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Learning the MicroFreak Synth: Cheat Sheets and Recommended Videos

I recently bought the Arturia MicroFreak Hybrid Synrhesizer – yay!. I really like the design and it’s an amazing value for only $299.

In this post I’ll share some resources I’ve been using to learn it so you too can wrap your head around this featured packed and mobile synth.

I’ll include some cheat sheets I’ve made for a an upcoming presentation and performance at the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup on Tuesday, October 8 as well as recommend some videos.

Heads up, I’ve also created a new category on my blog dedicated to theMicroFreak https://markmoshermusic.com/category/synth-micro-freak/.

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Spreading the Word: Ableton “Learning Synths” Site – and Yes I Mind Mapped the Course Outline :^)

Earlier today my go to synth news site Synthtopia published a post about the new Ableton Learning Synths site… ” Today, Ableton quietly launched Learning Synths, a new website that teaches the fundamentals of synthesis in an interactive way.”

It’s an interactive media site called Learning Synths. You can use the site right from within their browser on your computer or mobile device.

I spent some time poking around in the site and feel it’s a great site for students or up -and-coming musicians and producers who want to learn more about synthesis so I wanted to also do a post to spread the word.

I also wanted to do this post to share a mind map I made from the course menu (hamburger top right) which illustrates the comprehensive the site content.

Overview

Synthesizers are at the foundation of many different kinds of music. They’re musical instruments that can make a huge range of sounds. But they can be hard to understand.

Learning Synths is a new, interactive website that puts a powerful but easy-to-learn synthesizer right in your web browser. It’s free, sounds great, and works on any internet-connected device. Best of all, it comes with its own step-by-step lessons so you can explore and learn the fundamentals of synthesis at your own pace.

The lessons in Learning Synths start with the very basics, so they’re perfect even if you’ve never used a synthesizer before. Or dive right into sound design with a rich-sounding instrument that’s built for exploration and play.

Outline in Mind Map Form

The course is quite interactive and comprehensive as you can see from the mindmeister mind map of the site outline I created below.

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Ableton Live Mind Map Spotlight

What’s New in Ableton Live 9.5 Mindmap

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I created "What's New in Ableton Live 9.5" using MindMeister. Check out my public Mindmeister channel for other maps related past version of live and synth tech in general. Note the What's New in Live 9 mindmap has 14K+ views – woot! Note – I'll add a separate map for Push 2 soon.  

https://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/605822580/what-s-new-in-ableton-live-9-5-by-mark-mosher-http-www-markmoshermusic-com?width=720&height=500&z=auto&presentation=1

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Mindmap – What’s New in Ableton Live 9.2

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Live 9.2 is in beta. I put together a mindmap of what’s new to go along with past mindmaps.

Here is an embedded version of the map.

https://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/513173085/what-s-new-in-ableton-live-9-2?width=550&height=400&z=auto&scrollbars=1&presentation=1

 

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New Mindmap: What’s New In Ableton Live 9.1

I published a new Mindmap on “What’s New in Ableton Live 9.1”. Even though this is a point release there are quite a few new features. Dual monitor support and lots of Push updates in this release.

View the Mindmap here. You may also want to check out my “What’s New in Ableton Live 9” mindmap which has been viewed over 10,000 times to date.

http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/349576298/what-s-new-in-ableton-live-9-1-by-mark-mosher-www-markmoshermusic-com?width=550&height=400&z=auto
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View Mindmap of What’s New in Ableton Live 9
Ableton 9.1 Beta – Dual Monitor Support, Push Melodic Step Sequencer

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Updated Elektron Octratrack Video Tutorial Index Mindmap

I’ve just update my Octatrack Video Tutorial Index Mindmap to add Secrect Music UK videos. Click here to view embedded map.

http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/310663045/elektron-octatrack-video-tutorial-index?width=550&height=400&z=auto&presentation=1

 

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Ableton Live Live 9 Mind Map

View Mindmap of What’s New in Ableton Live 9

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Every month I host the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup which is the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This month I delivered a “What’s New in Live 9” talk along with Darwin Grosse from Cycling ‘74. To prep for the meetup, I dug through the Ableton web site and Live 9 manual and then documented the new features into a Mindmap. The map also includes a list of all the Max for Live “essentials” devices.

Having all this on one page was quite handy so I posted an interactive slideshow version for you here and also embedded the map below.

http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/270741575/what-s-new-in-ableton-live-9-by-mark-mosher-www-markmoshermusic-com?width=550&height=400&z=auto
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Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO

 www.MarkMosherMusic.com <– Support my art and research through album buys and donations

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(Modulate This) Blofeld Mind Map Sound Design Synth: ElectraX Synth: Largo

Crowdsourced Mindmap: Synthesizers with Comb Filters

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I love comb filters! Buying a Waldorf Blofeld a few years back caused me to start using them even more because it’s interactive display allowed me to visualize the shape of the filter and correlate that with an audio result. Waldorf Largo and Tone2’s ElectraX also offer this feature.

What is a Comb Filter?

I like the definition on p. 49 of the Waldorf Blofeld Manual:

A Comb filter is basically a very short delay that can be controlled in length and feedback. The delay time is so short that you can’t hear its individual taps but a colorization of the original signal created by peaks or holes in the frequency spectrum. The frequency of the colorization is set by the delay length, which is controlled in the Blofeld through Cutoff, while the amount of colorization is set by the Comb filter feedback, which is controlled in the Blofeld by Resonance.

To further illustrate this, I’ve included a screenshot below which has the same filter type in Waldorf Largo, but with VERY different shapes simply  y changing cutoff and resonance.

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What Do Comb Filter’s Sound Like?

Stay tuned for a future article on this with some video.

Crowdsourced Mindmap of Synths with Comb Filters

 A week or so back I was curious how many synths in my rig had comb filters and started to document them in a mindmap. I decided to take things a step further and crowdsource this on Twitter and Facebook and make an even more comprehensive map. The map is constrained to just synthesizers with comb filters that are in production. It also doesn’t contain FX plug-ins or processors that have combs.

Click here to view an interactive version of this mindmap full screen.

http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/153682725?width=550&height=400&zoom=1

The Crowd

Be Combtastic

Now get out there and crank on those comb filters!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html
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