WMD – Sequential Switch Matrix

Richard and I have been fortunate enough to test this module and consider it an essential buy any system. With its randomizing routing functions, it breathes new life (and chaos) into modules. Can’t wait til it hits the streets!

Introducing the WMD Sequential Switch Matrix: Our take on an essential module.

Four inputs can be routed with individual buttons to four outputs. Those routing settings are stored in an array of matrices that can be sequenced or controlled with CV. Preset routing, feedback loops, chop sequences, trigger blasts (with expander), four-bit-wavetable-synthesis, and dramatic controllable mayhem are all possible.

Four Input Four Output Routing
Inputs Mix to Outputs
16 Matrices per Bank
20Vpp Headroom
Signal Strength and Polarity LEDs
Comparator Input and Outputs
Simultaneous CV and Gate Control
Four Banks With Separate Settings
Randomizing Functions
CV Controlable Top Matrix
Can Slave to MIDI Control Change
26kHz Maximum Switch Frequency
8 Bit DAC Voltage Output
Skiffable PCB Design
16 HP
+80mA/-32mA Current Consumption

WMD Sequential Switch Matrix

Valhalla DSP Z-DSP Demo: The Halls of Valhalla

A demonstration of the upcoming Halls of Valhalla reverb cartridge for the Tiptop Audio Z-DSP. This cartridge has 8 high quality modulated reverb algorithms, ranging from short (Room, Chamber) to medium sized (Plate, EnsembleVerb), to big (Cathedral), to unbelievably huge (Niflheim, Asgard, Ginnungagap). No release date yet.

QuBit Electronix Nebulae – Percussion Smearing

Smearing some perccusion loops with the QuBit Electronix Nebulae eurorack module.

ShapeShifter Trinity Patch

ShapeShifter Trinity Patch from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Patch experiment using 3 intellijel Shapeshifters in more of a musical patch. I first went into all three modules and saved 12 custom patches for each shapeshifter. The first shapeshifter (far left) was programmed using more lower bass modulated sounds and I set the multi scan function to 8 for both VCO’s. This created the odd off time dub step wobble and vocal like effects. The step sequence was set to random. I also saved slightly different echo amounts, and set different decay times for the various patches. The next Shapeshifter (middle position), was used primarily as a lead line source. I saved here 12 different melodic timbres that would slowly change in half time increments. The effects are subtle but would act as a double lead line harmony. This is being sequenced by the Metropolis sequencer above in my Goike case. The third shapeshifter (far right), was doing more low LFO pulsing wobbles and digital noise like effects. I saved the first odd numbered programs to be low bass like wobbles in the same key as the first shapeshifter using the muti setting of 8 and 4. The even numbered programs had low bit colored noise presets to off set the spacing and imply more random like textures into the sequence. This was controled via the Modcan Quad LFO running in sample n hold output, running at a slow rate. The rhythmic clocking source is the “Trigger Man” sequencer by Delptronics. All three shapeshifter inputs are synced from the TriggerMan clocked outputs, but at different rates that created the syncopated splashes of texture around the main beat. Kick drum is courtesy of the Blue Lantern “Asteroid BD” V4 module. The snare drum was created by the Mutable Instruments Braid oscillator, running in “CLKN” mode with the envelope setting to “pong”. Hi-Hats from the red noise output on the Blue Lantern “Mr Blue” being triggered by the TriggerMan 16th pattern output to cv controlled via the intellijel hex VCA. Small glassy percussion tom via the JoMox Membrane 11 module. The middle shapeshifter output running through the Eventide Space, and “mix A” output running into Strymon blue sky pedal with only 20 percent wet mix in norm/plate setting. All recorded live in one take :-)

I Heart Synths Interviews Richard Devine

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Excerpt from the interview. Full interview link can be read here.

I♥SYNTHS: Do you have a vintage synth you’re still searching for?

Richard Devine: I am still on a hunt to get back the EMS Synthi. It’s another one of my favorites from back in the day. I used the Synth AKS on the first three records I did. I miss that thing, I sold it to buy the Kyma system. The Kyma is great but its no Synthi.

Annnnnnd just to rub it into Richard’s face, here’s a picture of Alessandro with a Synthi

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Bl_K NOISE: Droid Behavior + TRASH_AUDIO + Celebrate Everything

Friday January 24th 2013
BL__K NOISE [7th Annual Convention Inspired Event]

The 7th annual convention inspired event brings together forward thinking production groups Droid Behavior, Trash Audio, and Celebrate Everything to present a night of analog and digital hardware performances. Expect a variety of modular synthesizers, drum machines, control voltage and random noise generation. These activities will take place at Complex. BL__K NOISE is for industry by industry. Outside guests and appreciators of the art are welcome.

