12 Oscillator Doom Drone
The beginning of a wonderful journey with my new 12 Oscillator Colossus made by Analogue Solutions. Modulation wheel control filter cut-off, expression controls resonance. This is just the beginning!
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Thanks for the video and the sample!
I am ancient enough to remember seeing a new EMS VCS3 in a music store. Tristram Cary (co-founder of EMS) was Visiting Composer at my university while I was studying math; I went to a few concerts and talked to him once. And I pored through the construction articles for the ETI 4600, which was a sort of DIY expanded VCS3, with almost double the module count.
It sounds excellent. Big fat loveliness
I have encountered an issue, however.
This might just be my setup/project or a quirk of Kontakt that I’m unfamiliar with – but I thought I’d share my findings incase it helps someone else.
Setup: Kontakt (full, latest version) in Reaper (latest version) on Windows 10 (patched up to date)
Issue: This library will work perfectly, potentially for hours. Then all of a sudden, held notes will only play for a couple of seconds before stopping. I am running several instances in their own tracks and, bizarrely, more than one instance can fail at the same time (although its not guaranteed). I confirmed there are no duplicated notes or Note Off events hitting Kontakt when this happens. Also they aren’t getting anywhere near the note limit.
Solutions (sort of): Restarting Reaper works but the issue can return. A quicker fix is to open up Kontakt and manually nudge the sample start point which instantly restores normality but the issue does return after a while.
Googling around yielded nothing so I hope someone finds this useful.
It really is very nice sounding 🙂
Queen Of Drones
I’d already tracked a sample of a Buchla drone – a mere two notes required for my entire piece, and one of them’s a C – on the demo I’d almost completed for a different pianobook instrument but somehow it was too much and yet not quite enough… If you know what I mean. Then Christian’s video for the Doom Drone popped up on You Tube. Might as well give that a try before I submit my demo, I thought. It’s an ambient piece and I didn’t want the rumble to overwhelm the atmosphere, which I wanted to swell and subside consecutively. I’d already alternated the Buchla drone with a contrasting sub layer, so I decided to gently fade the T.O.D.D. in and out against it. This worked so well that it added character to the track without dominating it – but of course, if that’s the kind of drone you need, this one is perfectly capable of making your windows, fillings, cat and everything else rattle. And there is a place for that kind of thing – provided you know how to get hold of your mummy in a hurry.
Took me back a long way...
Er, but it’s just an EMS Synthi 100 clone! The first commercial modular synth I ever played (aged 14) was a much more humble EMS VCS 3 in the music department at Liverpool University – I got to see it because I had built my own modular for a school science fair held there.. Thanks for triggering a lot of nostalgia…
Perfectly massive killer synth, exactly what I was hoping for! Thank you Christian.