One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak (mehum wins!)

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bjporter
KVRAF
2570 posts since 19 Dec, 2010 from North America

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:03 am

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! :)

Submissions will show up here once voting starts:
https://soundcloud.com/kvrosc/sets/one- ... llenge-114

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.


Wusik : 1 bundle of Wusik Station V9, Wusik 8008, Wusik SQ200 and Wusik P2000
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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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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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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?
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rockingricky
KVRist
70 posts since 18 Jan, 2010 from Germany

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:08 am

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
206 posts since 13 May, 2017 from Virginia

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:27 am

Another one I've wanted to learn, very excited about this selection, hopefully time eases up for me.

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teilo
KVRist
154 posts since 30 Mar, 2008

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:36 am

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
55 posts since 1 Oct, 2015

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:28 am

Cool :tu: . Time to make some noise :phones:

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WilliamK
KVRAF
3885 posts since 12 Jun, 2001 from Wusik Dot Com

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:17 am

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

Cheers, WilliamK

tatanka
KVRian
919 posts since 13 Jan, 2014

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:35 am

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
602 posts since 13 Jan, 2013 from United States

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:06 pm

Great choice. This should be fun!

trancemaster1339
KVRer
11 posts since 15 Dec, 2007

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:18 pm

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
354 posts since 20 Jan, 2013

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:20 pm

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
919 posts since 13 Jan, 2014

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:46 pm

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
354 posts since 20 Jan, 2013

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:58 pm

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
16 posts since 7 Oct, 2017

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:13 pm

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
10535 posts since 13 Jun, 2004 from Alberto Balsam

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:37 pm

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.
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generaldiomedes
KVRian
502 posts since 15 Apr, 2017 from Canada

Re: One Synth Challenge #114: Crystal by Green Oak

Post Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:39 pm

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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