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Monday, April 29, 2024

Dark jam with the Ableton Push 3 Standalone and Novation AFX Station

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A live synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

This is the fourth track I've made specifically for the Push 3, and the first where I've used Ableton Live to make the entirety of the song. Some of Live 12's new features, like the generative sequencer tools, can be a fun way to get quickly inspired. I still miss many aspects of Reason when working in Live, but it's fun to change things up.

Kudos to the amazing Novation AFX Station. This synth has a fantastic panel, is a great size (not too big, not too small), two levels of drive/distortion, two filter options, great either clean or gritty, excellent resonance on the filter, etc. The more I use it, the more I love it. It's been around for 11 years, and there are more expensive mono synths, but I'd reach for this one before most for something dark and interesting.

I'm either 40 or 50 percent through this particular album/set and really happy with the music so far. The Push 3 really allows me to create songs in a way that no other setup has allowed. And while there are many features I wish it had (especially more on the side of performance), I'm finding myself happier and happier thinking of it as my live-set device. Can't wait to take these songs on the road.

Ableton Push 3 — most sounds, effects, and performance
Novation AFX Station — mono synth melody/lead thing

Performed and recorded live, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

Monday, April 01, 2024

Dark jam with Ableton Push 3, PWM Malevolent, and Hologram Chroma Console

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A live synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

This is the third track I've made specifically for the Push 3, and I'm having a better and better time as I go. There are a few behind-the-scenes videos about this particular setup over on my Patreon.

The idea is that the set/album is playable live without requiring too much mental juggling, but since I'm only presenting them as individual songs, I thought I'd add in the PWM Malevolent for fun. The Malevolent adds well to the overall feeling I'm going for in these songs, and the Chroma Console helps shape the sound even more. Makes me wonder what I could add next time for fun!

Looking forward to playing these all as a set. Hopefully soon!

Thanks for listening.

Reason 12 (behind the scenes) — a lot of the songwriting and structuring
Ableton Push 3 — most sounds, effects, and performance
PWM Malevolent through Hologram Chroma Console — gritty synth bass thing

Performed and recorded live, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

Friday, March 22, 2024

Uptempo jam with Midicake ARP, Dreadbox Nymphes, Moog Minitaur, Mother 32, MSW-810, DrumBrute Impact

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A live synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

I've had this chord progression kicking around for a little while, the product of a voice-leading exercise I was doing. I was super happy with it but never able to incorporate it into a larger arrangement. Recently, I realized I could just run the chord progression through the Midicake ARP and get some inspiration on the song arrangement, and sure enough, that was all it took (along with a few amazing synthesizers and effects). Really happy with where this one ended up.

Full disclosure: I cut and paste a previous drum fill to the outro drum fill, because I felt the outro drum fill didn't match the quality of the earlier one. Seemed a more judicious approach than recording the whole thing again.

Thanks for listening.

Dirtywave M8 - chord progression sequence
Midicake ARP - four-part sequencing arranger for the chord progression
Kenton MIDI Thru - MIDI Thru out to five devices
DrumBrute Impact through Empress EchoSystem - Drums
Moog Mother 32 through Kinotone Ribbons - Slower mono synth
Michigan Synth Works MSW-810 through Hologram Chroma Console - Faster mono synth
Moog Minitaur through Boss DM-101 - Bass synth
Dreadbox Nymphes through Empress Reverb - Pad synth

Performed and recorded live (minus that small drum edit) to a multitrack recording, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Ambient doom with the Neutral Labs Elmyra 2 and Walrus Sloër

video upload by Jay Hosking

"Please support my work on Patreon:
A live synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

Neutral Labs sent over the Elmyra 2 for free. I was interested to try it because it has some of the spirit and playfulness of the Lyra 8, but much more control over pitch. It's also geared toward overdriven, saturated sounds, which is where my head is at these days. All of that was cool and amazing about the Elmyra, but I particularly fell in love with the sequencer, having four independent sequencer lines with differing lengths for the four voices.

I'll probably never use this thing's wavetables, but the basic oscillator sounds are nice. The filter options are fantastic. I really love the circuit-bending-style chips that change the drive option. And having oscillators that tune to semi-tones? Incredible. I wish all eurorack did that.

Anyway, along with the Walrus Sloër (doing some heavy lifting on pitched reverb), this was an unexpected song that came together quickly thanks to the extensive sequencer. I look forward to pairing this synth with some other simple devices and making some more ambient doom.

