25+ Ways To Get More From The Moog Mavis Synthesizer

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In his latest video, Ben ‘DivKid’ Wilson takes a look at 25+ ways to get more from the Moog Mavis synthesizer.

Video Summary:

“Want to add CV control to a wavefolder? Modulate the symmetry or a folder? Explore an underused harmonic treat with PWM? Or even turn your envelopes into oscillating wave shapers? Well, strap in!

In this video we’ll explore patches to expand your semi modular synthesisers. Looking at more advanced patching to further your synthesis and sound design. We’ll be exploring these patches with the Moog Mavis but these patches can be applied to other semi modular gear, fully modular systems or with software.”

The video features lots of tips for getting more out of the Mavis, and also does a great job of demonstrating the synth’s sonic range.

Topics covered:

INTRO

00:00 Hello & patch previews

02:13 What are we doing in this video?

03:08 Mavis feature run down

06:15 CHORUS/PHASER PAD // Lisa Bella Donna patchbook

06:54 Duophonic Mavis – beautiful!

08:37 A modulation foursome!

09:49 FOLDING BASS // patch overlay

10:07 Expand the wavefolder with CV control

11:28 Adding symmetry modulation to the wavefolder

12:46 Bonus PWM fold tones tip

13:14 Even BETTER (+ modulate-able) wavefolding

15:16 FOLDABLE KICK DRUM // patch overlay

15:46 Hack a high pass! Turning the low pass filter into a high pass

17:10 Sub oscillator creation from the LFO

18:06 FM PLUCK // Mavis exploration patchbook

18:19 Envelope Generators as oscillators and wave shapers

19:49 Turning Mavis into a unique STEREO voice

21:18 WHO NEEDS A SEQUENCER ANYWAY? // patch overlay

21:33 Audiorate PWM – a harmonic TREAT!

23:02 Quirky digital overtones from musical audio rate PWM

23:56 ALL ABOARD THE TRIP SHIP // Mavis exploration patchbook

24:32 YOI vocal synthesis from sample & hold

25:52 Patching a noise oscillator and clean sine waves

27:19 BUZZ SAW // patch overlay

27:55 Pitch tracking downsampling – aliasing style

29:20 Dancing filters and dual oscillators

30:14 TOUGH GUY BASS // Mavis exploration patchbook

30:45 Mavis as a processor for FX

32:16 Getting weird with FM

33:20 DETUNE DUAL SQUARE // patch overlay

33:33 Mavis as a back end for other synth voices

Cherry Audio Brings Moog-Inspired Rackmode Modules To Voltage Modular

Cherry Audio and MRB have introduced Rackmode Modules for Voltage Modular, a set of effects, oscillators, and filters inspired by classic Moog rack-mounted signal processors from the ’70s and ‘80s.

Based on their previously introduced Rackmode Signal Processors, the new release brings these Moog-inspired modules to Cherry Audio’s Voltage Modular virtual modular synth platform.

The modules include:

  • Rackmode 16 Channel Vocoder
  • Rackmode Vocal Source Oscillator
  • Rackmode Poly Vocal Source Oscillator
  • Rackmode Phaser
  • Rackmode Ring Modulator
  • Rackmode String Filter
  • Rackmode Frequency Shifter
  • Rackmode Ten Band Graphic EQ
  • Rackmode Three Band Parametric EQ

Pricing and Availability

The complete Rackmode Modules Collection for Voltage Modular is available now, with an introductory price of $69 USD (normally $99). The modules can also be purchased individually.

Synthesized Sounds of the Sea

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Synthesized Sounds of the Sea is a new album of electronic music, by synthesist Tomer Baruch, dedicated to creatures of the ocean.

Dolphins and eels, jellyfish and starfish each get their own sonic palette in this musical exploration of marine life. Recorded using vintage and modern analog synthesizers, the album is part of Baruch’s web project Animals and Synthesizers, expanding the musical snippets of Instagram into full length tracks.

You can preview the album below and order it via Bandcamp:

The LMN 3 – An Open-Source Teenage Engineering OP-1?

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Fundamental Frequency shared this in-depth look at LMN 3, described as “an open-source synth/sampler/sequencer/DAW-in-a-box”.

Some may see it as a DIY alternative to the Teenage Engineering OP-1, since it’s designed to be an all-in-one portable solution for music making.

The LMN-3 DAW is based on the Tracktion Engine, an open-source audio engine, and offers standard capabilities like recording, editing and mixing. The hardware platform is based on the Raspberry PI, a popular single-board computer design.

Topics covered:

00:00 – Introduction
00:31 – General Settings
00:55 – Tracks Screen Overview
01:42 – Plugins Screen Overview
02:06 – Drum Sampler Overview
02:28 – Step Sequencer Overview
03:19 – Drum Programming
04:11 – Sampler Overview
05:10 – Bass Sequencing
05:39 – Clip Cut/Paste
06:02 – 4OSC Synth Overview
07:24 – Adding Effects
08:07 – Recording
08:51 – Editing, Loop Controls, Saving, and Track Addition/Deletion
09:37 – Mixer Overview
10:19 – Pitch Bend
10:42 – Modifiers
11:20 – Project Rendering
11:31 – Implementation Overview

LMN 3 is an advanced DIY project. Details are available via Github.

