Video's

On this page you will find the original video's I uploaded to YouTube. All the video's are recorded live where nothing is prerecorded except for the sequences. No post processing is performed on the audio of the video's except for normalization, compression and/or EQ where needed.

As of the 31st of May 2010 I have to remove the oldest video's from my website to make room for the new ones because the space of my website is limited to 10GB and these video's take up a lot of space. Each removed video is linked to the corresponding YouTube video.

The copyright of the video's and music on this page is owned by Martin Peters.
Please do not use the video's and/or music for commercial purposes without consulting me.

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26-04-2014 Today it is Kingsday in the Netherlands to celebrate the King. Also my son Mark is traveling to Iceland today for a short holiday. That should explain the title.
Anyways, this is an improvisation with the Cirklon sequencer and the Modular. There are 4 sequences going on. The first sequence is a 6-steps, transposed sequence using one Synthesizers.com Q106 VCO and the Q107 VCF. After that an 8-step sequence for the Rob Hordijk OSC HRM joins. And then an 8-step sequence using one Q106 VCO, the Corsynth C104 VCO an the Q150 VCF. I use the skip feature on the Cirklon to alter the this sequence. The fourth sequence is driving the Corsynth C105 which outputs noise to add some percussion to it all and uses the STG Soundlabs Digital Attenuator. The SSL 1250 Quad LFO is modulating the 3 sequences. Chords are playing on the Yamaha SY22 which is also connected with MIDI to the Roland SC-880. Anne made the video with my iPhone.
Kingsday in Iceland

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21-02-2014 Here a little tune I came up with this week. Imagine yourself watching a hungry fox in a landscape covered with snow. Start this music and let your imagination run wild.
The music starts with string sounds from the Roland XP-80 and the Clavia Nord Lead 1. Then I start the Sequentix Cirklon sequencer which has 3 sequences. One sequence drives the self-built Modular and the Ian Fritz Through-Zero Oscillator which in its turn drives the Blacet MiniWave. The Buchla Resonant LoPass Gate clone is inserted between the self-built Modulars VCF and VCA and I manually control the frequency and resonance knobs. The second sequence drives some percussive sounds from the Oberheim OB-Mx. The third sequence drives the Moog Prodigy which volume I control on the mixer because the Prodigy is behind me and out of reach. Anne made the video with my iPhone.
Fox on the run

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06-02-2014 This music is going nowhere and maybe it's a bit too long. I hope you won't be bored, But it is fun to play. And I wanted to show off my newly acquired CorSynth C105 VC Noise / Lo-Fi Machine.
The Cirklon has 4 sequences going. It starts with the Moog Prodigy. Then the bass line from the Yamaha CS-30L comes in. After that you hear the self-built Modular which has the CorSynth C105 between the VCF and the VCA. The 4th random sequence comes from the Oberheim OB-Mx of which I occasionally vary the tuning of VCO 2. Chords are played on the Roland XP-80, the Waldorf Q Keyboard and some notes are played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. Anne made the video with my iPhone but at around 20 minutes the iPhone had no space left. The music goes on a bit though. You can download that from my website soon. The title refers to my son Mark who is living on his own now. I hope he will be very happy in his own house.
Leaving The Nest

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13-12-2013 Here a little tune I made last Friday the 13th. I hope you like it. There are three 16-step sequences from the Sequentix Cirklon. It starts with the Moog Prodigy. After that 2 voices from the Synthesizers.com Modular come in, each voice with only one Q106 oscillator. The sequences are transposed by the Cirklon 5 semitones and 7 semitones down. But I made alterations to the transposed sequences to make it sound less static. The strings are done on the Waldorf Q Keyboard and the solo on the Minimoog Voyager. Friday the 13th Rock

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14-11-2013 Made a song on the newly acquired Sequentix Cirklon that I wanted to share with you. Nothing too fancy, just basic stuff. I use 5 tracks of which 4 of them uses the Cirklons CVIO outputs and the Minimoog Voyager uses a MIDI output. The music starts with a sequence on the Rob Hordijk OSC HRM driven by a Synthesizers.com Q109 which is joined by a sequence on the Minimoog Voyager. After that sequences on the Synthesizers.com and the Moog Prodigy are joining and now and than a sequence on the Yamaha CS-30L can be heard.
Anne used my iPhone 4 to film this video. The audio is recorded live from the stereo main mix on the Mackie Onyx 1620 firewire card using Reaper DAW.
First steps with the Cirklon

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30-05-2013 Now the Cosmic Nights event is over I have more time serve you, my dear viewers. The title refers to the somewhat sad music and the imperfect meter (3-3-2) used.
The music starts with an 16-step sequence on row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the Synthesizers.com Modular. After that the bass from the self-built Modular comes in driven by an 8-step sequence on row 3 of the MAQ16/3. The solo is played with a percussive organ-like sound on the Roland XP-80. Then an 8-step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Q960 driving the fabulous and very versatile Rob Hordijk OSC HRM module is introduce (never mind that I forgot to set the switches to normal :-) After that some mellow pad is introduced on the Waldorf Q Keyboard and the solo on the Minimoog Voyager comes in. The 16-step sequence is then altered to row two of the MAQ16/3 to give some variation. An odd note is played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
Anne used my iPhone 4 to film this video. The audio is recorded live from the stereo main mix on the Mackie Onyx 1620 firewire card using Reaper DAW.
Sadly Imperfect

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06-03-2013 It is almost 3 months ago since I uploaded my last video. I was very busy with the Beyond Berlin project. But I felt the urge to upload something. And then this came up last evening. Simple and pure, only 2 sequences, a carpet of sound and a modest solo. Hope you like it.
One 8-step sequence comes from the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer and drives the Synthesizers.com Modular. The other 8-step sequence comes from the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer which drives the Rob Hordijk OSC HRM which is only modulated by an Q109 Envelope Generator for the VCA on it, so one voice with only two modules. The secret is that the gate of row 2 of the MAQ16/3, which also has an 8-step sequence with steps 2 and 7 off and runs half time of row 1, is used for the EG's and shifting the Q960.
Anne used my iPhone 4 to film this video.
Simply Because

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14-12-2012 Two weeks ago I bought a Moog Prodigy in pretty good shape. Since then I have cleaned the keys, key contacts and switches, I sanded and repainted the wooden parts, replaced the power elco's, drilled two holes to add CG/Gate-in jack busses and made the connection to the print board and I tuned the VCO's. I may replace the trim pots for tuning with multiturn trim pots because tuning is very fiddly now and I don't know if the current trim pots are reliable. Anyway, after tuning the Prodigy and connecting it to the Q960 sequence I came up with this improvisation. So that's the reason you see the guts of the Prodigy. The Prodigy bass is very fat, perhaps a bit more fatter then what I can get out of the Modular. I very much like the basic approach of the Prodigy and the yet the variety of sounds you can get out of it.
The music starts with an 8-step sequence coming from row 3 of the Synthesizers.com Q960 driving the Moog Prodigy. After that an 8-step sequence from row 1 of the Q960 is driving the Synthesizers.com Modular. Percussive blips from the Waldorf Q Keyboard are added which are arpeggiated sounds synced with the MIDI clock from the Doepfer MAQ16/3. Then another 8-step sequence from row 2 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 is added to drive the self-built Modular. Chords are played on the Roland XP-80 which MIDI-out is connected to the Oberheim OB-Mx so you hear a combination of 2 sounds when I play the XP-80 keyboard. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. Anne used my iPhone 4 to film this video.
The Chase

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16-11-2012 Here an idea that popped up last Tuesday evening. In the beginning you hear a 9-step sequence from row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving 1 voice of the Oberheim OB-Mx. After that a 6-step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Q960 driving the Synthesizers.com Modular is added. Two-toned chords are played on the Waldorf Q Keyboard producing a phaser sound. Then the solo from the Nord Lead 1 is added and after that Mellotron strings from the Roland XP-80. The frequency of the MiniMoog and Oberheim VCF's on the OB-MX are opened up a bit using a Behringer BCN44 MIDI controller. And after that a 12-step sequence from row 2 of the MAQ16/3 driving the Self-Built Modular is added. Anne used my iPhone 4 to film this video. Point Of View

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20-10-2012 Last week I bought a second hand Oberheim OB-Mx with 3 voice cards, so 6 voices. In the beginning you hear the Oberheim OB-Mx with the VCA opened. Then some noise from the Waldorf Q Keyboard and notes from the Animoog App on the iPad (my favorite App until now). After some time the sequences from the Doepfer MAQ16/3 start. An 8-step sequence from row 1 is driving the Oberheim OB-Mx, Row 3 has an 16-step sequence with 4 steps active driving the self-built Modular doing the bass tones. Somewhat later row 2 is added driving the Nord Wave doing 2 tones. The Mellotron-like flute sound comes from the Korg PE-1000 doing a solo. After that you can hear strings from the Waldorf Q Keyboard. Anne used my iPhone 4 to film this video. Struggle

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06-09-2012 It has been a while since I uploaded my last video for obvious and sometimes not so obvious reasons. But last night this dreamy piece came up and I want to share it with you.
The music is dedicated to my beloved girlfriend Anne. On 9/11 we celebrated our second anniversary together. She means everything to me and I hope we can live together for a very long time.
The piece starts with two 8 step sequences from rows 1 and 2 of the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer. The 2 rows are manually alternated using the Q962 sequential switch. Row 3 of the Q960 sequencer modulates the Ian Fritz 5Pulser. After that the Nord Wave comes in and then an 8 step sequence from row 2 on the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the self build Modular. The Pipe Organ preset from the Korg PE-1000 is used to play the chords. The solo is performed on the Nord Lead 1. Anne used my iPhone 4 to film this video.
Anne

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18-05-2012 Here a little idea I had last night. You will here only 2 sequences. The first one is an 8 step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Q960 doing a deep synth-bass sound. Row 1 provides the voltage for the pitch, row 2 the voltage to modulate the VCF and row 3 the voltage to modulate the VCA. The second 4-step sequence from the Doepfer MAQ16/3 drives a bongo-like sound from the self build Modular. Strings are performed on the Roland XP-80 and the solo's on the Waldorf Q Keyboard and the Clavia Nord Lead 1. Current

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05-05-2012 On May the 5th, Rene, Hans and I met again to make some music. Same setting as in February the 18th but this time I added my Modular to the setup. Each contributed one or more sequences to be worked out which resulted in 5 lovely pieces. In this video you see the second piece we recorded with a sequence I contributed. With the additions of Hans and Rene it has become a lovely piece of music. Anne filmed the session using an iPhone 4. Hope you enjoy the video and music as much as we did enjoy that day. AKS rides again

