Monday, December 24, 2007

Episode Two : Using LFOs as Sequencers

Episode Two is online - with some SysEx Examples.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can you do this with an ESQM?

Anonymous said...

Never mind. I should really watch a tutorial before asking questions. I didn't know if I needed the built-in sequencer of the ESQ-1 or not. Your videos are GREAT!! I recently got an ESQ-M and would love to see some more tricks for this and the MS2000.

Anonymous said...

WOW! That is being really resourceful! I'm no newbie but you really impress.

OK here's one for you..

Vocoder-robot-like speech synthesis using only basic subtractive methods.

Is this possible?

And thanks. I'm gonna kick it up a notch now myself. -Totally inspired!

Mark said...

Excellent tutorial, and also well done synth work on creating the3-osc drum machine patch! This is a better kick sound than this approach usually gets.

In response to post 1, yes, this technique works identically on the ESQ1, ESQm and SQ80 synth family.

Paul said...

My favorite video this is the one that gets people stoked on synth problem solving. That and I have been considering buying this synth and I enjoy seeing it being played and hearing its sounds albeit through my computer speakers

Anonymous said...

Great stuff, thanks.

bughouse said...

@anon, re: robot speech.

same process, but use a random or S&H pattern in the LFO if you have that ability. if not, see if you can modulate one of your LFOs with the other LFOs, to give a more chaotic control signal being sent to OSCs, etc.

bughouse said...

PS: forgot to mention also, very well done tutorial. i will be pointing quite a few people this direction. thanks!

Anonymous said...

enjoyed this...thanks

cdw said...

It would be great to see a "How to turn a sign wave into a bass drum tutorial" i.e. what ENV routing and settings did you use. Without loading the sysex data I'm in the dark. Thanks! Also, it's good to note that the LFO's on teh esq-1/sq-80/esq-m should be set to "RESET=ON"

scotteh said...

VERY well done!! 2 things:

1. Although the point of this was that most synths dont have built in sequences, you dont mention that most synths dont have multiple LFOs. There are a LOT of synths now and I dont know the specs too well any more (I used to know them better in the 70s when there weren't so many!) but Im pretty sure most only have 1 LFO. And the rest only have 2. 3 is extremely rare.

2. I havent tried this yet, but I would think it is difficult to set one lfo to be exactly twice the frequency of the other, and (on actual analog synths) have it stay there! Maybe it's easier than I think with digital synths but with only 127 settings I bet it is fairly limited.

Anyway great video. I'd love to see more! Great voice too. You should do voice over work.

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datapark said...

Very nice. I've got an ESQ-1 coming to me soon, now I'm even more excited about its possibilities. What are you running the unit into? It sounds like there is a bit of a reverb on some of the sounds, but as far as I know the ESQ-1 has no built in effects. Thanks

Inside Synthesis said...

I didn't have any effects - it was all straight from the ESQ-1.

Many of the sounds used VCA envelopes to emulate reverb, and some had a bit of panning, which also gives it some motion.

Michael (sixkiller@triad.rr.com) said...

I dug my ESQ-1 out of the closet and was searching the net about information and found myself here. I used the ESQ-1 and a keyboard playing the sounds it had... but never understood anything about the OSC, DCA, LFO, ENV, and all the other things... anyway, it was great seeing the cause-n-effect demos and would love to see more on programming the ESQ-1... you have a knack for explaining it! Thanks for the time you spent so far... a real great site!

charles darwin said...

I keep coming back to this video,I tried to use the lfo's and got something close to what I think you were doing but could you perhaps write up the patch,I know that would be a chore but me and alot of other people probably dont quite know what there doing,anyway thanks for being a good teacher and showing us all a work around,cheers

numansound said...

very interesting video with full quality of anything (voice, image ecc); I think the esq1 is a wonderful machine (I've got the metal 20 kg version) and the sound of curtis filter 3378 bring the analog feeling in the right way; only problems is the very sensible resonance at low values is very udible..the sq80 is the successor and it have got floppy reader for sampling.

herehEAR said...

any got this down
figured it out
and can explain
to a child
the esq 1
is my first
and only synth
and i dont
have much so
any help would
be appreciated thanx
...

Anonymous said...

All your reviews and explanations are crystal clear and easy to understand. I believe I understand most part of topics you did. But your tutorials make it even more clear, and fun.

Please keep on doing it.

Anonymous said...

That was tight, thanks!

Anonymous said...

dude thanks for the video, i know its old but anyways thanks! I have an esq-1 and I did the same thing except instead of hi-hit I programmed a bass going the same frequency as the kick except the square wave is at negative polarity so it is really sweet! I also split the keyboard to have a brassy synth like thing or a resonant bass that I made, depending on which one I want at the time.

:)


Wanna hear my tunes???

http://www.myspace.com/emagoh

EMAGOH said...

dude thanks for the video, i know its old but anyways thanks! I have an esq-1 and I did the same thing except instead of hi-hit I programmed a bass going the same frequency as the kick except the square wave is at negative polarity so it is really sweet! I also split the keyboard to have a brassy synth like thing or a resonant bass that I made, depending on which one I want at the time.

:)


Wanna hear my tunes???

http://www.myspace.com/emagoh

Anonymous said...

sorry for posting twice ;)

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