In this video I’m deconstructing the patch of my previous performance, the 5 Oscillator drone.
An ambient drone using 5 oscillators, 1 sub oscillator and the Solina String Machine of the AE Modular system from tangible waves. Using various VCAs, filters and envelopes it’s possible to create changing and varied soundscapes that always on the edge of the resonant filters which adds a special ring to it.
It was a fun journey, fuelled by GAS and not knowing what to do and how to do it. But now I feel that with my latest acquisitions I have narrowed it down to the essentials: The AE Modular from tangible waves for for modular experimentation, the Deluge from Synthstrom Audible for all sequencing, sampling, looping and beats and now for all the digital and bombastically orchestral sounds – the brand new Korg Wavestate. For FM sounds I also have the Korg Volca FM, but currently I’m not sure when I will have time for it.
With these instruments I have now finally no more excuses. I can (theoretically) make any sound that I would ever want. The Deluge can play any sample and even single cycle waveforms. The Wavestate has a store of over 1000 different sounds that can be morphed, cycled and shaped.
NO MORE EXCUSES.
This is my very first album release on Bandcamp. This is a selection of some ambient tracks that I’ve posted on YouTube just to get my feet wet with creating a Bandcamp album. I also think that these tracks work well together as an ambient soundtrack.
All sounds were created with the AE Modular system from tangible waves.
Pay what you like, I hope you enjoy this.
The GRAINS module is basically a tiny computer inside your AE Modular that can be programmed to do just about anything sound wise. Because the AE GRAINS is a direct clone of the Eurorack GRAINS you can install the same set of firmwares on it, just as I’ve described on my first video about Getting Started with GRAINS.
Now a very talented software developer from Germany, Mathias aka @visuellemusik, has developed a few new firmwares exclusively for the GRAINS module. These will only work in the AE GRAINS and not on the Eurorack version because the AE has one added input for Audio and one added output for digital signals and some of the new firmwares use one or both of these.
You can find those programs on Github here: https://github.com/aemodular/GRAINS
Below are my first three tutorial videos.
What are you going to do with the GRAINS module? Please post your creations or code on the forum!
This is an introduction to the AE Modular GRAINS module.
You can find detailed information on the AE Modular Wiki.
This is a long and relaxing ambient piece which I’ve made mostly for myself … to quieten down a bit in this stressful and uncertain time. All sounds from the AE Modular system, Solina, Grains and some filters. Slowly breathing in and out.
I was invited to play a short set in Sydney at the Synthstrom World Release Tour 2020 in Sydney. I was delighted to be there and didn’t mind the 6 hour drive up to Sydney past the beautiful countryside where everything was green again after all this rain and the burnt bush was in full recovery. The event was amazing! Everyone there was so skilled with their Deluges, it just made it very clear to me that I’m really only at the very beginning of using this deep and amazing instrument. Thanks to DJ Jon Dent (Jono), True Cuckoo, Terminal Race, Hentaimagi, TactileAF and the truly breathtaking Filmmaker for a wonderful and inspiring evening. I was so nervous that I rushed through my track and played it in half the time that I intended, so here is the proper version recorded directly on the Deluge at home with some impressions from the trip and snippets of the live performance.
This is my first experiment with the new GRAINS module from tangible waves. It arrived yesterday with the TALKING firmware installed which is a cool robot voice that just counts. P2 adjusts the pitch and P3 the speed of the voice. I’ve patched the voice into the MS20 filter which allows for some haunting atmosphere combined with the Deep Space reverb of the MULTIFX. The ALGODRONE is providing the clock for this patch with the cycle out going into the TRIQ164 which triggers a KICK, LOPAG and the GRAINS voice. The ALGODRONE also provides the atmospheric background. I’m playing the algorithm at different speeds via the MIDI keyboard. Higher notes cause the algorithm to speed up which affects everything. The audio out from the ALGODRONE goes into the WASP filter for effect.
Showing a really quick and easy way to tune the SEQ16 by using a MIDI keyboard and your ears.