In his latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth look at the SOMA Laboratory Cosmos ‘Drifting Memory Station’.
Cosmos is designed to let you create meditative soundscapes. SOMA says that “The design of the controls, functions and generated soundscapes are intended to evoke, in both performer and listener, states and experiences inherent in meditation, such as limitless space, fluidity, spontaneous development, presence, the ability to hear, tranquility, the experience of subtle harmony and happiness enveloping the whole world.”
This video takes a detailed look at the unique functionality of the Cosmos and demonstrate its sonic possibilities.
0:00 Intro 1:30 Overview 4:30 This setup 5:15 Two delays 7:05 Four delays 7:45 Blur & Drift 9:35 Giant reverb 10:20 Granular delay 11:30 Feedback 12:00 Compressor 13:10 Suppressor 13:45 A FEW TIPS 14:00 Simple looping 14:40 Direct 2 phase 15:20 Blur freeze 16:00 Spectral control 16:35 Pass it on 17:10 Reverse toggle 17:40 No undo 18:00 Always record! 18:20 Pros & cons 20:55 Cosmic drift
Check it out and share your thoughts on the Cosmos in the comments!
The latest episode of the Synth Design Podcast features an interview with Tony Rolando of Make Noise, one of the most influential Eurorack synth designers.
Host Roey Tsemah talks with Rolando about his design process for creating new modules for Make Noise, what went into the creation of the new Strega synthesizer and dealing with people who hate your work.
Synth Design With Tony Rolando Of Make Noise
Make Noise interfaces are like a riddle. They remind me of minimalistic art pieces from the early 20th century – inviting you to question geometric compositions of mysterious lines and shapes. These instruments purposefully do not give a straight answer but hint towards a direction one could take.
This is a deliberate design decision that aims to shape the way musicians use a Make Noise instrument.
The design invites a particular kind of composer – one that will dare to explore an untrodden path, in the search for exceptional sounds and performance along the way. The interface is like a guide, a map of sorts, that can be read in various ways.
The Strega, in particular, is interesting because of its unconventional signal path. This is not your traditional “voice”, to say the least. Placing the delay/reverb in the center of the circuit directly affects the interaction with the instrument and the kind of sounds that will come out of it.
In this conversation, we dive into the challenges of designing an instrument like the Strega – a synthesizer that was made in close collaboration with artist Alessandro Cortini.
Enough with the blah-blah-blah – this video, via Bonedo Synthesizers, gets straight to demoing the sonic possibilities of the Korg MS-20 FS.
The MS-20 FS is a full-size reissue of the classic Korg MS-20, a patchable analog monophonic synthesizer, originally introduced in 1978. The FS is designed to be a recreate the original in every way, including the original packaging and manual.
The MS-20 FS adds MIDI In via DIN & USB, and is available in Blue, Green & White, in addition to the original black.
Check it out and share your thoughts on the Korg MS-20 FS in the comments!
Back-to-back set wishlists are one thing, but ILLENIUM, Said The Sky, and Dabin adding a third “-to-back” into the mix was something we never thought would materialize. Global Dance Festival made it happen on July 23, bringing the three friends together for nearly 75 minutes atop the festival’s Summit Stage, and Dancing Astronaut‘s Instagram followers were able to witness a handful of exclusive videos in real-time that evening. The two-day Denver event didn’t host a formal stream of any kind, but the one and only live-set legend known as DerekD2 has now come through in the clutch again, uploading his crowd-filmed video in 4K HD to YouTube.
The three-manned assembly lived up to all the excitement that came about when Global Dance Festival first drew back the curtain on their 2021 poster, resulting in another incredible outing for ILLENIUM in July alone, following his TRILOGY blowout in Las Vegas. Despite some unnecessary screaming from someone near DerekD2, ILLENIUM, Said The Sky, and Dabin came out guns blazing in Denver, collectively introducing themselves with an all-time blend of ILLENIUM’s “Awake 2.0 Intro” alongside some of Said The Sky and Dabin’s finest releases, including “We Know Who We Are” and “Lights.” As expected, the track curation that would follow was A1, with the three shooting off RL Grime’s “In Your Head” edit of G Jones, Skrillex and Noisia’s “Supersonic (My Existence),” and even a new album ID from Dabin. The standout moments of the rare showing were undoubtedly the exclusive mashups that succeeded the entrance edit, with the trio fusing together tracks like “Where’d U Go” and We The Kings’ “Check Yes Juliet,” “Superstar” versus “Sideways” versus “Hero” versus “Holding On,” and “First Time” combined with ILLENIUM, Excision, and HALIENE’s “In My Mind.”
Watch DerekD2’s recording of the B3B from Global Dance Festival below.
In this video, Patchwerks‘ Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT) discusses using an Elektron Octatrack in conjunction with a modular synthesizer.
The Octatrack, along with Elektron devices like the Analog Four and Analog Rytm, can be used standalone, as a sequencer, as an effects processor and a mixer. This gives it a reputation for being complicated to learn, but also means that it can be used in a lot of different ways.
Piecora’s video demonstrates some of the ways that you can use an Octatrack to complement a modular system, including master effects processing, live sampling, mixing to shape your performance and creating transitions.
Check out the video and share your thoughts in the comments!
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