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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Eddy Deegan » Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:39 am

Ben Asaro wrote:I just ran a quick test; yup, the SEQ clocks output whatever divisions you have applied to them from the rhythm generators.

Good to know - thanks for checking that :thumbup:
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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Ben Asaro » Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:56 am

No problem, it was still on. :)
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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:23 pm



Oooh - real Baba O'Riley territory from about 1-minute in here 8-) :clap:


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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:29 pm

Ben Asaro wrote:DAY 7. I may be starting to see a 'voice' emerge from the SubH, and much earlier than I was expecting! For this patch, I play each element on its own, and then let the whole thing run. I can definitely image something like this being in stereo with each oscillator panning around.

https://soundcloud.com/user-329043613-5 ... enge-day-7

The anticipation of finally hearing all the elements together is strong with this one.

And at 1:52 I wasn't disappointed - this builds and builds towards 3:10 - glorious!

If you morph this from a writing challenge into a finished track it would indeed sound stunning with separately panning oscillators, but please dial down the reverb ;)

Bravo Ben!


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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Ben Asaro » Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:06 pm

LOL, noted :)

More than anything I'm seeing a style emerge that's proving to be a lot of fun exploring. I do like the results of Day 7, and if I had recorded enough whole cloth, I probably would have kept it for use later ... alas, the settings are already changed and the odds of recreating it are effectively nil. Such is the nature of modular!
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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby John Stafford » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:40 am

Sounds great! It's nice to hear a deep exploration of the Subharmonicon.
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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Ben Asaro » Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:21 pm

Thanks, John!
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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Ben Asaro » Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:51 pm

DAY 8. Another fun one! Quite a bit of outboard gear used on this patch. I
Today's experiment involved using an external sequencer (NerdSeq) to send clock and reset triggers to the SubH. I then set VCO1 and VCO2 to different rhythmic divisions. That in itself created some nice counterpoint, but I also wanted a more steady pulse from the SubH. So I took the audio output from VCO Sub2 and ran that though the Dynamix (VCA and filter). I used the SEQ1 clock output to trigger an EG and then mixed the Sub H's VCA output with the Dynamix with a 3rd VCA. Final touch was to add some filter sweep via the SSF Modbox, sync'd to the clock output from the SubH and attenuated via a Doepfer A183-3. Changing the mixer VCA, filter cutoff, and attenuation amounts created a varied soundscape.

https://soundcloud.com/user-329043613-5 ... enge-day-8

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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:28 pm

I like this; it would make a very nice foundational groove to develop with other synths in the context of a track. The SH shines when patched with external modules and it'll be interesting to hear where this process of methodical exploration leads you :thumbup:
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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Ben Asaro » Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:13 pm

Ya know, it's interesting: I follow a couple of musicians on YouTube that make plenty of music using only the Subharmonicon and Mother-32; they're certainly not running out of ideas! However, I think I'm discovering that I'm less drawn to the SubH as a stand alone instrument than I am as an idea box, if you take my meaning. Once I have an idea, I like to see how I can use the SH as a component of a larger patch, not as the be-all, end-all of it.

At least, that's what early indications are in my explorations.
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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:19 am

Ben Asaro wrote:DAY 8. Another fun one! Quite a bit of outboard gear used on this patch.

https://soundcloud.com/user-329043613-5 ... enge-day-8

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Wow - that turned out to be most cathartic. I followed it all the way through with interest, but when it stopped I felt a great calming of the force!

It was almost like meditating :shocked:


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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Ben Asaro » Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:55 am

lol yes, it kind of sneaks up on you! :)
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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Ben Asaro » Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:59 am

DAY 9. Broke out the oscillators again, I'm really liking the sound sculpting opportunities here! VCO1 > Dopfer LPF, SUB1 > Doepfer SEM filter, VCO2 SUB2 > Make Noise Dynamix.

https://soundcloud.com/user-329043613-5 ... enge-day-9
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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Ben Asaro » Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:39 am

DAY 10. The additional ladder filters work a treat! I am now seeing the Subharmonicon as a masterful soundcape creation tool. Having the ability to control the envelope of each voice separately, even if the variance is very slight, really brings the SubH to life -- The only major drawback is that it requires another $1200 in modules. :D

https://soundcloud.com/user-329043613-5 ... nge-day-10

My next experiment will be to see if I can apply a fractional offset or precision adder to the VCOs to transpose the sequences.
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Re: 30-day writing challenge #2: Subharmonicon edition

Postby Ben Asaro » Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:54 pm

DAY 11. Okay, fair warning for this one: it sounds weird, like the sound track to someone's mental breakdown lol.

BUT -- it's a solid proof of concept, at least. Using the Disting, I was able to apply a fractional offset to VCO1 and get it to transpose a 5th up; so the pattern switches keys from CMaj to GMaj.

https://soundcloud.com/user-329043613-5 ... nge-day-11

Now that I know it's possible, time to see if I can get some more musical results from it ...
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