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Silent Projectors

By NWSPR on June 28, 2020 6:25 pm

Hot dang! 90° outside today in the nearly recovered metropolis of NYC. Hot and humid but nice to get out a bit, even with our masks. This week I am doing the opposite of last week's all acoustic instruments, and instead recorded 100% all semi-modular analog direct to Logic in a single pass live play followed by several over dub runs and some minor editing.  This was fun because I really wanted to focus on learning this new gear.  I've only scratched the surface, and this is very basic utilization of the sequencers, but it help me break through my procrastination and resistance to learning new things.


Equipment: It's all Moog, just by chance, and all analog, so if you like Moog sound, you may have fun identifying the filters and wave forms smile

• Two Moog Mother 32s providing the basic repetitive sequenced patterns in the mid and high range

• Moog DFAM providing the percussions sounds. Does a pretty decent job of tribal toms and with the flip of a few toggles on the filters, it can go to synth drum sounds, and then to mechanical sounds without missing a beat

• Moog Grand Mother: Responsible for all the leads, mid range melody, and some dissonant percussive sounds.  Square, Triangle, and Saw wave forms were used in sync, out of sync, detuned, and intervals, so you get a full range of crispy Moog sounds.

Other than that, 10 patch cables, Tascam 16x8 USB interface, and about 2 hours of studio time since recording live multitrack is so efficient.

Hope everyone is well and healthy! Like Alice Cooper says... Schools Out For Summer!

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June 29, 2020 12:51 am

Very nice percussive loop. Those synths are so cool.

June 29, 2020 1:18 am

Whoa, the grandmother sounds absolutely huge when it comes in at 0:47.  Actually like ever instance of it in this track sounds so good, what an awesome synth.  The DFAM sounds sweet too.  Honestly probably would have thought those tribal drums were sampled.  This is a cool ass jam man, sounds like it was super fun to make.

Also, did you get all 4 of those synths this week?  If so, thats one of the most intensely awesome gear acquisitions I've ever heard of. Very happy for you. 

June 29, 2020 1:55 am

Woah, love those sounds that come in at 4:20, and the way they kind of degrade as they go before coming back. This track is rad.

June 29, 2020 2:05 am

Gotta love some moog.  It's super cool that you did a bunch of this live.  The drums sound great, too. 

June 29, 2020 5:16 pm

Impressive work. Very different from what I've heard the few months. The initial buildup was amazing! These are all great sounds that mesh together so well.

June 29, 2020 11:02 pm
Chrisfoo wrote:

Whoa, the grandmother sounds absolutely huge when it comes in at 0:47.  Actually like ever instance of it in this track sounds so good, what an awesome synth.  The DFAM sounds sweet too.  Honestly probably would have thought those tribal drums were sampled.  This is a cool ass jam man, sounds like it was super fun to make.

Also, did you get all 4 of those synths this week?  If so, thats one of the most intensely awesome gear acquisitions I've ever heard of. Very happy for you.


Thanks!  The Grandmother has a really big sound but I get very frustrated with it at times due to it's limitations, but great Moog sound for the cost.

Nope, I did not get all of this stuff together. I got the Moog Grandmother back in 2017 or 18 right when it was announced at Moogfest and pre-ordered it. So it was hand numbered and assembled by kids visiting the factory as a festival activity (no joke).  I recorded with it back in WB 2018 and played several live shows with it using the arp function in sync with several other keyboards and drum machines and it could not be beat for live leads.

I bought the first Mother32 on sale in 2018 and was underwhelmed. But then in 2019 they were on sale at Guitar Center and I figured maybe if I had two, I'd finally be happy smile

Then the DFAM came out and I finally had an excuse to buy the cool three space rack.  So now I've got the whole collection.  My plan was to really deep dive into semi modulars this year.

Unfortunately, after watching a bunch of instagram and YouTube videos, I realized I'm not a semi-modular guy. I'm just a consumerist idiot with a soft spot for Moogs.  Nothing wrong with semi-modular guys and girls. I just hate that every time I want to do something simple, I have to press FOUR FUCKING buttons in sequence, enter a value, then patch that in with several tiny fucking patch cables.  So instead I typically give up and pick up my bass guitar most weeks while these motherfuckers blinking quietly in the corner mocking me ad stealing sweet sweet a/c current.

Way too much info, but I had to vent.  Maybe next year I'll be the totally rad semi-modular guy sporting a patch cable twisty bracelet and laughing about parameter shield typos and attenuation modules, or whatever the fuck. smile 

June 30, 2020 7:18 am
NWSPR wrote:
Chrisfoo wrote:

Whoa, the grandmother sounds absolutely huge when it comes in at 0:47.  Actually like ever instance of it in this track sounds so good, what an awesome synth.  The DFAM sounds sweet too.  Honestly probably would have thought those tribal drums were sampled.  This is a cool ass jam man, sounds like it was super fun to make.

Also, did you get all 4 of those synths this week?  If so, thats one of the most intensely awesome gear acquisitions I've ever heard of. Very happy for you.


Thanks!  The Grandmother has a really big sound but I get very frustrated with it at times due to it's limitations, but great Moog sound for the cost.

Nope, I did not get all of this stuff together. I got the Moog Grandmother back in 2017 or 18 right when it was announced at Moogfest and pre-ordered it. So it was hand numbered and assembled by kids visiting the factory as a festival activity (no joke).  I recorded with it back in WB 2018 and played several live shows with it using the arp function in sync with several other keyboards and drum machines and it could not be beat for live leads.

