Sound Design Project: Honored to be a Contributor to The Round Wavetable Pack

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I’m psyched and honored to be a part of this sound design project for the amazing new Ableton Wavetable Synth – The Round Wavetable Pack. AfroDJMac who curated this project had this to say about it…

Ableton Live 10 comes with a beast of a new synthesizer, Wavetable. Wavetable, as expected, uses wavetable synthesis to produce a near endless potential of sounds. To celebrate this new instrument, I’ve enlisted the help of 6 talented producers and sound designers. I ask them to send along a few presets using Wavetable, in any genre or style they wished. The result is 32 Wavetable and Instrument Rack presets that showcase the depth and power of Wavetable, as well as some of the other new devices in Ableton Live 10.

Contributors to this pack are:

  1. AfroDJMac – http://www.afrodjmac.com
  2. Isaac Cotec –  https://subaqueousmusic.com
  3. Thomas Glendinning – https://elphnt.co.za/
  4. Mark Mosher – https://ModulateThis.com
  5. pAtches – https://patches.zone
  6. Josh Spoon – http://www.theproducerskitchen.com/
  7. Mark Towers – https://marktowers.net/

Here is a video overview of the pack by AfroDJMac.

Here is a video of early work on one of my presets “Dark Star” that made into this Live Pack.

A big thanks to AfroDJMac for curating all this!

You can learn more and download this free Live Pack using the link below:

http://www.afrodjmac.com/blog/roundwavetable

Thanks for Reading,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Aritst
Boulder, CO
ModulateThis.com


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Winter Projects with @uheplugins Zebra 2: Sound Design, New Max for Live Device, and Refining Lemur Patch

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Winter is here in Boulder, CO. This time of year I tend to do a lot of sound design work next to a nice warm fire :^) I traditionally pick one synth to focus on and create patches from INIT. This year I picked an old favorite, U-He’s Zebra 2.

I’ve already got 70+ patches I’ve created throughout the years and a custom Lemur patch I made for the iPad. I’ll be focusing on adding expressive control to the existing patches and making new ones.

I’m also working on a Max for Live device that will allow me to modulate commonly used CCs such a Modulate, Aftertouch, Breath, as well as 4 X/Y pads without having to have a hardware controller. This will allow me to test these patches without having to pop open the Zebra interface which is quite handy for couch potato sessions.

Future Sound Set and Controller Bundle?

Perhaps I’ll package all this up into a bundle later on in the year. If you’d be interested in this, drop me a note through my contact form. You can also subscribe to Modulate This! by email if you want to following along in your inbox.

Past Works with Zebra 2

For now I’ll leave you with a few past songs I’ve created using Zebra 2.

“The Knowing and the Dark Mirror” from my album Fear Cannot Save Us.

4 Instances of U-HE Zebra using patches from my library Outpost Airlock which you can download for free here. Performed on Ableton Push 2.

Sonic Encounters Podcast 014 – “Replicant’s Lament“.

More details on this piece here.

Waldorf Rocket Announcement + RTFM

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Waldorf has announced a new desktop synth – the Rocket. I’m happy to see that Waldorf is sticking with their tongue-in-cheek marketing.

No one expected this Rocket launch, which is in clear violation of several UN resolutions and basic laws of physics. Unlike conventional missiles, this one comes in a square shape and will be sold world-wide in complete ignorance of German governments exports restrictions.

It’s incredible sound is a powerful weapon of mass destruction, and never before has this been achieved with such an enormous fun factor. It features an analog multimode VCF with lowpass, bandpass, and highpass, resonance up to self oscillation and beyond, a powerful monophonic oscillator section with Ultra High Density Sawtooth and unison for chord play.

Furthermore equipped with a powerful Arpeggiator and a destructive Booster circuit, this Rocket is technologically way ahead of all current defense systems.

Rocket is an ideal fun sound design machine, which in combination with its extremely attractive price, will appeal to any sound designer and musician interested in quality sounds. It works as a stand-alone instrument or in any imaginable music production environment. But its most important feature is of course its sound: a real Waldorf synthesizer, powerful, direct and with a lot of love for the details.

And of course, this Rocket is 100% Made in Germany – With Love!

Video

Checkout the teaser video on YouTube here.

