Modular Nights #1 – Experimenting with modular synthesis

Today we inaugurate a new section!

Recently I have been building a modular synthesizer, and I’m now totally absorbed by it.
Due to the amount of work I have I can only play with it at night, before going to sleep.

In this first video we have Mutable Instruments Elements sequenced via Intellijel Metropolis.
An LFO controlling the Aux 2 input on the Metropolis for subtle quantized pitch changes.
The LFO also modulates the “Damping” parameter on Elements.
René (synced to Metropolis) modulates the “Geometry” parameter on Elements.
Audio out from Elements goes to Piston Honda Audio morphing it and adding some upper harmonics.

Hope you like this dreamy sequence.

Spaced Out FX. Vol.1 Walkthrough – Ableton Live Macro Controls

Hello Sampleheads!

In this video we would like to show you some some sounds and the Ableton Live performance capabilities for our brand new premium library: ‘Spaced Out FX Vol.1‘!

It’s a fact, that we’ve all been suffering from boring sound packs made out of filtered white noise with no personality at all. That’s why we’ve put together a collection of effects, rises, drops and never ending drones with a spacey flavour to it. To accomplish that, we’ve used the most bizarre synths in our collection and pushed the limits of their modulation capabilities while boosting their uniqueness with rare & boutique FX boxes. A great tool to add some space and dynamism to your productions!

The synths we’ve picked are analog and digital beasts like Korg Mono/Poly, Roland SH Series (SH-101, SH-2 & SH-3), Roland Jupiter 4, a gigantic Eurorack modular system or the recently discontinued Moog Voyager & Moog Little Phatty synthesizers. We’ve also thrown in sounds from a few modern marvels like Waldorf Blofeld, Teenage Engineering OP-1 and Dave Smith Instruments Evolver.

For the Ableton Live Pack, we’ve mapped some macro fx controls like: pitch, filter, delay, flanger, grain and reverb so you can give your personal touch to the sounds and enhance them as you like! (If you need information about the Ableton Live pack installation, please visit this page.)

Happy beatmaking!





Positif Synth School Vol. 12: Prodigy’s “Girls” with a Roland Juno-106

The Prodigy’s “Girls” features some very cool samples. My favourite one is the re-sampling of D-Train’s “You’re the one for me”. I just love this line so much, great melody and great synth programming.

The re-sampled lick sounds cooler, -more synthy and less “plucky guitar rompler”- in The Prodigy’s production, and this is the one we’ve decided to recreate.

In order to do this sound I’m usig a mix of square waves (pwm set to manual and with the pulse width of the square wave set in the “middle”), saw waves, and SUB (mixed about half way). The filter is set this way: Frequency is about 40% on the fader and resonance is high (about 75%).

Theres also some envelope and lfo modulation into the filter and some lfo modulation to the pitch. Also, it’s necessary to apply some delay to the lfo vibrato. If your synth doesnt have this, just use the modwheel.

Last but not least the vca is set to a “gate” envelope and the filter envelope has a fast attack, fast decay, medium sustain and low release (although with the gate envelope on the vca the release doesn’t matter much.) The onboard chorus is set to “1” setting.

After this we passed the juno sound through a SPL Transient Designer to empasize the attack a bit, and put some very mild overdrive and some reverb via plugs.

The sound we’ve achieved with the 106 is probably more analog sounding and “retro” than the original. For even more accurate results it would be wise to use a digital synth and maybe resample it and pitch it up like Prodigy did. This is as close as we could get with the 106.

It’s probably much easier just to sample D-Trains record but, that wouldnt be fun, would it??


18 preset pack for new OP1 DSynth Engine

Teenage Engineering has release a new version of the OS for the OP-1 synthesizer.
This update includes:

  • NEW DSynth synthesizer engine
  • NEW Sketch sequencer
  • Master tune
  • M1 and M2 now works together

The multi-envelope DSynth shares its heritage with OP-1′s DBox drum synth, tweaked for melody making. It features an interface with dual oscillators, multiple crossfadable synthesis methods, attach/decay/filter controls and a nice waveform visualizer.

We love it!

But the update comes without presets…
No problem! We have created our preset pack for you!