Neutral Labs Elmyra 2 - four synthesizer voices
Walrus Sloër - pitched reverb

Performed and recorded live, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

Monday, February 19, 2024

Dark jam with the Ableton Push 3 Standalone (live performance)

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A live synthesizer jam performed entirely on the Ableton Push 3 Standalone, recorded to a stereo audio out.

I'm hoping to play some more live shows this year, and that means I want to create another live set. I thought that if I were creating a new live set, I might as well create a bunch of new songs at the same time. And if I were creating new songs, I might as well try a completely different style/genre of music.

So here's my first attempt. The Push 3 Standalone is still the best choice for me, in terms of making a live set. It has its limitations and foibles for performance, but in terms of sheer number of tracks and effects, in terms of sequencing length and arrangement, and in terms of reducing the mental juggling necessary during a set, the Push 3 works well for me.

Many of the tracks were bounced down to audio, to increase the number of elements in the song. I may also eventually add a stereo effects loop with the Zen Delay, but that's for a future video. For now, I'm happy with this template, and looking forward to creating more like it.

Thanks for listening.

Ableton Push 3 Standalone - all sounds and effects and such
Many in-the-box sounds used as well, notably Tympo from Teletone Audio, which was used for the drum sounds

Recorded and performed live to a stereo channel, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Ambient jam with the Sequential Prophet Rev2, Eurorack, Sloër, and Soma Cosmos

video upload by Jay Hosking

"Please support my work on Patreon:
A live, semi-improvised synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

I went to the store to try out the Sequential Prophet Rev2 for fun, but they didn't have it set up on the floor.

"You should just take it home," the rep said. "Bring it back within 30 days if you don't want it."

So here we are, with the Prophet Rev2 at home. I love having so many voices that so easily can be panned into a binaural sound. The keybed and layout are fantastic and I just like playing it. The sound is great except when it isn't; something about the full-open filter or resonance is displeasing in a mix, though I often don't mind it on its own. Here, I made a binaural patch, with the same synth sound hard panned to left and right sides, but slight variation in the DCOs and "slop" (terrible word) leading to a very rich stereo feeling. One of those rare beautiful things you can do with only some polysynths (and software, of course).

In short, the Prophet Rev2 is a wonderful synth to explore with something of a frumpy sound, for better and for worse.

I was noodling on some chords and wanted accompaniment, so I started with the Cosmos (for some asymmetrical looping), and then took out my melodic eurorack skiff. It's been a while since I had it on the table, so it was nice just to hear these sounds again. Eurorack just leads me to places and sounds I might not otherwise find.

Ultimately, this jam came together in a day, and I'm always a little worried about those ones, because you might not like them as much the next day. So far, though, I'm pretty happy with it.

Thanks for listening.

Sequential Prophet Rev2 - pads
Walrus Sloër - reverb for Rev2
Soma Cosmos - looping for Rev2
Qu-Bit Chord V2 through Endorphines Squawk Dirty to Me - organ sort of sound
Frequency Central Product - droning analog voice
4ms Ensemble Oscillator through Make Noise QPAS - hyperspace organ
Effects are described in the video, and include Happy Nerding FX Aid XL, Noise Engineering Melotus Versio and Desmodus Versio, Intellijel Multi-FX 1U
ALM Busy Circuits Pamela's New Workout - modulation for all the voices

Performed and recorded live, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

Monday, November 06, 2023

Hypnotic jam with Sequential Take 5, Midicake ARP, Dreadbox Nymphes, Roland SH-101, DrumBrute Impact

video upload by Jay Hosking

"Please support my work on Patreon:
A live, semi-improvised synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

I'm lucky enough to have access to a new studio space, and am now in the process of moving over there. That means the days and nights have been long. One evening I was casually noodling on the Take 5 and came up with a patch and arpeggio I liked, but didn't feel I had time and capacity to do a full sequence and arrangement with other devices.

That's where the Midicake ARP comes in to save the day. Rather than sequence anything, I simply sent my MIDI data out of the Take 5 and into the ARP. The ARP then recontextualized the notes and can send them out to up to four other devices (here, I used three, plus MIDI clock to the DrumBrute Impact). Thanks to the ARP, I could explore chords and improvisation without having to write a single note in a sequencer. The ARP really is a great solution to a classic songwriting problem: being able to find the song with all the parts at once, rather than imagine all the parts and then write them.