Teenage Engineering Creates Mother Of All Decks (MOAD) For Swedish House Mafia

Teenage Engineering shared these images of the jumbo live performance deck, MOAD (Mother Of All Decks), that they created as a custom design for Swedish House Mafia‘s 2022 Coachella set and US/EU tour.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“back in 2010, when we launched our very first product OP–1, we were approached by a group that was soon to shoot a music video for their first song. that group was swedish house mafia, and the song was “one”, feat. pharell williams. and it was also the beginning of a long friendship. 10 years later, we’ve teamed up again on our first product collaboration, MOAD – mother of all decks.

live at coachella with the weeknd

the live performance deck is 5 m x 1.2 m and breaks down into nine parts, to be set up or taken down in about 30 minutes, making it easy to tour with. when it finally came time to construct the deck, we worked with another longtime friend of ours, daniel araya.

the inside holds a computer, multiple mixers, dj decks, sequencer and samplers, effect processors, custom made light effects and mechanical tape reels.MOAD made it’s debut at coachella 2022 and will travel with swedish house mafia on their us and eu tour.”

Backbone Drum Synth Now Lets You Use Artificial Intelligence To Create New Drum Sounds

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Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of Backbone 1.5, an update to their drum re-synthesizer, that lets you create original drum sounds using artificial intelligence and Neural Audio Synthesis.

This person does not exist, but this photo is the output of a generative adversarial network.

Backbone 1.5 features DrumGAN, a recent development by Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL), that uses Generative Adversarial Networks to generate original drum sounds. Available samples can also be analyzed to create similar versions.

A generative adversarial network (GAN) is a machine learning approach, in which two neural networks are used to improve the accuracy of artificially-generated output, with the goal of making the artificially-generated output indistinguishable from the source material that the model is trained on.

Well known examples of GANs can generate photorealistic portraits of peoplecute cat pics and more.

“The cooperation between Sony CSL and Steinberg is a great example of how AI can be used in music production,” notes Steinberg’s Florian Haack. “The ability to generate new samples with DrumGAN for kicks, snare or cymbals, or analyze existing samples and further re-synthesize and
reassemble the components, gives producers unprecedented flexibility to design new
sounds.”

Here’s a look at the technology behind DrumGAN:

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Availability and Pricing

Backbone is available through the Steinberg Online Shop for 149 euros or 149.99 US dollars. With the release of version 1.5, Backbone is currently available at a 40% special offer discount until the end of July 2022. The update to version 1.5 is free for users who already purchased Backbone

Velocity Synth Event Returns To Seattle Aug 27th, 2022

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Organizers of Velocity – an all-day synth event featuring a trade show, seminars, workshops and performances – have announced that it will be returning to Seattle August 22nd, 2022.

The event will include performances by Richard Devine, Daedelus, Lisa Bella Donna, Bad Snacks & many others.

Schedule:

11 AM – 5 PM:

Trade Show where various modular / hardware synth manufacturers will show off their latest gear and interact with the community.

11 AM – 3 PM:

Educational Seminars where speakers will speak on various subjects relating to electronic music-making and related technology .

4 PM – 2 AM:

Performances from local and visiting artists, with genres varying from house / techno, ambient, noise, industrial, and beat-oriented music.

The trade show is free to attend and all ages are welcomed. The remainder of the event, including seminars, are 21+ and tickets are required. Tickets are $40 adv, $50 at the door. See the event site for details.

Teenage Engineering Brings Pocket Operator To Google Pixel Phone

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Teenage Engineering has collaborated with Google to create Pocket Operator for Pixel phones.

They say that the app “utilizes the familiar pocket operator workflow to sequence sound and video”.

Using the Pixel phone’s video camera as a sampling tool, and using Google’s TensorFlow machine learning to analyze and categorize the samples, you can create unique drum and sample kits using just your phone.

Play and mix live, or record step by step using your recorded video clips. Use up to 4 tracks across 16 patterns to compose full songs, including the sampled video and 16 audiovisual effects.

It’s available now for Pixel 5 and newer Pixel phones.

The NAMM Foundation and the MIDI Association Launch of The MIDI Fund


News from The 2022 NAMM Show last week: The NAMM Foundation and the MIDI Association have announced the MIDI Fund, a new donor-advised fund within The NAMM Foundation.

As described in their announcement, the MIDI Fund will support projects and programs that “advance engagement in music-making and the varied and unique options to make, create and explore music made possible by MIDI,” the Musical Instrument Digital Interface that allows musical instruments to connect to computers, tablets, cell phones, and each other.

The first major project the MIDI Fund is focusing on is the development of a MIDI curriculum and certification program to raise awareness about MIDI in education at secondary and post-secondary schools, as well as for manufacturer and reseller staff members.

Current work includes:

  • Establishment of standardized, readily/publicly available MIDI education content
  • Creation, launch, and active management of a MIDI certification program

For more information about the MIDI Fund and to donate, please visit The NAMM Foundation website. For more information about MIDI, including the Core MIDI 2.0 Specs, visit The MIDI Association website.

New England Synth Fest Features Monthly Live Planetarium Performances This Summer


The New England Synth Fest has announced a summer series of live electronic music performances. The shows will be performed in the immersive full dome environment of the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science in Boston.

This summer’s Synth Fest events happen on the second Thursday evening of each month, beginning June 9.

The June show will feature dome performances by Metal Tiger with visuals by Anagram, Jade Rose & Jame Coyne, and Violet Nox with visuals by DebStep, as well as lobby performances by Campos, Snowbeasts, and Oxalis. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the Museum of Science website.

The New England Synthesizer Festival calls itself “a loose-knit inclusive community of synthesizer hardware and music enthusiasts.” Since 2004, the group have been supporting exhibitions, meet-ups, performances, and education, all surrounding topics related to synthesizers. Their events are open to the public and welcome attendees with experience from beginner to expert. To learn more about the group and about the summer concert series, visit nesynthfest.org.

Update, June 8, 11pm: The June 9 SynthFest performance has sold out, but tickets for the July 14 and August 11 shows are still available.