The Infinite Repeat - The Speeding Train





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Published on Apr 7, 2011

The Infinite Repeat - The Speeding Train

My Entry for the KVR One Synth Challenge 26: ZynAddSubFX

Sequencer: seq24
DAW: Qtractor
Plugins: 11x ZynAddSubFX-DSSI (DSSI), Calf Gate (LV2), Calf EQ (LV2), SWH SC3 Compressor (LADSPA), AMB panner (LADSPA), Calf Vintage Delay (LV2), Freeverb Reverb (LADSPA)
Softsynth: Yoshimi 3x
Mastering (Qtractor): Invada Streo Compressor (LV2), Fast Lookahead Limiter (LADSPA)
Screencast: Xephyr (nested X-server), FFmpeg 0.6svn (video) and jack_capture 0.9.56 (audio)
Video editor: kdenlive 0.7.8
Distro: Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx
Kernel: 2.6.33-30-realtime (Tango Studio)
Soundcard: Focusrite Saffire Pro 40

As the One Synth Challenge rules dictate, all the instruments, sounds
and noises are generated by ZynAddSubFX. Well, almost, because as Linux
users we have some more choice than on other platforms. So I used 11
ZynAddSubFX-DSSI plug-ins in Qtractor together with 3 separate Yoshimi
instances for the voice patches that use the PADsynth engine (apparently
the DSSI plug-in can't handle those patches). I used seq24 to trigger
everything and Qtractor for mixing and a bit of mastering. Some external
effects were allowed, given they are freely available and don't alter
the original sound (so no phasers, choruses etc.) so I used some EQ, some gates and some compressors.

Voice patches I used:
- SuperSaw 2 (Paul Nasca)
- Extreme (Will J. Godfrey)
- Bass 2 (Paul Nasca)
- Eeooww (Will J. Godfrey)
- Drumkit (Paul Nasca, tweaked and layered, the snare sound consists of 4 or 5 different snare sounds)
- Snare 1 (M?sterious)
- Soft Kick (AutoStatic)
- 8 Bit Car (M?sterious)
- Soft Ahh (Will J. Godfrey)
- Wind and Surf (Will J. Godfrey)
- Binary Piano 2 (Paul Nasca)

The track was composed and sequenced on the train while commuting to and
from my work. Hence the title. And sorry about the xrun, that's because of the 11 ZynAddSubFX-DSSI plugins getting loaded.

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