Music By:
_Mark Verbos
_Richard Devine
_Oliver Dodd / Carl Oliver
_Twin Braids [Baseck & Joy Through Noise]

Set Times:
Drumcell – 9:00 -9:25
Surachai 9:30 – 10:00
Twin Braids 10:05 – 10:35
Oliver Dodd 10:40- 11:10
Deru 11:15- 11:50
richard devine 11:55 – 12:25
Mark Verbos 12:30 – 1:10
Villain- 1:15 -2:00

_atmosphere by Droid + guests


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Tip Top Audio – MIXZ

TRASH_AUDIO 2013 Gear Picks

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Here is some of our favorite gear from 2013. Richard & Surachai are limited to Eurorack modules. Alessandro & Justin picked gear they used on the road.

Surachai’s List (No Particular Order)
Mutable Instruments – Braids

A digital oscillator with around 30 types of synthesis. Braids has since been updated since this video, several new modes were implemented and general sound quality was updated, insane.

Modcan – Quad LFO
With over 200 combinations per output, and a total of four outputs, this is one of the most versatile and feature packed modules that happens to be an LFO.

Harvestman – Piston Honda II
The sounds are very similar to the old Piston Honda but there are extra features on this module that make it more versatile and easier to use. With its designated EXT In jack, 2 outputs, and 3 axises of 4096 factory waveforms, its quite a step up from the original.

Tip Top Audio – Trigger Riot

The Trigger Riot is capable of the most simple and intensely complex trigger sequencing with sequences that can go up to 255 bars, it can also save/recall up to 16 of your sequences.

Harvestman – Malgorithm Mark ][

Distortion and delays – two of my favorite things and Harvestman quenched my distortion thirst with the digital Malgorithm ][. When Harvestman revised this stereo version of the Malgorithm, he went all out with 256 different waveshaper modes, mix knob and cv control over input knob.

5 Most Used Modules:
Cwejman S1 MKII
It’s not a module, it’s not even Eurorack but its my favorite synth. It’s semi-modular nature allows the different sections to be broken out and used with Eurorack gear or vice versa. Expect an album next year where I utilized only the Cwejman S1 and the Make Noise RENE.

Harvestman Double Andore

In my opinion, the Double Andore is the most versatile module in the modular realm. In short, it is a dual envelope generator, a mixer, vca, cross modulator, and a crude dual oscillator – and pretty confusing if you don’t spend some time with it. Among the many features of the Double Andore, it actually has a sustain mode, meaning if you trigger it and continue to send it constant voltage – the envelope stays open.

Make Noise RENE
Most of the time, I use snake mode which is utilizing about 10% of the RENE’s full capability. It can be a very straight forward sequencer but with some time, it can get extremely complex patterns that rarely repeat. One day, I’ll figure it all out.

Livewire Chaos Computer
A few months back I wrote a post about the Chaos Computer and what Mike Brown and Steve Rightnour mean to me. Having written that post, I find the Chaos Computer in almost all of my patches. Despite its size and its primitive nature – its still a beautiful machine that succeeds in both form and function.

Make Noise Wogglebug

With only a handful of random CV modules out there, I keep reaching for the Wogglebug because of its manageability. It’s taken me far too long to get completely comfortable with the Wogglebug but now that I have, its one of my most used CV sources.

Justin’s Pick
Leatherman – Surge Tool

This tool has gotten me out of (and into) more sticky situations than a full season of Macgyver. Many times I’d be running across a stage and the knife would go flying, so I added the quick release lanyard which allows me to have the Surge in my pocket, but clipped into the pockets edge. I lost my Surge on tour and promptly bought a second one because I love it so much. It’s highly flexible in the amount of tools it offers and is built extremely well. Goes great with optional Ghost Hunters LED Flashlight.

100 Gallon Propane Tanks – Hicks Gas
They just arrived yesterday and now the studio is finally above 50 degrees. They had to drag the tanks pretty far through the snow. Life is dangerous.