From there, it was a matter of laying down some instruments and effects I liked the sound of. No surprises here, other than the Boss DM-101, which I got recently. It doesn't quite have the personality of the Matriarch delay, but it's a great and more versatile analog delay that I look forward to using more.

All in all, a really fun jam, and I was extremely grateful to have the tools I needed to write the song on the fly across multiple instruments.

Thanks for listening.

Sequential Take 5 - main arpeggio, MIDI controller/data out
Midicake ARP - "sequencer" (note recontextualizer? arpeggiator?)
Arturia DrumBrute Impact - drums
Dreadbox Nymphes through Strymon BigSky - arpeggio two
Blackout Model D through Boss DM-101 - bass synth
Roland SH-101 through Walrus Sloër - arpeggio three (the slow high one)
Kenton Pro-Solo Mk3 - MIDI to CV for SH-101
Kenton MIDI Thru - MIDI through to all devices

Performed and recorded live, with eq, compression, and limiting in the box."

Monday, October 02, 2023

Analog synth jam with the Roland SH-101, Moog Subsequent 37, Walrus Sloër, Source Audio Ventris

video upload by Jay Hosking

"Please support my work on Patreon:
A live, semi-improvised synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

I got an SH-101. Yes, it's simple. But I love its particular sound and find it endlessly deep and soothing. Thinking of it that way made me think to pair it with the Subsequent 37, another synth that provokes exactly the same feeling. Turns out the two make a good team.

Roland SH-101 into Source Audio Ventris - Bass / melody synth sequence
Moog Subsequent 37 into Walrus Sloër - Lead synth

Performed and recorded live, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master.

Thanks for listening."

Monday, September 11, 2023

Ambient jam with the Soma Terra and Soma Cosmos

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A live, semi-improvised synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

First, apologies for the change in video quality. I upgraded my camera, but some problems with the SD card led to a reversion back to 30 frames a second (I'm a big believer in 24fps). It also isn't looking quite how I want yet. I hope it's not too jarring.

Second, I got the Soma Terra. It is a joyful experience.

Some of the Soma stuff just doesn't work for me: the Lyra was always halfway to what I wanted, the Pulsar has great sounds and (for me) small sweet spots. But the Cosmos was a revelation, like something I'd always wanted but didn't know how to put into words. The Terra has a similar feeling.

The Terra is expressive and has complexity, but also is immediate to understand, musically. It's quick and easy to modify in terms of the sound engine and the notes associated with each brass button. The sound engines were a real positive surprise, with lots of warmth and musicality. The reverb and delay are good and totally useable, but not near the level of some of the dedicated pedals out there.

The Terra's not perfect for me—the number of buttons, and general layout, make it feel more like a device for solos versus a complete arrangement like guitar or piano—but it's a joy to play, and utterly unlike anything else. I wonder if Soma will iterate upon the design, make something a little more for two-handed playing. I'd also love to see diatonic transposition, though that would require some sort of way to set the scale; in the meantime, I love how fast and relatively seamless it is to switch patches (and thus switch the notes). Ultimately, I'm sitting here thinking about going back and playing the Terra some more, and that's always a fantastic sign.

Thanks for listening.

Soma Terra - synthesis and performance
Soma Cosmos - asymmetrical looping

Performed and recorded live to a stereo output, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Breaks and death jam with Elektron Octatrack MkII, Novation AFX Station

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A live, semi-improvised performance of Edvard Grieg's "The Death of Åse" (from Peer Gynt) performed entirely on synths and sampler hardware.

I love this song in all its incarnations, on strings, on piano. So while on the island, I thought I'd try it on synths and samplers. I sequenced the main lines in the box, using Native Instruments' Noire (piano) and Arturia's Prophet V (synth) doubled up. Then I chopped that into segments and imported into the Octatrack.

Once in the Octatrack, I took the Amen break and did some mangling, adding some glitch, pan, and randomization. I also added a second break I created, and a line of weird percussion (from a Patreon community member), both from a community sample pack in my Patreon.

Finally, I wanted some real-time hardware synth, and was smart enough to bring the Novation AFX Station with me to the island. This thing has so much versatility going for it, sounds phenomenal, and has an absolutely stellar layout for creating. It's wild to me that the Bass Station II / AFX Station is both one of the best mono synths out there, while also being so widely available and so affordable.

