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hakey
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Postby hakey; Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:53 am Zebra Patch Contest # 14 - "Keys"

>>> Zebra Patch Contest #14 - Keyboards <<<

Back by popular demand, for this month's patch contest we're using Zebra and the theme is "Keyboards".

So what counts as a 'keyboard' patch? For the purpose of this contest there's no hard definition, but it's pretty much any patch that would usually get filed under 'Keys'. In the Zebra factory library it includes those patches that Howard calls 'Pianoids' and 'Orgones'.

A more technical definition might be Chordophones, Aerophones, Idiophones and Electrophones.

Aren't synths keyboard instruments anyway? - Well, in the main, yes, but the convention followed in synthland is to place polysynth and mono/lead sounds within their own separate categories. Obviously there is some cross-over; many of Howard's 'Pianoid' patches, for example, could reasonably be classed as 'Polysynth' patches.

Which is as much as to say that there is good a degree of flexibility here. There's certainly nothing dictating that patches must be realistic emulations of acoustic keyboard instruments - unusual, synthetic, electronic reinterpretations of keyboard sounds are positively encouraged!

As ever the prize for this contest is pretty damn good - a free choice of one software product from the u-he range!

How to enter

Simply create one or two "Keys" patches using Zebra.

Send them (.h2p format) to bmrzycki, either by PM through this forum, or by email to: brzycki [at] gmail [dot] com


Rulez and other important stuff:

Deadline for Submissions - 10 am (UTC-6) Monday April 25th

A maximum of two patches per person.

Patches should be anonymized (putting a "?" in the "author" field when saving does the trick).

The winning patch will be decided by a vote (and everyone who submits a patch is expected to vote!).

Please try to ensure that your patch does not exhibit significant - ideally no - audio clipping.

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The theme for these contests are decided upon by something approaching a democratic/consensual process, so if anyone has ideas for future contests, themes, or just general suggestions, please speak your brains in the following thread...
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Postby hakey; Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:54 am

Some tips that might go well with keyboard emulations (courtesy of 3ee):

Tip #1: It's about the envelopes. (Zebra 2.5 has VERY versatile EGs so you got to tweak'em just right)

Tip #2: It's about being expressive. (changes over velocity and keyboard range)

Tip #3: It's about a beautifull tone. (:!: no comments here just keep it clean and consistent)

Tip #4: Leave effects for a finishing touch and don't overuse them.

Tip #5: Sometimes you may be too close to the project so it's best to make some comparisons from time to time to hear how your patch behaves VS your point of referance (oh yes, you gotta have patches you love stuff about them... so recreate them within your patch :) )

Tip #6: Subtile tweaks can make a big difference sometimes.
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Some ideas on patch design from the Zebralette contest thread.

Again from the Zebralette contest, hints on how to be competitive in ZPC.
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hakey
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Postby hakey; Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:07 am

And my suggestion for May's contest is Tyrell - that's so long as Urs doesn't see a problem with this?
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Postby Urs; Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:12 am

hakey wrote:And my suggestion for May's contest is Tyrell - that's so long as Urs doesn't see a problem with this?

Made this a sticky and absolutely no problems with TyrellN6 for next contest. I've received tons of really great preset contributions for that one. It'll be released next week.
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Postby 3ee; Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:12 am

hakey wrote:And my suggestion for May's contest is Tyrell...

:tu:
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Postby hakey; Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:27 am

Urs wrote: absolutely no problems with TyrellN6 for next contest.

:tu:

I'm pretty sure we'll get another good turn out - might even beat the 52 patch record!
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Postby 3ee; Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:28 am

Oh boy... this should be a great edition! Keyboards are one of my favorite instruments to play and synthesize. :)
Good Luck to all! :tu:
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Postby arbee; Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:29 am

in the main post, it says:

"How to enter

Simply create one or two "Keys" patches using Bazille.

Send them (.h2p format) to bmrzycki, either by PM through this forum, or by email to: brzycki [at] gmail [dot] com "

I guess the "Bazille" is a typo here ? because the title says Zebra...
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Postby abstractcats; Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:35 am

Missed Bazille I did but I'll give this one a good shot :)
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hakey
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Postby hakey; Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:35 am

arbee wrote:I guess the "Bazille" is a typo here ?

Yep, that was a mistake (due to copy pasting much of the text from last months contest). :oops:
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Postby abstractcats; Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:36 am

hakey wrote:^ Yep, that was a mistake (due to copy pasting much of the text from last months contest). :oops:


Darn ya'! Darn ya'! to heck Erkle ! :hihi: :hihi:
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Postby Resonator63; Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:49 am

Had a go at the Bazille contest,enjoyed it.
So I think i'll have a crack at this one too.
:)
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Postby hakey; Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:08 am

Resonator63 wrote:Had a go at the Bazille contest,enjoyed it.
So I think i'll have a crack at this one too.
:)

That's the spirit!
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Postby core; Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:09 pm

No time to join I'm afraid, but very curious to see what you guys come up with.
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Postby hakey; Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:01 pm

core wrote:No time to join I'm afraid

3 1/2 weeks till the deadline... ;)
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