Xhun Audio : ResonHeart (experimental mechanical synthesizer) (soon)

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CinningBao
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Post Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:39 am

Stunning! :)

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xhunaudio
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Re: Xhun Audio : ResonHeart (experimental mechanical synthesizer) (soon)

Post Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:38 pm

tatanka wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:56 am
From the descriptions I have read from time to time I thought it would be much more, ähmmm "strange" and I am really glad it is NOT ...
Don't say it too soon ! :)

The first ResonHeart prototype (one year ago) was really, really, stupidly large and complex. It involved also the main turbulence to be sent through additional sets of parallel bore/tubular resonators, free reeds, air reeds, single reeds and double reeds.

After I assembled everything, I suddenly noticed that the whole system was too much "unfocused", the sound generated by the reeds and pipes was in "conflict" with the sound from universal Helmholtz resonators (the 2 sections were overhanging each other). But the most insane aspect was the end-user experience for sound designing. :dog:

So I started a long finishing process. Now the sound/tone generation is much, much more clear, keeping the synthesis possibilities very similar to the original "untamable monster".

Now the user interface (it's a one-section only) in part resembles the arrangement you can find on a modal/additive synthesizer. So it is much less "strange" than the first prototype. But...

I !*STRONGLY*! recommend to read the included manual (explaining each single parameter function) specially to learn how to properly balance the action of the modulators sections (for UHR pressure and tuning control).

Something in ResonHeart resembles a standard synthesis system interface - but for other aspects, a look at the operative manual is mandatory in my opinion.

tatanka
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Re: Xhun Audio : ResonHeart (experimental mechanical synthesizer) (soon)

Post Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:19 pm

Dont scare me :o

Fair warning :lol:

fairlyclose
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58 posts since 4 Jul, 2019

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Post Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:11 pm

gotta say this is very interesting - even if it doesn't appeal to me when I try it, I really admire the exploratory approach you are taking.

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xhunaudio
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Post Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:52 am

tatanka wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:19 pm
Dont scare me :o

Fair warning :lol:
Don't be scared, the "untamable" parts have been cut off... :)

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xhunaudio
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Post Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:55 am

fairlyclose wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:11 pm
gotta say this is very interesting - even if it doesn't appeal to me when I try it, I really admire the exploratory approach you are taking.
ResonHeart development has been very enjoyable indeed...

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Halonmusic
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Post Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:58 am

How is it coming along? :)
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Tj Shredder
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Post Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:37 am

For me the most interesting part of physical modeling is to play it with expressive controllers, as it would always play with nuances. The sound example was more a mechanical one, and did not sound that different than what you could do even with subtractive synthesis (the most limited one)... I bet the final results will be more complex. You should definitely get a Seaboard or a LinnStrument to get an hands on experience of MPE... (I don‘t touch anything anymore missing that, its just too much fun...)

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xhunaudio
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Post Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:51 am

@Halonmusic
It's (finally) completed.

@Tj Shredder
Yes maybe I could be more expressive in the audio demo. In some parts I would give the idea of an automated "steam-machine-like" :) , in other parts I had been more expressive (the main "air-orchestra" theme).

By the way if you wish you can be more expressive than me :) , the tone generator can be modulated using also key follow, key velocity, mod wheel, etc. and all parameters come MIDI CC# mapped for realtime tweaking. Take a look to the manual (when it is out) or take a brief read to my previous posts on this thread, I described how the instrument is internally arranged - it may be useful.

Cepheus
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Post Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:21 am

Tj Shredder wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:37 am
You should definitely get a Seaboard or a LinnStrument to get an hands on experience of MPE... (I don‘t touch anything anymore missing that, its just too much fun...)
I wouldn't mind turning my Seaboard into a Steamboard :hihi:

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Tj Shredder
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Post Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:30 am

Imagine powering a pedal or a pump just by pressing the aftertouch up and down, taking into consideration some resonance, which will pump the air into your model... A bit like a bow of a string, no sound if you don't move the bow. In this case, no sound if you don't pump...

Winstontaneous
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Post Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:46 am

Tj Shredder wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:30 am
Imagine powering a pedal or a pump just by pressing the aftertouch up and down, taking into consideration some resonance, which will pump the air into your model... A bit like a bow of a string, no sound if you don't move the bow. In this case, no sound if you don't pump...
Harm Visser did some incredible physical modeling patches for AAS Tassman where the mod wheel is used as the exciter for bowed patches..."exciting" if ResonHeart follows a similar path...
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masterhiggins
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Post Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:18 am

I’m very excited to try this out. Would also love iron axe to be Mac-compatible, and even perhaps some bass register ranges. :)

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xhunaudio
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Post Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:39 am

Winstontaneous wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:46 am
..."exciting" if ResonHeart follows a similar path...
It's very difficoult to say by words (usually 1 image = 100 words , having a play with the instrument = 2000 words), but, while not specifically using the "simultaneous-multi-action-to-emit-1-voice" path that you described (the idea is it should be *easily playable* as, for example, a pipe organ is) ResonHeart can reach that same or similar result too.

Pressing any key activates the main pump BUT, if the resonator's PRESSURE control is set to zero, no sound is produced (this case means the main pump is effectively emitting the air turbulence, bit the Helmholtz resonators' embouchures are closed).

By modulating that PRESSURE control (with a knob or a breath controller for example) that result can be easily reached. The PRESSURE control can be also automated (contour/envelope or swing/LFO) and/or assigned to key velocity / keyfollower. All assignments are bi-polar.

All this applies 100% also for UHR tuning and (partially) for the main pump/motor.

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ariston
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Re: Xhun Audio : ResonHeart (experimental mechanical synthesizer) (soon)

Post Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:55 am

I am definitely intrigued by this... can't wait to try it out!

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