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Patch example to support episode 5 of Modular Podcast found here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXKRa7F2Xhk
This patch was created to highlight the use of filters and different ways they can be used to create dynamics and character in a patch. The other modules used in this example are really just there for context and to give it the sense of an actual piece.
This patch began with the Mysteron and MMG. I wanted to use a sound source that had a very distinct character and then shape that character into something different. The MMG was my first choice for this, I really love the way this filter responds to modulation and the Strike input is a nice way to add additional percussive content to a bass line. The frequency on the MMG is being modulated by a CV loop generated by the Turing Machine – The Turing Machine is one of my favorite sources of modulation, especially for filtering. The ability to loop a sequence of random CV on a whim can really add a lot of life to just about anything, and quickly – The Q input of the MMG is being modulated by the woggle cv output of the Woggle Bug and the Strike input is accepting random stepped voltage from the Woggle as well for those extra percussive clicks. There is a slight bit of reverb from Clouds on this line to give it some “space”
The Intellijel uFold is a very clean and handy little guy. I rely heavily on this filter for it’s high pass mode but thought it would be more fun to make it do something a little more aggressive. A mult of the random stepped CV from the Woggle Bug is running through Maths ch.3 for attenuation and then into the 1v/o input of the STO (The attenuation will keep the FM on the uFold in a reasonable range). The Linear FM input of the STO is being modulated by an LFO from Maths ch.1. The wave shaped output of the STO is fed into the audio input of the uFold and the sub osc output is run to the FM 1 in. The resonance knob is cranked for that special crunchy FM goodness. The audio from this heads to the ch. 1 input of the Tangle Quartet. This VCA is receiving a very slow LFO from the Sequencer 1 and the audio from this is goes right into ch. 2 where it is receiving the same hyper rhythmic pattern from the Tempi as the vocal sample and the noise from the Moog. This creates a kind of “glitch wave” effect, slowly coming in and out.
The Moog Mother 32 is the largest module in the rack but it is probably doing the least in this patch. I am using the high pass ladder filter modulated by the internal LFO at a low rate to filter the internal noise source. This is then going to the ch.3 input on the Tangle Quartet. This signal will again be filtered after it runs through a bit of delay from the Echophon by another high pass filter in the Mutable Instruments Shelves. The first filter gives the signal a frequency base from where it can be modulated. Lower noise frequencies can muddy up a patch so I like to cut that shit out all together.
Shelves is a very clean and resonant filter – almost too much so. The Q knob can quickly get you into trouble if you’re not paying attention. This guy is merely filtering the signal from the Echophon before it hits the Erbe Verb. Again, trying to keep those lower frequencies at bay.
Finally, all of these signals are mixed into a side of the RxMx and out into the WMD compressor where side chain is applied.