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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Blip Box Sixteen Voice iOS & MacOS Drum Synthesizer

factory preset demo video upload by

"Blip Box is a 16 voice drum synth that can be used as a standalone app or an AUv3 plug-in. Here I've loaded an instance of Octachron as a MIDI trigger (using it's built-in Blip Box preset), and created a random sequence to run though Blip Box's factory presets. Both are hosted in AUM, but you could use Logic or another host if you prefer.

Blip Box drum synth:

Video Overviews by the maker, Sketch Audio
video uploads by Sketch Audio

Blip Box is a sixteen voice drum synthesizer that may look nice but can sound mean. Blip Box takes inspiration from a variety of synths, both analog and digital. We pulled together all the things we love about drum synthesis: complex audio rate modulation, snappy envelopes, harsh effects; and put them together in a compact, touch-friendly package. The result is a truly unique digital sound engine that has taken on a life of its own.

Whatever you do, don’t have fun with it!

- Focused, fun, and characterful synth engine
- Touch-first design, almost the entire screen is part of a control
- Runs standalone or as AUv3 plug-in (in compatible host)
- Universal purchase on Apple platforms: runs on iPhone, iPad, and Mac
- Presets synced across your devices via iCloud
- Hook up a MIDI controller to play with a keyboard (optional)

- Pure synthesis engine, no samples
- Complex digital oscillator with two-way frequency modulation
- White noise source
- Two snappy AD envelopes with variable shape
- Unique mix control for pure oscillator sound or ring mod mayhem
- “Choose-your-own-adventure” effect: analog (ish) wavefolder or digital degradation
- State variable filter for tone shaping
- Envelopes can be routed to modulate oscillator shape, pitch, or filter cutoff
- Mix to filter cutoff modulation available for crispy filter FM
- Velocity responsive, either in traditional level (gain) mode or brightness mode
- Multi-out mode available when running in AUv3 mode
- Master tune for keeping tonal drum sounds in tune with your song
- Includes 13 inventive and usable factory kits to get you started making music

Known compatible DAWS:
- Ableton Live (11.2+)
- Logic Pro
- Reaper

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Just a Minute - SOMA TERRA #1

video upload by Stefan Tretau

"These are my first steps with the TERRA from SOMA. I am far from mastering the instrument. Nevertheless, I am sharing my first musical experiences because I believe that it is a unique instrument that anyone, whether amateur or professional, can have fun with. Since I typically rely on programmable sequencers and DAWs, TERRA comes as a refreshing change. The intuitive user interface makes playing effortless and inspires you to break new ground. Let's see where the TERRA-journey takes me...

I used a Neunaber Immerse Reverberator on the TERRA outputs to have the internal effect (such as the delay) and a secondary reverb effect. I also added a looper pedal to loop certain phrases.

If you hear any crackling, cracking or clipping, it's due to my (to be optimized) audio system and not the TERRA itself."

1st video:
00:00 Sketch 1
06:57 Sketch 2
11:12 Sketch 3
12:59 Sketch 4
15:34 Sketch 5
24:23 Sketch 6
30:32 Sketch 7

2nd video:
00:00 Sketch 1
03:19 Sketch 2
08:29 Sketch 3
09:10 Sketch 4
10:23 Sketch 5
16:40 Sketch 6

Monday, January 22, 2024

Meet the NI404 Open-Source Sampler and Sequencer from Soundpauli

soundpauli:NI404 video upload by Jank

"The NI404 is an innovative, open-source sampler and sequencer from soundpauli - nspired by the classic Etch-A-Sketch, tailored for beginners and DIY enthusiasts. Designed around the Teensy Microcontroller and Audioboard from PJRC, this device offers an accessible entry point into the world of music creation.

The NI404 is more than just a musical instrument; it's a journey into the world of sound exploration, perfect for live performances, studio sessions, or simply having fun creating music. Whether you're a seasoned musician or a curious beginner, the NI404 is your gateway to an exciting world of musical possibilities."


The NI404 is an innovative, open-source DIY sample-sequencer from soundpauli - inspired by the classic Etch-A-Sketch, tailored for beginners and DIY enthusiasts. Designed around the Teensy Microcontroller and Audioboard from PJRC, this device offers an accessible entry point into the world of music creation.

