For this video Moog Rumba I wanted to try something different then what I’ve done in the past. Recently I updated to Ableton Live 11 and I thought it would be cool to try some afro-cuban rhythms that have always been a big influence on me in music. I decided to try a rumba inspired beat on the DFAM and see how it goes, since there are only eight steps in the sequence I went with a half time version. I might try using the Mother-32 next time for the beat because it would give me more room to work with, but I figured this was a start. I’m happy with how the sound turned out the Subharmonicon, Matriarch, and Grandmother blended nicely with the other semi-modular synthesizers; it really gave the whole song a different feel. I look forward to trying more of these great rhythmic patterns in the future. Check out my other videos here!
Decided to spend my Saturday afternoon making a new song with the Moog semi-modular crew. This time I wanted to use the Matriarch for some house synth stabs. I was really happy with how the overall sound turned out the Subharmonicon is using the SEQ2 to VCO1 patch which extends SEQ 1 to 64 steps and has been a cool new functionality to explorer. The DFAM is playing the kick and snare while I have a drum rack in Ableton Live 10 playing the hihats and snare rim. Looking forward to you feedback hope you enjoy this new video!
Thought this would be a cool sound to try out with a live performance video. The Moog Minitaur was the first synthesizer I owned. When I got a Moog Sirin I thought of trying to create paraphonic sound by sending midi to both from the M-Audio midisport 4×4 interface and recording the audio. This combination created a really awesome harmonizing sound that could be modulated or tweaked. In addition I patched up my Grandmother with the semi-modular trio Moog DFAM, Subharmonicon, and Mother-32 then midi synched with Ableton Live 10. Hope you enjoy this duet as much as I do, check out some of my other videos here!
Check out the new Atlas – Beat Repeat Rack this is an Ableton Live Audio Effects Rack configured with Beat Repeat. I used this rack in countless live shows to created glitch sounds and loops. I hope you enjoy this new tool in your kit!
See how I use it in a live set
Working on a new song with the Ableton Push 2!
Hey everyone, September’s Ableton download is here! This month, I decided to record my music box which plays the song Imagine by John Lennon. “A musical box is an automatic musical instrument in a box which produces musical notes by using a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disc to pluck the tuned teeth of a steel comb.” I’ve recorded the melody, processed the audio, and added the sample into an Ableton’s Sampler instrument. “Sampler is Ableton’s advanced sampling instrument. It’s extremely versatile, combining traditional sampling features with advanced sound design and synthesis.” This will allow you to alter the pitch, octave, duration, and more, while you imagine new ideas for your music. Given everything that’s going on in the world currently, I felt this song would be an appropriate choice for the moment, I hope this brings you some joy and lets your imagination run wild!
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Writing a new song using the Moog Subharmonicon and Grandmother. I watched a video from the Moog Demo Library yesterday and learned a simple patch. It allows Sequencer 2 to control Voltage Oscillator 1 in addition to Sequencer 1. This patch expands the Subharmonicon’s functionality by combing the two sequencers to control the instruments pitch. I modified it a little though by not using the eighth-note equal-tempered scale so I could pick the exact pitches I want. Also I turned both of my Sub-Oscillators to fifty percent. A patch like this is great for extending the sequencers length on the Subharmonicon, and I really enjoy what it has added to the song! If you like this video check out some of my other ones here.
Hey everyone, here is August’s free sample download, this month I decided to record the Lap Harp tuned to G major. This specific model can be found just about anywhere online, and originates from Belarus. The Logo on the Music Maker is Cyrillic, the Russian alphabet. Phonetically pronounced, it sounds like “Pyer-uh-puh-losh-ka.” This is the name of a small, sweet-singing bird that lives in Belarus. This little bird only sings its song when it flies high in the sky. People hear its song, but due to the bird’s tiny size, cannot see it. To people below it’s as if the sky itself were singing. When factory workers first heard the Music Maker’s sound over a hundred years ago, they decided to name their instrument after this little bird. To download the Ableton Drum Rack of this recording click here or check out some of my other free instrument downloads here.
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Recently, I purchased a Moog Grandmother after dreaming about owning one for years. When it was first released, there was a lot of hype about it’s capabilities, built-in arpeggiator, incredible spring reverb, and semi-modular functionality. The Grandmother was a price point accessible synthesizer for all skill levels without cutting any corners, and I’m here to say, it has really stood up to it’s reputation. At first glance you can’t miss the slick retro look and 41 patch points covering the front panel, but digging deeper you find a well crafted keyboard with great response, a sustain fader for peak control, and lots of options for creating your truly unique sound. There are no presets on this synthesizer only relatively limitless options for discovery and exploration. I took some time to record a couple tracks in Ableton to see what the synth sounds like mixed together, and it did not disappoint!