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04-04-2012 This video kind of starts where my last video 'Vernal Season' left off. It begins with a 4-step sequence on the Synthesizers.com Q960 with only step 1, 3 and 4 active on the Q963 trigger bus. During the song I alternate between the 3 rows of the Q960 using the Q962 sequential switch. The Q960 drives the Rob Hordijk OSC HRM, one Synthesizers.com Q106 VCO and the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO connected to the Blacet Miniwave. The Mellotron strings, played on the Roland XP-80, joins and after that a 4-step sequence on row one of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the Creamware MiniMax ASB. An 8-step sequence from the MAQ16/3 driving the self-built Modular joins after that. The Klaus Schulze like S&H percussion comes from the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The solo's are performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
The video is filmed by my girlfriend Anne using my iPhone 4.
I also provide a recording I made on the 2nd of April which was the basis for this video. In this recording the Waldorf Q Keyboard is not used and the rows on the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer are not alternated. To hear it, follow the Pre-Recording link.
Contained

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Pre-Recording
24-03-2012 The last few weeks I have been trying to make a video. Did many takes resulting in 3 takes which were acceptable but I was not convinced that one of the three was good enough. So this evening I decided to do something completely different which resulted in this improvisation. And I did this in 1 take.
The video begins with two 8-step sequences: one sequence on row 2 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 which is driving the self-built Modular and one sequence on the Synthesizers.com Q960 which is driving the Rob Hordijk OSC HRM and the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO connected to the Blacet Miniwave. The bass is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1, the Mellotron strings sound is played on the Roland XP-80 and the Wurlitzer piano sound on the Waldorf Q Keyboard. Later on a 4 step sequence from row 1 of the MAQ16/3 driving the Creamware MiniMax ASB joins.
The video is filmed by my girlfriend Anne using my iPhone 4.
Vernal Season

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18-03-2012 I have a love and hate relationship with Pro Tools, the software I use to record my music. I started with Pro Tools 7.3 LE with an MBox2 because it was a reliable configuration. I did the upgrades to 8 and 9, which set me back some euro's and with version 9 Pro Tools supports almost any audio device. But I don't find it that reliable anymore and the system requirements keep growing. And now they would like me to upgrade to version 10 for another 260 euro's. Rene de Bakker pointed me to Reaper some time ago and I was surprised by the maturity of the software, the completeness, the possibilities and, not the least, the low costs.

This piece of music is my first one made with Reaper and I only used MIDI with Reaper and free available VST effects and instruments. So it is not live and there are no real synthesizers involved. But I hope you will like it anyway.
Adrenaline

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18-02-2012 On Saturday 18-02-2012 the living room of my house in Dordrecht was changed into a synthesizer Walhalla. That day my YouTube friends Skoulaman (Hans van Kroonenburg), KeesVangelis (Rene de Bakker) and me planned to get together to see if we can make some music. I know Hans for a few years now because I like his music on YouTube very much and we occasionally met at his place or mine to talk about synthesizers and make some music. I am a big fan of the music of KeesVangelis on YouTube and I met Rene last year at the E-Day festival in Oirschot. Hans was also there and we decided that we three should try to make some real live music without the use of laptops as most performers at E-Day did. We only did not know how to realize this because we don't live in each others neighborhood. And things got quiet then. At New Year 2012 one of my objectives were to see if I or the three of us could perform live at E-Day/Live sometime. So I mailed Hans and Rene to see what was possible. Because the three of us never played together we first wanted to see if we could cooperate to make music worthwhile. We did very little preparation for this session so it was a real jam session interacting to each other. And I think it worked out very well. This video was made at the end of the day and shows 3 ideas: at first a sequence of mine on the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the Creamware MiniMax ASB, second a sequence of Rene on his MAQ16/3 driving a Waldorf Blofeld and third an arpeggiator sequence of Hans on his Moog Little Phatty. Anne filmed the session using an iPhone 4. Hope you enjoy the video and music as much as we did enjoy that day.
PS: the laptop you see in the video was only used to record the music.
AKS Jam Session

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13-01-2012 I recently bought the Camera Connection Kit for my iPad and an ESI MIDIMATE II MIDI interface which has two cable which both can function as out- or input. And here a video using Little MIDI Machine sequencer App on the iPad. One ESI MIDI cable is connected to the Creamware MiniMax ASB which MIDI Thru is connected to the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The green 16-step sequence screen is driving the MiniMax and the orange 8-step one the Q. The second ESI MIDI cable is connected to the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer to synchronize it. The 8-step sequence on row 1 of the MAQ16/3 is driving the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO which is driving the Blacet Miniwave. The 4-step sequence on row 2 is driving the self-built Modular. The gate of row 3 is shifting the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer which has an 8-step sequence for the bass with only step 1 active on the Q963 trigger bus and later on also step 7. The Mellotron flute sound is played on the Roland XP-80 and the solo on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
The video is filmed by my girlfriend Anne using my iPhone 4.
Tenderness

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24-12-2011 On October the 23rd, my beloved father died at the age of 82.
I would like to honor him with this music.
Love You, Dad

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24-09-2011 Uploaded my first video to YouTube in May 2008. And now 3 years later I upload the hundredth video. I was a little worried after doing video 99 because I wanted video 100 to be something special. And I think it is. Hope you will like it to.

At first you hear a 5-step sequence on row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO and the Blacet Miniwave. The percussive noise sound comes from the self-built Modular and is driven by a 16-step sequence on row 2 of the MAQ16/3.
After that the CS Saw Pad from the Roland XP-80 comes in where after the 4 step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Q960 is introduced but only steps 1 and 3 are active on the Q963 at first. The Q960 sequences drives the Synthesizers.com Modular. The Q962 sequential switch is triggered by row 2 of the MAQ16/3 to alter the sequence between the 3 rows of the Q960. Row 1 contains an Em, row 2 an Am and row 3 a Bm sequence. But the chords played on the Roland XP-80 don't follow those chords exactly which gives interesting variations. After that the arpeggiated sound on the Waldorf Q Keyboard is added, varying the sound with the modulation wheel. Somewhere along the line steps 2 and 4 on the Q963 are activated so you hear the full 4 step sequence from the Q960. The sequences:

Doepfer MAQ16/3:
Row 1:906: E3 B3 A3 G3 D3
Row 2:924: X . . . . . . . X . . . . . . .
Row 3:906: X (Gate output shifts the Q960)

Synthesizers.com Q960:
Row 1: E3 E2 F#3 E3
Row 2: A3 A2 B3 A3
Row 3: B3 B2 D4 B3

The Sunrizer App on the iPad is used to add some chorded sounds using the Lifeforms [JD] patch. The solo is performed on the Nord Lead 1. The audio is recorded with Pro Tools 9 using the Alesis MultiMix16 FireWire. Again my friend Anne used my iPhone 4G to video this session; thanks for that.

I dedicate this video to you, my dear YouTube friends, subscribers, channel watchers and website visitors. Your comments and support encouraged me to go on. Thank you.
One Hundred

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07-09-2011 It has been a few months since my last video. I have been very busy with everything but music. Last evening I had a chance to make some music and this is the result. I also provide a recording I made earlier on that evening. The sequence origins from a short piece of music I made last week on my iPhone with NanoStudio. I thought it was very nice. But trying to recreate it on my hardware setup was somewhat impossible. So I used the sequence and improvised something else on it. At first you hear the Synthesizers.com Modular driven by the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer. The second sequence, performed by the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer, comes from the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO which is driving the Blacet Miniwave. The sequence from the Creamware MiniMax ASB is driven by the MIDI output of the Q172 quantizer aid which I got recently and does the same sequence as the Synthesizers.com Modular. A bass line is played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1, the Roland XP-80 is emulating an Elka Rhapsody string machine (I used to own one). The brass like sound comes from the Waldorf Q Keyboard.
My friend Anne used my iPhone 4G to video this session; thanks for that. The title refers to a short holiday Anne and I had in Rome a few weeks ago. Rome is a wonderful city full of ancient history, beautiful buildings, fountains and churches. The Italian people are also very friendly and helpful. So definitively worth a visit.
When in Rome

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Pre-Recording
12-05-2011 I was determined to do something different but then this sequence came up and I could not resist. The music begins with a 6-step sequence on row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO which sawtooth output is modulated by the GCS Steiner filter and drives the Blacet Miniwave. This produces a modulated sound on the MiniWave. Then a 6-step sequence on row 2 of the MAQ16/3 driving the self-built Modular joins in. The Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer is shifted by a 16-step pattern on row 3 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 where not all steps are active. Then a Mellotron strings bass is played on the Roland XP-80 were after the Waldorf Q Keyboard comes in with a string sound. The solos are performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 which output is lead through a Zoom G1 effect device. I noticed a few minor glitches in the audio after I rendered the video which are also in the original audio. I will try to correct that later on. Choices

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10-04-2011 This one I made a few days ago and took some time to mix the multitrack audio from the live recording. And just after I made the recording I noticed that the melody used in this video was somewhat familiar to me. After searching my previous recordings I found out that the video 'Oneness' has a somewhat similar melody. So I named this video 'Twoness'. The music begins with an 8-step sequence on row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO which sawtooth output is modulated by the GCS Steiner filter and drives the Blacet Miniwave. This produces a modulated sound on the MiniWave. Then I use the SoundPrism App on the iPad to generate chords. After that an 8-step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Q960 is added which is driving the Synthesizers.com Modular which output is lead through the Doepfer A-189-1 Voltage Controlled Bit Modifier to give it a crunchy sound. Then some Mellotron strings are played on the Roland XP-80 were after the Waldorf Q Keyboard comes in. The MIDI output of the Q Keyboard is connected to the XP-80's MIDI input so I can play both instruments on the keyboard of the Q. At some point an 8-step random sequence on row 2 of the MAQ16/3 driving the self-built Modular joins in. The solo's are performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.

The music in this video tries to express the love and affection I feel for my dear friend Anne. She means the world to me.
Twoness

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04-04-2011 This time some music without using the Modulars. The song starts with the Zoom RhythmTrak RT-323 drum machine. After that the arpeggiated chords on the Waldorf Q Keyboard join in. The arpeggiator of the Q is clocked using MIDI from the drum machine. The solo's are performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. The Mellotron choir sound comes from the Roland XP-80 which MIDI input is connected to the MIDI output of the Q so I can play the Q and the XP-80 from the Q's keyboard. All in all a very compact piece of music but I hope you will like it. Traveling by train

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14-03-2011 This short video I made last Monday evening (or actually night). I wanted to capture the moment but afterward I noticed the video is somewhat dark.
It begins with an intro played on the Waldorf Q Keyboard with a harp-like sound. After that the three sequences are started. The distinct distorted sound comes from the Synthesizers.com Modular through the Doepfer A-189-1 Voltage Controlled Bit Modifier. This Modular performs two 8-step sequences I alternate manually. The self-built Modular does a 6-step sequence with randomized steps. The Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO together with the Blacet Miniwave does an 8-step sequence. The Mellotron strings and choir sound is played on the Roland XP-80 and the bass on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. From 2:23 on a strings sound is played on the Waldorf Q Keyboard and I must admit I overdubbed that strings section with another strings sound of the Q Keyboard afterwards because it sounded very thin.
Behold

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10-03-2011 About 2 weeks ago I bought a second hand Doepfer A-189-1 Voltage Controlled Bit Modifier. I build a +/-15V to +/-12V converter to power the module (though not necessary I understood) and now it's working. And yes, I now can reproduce that beautiful Mark Shreeve bass sound with that metal edge to it. Anyway, this is a new improvisation but I heard some elements of the Warriors Theme I did before.