The NI404 is more than just a musical instrument; it's a journey into the world of sound exploration, perfect for live performances, studio sessions, or simply having fun creating music. Whether you're a seasoned musician or a curious beginner, the NI404 is your gateway to an exciting world of musical possibilities.


With its playful design, the NI404 lets users create complex sound patterns without any prior knowledge of musical instruments or equipment. It's perfect for beginners and makers alike.

At the heart of the NI404 is a vivid 16x16 RGB LED panel display, paired with three intuitive rotary-push encoders. Navigate a cursor across the grid, where each row signifies a voice and each column a potential note, allowing for up to 16 pitches per note. This feature enables the mixing of up to 8 voices simultaneously.

Adjust samples, instruments, pitches, notes, volume, BPM, velocity, and effects in real-time without pausing. This seamless interaction makes the NI404 an ideal gadget for live performances.

Teensy 4.1 Microcontroller and Teensy Audio board (4.0)
8MB PSRAM Flash Memory
3 Rotary-push encoders
16x16 RGB-LED Panel driven by FastLED
3.5mm audio jack and removable SD Microcard slot
Etch-A-Sketch style note drawing
On-the-fly note deletion and sample muting
Adjustable volume, BPM (40 - 200), pattern, and note velocity
Up to 30-second sample length with seamless looping
Use your own samples on the SD-Card - in a simple file structure
Load up to 8 voices / samples (Wav format) plus an additional onboard synth voice
16-bar patterns across 8 pages, totaling 128 bars per song
Save and load up to 100 patterns / songs on the SD card
Autosave and autoload functions
Access and manage samples while playing, with support for up to 999 samples on the SD card and the ability to predefine multiple voices as a SampleSet.

Operates without a computer, generating all sounds on the device itself. USB powered (5V) and Arduino code is published under the MIT License.

Important: The NI404 does not include speakers or Bluetooth connectivity; headphones are recommended. Because of licensing: please use your own sample files (folder structure is included).

Potential updates include USB-MIDI In & Out, AI-powered song / pattern generation, WiFi connectivity, and a new aluminium casing.

Custom PCB - to connect the encoders to the Teensy (but you can also hard wire everything): see Downloads

Saturday, September 02, 2023

Modular Percussion: Rings, Elements and Stolperbeats

video upload by Making Sound Machines

"Super excited to be part of Dutch Modular Fest @dutchmodularfest4609 today - a super nice one day modular meet in Utrecht NL with workshops, lots of great synth makers and concerts. We will be showing our #Stolperbeats drum trigger sequencer and a handful of rare unreleased prototypes.

If you've been eyeing one of our Eurorack DIY kits and you want to build it together with us, today is the perfect opportunity! Hang out with us and build a Farbfolder, Farbshaper, Farbhighpass or TausenddB and Multiplikand with us.

Our friends Stijn and Priscilla from TiNRS @thisisnotrocketscience3942 will be showing their awesome new collaborations with Paul Error Instruments@paultasbeeb: Brinta, a lovely granular module for live recording and processing audio, and White Rabbit, a fantastic reverb and delay ranging from etheral to glitchy.

Lauri @vaski will show off his beautiful new 2HP Lights Stereo Visualizer audio visualisation module and a handful of other incredibly clever utilities like the ECS-4 Triggered Switch and his AM-3/3 Triple Attenuverter Matrix.

We've been playing with prototypes of these modules for a while and it's super exciting to see them being released now!

Today's video is a little jam that happened when packing for Dutch Modular Fest. Stolperbeats is seen here sequencing Mutable Instruments awesome physical modelling synths #Elements as well as #Rings through their Streams dual dynamics gate with percussion from our own secret modular drum prototype.

The reverb in this sketch is @Befacosynth Lich, a great programmable multi-function module based on the @RebelTechnologies OWL platform. If you are into PureData, Max or Faust, you should give this one a whirl!

