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Monday, March 18, 2019

Multi-tracking a modular into a 4-track


Published on Mar 18, 2019 TheTechnobear

"so, this weeks AE modular challenge was X, the number 10... to celebrate it being the 10th challenge!

I decided that to meet this challenge, Id create 10 patches on the AE modular, so the track would be solely made on the AE modular.
Obviously, I needed to multi-track to do this, but decided to stay away from the computer...

Instead, I decided to use a Tascam 244, that I had bought and repaired a few months back,
and whilst Ive used it a bit before, I wanted to challenge myself with it....

... creating 10 tracks on a 4-track, seemed like a good idea at the time ;)

perhaps unsurprisingly, this turned out to be a bit more of a challenge than I expected!
the workflow was not that difficult, its a matter of just keeping track of which tracks are your 'masters',
and so which tracks you have to record on, and the Tascam 244's EQ is really useful!.

it all started ok...
Id create a patch, play it live, record it.
rinse and repeat,
when I ran out of tracks, Id usually bounce and record at the same time.
cool...

but about half way thru, it became apparent, with a 4-track you really need to have a plan :)

you are continually having to commit on things like levels and EQ (to free up tracks),
but I wasn't even sure where the track was heading or what the next patches (so sounds) might be.

... and even half way thru, I had a pretty dense track!

so next time, I'll defintely think it thru first, Ideally have some kind of 'timeline' in my head, so that there are spaces to slot new things in, to let the track breath a bit.

but it was a lot of fun, and I definitely learnt a few things along the way,

I look forward to giving it another ago some time soon :)"

Friday, February 01, 2019

AE Challenge #4 - Journey thru space


Published on Feb 1, 2019 TheTechnobear

Eigenharp Alpha and Madrona Labs Soundplane for the controllers.

"This weeks challenge was to create an ambient piece with the help of the AE Modular.

This was new to me, and honestly, the piece got more complex than I imagined...

I started with the FX / drone made on the AE modular, this was a mix of FM, noise, and feedback, and fed into the Multi FX - it was made so with changing various module parameters had pretty wild changes.

Next, I created a new AE patch, for what would become the arp, trying to create a kind of berlin school vibe.. this was relatively simple, using the NYLE filter, and then playing with Delay and MultiFX to get some flavour to it....
I layered this with a bit more of a pluck sound from the Virus TI.

Finally, I recorded some short-wave radio on a Koma Field Kit, and put this thru a spring reverb...

all the above I recorded on a Tascam 244 4-track, which I then recorded out in single tracks to Ableton.

I arranged this in Ableton in sections I wanted, then could improvise over this, with l two tracks both using Madrona Labs Aalto.

the first was played with the Madrona Labs Soundplane, as its great for fluid, expressive pads.

the other, was played on the Eigenharp Alpha which I prefer for more responsive, lead type sounds.

It's funny, whilst both are expressive controllers, they play so differently, even using an identical patch, the result will be completely different.

Things I learnt, to plan it better!.. with more layers, it got confusing to improvise over the top of, and become problematic to mix :) "

Friday, January 11, 2019

AE Challenge 1 - Envelope as Oscillator


Published on Jan 11, 2019 TheTechnobear

"AE Modular - Patch Challenge 1

Theme: create sound from a module which is not an oscillator.

http://forum.aemodular.com/thread/145...

This short track uses AE modular to create a bass line that uses an envelope as a sound source!
(bass line is heard throughout, but most obvious during intro and end)

The basic idea is that an envelope can be triggered at 'audio rate' via its gate input, and output is then an audio waveform that can be shaped using the envelopes shaping parameters (attack/decay).
to add more variation, I used two square wave oscillators (2OSC) to drive gate 1 and 2,
the oscillators were at different frequencies, and I also modulated the pulse width with an LFO.

other sounds are coming from my eurorack modular.
some FX added in Ableton.

the video is just a handheld iPhone video of the gear used, and some visuals generated on the C&G Organelle.
Its only 720p as im testing out Lightworks as a video editor for the first time :)"

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Critter & Guitari - Orac for Organelle


Published on Aug 12, 2018 Critter & Guitari

"Download Orac 1.0 here: http://forum.critterandguitari.com/t/...
Orac is a powerful modular patch-builder crammed into a single Organelle patch. String chains of familiar patches together to create 'super'/'meta'/'uber' functionality.

Add sequencers, synths/samplers and effects to create the ultimate combination. Each element, or module, can be rearranged and changed on the fly. It's like using many Organelles at the same time! Orac can be used on the Organelle without any need for an external computer or coding. It is a very powerful and fun patch!

Orac was created by Mark Harris, aka thetechnobear. Thanks Mark!!"

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Structures & textures: Norns (Pisound/push2 version) , Organelle & Seaboard/Audio Damage Quanta


Published on Jul 19, 2018 junklight

"I got Monome Norns running on Pisound/Push2 (thank you Mark Harris aka thetechnobear) and it's absolutely wicked - so much potential. Here I'm using the 'wormhole' script - a variation on one of the Norns studies and then the Flin script (getting brave and switching patches/setup while I'm playing - working towards playing live all the time :-) )

I paired it with the Organelle and Audio Damages brand new Quanta and let it all take me where it wanted to go......."

Sunday, June 24, 2018

soundscape - Axoloti , Seaboard Rise , iPad , Ostinator looper


Published on Jun 24, 2018 junklight

"Had the weekend off from music for one reason & another but got half an hour to sit and make this.

The Seaboard/Axoloti combo is another element in my forthcoming live rig. I seem to be using the Ostinator looper a fair bit too

The patch on the Axoloti is by one Mark Harris aka thetechnobear - perhaps I should hire him as my personal programer - his stuff has been featuring large in my setup of late.....( and I've not even started on my pisound which you might just spot in the background of one of the shots...)"

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Arturia Farfisa, Organelle Braids, Borderlands


Published on Feb 27, 2018 junklight

"I guess the Farfisa was on a whole load of records from my teens. Either way it has become one of my go to instruments at the moment. love it.

The Organelle is playing a little sequence on the Braids patch made by 'thetechnobear' https://patchstorage.com/brds-mpe/ a port of the Mutable Braids eurorack module"
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