Creating an Analog synthesizer with Thor
I am Hydlide of ReasonExperts.com. In this article, I want to share an idea on how to create an analog synthesizer using Thor inside Propellerhead Reason. While the idea is nothing new (since I have talked about this technique in for instance creating a Moog synthesizer in Reason and while making video presentations like creating an analog synth using subtractors). I am always a fan of perfecting different ideas and this is just one of those moments. Since there is one setting, in particular, I find very useful to emulate the idea of analog style synths. And this would be the setting voice key. The idea I am going for is based on different ideas I did in the past but do something slightly different.
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.
Polymodular Systems Build Dirt made in Propellerhead Reason 9
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.
The cancelled Europa Refill project
Here you go, boys and girls. The canceled Europa Refill that should have been made but is not going to be finished for the time being. In the last 4 months, I have been working on creating patches for Europa. I sometimes turned it on, and sometimes I skipped a few days. My main goal here was to focus on a wide variety of different patches ranging from Leads, Pads, plucked and bass sounds. While the project is officially been canceled on the 28th of April 2018 I am going to drop a download file of the patches that have been created so far (but are unfinished).
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.
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?
In this article, I will do a small write-up about a technique I sometimes use to drive a filter into a different analogue type of filter effect. While normally you could use the Thor Filter with Self Oscillation. This is a nice touch since you are adding a sine wave on top of the waveform itself. This method is ideal for making your filter scream analogue (since in the analogue world this technique is often applied because they respond to frequencies). A lot of analogue filters also love the idea of using control voltage inputs where these inputs are controlled by oscillators (which are often free running or used in combination with a sequencer). These type of setups make the filter rather aggressive, yet unstable at the same time (something that a digital filter does not do since they often sound very clean). So with that said, I will create a setup and show you a method to put dust on a filter.
Generative music using Reason and modular synthesizers part 2
In this article about Generative music, I will mainly look at the step sequencer of Thor and what you could do pretty fast to get something going. If you think simple you will realize pretty fast that the step sequencer of Thor comes with a setting called random playback on the step sequencer itself. The issue that sometimes comes back to me, random playback is defined by a random seed value and based on this value it will play the sequencer in a random state. Now sure, this might be really your thing to do, or sometimes it may not. Overall the random features come with lack of control over what is really happening. This type of composition is usually a combination of having something random, based on logical terms (OR, AND, IF, XOR etc) to make changes in the music based on those logical operators. While reason by default (without Rack Extensions that is) is not the best environment it work. However, you can get pretty with just a few limitations you will be having. So that is what we'll be doing today, throwing in different ideas with having the limitations we have and try to create generative music.
Generative music using Reason and modular synthesizers part 1
Generative music using Reason could be done since Reason 4.0. There is the option to use an LFO and throw this against a drum machine (Redrum Drum computer). While at the same time you can also use the Thor step sequencer. You can use the Matrix Pattern Step sequencer to scale the note information. In theory, this will not be the ideal solution (out of the box). Since note values (Control Voltage) can result in a random state. Just to provide additional information about the concept I will also provide a few combinator patches that should work in terms of the older versions of Reason (like Reason 4 or Reason 5).
Welcome to another experiment. Last year I bought the Polymodular systems from Blamsoft for around 25 euro. While this system is totally under-rated (4 stars where it should have been 5) I sometimes like to have fun making a real complex build out of these. Since in theory these are modeled after 'modular synthesis'. Thus they are ideal for those type of tasks to create an own custom modular synth from the ground up. When you think 'modular' synth, you will most likely think that it is all monophonic. The part that shines with these things is that they can be monophonic or polyphonic. For instance the oscillator that comes with the polymodular setup is the VO-1 (Viking oscillator). While it originally has an output slot for the Monophonic, it also makes use of a poly CV (where these devices are still one of the few that support it).
Thor in Reason workshop
Welcome to a new video series about Thor in Propellerhead Reason. In this series I will touch different elements on how to do sound design in Reason. This complete series will be going through some basic elements first trying to answer most of the 'basic' questions that people may be having when looking at a device like Thor for the very first time.
I'll be going in depth about the following items to start with:
Envelopes and LFOs