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bjporter
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2562 posts since 18 Dec, 2010, from North America

Postby bjporter; Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:03 am One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Note: To keep things simple and within the spirit of the challenge, please use synthesized oscillator types only. No sound fonts / samples.


Welcome to the One Synth Challenge #114! It's a friendly music competition where you can win cool prizes but most importantly, meet amazing musicians, and learn a lot about mixing, sound design, and more! :)

Here's How It Works:
    1.Download our synth of the month here
    2. You make an awesome track before the 1st of next month using only the chosen synth and some effects *Rules Apply*
    3. Announce your submission here on this thread, with proper details
    4. Submit your soundcloud link here following the correct format for title, download enabled, and submission description. Your song will be picked up on the OSC player
    5. Once submissions are over, the voting starts - you *MUST* vote to get a ranking or prize
    6. The voting link will be posted on the 1st, and OP will be updated.
    7. Maybe you win? You meet new friends? Learn something new?
    8. Most importantly... have fun!

    **MAKE SURE YOU READ THE RULES** | See Contest Page for latest track Submissions, Info, FAQ & More



Submissions will show up here once voting starts: (n/a)


Want a chat room with other OSCers? Join our slack here



Crystal is a semi-modular software synthesizer featuring both subtractive synthesis and frequency modulation (FM) synthesis. It offers abundant modulation control with over 90 parameters which may be modulated, multi-stage envelopes with graphical editors, extensive tempo sync of envelopes/lforates/delay times, built-in effects for chorus/flanging/comb filtering/echoes, and a band splitter for effects processing by frequency band. (Idea credit goes to L-Ectrobit).
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCk0Fn_sLTY


Prizes:
(Would you like to be a sponsor / prize donor? Contact me via PM or go ahead and post your intended donation here! Get a cool mention on our donator wall of honor)


Special Note:
Soundemote and Ridan is offering a secondary prize (on top of the normal prize): If you would like your winning track on spotify, please specify so as well, or you will be contacted by rghvdberg.


Synthmorph: Any 1 soundset
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Sonimus : Any one Plugin
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Tritik : Echorus (effect plugin)
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Soundemote : PrettyScope (beautiful analog oscilloscope), you may choose this as a secondary prize on top of your regular prize.
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Audio Thing : Outer Space (vintage tape echo plugin)
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NUSofting : 1 Copy of Modelonia v2 Synthesizer
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JRR Shop : UVI: Digital Synsations (vintage 90's synth sample library and player)
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Dmitry Sches : Tantra Multi-Effect + 3 Expansions
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Dmitry Sches : Diversion
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Touch The Universe Productions: LuSH-101 Cloud Layers soundset
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The FXB Project by alvfaria : Any 3 commercial sound banks. See the main site here
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Guda Audio : Euterpe XL
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Wusik : 1 bundle of Wusik 8000, Wusik Station 8, and Wusik EVE v3
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Abstract Cats Music : AbiTron Bank for Synthmaster
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satYatunes : One of any commercial product
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Xenos Soundworks : Choice of any 1 product
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Ghostwave Audio : Any two soundsets of Choice
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Twolegs Toneworks : Any one soundset
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KV331 Audio : Synthmaster One (May be a waiting period on this one, sorry)
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The Unfinished : Any two soundsets of Choice
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Rob Lee Music or here : A soundset for either: Sylenth1, Predator, Largo, Blofeld, PPGV3 or Dune
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Luftrum : One soundset free of choice.
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Ridan: Any one soundset as a secondary prize, on top of the regular prize.
haunting soundscapes, atmospheric chords, layered pads, anamorphic guitars,
brass and woodwind-esque, rhythmic/melodic sequences, and macabre sound effects.

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Kreativ Sound: RAW Bundle
(RAW Bass, RAW Drums, RAW TranSID, RAW Textures)
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Aiyn Zahev Sounds: Any 2 Soundsets of choice from the website (Uplifting Trance Presets)
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Studio 13.37: Pro audio studio on a USB stick
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Pooya Payvar (Stonail) : 1 custom made Max for [Ableton] Live: controller, midi or audio effect
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Mulperi : 1 Soundbank of Choice
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Dream Audio Tools : 1 Indie Fingers bundle (Indie Fingers volumes One and Two)
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Bjulin : Inspire soundset for Zebra²
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LeapIntoTheVoid : Enchantment Of Absynth Trilogy
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Bluff Munkey - 2 soundsets of choice
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Solidtrax : 1 Soundset of choice
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Any other offers of prizes will be greatly appreciated. :hail: :hail: :hail:


Questions? Comments? Concerns? You want some love? Just post here in this thread :)


Want to try out your skills in other contests / competitions /challenges?
  • DiHalt Demoscene competitions
  • Indaba - Has a mix of popular and indie artists with various contests like remixing and song writing. Some people from OSC have had success here.
  • KVR Mix Challenge (see stickies) - Who can mix a song the best (Without adding extra recordings /musical additions)? Each person starts out with the same stems.
  • Music Cafe (KVR, see stickies) - A thematic monthly competition. Use recording, real instruments, synths and samples.
  • RemixComps - An aggregator for remix contests from a variety of artists and genres (mostly EDM) - indie and popular.
  • Skio Music Contests - Lots of remixes you can join (Mostly EDM) - big prizes.
  • Soundevotion (SDCOMPO) Competition - Even longer running than the OSC, the SDCOMPO is even more niche in that you must use a tracker, and set of specific effects. Great community.
rockingricky
KVRist
 