The Synthesizers.com Modular , which is connected to the Doepfer A-189-1 module, initially does a 4-step sequence and after a while I switch that to an 8-step sequence. The sawtooth output Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO is modulated by the GCS Steiner filter and drives the Blacet Miniwave. This produces a modulated sound. This procedure is described on the Muff's forum by Bob Borries/VOLT and is called 'MiniWave Table Tilting'. The self-built Modular does a 4-step sequence. The theme is played on the Roland XP-80 doing the Mellotron strings. The Waldorf Q Keyboard produces some agonizing sounds and the odd solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
Agony

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27-02-2011 Hello my YouTube and Modular synth friends. It's been some weeks since I uploaded my last video. But I was looking for a way to record the music of my video's in multitrack. Multitrack recording allows me to develop the live recorded music later on by adding, altering, removing individual audio tracks for each instrument and mixing the tracks properly. So I was busy investigating the various possibilities to do this. I ended up upgrading my Pro Tools LE 8 software, which I did not use much anymore, to version 9 to be able to broaden the scope for audio interfaces. Then I was lusted for a Mackie Onyx 1220i because this integrates a mixer and an audio interface for each channel. But the remaining budget was to tight for that. So then I bought a second hand Alesis MultiMix 16 FireWire which is capable of more or less the same for a smaller budget. Now I can record up to 16 channels and the stereo main mix in one go. I used the stereo main mix for this YouTube video so this is still a live recording. If I develop this recording further I will upload it to the music section of my website.

This improvisation is in essence somewhat minimal. There a four sequences going on. I manually alternate between rows 1 and 2 of the Synthesizers.com Q960 which is driving the Synthesizers.com Modular. I also use 2 presets on the Doepfer MAQ16/3 to alternate the sequences for the self-built Modular with a 4- and 6-step sequence and the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO with the Blacet MiniWave with two 8-step sequences. The Waldorf Q Keyboard does a 2-step sequence for the bass. Chords are played on the Roland XP-80 and the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. The MIDI clock for all this comes from Pro Tools 9 to keep it in sync with the Pro Tools bars and beats. Pro Tools also transposes the sequences on the Synthesizers.com Q960 and the Doepfer MAQ16/3.
Intimacy

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Pre-Recording
17-01-2011 I was in doubt to upload this video because around 03:40 my brain decided that the downbeat was on step 5 on the Q960 instead of step 1. But I like it very much and wonder if I can recreate this performance again. So here it is and hope you don't get lost in the beats.
The music has 3 sequences. An 8-step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Q960 with step 2, 4, 6 and 8 turned off on the Q963, so in fact a 4-step sequence. The Q960 sequencer drives the Synthesizers.com Modular. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 does a 4-step sequence driving the self-built Modular and an 8-step sequence driving the Ian Fritz Through-Zero VCO which in its turn drives the Blacet MiniWave. I use the little grey keyboard on my right to transpose the sequences in Dm and Fm. The notes of the sequences are as follows:

MAQ16/3: Tempo 200
MAQ16/3: Row 1: d3 a3 d4 a3 a3 f3 a3 a2
MAQ16/3: Row 2: a2 d3 c3 a3 (half time of row 1)
MAQ16/3: Row 3: x (half time of row 1; gate is shifting the Q960)

Q960: Row 1: f3 . g3 . d3 . a3 .

I use SoundPrism on the iPad to do organ-like bass and chord sounds. SoundPrism is a great App to generate chords and tones which always sounds correct. The Waldorf Q Keyboard is MIDI synchronized with the MAQ16/3 to do some arpeggiated high tones. Recently I got an Yamaha SY22 from my boss because he didn't used it anymore. You can now hear it doing some tones and chords with a sound I created using recorded level and detune vector movements. The occasion solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.

The title refers to the fact that my friend Anne is away skiing this week with people from her work. So I am missing her.
Missing You

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28-12-2010 This improvisation is heavily inspired by the track Floating of the Klaus Schulze album Moondawn. But then again, it also sounds nothing like it but you might recognize some elements. At least the tempo is the same. You hear 3 different sequences, two 8-step sequences from the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the self-built Modular and the Ian Fritz Through-Zero VCO together with the Blacet MiniWave and an 8-step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Q960 manually alternated on row 1 and 2 with the Q962 sequential switch driving the Synthesizers.com Modular. I use the Q963 trigger bus to switch on and off individual steps of the Q960 sequencer and use the first four dials on row 3 of the MAQ16/3 to alternate the gates which are used to shift the Q960 sequencer. The notes of the sequences are as follows:

MAQ16/3: Tempo 128
MAQ16/3: Row 1: c4 e4 g3 a3 f4 a3 d4 d3
MAQ16/3: Row 2: a3 d4 d3 a3 d4 a3 e4 d3 (half time of the other sequences, so tempo is 64)
MAQ16/3: Row 3: x x x x (gate is shifting the Q960)

Q960 : Row 1: e3 f3 d3 a3 e3 g3 a3 d4
Q960 : Row 2: d3 e3 a3 e3 e3 a3 a3 c4

I use the grey MIDI keyboard to transpose the sequences. Preset A13 of NanoStudio on the iPad is used to do some tones and chords. The strings are performed on the Roland XP-80. The solo's come from the Creamware MiniMax ASB together with the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and from the Waldorf Q Keyboard. Operating the camera, playing the keyboards and dialing the knobs is difficult so I hope you don't mind that the action sometimes is just outside the viewing range of the camera.

I also provide a recording I made on the 23th of December which was the basis for this video. In this recording the MiniMax ASB and iPad are not used. To hear it, follow the Pre-Recording link.

This song is dedicated to my son Mark is going through some heavy times the last couple of months. Mark, please know that I love you and that you are beloved by many others.
Mark my words

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Pre-Recording
12-12-2010 It is very hard to be original if you have uploaded so many videos to YouTube. I think this video is more of the same but yet a little different. Like most of my videos, the music in this video is totally improvised on the sequences I pre-programmed; hope you will like it.
Anyway, the video starts with some arpeggiated notes from the Waldorf Q Keyboard after which the sequences from the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO/Blacet MiniWave voice, the self-built Modular and the Synthesizers.com Modular are brought up; these are all 8 step sequences from the Doepfer MAQ16/3 and the Synthesizer.com Q960. Also some noise percussion is added provided by the Formant noise module filtered by the CGS high-pass filter. The Mellotron strings are provided by the Roland XP-80 and the solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
The title refers to the oneness between my friend Anne and I.
Oneness

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28-11-2010 This evening I was not that lucky with the recordings. The first take wasn't that good, the second I liked very much but it appeared I forget to start the audio recording and the third take was somehow distorted again. Then I had a webcam meeting with my friend and walked the dog. After that I decided to try one last take because it was getting very late. And the result is a 23 minute video of which you see the first 15 minutes.
The music starts with two 4-step sequences in Dm from the self-built Modular and the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO combined which the Blacet MiniWave. Some chords on the Roland XP-80 are played and after that an arpeggiated chord on the Waldorf Q Keyboard is heard. The volume of the sequence of the Synthesizers.com Modular is turned up which sequence length is varied during the track. Again some chords on the XP-80 where after the length of the first two sequences is altered to 8-steps. Then a bass note is played on the iPad using an Eden synth voice in NanoStudio (preset A02, 7th Heaven). The arpeggiated bass on the Waldorf Q keyboard is introduced accompanied by notes from the NanoStudio voice and the sequences are transposed to Fm, Am and Cm. I use the two X-Y pads in NanoStudio to alter the sound of the voice. After a while the solo is played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. At the climax the music is brought back to a minimum and the individual synths are heard.
The title refers to a phrase my friend and I sometimes use when we are together.
Stop the time

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11-11-2010 Yesterday evening I was dialing in some sequences and it sounded very nice. But after recording a video it appeared that the sound recording was not alright, very distorted. So this evening I made a new video after first testing the sound recording. Now it is OK and the session is way better that yesterday evening so I guess this was meant to be. The song starts with an 8-step sequence on the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO/Blacet MiniWave voice and a bass tone from the Synthesizers.com which is driven by the Q960. The Q963 is used to turn on and off individual stages for the bass tones. After that arpeggiated tones from the Waldorf Q Keyboard are introduced. Then the volume of the 8-step sequence from the MAQ16/3 for the self-built Modular is turned up. Strings are played on the Roland XP-80 and the solo on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
The title refers to my girlfriend Anne; she is a truly incredible woman.
Incredible


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07-11-2010 About one and a half month ago I and some other colleagues who were with the company since its foundation got an iPad as a gift because the company celebrated its 15 year anniversary. I must say it is a great device. So from then on it was like a quest to search the right App to suite my musical needs. I tried several (like AKAI SynthStation, iElectribe, MusicStudio, Reactable and PatternMusic) but never was really satisfied. This week I installed NanoStudio 1.11. I hesitated to buy this App because it really is an iPhone App suitable for the iPad using a 2x button to fit the iPhone size window to the iPad screen; so it's not really designed for the iPad. But I like it very much and the synthengine is great; did I say great, I mean fantastic. The sequencer is also easy but I must say I did not do long songs until now; only short sequences. If you want to try it, you can also download a PC or Mac version from there website for free: http://www.blipinteractive.co.uk/

The three 16-step sequences you hear at the beginning are all from NanoStudio on the iPad. I use the XY pad in NanoStudio to modulate the filter cutoff and Q values for the three voices. The bass comes from the Waldorf Q Keyboard, the solo from the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the Mellotron Violins from the Roland XP-80.
I Pad, Therefore I Am


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29-10-2010 Today my friend Anne and I returned from a short holiday in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. I had a fantastic time with her but that is not to difficult because she is a very sweet, lovely and beautiful woman. This afternoon I had some time to improvise with the Modulars and make some music. And behold the result.
The first sequence is an 8-step sequence from the Doepfer MAQ16/3 driving the self-built Modular. After that a 7-step sequence from the MAQ16/3 driving the Ian Fritz Teezer Through Zero VCO and MiniWave is activated. I transpose the sequences manual with a MIDI keyboard underneath the Modulars but you can't see that in this video. The Mellotron string/choir sound comes from the Roland XP-80. After that the 6-step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer is introduced; at first single notes and later on the whole sequence driving the Synthesizers.com Modular doing the bass voice. Solo's and chords are played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and Waldorf Q Keyboard. Apologies for the occasional wrong note but hey, it's live and totally improvised. Also at the end the sustain pedal for the Roland XP-80 gave some problems resulting in some hanging notes.
Apeldoorn by night


