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(Modulate This) Sound Packs Video Log

VLOG – 2010 Holiday Soundpack Session #1

Some behind the scenes HD video of sound design work I'm doing for the 2010 Modulate This Holiday Gift Soundpack.

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Mark Mosher VLOG–2010 Holiday Soundpack Session #1

In this video I’m working on an instrument rack that will end up in Ableton Live 8 Livepack format so anyone with any edition of Live 8 will be able to access the patch. The sound in the video start with found sound which I resysnthesize with an additive synth, then resample back into Ableton Sampler. Then lots of programming.

I will then use the same samples to create a version of the patch in either Absynth 5, Alchemy, or Blofeld depending on the results of the reader poll.

Why did I pick Absynth5/Alchemy/Blofeld for potentials in addition to Livepack? They all support using your own samples as OSC source and every patch I'm working is rooted in found sound, or re-synthesis/resampling so harmonic content is original.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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(Modulate This) Polls Synths & Instruments (Virtual) Video Tutorials

Thanks for Participating in “What Virtual Synths Do You Own?” Readers Poll

imageFirst off thanks to all who have taken the time to take the readers poll on what virtual synths you own. I’ll leave the poll up for a while to keep collecting data. I also appreciate all the comments and links to synths not in the list.

A couple of early observations after look at the results so far.

Sound Design:
When I think about producing presets it’s clear that offering presets in native formats for the more popular VSTs and Live Pack versions for these and less popular synths makes the most sense.

I’m psyched that so many of you who own Live also have Sampler and Operator. I wasn’t sure the ratio would be so high.

Kore2 is not as popular as might have thought. I only have the free player myself and since I own Live and Absynth 4 I don’t end up using it that much. I think Kore 2 has potential, and I may do something with it, but for now Live Packs and native presets seem the way to go.

I was happy to see Absynth 4 fair so well – I personally love it. Sylenth1 and Predator are neck and neck. Camel Audio’s Alchemy is only 15% but it’s new and relatively expensive.  I personally think this synth will grow in popularity. I would have predicted Morphine being this low. Being additive it’s rather specialized. I’ll most likely use it to generate waveforms that I’ll then take into Live Packs. Circle is no surprise either. While it’s interface is really innovative I think it’s pricey and a lot of people have subtractive covered.

Video Tutorials:
I’ve been doing some research on video tutorials and there are a lot of fine tutorials out there on Ableton Live (I’ll post a list in the near future). At this point I’m thinking I’ll do some general videos on “sound design” on the more popular synths in the poll plus Alchemy (as it kicks ass) and perhaps some free synths. I have a few ideas on how to structure tutorials in a way that will help you build up knowledge that is transportable between synths and will experiment with some ideas around this.

Thanks again!

Mark Mosher
www.markmoshermusic.com
www.modulatethis.com
www.twitter.com/markmosher

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(Modulate This) Polls Synths & Instruments (Virtual) Video Tutorials

Reader Poll: Which Virtual Instruments Do You Own?

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In the coming months I’m planning on releasing FREE video tutorials on sound design with virtual instruments as well as FREE presets for virtual instruments. To help me pick which instruments to focus on please take a minute out of your day to take a poll.

Thanks,

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com
www.markmoshermusic.com
www.twitter.com/markmosher

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(Modulate This) Free Resources Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

Green Oak Crystal VST – Free Semi-Modular Synthesizer for PC and Mac

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I’ve been doing some research to find new synths to increase my palette of sounds. Along the way I "re-discovered" Crystal which is a very cool Semi-Modular synthesizer. It reminds me a little of Zebra 2 and Absynth 4 but – it’s free! Pretty amazing considering the feature set – "…semi-modular software synthesizer featuring both subtractive syn  and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis. It offers abundant modulation control with over 90 parameters which may be modulated, multi-stage envelopes with graphical editors, extensive tempo sync of envelopes/lforates/delay times, built-in effects for chorus/flanging/comb filtering/echoes, and a band splitter for effects processing by frequency band. Not only that, Crystal has wave sequencing, granular synthesis, program morphing, MIDI learn, and imports soundfonts. The musical applications for Crystal are literally boundless."

Installation is manual but straightforward. Simply follow the instructions on the download page. Don’t forget to grab the additional waveforms and patches. 

As I mentioned this synth is free and the developer, Glen Olander, says creating Crystal is a "labor of love, so I don’t accept payments from Crystal users." He does accept donations on behalf a senior center though so if you want to donate go to the bottom of the about page.

Mark Mosher
www.markmoshermusic.com
www.modulatethis.com

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(Modulate This) FL Studio

New Patches included with Sytrus 2.3 Upgrade

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Just a follow up to my last post. I took the time to document the new
patches that came with Sytrus 2.3. See my list below. Very cool
additions for sure.

Again, preview Sytrus here, click here to buy and  get 10%.


Arp:

Action 2
Action 3
Cyberarp
Hypersaw
2
Hypersaw 3
Phased
Phased 2

Bass:
Squelch

Bell:
Dream Bell

Drum:
Crash Cymbl
Hi hat

DX7:
Timpani

Guitar:
Acoustic steel
Electric 5

Organ:
Drawbar

Pad:
Dawn
Scythe
Scythe 2
Swirling

Plucked:
Raspy
Sitar

Short synth:
Basci subtracting 7
Bite
size
Celestial 2
Guitar Harmonics
Hyper Resonant 3
Hypersaw
pluck
Mooginsh 3
Moogish 4

Synth string:
Asian string
Conan
Detuned
saw
Hypersaw 2
Phased
Phased string
Slyce
Total brokeness 2