Dutch Modular Fest
Pieter Baan Centrum
Gansstraat 164
Utrecht (NL)

Market and Workshops from 11:00
Music program from 15:00 - 23:00"

Friday, February 24, 2023

Bad Gear - Roland's Gonna Roland

video upload by AudioPilz

"Become a Patron and get access to music clips from the show, additional content, Bad Gear samples and even more AudioPilz madness

Welcome to Bad Gear, the show about the world's most hated audio tools. Today we are going to talk about the Roland TR-6S. Is this modern drum machine and little sibling of the critically acclaimed TR-8S only a sketch pad for quick ideas or is it up to the job of being the centerpiece of setups both live and in the studio. Well, Roland's Gonna Roland.

00:00 Intro tune
01:03 Overview Roland TR6S
01:39 Sound Generators (ACB, Samples, FM)
02:33 FM Engines
02:58 Instruments (LFO, FX)
03:32 CTRL Knob
03:41 Kits (FX: Delay, Reverb, Master FX)
03:57 Sample Import
04:02 Sequencer, Patterns, Variations, Fills, Random
04:29 More Sequencer Features (Substeps, Motion Recording)
05:03 Step Loop, Scatter
05:13 Limitations (Lack of Chromatic Mode)
05:33 What else??? (Rear Panel, USB Audio, Thanks)
05:55 Hate
06:19 Jam 1 (Techno)
07:11 Jam 2 (Drum'n'Bass)
08:13 Finale (Trance)
08:40 Verdict
09:41 Patreon Vocoder Shoutout"

Saturday, February 04, 2023

Yamaha CS-30 Analog Synthesizer SN 3142

Note: Auction links are affiliate links for which the site may be compensated.

via this auction

"One of the strangest and most unique monos ever made.

The CS-30 is a large, knob infested, black analog synthesizer with traditional features. It is a monophonic synth with extensive analog control and shaping. It has two oscillators with separate outputs, two voltage-controlled resonant filters, two voltage-controlled amplifiers and three envelopes. It also features a ring modulator, external audio triggering and a simple but useful 8-step sequencer for use as a sketch pad, pattern or arpeggio effect. The CS-30 does not have any on-board effects, memory nor MIDI. Although the CS-30 is just a monophonic synth with a short 44 note keyboard it offers a lot of programming flexibility, and plenty of knobs."

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Osmose synthesizer, Expressive E - Cello 'duocello' preset improvisation with onboard reverb

video upload by exploring-notes

"A quick improv with the Osmose preset - Duocello. I cranked the onboard reverb mix up to ~80%.

The initial key press technique of placing fingers into the centre of it's tone is something I've learnt (and still learning...) from playing the Osmose for a few hours now. The very gentle touches that can render sound are wonderful.

The audio dynamics range a lot, but hopefully YouTube won't compress too much.

Recorded directly into Logic using Behringer U-Phoria UMC1820. All effects and eq are onboard the Osmose itself.

Music sketch: 'Cell sketch'
Performance, recording, video, and composition by Chris Beard @exploring-notes
πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ πŸ“ΌπŸ“»✨"

Osmose synthesizer, Expressive E - familiarisation and exploration. Haken EaganMatrix strings.

video upload by

"The Osmose keyboard arrived today and I recorded an initial experimentation with a pad preset and bending of chords and notes. There was a three year wait while the keyboard was developed. Development history can be found here -

00:00 Intro
00:38 Initial chords
02:05 Breakdown
02:34 Stacking chords

I've only played it for a couple of hours but already I can tell that playing the keyboard can be extremely nuanced. Flicking through the presets was more than just listening as I played... each preset asks to be pushed into, pushed sideways and explored.

Three parts only:
Pad - Osmose preset Hybrid Strings 2, recorded directly into Logic
Guitar - Fender SQ Contemporary Jaguar HH played through Chase Bliss Generation Loss Mk2 Lo-fi pedal
Drums - Logic drummer played through Devious Machines Infiltrator

Mastering preset added to the mix bus.

Music sketch: 'Sad interconnection'.
Performance, recording, video, and composition by Chris Beard @exploring-notes
πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ πŸ“ΌπŸ“»✨"

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Noise Sketch #288 Husky Chirping (Papa Srapa, Death By Audio Fuzz Screamer)

video upload by Shirato_Noise

This appears to be the first post to feature Papa Srapa's designs. More info on him below.

