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Grain sample manipulator advanced layers

Grain sample manipulator advanced layers

I am Hydlide of Reason experts. In this article, I am going to create a combinator that would be similar as an approach to how the NNXT internally works. Since I have heard a lot of times, we need a better sampler inside Reason. Yet at this point, we have a better sampler since Reason 10, Grain sample manipulator.

6 months ago
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Polymodular systems build Complex

Polymodular systems build Complex

While I have been working on a few different ideas to make a patch inside the Polymodular systems there is one thing I haven't tried myself yet, so... time to do it. First of all, let me share my thoughts before I am going to provide the whole concept as I have made this one. Normally if you take an instrument that contains an envelope the envelope will be used per voice. While in theory, you can manipulate envelopes (and what they do) inside the Polymodular systems. So they do not always have to listen to a single note or key. They can also be set up different. With that idea in mind, I thought of one easy method to 're-trigger' the envelope (and thus retrigger the envelope on all keys while they are still playing). This can be done by using 2 different distributors. One for being the normal 'sequencer' while the other acts more like an envelope re-trigger device. If you would then think about the number of options in that realm... let me not even start there.

11 months ago
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Polymodular Systems Build Dirt made in Propellerhead Reason 9

Polymodular Systems Build Dirt made in Propellerhead Reason 9

Here is another Polymodular system build made in Propellerhead Reason 9. The main idea here is to make use of Movement as a waveform generator. Which can be nice from time to time because it allows you to 'sweep' through the different parts of the waveform itself. The technique is similar to the TableOscillator from WizAudio. The only major difference here is that the PolyModular system is way cheaper vs the TableOscillator. At the same time, the Polymodular system from Blamsoft can do so much more (just being honest and direct about it).
11 months ago
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Electric pianos in Reason

Electric pianos in Reason

Welcome back to another creative sound design topic. Today I am going to create myself an electronic piano that is based on a wide range of different theories. While some electric pianos (like the Rhodes for instance does) uses hammers that strike a metal plate which then goes through an amplifier. This has a similar character and concept when playing, for instance, a Vibraphone. Major differences there is that a vibraphone uses different sticks, while the Rhodes piano uses a type of hammer and the sound output will go through an amp.

11 months ago
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Polymodular Build Native

Polymodular Build Native

I am really having a blast with these poly modular synths as you can tell. The following build was just another idea to use native VO-1 Viking oscillators to trigger Frequency modulation. While sometimes I have a feeling that FM in the VO-1 feels odd (because it sometimes 'resets' itself, where I am not sure where this is coming from). But by doing FM just gentle it works fine and makes a pretty aggressive tonal character. I like FM in Thor, I also love FM in Blamsoft eXpanse. Sometimes I tried to do some FM inside the VK-1 (the synthesizer counterpart of the VO-1 Oscillator). 

11 months ago
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Polymodular build Pulse

Polymodular build Pulse

The following modular synthesis build I want to share today is based on the Polymodular system, using most of the devices from that system. The oscillator is the VO-1 (which is similar to the Vk-1 Viking synthesizer but then without the use of filter and envelopes). The benefit of the VO-1 oscillator is that it also contains a tuning fork at the rear of this device. Which can be great once you want to have a different pitch per note. This can be handled by using the 8 audio outputs while using the little tuning knobs to tune the audio outputs individually.

11 months ago
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Polymodular Build Malstrom Swirl

Polymodular Build Malstrom Swirl

Good evening, I just finished working on yet another polymodular systems build. This one is also based on using Malstrom Graintable synthesizers. While in the previous build I focus more on having a more 'constant' sound. This build is all about movement in the waveforms and making use of the movement using movement to move things around different. Confusing right? Just to explain this bit, inside the Malstrom you can find several wavetables which are all about moving through different bands if you will. For instance the Sweeping Saw, the Spectral Sweep, the Vocoder Bands and Swirl and so on. Especially the last three I just mentioned are quite interesting to get some random sweeping sounds from them. Even while there is also a random sweep wavetable. But that one is still based on a pattern.

11 months ago
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A Polymodular build using malstroms

A Polymodular build using malstroms

Today I have created another Polymodular build using malstrom graintable synthesizers as a source. The main synthesizer for these builds are set to Sawtooth 16 with a minor motion attached to them. This makes the synth itself sound quite mysterious from what I can tell. 

11 months ago
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Layered Basslines for Deep House

Layered Basslines for Deep House

In this article, I want to give a very quick tip about how to layer a bassline yet have a lot more control on how to reshape it while using a sequencer. For this tutorial about Deep House, I will skip using the Combinator (since I want it to be as flexible as I can). The idea here is to have two bass guitars basically playing at the same time. And to do this, we'll be needed two basslines which are playing at the same time. Yeah, call it cheap and easy, but there is that.

The benefit of this technique (something I tend to use a lot myself) is that while using two tonal different types of basses they can also make the song travel in all kind of different directions. Lets it be more uplifting (tonal), or let it be more dark and depressing (subtone). By balancing them differently they can add a third dimension (groove). Since the tonal and subtonal sounds can play well with each other.

11 months ago
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The Echo and creative effects

The Echo and creative effects

While you are thinking about The Echo you most likely think "delays" right? Normally I would use the Echo just as a delay buy with a touch of magic on the delay itself. Since in theory, the Echo is like the big brother of the DDL-1 Digital Delay. It can do the exact same thing, but it can also be thrown in a creative direction while doing so. In this article, I would like to address a few tips and tricks regarding the Echo which might not be that obvious. While they are right in your face you may not have used the echo in this way more or less. I will skip the break out section in this article since I have also discussed that in a different one. So let's jump right into some, shall we?

12 months ago
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self vocoded signals

self vocoded signals

Welcome back to another article about the BV512 vocoder. In this case, I will mainly look at self-vocoded sounds and how you can make use of the BV512 vocoder to create a different type of artifacts even while using the original sound you were using. In a nutshell, the BV512 vocoder translates pushes the input sound into the additive realm more or less. With that in mind, we can (when needed) make a blend from subtractive towards additive synth while using the vocoder in this context. To be fairly honest here, the BV512 is not the perfect vocoder while applying this technique since it shows 'weird' artifacts in the FFT-mode inside this device. But from a reason build in device perspective, it is the only way to do this. And as long there are no real other Rack Extensions that implement a vocoder in this type of context we'll just have to keep using this device until one gets developed (I would personally love to get one that is a native Rack Extension device for sure). But ok, this is a personal preference anyway. And I know parsec can be set up as a vocoded type of setup, but it is not the same thing.

12 months ago
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Noise making effect

Noise making effect

In this article, I want to explain the thought process behind the following effect. Since I had a weird childhood a lot of my soundscapes are just plain weird. Sometimes I like to use these type of effects just to have something unpredictable going on while at the same time make it musical. A lot of these type of effect relies on using the audio and make the audio shape the sound in different directions (also known as Audio to CV). At the same time, I want to have some form of manual control on this. The manual control can often be done by using rotaries while doing so.

12 months ago
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