Quickly Dialed in Lead Patch

I dialed in this lead patch on the Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter in a matter of a few seconds. I set the pitch and mod wheels how I like them, then quickly tested it through some delay and reverb.

Quickly Dialed in Lead Patch

Evolving Roland D-50 Arpeggio

I isolated this sound made with the Roland D-50 from a track I’m working on. While sending the D-50 an arpeggio via MIDI I manipulated the filter using the control joystick on the machine in a similar fashion to what I did for Roland D50 Automation.

Evolving Roland D-50 Arpeggio

John Foxx on Electric Independence

A fantastic new episode of Electric Independence features an interview with synth-pop pioneer John Foxx in his amazing East London studio. Some of the gear he demos in his studio includes an Arp Odyssey a Moog Modular, a Korg Mono/Poly, and the Roland CR-78 drum machine.

New Track Segment and Ostraka Performance

Here’s a segment from a new track that will be included in my performance at 9:30pm on Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Kitty Cat Klub in Minneapolis. Sputnik Viper with Centrific and newly formed BETAWOLvES are alo on the bill. Aside from the drums the new Ostraka track (working title, Monkey Dog Specimen) is made exclusively of sounds from the Roland D-50 and the Roland MKS-80.

Monkey Dog Specimen Segment

Nightmarish Synth Effect

One of many things that the MKS-80 is really good for is creating synthesizer effects. Through the use of the XMOD (cross modulation) parameters strange, metallic textures can be obtained similar to FM or frequency modulation. As heard in the Synthesizer Noise Jam series , I’m discovering a variety of ways to use these techniques to create unique and fascinating effects perfect for electronic music, or scifi thriller sound tracks. Here’s a short segment from one of these experiments processed through reverb and delay.

Nightmarish Synth Effect