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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Ashes on the western wind


"I am using the 5U large format modular along with the Korg Wavestate to perform a real time studio recording.
The crux of the idea was to use the Q119 step sequencer to control the voltage-select outputs of the STG Soundlabs Switch module. The main step sequence is from the Synthetic Sound Labs Mini Sequencer.

I also used the Q123 Standards module from to transpose interval shifts to some of the oscillator pitches. The drone over the top of them made for some mode changes which I liked.

The kick drum and paper snare sounds were gate triggered from the Q963 Trigger Bus.

A blend of the other STG Switch outputs are layered and sent through a Modcan dual delay for the main sequence line. A trigger mini-store controls an Oakley VCADSR envelope timing from these outputs. Decay and Sustain stages of the Oakley are controlled by rows from the Q960 sequencers.

Some of the sine wave pitched drones in the background are also tapped from rows of the Q960's. Their gate envelopes are managed by the Moon 563 Trigger sequencer and a few channels of the SSL Octal VCA and Expander.
Sound sources are Q106's, Dove Waveplane, SSL DDVCO and S1200 vco. The final signal train is through the Yusynth Arp 4072 low pass filter.

The Wavestate is played by hand with a patch I constructed called Malachite Temple.

Everything is summed to three channels on a Mackie mixer and recorded direct to Cubase. Video editing done in Final Cut Pro."

Monday, April 13, 2020

Hidden Hand

Published on Apr 13, 2020 davidryle

"Korg Wavestate performance. Voice file from the internet."

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Quilted Glass

Published on Apr 5, 2020 davidryle

"Learning to program the Korg Wavestate keyboard.

A pretty simple but fun exercise in pitch and wave sequencing. Layer A & B have complimentary pitch sequences and layer C is a separate mallet pitch sequence. Layer D is for the played line which contains a wave sequence from flute to string sounds. The modulation knobs are controlling the timing and pitch sequences on layer A & B. The Mod wheel is controlling the Amp Envelope release duration on layer D. Vector stick is just for layer volume.

Thanks for watching!"

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Gone In A Day

Published on Mar 7, 2020 davidryle

"I had some fun with INSTRUo Harmonaig and a few select 5U modules.

The modulation to the Harmonaig (Inversion and Voicing) was with a pair of STG Soundlabs Voltage Mini Store modules.

The main transpose sequence was from a Mini Sequencer built by Synthetic Sound Labs.

The pattern gate selection and VMS stepping were done with the STG Time Divider.

Some magic mojo was stirred in with the selection of dotted notes against straight notes. The Trigger Sequencer was the Moon Modular 563. It sent gate timings to the four voices run through the SSL Octal VCA and AD/AR Expander.

The four oscillators were a Mos Lab 901 bank, DDVCO, SSL 1200 and Q106.

Filters included Yusynth Arp 4072, Dotcom Q107 in high pass mode and Mos Lab 904-A.

The final reverb is the Z-DSP from TipTop Audio with a 'Halls of Valhalla' card."

Friday, November 15, 2019

STG LFO Sync Test

Published on Nov 15, 2019 davidryle

"Suit and Tie Guy Envelope Generator in LFO A mode. This thing loops in SYNC mode with the other sync bus modules to give a wonderfully musical performance tool for rhythm and phrasing.

I used an Ian Fritz DDUVCO and Synthetic Soundlabs VCO throughan Ian Fritz 5 Pulser for the sound sources. An STG Soundlabs Post Lawsuit Filter was used on the SSL vco and a Q150 ladder filter was used for the DDUVCO part.

A pair of Lexicon dual delays (MX200) added some tape delay DSP effects to the final signal.

The entire STG Soundlabs module suite can be bought from Check it out!"

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Dove Audio D100 WTF Demo

Published on Oct 13, 2019 davidryle

"Dove Audio D100 WTF Oscillator demo. A very quick rendering of the dynamic waveform animation possible with the Window Transform Function that the D100 does so well. It is very organic.

I used two step sequencers from, three LFO's and a delay from Modcan to demo this. No filters or VCA's are used here."

