The Hardware Megathread


#1658

I got external midi going on it last week, which has been fun to do as a proof of concept. Not plumbed into my audio interface yet (I take it off my rack and bring it to bed when I want to use it), so not done any recording or sampling yet, beyond what I imported.

I have a pretty good track going, was going to try and learn automation this weekend so I could have it be a bit more like a DAW track with filters opening and doing nice fades from section to section. I feel like they missed a trick, because what I tried this morning was making a CV track to see if I could route that to internal paramaters and then launch that CV clip whenever I want to adjust, say, all my filters or all my effects sends with one clip. No. It only goes to CV outs and can’t be routed internally. I can see how making it so that automation has to be tied to a clip makes sense, but it would still be a cool option and I wouldn’t have to copy/paste the same clip over and over at different lengths to get reasonable automation speeds on all the parameters (IE, I want my filter to open over 8 bars, so now my synth track has this one 8-bar clip when everything else in the project is 4 bars). Having separate automation would really help in those situations so I don’t forget and launch the next clip too soon. Plus, I’m not sure you can modulate effects parameters at all (at least there’s no obvious way to do it). I almost always use external filters for my filter sweeps so that I can run my synth through effects and the effects get filtered too.


#1659

Yep! 3 of them are super wobbly. Easy fix but annoying.


#1660

I’ve read similar advice on mixing without subs. My 8" monitors never shy away from my bass needs, but maybe some genres could benefit from one? I dunno.


#1661

The virus was built like a tank, must of had some use to have wobbly pots.


#1662

their Plus Pedal has been on my want list for sometime, the motor synth looks great but wasn’t really making any sounds that made me want one.


#1663

Not really hardware but just listened to the new Billie Eilish james bond track, its a great song but i can hear digital clipping on the vocal after the 03:15 mark which I’m very surprised at (maybe its a youtube thing?)

Sorry back to hardware, hurry up Korg lets hear the OPsix, they reckon superbooth.


#1664

heres the guy who had to get rid of his sub (@31:10)


#1665

It’s kind of a double edged sword. On the one hand, by using a sub, you can take the most demanding frequencies off your larger driver (8 inch in your case), relegate it to upper bass and mids, and lower distortion in those lowest frequencies some (like why a lot of studio engineers swear by 3-way designs as opposed to 2-way). And, by being able to position your sub freely, you can minimize the impact it has on the sound at the listening position by moving the modes around the room.

OTOH, adding a sub means adding a crossover filter, and that means you need to worry about phase issues at the crossover point. And the crossover has to be usually between 80 and 250 hz, where there’s a lot of important things happening, so you need to get that crossover really, really right. In normal multi-driver speakers, this is taken care of by the manufacturer, but when adding a sub to system after the fact, it’s on you unless they’ve specifically developed the speakers and sub with each other in mind.


#1666

it might have seen some abuse, as the Filter balance is the worst, followed by the program knob and data1.

its fine, will be back to tip top in no time!


#1667

Since you guys are all on about subwoofers, this synchronistically came out today.
Ken Marshall seems super cool and I’ve been a big fan of his works for ever, I love his channel!
You guys should check him out.


#1668

havent watched this yet but as a huge Skinny Puppy and Download fan I’ve been watching this channel closely.


#1669

Oh sweet, I’ve been subbed for a few months. Liked his piece on compression last week, legitly didn’t know there was a difference between FET and VCA compressors.


#1670

I couldn’t help noticing the Electrix Warpfactory vocoder, gutted i sold mine (red module top of his wee rack)


#1671

A few things about automations:

  • At the beginning of a clip automations do not reset so if you switch from a clip with a massive delay feedback to a clip with no automation, ht feedback level will still be where it was at the end of the previous clip. A quick ‘list’ event will sort this,

  • Volume automations: For the same reason above, volume automations can fuck up your mix, so do not automate the mixer volume (at least until song mode arrives) automate the sample or instrument volume

  • Drawing automations with your fingers is fun;

  • Pretty much everything can be automated

  • somewhere in the preferences there’s the option to record automation buy pressing the record button instead of having to go to the mixer page and turn on the automation recording button.This can be a blessing and a curse as I forgot about it and recording a lot of mute/unmute/pan automation…


#1672

Put together a walkthrough and demo of my Eurorack Livecase. First video is the walkthrough and short jam, second video is the jam only should you have no interest in the other stuff. My original goal with the modular was to do a generative ambient setup. I quickly found out, that’s not actually what I want to do. Over the last 5 months the rack has morphed into what you see here. It’s basically a live improv industrial techno rack that I’m super stoked about. Very minimal pre planning with the jam, only basic practice with the patch, pretty much created on the spot with the exception of tuning.

I know we have a eurorack thread but all my peeps are here so, yeah…

Walkthrough & Jam

Jam Only


#1673

you sound so much like me… generative ambient one day, industrial techno the other. love it. great setup sir!

speaking of, do you still rock the nord or has your attention been squarely in modular town?


#1674

^Hey thanks man!

Yeah the generating ambient thing was cool for about 10 min. But then I started seeing guys on line doing more structured dance stuff and I was hooked.

No, don’t have the Nord any longer. Even though it may not look like it by the eurorack setup, I have a very limited budget for hardware. Put myself in the hole on this one actually. That’s okay, long live monthly payments!

Thanks for checking the setup out man! The only thing better than a rack that spits out techno would be a rack that spits out Neon Cities. Seriously, that would be super dope.


#1675

No DAWless jamming for Neon Cities! :wink:


#1676

I only listened to the track and it’s a really good one, will need to find some time to properly watch the overview and look at what you were doing as I’m really curious


#1677

So if I understand that correctly, that’s all one sequence sending different gates to different parts? Very interesting stuff.