saving hack)

video upload by Frap Tools

"It happened to all of us: we're in the middle of a patch, and we ran out of complex sound sources. Luckily we have a spare Falistri, so here are six ways to get interesting timbres out of it!

00:00 Introduction
00:39 Number 1: The fake flip sync
03:31 Number 2: The force loop sync
05:54 Number 3: The Max output
08:34 Number 4: AM and RM
10:48 Number 5: Sub-octave-ring-modulated-flip sync
12:50 Number 6: Feedback ring mod"

Friday, December 22, 2023

Frap Tools Fumana Part 3: I Achieve Full Freeze (Vocoder, eurorack modular, spectral transfer)

video upload by Cylob Sonic Research

All parts here

"Using the Frap Tools Fumana as a vocoder. Recording and playing back phonemes with a custom SuperCollider patch."

00:00 Intro
00:03 Sherlock
00:36 Vocoder
04:00 Lag and Threshold
06:03 Sibilant noise
07:35 Reorder bands
08:19 Phoneme sampling and band freezing
10:02 Saved phonemes
10:35 Phoneme sequencing
11:45 Song: I Achieve Full Freeze
14:36 Fatalist

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

At last: the Krell Patch on a Frap Tools modular system!

video upload by Frap Tools

"It's time to confront ourselves with a pinnacle of modular synth techniques: Todd Barton's Krell Patch.

Inspired by Bebe and Louis Barron's soundtrack for the 1956 sci-fi film "Forbidden Planet", this patch revolves around a 'modulation feedback': a single LFO drives the whole patch and triggers many S&H circuits that generate random voltages, which, in turn, constantly modulate the LFO speed and shape.

Original track from the film score: [below - also see this post]
Original Todd Barton's Tutorial: [posted here back in 2012]

00:00 Introduction
01:03 The krell patch as per Todd Barton's instructions
14:25 An extra tip with the USTA sequencer"

Ancient Krell Music

video upload by Louis & Bebe Barron - Topic

"Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

Ancient Krell Music · Louis And Bebe Barron

Forbidden Planet

℗ 1956 Planet Records

Released on: 1999-01-06

Auto-generated by YouTube."

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

How to make vowel-like formant filtering with the CUNSA

video upload by Frap Tools

"Time for some serious formant filtering with the CUNSA and USTA dream combo!


Sources and references:

Image 1
Title: frequencies of formants
Retrieved on October 27th, 2023

Image 2
Title: tongue position for vowel sounds
Retrieved on October 27th, 2023

The formant chart comes from Peterson, G. E., & Barney, H. L. (1952). Control methods used in a study of the vowels. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 24, 175–184.

Time stamps:

00:00 Introduction on vowel formants
01:20 Programming an ɑ sound (as in 'hot')
03:34 Programming an ɔ sound (as in 'bought') and morphing between them
08:54 Refining the morphing with the USTA sequencer"

Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Audio, modulation, or both? Let's make a sample-and-hold feedback patch à la Rob Hordijk.

video upload by Frap Tools

"Let's make some serious SAPÈL feedback patching! Today we draw inspiration from Rob Hordijk's talks about sample-and-hold circuits and chaos theory."

00:00 Introduction
01:53 The S&H feedback
05:04 Adding the filter
09:02 Stacking more filters in parallel
10:50 Using a sequencer instead of a random S&H
12:12 Randomizing the sequence and closing remarks

You can find Rob Hordijk's masterclass series here.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Let's use CUNSA as a formant filter (but not the one you expect)

video upload by Frap Tools

"There is this lovely paragraph in Allen Strange's Electronic Music where he discusses formant frequencies of rooms and equipments. However, they are not exactly what we may think of today!

00:00 Introduction
00:43 Allen Strange talks about formant filters
01:51 Creating a formant frequency with a single CUNSA filter
05:37 Modulating the formant frequency

Monday, November 20, 2023

Frap Tools Fumana Part 2: Impose (Eurorack modular synth filter, spectral transfer, vocoder)

video upload by Cylob Sonic Research

"Exploring direct CV control of the Fumana's 16 bands.

00:00 Intro
00:03 Explanation
00:13 Adjusting bands
01:56 Storing and recalling band level configurations
03:08 Jam 1
07:10 Jam 2
09:40 Five Alive

Details of the album 'I Will Cross Any Bridge' can be found at"

Frap Tools Fumana Part 1: Center & Width (Eurorack modular synth filter, spectral transfer, vocoder)
video upload by Cylob Sonic Research

"Exploring the Center and Width controls of the Frap Tools Fumana eurorack filter module.