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15-10-2010 A few weeks ago I visited a fellow YouTuber Skoulaman because I like the music he makes and lives relatively close by. This evening he visited me to see and hear my humble setup in the attic. On the videos it may look as if it is a big corner with plenty of room but in fact it is very small and 2 people hardly fit. But we managed to make a short video with an improvisation. Skoulaman is playing the Waldorf Q Keyboard with some pad sounds. I made and operate the sequencers and Modulars. I also played the theme on the Roland XP-80 doing a piano and a synthbass sound on the Nord Lead 1 trying not to push Skoulaman from his seat... A New Start


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29-08-2010 The origin of this improvisation is a 16-step sequence I programmed in Nodal. I then programmed that sequence in the Doepfer MAQ16/3 on row 1 which drives the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO which in its turn provides a triangle waveform to the Ian Fritz 5Pulser and a sawtooth waveform to the Blacet MiniWave. The outputs of the 5Pulser and the MiniWave are fed to the Synthesizers.com Q107 filter. The 16-step sequence on row 2 of the MAQ16/3 drives the self-made Modular. Row 3 of the MAQ16/3 is providing the gate signal to shift the Synthesizers.com Q960 which has two 8-step sequences on row 1 and 2 alternated by the Q962 sequential switch. The Q963 trigger bus is used to mute and unmute steps of the Q960. The Roland XP-80 is used for an Oberheim type of sound and the Waldorf Q Keyboard does some string/brass type of sound. On the Clavia Nord Lead 1, four different voices are used for solo's, bass and chords.
In the video I added some photo's I made today of the equipment I use currently.
The Big Decision


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23-08-2010 Made this improvisation last evening. I was in doubt whether to share this video with you because I think the 'magic level' of the music is not that high. But maybe you think otherwise so here it is for you to judge. Row 1 of the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer drives the Synthesizers.com Modular. The Q963 trigger bus is used to mute individual steps for row 1. Row 2 drives the self-made Modular which 2 VCO's are set to an interval in the beginning of the video. Row 3 drives the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO which in its turn provides a triangle waveform to the Ian Fritz 5Pulser and a sawtooth waveform to the Blacet MiniWave. The outputs of the 5Pulser and the MiniWave are fed to the Resonant LoPass Gate which is modulated by the Ian Fritz All-In EG. The Roland XP-80 is used for the Mellotron strings sound. The Waldorf Q Keyboard is programmed with 4 different instruments. The solo's are performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 with some different voices. In doubt


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17-08-2010 Last Friday I got some new Synthesizers.com modules for my 50th birthday which are used in this video: A Q171 quantizer bank, a Q963 trigger bus, a Q128 switch and a Q109 envelope generator. The Q960 sequencers drives 2 voices on row 1 and 3 using the Q171 quantizer bank the quantize the CV's. Row 1 drives the Synthesizers.com Modular. Row 3 drives the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO which is connected to the Buchla 282c clone Resonant LoPass Gate which is modulated by an Ian Fritz All-In EG. The 8 individual steps of the Q960 are switch on and off with the Q963 trigger bus. In the refrain of the track I switch the scale switch of the Q171 from scale to triad to change the pitch of some steps. The strings are performed on the Roland XP-80 with a CS imitation. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and some additional notes are played on the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The reunion


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12-08-2010 Yesterday we were shopping in the supermarket for our groceries and I found myself humming this simple sequence in 6/8. When we got home I first did a simple audio recording so I would not forget. Yesterday evening I programmed the sequence in Ableton Live designating it to the Creamware MiniMax ASB because it has MIDI. I added a simple second 4/4 sequence which is performed by the Waldorf Q Keyboard. This evening I decided to video it with strings from the Roland XP-80 and a solo from the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
Tomorrow (on 8/13) is my 50th birthday. O man, time goes by so fast.
Reaching a milestone age


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07-08-2010 Yesterday we got back from a holiday that we spent near the river Mosel in Germany. Catching up with my mail and things I saw some videos of John L Rice were he shows COTK and Grove Audio modules using noise. So I thought, let's use some rhythmic noise in this improvisation. I also wanted to make an attempt to make a HD video with the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 webcam which I use for all my videos. But that means I have to use the Logitech software to record the video and a sound recorder to record the sound and somehow get that together using Sony Vegas Movie Studio. At 06:58 I included a short video taken with my photo camera when we did a little trip on the Mosel.
The noise rhythm is driven by an 8-step sequence on row 3 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer which gate signal is also shifting the Synthesizers.com Q960. The noise comes from the white noise output of the self-built Modular which is lead to the CGS Steiner HP input and which output is lead to the LoPass Gate which is modulated by the Ian Fritz All-In EG and the CV from row 3 of the MAQ16/3. Row 1 of the MAQ16/3 has an 8-step sequence for the self-built Modular and in this voice the Ian Fritz 5Pulser is used to get a more evolving sound. The Q960 has sequences on row 1 and row 3 which is manually switched with the Q962 sequential switch. Some improvised chords and notes are played on the Roland XP-80, the Waldorf Q Keyboard and the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
Drifting along the Mosel


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27-07-2010 This afternoon I was watching two videos on the MATRIXSYNTH website were John Bowen demonstrates his Solaris prototype on the PNW Synth Gathering 2010. Seems like a very powerful machine but it is not likely that I can afford one. After seeing that I thought, my Waldorf Q Keyboard can't do all that but it can do some. So I ended up programming this sound and sequence which I liked a lot and I decided to video it. Connected the MIDI out of the Q to the Doepfer MAQ16/3 to be able to add synchronized sequences from the MAQ16/3 and the Synthesizers.com Q960. Row 1 of the MAQ16/3 has a double-time 8-step sequence driving the self-built Modular. The gate output of row 3 of the MAQ16/3 shifts the Q960 which has sequences on row 1 and 3 driving the Synthesizers.com Modular. I use the A, B, C and D slots of the Clavia Nord Lead 1 to vary the sounds of the solo's. Slot D contains a kind of FM'ed strings sound. The Roland XP-80 also does a solo voice. The great void


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24-07-2010 It all started last Thursday evening when I saw the 'Comparing PPG 2.2 & Hermann Seib PPG WAVESIM Software' videos on the MATRIXSYNTH website. I downloaded the VSTi from a somewhat confusing website and I tried it in Ableton Live. Very soon I came up with a 4 track sequence with 3 PPG voices (Buzz, Bells and Bass) and some CR78 drums. But at the end of the evening, when trying to save the session, Live hang. The next day I tried to recover the session, which worked. But trying to save the session made Live hang again. After some investigation I found out that the PPG VSTi caused the problem but I could not fix it. This evening I added 2 MIDI tracks for the Creamware MiniMax ASB (track 6 MIDI) and the Waldorf Q Keyboard (track 7 MIDI). I had to decide what to video; me playing the strings and solo or the Live screen. Sorry, but I choose the easiest way. What you see in the video are clips in Ableton Live which are pre-recorded in a loop. I added the strings on the Roland XP-80 and the solo on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. The strings and solo are both played live and not by Live. Merry-go-round


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Ableton Live set file
16-07-2010 Again a long improvisation of which you see the first half in this video. After the introduction you hear 2 sequences. The Synthesizers.com Q960 is shifted by the gate of row 3 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 which has an 8-step sequence with steps 2, 4 and 8 off. The Q960 drives the Synthesizers.com Modular with a 5-step sequence which is also transposed by a 4-step sequence on row 2 of the MAQ16/3. The self-built Modular is driven from row 1 of the MAQ16/3 which has a 5-step sequence but the gate comes from row 3 of the MAQ16/3. The strings are performed by the Roland XP-80 (CS imitation) and the Clavia Nord Lead 1. The Waldorf does the random tones, chords and basses. The solo is performed on the Creamware MiniMax ASB.
This video is dedicated to Mark and Tessa: I will always be there for you.
The indecisiveness


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05-07-2010 This video starts off where the last video ended with more or less with the same setting but different sequences and some different voices. The whole video is almost 25 minutes long and this video shows 4 excerpts from that.
Row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 has an 8-step sequence for the self-built Modular. Row 2 is used to transpose the 2 VCO's of the Synthesizers.com Modular. Row 3 of the MAQ16/3 has a 5-step sequences and is shifting the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer. Because some steps are turned off and on, the shifting of the Q960 is irregular which provides and interesting feel of rhythm. Row 1 of the Q960 sequencer is driving the Synthesizers.com Modular. Row 2 of the Q960 is connected to the Q150 Transistor Ladder Filter to modulate the frequency level. The Waldorf Q Keyboard and the Roland XP-80 with Mellotron string voices provide the accompaniment and the soloing is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
Trust me


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29-06-2010 Its quite warm in the Netherlands these last few days and the attic, were my equipment is, is even more warmer. But I managed to video this improvisation. Row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 has an 8-step sequence for the self-built Modular. Row 2 is used to gate the Ian Fritz All-In EG which envelope is connected to the Resonant LoPass Gate clone. The Formant noise is fed to the input of the LPG clone. Row 3 of the MAQ16/3 is shifting the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer which has sequences on row 1 and 3 which are alternated by the Q962 sequencer switch. Row 2 of the Q960 is connected to the Q150 Transistor Ladder Filter to modulate the frequency level. In the second part of the video the Waldorf Q Keyboard joins with chords and the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the Roland XP-80 performs some improvised solo's.
My daughter Tessa is on a school trip to Paris for a few days and this evening she phoned from the top of the Eiffel Tower, which explains the title.
Viewing Paris from the Eiffel Tower


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22-06-2010 I was fiddling around with the arpeggiator of the Waldorf Q Keyboard. Then I tried to synchronize the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer through the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer which more or less succeeded. The Waldorf Q arpeggiator clock is fed via MIDI to the MAQ16/3. The gate output of row 3 of the MAQ16/3 is shifting the Q960 sequencer. The 5-step sequence on row 1 of the Q960 is driving the Synthesizers.com Modular. The 4-step sequence on row 1 of the MAQ16/3 is driving the self-built Modular. The bird sounds comes from voice B of the Clavia Nord Lead 1.The Mellotron flute solo comes from the Roland XP-80 and the synth solo is performed on voice A of the Clavia. I am sometimes kind of lost in the beats and bars but I hope you don't mind.
I also provide the music from the first take. In that take I forgot to alter the steps on the Q960 and the volume level was a bit low.
The Longing


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Music from first take
19-06-2010 I don't like watching the world cup soccer so I am having a bit of fun with this improvisation. I only had the sequence dialed in and just made up the intro. Then I thought lets record a video. And this is the result which is all done in one take. I hope you like it.
Rows 1 and 3 of the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer are connected to the Synthesizers.com Modular doing the high sequence. I alternate manually between rows 1 and 3 with the Q962 sequential switch. Row 2 is connected to the self-built Modular doing a bass sequence. Intro, outro and chord are played on the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the Mellotron strings on the Roland XP-80.
Pressure