Noise Sketch #285 Uranus (Papa Srapa, Knas Moisturizer, Blippoo Box, Death by Audio TSA2)

And a live recording by Eduard 'Papa Srapa' Srapionovvia

"Live recording by Eduard 'Papa Srapa' Srapionov (b. 1961), an innovative and eccentric Russian experimental/noise sound artist from Rostov-on-Don, primarily known as a designer and creator of peculiar DIY synthesizers, electroacoustic instruments, and various music/non-music interactive objects and sculptures, often built from junk, cheap toys, household items, etc.

Srapionov began his career in the eighties as an audio/light engineer and stage technician for Valery Posidelov's band Day and Evening («Π”Π΅Π½ΡŒ ΠΈ Π’Π΅Ρ‡Π΅Ρ€»), as well as a bassist for several jazz ensembles and rock groups – most notably, Zazerkalje. Since the early 2000s, Papa Srapa began performing solo with an array of unique self-built electroacoustic instruments, synthesizers, drum machines, effects processors, heavily modified turntable with prepared records, and various unidentifiable sound objects.

Most of his recordings are self-released on CDr – often each copy has a unique handmade artwork and cover design. Papa Srapa also released a few limited edition albums on Ginjoha (Japan), KotΓ€ and Nazlo Records (Russia)."

You can find additional pics and releases by Papa Srapa on Discogs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Beats, Sketches and Good Times with Nano Modules! πŸ™Œ

video upload by Electronisounds Audio

0:00 Music Sketch 1
1:11 Intro
1:53 ONA Oscillator Overview
2:37 Music Sketch 2
5:00 Music Sketch 3
6:46 Music Sketch 4
8:17 Music Sketch 5
10:01 Music Sketch 6
11:30 Music Sketch 7
12:33 Music Sketch 8


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

K-Devices Releases TATAT as VST3 and AU MIDI Notes Generator Plugin

video upload by kdevices

TATAT - Full walkthrough tutorial

The press release:

Arvieux, France - June 28 2022. K-Devices, developer of creative music tools, has released TATAT - a MIDI streams generator, as VST3 and Audio Unit plugin.

TATAT is a (unstable) MIDI notes generator plugin: it's a creative tool to assist and help producers and musicians to generate new ideas, becoming a great starting point for writing melodies and beats, and a perfect controller for virtual instruments and hardware gears alike.
TATAT has been designed for 3 main purposes: to create always-changing sequences, to quickly sketch and store music ideas, to add unexpected events to fixed patterns.

Notes generation in TATAT is based on a multi-chance concept: user sets up for multiple rhythms, multiple notes, intervals, and other parameters value. Using dedicated multisliders the user can then adjust the chance a note and/or a time resolution are adopted on next trigger, creating complex streams of events. The generated notes are then processed by several operators: Velocity, Less, Delay, and Length.

TATAT produces then a stream of notes based on settings and probabilities: we call these settings “mood”.

Once user got the right mood, he can do different actions:
to enjoy the always changing stream of notes
to enable “thru” to add the generative stream of notes on the top of a fixed MIDI clip/file or live MIDI input
to inject stability by using LIV/MEM horizontal slider, to mix between the live generated stream and a frozen pattern
to use the export icon (the triangle) to drag on a timeline, clip slots or folders, different MIDI files, generated by TATAT according to its mood
TATAT gives great results both with melodic/harmonic content, and percussive parts and beats!

TATAT is a brand new plugin, but it already exists in our catalogue as a Max For Live device. Since its release, TATAT got a lot of love from our users, and we received multiple requests asking for opening up its use to other DAWs; so we are really thrilled for it to finally become available to everyone!
== Requirements ==
Available as VST3 and Audio Unit plugin
any 64bits compatible DAW
MacOS (Apple Silicon ready) and Windows
== Availability, price, and deals ==

launch price: 19 EUR (until July 30)
regular price: 39 EUR (after July 30)

Thursday, May 19, 2022

New $155 Qun mk2 Synthesizer with Sequencer & Looper by Nunomo

video upload by Nunomo LLC

"This is the first demo of Qun mk2."

via Nunomo

"Qun mk2 is a powerful and unique pocket synthesizer with sequencer and looper.