Once it was all together, it was just a matter of tweaking some scenes for effects and transition, and then capturing the performance. Really happy with this one.

Thanks for listening.

Native Instruments Noire and Arturia Prophet V - piano/synth main line, sampled into the
Elektron Octatrack Mk2 - sample mangling, mixing, performance effects, scenes
Novation AFX Station - synth arpeggio thing"

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Dance jam with Roland T-8, S-1, Crum Drum

video upload by Jay Hosking

You can find more info on the Crum Drum here.

"Please support my work on Patreon:
A live, semi-improvised jam performed entirely on hardware.

Text, phantasmagoric visuals, masking, art, and more created by Vincent Venoir. Please check out his music project here!:

I've been travelling quite a bit over the last few weeks and decided to get the "Rolcas" to keep me company while travelling. I have been super impressed with the T-8, J-6, and S-1, and been having a blast while sitting in hotel rooms or ferry line-ups. The T-8 in particular leads to instant fun, and the S-1 is a surprisingly deep synthesizer with fantastic sound.

Here, I made a pattern from scratch on the T-8, quickly transposed something I had noodled on the S-1, and then performed it on the spot. I also added in the Crum Drum, another cheap drum machine, for some fun percussive performance. It made a great combo with the Rolcas (although its synch occasionally lost a 16th note). The three together made a fantastic, fun, and fast jam.

It was the fun of these devices, and this jam, that made me think to reach out to Vincent and see if he wanted to make some of his magic on the video. He really captured the spirit of the jam, and I was delighted by the end results!

Roland T-8 - Drums and bass
Roland S-1 (+ XLN RC-20 plug-in for a bit of dirt/warble) - Chords
Nyström Crum Drum - Percussion

Written a few minutes before recording. Performed and recorded live, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master.

Thanks for listening."

Monday, August 07, 2023

Ambient jam with Dreadbox Nymphes, Tasty Chips GR-1, Walrus Slöer, Meris LVX

video upload by Jay Hosking

"Please support my work on Patreon:
A live, semi-improvised synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

In my previous video, I tried the Walrus Slöer reverb pedal with a few fun synths. During that session, I stumbled into a chord progression on the Nymphes that sounded really lovely with the Slöer, and this track was born from it.

I knew it needed some accompaniment that matched the feeling, so I brought out the GR-1, my favourite granular hardware. With its four-layer timbrality, I could both create textures, and also use a timbre to double the Nymphes for some building/progression. I'm really happy with how hardware explorations can quickly lead to finished songs, and this is no exception.

Dreadbox Nymphes into Walrus Slöer - Pad
Tasty Chips GR-1 into Meris LVX - Four granular synth sounds
Arturia Keystep 37 - MIDI controller
Kenton MIDI Thru (not seen) - MIDI Thru

Performed and recorded live, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master.

Thanks for listening."

Monday, July 31, 2023

Ambient bliss with the Walrus Slöer reverb and synths! (Nymphes, Moog One, TT-303, MS-20)

video upload by Jay Hosking

"Trying out Walrus's new stereo reverb with some hardware synthesizers.

I recently purchased the Walrus Slöer and thought I'd try it with some hardware synths. The Slöer is an update to their Slö pedal, now with stereo input/output and a couple of new algorithms. I'm extremely impressed with the overall sound of it, and got lost in my explorations. It's got a particular texture and character that's unlike my other reverbs, and I can foresee myself using it for other ambient work in the near future. In fact, I wrote the start of a few songs while noodling with it!

There's about 90 minutes of footage, which is available for supporters of my Patreon, but I trimmed it down to about 15 minutes for YouTube. And for those of you who prefer my actual music performance videos, I've recorded a song with the Slöer and will release it in about a week, when I have a moment to get it in shape.

Thanks for listening, and I hope this is useful and musical.

Synths used:
Cyclone Analogic Bass Bot TT-303
Korg MS-20
Dreadbox Nymphes
Moog One"

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Arps and acid with Midicake ARP, Arturia Minifreak, TT-303, Dreadbox Erebus, Roland TR-06, Meris LVX

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A live, semi-improvised synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

Important note: Midicake sent me over the ARP for free. I rarely get free gear, though I'm very grateful when it happens. There was no expectation for me to put it in a video, and no request from Midicake other than to share my thoughts with them. That said, I really enjoyed using it and I'll be keeping it around, as it strikes a nice balance between the "plug-and-pretty" of the NDLR and the "depth and detail" of a traditional sequencer. I've still got plenty to explore with it. Thanks, Chris!