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13-06-2010 Ableton Live together with the Novation Launchpad is used for piece of music. This time no Modular was used. The three chord progressions using the Creamware MiniMax ASB in polyphonic mode forms the basis. After that 3 rhythmic tracks were added using instruments and sounds from Live. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. Several takes where recorded and canceled before this one was approved because initially I wanted to use the arpeggiator from the Waldorf Q Keyboard to accompany the music but somehow that did not work. So the Waldorf Q does some Waldorf sounds. The Mellotron choir sound comes from the Roland XP-80.
The music reminds me of church music, hence the title.
Sundays choral mass


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08-06-2010 Like the previous video a simple sensitive 8-step sequence on the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer which drives the Synthesizers.com Modular. Notice that the sequence starts on step 6. The passionate solo is performed on the Roland XP-80 and the sentimental strings on the Waldorf Q Keyboard.
I hope the music is not to depressive for you.
The beauty of it all, part 2


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03-06-2010 This time a quiet piece which reminds me somehow of Camel. A simple 8 step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Q960 drives a simple sound on the Synthesizers.com Modular. Solo's are performed on the Roland XP-80 with an organ-type sound and on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 with a flute-like sound. The retro string machine sound comes from the Waldorf Q Keyboard.
Indeed, the beauty of it all....
The beauty of it all


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30-05-2010 On this occasion I am accompanied by my son Mark (Channel Metalrazor02 on YouTube) who plays the Ibanez GRG 270 electric guitar using an EBow. The EBow produces a infinite sustain for a guitar string by oscillating a magnetic field causing the string to vibrate. The electric guitar uses a Boss ME-50 Guitar Multiple Effects board. Mark wanted to accompany me if he was not filmed so that's why you don't see him.
The Nodal software sequencer is were it all starts doing the bass sequence performed by the Creamware MiniMax ASB. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer and the Zoom RhythmTrak RT-323 drum machine are MIDI synchronized from Nodal. The Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer and Q962 sequential switch are shifted by gate signals from the MAQ16/3. Row 1 of the MAQ16/3 does a 4-step sequence and drives the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO which saw wave is fed to the Resonant LoPass Gate. Row 2 of the MAQ16/3 does an 8-step sequence driving the self-built Modular. Solo's are performed on the Roland XP80 doing an organ sound and the Clavia Nord Lead 1. The chords are performed on the Waldorf Q Keyboard.
To the second power


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17-05-2010 Another improvisation with the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer now connected to the Q962 sequential switch. I guess the camera angle could be somewhat wider so you could see a little bit more of the actions but I reckoned another take would not give the same music.
The Q960 is synchronized by the Doepfer MAQ16/3 and rows 1 and 2 are used which are alternated by the Q962. The Q960 drives the Synthesizers.com Modular. The Oakley Equinoxe phaser is connected between the Q150 VCF and Q108 VCA. Stage 5 of the Q960 is connected to the frequency CV input to give an accent on that stage.
Row 1 of the MAQ16/3 does a 4-step sequence and drives the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO which sine wave is fed to the Resonant LoPass Gate. Row 2 of the MAQ16/3 I vary manually between a 4-, 6- and 8-step sequence. This row drives the self-built Modular.
The music is dedicated to a lady in black.
Lady in black


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15-05-2010 Yesterday I received the Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer and Q962 sequential switch modules. Fitted the modules in the empty cabinet and started playing around: this is awesome! Today I tried shifting the Q960 from the Doepfer MAQ16/3 and it works great; the gate of row 3 of the MAQ16/3 controls id fed to the shift input of the Q960. Row 1 of the MAQ16/3 has an 8-step sequence for the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO which is fed to the Resonant LoPass Gate. Row 2 of the MAQ16/3 has also an 8-step sequence for the self-built Modular. Row 2 of the Q960 controls the Synthesizers.com Modular. The drum sounds are from the Zoom RhythmTrak RT-323 which is synchronized by the MAQ16/3 via MIDI. The VP-330 strings are performed on the Roland XP-80, the bass on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and some additional chords on the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The Eagle has landed


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13-05-2010 This afternoon I came up with a sequence with 3 voices on the Doepfer MAQ16/3 which sounded rather nice. The 3 voices are the Synthesizers.com Modular, the self-built Modular and the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO fed to the Resonant LoPass Gate. This evening I programmed Nodal to transpose the 3 sequences on the Doepfer MAQ16/3 and add another sequence for the CreamWare MiniMax ASB. I hooked up the Zoom RT-323 drum machine and in the video you see the result of the improvisation. The solo is played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1, the Mellotron strings on the Roland XP-80 and some additional chords on the Waldorf Q Keyboard. An apocaliptic theme


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11-05-2010 This piece of music is sequenced in Nodal. It started last evening when I hooked up the Zoom RT-323 drum machine to be controlled by Nodal. The bass sequence is performed by the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO from which the sawtooth wave is fed to the Resonant LoPass Gate. Then you hear the tuned-up bass voice from the Zoom RT-323 doing a semi-random sequence. After that the Mellotron sound from the Roland XP-80 is introduced and the high-pitched sequence from the Creamware MiniMax ASB. The chords and occasional bass are performed on the Waldorf Q Keyboard and the solo on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. An agonizing theme


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Nodal file
07-05-2010 Again last night I was playing around with Nodal. This time I synchronized the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer from Nodal through MIDI. Nodal plays 3 sequences. The first sequence is driving the Creamware MiniMax ASB, the second is transposing the Synthesizers.com sequence and the third is doing the bassline performed by a sine wave from the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO fed to the Resonant LoPass Gate. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 plays two 7-step sequences. The first sequence is driving the Synthesizers.com Modular which is transposed by Nodal, and the second is driving the self-built Modular.
The Nodal file contains the original file used for the video (Transpose) and a file where there the two sequences from the MAQ16/3 are programmed in Nodal (All Sequences).
An enchanted theme


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Nodal file
05-05-2010 Today, on the 5th of May, the 65th Liberation Day is celebrated in Holland. And I came up with this improvisation after some fiddling around. Did several takes because the lighting was horrible and could not get the picture sharp in order to read the text on the modules. Still not satisfied but it is as good as it gets with the current webcam. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 is playing two 8 step sequences. One driving the self built Modular and one driving the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO, 5Pulser and All-in EG modules together with the Resonant LoPass Gate. The TZ VCO is synced by a VCO from the self built Modular. Turning the sync depth knob on the TZ VCO I can sort of alternate between the sequences. I have to find out if the sync depth knob is wired correctly because it seems it behaves to wrong way around. A syncing theme


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29-04-2010 Again I was playing around with Nodal this evening and came up with these four coherent sequences which I liked a lot. The solo and the strings were improvised on that. Three synths are used for the four sequences. At first you hear the Creamware MiniMax ASB after which the Synthesizers.com and Waldorf Q Keyboard are joining. The Waldorf performs 2 sequences. You can see the Nodal screen just before the solo is played. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the Mellotron strings on the Roland XP-80. A tranquil theme


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Nodal file
25-04-2010 I was experimenting with Nodal this evening and came up with this. It is one network driving three instruments. As each instrument (voice group triangle) has a different entry in the network it sounds like a musical canon. The first instrument is the MiniMax ASB, the second the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the third the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The Mellotron strings are performed manually on the Roland XP-80.
Try Nodal yourself, it's fun (and cheap).
A canon with Nodal


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Nodal file
23-04-2010 Last Tuesday I saw this Nodal 1.7 announcement on the MATRIXSYNTH Blog. This morning I visited the Nodal website and looked at the
2 videos there. I thought it looked interesting so I downloaded a demo which was still version 1.6. This evening I have tried it
and bought the license for some less than 30 euro's because I wanted to be able to save. Here you can see the first results. My
attempt is very basic though. There are three sequences. The first driving the Creamware MiniMax ASB, the 2nd the Clavia Nord Lead
1 and the 3rd the Waldorf Q Keyboard.
Try Nodal yourself, it's fun (and cheap).
First steps with Nodal


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Nodal file
09-04-2010 This sequence developed while I was experimenting with my newly built Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO. Also the Buchla LoPass Gate is used to mix various sources. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 has an 8 step sequence on row 1 which is driving the Synthesizers.com, the TZ VCO and the Blacet MiniWave. Row 2 has an 8 step sequence which is driving the self-built Modular. Row 3 has a 16 step sequence driving the Roland XP-80 with a bass sound. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the high string sound come from the Waldorf Q Keyboard. A progressive theme


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27-03-2010 A more straightforward setup is used for this theme. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 has three 6-step sequences: row 1 controls the Synthesizers.com Modular which also uses the Blacet MiniWave as sound source, row 2 the self built Modular and row 3 controls the wave of the Blacet MiniWave (you can see this in the beginning of the video). The Mellotron flutes are performed by the Roland XP-80, the minimal melody is also performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and some accompanying sounds come from the Waldorf Q keyboard. All in all a true modest theme. A modest theme


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13-03-2010 I always wonder where the inspiration comes from but again I think this video is different then all the previous ones. It began this evening when looking at new items on the MATRIXSYNTH website when I looked at this video of the FabFilter Twin 2 virtual synth. I liked the demo and downloaded the trail at there website. I began to play with it in Ableton Live as VST and when browsing through the drums presets, I found an interesting snare drum. I altered the sound somewhat and the idea was born. Apart from the 5 MIDI tracks for controlling the Doepfer MAQ16/3 using the Novation Launchpad in Ableton Live, there are only 2 MIDI tracks with 3 clips each: one for the FabFilter Twin 2 drum sound and one controlling the Creamware MiniMax ASB with the bass sound. Then I dialed in two 8-step sequences on the Doepfer MAQ16/3 and it sounded very interesting. Added some Mellotron strings from the Roland XP-80 and there you have it. A warriors theme


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09-03-2010 Thanks to YouTube user audibleobsession I managed to program Ableton Live to be able to control the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer with the Novation Launchpad. There are still 2 problems with that:
1- When I push the buttons in user1 mode I can hear the MAQ16/3 going a little out of sync with the Live tempo. I managed to work around this by disabling the MIDI output to the Launchpad in Live. Disadvantage is that all the LEDs are disabled in the user1 and user2 modes so there is no visual feedback.
2- When I push a button (e.g. first step = 2) for sequencer row 1 and then switch to sequencer row 2, when pushing the same button the MIDI message does not seem to be sent. I first have to push another button (e.g. first step = 3) which then transmit OK and then push the button I intended to push which then also transmits OK. I guess it has something to do with AutoMap.

Another limitation is the Ableton Live version that comes with the Launchpad which has a maximum of 8 MIDI and 8 audio tracks. I used 5 MIDI tracks in Live to control the MAQ16/3 in nearly the same manner I did in the last video. I am only using the top 4 rows in user1 mode. The buttons on the first row turns step 1 to 8 off and the second row turns step 1 to 8 on. The third row sets the first step of the 8 step sequence and the forth row sets the last step of the 8 step sequence. Also the top 4 arrow buttons on the right are used. The first one turns all the steps off and the second all the steps on. The third one chooses the first row on the MAQ16/3 sequencer and the forth one chooses the second row on the MAQ16/3 sequencer. You first have to choose the row on the sequencer whereafter the buttons apply for that row.

