In episode 198 is about VCA’s and Mixers! Plus all the usual segments! Funny Side, News from the Geekery, Price Watch, Name that Synth …
- Video replay
- Funny Side
- News from The Geekery
- Price Watch
- Name that Synth
- Saturday Sonority
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This week’s video guests are:
Daren T. Housse
Bandcamp Link: https://darenthousse.bandcamp.com/
Daren resides in the UK and is one of the first video guests on the show since 2019. He has a large amount of tracks on his youtube channel plus a great album collection over on BandCamp.
Andy is a musician and technologist from the bay area in California. He has an amazing collection of music tech gadgets and a large knowledge of synthesizers.
Ian J. Cole
Ian is a musician, composer, sound designer and producer currently producing solo ambient electronic music. He also runs Sinners Music which is a Record Company and Online Music Retailer in East Yorkshire, England
We were also joined by Kent Spong, JX3D and Maikshifter on Streamyard.
The funny side segment is a collection of memes that are somewhat relevant to the synth geekery community. Some of these images are taken from Facebook, Instagram and other social media sources. Please respect the creators. Hope you enjoy this week’s selection:
News from the Geekery
This week we have a big list of new synths and gear:
Arcaico Gorgone V2
An interesting 18HP FX module for your modular skiff. Setup with a low/band/high pass VCF, distortion from the MXR M-104 and a delay circuit which is a hybrid BBD. It has a stereo output with cv controls.
The effects are internally chained following the order VCF–>DISTORSION–>DELAY–>STEREO OUT. However, you can use them in different order, individually or mixed together with cv controls.
VCF: is a 12db/oct multi-mode filter LP/BP/HP. It is self-oscillating so it can be used to generate a sine wave. The range is 160hz-12khz – not sure why it doesn’t do lower.
DISTORTION: inspired by the MXR M-104 distortion: the cv control on the DRIVE and an output amplifier allow high levels of distortion.
DELAY: Is a digital/analogue hybrid that reproduces the classic Vintage BBD/ECHO TAPE delay. Delay time:min 0.05 max 2.00 sec. Setting values greater than 1 second, the sound of the delay will create artifacts. Cv control time and cv control wet out (the wet output is routed to a vca, and via the cv you can control the opening of the vca.
A tad on the large size. However, it is 3 in one modules, has a Moogerfooger feel to it and it might just be what you’re after!
Modular Grid: https://www.modulargrid.net/e/arcaico-gorgone-v2
Intellijel Flurry & Amps
Flurry is one of the craziest noise modules I’ve ever seen. There’s even noises in this module which people have spent thousands of dollars removing from their mix!
Flurry is packed with a stack of noise sources, clocks, and randomness. It includes:
- Clock and random pulse source
- Both Pink and White noise sources
- Accurate low droop sample & hold and track & hold
- Analogue slew with variable time and switchable rising, falling, or both
- Envelope follower
- 16 different types of noise synthesis algorithm
- 8 HP (34mm deep) packed with stacks of features in a small module space
Amps is a great dual VCA with phase and polarity. Some great features in here.
Amps is a super useful pair of linear VCAs that can be used to boost a signal, patch a ring modulator, crossfader, or mixer. You can chain multiple units together to create larger systems.
Each channel features a linear offset fader, an attenuator for CV in, CV inversion switch, boost switch, CV LED monitor, and output level LED. Channel B features a phase inversion switch so you can combine the two channels for ring modulation or 4 quadrant modulation.
Super versatile and useful in every case!
Price: Flurry 279€ ($399 AUD) and Amps 169€ ($249 AUD)
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This week’s Saturday Sonority we were talking about VCA’s and Mixers.
Name That Synth
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