For several months now, I’ve been involved with Rossum Electro-Music and have been testing their new eurorack module, the Control Forge. This is a programmable 8 stage control voltage generator that can be use in a variety of applications. It can act as a waveform generator or an LFO, an envelope generator, a step sequencer, and many other applications.
Dave Rossum is one of the founders of E-mu… yes that E-mu… and has created many important electronic instruments including the Emulator samplers and the SP1200 drum machine. The first E-mu instrument was a modular synthesizer system, and history comes full circle with Rossum’s new line of eurorack modules.
The 8 Stage envelopes are stored as “Presets”, and 500 Presets can be saved internally. Presets can be chained in a sequence, and this is where things get interesting. Structuring Preset envelope curves as rhythmic elements then sequencing these elements into a greater arrangement breaks away from repetitive loops in traditional step sequencers. The response is incredibly fast, so you can develop modulation textures when scaling up the time factor.
The following video is a handful of modules being driving by the CV out/ Inverted CV out and the two trigger outputs. The control forge knobs have been programmed to act in a variety of functions as the sequencer steps through different presets:
It’s been a few weeks since the sad announcement of the passing of Don Buchla, and I’m still processing the weight of this news. In the history of electronic music there are a handful of pioneers who unarguably, have been pivotal in the development of synthesizer technology, and Don is one of the most significant figures in this category. In recent years with the renaissance of the modular synthesizer, many people now appreciate the importance of Buchla’s contributions and realize the genius of his electronic instrument designs. It’s incredibly heartening that the legacy of Don Buchla will carry forward for another generation of synth fanatics.
I’m quite happy to finally announce that i’ve finished an album of ambient/electronic pieces that I’ve been working on for a few years now. Velomne is now available on pretty much every streaming platform and sales portal:
Class Photo from Group C of the Moogfest Engineering Workshop where we built the Brother From Another Mother Synthesizer. Thanks to Steve Dunnington and the Moog engineers for their efforts in making this another great event!
Minutes after stepping into the Moog Pop-Up factory set up at Moogfest, Emmy pulls me aside and asks me to compose a little bit of backing music for the Minimoog Model D Reissue, promotional video. Naturally, I tell her that i need to do it using only the new Model D! They pulled out a unit that was still burning in, and we got to work. I set up a rhythmic patch that uses the newly added second LFO to pulse the filter. Having the patch set to play fifths, I just improvised a performance around Bob Moog’s dialogue track and the demonstration sounds from the archival footage.
The Cassette Recorder Audio Processor Rack Extension is back and better than before! This time we bring you the more Pro Version with L0-f1 Dolphonics™ Processing! We listened to everyone who loved the classic tape sound of the original C.R.A.P.Re, and added more controls for even worser tones. It’s guaranteed to make things sound warm and fuzzy and buzzy and hummy and munchy. It’s like the Original Crapre, but with more Number Two!