This jam started out with a new concept in sequencing a bass line using the WMD Arpitecht.
I was messing around with the idea of creating movement by using the Notes mask on the Arpitecht to create chord and interval shapes. Another lane of sequencing was disabling the root note so the sequence didn't always begin on "C". Then, using lots and lots of reset gates to keep the bass line on the root of the chord progression, rather than the root of the scale. Every once and a while i'd let up on the reset signals and let the Arpitecht roll through the chord or octaves in order to create some fun variation.
The next step was to highlight and support that bass line by adding chords and a lead with another Arpitecht and it's expander the Triad. For this, instead of sequencing notes, I left that input empty and just used the Notes knob and Triad knob to select a standard 1-3-5 triad. From there I sequenced both Transpose and Scale. I would transpose the chord so it's root would be on the root note my bass line sat on. From there I sequenced scale just a bit to switch between Major and Minor accordingly. I personally have studied music theory quite a bit so it's second nature whether the chord needs to be major or minor. However whenever in doubt, just use your ears. Think to yourself, does this sound right? If you aren't sure, just try it the other way. It's usually pretty obvious. If it isn't, just go with what YOU like best. It's your music :)
The text in the video outlines the voices I was using. All but the chords, I accidently left them out (sorry). The Pads are 3 Noise Engineering Sync Iter oscillators going through the aperture filter which is having it's frequency band modulated by modbox.
A quick shout out to 4ms for making the Dual Looping Delay. This thing is super fun and ended up being the star of the show. I am taking the lead arpeggiation into it via a send on the WMD Performance Mixer and looping it. It's synced to the whole song via the ping input. Reverse, hold, and moving around the time knob helped make a super washy swell that was fun to riff on and made for a nice way to transition from one part to another.
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We have had lots of questions on how to patch up the Arpitecht as an arpeggiator vs. quantizer, and how to sequence it with supporting eurorack modules. This new set of videos is a great place to start when thinking about adding it to your modular synth rig.
Our good friend Pedro Eustache, a monster wind player an synthesis enthusiast, came into the shop a few months ago while on tour with the Hans Zimmer orchestra. He brought his home-made mini eurorack case which features the WMD Synchrodyne and a Expert Sleepers Disting being used as a synth voice. He controls this little set up with a vintage Lyricon Wind Driver, a piece that looks similar to a clarinet, but translates the expressiveness of Pedro's playing into CV information. Alex set up a quick patch and the two jammed it out.
For more information on Pedro, check out his website.
SuperBooth is a new conference for music manufacturers put on by Andreas Schneider and the great folks over at Schneidersladen. They threw such a great party last year, we figured we'd take a second run in Berlin!
We will have the Arpitecht, Triad, and Overseer with us along with something new ;)
We are excited to get to see some old friends and new faces and show off some new gear!
For more info about Superbooth, visit: www.superbooth.com
We are excited to announce that we are releasing and shipping the WMD Performance mixer today! This 8 channel powerhouse will change the way people perform live with their Eurorack systems and we are so stoked to see how people use it!