Normally cheap synthesizers don't have full flexibility because of hardware limitations.

I was dreaming if I can get a small synth that has full flexibility of the real synth with an affordable price tag. Qun mk1 was the synth.

Mk2 receives big improvement from mk1 by adding LED buttons and external processor for UI processing. SD card support is added.

Once you get used to it, it will be so powerful and it will provide tons of flexibility. It is a real synth, not preset machine.

If you are looking for pocket music sketch tool, this is it."

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

SKETCH:0A __ Piston Honda Hertz Donut Jellysquasher

video upload by Robotopsy Robotopsy


trck01: Kick Bass Piston Honda MKIII

trck02: 2nd Kick from ENV
Envelope to audio input for Kick
Isolated with processing for animated Kick

trck03: Folded Glitch
CV to uFOLD II to MMG to audio input
Isolated with processing for animated glitches

trck04: Snary Noise
Hertz Donut MKII to Malgorithm MKII to Sinc Bucina

trck05: Occasion sound
Hert Donut MK1 to DAMKII to Echophon
Echophon feedback through Bionic Lester MKIII

trck06: High Snap
Quadra Envelope to audio input
Isolated with processing for animated percussion

trck07: Randomized compressed CV
Random CV to Jellysquasher to audio input
Isolated processing for animated resonating echoing drones

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Teenage Engineering Introduces the OP–1 field

video uploads by teenage engineering

louder, thinner and 100 times better.

introducing the all new OP–1 field. injected with more than a decade of ideas, refinements and improvements. just to mention a few: stereo throughout the whole signal chain, bluetooth midi, usb type-c, a new speaker system with a passive driver for detailed, fat and loud sound, a massive 24 hour battery life, multiple tapes and recording formats, new great sounding reverb and the 'dimension' synth engine, an all glass, flush, high resolution display. we also meticulously reworked all graphics, screen by screen. did we mention fm broadcasting?

well, that's just some of the 100 new features:

Friday, May 06, 2022

New Doepfer Modules Coming to SUPERBOOTH

Avialable in black and silver.

Module A-121s is a dual multimode filter which can be used for stereo applications as well as for parallel or serial organized dual mono filters. The core is a 12dB multimode filter identical to the modules A-121-2 and A-121-3. The selection of the filter type is continuously from lowpass via notch and highpass to bandpass. We attached great importance to the usability of the manual controls and CV inputs for both stereo and dual mono applications. For the filter parameters frequency (F), resonance (Q) and type (T) common controls and CV inputs as well as single controls and CV inputs are available. For the filter frequency in addition a manual control and CV input for the filter spread (frequency difference or delta F) is available.


F: master frequency control for both filters (large knob)
Type 1 / Type 2: filter type panning/morphing L-N-H-B
Link to 1: Toggle switch so that Type 1 also controls type of filter 2 (i.e. simultaneous filter type control for both filters)
SFM1 / SFM2: Single Frequency Modulation controls (polarizers), connected to the corresponding sockets SFM1/SFM2 (socket SFM1 is normalled to a fixed positive voltage, SFM2 is normalled to SFM1, that way the controls SFM1/SFM2 work as frequency controls for each filter provided that no modulation signals are patched to the SFM1/SFM2 sockets)
CFM: common frequency control, controls two VC-polarizers which process the signals connected to the two sockets CFM1/CFM2, CFM2 is normalled to CFM1, that way also the same modulation signal (e.g. an envelope generator) can be used for both filters and the level controlled simultaneously by the CFM control
Delta F: controls the difference between the frequencies of the two filters manually (frequency "spread"), at center position the frequencies are the same
Delta FM: controls the level of the Delta FM signal (socket), which allows to control the spread between the frequencies also by an external control voltage (e.g. by an LFO or ADSR)
Q: controls the resonance of both filters simultaneously
Level 1 / Level 2: attenuators for the two audio inputs
QM/TM1, QM/TM2: attenuators for the modulation inputs QM/TM1 and QM/TM2