I started with the ARP, because I wanted to see what it could do. I didn't want to overload the table at first, so I took out the Minifreak, which has voices to spare. Very quickly I was creating arpeggios and sequencing lines I really liked, and easily able to customize the lines to what I was looking for, from rhythms to polymetrics to inversions etc. I started with just standard major and minor chords, but it was extremely easy to customize the chords on the eight chord buttons once I wanted some 7ths and 6ths. And to have a chord sequencer built in was extremely helpful, as it reduced the amount of gear I needed on the table.

Once I had the bones of the song structure, I filled out some more parts, with Erebus on bass and the TR-06 on drums. Finally, I felt it needed something a little gnarlier around the interlude, and luckily I'd just picked up the awesome 303 clone from Cyclone Analogic. Once that was in place, it was just a matter of shaping the song through performance parameters. The final result is pretty cool, and adds some tones, timbres, and textures I haven't been getting as much these days.

Thanks for listening.

Midicake ARP - most sequencing (i.e. for Minifreak and Erebus)
Arturia Minifreak - three synth lines
Dreadbox Erebus - bass synth
Cyclone Analogic Bass Bot TT-303 - acid bass (using its own sequence)
Meris LVX - drive and delay for TT-303
Kenton MIDI Thru - MIDI splitter/thru box"

Sunday, July 09, 2023

Ambient synth jam with Dreadbox Nymphes, Erebus, Kinotone Ribbons, Chase Bliss Mood MkII

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A live, semi-improvised synthesizer jam performed entirely on hardware.

I recently bought the Kinotone Ribbons, and a member of my Patreon community wisely suggested that I run the Dreadbox Nymphes through it. He was very right (thanks, Robbie!): the Nymphes already has tons of analog synth character, but the Ribbons' stereo reverb plus its tape effects really made the perfect ambient sound.

I played around on the Keystep until I found some chords I liked, sequenced the chord progression on the Keystep, and then went searching for a second synth to complement the Nymphes & Ribbons.

I settled on the Erebus because it's small, sounds fantastic, and has lots of hands-on control. To add some character of its own, I used the Mood MkII to add some sample-reduced tape, plus some of its own reverb. It ended up lo-fi in its own way, and quite different from the Nymphes & Ribbons combo.

At first I thought I might play the Erebus separately, but the slow pace, plus wanting to keep it meditative, made me try something different instead. Here, I sent the same sequencing data to both synths. However, since the Erebus was in mono mode, it had to choose a single note from the polyphony of the chords, leading to a sort of melody line of its own. It was a happy accident, and a peaceful finished song.

Dreadbox Nymphes into Kinotone Ribbons - chords
Dreadbox Erebus into Chase Bliss Mood MkII - lead
Arturia Keystep 37 - sequencing

Thanks for listening."

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Making sample magic with the Elektron Octatrack MkII (live performance)

video upload by Jay Hosking

"For all the samples used here, plus the amazing community of musicians who made the sample pack, please support my work on Patreon:

A semi-improvised jam performed solely on the Elektron Octatrack MkII.

For our spring collaboration, my Patreon community and I put together our first sample pack, a collection of loops and one-shots for both melodics and drums/percussion. It's an incredible collection of over 250 samples, and to celebrate its creation, we made songs using the samples as our starting point.

Here, I started by taking my favourite loops and one-shots from the sample pack and turning them into a collection of perfectly sized sections for the Octatrack. Once I imported them into the Octatrack, I started mangling and developed scenes, transitions, and extra parts to fill in all the gaps. The Octatrack is the perfect device for taking an 8-bar loop and figuring out a way to get from the beginning to the ending of a song.

Thanks for listening, and I hope you check out and use the sample pack for yourself."

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Apocalyptic synth jam with PWM Malevolent, Meng Qi Wingie 2, Chase Bliss Mood MkII, Zen Delay, DFAM

video upload by Jay Hosking

"Please support my work on Patreon:
A song that started as a live, semi-improvised synth jam, and was finished by adding some extra sounds in the box.

