TIMING INDEX / SECTIONS BELOW – My index is so long (aka so much in the video) I have no room to write anything else! So here’s Complex-1 which is a rack extension for Reason. I worked with them making some patches (bonus free patches to come) and there’s a few videos coming too. Here’s the first! Enjoy, grab a drink and skip around below.
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00:28 Complex-1 overview
01:00 Buchla 259 heritage and features
01:40 Waveforms and waveshaping
02:28 Mod bus – FM / frequency modulation and modulating FM depth
03:03 Mod bus – AM / amplitude modulation and modulating the AM depth
03:53 Mix output – modulating the crossfade between the oscillators
04:18 Building complex tones with internal modulation, cross modulation and feedback
05:05 Audio rate modulating waveshaping
05:16 Osc 3 overview
05:40 Osc 3 as even more audio rate modulation for the Complex Osc
06:29 Range control, turning the Osc 3 into a sub audio rate LFO
06:46 Noise overview and sound demos
06:58 Red noise
07:15 Noise as a FM / modulation source (tool for learning and new sounds)
07:59 Blue noise
08:13 Jitter, instability and “life” with noise modulating oscillator pitch … or “how to make an angry bee in a can live in your waveforms
08:55 Resonant noise
09:52 Band noise
10:01 Static noise
10:10 Binary noise
10:16 How to make dial up internet modem sounds … wooohooo!!!
11:00 Modulating / sequenced noise as an audio rate modulator for oscillator wave shape
11:22 Buffer noise
11:58 Shaper set up and functions
12:26 Saturate – overdrive and PWM like FX
12:52 Wavefolders – what are they? How do they work?
13:08 Fold 1 – wave folding and PWM-like symmetry FX
13:36 Fold 2 – more VCO sync like tones with the second fold mode
13:59 Bipulse – wave-wrapper-esq. tones with a curved, folded, rectified like wave
14:25 Pickup – pick up style overtones, great when modulated with an envelope
14:40 Processing external audio through the Complex-1, hit tab and patch the rack!
15:01 Glitch – adding kinks and inaccuracies in the waves for rich and buzzy overtones
15:43 Low pass filter
16:14 Audio rate filter cut off modulation for formant / vocal / vowel / glottal tones.
17:03 LFO filter wobbles
17:17 Filter drive – filter burn and fattening
17:26 A word on filter key tracking
17:44 High pass filter
17:57 LPGs / Low Pass gates – what are they? How do they work? What’s unique about them?
19:29 Percussive LPG set up
20:32 Alternate ways to use the LPG
20:52 Comb Delay set up and explanation
21:13 Karplus Strong Synthesis – what is it? Set up and sounds.
22:30 Using modulation for chorus / flanger like sounds
22:53 LFO functions – rate, shapes, sync/reset, positive and inverted negative outs.
23:26 Clock sync-like effects with the reset input
24:17 A basic look at uses of normal and inverted LFO outputs used in a patch
24:58 Decay shape – falling envelope like shape
25:23 Step up 3 and 4, Step up and down
25:44 Smooth random – the secret sauce! 🙂 … using it to create drift, “life” and an organic moving base texture to patch around.
26:44 ADSR, set up, patch, inverted outputs
UTILTIES aka the real magic of a synth!
27:56 Mixing oscillators pre-filtering
28:31 Mixing CV modulation for more complex interesting and animated modulation
29:14 Mixing unit “offset” voltages
30:18 Modulating modulators
30:40 Chaining mixer channels for up to 4 channel mixing
30:58 Lag processor – slew, lag, glide, portamento – what is it?
32:08 Using the lag processor as a second low pass filter
32:41 Creating more fluctuating smooth random voltages
Scale & Amp
33:24 Scale & Amp as attenuators or VCAs
33:41 Modulating modulation depth with VCA and making the classic fading vibrato modulation
34:55 Using the MIDI / sequence inputs or controllers to create velocity dependent modulation depths
Clock, quantising, sequencing, function generator and oscilloscope
36:01 Building a quick sequence
36:32 Creating sequencer patterns, controlling the range and quantising
36:59 Gate pattern sequencing
37:18 Changing sequencer step length
37:52 Clock 1 – a bonus LFO!
38:32 Clock 2 – with modulatable clock multiplication
38:45 Clock 2 – freeze / on/off control
39:31 Using the lag processor with modulated clocks for complex LFO shapes
40:05 Sequencer reset
40:28 Sequencer Curve output as a modulation source
41:03 Using an offset to transpose a sequence
41:39 Quantizer 2 – quantising LFOs for arpeggios
42:03 Function generator overview
42:26 Sample and hold S&H – making stepped random voltages
42:47 Sample and hold – LFO inputs for stepped LFO movement
43:16 Min/Max for audio processing
43:55 Onboard FX – building a sequence to demo the FX
44:44 DON’T FORGET THE OUTPUT MIXER!