In1 / In2: audio inputs (In2 is normalled to In1)
Out1 / Out2: audio outputs
F: common frequency control input for both filters (~ 1V/oct)
Delta FM: Control voltage for frequency spread, processed by the polarizer Delta FM
SFM1 / SFM2: single frequency modulation inputs, processed by the polarizers SFM1 and SFM2, SFM1 is normalled to a fixed positive voltage, SFM2 is normalled to SFM1#
CFM1 / CFM2: common frequency modulation inputs, processed by the two voltage controlled polarizers controlled by CFM knob, CFM2 is normalled to CFM1
QM/TM1, QM/TM2: the addressing of these sockets/attenuators is defined by internal jumpers. QM means Q modulation (i.e. resonance modulation), TM means filter type modulation (QM1 = resonance modulation filter 1, QM2 = resonance modulation filter 2, TM1 = filter type modulation filter 1, TM2 = filter type modulation filter 2), socket QM/TM1 is normalled to a fixed positive voltage, QM/TM2 is normalled to QM/TM1
A 45 degrees triangle next to a socket means that the switching contact of the socket is normalled to a fixed positive voltage.
A vertical triangle indicates the normalling of two sockets.

By means of small circles at the bottom right side of the front panel the user can mark the function of the QM/TM inputs. These assignments are possible:

QM/TM1 controls QM1, QM/TM2 controls QM2, the filter types are not controlled by external CVs
QM/TM1 controls TM1, QM/TM2 controls TM2, the resonances are not controlled by external CVs
QM/TM1 controls QM1 and QM2 simultaneously, QM/TM2 controls TM1 and TM2 simultaneously
Stereo filter: two different audio signals are connected to the audio inputs. At the outputs appear the filtered signals. The filterings depend upon the positions of the manual controls and the applied control voltages.
Serial mono filter: the mono signal is applied to audio input 1. Audio output 1 is connected to audio input 2. The filtered mono signal appears at audio output 2. One has to pay attention that the filter parameters are set in a way so that a signal will appear at the output. If for example a lowpass and a highpass are daisy chained the frequency of the lowpass has to be higher than the frequency of the highpass. Otherwise no signal will appear at the output.
Parallel mono filter: the audio signal is fed to both audio inputs (e.g. via the normalled sockets In1>In2). By means of a mixer module the audio outputs 1 and 2 are mixed.
The sketch below shows the internal structure of the module in detail.

Release date: about June 2022 (without obligatiion)
All specifications are still preliminary and without obligation !

Monday, April 18, 2022

AKAI X7000 - SXM007, AX80, 3020m, DSM1, JD-Xa, JD-Xi

video upload by ONEPOLYMER

"Some Audio Samples from the X7000 with rare battery powered SXM007 Board as well as Gotek USB Drive.

Raw Song Sketch sequenced by JD-Xa (64 steps, great for snippets & ideas):
Akai AX80
Akai EWI3020m (great bass synthesizer)
Akai X7000 (rudimentary but poor man's Fairlight, very deep lowend)
Korg DSM1
JD-Xa (my all time favorit!)
JD-Xi (Drums, very nice modification possibilities)

enjoy the holidays

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Melodic techno sketch // Roland SE-02

video upload by Stefano Mattia

"Rainy Sunday afternoon at home. I decided to make a bit of melodic techno with my SE-02. Piano and strings are from Spitfire Audio Labs.

Hope you like it!"

Sunday, October 03, 2021


videos upload by Forms

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Patch Notes: Qasim Naqvi

video upload by FACTmagazine

"Pakistani-American musician Qasim Naqvi is perhaps best known as a founder member of acoustic trio Dawn of Midi, in which he has played drums since 2007. Outside of his work in Dawn of Midi, Naqvi is an accomplished solo artist whose compositions have been performed by ensembles including the London Contemporary Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and soundtracked many films and documentaries.

Naqvi’s recent solo releases, such as 2019’s Teenages and 2020’s Beta, have made extensive use of synthesizers and modular systems. In this episode of Patch Notes, we invited Naqvi to perform at Pioneer Works, a non-profit cultural center in Redhook, Brooklyn.

