Lost In Synth
tags : synth
edit – audio recording has a little bit of delay and reverb, because everything sounds better with delay and reverb!
We’ve been working on some new ideas for album 2, and the other night we needed a little synth for something…. What ended up was a long exploration of what this beautiful instrument is capable of.
Now, to explain, I don’t really know what I’m doing. I understand the basics of how a synth works, but I can’t really explain to anyone what I actually did to achieve most of the sounds in this recording. What I can say is that this is the most interactive synth I have ever played, it invites you to mess around and turn its nobs and push buttons.
It starts a little like this… the synth has a ‘manual’ mode. This means that rather than working from a pre-defined sound, it takes its sound from exactly where all its knobs are positioned and the buttons that are currently selected. What’s exciting about this is that when you go to this mode you have no idea what sound it is currently set to, this is because whilst playing ‘pre-defined’ sounds I tweak them. So when going to ‘manual’ mode it is incredibly unlikely I will be in the exact same place I have been before, basically its a random process for me.
Next step is to trigger the ‘arpeggiator’ – this produces notes at a speed of my choice, I can then set how ‘long’ these notes last for and I have the basis for a sound journey! I will hit one note to start the first ‘trigger note’ and then whilst the synth basically plays itself, I start moving all the knobs and just listen to what it does.
LONG STORY short, I love this little red box.
Also this youtube synth legend, Jexus, was the reason I bought it. I love what he does with every synth that comes under his fingers.