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New Live YouTube Series on Percussa SSP Euorack Module by Matthew Hodson (MATTHS) – Sundays at 6pm UK time (11am MST)

A new live video series by Matthew Hodson (MATTHS) on the Percussa SSP Eurorack Module began on June 16th, 2019. the live stream/video is broadcasted on YouTube Live on Sunday’s at 6pm UK time (11am MST).

Visit http://www.youtube.com/matthsmatthsmatths to join and watch the stream.

Jump in the chat room as Matthew will be joined by Bert Schiettecatte, Percussa’s founder and lead engineer/designer, who will be there to answer questions about the SSP as the live stream unfolds.

The series is a live stream hosted by Matthew himself, where he will share his perspective on integrating the SSP into a professional music production context. The series will consist of multiple in-depth videos highlighting everything the SSP is capable of: sampling, granular and wavetable synthesis, external and internal CV modulation, MIDI control and CV generation, sequencing, effects processing, multichannel recording, FM and traditional subtractive synthesis. The videos will also cover polyphonic and multitimbral patch design. Each video will focus on a different aspect of the SSP.

The first three episodes are on YouTube. I’ve watched the first and was in the live stream chat room for the second one and thought it the series was a great way to both learn how the Percussa SSP works, what it sounds like, and how to create with it.

About Percussa and the SSP

Percussa makes hardware and software for forward-thinking professional musicians, sound designers and artists, since 2004. Percussa is known for its award winning AudioCubes product, a wireless patching and performance interface, Synthor System 8, a wireless digital modular synthesis system, and the Super Signal Processor (SSP) eurorack module, a high-end DSP module, modular-in-a-module and multichannel recorder/sampler, featuring 16 inputs and 8 outputs, at 32 bit resolution, supporting sample rates up to 192kHz.

About Matthew Hodson (MATTHS)

Acclaimed electronic producer Matthew Hodson, brings dynamic and intense productions, characterised for the controlled fusion of both ambient and aggressive electronica under the name of MATTHS. Recent MATTHS performances include opening for Wire; supporting Alex Banks (Monkeytown Records), Ulrich Schnauss and Rival Consoles (Erased Tapes). MATTHS has worked with the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop on their new material at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. In May, MATTHS also played 2 shows at the Superbooth Festival in Berlin.

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(Modulate This) Modular Synthesizers News Synth: Percussa SSP Video Tutorials

New Live YouTube Series on Percussa SSP Euorack Module by Matthew Hodson (MATTHS) – Sundays at 6pm UK time (11am MST)

A new live video series by Matthew Hodson (MATTHS) on the Percussa SSP Eurorack Module began on June 16th, 2019. the live stream/video is broadcasted on YouTube Live on Sunday’s at 6pm UK time (11am MST).

Visit http://www.youtube.com/matthsmatthsmatths to join and watch the stream.

Jump in the chat room as Matthew will be joined by Bert Schiettecatte, Percussa’s founder and lead engineer/designer, who will be there to answer questions about the SSP as the live stream unfolds.

The series is a live stream hosted by Matthew himself, where he will share his perspective on integrating the SSP into a professional music production context. The series will consist of multiple in-depth videos highlighting everything the SSP is capable of: sampling, granular and wavetable synthesis, external and internal CV modulation, MIDI control and CV generation, sequencing, effects processing, multichannel recording, FM and traditional subtractive synthesis. The videos will also cover polyphonic and multitimbral patch design. Each video will focus on a different aspect of the SSP.

The first three episodes are on YouTube. I’ve watched the first and was in the live stream chat room for the second one and thought it the series was a great way to both learn how the Percussa SSP works, what it sounds like, and how to create with it.

About Percussa and the SSP

Percussa makes hardware and software for forward-thinking professional musicians, sound designers and artists, since 2004. Percussa is known for its award winning AudioCubes product, a wireless patching and performance interface, Synthor System 8, a wireless digital modular synthesis system, and the Super Signal Processor (SSP) eurorack module, a high-end DSP module, modular-in-a-module and multichannel recorder/sampler, featuring 16 inputs and 8 outputs, at 32 bit resolution, supporting sample rates up to 192kHz.

About Matthew Hodson (MATTHS)

Acclaimed electronic producer Matthew Hodson, brings dynamic and intense productions, characterised for the controlled fusion of both ambient and aggressive electronica under the name of MATTHS. Recent MATTHS performances include opening for Wire; supporting Alex Banks (Monkeytown Records), Ulrich Schnauss and Rival Consoles (Erased Tapes). MATTHS has worked with the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop on their new material at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. In May, MATTHS also played 2 shows at the Superbooth Festival in Berlin.

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Sonic Encounters Podcast 007 – Descent Into Ancient Ice Cave

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Story

This is the soundtrack of an expedition to an ancient ice cave. As you descend deep into the cavern hear surreal sound of the wind blended with your own scanning equipment reverberating through massive cave system. At around the 7:00 minute mark, your systems start picking up some movement in the cave. You’ve got a bad fielding about this – so you initiate emergency ascent at 8:20.

Instrumentation and Instrumentalities


This is not a sample. This is all synthesis. The entire piece is made from a single original patch I made on the digital modular synthesizer U-HE Bazille.

The piece was recorded in a single pass with no edits. I performed this on a Novation Remote SL 25 MK2 keyboard by playing notes and manipulating the mod wheel, key pressures and the knobs of the synth in real-time during recording.

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(Modulate This) AudioCubes Synth: AALTO

Sound Design Experiment with Aalto and AudioCubes

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I decided to combine the fluid tangible spatial control of Percussa AudioCubes with the some droning patches I made from INIT with Madrona Labs wonderful Aalto synth.

Aalto has an awesome gate feature which allows you to create interesting drones leaving your hands free to modulate the hell out of parameters to create expressive and unique performances. You can also modulate the gate. Two AudioCubes in Sensor mode allow you to modulate with 8 MIDI CC’s with two hands.

AudioCubes Makes Virtual Synths Tangible

Watch the video above first with annotations on, then a second time with annotations off. On the second pass through watch how fluid the control is and how many parameters I’m managing at the same time. You’ll also see I’m getting visual feedback in the form of light intensity and color. After you perform with AudioCubes for a  while your brain starts to fool you into thinking that there are pressure bubbles around the sensors. In other words, even though the throw is about three inches when using your fingers with cubes, you can become quite accurate with control – especially when you combine visual feedback and audio feedback.

Because you can configure and map cube function differently with each patch, set and instrument, you start also thinking of each combination as an instrument on to itself. Once I set something like this up, I find myself coming back to it again and again getting a little better with the “instrument” with each use. This often results in me wanting to push things further and I learn the synth better plus creating more expressive performances.

Configuration Notes

I used the configure button on the Ableton Device holding the Aalto synthesizer select a set of parameters that I then map to faces of two Percussa AudioCubes in sensor mode. I did a video on the this Ableton mapping process a few years back with different devices, but the premise is the same. These cubes were configured via Percussa’s free MIDIBridge app.  I then use spatial movement of my fingers modulate parameters in Aalto. In same cases cubes modulate each other if sensors are facing each other.

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Mark Mosher
Electronic/Experimental Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

Synth Geek Blog: http://modulatethis.com/
Artist Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com