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sand Blind

Published on Sep 22, 2019 davidryle

"5U Large Format Modular Synthesizer. This self-playing piece is structured around a simple sequence from the Q960 step sequencer.
It is generating a seven step "circle of fifths".
There are three VCO's - Synthetic Sound Labs Double-DekaUltrasonic VCO, an SSL VCO through a 5-Pulser and a trio of Mos Lab 901's and 904-B filter.
The DDVCO is tuned to the low root, the Mos Lab's are tuned to a ninth above and the SSL is a fifth above that. The mix from a STG Soundlabs mixer is then run to an Empress reverb in modulation mode and a TC Electronic tape delay DSP from the D-Two rack delay.
A secondary voice from the Sputnik West Coast Random Source module to a FSFX Braids in Harmonic mode is the detuned sliding discordant background melody. It has a slew integrator FM modulation to give it the slowly bending pitch effect. Timbre and Color are modulated from the WCRS as well. It is further flanged by an SSL Digital Delay.
Several filters (dotcom Q107, STG Sea Devils, Yusynth Arp 4072 and a Mega Ohm Audio CdS) are being pinged by various envelopes - some looping. They are STG Soundlabs EG, Q109's and Oakley Sound Labs VCADSR (Krisp1 build).
A pair of STG Voltage Mini Stores are producing a rapid loop step sequence to a pair of Q106's which come and go in the background.
There are a couple of noise pads in the background. One is from a pink noise to an Oakley VCSVF in band pass which is modulated from the WCRS and an LFO then on to a Strymon Blue Sky pedal. The other is a quick fluttering high white noise sound through an Encore frequency shifter (which is pitch modulated from a Q960 sequencer) and then sent to a Jurgen Haible Tau "Pipe" Phaser.
Further gate and LFO timing is handled with the Moon Modular M563 Trigger Sequencer, the SSL V-Gates, a pair of Q962 Sequential Switches and Q961 Interfaces.
Other modular delays involved are the Modcan 73B Dual Delay and a custom Behringer DD400 digital delay."

Saturday, July 27, 2019


Published on Jul 27, 2019 davidryle

"Another adventure with the Arturia MicrFreak, Empress Reverb and Strymon Blue Sky.
The opening sequences are from the MicroFreak. The bass is a pair of Q106 vco's through a Q107 filter. Sequenced by the Q119 step sequencer.
Clocking from the MicroFreak. Clock dividers included 4MS OCD and RCD.
Percussion by Korg Volca Drum.
I noodled around with the System 8 and faded out with a pair of vco's (Harvestman Piston Honda and Ian Fritz DDVCO) sequenced by MI Marbles. Digital delays provided by Modcan and Behringer.
Thanks for listening!"

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Until We Remember

Published on Jul 6, 2019 davidryle

"Arturia MicroFreak sequence controlling a Q960 step sequencer. The bass line is the Mutable Instruments Braids in 5U. The chorus voice is a Q106 with the Synthetic Sound Labs digital delay and Strymon Blue Sky reverb. Two Suit & Tie Guy envelope generators control the various bass and chorus voices from the Q960. A Modcan 73B delay is used with the MicroFreak.The Roland System 8 is playing an arpeggiated part over the top for background effect.
All recorded in real time to Cubase. Edited in Final Cut Pro."

Saturday, June 01, 2019


Published on Jun 1, 2019 davidryle

"A demo of the trio of modules from Synthetic Sound Labs.

They are the V-Gates digital/analog sequence gate control, the Octal VCA module and the envelope Expander module.

This is a very simple example of using the V-Gates in digital mode and random function to send gate signals to the envelope expander which is controlling the choice of notes from a four part chord set (root, third, fifth and seventh).

The second channel of the V-Gates is sending a trigger to mix with the downbeat trigger for the kick drum.

The 5th and 6th channels of the octal vca and expander are controlled externally from some clock timings for the bass and root doubled to an echo.

These modules are available from Synthetic Sound Labs in 5U format at...

This is a opening demonstration of the trio of modules. There is a lot more going on in the patch which I will not take the time to describe. The audio is a real-time recording of the patch direct to Cubase in one take. These modules have much more elegant potential for musical control than I could impart here. I plan to use them extensively in the future.

Thanks for listening."

