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

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75 posts since 3 Oct, 2019

Post Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:53 am

doctorbob wrote:
Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:16 am
Heat????????? Was only 12 deg C here yesterday ... and rain ... bah humbug!
Aren't you lucky! Here it just cooled last night...

730 posts since 20 Oct, 2003 from Seattle

Post Wed Jun 23, 2021 12:24 am

Entry is done.

All sounds made with 20 instances of Kuma 508 software synth.
Valhalla Super Massive, Ableton effects (EQ, Hybrid Verb, Saturation, Amp, Limiter, Compressor, Delay).

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245 posts since 9 Jun, 2020

Post Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:46 am

Here we go: ... double-tap

Kuma x42 - all effects are Ableton except Valhalla Supermassive in a couple of areas (although I'm finding that the Hybrid Reverb is a lot more flexible): EQ8, Utility, Gate, Saturation, Erosion, Dynamic Tube, Overdrive, Limiter, Compressor, Multiband Dynamics, Glue Compressor, LFO, Autofilter, Delay, Filter Delay, Beat Repeat, Shaper, and midi effects Arpeggiator, Chord and Note Length.

Kick is a rack with three layered Kumas, snare has four layers and there are six basses.
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7 posts since 26 Aug, 2020

Post Fri Jun 25, 2021 5:55 pm

Probably my final submission, going to countryside with unstable internet, would love to work more on this tune though. One thing that is definitely missing here is a smoother transition between first and second halves. ... llenge-148

22 instances of Kuma 508 synth(14 of which are inside drum machine) in Bitwig

Bitwig effects:
drum machine
instrument selector
note pitch shifter
eq2, eq5
fx grid(simple custom haas delay)
mid-side split
multiband fx-2

3rd party:
TDR Nova
TDR Kotelnikov
Ozone Imager

Couple of bitwig tricks I used:
Used instrument selector with note counter modulator to trigger 3 instances of the same kick patch in round-robin fashion. This is to get more stable kick in kick rolls, I'm pretty sure it's not against the rules because I remember people using midi splitter on previous months, this is the same thing.

Used velocity modulator + tool on hihats synth to mimic velocity control which this synth doesn't have for some reason. It has the same result as if I drew volume automation for each note individually, so I think it's ok to use it, but if it's not I'm ready to redo this part.

Also this synth has lfos on everything except the only parameter I need - the pitch, so I drew pitch automation on all synths :) I considered using lfo modulator in bitwig, but decided that it's definitely a cheat because I wouldn't be able to drew perfect sinewaves in the automation lane in bitwig(I drew trianglewaves)

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80 posts since 27 Oct, 2020

Post Sat Jun 26, 2021 1:09 pm

I would have said it is allowed to use external controls (like bitwig lfos) to automate midi parameters. There are so many creative options these days I wouldn't see it as cheating but actually getting creative to overcome a synths limitations.

1168 posts since 9 Jan, 2013 from morf

Post Sat Jun 26, 2021 10:39 pm

So, i had another attempt at a mix
One day, maybe I’ll get it right :D
Also, I’ve used a minimal amount of xbandpass, this may or my not be allowed, you can dq me is necessary :tu:

20 kuma 508

MVmeter2, msed, dcfilter, mackity, biuttercomp2, acceleration2, limiterno6, Youlean, span
Thunder, Varimu, blockfish, varimoon, dirtsqueeze, mjucjr, ReaEq, minusfelay, verbity, auto pan, xhighpass, distance, xbandpass, tape cassette, specomp, Gaussian humanisation, fetsnap, focus, ivgi, cymatics space lite, dc1a2, autoswelllite, tape delay , tilt, bittersweet2, purestecho, MV, air shelf , Valhalla super massive, as tremolo, readelay,
Man is least himself when he talks in the first person. Give him a mask, and he'll show you his true face

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30 posts since 27 Apr, 2019

Post Sun Jun 27, 2021 11:27 am

So here is my submission,

It´s the first time programming a FM-Synth for me, so a huge learning experience from this OSC...And from the DX-7 'Operating-Manual' XD - No Presets used as usual - everything made from scratch.

