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Malekko – Voltage Block: Video Tutorials [drd tutorials]

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Here we have a fine selection of well presented video tutorials from DRD_Tutorials, showing how to use the Malekko VOLTAGE BLOCK.

This unit takes an innovative approach to sequencing, and provides 8 x 16 step sequencers in one module – but, as you will see, programming it is a different proposition from more traditional designs…but quick once you get the hang of it.

It can be used for sequencing overlapping quantized parts, generating random patterns, and recording pseudo “automation” curves!

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

More videos below:

 

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Audio Damage – Boomtschak: Overview [chris randall]

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In this video, Chris Randall takes us through the features of the new Audio Damage BOOMTSCHAK drum synthesis module. This is a 100% analogue beast, and is capable of amazing kicks, snares, hats, and all sorts of bonkers sounds in between.

Ben “DivKid” Wilson and I spent a nice afternoon playing with this recently, and found it to be extremely hefty! While it can create crazy, FM’d tones…they never got harsh or overly aggressive – and some amazingly deep kick / bassline hybrids can be coaxed out of it.

The external input into the filter turns the right hand side into a synth voice, with a multimode filter, VCA and the ability to use two separate envelopes for filter and VCA. The filter can also be modulated by other sources – for example, the VCO found on the left hand side. As with most of the parameters, external modulation sources can also be patched in if desired

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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Noise Engineering – Integra Funkitus: Tutorial [noise engineering]

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In this video Stephen McCaul of Noise Engineering takes us through the INTEGRA FUNKITUS.

Integra Funkitus takes up to four input rhythms and combines and modies them into rhythm outputs. There are three modes: two based on probability and one on generalized logic combinations.

Feed up to four rhythms from a rhythm module (such as Numeric Repetitor) into the inputs. Connect the gate outputs to percussion modules, then turn the knobs to control how the rhythms are combined and modied.

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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Malekko – Varigate 8+ [malekko heavy industry]

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For anyone daunted by the myriad options available on the brand new Malekko Varigate 8+ sequencer, here we have a handy “getting started” guide, taking us through the following topics:

  • Different ways to program gates
  • Saving and recalling presets
  • Track mode and sequence directions
  • Song mode
  • Clearing a pattern of gates
  • Clearing an entire preset
  • Muting gate channels

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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Vintage Synth Lab – VCF-74 [divkid]

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For this video, Ben “DivKid” Wilson gets stuck into the gorgeous VCF-74 from Vintage Synth Lab – this module is a diode-based unit, based on the vintage Korg Traveler circuit design, and has a thick, rubbery tone. It is also a dual filter, with integrated overdrive and two different filter modes (Lowpass and Highpass)

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

Check the Patreon link to see how you can support DivKid’s channel – http://www.patreon.com/divkid

…and hit “like” and “subscribe” on Youtube for more videos from DivKid’s channel every week.

 

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Transistor Sound Labs – Stepper Acid [mylar melodies]

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Mylar Melodies is at it again, with another inspiring and eminently watchable video…this time on the Transistor Sound Labs STEPPER ACID.

This module allows for a huge amount of programming, without ever interrupting the flow of a sequence – perfect for live use. Its mini-keyboard makes for intuitive programming on the fly, and it is designed & built in the UK – making it comparatively much cheaper than other competing products in these troubled times!

If you like this, please support Mylar Melodies and access a 50-minute bonus Stepper Acid video on Patreon for $4+ Patrons: https://www.patreon.com/mylarmelodies

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Detroit Underground – DU-SEQ: Direction & Address Modulation [voltage control lab]

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This time round Voltage Control Lab take a look at some of the more advanced features of the Detroit Underground DU-SEQ sequencer: Voltage controlled direction modulation, and CV-addressed step position (using an external voltage source to select the step to be played).

These are shown in conjunction with the external gate input, being fed from a Malekko Varigate 4 to add interesting little bursts of rhythm in particular places.

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Audio Damage – Proton [gstormelectro]

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This video of the brand-new PROTON Karplus-Strong String Synthesis module from Audio Damage comes from Gstormelectro.

If you’ve already checked out Chris Randall’s excellent overview video HERE, this one gets right into the business of – in Gstormelectro’s own words – “making noise, patching, and scratching the surface of this Karplus Strong synth voice and/or delay effects module. There is a wide range of sounds from fat basses, plucked banjo, delay feedback madness, and more.”

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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Qu-Bit – EON: Tutorial [qu-bit]

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This tutorial tells  you all you need to know about the uber-space-efficient, multi-functional midget known as the EON, from Qu-Bit.

It can be an envelope, noise source, vco, lfo, random gate – and more – all in 2hp

You can even use the handy onboard trigger button to manually drop envelopes in, or bursts of enveloped noise

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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Detroit Underground – DU-SEQ: Complex Gates & Patterns [voltage control lab]

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Well how’s about the new DU-SEQ from Detroit Underground then? This demo from Voltage Control Lab gives us a glimpse into the many features crammed into this funkily-skinned sequencer.

Especially fun is the ability to input TWO separate gate sources into the external gate inputs, and then selecting these as the gate source for specific steps…tidy!

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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Studio Electronics – Tonestar 2600: Full Tutorial [studio electronics]

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WOW! ….this is a really nice full-on walk through / tutorial of the Studio Electronics TONESTAR 2600, put together by Chris Morgan.

He really takes us deep into the array of tones and tricks the module has up its sleeve, and this should give any potential purchasers a really good idea of what it’s like to play with this beast.

In a word – “fun” 🙂

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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Erica Synths – Pico VCO [erica synths]

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Kodek from Erica Synths takes us through the new PICO VCO – a handy 3hp digital oscillator from their new PICO series, which can also be used as an LFO.

It has a wide range of tones available, as you can hear from this video, and is an invaluable way to widen you tonal palette without sacrificing a ton of case space (or cash!)

It even FMs nicely – as you can hear at 02.44 – and could also be used as an extremely flexible FM source.

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Studio Electronics – Tonestar 2600: Bump Bass [drew neumann]

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Here veteran synth addict Drew Neumann takes us on a funky journey through some of the potential snarls and thwrrips of the Studio Electroincs TONESTAR 2600 – an Arp-based synth voice which has some serious OOOOMPH!

Completely different from some other all-in-one synth voices, which can sometimes be a little vanilla – this fella has various ways to dirty up its tone…along with a number of integrated VCAs to make patching that is more complex than usual.

Highly recommended, and great value for money

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

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Steady State Fate – Ultra-Random Analog [divkid]

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For this video, Ben “DivKid” Wilson gets into random mode…with the Steady State Fate ULTRA-RANDOM ANALOG. Offering probably the largest array of random functions in a single module, this has proved to be an evergreen for injecting some uncertainty into your patches.

Check the Patreon link to see how you can support DivKid’s channel – http://www.patreon.com/divkid

…and hit “like” and “subscribe” on Youtube for more videos from DivKid’s channel every week.

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE