One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth (Voting Ended. Results pending)

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Aro
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56 posts since 16 Mar, 2018 from Canada

Post Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:03 am

This is not an entry.

Its a song I did a couple years ago. It's all Absynth, except for one short vocal track my husband persuaded me to include to add a personal touch.

Felt like sharing.

Absynth is definitely my favourite synth. I used mostly presets for this composition, but for the competition I hope to design my own sounds and dive deeper into Absynth.

https://soundcloud.com/lionsclub-1/my-b ... e-art-thou

h.s.j.e.
KVRist
33 posts since 9 Jun, 2018

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:58 pm

Roundabout Black Friday, I used a buildup of Amazon credit to get Komplete Ultimate, and an unanticipated $150 bounty from my employer to get Zebra2 on sale, and now, at last with the chance to figure out either Zebra2 or Massive X, I'm...I'm undecided. I've spent two hours or so noodling aimlessly on each.

eivind
KVRist
52 posts since 7 Dec, 2002

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:08 pm

If I were to enter this with one synth I'd want to go multitracking with a hw synth. The Model D from Uli. Building it track by track. Voice by voice. That'd be fun.
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H-man
KVRian
647 posts since 26 Dec, 2007 from Australia

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:11 pm

h.s.j.e. wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:58 pm
Roundabout Black Friday, I used a buildup of Amazon credit to get Komplete Ultimate, and an unanticipated $150 bounty from my employer to get Zebra2 on sale, and now, at last with the chance to figure out either Zebra2 or Massive X, I'm...I'm undecided. I've spent two hours or so noodling aimlessly on each.
For the OSC I would usually take two weeks noodling aimlessly :wink:

IMO take Zebra2, it'll probably scale better (more instances ...no pun).

h.s.j.e.
KVRist
33 posts since 9 Jun, 2018

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:03 am

H-man wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:11 pm
For the OSC I would usually take two weeks noodling aimlessly :wink:

IMO take Zebra2, it'll probably scale better (more instances ...no pun).
That sounds about right. I'm really enjoying Massive X, and the CPU load is drastically reduced from what it was at first, but it still can't touch Zebra's lightness.

marks-a-whybikky
KVRist
129 posts since 30 Jul, 2007

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:14 am

... just for inspiration ... i give SynthmasterOne a try ... only waveforms, no wavetables:
https://soundcloud.com/marks-a-whybikky ... JzfB0aX0l5

Aro
KVRist
56 posts since 16 Mar, 2018 from Canada

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:47 am

Cool bird sounds. Well sculpted. I'll be lucky if I can pull off a bird cacophony, let alone an accurate birdsong sound. Any hints?

empphryio
KVRist
170 posts since 14 Apr, 2019

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:32 pm

marks-a-whybikky wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:14 am
... just for inspiration ... i give SynthmasterOne a try ... only waveforms, no wavetables:
https://soundcloud.com/marks-a-whybikky ... JzfB0aX0l5
Thank you posting that. I had tried synthmaster 2.9 but moved on. Guess I should try harder.

marks-a-whybikky
KVRist
129 posts since 30 Jul, 2007

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:28 pm

this is how i made a synthesized bird with SynthmasterOne:

Keytrack amount on OSCs: 0
2 Filters serial

SubOSC -> Ringmodulation OSC 1 -> Filter 1 -> Filter 2 -> AmpEnvelope

OSC 1: Waveform: Sine
Sub OSC: Waveform: Triangle

Filter 1: Bandstop, Cutoff 78Hz, Resonance: 0
Filter 2: Lowpass 24, Cutoff 262Hz, Resonance +21

Lfo 1 -> Filter 1: Sine, Unipolar, Attack time 20 msec., Phase 75°
Lfo 1 -> OSC 1 Pitch (-)
Lfo 2 -> Filter 2: Saw down, Unipolar, Attack time 0 msec., Phase 0°

Modulation Envelope 1-> OSC 1 Pitch (+)
Modulation Envelope 1 -> Filter 1 Cutoff: Attack 18 msec., Decay 0.9 sec., Sustain 0.4, Release 0,16 sec
Modulation Envelope 2 -> Filter 2 Cutoff: Attack 12 mse., Decay 0 sec., Sustain 0,75, Release 9 msec.
Amp Envelope: Attack 0,2 sec, Decay 0.95 sec, Sustain 0, Release 15 msec

…. maybe it helps to get more sunny spring atmosphere in your track ….

stone1
KVRist
52 posts since 10 Jul, 2007

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:58 am

I was thinking of using Hive2 but I notice it has wavetable synthesis. Is it ok to use of I just avoid any patches using wavetable?

badblocks
KVRer
3 posts since 11 Dec, 2019

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:01 am

I'm interested in submitting using Serum, but have a few questions:

-Can I use wavetables as long as they aren't sample based?
-Can I use commercial patches as a basis for my own patches?
-Can I submit a binaural (headphones required) track rather than a stereo mix?

Tx!

wltchris101
KVRist
334 posts since 8 Jan, 2012

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:17 am

Hey badblocks. As far as I'm aware wavetable synths are allowed and your correct in that you can't use samples (I asked the same about Massive X). I'm not sue about commercial patches. I think Factory patches are ok.
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wltchris101
KVRist
334 posts since 8 Jan, 2012

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:22 am

I have another question of my own please before I get too far into it and then have to start swapping things out. 'Commercial FX are allowed'. I know that this normally isn't the case, so I just wanted to be certain with this. I take it that this means I can use any paid for reverb, delay and dynamics plugin this month?

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schiing
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399 posts since 27 Oct, 2015

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:38 am

@wltchris101: I'm not a mod, but I'm practically 100% certain that any commercial effect can be used within the same set of additional rules that we always have - i.e. no chorus, distortion, etc.

I haven't seen any specific rules on wavetables, but I think the general rule on regular OSCs (individual opinions aside) has been that anything that comes within the default setup of the synth is fair game, wavetables included.

I thought about this during the last "Any Synth" challenge: What about Korg's Wavestation plugin, almost exclusively defined by its endless cycles of waveforms? Felt wrong to me at the time. But it's still a synth like any other synth - and I'd have no issue with it at all if anyone else should decide to use it this time around.

The semi-realistic alto sax on that track wouldn't be quite as impressive as, say, on a Qyooo track, of course ;-)

And I presume that commercial patches are fine as long as there are no imported multi-cycle waveforms in play - certainly this round, where there are no limitations on commercial products.

wltchris101
KVRist
334 posts since 8 Jan, 2012

Re: One Synth Challenge #134: Easter Lockdown Special - Any Synth

Post Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:46 am

Cheers schiing. The fx inside Massive X are pretty good, but I wanna try some delay manipulation which will just be a lot better done outside of the synth. And if I'm able to use the external paid for plugins that I normally use it just makes things a little easier.

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