66 posts since 18 Jan, 2010, from Germany

Postby rockingricky; Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:08 am Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Oh, Crystal!
Cool choice :clap:
But: Hundreds of parameters to control :o
Even modulated modulations can be modulated :?
Maybe there are some nice presets in the world wide web :idea:
functionform
KVRist
 
194 posts since 13 May, 2017, from Virginia

Postby functionform; Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:27 am Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Another one I've wanted to learn, very excited about this selection, hopefully time eases up for me.
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teilo
KVRist
 
147 posts since 29 Mar, 2008

Postby teilo; Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:36 am Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Well this is an odd duck.
macOS 10.13.x | Ableton 10 | Bitwig 2.x | Reason 10
MPK249 | Scarlett 6i6 v2 | DX7 w/SER-7 | Adam Audio T7V & Sub8
U-he everything | Komplete Ult. 11 | Serum | Steinberg Absolute 3 | Arturia V Coll. v5 | Fabfilter Pro all | countless others
L-EctroBit
KVRist
 
41 posts since 30 Sep, 2015

Postby L-EctroBit; Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:28 am Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Cool :tu: . Time to make some noise :phones:
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WilliamK
KVRAF
 
4072 posts since 11 Jun, 2001, from Wusik Dot Com

Postby WilliamK; Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:17 am Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Guys, you can update the freebie from us to: Wusik Station V9, Wusik 8008, Wusik SQ200 and Wusik P2000. :cool:

Cheers, WilliamK
tatanka
KVRian
 
890 posts since 12 Jan, 2014

Postby tatanka; Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:35 am Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Maybe there are some nice presets in the world wide web


On the download site go to "patches" in the upper menue, hundreds (if not thousands...) of patches, there are some great ones (dont remember exactly which ones), even some legendary Tim Conrady ones. This is a great choice, maybe I join this time.....seems I come back to this synth regularly evry some years, it is just out of time :-).
ontrackp
KVRian
 
600 posts since 13 Jan, 2013, from United States

Postby ontrackp; Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:06 pm Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Great choice. This should be fun!
trancemaster1339
KVRer
 
8 posts since 15 Dec, 2007

Postby trancemaster1339; Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:18 pm Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Nice synth/sampler/rompler! (I guess?)

Have never heard of it or used it, but just downloaded and will participate in this OSC.

Everybody good luck and have fun :)
zarf
KVRist
 
333 posts since 20 Jan, 2013

Postby zarf; Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:20 pm Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Just be careful with soundbanks with respect to BJs note:
bjporter wrote:Note: To keep things simple and within the spirit of the challenge, please use synthesized oscillator types only. No sound fonts / samples.
e.g. The Tim Conrardy patches use the sample ROM which is not permitted :D We have to work harder than that :) There is plenty to explore in this synth with just the synth oscillators, imho :hyper:
tatanka
KVRian
 
890 posts since 12 Jan, 2014

Postby tatanka; Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:46 pm Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

The Tim Conrardy patches use the sample ROM which is not permitted


You are sure ? For me these presets and the included soundfont bank is part of the synth.

bjporter please comment, for me this would tear out the heart of this synth.....

little addon: if this is really the case I am glad you did not choose one of the H.G. Fortune synths (for example...) to use WITHOUT the included soundfonts....sorry, for me this just sounds ridiculous...
zarf
KVRist
 
333 posts since 20 Jan, 2013

Postby zarf; Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:58 pm Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Pretty sure, it says this on the Crystal website:

Tim Conrardy Patch Banks
These banks contain patches created by Tim Conrardy. These patches use the Crystal 20Mb Sample ROM. If you haven't already installed the sample ROM, see the download instructions on the Download page and follow the "optional additional steps" to install the sample ROM.

...Which seems pretty clear with Brian already saying what he said ("please use synthesized oscillator types only. No sound fonts / samples.")

..But I could be wrong :) It happens everyday :lol:

I'm loving this synth with just the synthesized oscillator types already myself 8)
løkken
KVRer
 
14 posts since 6 Oct, 2017

Postby løkken; Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:13 pm Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

If you, like me, got troubles with the size of the plugin window and can barely see a thing, here's a solution I use: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... -magnifier :)
The Chase
KVRAF
 
10541 posts since 12 Jun, 2004, from Alberto Balsam

Postby The Chase; Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:37 pm Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Now that's a blast from the past! I used to be obsessed with Crystal back in the day when I went legit and lost Absynth.

I've always liked synths where you adjust modulation by min and max values rather than setting the base and then the amount.

edit: And the voice copy/paste function under the utility drop-down is super useful.
Last edited by The Chase on Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
generaldiomedes
KVRian
 
503 posts since 14 Apr, 2017, from Canada

Postby generaldiomedes; Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:39 pm Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

løkken wrote:If you, like me, got troubles with the size of the plugin window and can barely see a thing, here's a solution I use: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... -magnifier :)


Sweet - the shortcut keys are useful. I just got progressives, and the UI is still way too small.
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