Can we talk about modular synths?



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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby MrNovember » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:43 pm

The effects do fit very well within the Mescaline, but I felt like they were missing a lot of controls/weren't very intuitive to use. For instance, I could never make any of the "delays" actually sound like a delay. I could use them to add harmonic content to notes or crazy pitch madness similar to the Count to 5, but not anything like a delay.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby oscillateur » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:05 am

I like the reverb as big bloomy reverb (the point is to not use too much of it with the mix knob most, though), the notated delay as a karplus-strong-y thing that adds ringing harmonics and the 4th effect as a rhytmic delay. I haven't used the pitch-shift delay much but that's because I usually don't like these that much (says the guy with three Boss PS-3s ;) ).

Overall for me the strongest point of Mescaline is Mental (very similar to the Matter module from what I've read) and the weakest point is Channel's synth, which is nice but not varied. If I had more space and more time I would keep it as it's a very interesting instrument. But well, I can't control space and time as much as I would like to...
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Dark Barn » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:04 pm

I’m immensely enjoying the SynthTech e352 baremountain sold to me, very fun! And I have a Doepfer Quantized Random on the mail truck today, had to order from Germany, no US retailers had it for a long ass time!
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:13 pm

GERMAN RELIABILITY. WOOT!

tracking says my Shifty should hit today, Comb and Brst Tuesday because of the holiday, but i still hold out hopes for tomorrow for them.

'm excited abiut like sending gate patterns for drum stuff through Branches with one out into a sound source, the other through Brst into the same source. play with random rushes.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Dark Barn » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:22 pm

Behndy, you have a Malgorithm yes? Do you like it?
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:00 pm

i have a Malgorithm YESSSSSSS. the 2. it is beautiful in so many ways. i'd like it perfectly if it would remember what state the Skew/Image/I Forget The Other Button's Name Is were in on reboot, but yes. sounds awesome.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Dark Barn » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:55 pm

Ugh at some point since I bought it, I forgot how to use my Doepfer bit crusher module. I was about to unscrew it and toss it against a wall but then I watched a Raul’s world of synths video on it and yeah, I’m stoops. Forgot that the BC and SR knobs are wired inversely. Clean is BC CCW and SR CW... so I’m gonna just spend more time with it... but at only 2hp wider and in (((stereo))) ¿or dual mono also? the Malgorithm 2 looks mighty attractive...
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:36 pm

two things, Mylars vidja for the Keystep makes me want to spend more time inside it (giggety). i've barely used mine, missing out i think.

and audio recording question - i've been lazy about getting my computer DAW clock sync'ing Pams. what i do now is record an 8 bar loop of something easy to tell start and time like a hi hat or 4 on the floor kick, then use the tempo of that for the file. it's always a micro amount off, like if Pam's sayd it's 120 bpm, my DAW loops it perfectly at 120.19 bpm.

works fine, everything recorded can be cut up by time signature grid and moved around.

question is - if i recorded like that, ended up with say 5 minutes of audio bits all recorded at 120.19 bpm, then time stretched all the files down to 120, would that introduce any artifacts? or stay clean as recorded?
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Dark Barn » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:46 pm

Stretching the grid is the right answer, stretching/shrinking the audio shouldn’t be necessary at that point.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:30 pm

jia. if i tempo match then set the global tempo to the slightly off Pam's time, grid is locked in. i hold out hopes of recording THINGS to take in to have mixed/vocals put over/record bass in a decent spot eventually, just dunno if i'm shooting myself in the foot having it be a SLIGHTLY odd tempo?

also, MiniBrute 2....... interests me.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby MrNovember » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:31 pm

behndy wrote:also, MiniBrute 2....... interests me.

Yeah I loved my MicroBrute, but it was a little too bare bones for me. I always wanted to upgrade to the MiniBrute, but ended up getting a Sub 37 in a trade so never thought about it again. But now this is re-igniting some interest for me. So many more patch points and sliders :drool:

Edit: I'm also really curious what their website means by: "Minibrute is back, and this time it's not alone"
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Dark Barn » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:27 pm

behndy wrote:jia. if i tempo match then set the global tempo to the slightly off Pam's time, grid is locked in. i hold out hopes of recording THINGS to take in to have mixed/vocals put over/record bass in a decent spot eventually, just dunno if i'm shooting myself in the foot having it be a SLIGHTLY odd tempo?

also, MiniBrute 2....... interests me.


I don’t think so. The recording you already have should act as the master for whatever you add to it. The only potential problem I can see is if you are trying to sync to someone else’s DAW recording, like if you told a collaborator to record their own tracks in their own DAW at 120bpm, then something would have to get squished or stretched.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:48 pm

Darkster - coooool. pretty much what i thought, but have this image of going in somewhere with a bunch of files asking them to setup their DAW at SomethingSomethingPointSOMETHING and it being a huge issue.

ALL THE BRUTERY OPTIONS.

i mean, if they make the DrumBrute.... better. i would be soooo into another one. it's good, the sequencer is good, but the not being able to save/recall sounds and really limited efx section killed my interest for it's HUGENESS.

also, i love the MiniMod VCO, but i get afeared of dealing with analog slipping issues. kinda want to try out a Befaco Even VCO. i LOVE having the Octave Up Down options, and the Even looks gooooood.

anyone use one?
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby worra » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:32 pm

behndy wrote:Darkster - coooool. pretty much what i thought, but have this image of going in somewhere with a bunch of files asking them to setup their DAW at SomethingSomethingPointSOMETHING and it being a huge issue.

ALL THE BRUTERY OPTIONS.

i mean, if they make the DrumBrute.... better. i would be soooo into another one. it's good, the sequencer is good, but the not being able to save/recall sounds and really limited efx section killed my interest for it's HUGENESS.

also, i love the MiniMod VCO, but i get afeared of dealing with analog slipping issues. kinda want to try out a Befaco Even VCO. i LOVE having the Octave Up Down options, and the Even looks gooooood.

anyone use one?


I just want my drumbrute to output cv triggers on each channel. Pls Arturia.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby vidret » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:36 pm

minibrute 2 looks like good stuff.

I really enjoyed the sound of the microbrute, but at times i felt myself going in a 'same-y' direction, but that's probably more my fault than the synth.

Also at that point i wasn't really into eurorack, so i didn't fully appreciate all the waveforms. I just wanted THAT SOUND. :lol:
The LFO wasn't the best though. It felt like it had steps, not as smooth between the maximum ranges as i'd like.

Also, the CV out from the keyboard was a bit fucked when integrating with other things, I think the CV keyboard out was 2 octaves up from what it was supposed to be.
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