'The building dates back to 1866 and was originally a railroad track factory,' Naqvi says. 'Now it’s a massive performing arts space. With my equipment, I was merging two systems that I’ve been configuring for a couple of years, a Verbos System and a Serge System. I also used a few random modules to connect everything: a Quad VCA from Intellijel and an X-Pan stereo module from Make Noise as the final output.'

'The acoustics are massive at Pioneer Works and we set everything up where the audience usually stands, so I was facing the house system,” he explains. “It was quite powerful to feel the music coming directly at me from this monstrous system. It definitely affected my choices. I wanted to embrace the full dynamic feel of the space, by exploring a range of highly dense sounds to rhythmic ideas, to more sparse and quiet moments. It was also a hellishly hot day and there was no AC in the building. At a certain point it felt like a clay oven.'

The piece Naqvi performs is called ‘Yes Mammal’, and was originally titled ‘Music for Modular Synthesizer, Dim Lamp and One Developing Melody.’ 'I wrote it in June for my first show in New York after a year and a half of not performing,' he explains. 'It’s evolved since then and I wanted to share it with Fact.'

'My background for a long time has been in acoustic music, where I write pieces and then share them with a group or individual to interpret. And from there they’ve made it into something larger. With the modular, I’ve been translating that way of thinking. Lately, I write a piece or a sketch and give it to an entity, in this case the synthesizer, and let it expand the music to more than just notes on the page. This piece is loosely written and I improvise with the material using the infinite possibilities of the modular synthesizer to give it shape in the moment. I like to think of it as live orchestration but with voltage.'

Naqvi has typically used this large-scale modular setup in the past to perform, but more recently he’s been experimenting with slimmed down systems to use in live performance settings. 'I’m making different and smaller hybrid configurations that are more tailor-made to the pieces I’m writing,” he says. “I still use this whole system when needed but it’s been an interesting exercise to slim down from time to time and make more with less.'

Naqvi’s most recent release is an EP titled Chronology, which was released on on Erased Tapes. 'It was made entirely on a very old and broken Minimoog synthesizer. It’s a special album that I made with a great relic.'

Follow Qasim Naqvi on Instagram:
Qasim Naqvi on Bandcamp:


Filmed and Recorded live at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
Video by Gabe Rubin, Wolfgang Daniel & Zack Shorrosh
Live Audio & Recording by Riley Stevens
Lighting by Matthew Mann
Production by Justin Frye"

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Doepfer Product Announcements for SUPERBOOTH21

via Doepfer

"Superbooth 2021 is just around the corner. The Superbooth team around Andreas Schneider managed it with their hygiene and safety measures that the event can happen and personal contacts are possible again. The Superbooth takes place from 15 to 18.09.2021 in Berlin. More information is available at the Superbooth Website. We plan to present these new products and would be happy to welcome you at our booth (presumably B047 in the 'Bungalow-Dorf')."

Left: (A-100PB with a keyboard built into the lid, 37 keys, midi interface with 3.5 mm stereo jack socket)

This is the "small brother" of the monster base A-100PMB. It is very similar to the A-100PMB but has only half the width (2 x 84 HP for installation of modules). The suitcase versions A-100P6 or A-100P9 can be positioned on top of the A-100PB because the width of the A-100PB is a bit more than the width of A-100P6/P9 and the footprint of the A-100PB is adapted to the depth of A-100P6/P9. A-100PB is equipped with one power supply (1200mA) and two bus boards. The bus boards are located in the rear area (even those for the modules that are mounted in the front row). This was necessary to take advantage of the full height of the front area for installation of A-100 modules.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Boomstar SE80 Sketch 03 - Evolving Arp

video by Mason Chrysler

"I recorded this arp progression while experimenting & recording samples with the SE80 and had to share it - this synth oozes with endless tone and is so fun to sculpt sounds with. The Studio Electronics Boomstar SE80 is a mono synth with filters inspired by the legendary Yamaha CS-80. The SE80 was recorded into/with Logic in this clip with a bit of delay and reverb added afterward for space. Aside from that, the audio is raw. This synth is raw itself and can sound loud, powerful, aggressive, soft, expressive, beautiful, often at the flick of a switch and/or turn of a knob or two.. it's up to you. I love it. Thanks for listening!


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