I used 32 instances in FL Studio 20.5.1 and the theme of this submission is... ehm... I´m afraid that i don´t have an explanation for the theme of this - it just somehow happened XD ... 8-kuma-508

Some technical stuff:
DAW Plugins:
Fruity Parametric EQ2, Fruity Stereo Enhancer, Fruity Limiter, Fruity Reeverb2, Fruity Delay 2 and 3, Maximus for "Mastering" if you can call the things i do mastering

3rd Party Effects:
Analog Obsession Sweet Drums, Analog Obsession Love End, Auburn Sounds Couture, Lazy Kenneth (Volume Mode), TAL Filter-2 (Volume for Sidechaining), Xfer OTT

1704 posts since 7 Mar, 2014

Post Sun Jun 27, 2021 1:22 pm

Here's the DoctorBob track for this month. The drummer left the room and didn't come back, so the bassist, pianist and synth player jammed a bit! Enjoy.

Track details
11 * Kuma508
11 * ReaEQ
3 * Twin Delay
2 * TAL Filter 2
1 * TAL Dub Delay
1 * LFX 1310
1 * Oril River

Ferric TDS
Voxengo MSED
Loudmax 64

Youlean Loudness Meter 2 (free)

LUFS: -15.2
DR: 9 ... 48-kuma508

3 posts since 11 Jun, 2021

Post Mon Jun 28, 2021 5:17 am

First time entering, only saw this at the weekend and didn't have much time to really get going. Had fun learning how to make sounds out of it, never really gone beyond tweaking presets before!

Will hopefully get some more time to make some changes before Wednesday but if i don't I've submitted this as it is so far.
made with Reaper with a little help from
19 kuma 508s
TDR Nova
Midi Transpose
Valhalla Supermassive

3rd "release/mix"
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2760 posts since 17 Apr, 2010 from Croatia

Post Mon Jun 28, 2021 7:57 am

Alright, squeezed in some time to do a track with this quirky synth. Limitation sometimes has interesting side effects... I might go at it one more time, but just so I have one posted...

instances: 22
DAW: MuLab (
FX: EQs, Delays, Compressor, Mid-Side Processor
3rd Party FX: Valhalla Supermassive, OTT, LoudMax, Dimension Expandor, Wider

Whenever we run some FM synth, I remember how I thought I would hate those, but I'm always having a blast with them at the end. Challenging... some more some less. This one certainly more, though. :hihi:

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75 posts since 3 Oct, 2019

Post Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:44 pm

My submission:

15 instances of Kuma 508

DAW: Reaper 6.29

Cockos - ReaEQ, ReaComp
Airwindows - Mackity
Dead Duck - DD Limiter, DD Equaliser
Sonic Anomaly - Transpire

Dead Duck - DD Reverb, DD Gate
Cockos - ReaEQ, ReaComp
Valhalla - Supermassive
Baby Audio - Keylay
Airwindows - StereoFX, Verbity

TbT - TLs1295-LEA
Dead Duck - DD Limiter
Ignite Amps - PTEq-X
Airwindows - StereoFX
Thomas Mundt - Loudmax
Youlean - Loudness Meter 2

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2760 posts since 17 Apr, 2010 from Croatia

Post Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:06 am

Pfff, I almost made another song, but then Kuma's polyphony garbage just took the wind right out of me again. Looking forward to a fully functional synth again! :roll: :)

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113 posts since 17 Sep, 2013 from UK

Post Tue Jun 29, 2021 10:41 am

Taron wrote:
Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:06 am
Pfff, I almost made another song, but then Kuma's polyphony garbage just took the wind right out of me again. Looking forward to a fully functional synth again! :roll: :)
It's very tasty, I swear!

9 posts since 30 May, 2021

Post Tue Jun 29, 2021 11:39 am

My submission.

x10 Kuma
Sonic Anomaly Unlimited
x4 ReaEQ
Ferric TDS
x2 NightShine
x5 HY-Delay4 Free
x4 TAL Reverb 4
Sanford Reverb
Valhalla Supermassive
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275 posts since 16 Mar, 2013 from Lima - Perú

Post Wed Jun 30, 2021 10:50 am

My entry:

I don't think I nailed the Synthwave/Retrowave genre, but I tried :D .

It's the first time I used send & return tracks, I tried a different approach to mixing now, after some conversations with
OntrackP & other folks in the slack channel.

39 instances of Kuma in Ableton Live 10

Ableton Fxs:

- Glue compressor.
- Delay
- Reverb
- Multiband Compressor
- Utility
- Eq three
- Eq8
- Envelope follower
- Limiter

Third party effects:

- Polyverse Wider
- Signalizer
- AllPassPhase

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