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Doepfer A-144 Morphing Controller/ Waveshaper Video Tutorials by Raul Pena

Time for another brand new tutorial series by Raul Pena.
The series that started today is all about the Doepfer A-144 Morph Controller/ Waveshaper
Enjoy!

Video 1: Doepfer A144 Morph Controller Basics
" A short look at the Doepfer A144 Morph Controller. Includes a discussion of some of the basic features and functions of the the A144. This module is intended as an expander unit for the Doepfer A135 Voltage Controlled Mixer.Sound and video by Raul Pena."
Video 2: Doepfer A144 Morph Controller- Audio Demo Part One-Basic Morphing

" A short demonstration on the basic morphing with the Doepfer A144 Morph Controller. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 3: Doepfer A144 Morph Controller-Audio Demo 1-Basic Morphing continued

" A short demonstration on the basic morphing with the Doepfer A144 Morph Controller. Part Two of Two.Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 4: Doepfer A144 Morph Controller-Audio Demo 2-Basic Waveshaping Part One
" The next audio demonstra…

Random Video: Modular Synth - A-143-4 and A-149-1 Orchestral(ish) Sounds by IsVisible

Here's the latest modular synth video by IsVisible.
It's kind of orchestral-ish and features Doepfer's A-143-4 and A-149-1 modules.

Video: Modular Synth - A-143-4 and A-149-1 - Orchestral(ish) Sounds
Modular Synth - A-143-4 and A-149-1 - Orchestral(ish) Sounds from isvisible on Vimeo.

" Here we have the Doepfer A-143-4 Quad VC/LFO/VCO triggering the A-149-1 Random Voltages. The A-143-4 is also triggering the A-143-2 Quad ADSR along with providing a little cv to the A-110 VCO's.
All in all with a little filtering courtesy of the A-106-1 Xtreme Filter (Korg MS-20 inspired) and the A-124 Wasp (erm... a Wasp clone) it sounds a bit orchestral, in an abstract kinda way anyway.
Both line outs from the modular (bassier / brassier low end and plucked / reedish higher end) are going directly into a lovely old Tapco 4400 Dual Reverberation System then to my mixing desk where the audio is taken from."

Follow IsVisible on Twitter at https://twitter.com/isvisible More IsVis…

Steady State Fate Ground Control Tutorial Videos by Raul Pena

As you might have noticed i also started posting all Raul Pena's 'Modular Wild presents PROFILE' video tutorials on my blog since a few weeks ago .
It's another small step in further broadening my audience (and help Raul with a few extra views), next to all the Doepfer-related posts here on my blog...

His latest series of videos are about the Steady State Fate Ground Control, the first episode was released two weeks ago, the second one was published an hour ago... Enjoy!

Video 1: Modular Wild Presents SOUNDS- Steady State Fate Ground Control Part 1

" A short description of the Steady State Fate Ground Control module for Eurorack. Ground control is a handy utility with a wealth of features. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 2: Modular Wild Presents SOUNDS- Steady State Fate Ground Control Part 2

" A short demonstration of the features of the Steady State Fate Ground Control. Examples of Attenuation and Scaling of Voltages are shown. Sound and Video by…

Quick Tip: Differences in Eurorack Modules

When you have multiple modules of the same brand and type , you might sometimes experience small differences between those Eurorack modules.
Sometimes oscillators are tuned differently and you can't get them to match.
One may sound lower than the other with each's controls identical, yet they sound different.. This is often not something to worry about.

Although most modules are thoroughly tested, some batches may indeed sound a little different due to (internal) trim-pot settings, differences due to tolerances of the electronic parts, etc...

If you want to compare your modules, it is always smart to check the production date/ batch number on the test label and/or on the PCB (version nr) first.
Usually this can be found at the inner side of the front panel.

If the numbers match, and one of your modules does sound different than the other one, you might check out the trimming pots on the backside of the module on the PCB.
In most cases this can be easily fixed with a small scr…

Creating Two Sequences With One Doepfer A-160 by Frederic Gerchambeau

The latest video from Frederic Gerchambeau features quite an interesting pattern, generated by two different sequences from a single A-160 Trigger Sequencer module.

Video: Creating two sequences with one Doepfer A-160

" With only one Doepfer A-160, it's possible to get two different sequences at the same time. For even more fun, i have used two LFOs to trigger that A-160.
Basically the patch is that one :
Two lfos > multiple > A-160 Trig in
A-160 outputs (x 6) > 3 into mixer 1 and 3 into mixer 2
Output mixer1 > VCO1 and output mixer2 > VCO2
Outputs VCO 1 and 2 > VCA"
Uploaded by GruithuisenCityMan

MusicThing Modular Spring Reverb by Tom Whitwell

Tom Whitwell, known to many as the man behind the MusicThing blog, his Turing Machine- project (plus expanders) and various other syth-related projects, has cooked up something new again.
His latest Voltage Controlled Spring Reverb module is a eurorack spring reverb module that has a circuit that is inspired by a few other synth designers.
The end result is a spring reverb module with a few interesting extras...  For example, this design features a voltage controlled vactrol crossfader that you can also use independently.
In the following videos Tom shows us what the module can do.

Video 1: Music Thing Modular Spring Reverb
" Spring reverb module for Eurorack modular synths. Audio is slightly out of sync with video, sorry. Full details below...
Controls: Top knob is reverb level.
Right hand smaller knob is Tilt, a simple hifi-style tone control that changes the colour of the reverb.
Left hand smaller knob is Control, an attenuverter control for the incoming CV. 12 o'clock …

New Doepfer A-100 Case A-100PB Announced

Following the success of the larger Doepfer monster base cases, they announced today that probably from December 2013 the "small brother" of the monster base A-100PMB will be available.

The new case A-100PB is very similar to the A-100PMB but has only half the width (2 x 84 HP for installation of modules).
You could say that this is the flightcased version of the basic wooden A-100LCB case...
The suitcase versions A-100P6 or A-100P9 can be positioned on top of the A-100PB because the width of the A-100PB is a bit more than the width of A-100P6/P9 and the footprint of the A-100PB is adapted to the depth of A-100P6/P9. The A-100PB is equipped with one power supply (1200mA) and two bus boards.

The bus boards are located in the rear area (even those for the modules that are mounted in the front row). This was necessary to take advantage of the full height of the front area for installation of A-100 modules.
The max. depth for modules in the front row is ~70 mm.

A cable lenght of …

SiteTip: TrueGrid by ModularGrid

To celebrate the first anniversary of ModularGrid, they introduced the beta of TrueGrid a few days ago.

TrueGrid is a fully functional true modular web synthesizer which let's you create, listen and share modular synth patches.
It consists of 10 Eurorack modules and some patch-cables, that you can rewire, turn knobs and move around the same way as a real modular synth... plus there's a way to save your patches (and load other people's creations)
Basically they added audio engines behind some of the modules from ModularGrid's huge ("1300 to go") database.
It is really fun to play with, although not all functions are working (yet).
Update 19/10: The new Tape Recorder lets you record your patch and export it to .wav file
It also replaces the Outs module as endpoint.

Update 24/10: TrueGrid now supports MIDI, more info at

You can find TrueGrid at http://modulargrid.net/racks/synth/


At this time TrueGrid will satisf…

These Hopeful Machines Radio Documentary

'These Hopeful Machines' is a New-Zealand electronic music -documentary that was broadcasted earlier this year during the Sound Lounge radio-programme
Sound Lounge brings you a balance of hardcore avant garde, atmospheric soundscapes, up to the minute contemporary, early 20th Century and a touch of art pop on a weekly basis.

In the documentary presenter James Gardner traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music in this six-part series – and meets some of the people who made it happen. The show includes exclusive interviews with Suzanne Ciani, David Cockerell, Bernie Krause, Morton Subotnick and Peter Zinovieff and many more.
Finally all episodes are online, you can find them at http://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/programmes/hopefulmachines
Update November 3: (via an email from the producer)
"Over the next few weeks the website will be expanded to include full transcripts of the interviews, as well as photos, links and a few bits that there we weren't…

Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Envelator Video Tutorial by Raul Pena

Raul Pena keeps rolling out new videos... only last week he started a new Doepfer series, today he already started a new 'Modular Wild presents Profile' series on the Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Envelator.

Here's part one:

Video 1:
Modular Wild Presents PROFILE- Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Envelator

" A brief overview of the features of the Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Envelator. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 2: Modular Wild presents SOUNDS-Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Envelator as AD

" A short demonstration of the Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Envelator as an AD envelope. Sound and Video by Raul Pena"

Video 3: Modular WIld Presents SOUNDS-Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Envelator as AR envelope

"A short demonstration of using the Malekko Heavy Industry Envelator as an AR envelope. Sound and Video by Raul Pena. "

Video 4: Modular Wild Presents SOUNDS-Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Envelator in CYCLE mode

" A short demo…

Doepfer A-135-1 Quad VCA/ VC Mixer Tutorial Videos by Raul Pena

Time for another new tutorial series by Raul Pena.
The subject this time is the Doepfer A-135-1 Quad VCA /Voltage Controlled Mixer (version 2)

Video 1: Doepfer A135-1 QVCA/VCMIX basics

" A short description of the beasic features and functions of the Doepfer A135-1 Quad Linear VCA, Voltage Controlled Mixer. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 2: Doepfer A135 Quad Linear VCA/ Voltage Controlled Mixer Audio Demonstration One
" A short demonstration of A135 Quad Linear VCA with oscilloscope views to show how external cv effects amplitude of an audio signal. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 3: Doepfer A135 Quad Linear VCA/ Voltage Controlled Mixer Audio Demonstration Two

The second of two Audio Demonstrations of A135 Quad Linear VCA with oscilloscope views to show how external cv effects amplitude of an audio signal. Sound and Video by Raul Pena. New videos in this series will be added to this post weekly on Thursdays.

