Posts tagged: synth

Nov 26 2010

Everything Burns Prototype II

So, playing around with Mixcraft to get a bit of verse and chorus structure in place yields the following rough mix. As usual, please excuse the poor vocals – I’m still using a horrible Korg condenser mic. The should be a shiny new dynamic mic arriving Real Soon Now(tm).

Everything Burns Prototype II

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Sep 25 2010

‘Everything Burns’ prototype

So one of the songs off the album I’m working on is called “Everything Burns.” The melody and structure for it came to me in the middle of the night and kept me awake for hours and then tried to do a runner in the morning, so I did a quick rough of the verse/chorus structure. Then I thought I’d afflict you lot with it as well.

Everything Burns rough prototype

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Aug 29 2010

Morphine in C

Ok, so driven in from the garden by a plethora of wasps and one annoying neighbour, I was planning to stick my head in a book, but sadly my synth got a hold of me. So, without further ado, I present Morphine in C – the music I image would be played in a psychiatric hospital to keep the patients calm – if, that is, psychiatric hospitals were staffed by people with good taste in music.

John Dow – Morphine in C

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Aug 25 2010

Dresden Amen

Anyone familiar with Wagner’s Parsifal will know this one. It’s a short 24 second snippet of exquisite loveliness, using my nice warbly theremin sound.

John Dow – Dresden Amen

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Aug 24 2010

Vangelis / Blade Runner sound

This is a gorgeous gorgeous rich sound and I use it all the time. The patch is pretty straight forward on a microkorg:

  1. Turn off write protect and initialise a sound bank to the defaults
  2. Add a second oscillator (Saw wave) and set the level to 127
  3. Detune the second oscillator – I set it to 2
  4. Get rid of the pitch bend and mod controls – pitch bend rand 0, vibrato int 0
  5. Tweak the LFO frequency for LFO2 – I use 53
  6. We’ll use this LFO for vibrato: Patch 1, source LF2, Mod int 7
  7. We need to tweak the filter to play nicely with the mod wheel: Filter cutoff 30, resonance 10
  8. Patch this cutoff to the mod wheel: Patch 2, source mod, Dest cut, Mod int 63
  9. Give some shape to the amp envelope generator: Amp eg: Attack 26, Decay 120, Sustain 27, Release 83
  10. Add some delay: Time 26, Depth 69
  11. We need to patch an oscillator 2 detune to the pitch bend wheel to give the swoopy effect: Patch 3, source bnd, Dest 2.tn, Mod int 20
  12. Save the sound parameters and you’re done!

Really easy to work with – starting with the mod wheel fully back, holding a note and sweeping it forward and back will give the signature Vangelis ‘WAH’ sound, and pulling the pitch bend wheel towards you will give the second oscillator detune wail. All done. Have fun.

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Aug 21 2010

Flyby

Another simple one, with some dodgy timing.

Flyby

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Aug 18 2010

Hello World

Programmers are allowed to write a “Hello World” program to learn about a new language, so I’ve made a “Hello World” to learn about a new synth. This was played on a Korg MicroKorg. It’s not Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, just a few notes to get the hang of the tiny keyboard and to try out a patch. The recording is a bit rough as it was taken from the headphone socket cos my PC doesn’t have a line in in a convenient place (for now), so there’s a bit of distortion.

Hello World

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