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Electric Guitar + Modular Synth

By disquiet on January 7, 2018 11:16 pm

I've been using my modular synthesizer as an extended effects pedal for my electric guitar. It's also something of an accomplice, in that it nudges me in directions over which I don’t have full control. When I use a lofi looper, like the Soundmachines UL1, the resulting seam — the clock or pulse of the looper —  provides a little glitchy beat, a beat I need to learn to play along to. I spent time adjusting the looper to my taste, and then figuring out a sequence of notes that would accommodate it. I then wanted to fill the guitar part out a bit, so I accomplished this through two means. First, I sent a copy of the incoming guitar line through an echo module, and sent that through a low-pass filter. Second, I did some post-production work: after recording myself playing the guitar through the modular synthesizer, I copied the original audio, nudged it forward a tiny bit along the timeline, added a heavy echo (three seconds), severely lowered the volume, and put it through a serious low-pass filter, so in the end it’s a muffled repeat of the original.

I had planned what I might want to record for my first Weekly Beats piece all week, and then finally sat down and did it over the course of about two hours on Sunday the 7th of January, 2018, as the 4:00pm (California) deadline was coming into view. I want to thank Joshua Saddler (aka ioflow) for encouraging me to try out Weekly Beats this year.

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January 8, 2018 12:43 am

welcome to weekly beats! so glad you could join in. some really lovely spaciousness here. notes hesitating on the precipice, then gently falling into place.

January 8, 2018 12:46 am

Love those spacious bell-like tones you're producing.

January 8, 2018 12:49 am

It's great to have a modular experimentalist here. A picture of your setup would be a really interesting view. Are you planning on developing that technique further this year?

Please be welcome to WB smile

January 8, 2018 2:10 am

Thanks, folks. Here's a shot of the modular synth setup I used. The thick black cable is extending from my electric guitar, which is a Fender Stratocaster:

January 8, 2018 2:11 am

I think I may have messed up when I inserted the image, but if you click on it it'll take you to the image.

January 8, 2018 2:12 am

And, per laguna's question, yeah, I do plan on using my guitar + modular more as the year proceeds. Guitar and other things, too, like VCV Rack on my laptop and various iOS apps.

January 8, 2018 6:55 am

Good to see some more modular on here.  You're getting a decent clean tone out of that A-119.  Are you boosting levels beforehand?

January 8, 2018 3:13 pm

Rdomain: no, in this case it's coming straight from my guitar. I am using the gain on the A-119.

January 8, 2018 9:33 pm

what a cool sound!  welcome! 

what a fun set up to play with!

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