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Podcast Sonic Encounters

Sonic Encounters Volume 01 Liner Notes: Track 13 – Replicant’s Lament

Composed and performed in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.

Credits

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Music and Cover Art by Mark Mosher.

Performance and Production Notes

Inspired by the movies Blade Runner and Soldier. In one session, I improvised and composed a set of musical motifs. I then mixed and arranged these motifs into the finished piece.

Instrumentation

I used the gorgeous sounding U-HE virtual synthesizers for this piece.

  • Hive (3 instances)
  • Zebra 2.5 (1 instance)
  • DIVA (1 instance)
  • Bazille (2 instances)

All the tracks use custom presets from INIT except one.

Instrumentalities

Improvised and composed with keys, grid, and mouse.

  • Novation Remote SL 25 MK2 Keyboard
  • Ableton Live 9.6.1
  • Windows 10
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(Modulate This) Sound Design Synth: Diva

Sound Design Tip: Add Variability and Slop with U-HE Diva Synthesizer Trimmers

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This month I’ve been focusing on writing presets from scratch with Diva. While I’ve had Diva for a  while I’m just now getting around to doing some proper programming from INIT. Diva has a reputation for crushing your CPU so it’s worth mentioning that 1.1 release uses up to 40% less CPU. The 1.1.1 update adds Mountain Lion support and some other bug fixes so make sure you update

One of my favorite parts of Diva is the “Timmers” panel. (P. 29 of the Manual)

This panel is the most ‘esoteric’ part of Diva – from the user’s point of view at least. As well as detuning voices (individual and/or stacked), a variable degree of slop can be applied to cutoff frequency, envelope times, pulse width and glide times.

Using Trimmer to Detune Voices

So lets walk through a simple example to get you going with Trimmers. In this example we’ll use the trimmers to detune voices.

1 – Load the template preset INIT Minipoly

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2 – Got to the Trimmers panel and set voices to 2.

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3 – Now with ever note press, Diva will round-robin between voice 1 & 2. The corresponding LED will light so you know which voice is sounding.

4 – Now turn the VCO1 Trimmer knobs for “VCO Voice Detune” in opposite directions detuning both voices up and down from center.

5 – Start playing notes and you’’ll hear the voices detuning with ever other key press.

More Ideas

Now that you know the basics here are some more ideas to try.

  • Use more voices to add more variability
  • Try stacking voices
  • Use the “Voice Map Modulator” as a modulation source
  • Walk through the factory patches with the “Trimmers” panel open to learn how these sound designers took advantage of these features
  • ….

Wrap Up

As you can see using voice allocation as a modulator with these trimmers can add both predictable and unpredictable results (especially when playing polyphonically). So add this to Diva's fantastic analog modelling and you get a very organic synth that can sound very cranky and interesting.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Composer, Performer
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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(Modulate This) Synth: Diva

U-HE Announces Public Beta and Introductory Pricing for New Diva Synthesizer

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U-HE, makers for my favorite synths ACE and Zebra 2, have released a public beta for their latest synthesizers Diva.

The oscillators, filters and envelopes closely model components found in some of the great monophonic and polyphonic synthesizers of yesteryear. Modules can be mixed and matched so you can build hybrids, but what sets DIVA apart is the sheer authenticity of the analogue sound. This comes at the cost of quite a high CPU-hit, but we think it was worth it: Diva is the first native software synth that applies methods from industrial circuit emulators (search for "PSpice") in realtime! Especially the behaviour of our zero-delay-feedback filters, when pushed to the limit, demonstrates the advantages of this groundbreaking approach.

The beta version works without restriction until December 31st. Become an early adopter, play an active role in development as we nurture this baby to perfection over the next few weeks…

The latest builds are always available in our support forum: click to go there
Estimated price: 179$ (+19% VAT in EU)
Introductory price: 119$ (+19% VAT in EU) until December 31st, 2011

Sale starts Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 on http://www.u-he.com.

See the announcement here.

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

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