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Days of Light

Published on Apr 14, 2019 davidryle

"Modular synth piece. Large format 5U and Eurorack.
Starting off with the Q-Bit Chord generated round. Mutable Instruments Marbles sending it a pitch c/v. The Root run direct to the mix and the htree intervals sent through a Synthetic Sound Labs Seqwencer IV sequential vca. The next few sounds fading in and out are the MI Rings and Piston Honda. Both controlled from Marbles.
Finally the main melodic content is pitch directed by Instruo Harmonaig to the 5U. The Harmonaig is pitch controlled from a Q60 step sequencer from and a pair of STG Soundlabs Voltage Mini Stores for transposing and voicing.
The pitch data from the Harmonaig sends a root pitch to a Q106 vco and FSFX built MI Braids. The Q106 is fed through a modular build of the Behringer DD400 digital delay and the Braids is timbre modulated by an Oakley VCADSR.
The three other interval c/v's are sent to three more Q106's. The third interval is split into two rhythm patterns gated by a Moon Modular M563 trigger sequencer, STG Soundlabs Trigger Min Store and various LFO's from Mega Ohm Audio. The filter is an Oakley SVF (band pass). The second tap is into a Modcan 73B delay and direct to mix.
The fifth interval is through a Q107 resonant state variable in band pass with 1v/oct tracking for a sine wave output and send through a Strymon Blue Sky pedal. Slew is from the Harmonaig.
The seventh interval is routed through a Q150 transistor ladder low pass filter.
Other delays and reverbs are from a pair of Lexicon MX200's and a T.C. Electronic D-Two delay. Recorded direct to Cubase in one pass. Video from my iPhone and edited in Final Cut Pro.

Thank you for listening!"

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Mystic's Cloak

Published on Jul 22, 2018 davidryle

"Metropolis, Pressure Points + Brains, 2x Turing Machine, 2x Q960, Moon Modular M563 Trigger Sequencer and a Q119 step sequencer are used to conduct a looping round of notes and key changes to various euro and 5U modules, (mainly Rings, a Modcan 901 VCO suite and several Q106 VCO's).
A pair of the STG Soundlabs Envelope Generators and Sidecars are used with a Mega Ohm Audio CdS for the percussive elements.
Longer gate timings for the background sequences from the STG Voltage Mini Stores and Trigger Mini Stores are stretched out by the use of a triple switch from and a pair of (62 Sequential Switches.
The phase shifted noise is from the Jurgen Haible Tau Pipe Phaser.
The noise wash and background discordant chord pads which begins and ends the piece are a recording of Mutable Instruments Rings into the Makenoise Morphagene. The Morphagene is run into a Z-DSP with Halls of Valhalla ensemble chorus and a Clouds in feedback loop. Various LFO's are handling the feedback and mix between these elements.
Additional effects include Electro Harmonix Canyon in tape delay mode, two Behringer DD400 delays, a Modcan 73B dual delay and a Synthetic Sound Labs 1210 Digital Delay.
All recorded in a single take to Cubase and video edited in Final Cut Pro."

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Final Ascent

Published on May 19, 2018 davidryle

"Built from a bass line on the large format modular Q960 sequencer and a progression from Cthulhu Chords. A second section using MI Rings, a Turing Machine, a second Q960 with the Double Deka VCO/5 Pulser and four Q106 vco's through a Segwencer. Other synths included the OB6, JV1080 and System 8.
Recorded in Cubase and video edited in Final Cut Pro."

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rescue Poole

Published on Apr 21, 2018 davidryle

"Taking inspiration from a sonar rescue sequence in a 50 year old film.

The sliding ping sound (approaching the target) features the STG Soundlabs Envelope Generator and Sidecar module. I am using a slow LFO with a ramp wave to the T1 input which controls the delay of the envelope. There are three timed gates. One is from the source LFO which fires the envelope initially and makes the FM/Sync sound. The other two (low ping and high ping) are from the EG T1 and T4 stages. Panning is with a Q111 pan module from

The original film sounds are much less complicated and only two sounds are used to create the sonar effect. In this example I used three sounds but the idea is the same in general."

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The First Fire

Published on Jan 1, 2018 davidryle

"The Promethean Chord. Six oscillators stacked three ways and sequenced with two Q960's. Another trio of notes sequenced with the Q119. The bass line is sequenced from the Metropolis. Fast looping sequences from the STG Suite. Drums sequenced from Grids and 4MS RCD. A played line with the OB6."

