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Twisted Tools: Elements

ELEMENTS is a collection of massive analogue oneshots, heavily processed foley and designed sounds by legendary circuit bender Ivo Ivanov of Glitchmachines.

Ivo has built custom instruments for some of the biggest names in the business, including Trent Reznor, Derrick Carter, Kero, Otto Von Schirach, Men Without Hats, Richard Devine and Justin Meldal-Johnsen to name a few…

The Elements sample pack comes coupled with sampler presets for most major sample formats as well as 128 royalty free original loops, all of which were made using the oneshot sounds included in the pack. To top it off, the package comes with a new Twisted Tools sampler, MP16b, which works with all versions of *Native Instruments Reaktor 5.

Glitchmachines: Elements

UAD History

While doing research on all of the Universal Audio plug-ins for their cards, I was surprised by the amount of record engineering history I was learning. Their reverse engineering and porting process is amazing to watch and creates tools that are among the best I’ve ever used. Kill a minute….

Studer A800

FATSO Jr. / Sr.

6176 Vintage Channel Strip

Manley Massive Passive EQ

Trident A-Range EQ

Universal Audio Youtube

Make Noise – RENÉ

Leave it to James Cigler to do the most thorough overview of the RENÉ. There are some great tips and tricks so PAY ATTENTION.

Tracking Drones with Eventide Pedals

While waiting for client reviews, updated revisions and general contact, I get inspired by whats laying around. Fortunately Eventide sent over these pedals for Synth Event 9 but unfortunately I’m an idiot and had them delivered to the wrong address so no one got to mess with them. But they’re here now and every single one of them is amazing. My favorite being the almost unobtainable Space which has been backordered until summer and the PitchFactor!

The audio was created entirely with the SuONOIO, a Kalimba and an Ekdahl Moisturizer – the Eventide pedals gave the instruments a depth and quality I’ve only experienced with… well Eventide products. This video shows me adding the Ekdahl track to a session. The signal chain is Instrument – > Pitch Factor -> Time Factor -> Space. The video itself is a bit boring, so the best bet is to hit ‘play’, open a new window, and continue browsing…

SuONOIO
Kalimba
Ekdahl Moisturizer

Make Noise: ModDeMix Overview

While the ModDeMix is similar with existing effects (ring modulation/ amplitude modulation), it is an entirely new analog circuit creating an entirely new analog sound. I helped beta test this a year or so back and find it still creates a wonderful smooth distortion/ ring modulation that is perfect for me.

Tony Rolando from Make Noise explains some of the features briefly and how to achieve them.

Amplitude Modulation
For amplitude modulation (AM), all that matters is that the CV/ Carrier signal is uni-polar, meaning it goes from, for example, 0V to 10V (like MATHS or most envelopes and many LFOs). In my video, I start with a VCA patch (which is itself a variant of AM) where the Carrier/ CV signal is a triggered function (aka Envelope) from a channel of MATHS as triggered by the Stillson/ Zorlon combo. I then move into AM by using MATHS, cycling, from low freq up to audio rate.

Single-Sideband
It was a method for sending intelligence through the air (radio communication), also used for intelligence encryption at times. It is essentially what musicians usually call ring modulation. Actually many ring mods usually do Double Sideband, but for musical purposes, ring mod = balanced mod = single/ double side band. With AM, you will still hear the carrier very well, which can be nice, I think, for thicker sounds. With Single or Double Sideband, you mainly hear the product of the process, the sidebands, so the result will often be thinner sounding.

Ring Modulation
Carrier must be bi-Polar. With alot of ring mods, this will not matter, because they are AC coupled, so everything that passes through the coupling will end up bi-polar. I wanted modDemix to be more universal, so it is Direct Coupled, and thus will operate as VCA or for AM, since Carrier in is direct coupled.

Voltage Controlled Amplification/ Attenuation
You can manually move amplify or attenuate the signal by using the Gain Knob or CV into the Ring Modulation.

Voltage Controlled Polarization / Multiplication
Very similar to ring mod, but both signals are slow (control voltages), so you use it for different purpose. With this you could take a sequencer that had say 5 different voltage: +1.1V, +1.8V, +2.3V, +3.1V and +5V and using a bi-polar LFO (cycle CH. 1 MATHS, take SUM out, apply negative offset to SUM with CH. 2 attenuator set full CCW), you can vary the sequencer from the full values down to 50%, 10% of original values, continuously, to 0% and on…

Aux
Aux IN, is unity input to the summing stage. It let’s you daisy chain several modDemix SUM outs to create larger voltage controlled mixes (2, 4, 6, 8). There is a good amount of headroom. Same summing circuit as QMMG. There are other uses though. For example, if you patch a DC offset to the Aux, something powerful like 0 to 10V (MATHS) you can get VC clipping.

Bottom Output
It is now a proper sum out. Top, Aux. and bottom channels are summed and output at this jack. The Top Carrier/ CV IN is still normalled to the bottom’s carrier IN, and the bottom Signal IN is normaled to the Top’s OUT, so you can do modulate/ demodulate with ease. Both OUTs feed the summing stage, weighted for added headroom (as on the QMMG). Finally, the bottom Signal IN is normalled to it’s own Carrier in, for Octave UP effects.

Trash_Audio & Xart Synth Event 9

We did a few things this weekend…

Richard Devine and Alessandro Cortini Live at Trash_Audio Synth Meet 9

Act 1: Richard Devine

Act 2: Alessandro Cortini

Act 3: Richard Devine + Alessandro Cortini

Trash_Audio & Xart Synth Event 9
– Video by Dave Jones (kernelslacker)
– Live Visuals by Johnny Woods on an LZX system

T_A & Xart SM 9: Archiving…

Thank you to everyone that came to the Trash_Audio & Xart Synth Event 9 and made it more of a success than I could ever imagine. Here’s a spoiler video showcasing the last piece, an improvised duet by Richard Devine and Alessandro Cortini.

If you have videos, photos or posts made about the Synth Meet, please e-mail me at trashaudio@gmail.com!

This is the first half of Alessandro Cortini & Richard Devine’s performance at Trash_Audio’s & Xarts Synth Meet 9 in Chicago on April 3rd, 2011. Visuals by Johnny Woods on an LZX system. – miditerranean

Stretta – holocene

We can either be interested in this video for its A) technical and creative achievements: Stretta created an application for the Arc4 showing how he approaches a box of 4 encoders in a musically sensible way, or B) Pretttttty. Those Canon cameras are beautiful and those masculine hands gently caressing the encoders, that wedding band gives him that unattainable seduction…. uh, I mean if I were a woman….

Excerpt from his Vimeo:
I recorded this video, holocene, as a demonstration of this app, which I’m calling electric dharma wheels. This is the raw output from the electric dharma wheels, with some Eos reverb added after the fact.

Stretta

Flame – Talking Synth

Usually, circuit bent stuff doesn’t appeal to me unless its presented in a creative and functional form (see GlitchMachines) Richard showed me Flame’s Talking Synth this morning and holy shit! This is far and beyond normal circuit bent sounds and into the realm of high quality synthesis.

There are three modes:
SYNTH – internal synthesizer sounds
PHONEMES – speech phonemes and effect sounds
WORDS – ready-made words/phrases/sentences.

Flame Website with Audio Demos
Talking Synth at Analog Haven

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