Free Ableton Live Instrument – The Whoosh Machine

Reader Taylor Martyr sends word of a new free Ableton Live instrument, The Whoosh Machine: Hello! We’ve been visiting this site religiously for years, now we finally have some cool free goodies to offer the Synthtopia community: Introducing the Whoosh Machine FREE Ableton Live Instrument by Sonic Faction. It can be downloaded for free from www.SonicFaction.com [...]

Altair 4 – The SciFi Sounds Lab (Sneak Preview)

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Force Sensing Resistor (FSR) For Synthesizers

Click here to view the embedded video.Dude’s FSR (Force Sensing Resistor) is a $100 module that can be used to add a pressure-sensitive control wherever you need it.Here’s what Dude has to say about the FSR:this device is a passive unit standalone force sensing resistor box with 1/4? or 3.5mm jack connectors. it requires no power of any kind. it makes no sound or signal whatsoever unto itself. it has been tested to pass voltages between -5 to +10 volts, but will likely pass wider ranging signals with no problem.the pads (which are the actual resistors themselves), when untouched, inherently stop almost all signals (that we will deal with). there is a very small amount of signal bleed which can be heard/witnessed if the incoming signal is hot and the output monitored at a high volume level. this bleed is natural. these devices are not meant for deeply precise processing. they are meant for fun interactive play-time.Above, the FSR demonstrated with a variety of Moog MoogerFoogers. via 7thDanSound:Get yours here! http://dudesfsrbox.wordpress.com/The FSR is ideal for working with the Moog MoogerFooger pedals as they have plenty of voltage control possibilities. But what makes it so easy is that the MoogerFoogers supply their own control voltage on the ring of the control inputs for use with passive devices such as the Moog foot pedal. As the FSRs are passive this is a great feature. They are unattenuated however and as the FSRs are slightly sensitive ideally you’d need some kind of attenuator, like in the CP251.

Ableton Live Wobble Bass Tutorial

Click here to view the embedded video.In this video tutorial, via DubSpot, trainer Michael Hatsis explains how to make ‘dubstep talking wobble bass’ in Ableton Live.In the first video, above, Hatsis demos making a dubstep wobble bass with the Simpler instrument. Click here to view the embedded video.The next video looks at making a dubstep wobble bass using Ableton Live’s Operator:Starting with the Operator sound he created in the previous video tutorial Dubstep Wobble Bass Part 2, and using the patch as a launching point, he turns off Operators B, C, and D and keeps Operator A on a square-wave, sets the LFO rate to a 1/2 a bar, and switch up the Filter resonance to 5, which gives us a somewhat mild whomp bass sound.To add the talking effect, Hatsis used Ableton Live device Redux effect to bring the sample-rate down a few levels, set the Downsample to Hard, somewhere between 15 to 24 to get the talking sound. As the LFO sweeps through the Filter’s frequency, the Redux adds a vocal effect to the wobble, and as you increase the value of the Downsample, the deeper and heavier the voice gets; as you decrease, the voice gets lighter. The technique known as “digital downsampling.” Hatsis returns Operator to add a little FM/make the sound grittier by turning on Operator B. Be aware of the odd effects, as the Redux plugin enhances the grittiness of the FM. Furthermore, Hatsis demonstrates other effects within Operator including Coarse value, LFO rate, and Filter settings and options, frequencies, resonance, and recaps the steps and methods at the end.If you don’t have Ableton Live, check out the Reason Wobble Bass tutorial or the tutorial on how to make a wobble bass with any synthesizer.

New Synth – The Flower Electronics Jealous Heart

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Flower Electronics has announced a new effect-pedal sized modular synth, the Jealous Heart .
The Jealous Heart is a battery-powered mini-modular synthesizer, powered by a single 9v battery. Disconnecting the output cable shuts off the power. Instruments are supplied with a set of banana cables for patching.
The Jealous Heart retails for $$497 ppd North America. Details below.

  • voltage controlled low frequency oscillator (LFO)
  • asymmetrical multimode filter (low pass/bandpass/high pass)
  • 1/4″ input with variable gain
  • white and dark noise
  • two audio inputs, one with -/+ attenuator
  • two filter cutoff voltage control inputs, one with -/+ attenuator
  • powder-coated aluminum case

Supplied With:

  • battery
  • set of 7 banana patch cords
  • Jealous Heart Manual/Tutorial:
  • JH Manual (1.5 MB)

Using An iPhone As A Synth Effects Processor

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Synthesist Erik Norlander, of Sonic Reality, demonstrates using AmpliTube iRig as an effects processor for his Yamaha Motif synthesizer, in this this official IK Multimedia demo video.
Amplitube iRig is a $39.99 audio adapter designed to let you connect guitars and audio gear to iOS devices. Paired with Amplitube for the iPhone/iPad, which are available in free and commercial versions, the software/hardware combo makes a pretty cheap multi-effects processor.
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