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Published on Mar 18, 2017
I give to you a long-form abstract modular synth jam, because everyone likes long-form abstract modular jams. This was initially conceived as a test of modulating the various parameters on the Make Noise Erbe-Verb, but it quickly morphed into a dark, brooding work of art. As you can hear, there's a lot of pretty intriguing sonic possibilities in the Erbe-Verb. Though ostensibly an effects module, it becomes its own instrument here and wholly takes on a life of its own. Enjoy and carpe diem!
Patch notes (abridged):
I am abridging the patch notes here, due to the complexity of the patch. If you have specific questions, feel free to drop a comment.
Ornament and Crime in quad-Euclidean mode gates the Mutable Instruments Edges, which is routed to the Make Noise MMG, which is plucked by the Intellijel Plog, also receiving gates from Ornament and Crime. Channel D on the Ornament and Crime triggers the Tiptop Audio 909 bass, with an accent gate from Plog.
Intellijel Metropolis provides a "melody" to each the Make Noise DPO, the Mutable Instruments Edges, and the Intellijel Shapeshifter. DPO's Final output is sent to Mutable Instruments Clouds which receives an occasional trigger. Clouds receives various sources of modulation, and its buffer is periodically frozen by a End-of-Decay trigger from the Doepfer Quad Envelope Generator. This produces what sounds like a short orchestral hit. Increasing the density creates a sweet tremolo strings sound.
The Intellijel Shapeshifter in percussion mode is output to Chronoblobs delay, with some modulation on the Int. FM parameter from Maths.
Maths also provides modulation for a number of parameters on the Erbe-Verbe, which receives the output of Edges, by way of the MMG. Most of the interesting sounds heard in the video are the result of adjustments to both the attenuators and the parameter knobs on the Erbe Verbe in conjunction with these modulations. Some parameters of the Erbe-Verbe, such as the size, are controlled with gates from Plog.
Other sources of modulation include the 4MS Quad Pingable LFO. Notably, this provides control voltage to the Ornament and Crime, changing some of the Euclidean rhythm parameters, an effect that ripples through the patch on account of so much relying on those triggers.