Listen to Brian Clevinger (Inventor of Absynth) Interview on Art + Music + Technology Podcast

I've been using Absynth since version 1. It IS my desert island synth. This being the case I was super excited that Darwin Grosse interviewed Absynth's creator Brian Clevinger for this week's podcast Art + Music + Technology Podcast! Listen to episode #131 here - http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-131-brian-clevinger-absynth or on iTunes (where you can subscribe to the... Continue Reading →

Absynth Sound Design Experiment – Non-Linear Radioactive Soda Can

I recently did a post where I manipulated the sample of the sound of a pen striking a half-full can of soda with Ableton Push and pad pressure. In this post I used the same sample, but this time with Absynth. You can listen to the experiment on Soundcloud here or in the embedded player below. The recoridng... Continue Reading →

Patch & Performance Deconstruction of “Endless Chime Improv (Absynth)”

Last night I was doing some late night patching with Absynth and I came up with an original patch called “endless chime grains”. I then did an improv using only this patch and built-in Absynth FX and posted it to soundcloud here “Endless Chime Improv (Absynth)". The spectrum view overlaid on Absynth is from Image... Continue Reading →

How to Send a MIDI Program Change to Absynth in Ableton Live

 (Click Image to Enlarge) Absynth’s “Program List” is a great way to organize your favorite presets for studio or performance work. You can also use it as a list of MIDI program changes. In this article I illustrate how this works with step-by-step instructions on how to to use MIDI program change in Ableton Live... Continue Reading →

NI Absynth Tip: How to Set Channel Volume, Overall Preset Volume and Enable Automatic Channel Level Adjustment

There are many ways to control the volume of your presets in Absynth and many options are not on the same page. This being the case, I offer you a few tips with screen shots to help you wrap your head around overall volume adjustment technique in Absynth. Controlling Channel Volume First off, you can... Continue Reading →

FX Pieces by Absynth Creator Brian Clevinger Show Processing Side of Absynth

Back in 2012 I wrote a post called Sound Design and Workflow Tip: Make Better Use of the Stand-Alone FX Versions of Your Virtual Instruments which suggested you explore using some of the FX versions of the synths in your quiver for applying interesting FX to your tracks.  Since then I’ve been exploring Absynth FX... Continue Reading →

NI Absynth Tutorial “Master The Sample Jump Mode” by @absynth_tuts

I used the heck out of Absynth in my new album. There are some hidden gems in it’s deep feature set. Here is one of may inspiring videos by http://www.absynthtutorials.com on a feature you might have missed  - sample jump mode. http://youtu.be/IKQX3Il3-wc Did you know about the sample jump function? It is a great way... Continue Reading →

Native Instruments is Offering 8 Synths for Half Price Including Absynth 5

Native Instruments is offering 8 synths half-off till March 17th including my desert island synth Absynth 5! Turn your studio into a sonic playground with eight top-selling synths. Get huge basses and leads with MASSIVE and MONARK. Step into the future with RAZOR and FM8. REAKTOR SPARK and REAKTOR PRISM deliver ultimate expression. And SKANNER... Continue Reading →

NI Absynth patch “Halloween Theme” by John Carpenter Using Only Envelopes

Here is a fun video (http://youtu.be/kuTpkSFRDjE)  from Absynth guru Anthony Distefano. My Absynth version of the "Halloween theme".This was all done using the envelopes.There was no overdubbing. Links: http://anthonydistefano.bandcamp.com/ Mark Mosher Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer Boulder, CO

Anthony Distefano Celebrates Steve Reich’s Birthday with NI Absynth Video “Pulses from Music for 18 Musicians”

My friend and Absynth guru Anthony Distefano shared a video in celebration of Steve Reich’s birthday. My Absynth version of Steve Reich's Pulses from Music for 18 Musicians.This was all done using Absynth's envelopes. Links: http://www.stevereich.com/ http://anthonydistefano.bandcamp.com/ Mark Mosher Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer Boulder, CO

“I Calculate” – A Soundscape Experiment Using Octatrack to Sequence Absynth 5 Synthesizer

In this experiment I used Octatrack to drive Absynth running in stand-alone mode. I sequenced the piece using only the Octatrack sequencer. I used step sequencing mixed with trig automation to modulate Absynth performance params via MIDI CCs along with some real-time performance param manipulation using data entry knobs on Octatrack. I used the MIDI... Continue Reading →

Sound Design Tip: Precise Sync to Picture and Long Envelopes with Absynth Break Point Time Control

In addition to dragging the breakpoints of an envelope in Absynth, you can also enter precise time values for each break point. P. 116 of the manual explains the different types of time control. Abs/BP Time control: Determines the Breakpoint’s position on the time axis. Enter the duration in seconds. Depending on the setting of... Continue Reading →

Octatrack Meets Absynth Ambient Improvisation

I recorded this piece during my summer hiatus - “#01 Octatrack meets Absynth” (watch embedded video). //player.vimeo.com/video/68449293 2013 Summer of Synth Sessions Boulder - #01 Octatrack meets Absynth from Mark Mosher on Vimeo. Real-Time With Octatrack I’m just getting started with the Elektron Octatrack performance sampler but I decided it would a perfect instrument to... Continue Reading →

My 100th Patch with Absynth – LFO Rotors

I went on a bit of a synth “walk about” in the last year and mainly went deep with one synthesizer for programming from INIT – the mighty Absynth. Yesterday maked the 100th patch I’ve made with it. This a sound design experiment using three samples as oscillator sources. Sample 1 is a recording I... Continue Reading →

Pure and Broken Circuits 01 – Absynth Sound Design Experiment

"Pure and Broken Circuits 01" is an Absynth sound design experiement. A sound design experiment showing the darker virtual analog modelling side of Absynth (no samples here) to illustrate Absynth's range beyond the typical motion pad :^) This piece is an improvisation using an original preset patched with two oscillator in single mode and two... Continue Reading →

Absynth Tutorial: Modulating Filter Frequency with Keyboard Scaling

Happy New Year! My resolution last year was to go deeper with fewer synths. It’s one of the few resolutions I managed to keep – lol. Absynth is one of the synths I focused on in 2012. While it was my first virtual instrument (started using it back in 2002 when I started migrating to... Continue Reading →

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