One Synth Challenge #148: Kuma 508 by (Jasinski Wins!)

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29 posts since 7 Oct, 2017

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 1:34 pm

The synth is capable of producing intriguing buzzing sounds.

DAW: Reaper

Kuma 508 x44
JS: 3-Band Splitter x1
JS: 8x Mono to 1x Stereo Mixer x6
JS: Delay w/Stereo Bounce x2
JS: Delay w/Tempo Ping-Pong x3
JS: Master Limiter x1
JS: Mid/Side Decoder x5
JS: Mid/Side Encoder x5
JS: MIDI EQ Ducker x21
JS: MIDI Note Filter x11
JS: Soft Clipper/Limiter x2
JS: Stereo Channel Volume/Pan/Polarity Control x1
JS: Stereo Width x2
JS: Upward Expander x1
JS: Volume Adjustment x3
ReaComp x6
ReaDelay x3
ReaEQ x11
ReaVerb x17

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353 posts since 7 Dec, 2006 from Richmond, VA, USA

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:24 pm


Noisy, harsh, odd, wrong, and yukky. But I gots to keep the streak alive.

9 instances in Live 11 with Live effects and OTT. No Valhalla Massive. :(

38 posts since 30 Dec, 2020

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:56 pm

i feel the same, not my favorite synth by far, but the streak must go on. been doing these for half a year now. let's see if i can last a full year, then i'll consider being more selective. or not. :) ... opus-disco

made with these things:
10x kuma 508
waveform compressor
valhalla supermassive
tdr vos slickeq
ozone imager 2
tdr kotelnikov
youlean loudness meter 2
waveform free

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181 posts since 28 Dec, 2012

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:16 pm

I think I may have technically missed the wire here, but here it is anyway: ... visation-4

1 instance of Kuma 508

As others have noted, a somewhat temperamental beast. But then again, I kinda like that sort of thing :)

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80 posts since 27 Oct, 2020

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:30 pm


Here's my attempt at making something with Kuma. Kuma is Swahili for Vagina!

Ableton Live 11
38 Instances Kuma

Native FX:
EQ 8, Echo, Hybrid Reverb, Arp, Probability Arp, Expression Control, Drum Bus, Compressor, LFO, AutoFilter, Autopan, Redux ,Tuner!!!

3rd Party FX
OrilRiver, Valhalla SuperMassive, STFU-1, Wider, FreeClip, Bass Professor Mk II

Glue Compressor, Limiter, LoudMax 64, Youlean Loudness Meter 2

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272 posts since 29 Nov, 2019

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:55 pm

Once upon a time the Prime of Kuma cruelly divided his subjects ; exalting the Pure, while binding the Diminished in darkness. Now the chains are broken, and those once bound are back to take their revenge. ... hed-return

My submission for the One Synth Challenge at

Made in REAPER using Kuma 508 ( 34x ; as always, all patches from scratch, ) complemented by Valhalla Supermassive ( as reverb ) Oril River, TAL Dub II, Keylay , A1 Stereo Control , TDR Nova ( lighty dynamic ; light ducking on reverb buses ), ReaEQ ( lightly ) , ReaGate ( just the one, shaping delay input ) as well as a few minor stereo processing utilities.
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411 posts since 4 Jun, 2018 from The UK

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:56 pm

Hey all, my entry is ready!
Always fun doing a bit of FM. I had to pay extra attention not to make my sounds too out-of-tune, what with those funny knobs! ... 8-mudhenge

Bitwig Studio 3.3.10 64bit - Windows 10
40x Kuma 508 - All patches made from init.

Bitwig Plugins used:
Delay, Reverb, EQ, Gate, Tool (for volume/panning automation)

3rd Party:
Tal Reverb 4
StereoTool v3
Quick Haas

Loudmax 64bit
TDR Kotelnikov
TDR Nova

46 posts since 18 Feb, 2015

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 5:38 pm


Here's my entry:

I used Reaper
4 instances of KUMA 508
JS Event Horizon Limiter/Clipper


574 posts since 20 Jan, 2013

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 9:25 pm

Hello, an entry
About 15 instances in Ableton with only DAW fx, the usual bunch
cheers all

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1988 posts since 29 Sep, 2011

Post Thu Jul 01, 2021 8:57 am

J.Ruegg wrote:
Wed Jun 30, 2021 10:50 am
Heyyo! I don't think people pay extremely close attention to the plugs being used, but @J.Ruegg has been super kind to help me test out this new free plug. I've also submitted it to KVRDC21 if you want to check it out (there are plenty of cool plugs, it looks like, including two from Bjorn). For a lot of things, but especially for OSC, I think it's going to be really useful - it makes the classic sidechaining super easy but also has sample accurate MIDI trigger so you can supplement a synth's volume envelope! Anyway, I'd love it if you check it out and if you find it useful to vote! Cheers!

1704 posts since 7 Mar, 2014

Post Thu Jul 01, 2021 9:25 am

^^^^^^ THIS! 'tis good, really :wink: :)

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2760 posts since 17 Apr, 2010 from Croatia

Post Fri Jul 02, 2021 10:15 am

Wheee.... I have voted! This was pleasant. Many of you have taken me to strange but wonderful places. Loads of curious trips and good entertainment. Well, I'm sure Kuma deserves some major overhauls, especially polyphony. I mean, I know from my own experience of coding it, it's not as obvious as one might think, but still... ...once you figured it out, it's no problem.

Anyway, good stuff! Good luck all! ;) :clap:

29 posts since 7 Oct, 2017

Post Sat Jul 03, 2021 5:15 pm


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246 posts since 9 Jun, 2020

Post Tue Jul 06, 2021 1:36 am

Voted - the pain of working with synths you don't like much is balanced by the concomitant reduction in tracks you need to vote for.

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75 posts since 3 Oct, 2019

Post Tue Jul 06, 2021 11:04 am

I voted, and also tried to give some comments, where I felt I could add something...

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