Thursday, June 27, 2019
OK - I had to crack open the toolbox today. I've got an Intellijel 4Ux104HP case for my 'living room synth'. I love the thing, and the 1U row is perfect, holding modules for inputs modules, a mixer, the random toolset and an oscilloscope. The main row is a 1010 Music Toolbox, 1010 Music Bitbox, Zadar, Overseer and Supercell. Damn, I can make a lot of interesting noises with that setup.
But it's got a real flaw - and one that you won't notice when you are looking at the case on the Sweetwater site. When it is full of modules, there's no way to hold it! There's no built-in handle, and there is no way to grab it without squeezing the life out of one of the modules.
So I went over to the local hardware store, bought a closet handle, a tap (and handle) and a set of machine screws. Measure twice, drill once (for each hole), tap the holes and screw it in. Next thing you know, I've got a way to lift up the modular without threatening damage to one of my modules, and it also reinforces that I don't want to set it down on the side with the power switch.
Workin' for me!
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Monday, June 24, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
I loved the look of it, but wasn't too jazzed on the idea of menu-heavy functionality. I also couldn't tell - no matter how much I watched videos, read the mini-manual or read online postings - whether you could make the envelopes act like LFOs without triggering them. Nevertheless, I decided I had to go this way for maximum flexibility, and thought that I could used LFOs from the Toolbox to trigger LFO-like action if I had to.
It came in just before I headed out on vacation, and I was blown away. I spent the evening searching stuff out, to find:
- If you set the repeat count of an envelope to infinity, it knows that you want and LFO and just starts running. YOU READ IT HERE FIRST, APPARENTLY!
- The module doesn't save its state on power down. You can force a save by pressing and holding the menu button; it works, but you have to remember to do it.
- The controls that they chose to put on the four knobs are brilliant. Within 10 minutes, I was intuitively reaching for the right thing quite naturally.
- The warp control for curve manipulation provides way more flexibility that I would have expected. When I was researching the thing, I was obsessed with the waveforms that it implemented. But with the warp control, even the simplest triangle wave can provide a ton of modulation-worthy fun.
- The menu use is less invasive than I thought it would be with one exception: that LFO thing. Having to jump in to spin the repeat level up is a drag.
- I wish there was a bipolar output option (especially for LFOs), but maybe that is for V2?
- The single incoming voltage is pretty easily routed to the right place; super-intuitive.
There's more for me to explore - there's some sort of chaining system that might allow me to make that one-button-symphony I've always longed to make. But generally, I'm loving this little module, and having envelope times approaching 30 minutes (with only a few spins of the wrist) is brilliant fun.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
I'd been using JUCE indirectly through the Max SDK, but it was fun to dig into the 'normal' way of using it. There are some things that are phenomenally good (like the mechanism for storing presets...), and the knowledge I have from years of programming Max stuff comes in really handy. But this was a great way to imagine a different way of doing audio work, and I suspect there might be more of this in my future!