00:00 Intro
00:03 Center and Width knob controls
01:23 Modulating Center with sine LFO
02:47 Modulating Width with sine LFO
04:19 Modulating with saw LFO
05:37 Modulating with Zig Zag wave LFO
06:45 Modulating Center with multi stage envelope
07:05 Modulating Width with multi stage envelope
08:31 Adding drums
10:39 Drums and multi stage envelopes try two
13:45 Ambi interlude
14:08 Ambi track jam with stereo panned bands

Note to self: tuning is bellingwolde @ 54"

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Let's make a synth brass sound with our CUNSA filter in the style of Steve Porcaro

video upload by Frap Tools

"Let us take a step back with the CUNSA filter and try to create some classic sounds. Probably the most iconic is the synth brass, and since we don't like reinventing the wheel, we'll rely on the excellent instructions by Steve Porcaro."

00:00 Introduction
01:38 Getting two sawtooths out of BRENSO
03:34 Envelopes, VCF, VCA
08:34 Adding the "blip"
10:41 Filter tracking
11:09 Filter ping
12:33 Character "blip"
14:05 Input VCA
15:03 Final result and closing remarks.

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Programming the bass sound of West End Girls on a Frap setup was a tough challenge (but we did it)

video upload by Frap Tools

"So we were asked to remake the bass sound of West End Girls by @officialpetshopboys with only Frap modules, and here's how we did it! It's not completely there but still seems like a fair approximation. Got other ideas? Let us know in the comments!

Interview with Stephen Hague:

Modules used (all of them...)

00:00 Introduction and original patch breakdown by Stephen Hague
01:21 The FM 'thump' on the BRENSO
03:31 The Jupiter 6 sound on the CUNSA
05:37 The Emulator II kick drum on the CUNSA
07:59 Adding variation through the Ping input and decluttering the patch
09:23 Changing the envelope fall through the USTA sequencer
10:34 Balancing the resonance with USTA's COMBO mode
11:06 Adding an extra sawtooth to the Jupiter 6 sound through FALISTRI
15:14 Final result and closing remarks"

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

A patch inspired by sympathetic strings with FUMANA

video upload by Frap Tools

"This FUMANA patch draws inspiration straight from sympathetic strings, a device that can be found on many instruments like the European nyckelharpa or the Indian sitar.

Does it sound like a nyckelharpa or a sitar? Absolutely not! Is it nice though? Well... you decide.

More about OVERTONES: [3rd video here]

00:00 Intro: what are sympathetic strings
02:09 Patch overview and FUMANA setup
04:13 Using the melody to control the feedback bands
05:12 Changing the feedback phase
05:58 Adding more articulation
08:37 Using another waveform to ring more bands
09:09 Final result: Playing with the envelope follower's decay to add more resonance
10:10 Outro"

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The legend of BRENSO’s pulse-width modulation

video upload by Frap Tools

"PWM is a huge part of everyday electronics, but it is also a classic synth sound, to the point it reached a cult (if not meme) status.

A Eurorack oscillator like BRENSO wouldn't have been completed without a PWM section, and today we're exploring it in detail. It might not be the most obvious feature, since it is nestled into the timbre modulation section, but it is capable of wild timbers.

Check also this PWM patch: [video below]

Timbre and Amplitude modulation:
BRENSO Waveforms: [posted here]
Overtones: [video below]

00:00 Overview
02:36 What is a comparator and why it's important for pulse-width modulation?
03:36 The difference between BRENSO's square waves.
04:37 Modulating the comparator threshold to change the pulse width.
05:04 What are the harmonics of a pulse wave?
06:09 How to fake more oscillators through PWM.
07:15 Pulse wave symmetry and phase.
09:51 Feeding BRENSO's comparator with the triangle shaper

Pulse-Width Modulation and Sync with BRENSO | East Coast Sounds 1 | Frap Ideas

video upload by Frap Tools

"A recent article on @PerfectCircuit’s blog inspired this exploration beyond the label of "West Coast" synthesis. We thus focused on two techniques for the BRENSO oscillator that go beyond the classic complex oscillator's palette: PWM and sync."

