I recently edited some samples of classic 80’s drum machines to load into my Korg DSS-1 with the Straylight Engineering upgrade. The drum hits were processed and trimmed in Ableton, then downsampled to 32kHz. Since I have 16mb of space, I was not too worried about tightening them up much, so if you are able […]
Although Transoniq Hacker lays out some cool programming tips, I have discovered some new techniques that I have not seen before to make my ESQ-1 sing. I have also been underwhelmed with programs from the 80’s. people had a different aesthetic then, and some sounds aren’t interesting enough for me. This article will mix both […]
Brutto Bello’s newest album is a little more mellow, but still instrumental and melodic.
Never being 100% content with a piece of gear , I modded my Rhythm Wolf. I poked around on this sucker for quite a while and have a few good notes, plus a burned out synth filter chip because I got overzealous. My originally proposed hacks: Add separate open hi-hat decay knob Add separate bass release knob […]
I recently got an Ensoniq ESQ-1 for a steal, but it needed some repairs. While repairing it I realized there was one modification that could vastly improve the realtime control of the keyboard: add a potentiometer to control the filter (or any modulatable parameter) in realtime! First I want to give a little bit of […]
I recently ran across an article with a great idea of adding punch to drums (or anything) by processing the audio through an Akai S-900 in realtime. Check out the article out here. I have an equally cool old sampler you can do the same thing with, the Korg DSS-1. The sound that you get when […]
Having lately been interested in modular synths, I began to look at the sonic capabilities laying in gear already in my arsenal. So part of what makes a modular synth so interesting is its myriad variations which allow one to route anything almost anywhere. Sure, great, but there are a few concessions. They are often […]
I wanted to get a slightly more scientific view of how the filters are compare on my three hardware analog synths. I ran my Korg DSS-1 through its own filter first, then through the filter in the Korg Minilogue and then the Dave Smith Mopho. Just by looking at the 3 tracks you can see […]
This little drum machine has gotten some serious bad press, but is it really that bad? Here is a quick demo that I made using the Rhythm Wolf exclusively. I recorded multiple passes in order to multi-track the sounds. Then I eq’d them and added reverb and delay. The Good: Analog synthesis has a certain […]
I’ll show you a few of my favorite techniques to get your synths to be more expressive on analog synths.
2016 NAMM introduced quite a few new toys which got my attention. This just on the tail end of buying a couple pieces of gear. Check out my reviews of the Ensoniq ASR-X and the Dave Smith Mopho SE and I am ordering a Korg Minilogue soon too! It seems that as an electronic musician one […]
The Ensoniq ASR-X is an under-rated sampler / sequencer. I picked one up for relatively cheap to see if it could be a nice addition to my hardware arsenal to take on drum sampling duties as well as a synth module, and effects processor. Overview: The standard ASR-X sampler is a 32 voice sampler and […]