 

Specs

  • Analog multimode-filter (VCF) with Low Pass / Band Pass / High Pass
  • VCF-input
  • Highly flexible oscillator-section with pulse width modulation and hard sync
  • Up to 8 oscillators in unison for chords or Ultra High Density Sawtooth
  • Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) for modulation
  • Envelopes for VCA, VCF and Sync
  • Booster circuit to generate aggressive sounds
  • Arpeggiator with different rhythmic patterns
  • Glide
  • USB powered
  • MIDI in and out
  • Extensive control panel with high-end pots and switches
  • Control via MIDI and USB
  • MIDI clock sync
  • Line output
  • Loud headphone output
  • Launch key for easy pre listening

RTFM

imageWhile the synth isn’t available yet, the manual is. You can download the PDF here.

Below are a few items I found of interest in the manual.

 

 

The Rocket Development Team
Hardware: Oliver Rockstedt, Frank Schneider
Software: Oliver Rockstedt, Stefan Stenzel,
Wolfram Franke
Design: Axel Hartmann
Manual/ Layout: Holger Steinbrink

MIDI Implementation

Controllerism ready! This also means you can automate these parameters in your DAW.

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Back Panel

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As you can see on the back panel there is a handy switch to switch MIDI channels. The Audio Line in allows you to process incoming audio with the analog filters.

Runs on Bus Power… Firmware Updateable

The manual indicates USB is for MIDI communications and the unit will run off of bus power. USB is also for firmware updates.

No Presets – But There are Dumps

Going the same direction as Arturia MiniBrute, no presets here.

Presets are absent by design. Because of the very clear parameters we can assure you that you will be able to set an universe of sounds within seconds.

P. 24 of the manual does indicate you can dump sounds via USB. So potentially, you could save as a project within your DAW, but no companion software is mentioned – but still a great feature for sound designers.

8 Oscillators Mainly for Unison – But There Is a Special Case…

Special case: If Sawtooth is selected and the poly saw mode is active with a maximum value of the Wave parameter: With maximum setting of the Tune parameter you will get an unisono mode where all 8 oscillators will play the incoming MIDI notes. This is no real polyphony but will allow playing chords.

Analog or Digital?

The manual specifically mentions analog fitlers and filter calibration. The manual talks about waveforms and such, but doesn’t come out and say analog in the oscillator section – so my guess is modeled analog waveforms. Of course the Blofeld does a great job at this so I’m assuming this will be as good as Blofeld or better.

Yay Aftertouch!

One of my beefs with the Moog Slim Phatty (and this also seems missing from Sub Phatty) is aftertouch is not implemented. For me this is a show stopper as I use aftertouch all the time. I’m happy to report that p. 36 of the manual says:

The majority of contemporary MIDI keyboards are capable of generating aftertouch messages. On this type of keyboard, when you press harder on a key you are already holding down, a MIDI Aftertouch message is generated. This feature is used to control the Cutoff frequency of the Rocket.

While limited to filter this is still welcomed – and quite handy if you have a Blofeld, UltraNova, RemoteSL… or any other keyboard with aftertouch.

Launch Button

A short tip on the Launch button sends out MIDI note C3 (MIDI note number 60). You can even use this button, if no MIDI master keyboard is connected. w The Launch button memorizes the last note received via MIDI and will use it for further triggering until a new MIDI note arrives. Incoming MIDI data is indicated by blinking of the Launch LED.

Press and hold the launch button to initiate a patch dump.

Price and Availability

Waldorf didn’t mention this on their site. Sound on Sound posted the press release which says SRP: 205 Euro plus taxes ($269 US).  Create Digital Music says 250 Euro. Synthtopia says March availability at 244 Euro. Just in time for my birthday btw! Just sayin’.

Mark Mosher
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.ModulateThis.com

New Patches included with Sytrus 2.3 Upgrade

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Just a follow up to my last post. I took the time to document the new
patches that came with Sytrus 2.3. See my list below. Very cool
additions for sure.

Again, preview Sytrus here, click here to buy and  get 10%.


Arp:

Action 2
Action 3
Cyberarp
Hypersaw
2
Hypersaw 3
Phased
Phased 2

Bass:
Squelch

Bell:
Dream Bell

Drum:
Crash Cymbl
Hi hat

DX7:
Timpani

Guitar:
Acoustic steel
Electric 5

Organ:
Drawbar

Pad:
Dawn
Scythe
Scythe 2
Swirling

Plucked:
Raspy
Sitar

Short synth:
Basci subtracting 7
Bite
size
Celestial 2
Guitar Harmonics
Hyper Resonant 3
Hypersaw
pluck
Mooginsh 3
Moogish 4

Synth string:
Asian string
Conan
Detuned
saw
Hypersaw 2
Phased
Phased string
Slyce
Total brokeness 2