Ryan Gaston’s articles:

00:00 Introduction: East Coast and West Coast?
02:20 Pulse-width modulation (PWM) on the BRENSO
13:29 The "AAAAAH" moment
14:05 Flip Sync

What are overtones and why they might be more important than you imagine

video upload by Frap Tools

"Today's topic ties together notes, harmony, tuning, timbre, and even more. It's the overtones, and this is our introduction!"

00:00 Introduction
00:22 What is a note?
02:11 What are overtones?
04:06 Harmonic and inharmonic overtones
06:24 Electronic waveforms and overtones: triangle, square, sawtooth
09:42 Isolate waveform partials through CUNSA bandpass filters
12:56 Create a complex wave through harmonics in analog
15:04 From the harmonic series to the dominant chord: closing remarks

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Bird-like sequences with bizarre clocks thanks to USTA and FALISTRI

video upload by Frap Tools

"Time to explore more quirky interactions between USTA and FALISTRI!"

Check the other video here.

00:00 Introduction and patch overview
01:23 Using gates to switch the clock on and off
04:42 Changing the gate patterns
05:55 Using preprogrammed patterns instead of random events
07:10 Using an envelope to add ornaments

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Programming sequences with Nicolas Slonimsky's Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns

video upload by Frap Tools

"Slonimsky's Thesaurus is quite a strange music book, but its impact on Jazz and experimental musicians has been enormous. Today we tiptoe into this extravagant world to see if there's anything interesting for our USTA sequencer!

00:00 Introduction: Slonimsky's Thesaurus
2:45 Pattern no. 1
04:02 Adding the bass
04:29 Rhythmic variation over pattern no. 1
04:47 Adding a tonal bass line
05:10 Cross-patching a CV for pitch-shifting the pattern
05:31 Quantizing the chromatic pattern
06:30 Integrating the notes and closing the filter
07:03 Pattern no. 141
08:09 Quantizing pattern no. 141
09:28 Pitch-shifting pattern no. 141"

Tuesday, October 03, 2023

Understanding CUNSA's gain staging: VCA, character, Q, mixer

video upload by Frap Tools

"In another video we shed some light on the basis of gain staging. Today, we'll put them into practice with our CUNSA filter!"

The wonderful world of gain staging, ...

What is filter pinging (and filter ri...

00:00 Introduction
01:16 The input VCA and the Character circuit
04:37 The Q circuit and the filter resonance
05:31 Gain scale of different filter topologies: lowpass, highpass, bandpass
07:09 Using the resonance as a sub-bass
08:09 The group outputs
10:52 How the Combo mode affects CUNSA"

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

What are modes and why they're all over the USTA sequencer

video upload by Frap Tools

Click the Frap Tools link directly above for addtional demos and tutorials.

"We started from the overtone series and we arrived at Western tonal harmony. However, we left something behind: the modes. In today's video, we'll see what they are, and why they seem such a vague concept."

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Recreating Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" lead sounds with a Frap Tools system.

video upload by Frap Tools

"The idea for this video comes from this excellent tutorial by @AlexBallMusic , thanks a lot!

Full video by Alex Ball here: [posted here]

00:00 Introduction and patch overview: BRENSO and CUNSA
03:25 Adding envelopes and modulation through FALISTRI
06:18 Adding a wild distortion with the CGM creative mixer
08:22 Automating the filter sweep with the USTA sequencer
11:47 The final Smack My Bitch Up patch and closing remarks"

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Frap Tools: We used our CUNSA quad multimode filter as a phaser.

video upload by Frap Tools

"Is it a phaser? No! Will this stop us from using it as a phaser? Also no!


Today we take advantage of the phase rotations introduced by four 12-dB/oct filters to create a fake analog phaser with surprising effects."

Tuesday, September 05, 2023

The wonderful world of gain staging, or: how to balance your Eurorack signals

video upload by Frap Tools

"Today we'll introduce the topic of gain staging because yes. We'll explore the concepts of gain versus volume, headroom, and saturation. We'll also do some examples, like how to interface a modular synth with guitar pedals and how to interface a guitar with a modular synthesizer. At the end, a bonus tip on saturation.

00:00 Introduction: unity gain, saturation, gain, volume
03:11 Example 1: modular synthesizer through guitar pedals
05:36 Example 2: guitar through modular synthesizer
06:57 What is headroom? A demonstration with the Frap Tools CGM Eurorack mixer
13:13 Headroom and saturation when mixing multiple sources
15:53 "Wrong" mixing: feedback and no-input mixing board (bonus tips)"

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