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Intellijel Rubicon – Part 3: Vector Joystick Drone [matttech]



This recording follows on from the more in-depth demos found in Part 1: HERE and Part 2: HERE. Instead of utilising the module in the creation of full compositions, a single aspect of its use is explored this time – drones.


DEMO 05 – Vector Joystick Drone

Every now and then it’s nice to return to a module and remind yourself just how good it sounds. Although complex digital oscillators are a lot of fun, some days there’s nothing quite like blissing out on a quality analogue VCO….and getting some drone action on!

This demo focuses on the Intellijel Rubicon’s various wave outputs, blended together in the Planar Vector Mixer. The resulting output was the processed by the Modcan Dual Delay. The Rubicon is especially lovely in this role, producing a really pleasing, almost string-like tone. A simple, basic analogue wave timbre can be transformed into something quite exotic with the turn of a few knobs, and the steering of a joystick.

Patch Details:

1. The Rubicon’s Sine, Double-Saw, Pulse, and -2oct Sub were fed into the 4 inputs of the Planar.
2. A sine wave from a Dixie was fed into the Rubicon’s TZFM input, with its INDEX controlled by the Planar’s CV X output.
3. The CV Y output then controlled the Rubicon Pulse’s Pulse Width.
4. The CV X output was also multed to the Dixie’s Linear FM input, via an attenuator so it could be introduced later in the recording.
5. The CV Y output was also multed out – to the Rubicon’s Exp FM input.
6. So basically as the recording progresses, the pitch of the two oscillators is manipulated alongside their tone.
7. The Planar’s Mix output was fed into an Oakley Classic VCA, whose level was modulated by a SUM of two Maths LFOs.
8. The Oakley’s output was then fed into the Modcan Dual Delay, in Stereo Mode.
9. During the recording the following were tweaked: the Planar’s joystick; the Dual Delay’s delay time, WET/DRY balance, feedback and LPF settings; the amount of pitch modulation fed into the two oscillators; and the frequencies / shapes of the Maths LFOs.

No effects. Slight EQ on mix bus.