Check out Raul's latest survey at http://…

SiteTip: Mheontube YouTube Channel

It looks like another Eurorack fan has hit YouTube...
Mheontube started to upload interesting short Eurorack snippets since yesterday, basic patches made with a small setup of only 4 Doepfer modules (so far)...

Check the full playlist (the last 7 videos were uploaded in one day) HERE

Video 1: Chirp Chirp Analogue by mheontube

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Video 2: Android's Talk by mheontube

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Video 3: Grumpy Android by mheontube

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Uploaded by mheontube (subscribe!)

More Paper Circuit Control by Frederic Gerchambeau

Since the last time that i posted about Frederic Gerchambeau's paper circuit experiments he has already posted a few more videos further developing of this concept to his GruithuisenCityMan YouTube account.

In these videos he shows how a paper circuit, a simple sheet of paper with a conductive/capacitive substance, can be integrated into a modular system.

I will not publish all his videos here (you can always subscribe to his channel), but this one was interesting enough to share here...

Video: Wandering (paper circuit as a ribbon controller) by Frederic Gerchambeau

" Hello ! My name is Frederic Gerchambeau.  I have made this movie and this music. The music has been made using a parper circuit and a Doepfer analog modular system.
The paper circuit has four outputs. One leads to the cutoff frequency of lowpass filter 1, another leads to the cutoff frequency of lowpass filter 2, a third one leads to the pitch CV control oscillator 1 and a fourth one leads to the pitch CV contr…

Advanced Modular Research #1 ~ VOSIM by Dubbhism

Anton from DUBBHISM wrote in today to mention that he started a new series on his blog that will include Doepfer patches for the 'more advanced' wigglers...

In the first episode he explores VOSIM (VOice SIMulation), an oldschool sound synthesis-technique that can be used for designing voice-like, and even robot-like sounds.
Future posts will cover the areas of frequency multiplication, karplus strong, sync tricks etc...

Video 1: Advanced Modular Research #1 ~ VOSIM by Dubbhism

" A VOSIM-inspired patch for Doepfer A-100 modular system "

Video 2: Advanced Modular Research #2 ~ Analog thru-zero linear FM

"An analog thru-zero linear FM patch for Doepfer A-100 modular system "

Find his full blogpost with more (patch)examples at http://www.dubbhism.com/2013/10/advanced-modular-research-1-vosim.html
,and follow Dubbhism on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dubbhism

Doepfer A-106-5 Demo by Icaro Ferre

This one popped up on Vimeo a few weeks ago.

In a short video Icaro Ferre shows what the A-106-5 12db multimode SEM Filter module can do in multiple modes, and with different resonance settings...

Video: Doepfer A-106-5 Demo by Icaro Ferre
Doepfer A-106-5 Demo from Icaro Ferre on Vimeo.

" Running a sequence through the Doepfer A-106-5 SEM Filter module."

Uploaded by Icaro Ferre on Twitter: Twitter.com/icaroferre
I have this module too, and I like it a lot.
The only thing i miss in this filter module is an extra CV input to control the resonance, just like the A-121 Multimode Filter or the other Oberheim filter, the A-122 24 dB Lowpass filter VCF3 have.

Q-Control for MAQ 16/3

Following demands in the Doepfer A-100 Yahoo group, Q-ONTROL has been updated with a new PDF tutorial and is now available for free download

Q-ONTROL is an Ableton Live Pack offering users full control over the Doepfer MAQ 16/3 MIDI analog sequencer.
Using MIDI clips to send data, complex music sequences can be made easily.
Q-ONTROL V 1.2 is offered with two templates and a tutorial PDF Book and can be downloaded via http://wildtek.net/

Dimitri Pike, the Q-ONTROL template creator, recently joined the A-100 usergroup to thank those who requested it.
He had never been very sure if it was useful for someone else then him and it was recently proved that yes it is :-)

Dimitri was working with it a few days ago and noticed that a few clips didn't correctly recorded parameters when he saved the file.
He also noticed some other errors here and there... He will work on correcting these little things asap and will let you know when the file is available for re-download.

Another note of inter…