The first row on the MAQ16/3 sequencer drives the Synthesizers.com Modular and the second row the self-built Modular. The MAQ16/3 is also synchronized with the tempo from Live. Vertical row 7 controls the Creamware MiniMax ASB which does the bass notes. The other rows contain samples from Live and some of my own.

I intended to also capture the Ableton Live screen to give you a view whats going in Ableton Live but that AVI file turned out to be corrupt after the recording was finished.
Launchpad controlling a MAQ16/3 using Live


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27-02-2010 Last week I bought a Novation Launchpad to experiment further with Ableton Live. But I also wanted to see if the Launchpad can be used to control the Doepfer MAQ16/3. I discovered the AutoMap software provided with the Launchpad is a bit of a disappointment. As far as I know now you cannot send a Program Change message with the buttons. And the MAQ16/3 needs them. I also did not get the MIDI learn function to work but maybe I missed something and the documentation is not much help.

Anyway, I used the MIDI-OX software to translate the MIDI notes, which the Launchpad sends, to Program Change commands with the Data Mapping option. I am only using the top 4 rows. The buttons on the first row turns step 1 to 8 on. The second row turns step 1 to 8 off. The third row sets the first step of the 8 step sequence and the forth row sets the last step of the 8 step sequence. Also the top 4 arrow buttons on the right are used. The first one turns all steps on. The second one turns all steps off. The third one chooses the first row on the MAQ16/3 sequencer and the forth one chooses the second row on the MAQ16/3 sequencer. You first have to choose the row on the sequencer where after the buttons apply for that row. It would be easier if the first four button rows could be used for row 1 on the sequencer and the second four button rows for row 2 but I could not map one note command to two program change commands.

The first row on the MAQ16/3 sequencer drives the Synthesizers.com Modular and the second row the self-built Modular.

This video is a demonstration and not intended to provide you music of a certain quality ;-)
Launchpad controlling a Doepfer MAQ16/3


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06-02-2010 Kind of inspired by YouTube user DoctorVague and Ian Boddy (when in Red Shift), I am experimenting with Ableton Live to see if it can be a help in analog sequencing. And tonight this lovely sequence came up so I thought, lets make a video. I have 2 MIDI tracks and 1 track with a drum loop. One MIDI track controls the self-built Modular and the 2nd MIDI track the Creamware MiniMax ASB. I couldn't connect the DotCom because I have only 1 MIDI/CV converter. Both MIDI tracks have several clips with looping 8 step sequence in different keys. But I have not found out how to change the clip of the 2 MIDI track at the same time and at the right bar so I click the clip on each track which causes the odd discrepancy in clips/keys and changing too soon; sorry for that. The melody is performed on the Roland XP-80 with a Mellotron voice. The Waldorf is doing what a Waldorf is good at; making these Waldorf sounds. The soloing is done on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 with an organ-type voice. A smooth theme


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23-01-2010 The basis of this theme is the 16 step bass sequence which I made up last night while walking the dog. The bass sound is a patch I used the last days to make a fat bass sound. It uses the saw waveform of the two Q106 VCO's and a waveform from the MiniWave. To make it more organic I used the Lopass Gate clone which is slightly modulated by a LFO to vary the volume.
Today I received a Roland SR-JV80-03 Piano expansion board for my XP-80 because I don't like the standard piano sounds in it. And I need some good piano sound for the band I occasionally rehearse with. On this board is a patch called 'Morning Mist'. And with C2 slider turned up and all the effects turned on it gives this ghost-fading-like sound.
Those two ingredients together formed the improvisation you see and hear in this video. The transpose of the 2 sequence rows is performed by using a Behringer BCN44 which is on my left and not visible in the video; you can see the long MIDI cable from the sequencer over my legs which goes into the BCN44. The self-built Modular begins with a 4 step sequence and later on it changed to 6 and 8 steps. The Waldorf Q Keyboard is imitating a EMS Synthi AKS with these typical Jean Michel Jarre sounds. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
A misty theme


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08-01-2010 My fiftiest video already. And we have a midget module in our midst! I bought a second hand Blacet MiniWave at the end of last year. I always wondered what the possibilities were with this module. I found the ModCan version somewhat expensive. The module was delivered last Monday. After fixing some problems with it, last night it was working. This evening I started the Doepfer sequencer with a 6 step sequence on row one and out of nothing the first sequence you hear was running out of the MiniWave using the standard bank 14. Row 3 with a 16 step sequence controls the variation of the wave of the MiniWave. Adding a high pitched 8 step sequence on row two for the self-built Modular resulted in a bird-like sound. Adding the Mellotron strings part on the Roland XP-80 was easy. Solo's on the Nord Lead 1 and the Waldorf Q Keyboard to add some variety. A birds theme


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20-12-2009 The theme of this video somewhat resembles the theme I uploaded on 16 October of this year. The first 2 rows of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer drive 2 voices with two six step sequences. The first voice you hear is from the Synthesizers.com which 2 VCO's are somewhat overdriven before they are processed by the Q150 VCF. The second voice is from the self built Modular with a bell-like sound. The brass-like bass and chords are done on the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The Mellotron strings are played on the Roland XP-80. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. I noticed the solo could be somewhat louder; sorry for that. Yet another symphonic theme


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07-12-2009 The sequences in this theme seems to be fairly random but there is some structure. The Synthesizers.com Modular is driven by an 8 step sequence on row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer. The Self-Built Modular is driven by a 6 step sequence on row 2. Row 3 controls the timing of all 3 rows. Adding some delay on both Modulars adds to the random feeling of the sequences. I couldn't leave it without a melody so I added one at the end using the Mellotron flute voices on the Roland XP-80. A chaotic theme


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30-11-2009 A simple and short arpeggiated theme this time. Only 3 keyboards are used. The Waldorf Q Keyboard plays note 4 arpeggiated chords. Halfway I use the Xphorm function using the modwheel to morph from one sound to another sound. The melodies are played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the Roland XP-80.
A simple arpeggiated theme


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15-11-2009 This theme is being played with only the black keys on the keyboard and not to be confused with Zappa's extremely difficult 'Black Page' ;-)
At first you hear the bass line which is a 16-step sequence played by the Creamware MiniMax ASB. After that an 8-step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Modular and a 16-step sequence from the self-built Modular which uses the phaser from the TC Electronic M300. The improvised chords and solo's are performed on the Waldorf Q Keyboard and the Clavia Nord Lead 1. The Roland Juno-60 you see on the top is from a friend and is doing nothing because it is broken; most of the sliders do nothing.
A black keys theme


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23-10-2009 This rocking theme took several takes before the number of mistakes were acceptable ;-)
The 3 rows of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer drive 4 voices. The bass line consists of 2 voices; one Q106 VCO through the Q150 transistor ladder filter and one Q106 VCO through the CGS Steiner Synthacon VCF and the Oakley Equinoxe phaser. These first 2 voices have the same 8 step sequence running on row 3. The self build Modular (row 2) and the Creamware Minimax ASB (row 1) both have different 6 step sequences. The chords are performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
The solo's on the Roland XP-80 with a synth lead sound and the Waldorf Q Keyboard with a church-organ-like sound.
A rocking theme


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16-10-2009 This theme is somewhat like the symphonic theme I uploaded in February of this year, yet it is also quite different ;-)
The 3 rows of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer drive 4 voices. The first voice you hear is one Q106 VCO through the CGS Steiner Synthacon VCF and the Oakley Equinoxe phaser. The second voice one Q106 VCO through the Q150 transistor ladder filter. These first 2 voices have the same 4 step sequence running on row 3. Then you hear the self build Modular running on row 2 and after that the Creamware Minimax ASB running on row 1. These 2 voices start each with a 4 step sequence which after a while is varied between 5 and 8 steps manually. Then the bass and the theme are played on the Waldorf Q keyboard with a PPG-like sound. The Mellotron-like strings are played on the Roland XP-80. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
Another symphonic theme


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04-10-2009 This theme is inspired by an arpeggiator from the Waldorf Q keyboard which I programmed as sequence to be performed by the Q. At first you hear a bass-like sound from the Creamware MiniMax ASB. After that the Synthesizers.com Modular and the self built Modular are added. At last the sequence from the Waldorf Q Keyboard is added. By varying the decay on the Q the sound becomes more lively. The accompaniment is played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the Roland XP-80. A stressed theme


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28-09-2009 YouTube user Justwaving made a video in februari 2009 with a theme and sound I like very much. The original video can be found here.
Last night I was looking in my YouTube favourites and played the video again. I decided to program the theme into my sequencer and play around with it but I did not try to reproduce the sounds. Also altered the main sequence a little bit to match the chords. And this is what has become of it. The hand cam actions are not to steady but I thought I show you around to see what is happening.
The sequencer clock is from the Waldorf Q keyboard which drives the Doepfer MAQ16/3. The Doepfer has 2 sequences; a 32 step sequence on the first 2 rows with the main theme on the Creamware MiniMax ASB and an 16 step sequence on the 3rd row driving the Synthesizers.com. The 8 step sequence on the Waldorf Q Keyboard does the string sound on the Q with the chords C, Em, F and Am. The solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. The choir sound, which is a little bit loud at the beginning, is from the Roland XP-80.
A borrowed theme


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18-09-2009 I have got to apologies for the camera position; I don't expect you are eager to see my hairy arms. But it was around midnight when I decided to make this clip and I also had to let the dog out before going to bed. So I had no second chance and just tried to capture the moment.
What you hear and see is basically some experimental music. Two 8 step sequences on the Doepfer MAQ16/3 are driving the self built Modular and the Creamware MiniMax ASB. Some strings from the Clavia Nord Lead 1 to get a layer; sometimes modulating the 2nd VCO's pitch to get some nice variation. And the odd bass from the Roland XP-80 to spice things up. Upon all that I am fiddling around with the Doepfer R2M Ribbon Controller which is connected with the CV outputs to the Synthesizers.com Modular. The resonance knob of the Q150 Transistor Ladder filter is on 10 and during the 'solo' I vary the frequency knob from 0 to around 5.
An experimental theme


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06-09-2009 I wanted to show off with a Doepfer R2M ribbon controller I bought second hand 2 days ago. I hope you excuse me for the odd false note because it is not easy to get the pitch right. I have put some marks with a pencil on the side to have some guidance.
In the beginning you hear the 8-step sequences from the self-built Modular and the Creamware MiniMax ASB (not visible). After that the 3rd sequence is added which drives the Clavia Nord Lead 1 generating a brass-type sound. This is a 12-step sequence but the timing is different as for rows 1 and 2.
The Solina-like strings is produced by the Waldorf Q keyboard. The solo comes from the Synthesizers.com Modular which is driven by the CV1, CV2 and gate outputs from the Doepfer R2M. The CV1 is for the pitch and CV2 (pressure) is for the pulse width of the pulse wave. The bass in the last part also comes from the Nord Lead 1.
A sliding theme


