This started as an experiment with passing the sound of the Synth Explorer through the Korg NTS-1 for delay and reverb effects. Then it somehow got out of hand and soon wires criss-crossed all over my desk to the various AE Modular racks. It shows how easy it is to cross connect different AE racks if they are all powered by the same power supply so that there is no grounding issue.
This synth is made for music and STEM education and is now also for sales on the tangible waves website:
The more I play with the Synth Explorer from tangible waves, the more I learn and it’s just fun! This time I am sending the drums through the WASP filter for bubbly bleeps, a fast pitch modulated OSC for strange sounds and the musical part is done via the SEQ8 and the Quantizer set to fifth notes.
Amazing what you can do with this little education system, the “Synth Explorer” from tangible waves. Here we have one oscillator going through a delay for a sound foundation layer, the notes are provided by a slow LFO that goes via S&H through the Quantizer (Pent Minor scale). Then a kick on the 4 and the bassline is just the sub oscillator going through the Wasp filter. Then noodling by changing cut off on the Wasp and decay on the envelope. A simple patch, but really fun to play with.
This is another Sunday jam. I started patching a stereo sequence and then kept adding to it, as you do. This was recorded live in one take, warts and all. All sounds from the AE system with exception of the drums which are from the Synthstrom Deluge which is also the master MIDI clock in this patch. Thumbnail as always by my son Robin.
After a few totally unproductive weeks I finally got my groove back. The LFO was clocked high, so this track could have gone in any direction, but it so happened to be a very relaxed, mellow track. Something to let play in the background while sipping a cocktail or having a nice Sunday morning coffee. The bassline was done by the Behringer Neutron, but sequenced from the AE Modular. All other sounds are from the AE Modular!
In this jam I’ve hooked up the Korg Volca Modular together with my AE Modular via the new VMBRIDGE module from tangible waves. This patch has both systems completely interconnected, with the complex oscillator from the Volca going through the Wasp filter of the AE and the sound of the AE going through the reverb of the Volca and many more cross patches. It really open up innumerable possibilities with these two devices.
Last weekend I was at a synth meetup in Wollongong at Elk Elektronik to present the new educational synthesizer system from tangible waves, the SynthExplorer. You can find out all about by watching the presentation below.
Today I assembled the AE Modular Eurorack adapter frame together with the Behringer Neutron into a case that I built many years ago when I started my Journey with modular synths. I believe that AE can play along with Eurorack very well and that the Neutron can benefit from a few extra modulation options and the sweet FX that the AE can bring to the table.
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