ZPC#17 - One Finger Chords

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hakey
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:06 am

ZPC#17 - One Finger Chords

The theme for this month's Zebra patch contest is "One Finger Chords".

The rules are (I hope) fairly simple: design a maximum of two "One Finger Chord" patches.

A "One Finger Chord" patch is one for which a single key press will result in a set of notes sounding simultaneously. In Zebra the easiest way to achieve this is to use two or more Osc or FMO modules tuned at different pitches.

Beyond the single finger chord stipulation there are no restrictions on the type of patch that may be created - stabs, pads, leads, basses, plucked sounds, mono/duo/polyphonic patches etc. are all equally permissible.

As ever the prizes for this contest are pretty damn good - a free choice of one nfr* software product from the u-he range and a copy of mcnoone's Soliton soundset!

(*not for resale)


How to enter
  • Simply create one or two "One Finger Chord" patches using Zebra.
  • Send them (.h2p format) to bmrzycki, either by PM through this forum, or by email to: brzycki [at] gmail [dot] com (PMing bmrzycki is probably the more reliable method - emails have been known to get lost in transit).
Rulez and other important stuff:
  • A maximum of two patches per person may be submitted.
  • Patches should be anonymized (putting a "?" in the "author" field when saving does the trick).
  • The winning patch will be decided by a vote.
  • In order to be eligible for the prize patch submitters must vote - no vote no prize!
  • Try to ensure that your patch does not exhibit significant - ideally no - audio clipping.
  • Please DO NOT! send any patches to me (hakey). KVR member bmrzycki collects the patches for the contest (see under "How to enter").
  • Please DO! carefully read through the instructions under "How to enter" and "Rulez and other important stuff".
  • The deadline for submissions is 14:00 UTC September 1st
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The theme for these contests are decided upon by something approaching a democratic/consensual process, so if anyone has ideas for future contests, themes, or just general suggestions, please speak your brains in the "Patch Contest: Suggestions" thread which will appear within the next week or so.

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hakey
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:07 am

Additional Info and Tips

Note that whilst patches should be configured so as to play a chord with one key press this does not mean that they must be monophonic! Duophonic mode might be particularly interesting for this task. ;)
mcnoone wrote:This might be useful, for some 3 or 4 sound source chords to to try:
  • major 0,4,7
  • minor 0, 3, 7
  • diminished 0, 3, 6
  • diminished7th 0,3,6,9
  • half diminished 0, 3, 6, 10
  • augmented 0, 4, 8
  • 5th 0, 7
  • 7th 0, 4, 7, 10
  • minor7th 0, 3, 7, 10
  • major7th 0, 4, 7, 11
  • min/maj7th 0, 3, 7, 11
  • suspended 4th 0, 5, 7
  • suspended 2nd 0, 2, 7
  • 7th sus 4th 0, 5, 7, 10
  • 7th sus 2nd 0, 2, 7, 10
  • added 2nd 0, 2, 4, 7
  • added 9th 0, 4, 7, 14
  • added 4th 0, 4, 5, 7
  • 6th 0, 4, 7, 9
  • minor 6th 0, 3, 7, 9
  • 9th 0, 4, 7, 10, 14
  • minor 9th 0, 3, 7, 10, 14
  • major 9th 0, 4, 7, 11, 14
Patch naming, use of XY Pads and including additional info

Try to give your patch a unique and descriptive name (bad puns are always welcome).

If submitting two patches try to ensure that the names are not so similar as to make it obvious to everyone else that they are by the same author.

If your patch uses the XY Pads the convention in Zebra is to append a "+" sign to the end of the patch name.

It's a very good idea to include some information in the relevant part of the info box when saving a patch, especially where mod wheel, aftertouch, breath controller, pitch bend or the XY Pads are assigned.

Other useful stuff

Some more general patch design tips can be found in the Zebralette contest thread here.

From the same thread - competition hints

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hakey
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:15 am

I'm going to be away from tomorrow onwards, so if anyone has any questions please post them in this thread. I'm sure that the regulars will be able to offer answers to most queeries. ;)

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bmrzycki
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4064 posts since 11 Aug, 2006 from Austin, TX

Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:55 am

There are several "famous" tunings that one should explore when tuning multiple OSC/FMO modules:. If you're unsure about where to start the Wikipedia article on intervals has a decent overview.

And don't forget to add in that octave! (+/- 12.00 semitones) It can have a profound effect on the sound.

giorgiomartini
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287 posts since 1 Oct, 2007 from Berlin

Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:18 am

What does nfr means ?

As ever the prize for this contest is pretty damn good - a free choice of one nfr software product from the u-he range!

thanx !

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bmrzycki
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:25 am

giorgiomartini wrote:What does nfr means ?
Not For Resale. In other words, you can't win the contest, get a free copy of Zebra2 and then turn it into cash by selling it on the marketplace. Functionality-wise it's identical to a purchased copy of the software.

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mcnoone
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:28 am

giorgiomartini wrote:What does nfr mean?
not for resale.

Zebra is capable of making chord sounds with only one oscillator.
Using certain osc fx can do that.

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rsmus7
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:30 am

giorgiomartini wrote:What does nfr means ?

As ever the prize for this contest is pretty damn good - a free choice of one nfr software product from the u-he range!

thanx !
not for resale

that means you can usw it but not sell it
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mcnoone
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:32 am

ZPC17, 1st place winner will also get a copy of my Soliton soundset.

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bmrzycki
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:24 am

mcnoone wrote:ZPC17, 1st place winner will also get a copy of my Soliton soundset.
Very generous again Michael! Thank you!

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bmrzycki
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:25 am

mcnoone wrote:Zebra is capable of making chord sounds with only one oscillator.
Using certain osc fx can do that.
Interesting, which FX units?

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mcnoone
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:54 am

bmrzycki wrote:
mcnoone wrote:Zebra is capable of making chord sounds with only one oscillator.
Using certain osc fx can do that.
Interesting, which FX units?
The second post in this thread.
http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic ... 20#4262020
That's not all though. You can achieve single oscillator chords with the osc fx and some unique waves as well.
ZPC3-Expressive-Saint-Sinner patch is an example there.

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hakey
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:54 am

bmrzycki wrote:
mcnoone wrote:ZPC17, 1st place winner will also get a copy of my Soliton soundset.
Very generous again Michael! Thank you!
+1 :tu:

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hakey
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:10 am

It's possible draw "chorded" waveforms for a single oscillator chord, though it's a bit fiddly to do with precision and accuracy and, for obvious reasons, only works for perfect intervals.

I made a perfect fifth by interpolating by hand between a double saw and a triple saw. IIRC I used it for one of my Zebralette Patch Contest entries - the oscillator preset is called either "perfect fifth" or "imperfect fifth".
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BlueFielder
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Post Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:11 am

Never made a 1 finger chord. This should prove 'educational'.

Point to more examples in the Presets .... would be appreciated.

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