I've been interested in Synthesizers and keyboards since falling in love with progressive rock in my youth, with bands like Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Deep Purple, Muse, and many more. I always wanted a synthesizer but I was never very good with playing the keys, the instruments that worked out in my youth were guitar, bass, and drums, all learned through trying and failing.
This project is to serve as a blog page for my journey into learning electronic sound synthesis and harmonic analysis for creating new sounds. Posts will consist of inner thoughs musings on the subject, electronic music tools I could design, music, creating music, and synthesizers I like of course!!!
My Equipment As Follows:
- Korg Monologue monophonic analogue synthesizer - 1 Voice
- Alesis Micron Digital Analogue Modeling Synthesizer
- Korg Volca Beats drum machine/groovebox
- Korg Monotron Delay
- Akai Rhythm Wolf Drum machine/bass synth (just got it havent tried)
Finally got into the Eurorack modular synthesizer hobby via free and open source VCV Rack program. Its a C++ sound engine and standalone program written to model eurorack modular synthesizer modules. You can create custom patches from the built in modules or use 3rd party modules. I'm just getting into it but here is a patch I created that I plan to run on an Elo 22" i5 touch screen PC alongside my hardware synth setup.
This patch features the following:
- Modal Synthesizer based on the mutable instruments modules
- Custom bass synth I made out of built in modules + ladder filter
- ARP Odyssey clone module
- Everything mixed stereo
- 3 instrument 16 step sequencer for controlling all of the,
This patch should at some more range to my synth setup, it will free up my Korg Monologue for playing sick leads and add some more textures on top. Stay tuned for more, its gonna be run treating a whole PC as just a MIDI device synced and controlled by my Korg Monologue over MIDI.
So havent posted much about this yet but over the weekend I got one of my dream instruments. I was at the MIT flea market and I saw it sitting on a table at the entrane, as soon as I was told it worked I handed over my money. Its essentially an analog electronic autoharp and just wonderful to play, you hold down buttons and strum a touch strip.