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24-07-2009 Again, like the previous odd time signature theme video, the time signature for this theme is 5/4. But this time no solo's. The Waldorf sequencer has an 8 step sequence with 4 x 1/8, 2 x 1/4 and 2 x 1/8 step-lengths. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 has 10 step sequences on three rows driving the Synthesizers.com on row 1, the self-built Modular on row 2 and the Creamware MiniMax ASB on row 3. So there are 4 different sequences running. The first sequence you hear come from the Waldorf Q Keyboard and the other 3 sequences (order MiniMax, MFM, Synthesizers.com) are added by turning up the volume on the little Behringer mixer. Only the Waldorf Q and Synthesizers.com sequences are transposed from the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The keyboard aftertouch modulates the Q sequence. The XP80 has the Vintage Keys card and provides the Mellotron Violin sound. The bass part is played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. Notice that I forgot to turn up the volume for the Nord Lead which took me some time to figure out. Another odd time signature theme


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19-07-2009 This is a somewhat melancholic theme so I hope you won't get depressed. The ring modulator sounding 8 step sequence is produced by the Synthesizers.com Modular using a MFOS Dual VCA and the faster 16 step sequence comes from the self-build Modular. The Waldorf Q Keyboard produces an AKAI-AX80-like string sound. The first solo comes from the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and after that the volume is turned up for the Creamware MiniMax ASB which is also controlled from the Clavia keyboard. The Roland XP-80 produces a Mellotron Violins sound. A melancholic theme


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27-06-2009 This theme can somewhat be compared with the previous uploaded Minimal theme. The first version of this theme had only the Waldorf Q with the sequence and the Nord Lead 1 for the solo. I hooked up the MAQ16/3 and added some sequences to make it more interesting. The first sequence is a 4 step one from the MAQ16/3. The second and main sequence is a 32 step sequence from the Waldorf Q Keyboard. This sequencer also drives the clock for the MAQ16/3. The transpose for the MiniMax and the Q is done form the Q's keyboard. The Theremin like solo is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. After that a rhythmic 8 step sequence from the self-build Modular joins and an 8 step sequence from the Synthesizers.com Modular. These sequences are not transposed and that's the reason the third transpose is different. The Mellotron Choir sound is from the Roland XP-80 which has the Vintage 70&80 card in it. A subtle theme


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11-06-2009 A somewhat bombastic symphonic theme this time. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 has two 6 step sequences on rows 1 and 3 driving the Synthesizers.com on row 1 and the Creamware MiniMax ASB on row 3. The steps on row 2 are varied from 4 to 10 steps driving the self-built Modular. The first sequence you hear comes from the MiniMax, the second sequence from the Synthesizers.com and the third sequence from the self-built Modular. The Roland XP80 is responsible for the tortured sound. The solo's are played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the Waldorf Q Keyboard. A somewhat bombastic theme


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01-06-2009 This is a short demo of the Resonant LoPass Gate which is a clone of the famous Buchla 292c LoPass Gate. Thomas White is the one who made this possible by producing the schematics and the PCB. The PCB with components already on it I got 2nd hand from someone in Belgium. The two Vactrols on it are VTL5C6, which are the fast type. I added the components for the mixer section and got the panel, pots and knobs from The BrideChamber.
In this demo the patching is as follows:
On the LPG audio input 1 is a DotCom VCO with a triangle wave.
On the LPG audio input 2 is another DotCom VCO with a triangle wave.
On the LPG Control input is the Gate of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer. You can see me adjusting the length of the gate with the knobs on the MAQ16/3. The CV of the MAQ16/3 is going to the VCO's.
On the LPG CV 1 input is the output of a DotCom Envelope Generator (settings A-0, D-4.5, S-0, R-2). So when turning the CV 1 knob up, the output of the EG is mixed with the Gate signal. Initially the CV 1 knob is down.
The LPG's output goes to the AKAI Head Rush E2 which is switched on after a while during the music bit.
I couldn't help to put a little music in the middle of this video, hope you don't mind.
The resonance in the Frequency mode is quiet strong but I wanted to show the full turn; perhaps you will hear some clipping.
Demo Resonant LoPass Gate


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24-05-2009 The time signature for this theme is 5/4 so its a little bit difficult to track the chords and the solo. But it turned out well I think. The Waldorf sequencer has an 8 step sequence with 6 x 1/8 step-lengths and 2 x 1/4 step-lengths. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 has 10 step sequences on two rows driving the Synthesizers.com and the self-built Modular. The first odd note sequences comes from the self-built Modular, the second sequence from the Synthesizers.com and the third sequence from the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The Roland XP80 is currently on the keyboard stand because I have to practice some music to be played on a 50 year anniversary party together with some Tidal Wave members from some 30 years ago. The XP80 has the Vintage Keys card which contain some Mellotron sounds. The solo is played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
Notice you can see our dog ZoŽ in the mirror door behind me.
An odd time signature theme


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07-05-2009 This was a very quick one. From the initial idea, which started with fiddling around with the sequencer, it all took less than an hour and the video was in one take. The main 8 step sequence is coming from the Waldorf Q Keyboard; the Doepfer MAQ16/3 is synchronized to that. The Doepfer drives the Synthesizers.com Modular with the 2nd 8 step sequence you hear and the self-built Modular with the 3rd 8 step sequence which has a sort of Roland CR-78 rhythm box sound. Some simple improvised solo's on the Nord Lead 1 and the Korg 900PS completes this minimal theme. A minimal theme


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02-05-2009 A simple single 8 step sequence (c3 f2 c#3 f#2 f3 d2 c3 g2, tempo 80) drives the Synthesizers.com Modular. The Q150 transistor ladder filter is modulated with 2 MFM VCO's running a high frequency square wave on the 2 separate frequency inputs on the Q150. SynthStrings are performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 (Chords Fm C Bbm Dm). The improvised screaming solo is performed by the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The Korg 900PS solo's are just the opposite of the Q's solo. A screaming theme


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26-04-2009 This week I found out that Wieb Klaver has suddenly passed away about a half year ago. About 28 years ago I got to know Wieb when joining the band Finger where he was the drummer. After that Wieb developed to become a true inspirator and motivator from me in both music and electronics. I learned a lot from him and that knowledge appeared to be very valuable in my further live. But after a few years we both went our own ways and the contact was gradually lost. Some weeks ago I discovered his profile on LinkedIn and tried to get back in touch with him. But I never got an answer... Theme for Wieb Klaver
22-04-2009 A sort-of Chinese like theme with a sequenced accompaniment may seem an odd combination. But I kind of liked it. The internal sequencer of the Waldorf Q Keyboard is the master sequencer; the Doepfer MAQ16/3 is synchronized to that. The sound from the Waldorf Q Keyboard is the first sequence you hear. The MFM, using the Synthesizers.com Q107 filter is the 2nd sequencer you hear; the MFM is driven by the MAQ 16/3. The 3rd sequence you hear is from the Creamware MiniMax ASB (only shortly visible at the end of the video) which is driven by the internal Waldorf Q Keyboard sequencer. The first solo is from the Korg 900PS with an Oldfield-like sound. The Clavia Nord Lead 1 is also linked to the Synthesizers.com Modular so you hear 2 sounds when I play the Nord Lead 1 keyboard for solo's.
At the end you see a short shot of our dog ZoŽ who is always keeping me company when I am playing or recording.
An odd theme


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11-04-2009 The first theme with the Waldorf Q Keyboard. At first you hear the sequence from the Synthesizers.com Modular driven by row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3. After that the volume is raised for the sequence from the self built Modular driven by MAQ's row 2. Then the arpeggiated sound of the Waldorf Q Keyboard, which is MIDI synchronized from the Doepfer MAQ16/3, comes in. This arpeggiated sound reminds me somewhat of the 'Black Noise' album by 'FM' from some 30 years ago, for example the track Aldebaran. The strings are performed by the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the solo is played on the Korg 900PS. An arpeggiated theme


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05-04-2009 This a probably a boring video if you are not interested in the Waldorf Q Keyboard. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer is driving the Synthesizers.com with a bass sound and the self-built Modular with the accompanying melody. The internal sequencer of the Waldorf Q Keyboard is synchronized with the MAQ16/3 MIDI clock doing a 8 step sequence which I transpose with the keyboard (to make the music a little bit less boring ;-). Fiddling with various dials but mainly the pulse width dials on VCO 1 and 2 to scan through the wave tables of the Alt1 wave selection, with the cutoff, resonance and envelop amount for the 24dB lowpass filter and with the decay for the filter ADSR. At 09:35 I switch to the PPG filter. Exploring the Waldorf Q Keyboard


