“Enumerating’ is another installment in my “ONE PATCH PERFORMANCE SERIES.” Videos in this series are intended to show what's possible when you constrain your tool set to one synth and one preset with many modulation routings mapped for performance.
I created a 4 bar pattern with a MIDI clip in Ableton Live. The clip sends notes to SonicCharge Synplant. All modulation is performed in real-time with two Percussa AudioCubes in “Sensor” mode.
The cubes are sending MIDI data to Ableton Live via the Percussa MIDI Bridge app through MIDI Yoke virtual ports. I used MIDI mapping in Ableton Live to map the continuous controller data being sent from each cube face to device parameters within Synplant and also to the Ableton Transpose MIDI device.
For example, one cube face cause the branches of Synplant to spin. Branch length changes timbre. By rotating the branches I'm changing modulate per note as I rotate the branches.
Probably one of the best things about AudioCubes is that you can modulate 4 parameters at the same time with one cube in a way that isn’t possible with knobs on a controller. When used with a synth like Synplant, the changes in timbre can be quite radical. This video also illustrates how sensitive the cubes are. As you can see, I'm using finger movement to control modulation. I also have the cubes set to give visual feedback. As my hand or finger gets closer to the cube the color intensifies. I have different colors mapped to each cube face.
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4 responses to ““Enumerating” – One Patch Performance Video Series”
Thanks for stopping by Modulate This! First let me say that Synplant is just fantastic. I love the branch modulation system – brilliant!
I think the cubes compliment the “organic” nature of and approach of Synplant. I’m working on a review of the cubes for a post in the next week or so.
Exciting stuff Mark! I am tempted to go and buy a set of AudioCubes for myself. Seems to be the perfect match to my plug-in.
Hey thanks! I’d be open to this idea. You’d have to have the same instruments to do an apples to apples comparision. Do you have Synpant? Do you have Ableton Operator for “Circuit Path”?
Mark, love the “one patch” posts! Would you be open to posting/sharing the MIDI, wav, or Live session so we can try an apples to apples compare (for the Circuit Path post as well.)