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Induction Conduction

Published on Dec 30, 2017 davidryle

"The Last Drone of 2017. A modular synth piece. The bass drone is a pair of Q106 VCO's with a ramp and a saw wave into the Q150 Transistor Ladder filter. Modulations coming from some Mega Ohm Audio LFO's. The audio is then sent through a Synthetic Sound Labs S1310 Digital Delay which is modulated by another Mega Ohm Audio LFO.
Mutable Instruments Braids (Frees State FX build in 5U) along with the triple saw mode. A Q960 step sequencer sends the voltages for the slow changing chords. Frequency Modulation is from the Yusynth Quadrature LFO. The mixed signal is then sent through a Z.Vex Instant LoFi Junky pedal and on to a moogah (Synthcube) SEM filter in high pass/notch mode.
A dual walking sequencer line is faded in and out. It is made with a pair of STG Soundlabs Voltage Mini Stores in a 5 against 7 step pattern. They are sent through quantizers on to a pair of Q106 VCO's. One VCO is sent through a Behringer DD400 digital dely module and the other VCO is sent through a Modcan 73B Dual Delay. They are mixed into an Oakley Audio (Krips1) Diode Super Ladder filter in low pass mode.
A fast 24 step sequencer line from another Q960 is playing a Q106 VCO triangle waveform into a Mega Ohm Audio modified Q109 Envelope Generator and on out to a TC Electric D-Two digital delay. They are faded in and out via a Makenoise Maths and Synthetic Sounds Labs Octal VCA.
The final bell sound is a step sequence from a Q119 into a trio of Q106's. Two of the VCO's are used in an FM sync mode with ramp and saw waves, and the third VCO is a triangle waveform. They are sent to the X and Y inputs of the Oakley Ring Modulator (Krisp1). That is sent to a Q107 State Variable Filter in low pass mode. The filter is modulated by the modulator VCO (triangle output) if the two Q106's in FM mode. The signal is voltage panned to stereo with a Q111 Pan/Fade module.
All timings are taken from Cubase midi out to dinsync via Mode Machine converter. The BPM is 80. ALM's Pamela's Workout, Q173 Gate Math, STG Soundlabs Time Buffer, Time Divider and Integer Divider modules divide down the timings for all sequencer events. I just performed final mix fade in and fade out. Additional reverbs and delays are from a pair of Lexicon MX200 delays."

Monday, December 04, 2017

Acting At A Distance

Published on Dec 3, 2017 davidryle

"Far Away...
A combination of keyboard synths and the modular 5U & 3U, multi-tracked to Cubase.
A simple pair of chord progressions outlined with various step sequencer parts and multiple poly sequential controllers feeding a multitude of oscillators and filters of the large format modular.
The Behringer DeepMind12 performed a few delicate arpeggios along side the Roland System 8 and JV-1080 chords.
An Intellijel Metropolis evened out the step sequencer duties with a few tracks of a simple 9/8 round in differing time counts.
All sounds were performed by the 5U. The clock was from a MIDI/dinsync source generated by Cubase and sent to the Suite & Tie Guy Time Buffer and ALM's Pamela's Workout for distribution about the modular.
Video editing in Final Cut Pro."

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Halottak Harangja

Published on Sep 25, 2017 davidryle

"A little early for the haunting season of October, but this project started with a drone from a STG Soundlabs wavefolder and progressed to a new low of morbidity.
The computer reading of excerpts from Edgar Allen Poe's 'A Premature Burial' seemed to fit the theme well."

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Published on Aug 13, 2017

"A short, ambient drone study in resolving discord with some fabricated sound effects. Using the MI Rings and Clouds with Z-DSP Halls of Valhalla and a pair of Turing Machines to make the intro portion. I added in a single voice from the 5U large format modular and a voice from the JV-1080. The tuning scales were controlled by the Q171 and Q172 Quantizer modules from Starting with a diminished scale and ending with a major scale.
The synthetic thunder and rain were symbolic of the cleansing.

Thanks to Richard Galbraith for the tip on the 'Disasterous Peace' mode for Rings. Clouds was in 'Spectral Madness' mode.

Thunder and rain were made with a Sputnik West Coast Random Source, Q119 step sequencer in random mode and Q110 Noise module into a Yusynth Arp 4072 filter and a Moogah SEM filter, Q107 State Variable filter and Q150 transistor ladder filter. Additional reverb and delay with TC Electronic D-Two, Strymon Blue Sky and Lexicon MX200."

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Eternal Expanse

Published on Jul 31, 2017 davidryle

"Trying my hand at building choir sounds with various synthesizers.

The opening part is a JV-1080 mellotron choir. Then I built a soprano 'banshee' style choral sound with heavily modulated vco's from the Mos Lab 901 trio into the 904-A filter, an Encore frequency shifter and Behringer DD400 delay.

I introduce some noise from the Sputnik WCRS and a Q110. The drone synth part is next from the Prophet '08 with a stacked fast eighth note pattern in the background. Then I played the chord progression from the System 8 as a controller to the OB-6 and JV-1080. The melody over the top is the Deepmind 12 and Erebus.

Finally I bring up the last chorus part from the 5U modular. This is formed from a pair of Q960 step sequencers playing two patterns of three vco's each through a Moogah SEM filter. It is sent to a Modcan 73B dual delay in flange/chorus mode modulated by a Yusynth quadrature LFO. The audio signal from the filter is routed through the Strymon Blue Sky reverb in mod/plate mode before going to the delay.
The loud boom is the Waldorf MicroQ."

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