Richard’s List
1. Intellijel – Shapeshifter

2. Modcan – Quad LFO
3. Mutable Instruments – Braids

4. Macro Machines – Memory Manager (for the Mungo d0 / g0)

5. Audio Damage FreqShift / Grain Shift

6. Intellijel – Metropolis sequencer
7. TipTop – Trigger Riot

8. Harvestman Piston Honda MK II

9. Antimatter Audio – Brain Seed

10. LiveWire – Chaos Computer

Alessandro’s List
Korg Volcas
Korg is doing everything right: first the Monotron and Monotribe, then the MS20 mini, and now the Volcas. You cannot go wrong with a 150$ a piece analog instrument, cleverly laid out, good sounding and battery powered. Wake up Roland.

Korg Little Bits
I have known Paul Rothman, the mind behind Little Bits for a long time. We both followed different paths at different times, but we always kept in touch. It was a great feeling to see Korg, once again, making the right decision by teaming up with Little Bits and offering a sound generation kit. It’s small, affordable, and an immediate source of fun (and usable) sounds. I have a few pieces loose in my backpack at all times, since you never know when you’ll need a drone these days.

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12
I’ve had one since the NIN rehearsals earlier this year. It’s an interesting and unique sounding instrument, with a very intuitive interface. I used it to redo a lot of the NIN live synth sounds for the past tour and it will be with me for a long time.

Synthi AKS
I never tried one before, but fell in love with it after seeing a video of Thomas Lehn performing with it. It’s probably the most broken sounding, fuzzy and warm noise box I have had the pleasure to work with.
Despite its quirky nature, it’s been fun to try and use it to come up with melodic material…the KS part (keyboard/sequencer) help a lot.
Another unique sounding piece.

Izotope Iris
One of the most interesting and creative ways to play and modify samples and recordings. It turns everything into an instrument.

Madrona Labs Soundplane
It’s the only controller that allows you to control software with the same level of expression and tactile feedback that you get from an acoustic instrument. Pair it with their software, Aalto, which is designed to work with it out of the box.

Harvestman – Voltage Apparitions

Harvestman – Voltage Apparitions from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

I recently borrowed Scott Jaeger’s 6U harvestman case after our last trash audio synth meet. This patch is an experiment using some of his latest modules, Tyme Safari mark II, Zorlon Cannon Mark II, Hertz Donut Mark II, Piston Honda Mark II, Stillson Hammer, Bionic Lester, Double Andore and Polivoks VCF. The only other modules used where the MakeNoise Pressure Points, stg soundlabs .mix and Synthwerks FSR-4 Quad force sensing resistor module. The idea was to try and create a patch that utilized all of the modules in one performance. No sequencing of any kind just a play on textures and timbres using my hands. The only external effects used in this patch where the Eventide space and Strymon blue sky pedal. The Zorlon Cannon provided fluttering gates into the Double Andore trigger inputs. Top mix output on the Zorlon Cannon ran into the “B” input on the Bionic lester. For the low to high low bit bursts of noise filtered in band pass mode, with moderate gain input setting. Multiple sputtering gate outputs from the “A” outs section running into the “A Sound of Thunder” input sections triggering on and off the bend and format effects at different intervals to create complex digital clustering. Then taking the output of the “Tyme Sefari mark II” into the “A” input on the Bionic lester, creating the repeating glitching stutters scattered through out the performance. The Hertz Donut output is running into left side on the Double Andore, then CV controlled by the left side envelope output. Right side output from Double Andore going into the Piston Honda CV input then running both signals out the summed output. Combination CV outputs going into the Double Andore from the synthwerks top outputs. Drone pitches created via the pressure points tuned voyaged output top row yellow cable. There is also some gate and pressure outputs running into piston honda and time safari CV input. Double Andore right side output into the the Polivoks filter, filtering the wavemorphing of the Piston Honda. All inputs running into an STG soundlbabs .mix. Entire mix running through a Eventide space “custom preset”. Hertz Donut output running into the Strymon “bluesky” reverb pedal in shimmer mode then back into channel 1 on the sty sound labs .mix.


Ken Macbeth – Filters Walkthrough

Love this video of Ken Macbeth going through a couple filters he built.

“I’ve been experimenting with Diode Ladder Filters…….I’ve attempted to design something that is not harsh or RaWkus when it hits a resonant peak! I made one awful one, but learnt from it- here are two- one based on the English Magazine from the seventies- the Minisonic Diode Ladder, and secondly, loosely based around the rather fantastic Roland System 100 Diode Ladder filter!……..at the end of a long few days- I present!……….apologies for the low volume audio here…….but you’ll get the idea, none the less!”