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Chris Lody - Robots (2x KORG DS-10)

Chris Lody continues to impress me with his DS-10 performances. It really is amazing just how good this ancient app can sound, and Chris is demonstrating that marvelously.

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This is something I've been wanting to try for ages, well nearly this. I've had two copies of Korg Ds-10 for a while since I found an extra on on a carboot sale so I've been meaning to get a second DS so I can Sync them together.

So after the red DS arrived I had to calibrate the screen and clean the cartridge port before I could get it to do anything which was a bit annoying! My intention was to use the 'Multiplayer' feature that Ds-10 has which mean you can load a couple of projects a play them totally in sync. But it turns out Multiplayer Korg Ds-10 is horrible! I didn't realise until I got them synced up that Start and Stop can only be triggered by the master DS, BPM, Swing, Step, Song, drum sound edit, synth presets cannot be accessed but worst of all the audio will constantly glitch on one of the DS's seemingly randomly. Arrrggh. No.

Turns out though running identical code on identical devices means that as long as I hit play in time on each DS they will stay in time nicely even when not in multiplayer. At least enough not to be too obvious by ear.

So here is a scifi soundtack inspired Synthwave kind of track. The red DS is being used in a kind of duophonic manner playing a deep swirling sound that switches between synths as the patterns are changed while the black DS plays a simple arpeggiated pattern. End is a bit messy. I really needed to copy the synths sounds into pattern 15 so as not to loose the release tale. Next time.

I'll probably try this again with something a bit more adventurous.

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