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22-03-2009 This time I experimented with changing between 3 different sequences using 3 presets from the Doepfer MAQ16/3. At first you hear the bass sequence from the Synthesizers.com Modular driven by row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3. After that the volume is raised for the sequence from the self built Modular driven by MAQ's row 2. The 3rd sequence comes from the Creamware MiniMax ASB which is driven by MAQ's row 3. The strings are performed by the AKAI AX80 and the solo's are played on the Korg 900PS and the Clavia Nord Lead 1. You see, the setting is somewhat the same as the previous video but is sounds different. A changing theme
14-03-2009 I dedicate this theme to my Muse. I tried to keep the theme modest and subtle like my Muse.
At first you hear a sequence from the Synthesizers.com Modular driven by row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3. After that the VCF frequency is raised to hear the sequence from the self built Modular driven by MAQ's row 2. The 3rd sequence comes from the Creamware MiniMax ASB which is driven by MAQ's row 3. The strings are performed by the AKAI AX80 and the solo's are played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1 and the Korg 900PS (Accordion preset with Traveler on 3.5).
A theme for my Muse
23-02-2009 My 25th video upload to YouTube so a little anniversary!
A symphonic theme this time and did it all in 1 take. I was a little worried that the volume was somewhat too loud because of the heavy bass line. But I did not hear obvious clipping and I did not have the time to record it again. At first you hear a sequence from the Synthesizers.com Modular driven by row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3. After that the volume is turned up for the sequence from the self built Modular driven by MAQ's row 2. The 3rd sequence comes from the Creamware MiniMax ASB which is driven by MAQ's row 3. The bass line and the melodies are performed on the AKAI AX80 and the Clavia Nord Lead 1.
A symphonic theme
14-02-2009 For the occasion of Valentine's Day a somewhat romantic theme. Row 1 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 drives the Synthesizers.com Modular, row 2 the self built Modular and row 3 the Creamware MiniMax ASB. The solo's are performed by the AKAI AX80 with the P1 piano preset and the Korg 900PS with the Voice and Clarinet presets. The cello like bass is performed by the Clavia Nord Lead 1. A Saint Valentine's Day theme
06-02-2009 Made this short clip after investigating ratcheting with a Doepfer MAQ16/3. Something which seems easy with a Synthesizers.com Q960 sequencer. Found out that it can be done on a Doepfer MAQ16/3 but it is not as flexible as with an Q960 setup and it is not so easy to do it right. I think I did this video 5 times before getting it right. The problem is switching the events from 't8.' to 't.8.' because they are 3 ticks on the dial apart. And the switching has to be done on the first 3 steps of the running sequence. I think it is easier to switch programs. Also this trick only works with the CV and gate outputs, not with the MIDI output. Ratchet Sequence with a Doepfer MAQ16/3
05-02-2009 I was investigating if some kind of ratcheting is possible with the Doepfer MAQ16/3 because it is now a hot item on the Synthesizers.com forum. Then this improvisation came along. At the end of the video you will here a sequence which seems to have some form of ratcheting but what you hear is some steps played fast and not one note multiple triggered at a step. The sequences you hear are performed by the Synthesizers.com Modular using the Ian Fritz 5Pulser Waveshaper and the MFM Modular using the CGS Steiner Low Pass filter. The first solo you hear is performed on the Creamware MiniMax ASB using the AKAI AX80 keyboard. The church organ type sound for bass and 2nd solo is played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. An unpretentious theme close-up
30-01-2009 Again this video has close-ups so you can follow most of what is happening. At the end of the video I am slightly losing track of the beat but I don't think it is to obvious. The first sequence you hear is performed by the MFM Modular using the CGS Steiner Low Pass filter. The second sequence you hear is performed by the Synthesizers.com Modular using the Ian Fritz 5Pulser Waveshaper and All-In EG. The chords (sort of) are played on the Clavia Nord Lead 1. The solo's are performed on the Creamware MiniMax ASB using the AKAI AX80 keyboard. A brisk theme close-up
16-01-2009 This video has close-ups so you can follow most of what is happening. The difficulty was that at some point I play the bass line with my left hand and had to do all the camera positioning and the solo's with my right hand. The first sequence you hear is performed by the MFM Modular using the Synthesizers.com Q150 filter. The second sequence you hear is performed by slot A of the Nord Lead 1. The third bas sequence is performed by the Synthesizers.com Modular using the CGS Steiner filter. The bass line is performed by the MiniMax ASB using the AKAI AX80 keyboard. The solo's are performed on the Nord Lead 1 (slot B) and on the Korg 900PS. A simple theme close-up
10-01-2009 An uptempo piece of sequencer music. The first sequence you hear is performed by the Synthesizers.com Modular using the CGS Steiner filter. The second sequence is performed by the MFM Modular using the Synthesizers.com Q150 filter. The AKAI AX80 is on chord memory so I can use one note to play chords. The AX80 also controls the pitch of the Synthesizers.com sequence. The difficulty was that the scale to play the chords and change the Synthesizers.com pitch (in Cm) was 2 semitones below the scale for the solo (in Dm). But I didn't wanted to scale down the Doepfer MAQ16/3 which would involve retuning all the knobs. The solo is performed on the Korg 900PS with the Funky Trumpet preset. In the last section the pitch bend switch is engaged. A fast theme
24-12-2008 Yet another interesting Redshift-like sequence. But I seem to lack the ability to make it into something beautiful like Redshift does.
Three different sequences, an 16 step sequence on the Synthesizers.com with one of the VCO's going through the Ian Fritz 5Pulser, an 1 and later 8 step sequence for the MFM through the CGS Steiner filter only using the Low Pass, and a 8 step sequence for the Nord Lead doing the bass. A simple melody and chord schema I made up in a few seconds which in my opinion does not do justice to the potential of the sequence. But, perhaps I will record and develop this later on.
Yet, another simple theme
10-12-2008 The self build Modular (MFM) doing the African drum like sound and the Synthesizers.com with the CGS Steiner filter and the Ian Fritz 5-Pulser doing the odd note. Some improvisation on the AX80, the theme on the Nord Lead 1 and a singing G on the Kawai 100F completes the music. A humble theme
04-11-2008 This is basically the same setup as for the video 'An even simpler theme' added on november the 1st but the music is more subtle. But somehow I can not reach the subtleness of the great masters in Electronic Music (e.g. Redshift, Free System Projekt or von Haulshoven). Still I hope you enjoy this. The Kawai 100F is responsible for the Ring Modulated background noise. Three different sequences, an 8 step sequence on the Synthesizers.com, a 12 and later 16 step sequence from a MFM VCO through the CGS Steiner filter only using the Band Pass input and a 1 and later 4 step sequence from a MFM VCO through an Ian Fritz 5Pulser through an Oakley Equinoxe Phaser. Again just 3 minor chords (Cm, Bbm and Fm) with chord memory on the AKAI AX80 and an improvised solo on the Nord Lead 1; a truly 2 finger system. An even simpler theme; reprise
01-11-2008 An even simpler theme; just 3 minor chords (Cm, Bbm and Fm) and an improvised solo. The first 8 step sequence you hear is the Synthesizers.com which later transposes to the bass line. The second 12 and 16 step sequence is a MFM VCO through the CGS Steiner filter only using the Band Pass input. The third 8 step sequence (but all notes are the same) is a MFM VCO through an Ian Fritz 5Pulser through an Oakley Equinoxe Phaser. An even simpler theme
27-10-2008 Another simple theme; still no keyboard wizardry here. The first sequenced sound is a MFM VCO through an Ian Fritz 5Pulser through an Oakley Equinoxe Phaser. The second sound is a MFM VCO through a CGS Steiner Filter. The bass line is done by the Synthesizers.com modular. The MAQ16/3 is not visible in this video but is on top of the cabinets. The phaser strings are produced by the Kawai K5000R and the solo's by the Clavia Nord lead 1 and the Kawai 100F. Another simple theme
14-10-2008 This is a short demonstration of the Ian Fritz 5Pulser Waveshaper. Bought it as a full kit from the Bride Chamber. Building it was fairly simple and took about 4 hours. Demo Ian Fritz 5Pulser

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26-09-2008 This is a short demonstration of the Oakley Equinoxe Voltage Controlled Phaser. The ramp waveforms of two Q106 VCO's are fed into a Q112 mixer which knobs are on 10. Output of the Q112 mixer is fed into the AUDIO IN of the Equinoxe. The AUDIO OUT of the Equinoxe goes into the Q108 VCA. Halfway the video the output of th YuSynth AC/DC mixer is plugged in. First the Equinoxe is modulated by the Q109 ADSR. Second by a sine waveform from the 2nd VCO and a LFO. The knobs of the Equinoxe from top to bottom: FREQUENCY, EMPHASIS, MODULATION DEPTH, LFO RATE. Left busses from top to bottom: AUDIO IN, CV IN. Right busses from top to bottom: AUDIO OUT, LFO OUT. Demo Oakley Equinoxe

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24-09-2008 A simple theme; no keyboard wizardry here. The Synthesizers.com sound uses the Oakley Equinoxe Voltage Controlled Phaser which is modulated by a LFO, an Envelope Generator and later on by a VCO. Row 1 of the MAQ16/3 drives the DotCom, row 2 the MFM and row 3 the Creamware MiniMax (not visible). The phaser strings are produced by the Kawai K5000R, the solo by the Clavia Nord lead 1 and the rhythm by the ZOOM RhythmTrak RT-323. A simple theme
18-09-2008 Demonstration of Ken Stone's CGS35 Steiner Voltage Controlled HP, LP & BP Filter. Ramp waveforms of two Q106 VCO's are fed into a Q112 mixer which knobs are on 10. Output of Q112 mixer is fed into LP IN, BP IN and HP IN of the CGS35 Steiner Filter. The output of the CGS35 goes into the Q108 VCA. The CGS35 is modulated by a Q109 ADSR and 1V/Oct for keyboard tracking. The VCA is modulated by a Q109 ADSR. The knobs of the CGS35 from top to bottom: FREQUENCY, RESONANCE, FM1 (Q109). Left busses from top to bottom: HP IN, BP IN, LP IN. Right busses from top to bottom: FM1, FM2, OUT. Demo CGS Steiner VCF
15-09-2008 Just an improvisation which I wanted to share with you. The MFM Modular does the bass line, the Synthesizers.com Modular the accompanying sequence, the ZOOM RT-323 the drums and the AKAI AX80 together with the Kawai K5000R the solos and the chords. Improvisation

30-08-2008 This time I recorded the video and audio with different applications. But I noticed the video is not as smooth as it should be. Row 1 of the MAQ16/3 has an 8 step sequence for the 2 Modulars. Row 3 transposes row 1. Row 2 drives the chord memory chords on the AX80. The Nord Lead 1 has a kind of PPG like sound. Clip 30-08-2008

05-08-2008 This time tried to do some camera close-ups and moves but it is difficult doing it all alone. The video shows another sequencer improvisation. The Synthesizers.com sequence starts dry and then I switch on the AKAI Head Rush E2 in tape echo mode (blue device on the top right of the DotCom). You can hear how the sequence becomes alive. When I switch the connect switch on the Q124, the CV of row 1 of the MAQ16/3 is connected to the 1V/Oct of the Q107. Row 1 drives the DotCom and the MFM. Row 2 drives the Nord Lead 1 which 2nd VCO is detuned 5 semitones down to simulate chords. Row 3 adds 2 semitones to row 1 each 8 steps. The solo is done on the Kawai 100F. Clip 05-08-2008

04-08-2008 Sequence is the same as the last video except for 1 note. Just an improvisation of only the Doepfer MAQ16/3 sequencer with 2 x 8 steps, the Synthesizers.com and MFM Modulars. Clip 04-08-2008

01-08-2008 Some improvisation I made up this evening. Sequence is played on the 2 Modulars. In the first slow part only steps 1 and 5 of the 2 x 8 sequence on the Doepfer are active. In the second fast part all 2 x 8 sequence steps are active. Chords on the Nord Lead 1 and the solo on the Kawai 100F. Clip 01-08-2008

24-07-2008 Rhythm sequence with an 8 step sequence on row 1 of the MAQ16/3. Row 3 controls the dynamics of row 1 which results in a switch on/off for each step. The Synthesizers.com Modular on top produces the high RM type sound, the MFM below produces the low noisy sound. Clip 24-07-2008

20-06-2008 A simple theme. Doepfer row 1 drives the Synthesizers.com (the sound at the beginning)and row 3 the MiniMax ASB (second sound and bass). The MiniMax ASB is on my left and not visible in the video. AX80 is on chord memory so I can push 1 note to get a chord. The distinct sound of the DotCom is caused by patching the saw wave of oscillator 2 to the resonance input on the Q107 filter. Oscillator 2 is FM'ed slightly by a formant LFO from the modular below the DotCom. Clip 20-06-2008

24-05-2008 Row 1 of the MAQ16/3 drives the DotCom which sequence you hear prominently. Row 2 drives the MFM doing the bass. Rhythm by the Zoom RT-323 from which I also transpose the Modulars. Chords are done on the Nord Lead 1. The DotCom's output is going through a Behringer VP-1 vintage phaser and a Akai Head Rush E2 for the delay. The Lexicon MPX-100 is for the overall reverb. Clip 24-05-2008

17-05-2008 My first video. Sequences tempo is driven by the Zoom RT-323 from which I also transpose. The Doepfer MAQ16/3 drives the DotCom and MFM (My First Modular; self build). DotCom, MFM and MAQ16/3

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