I recently bought the Malevolent and Wingie 2 from the same friend, and thought it might be fun to get such different pieces of hardware in the same song. The Malevolent really can get monstrous with its drive/distortion, whereas the Wingie 2 reminds me of MI Rings, bright and ringing, but with tons of playability. From there, I filled out what I needed to quickly improvise, some effects on the synths, and some drums to play with. Finally, I added some extras like guitar and a little more synth after the live performance was captured. Notes below. It's fun to have no sequencers on the table and to just make music by playing the devices.

Meng Qi Wingie 2 via Chase Bliss Mood MkII - stereo plucks
PWM Malevolent via Erica Synths Zen Delay - bass synth wildness
Moog DFAM (x 2) - kick (on one DFAM), hats and snare (on another DFAM) - the DFAMs also had compression, a little stereo delay, etc. in the box (see the Patreon walkthrough vid)
Godin Stadium 59 via Elektron Analog Drive and Strymon Iridium - guitar
Reason Europa - synth pad
Reason Thor - additional bass emphasis on kick drum
XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2 - ride cymbal doubling one DFAM for last chorus

Thanks for listening."

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Ambient jam with Elektron Octatrack, Roland SH-4D, and Soma Cosmos

video upload by Jay Hosking

"Please support my work on Patreon:
A live, semi-improvised synth jam performed entirely on hardware.

This one came together unexpectedly as I was wrapping up a longer video on some of my favourite gear (spoiler alert). I stumbled into some ideas with the Octatrack and Cosmos, and added the closest synth on hand—the Roland SH-4D, which I just got and am exploring—to fill in the gaps. Add in a sample from an old favourite and the song was complete. The Cosmos always creates music that sounds like the music in my dreams, ambient and blurred, ideas reverberating across the sonic space.

Thanks for listening.

Elektron Octatrack MkII - Samples, effects,
Roland SH-4D - Synth lead and bass sounds
Soma Cosmos - Asymmetrical looping into infinity"

Friday, March 03, 2023

Soundtrack music with Korg ARP Odyssey, piano, Dreadbox Typhon, and Nymphes

video upload by Jay Hosking

"A song comprised of two live performances with both hardware and software.

I have a hand surgery scheduled for this week, and wanted to get in one last piano performance before my hand was out of commission for a while. These are the results. The end result seems clearly inspired by some of my favourite OST music.

Native Instruments Noire (played on Kawai CA49) - piano
Korg ARP Odyssey - melody
Arturia Analog Lab and Dreadbox Nymphes - pad
Reason Thor and Dreadbox Typhon - bass
Red70 controlled by MIDI Fighter Twister - doubled right hand piano arpeggio

Recorded as two live performances into Reason Studios' Reason. Additional effects (mainly Arturia and Reason) added in the box, plus EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Ambient then heavy with Moog One, Subsequent 37, Hologram Microcosm, and eurorack drums

video upload by Jay Hosking

"Please support my work on Patreon:
A live, semi-improvised synth jam performed entirely on hardware.

The Moog One has become my end-of-day synth, where I just sit down and play for comfort. That ends up shaping the music itself, I think, and definitely is where this song emerged. I started with something ambient and melancholy, but I knew I wanted it to get huge.

Using the Moog One's multiple timbres, I made a pad, motif, and bass sound, and sequenced it all internally. For some extra oomph, I added my eurorack drum setup, which is sounding even better now that the Ghost got a firmware update to improve filter and add sample rate reduction.

I couldn't get the Moog One to send clock out to the eurorack drums, so I had both synth and drums free running at the same tempo. I was happy they didn't drift too much!

And toward the end, I realized I needed another timbre for melody/lead, so I added the Subsequent 37. It's still one of my absolute favourites; it just has "that sound." The Microcosm adding some nice character to the melody, as well.

Moog One - three synth timbres (pad, motif, bass), effects, sequencing
Moog Subsequent 37 + Hologram Microcosm - lead/melody
Eurorack drums:
- Intellijel Steppy 1U - drum sequencing
- Mystic Circuits IDUM - extra drum sequencing colour
- Prok Kick, Tiptop 808 Snare, Prok Hats, WMD Fracture - drum voices
- Intellijel Mixup - mixer
- Intellijel FSR 1U - performance pad for extending perc decay
- Ghost - filter, delay, reverb, compression, drive, sample rate reduction

Performed and recorded live, with additional drive on the bassline, plus EQ, compression, and limiting, especially on the master.

Thanks for listening."

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