Improvisation V – A Tiny Drum Machine

Of course you can do drum machine sounds on an analog modular synthesizer. Easy. However, it is somewhat strange to use big parts of a huge machine for some sounds easily available on much cheaper hardware. It is fun, anyway. There are four percussion sounds here:

  1. A bass drum, created with a resonating A-106-6 Xpander Filter (12 dB output), sent through an A-137-1 Wave Multiplier I for some nice distortion.
  2. A snare drum, created witrh some coloured noise from an A-118 Noise generator, sent through an A-106-5 SEM Filter and then through an A-137-2 Wave Multiplier II for a fat rich tone.
  3. A percussive sound, created with an A-117 “808 noise” sent through an A-124 Wasp Filter and (after the VCA) through an A-188-2 Tapped BBD for more “ringing” sound.
  4. Another percussive sound, created with some A-118 white noise, sent through an A-105 SEM Filter.

All percussive sounds are controlled by four A-140 ADSRs, controlled by two A-155 Sequencers (triggers and filter CV sequences). Everything is synced via Midi from Ableton live. Here I use a simple arpeggio to control the bass voice: three A-110 VCOs sent through an A-108 Ladder Filter (24 dB output). That’s it, recorded live, no overdubs, just a few effects from Ableton and mastering in Cubase.

Here we go:

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Have fun,

Andreas