I bought the first Mother32 on sale in 2018 and was underwhelmed. But then in 2019 they were on sale at Guitar Center and I figured maybe if I had two, I'd finally be happy smile

Then the DFAM came out and I finally had an excuse to buy the cool three space rack.  So now I've got the whole collection.  My plan was to really deep dive into semi modulars this year.

Unfortunately, after watching a bunch of instagram and YouTube videos, I realized I'm not a semi-modular guy. I'm just a consumerist idiot with a soft spot for Moogs.  Nothing wrong with semi-modular guys and girls. I just hate that every time I want to do something simple, I have to press FOUR FUCKING buttons in sequence, enter a value, then patch that in with several tiny fucking patch cables.  So instead I typically give up and pick up my bass guitar most weeks while these motherfuckers blinking quietly in the corner mocking me ad stealing sweet sweet a/c current.

Way too much info, but I had to vent.  Maybe next year I'll be the totally rad semi-modular guy sporting a patch cable twisty bracelet and laughing about parameter shield typos and attenuation modules, or whatever the fuck. smile


Haha, well put!  I tried to be a semi modular guy last year and bought a Behringer Neutron, which I traded off a few month later after I admitted to myself that I had no clue how TF it worked.  After more research on the topic of patching, I think I finally get it and want to get another one to try again so we’ll see.  Anyways, it sounds like you’ve got an awesome synth collection dude, I aspire to get there one day.

June 30, 2020 8:01 am

This sounds very exciting. I loove moogsounds and your song is like garden eden. I could listen for hours.

July 1, 2020 9:42 am

Ah, those Moogs have a real mojo and one can hear it in action here. I also love the slightly ominous harnmonies here and the mood balances interestingly between apocalyptic and hopeful. That end section is wonderfully weird and cathcy. Love this!

July 1, 2020 6:52 pm

Love the grandmother leads in this.  Also that percussive tom drum sounded like a sample almost.  Dang!  This could easily fit in a Reznor-like score aka The Social Network.  I enjoyed the pace and feel the Mother32s created.  Gotta love that Moog sound.  I wish I could splurge on their Sub37.  It sounds so cool and looks even cooler.  Damn their high prices!  I too am a consumerist idiot tongue

July 2, 2020 5:40 am

I love your synth sounds and this cool pitch bends! Good song!

July 6, 2020 7:03 pm
djippy wrote:

Very nice percussive loop. Those synths are so cool.


Thanks! Yeah the Moog DFAM is good for non-traditional percussion. Good for experimentation

Chrisfoo wrote:


Haha, well put!  I tried to be a semi modular guy last year and bought a Behringer Neutron, which I traded off a few month later after I admitted to myself that I had no clue how TF it worked.  After more research on the topic of patching, I think I finally get it and want to get another one to try again so we’ll see.  Anyways, it sounds like you’ve got an awesome synth collection dude, I aspire to get there one day.

Sometimes gear makes more sense the second time around. Break out those patch cables! Maybe 2021 will be your year to become a modular guy.  I have a lot of misc gear but not the good stuff like @Ashen Simian smile   He has the best curated collection of the essentials and the really eclectic stuff. Much props and respect to him on his knowledge of electronic music.

hent03 wrote:

Woah, love those sounds that come in at 4:20, and the way they kind of degrade as they go before coming back. This track is rad.


Thanks for listening. The semi-modular gear is great for those kind of impromptu variations.  Mostly all surprises to me that carefully crafted transitions.  I was just on board for the ride smile

CosmicCairns wrote:

Gotta love some moog.  It's super cool that you did a bunch of this live.  The drums sound great, too.


Thanks! Yeah, I'm a big old sucker for Moogs.  Live improvisation is great if you need to save time!

Anon_Buster wrote:

Impressive work. Very different from what I've heard the few months. The initial buildup was amazing! These are all great sounds that mesh together so well.


Thanks for checking it out.  In some ways, having all the instruments from the same family may have contributed to a good mix of sounds.

Q-Rosh wrote:

This sounds very exciting. I loove moogsounds and your song is like garden eden. I could listen for hours.


Thanks man! Definitely the kind of stuff you can play for hours and lose yourself in tweaking knobs!

Ashen Simian wrote:

Ah, those Moogs have a real mojo and one can hear it in action here. I also love the slightly ominous harnmonies here and the mood balances interestingly between apocalyptic and hopeful. That end section is wonderfully weird and cathcy. Love this!


Thanks! It's been a crazy year for all of us and most of my music is reflecting chaos and dissonance. Don't you love those Moog filters and oscillators? I of course cannot take credit for that smile Thanks to Bob Moog!

Tone Matrix wrote:

Love the grandmother leads in this.  Also that percussive tom drum sounded like a sample almost.  Dang!  This could easily fit in a Reznor-like score aka The Social Network.  I enjoyed the pace and feel the Mother32s created.  Gotta love that Moog sound.  I wish I could splurge on their Sub37.  It sounds so cool and looks even cooler.  Damn their high prices!  I too am a consumerist idiot tongue

It's crazy how real the DFAM sounds with toms. I started with one of their recipes called "Tribal" and modified it.  And yes, a Sub37 would be quite nice, but what about a Moog One?  At $8,500, I'll have to pass!

Alette wrote:

I love your synth sounds and this cool pitch bends! Good song!


Thanks!  Much appreciated.

July 7, 2020 7:46 pm

Great to hear the sounds from these, sounding good. I'm a fellow consumerist idiot, and not planning on taking modular plunge. A Moog someday does sound pretty fun, classics!

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