Sonic Detours - Detour #7

Reader Sonic Detours sent in this beautiful composition on a variety of Korg gear; including Volcas, and Minilogue. He's included a nice, well detailed, write up of his setup in the video description.

Video Description:

I got lucky the other day and bypassed the waiting list for a Korg Minilogue at my local music shop. I have been wanting one of these since they came out and I was not disappointed... this is a fantastic synth!

Here's my first performance with my new silver beast. Be sure to listen with head phones or external speakers... the bass is pretty deep and I can't hear it on my MacBook internal speakers at all.

As usual, everything was sequenced and mixed in Ableton Live, using plenty of compressors, reverbs and delays. Apart from the drums, all parts were made with the hardware synths you see in the video and the stereo master was recorded in real time on my iPhone 6, along with the video. No multi tracking of post processing - everything was played "live".

Gear used:

- Korg Minilogue
- Roland Boutique JU-06
- Korg Volca Bass
- Art Tube Preamp
- Korg Volca Keys
- Arturia MicroBrute
- Ableton Live
- Push 2
- Novation LaunchControl

The main chord progression in this performance is the first 4 bars of the "Liquid Pad" preset on the Minilogue. I came across this pattern while flicking through the presents and I just had to do something with it.

The bass is delivered by the MicroBrute... just a simple square/sine wave patch with pulse width modulation and the filter cutoff way down.

I'm playing the JU-06 live on the Minilogue keyboard (local MIDI control is off). I really enjoy playing a real keyboard after being stuck with the Push 2 pads for a while... man I hate being locked into a key and scale when I play! I've been a bit worried about the size of the keys on the Minilogue, but they worked out great - no problem at all.

The Volca Keys plays the high pitched lead that is introduced in the first breakdown, and the Volca Bass is responsible for the 303 style pattern in the last part of the performance. I use a small Art Tube Preamp on the Volca Bass to create some warm, fuzzy distortion (not in the shot).

I use two drum racks in Ableton Live for the drums - one with TR 808 samples and one based on the lesser known but super cool Boss D55 drum machine (I just love that rim shot). I'm not using the Volca Beats for this performance at all.

The hardware synths were sequenced in Ableton Live and the patterns arranged in scenes, allowing me to "perform" the arrangement in real time. I mapped the buttons on the LaunchControl to mutes on individual drum voices, so they could easily be switched in and out during the performance.

Aviators - Melody | Launchpad Pro Cover

YouTuber Player X posted this interesting Launchpad light show, with lots of links to share the project setup.

Video Description:

Hey guys,
after a long time my 2nd Launchpad Project is finished and as always it has 3 versions for all Launchpads too.

Enjoy it! ;)

Project File:
Tutorial: work in progress...
Tutorial for the Front Light: work in progress...
Bome's MIDI Translator Classic:

Original Song:
2nd Version:

Intro Song: Miza & Arc North - Dark Space/Dark Sky

Review: Keith McMillen K-Mix - Sonic LAB

Sonic State's Nick Batt reviews Keith McMillen's K-Mix mixer/interface, which was recently updated with iOS support.

Video Description:

We take a look at the KMI K-MIX - a digital mixer, USB audio interface, and MIDI controller. It does a lot.

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Korg Volca Kick Demo

Reader Carole let me know about this video from GAK, with Korg demoing their new Volca Kick. There are a lot of Volca Kick videos coming out right now, but this is the highest quality demo I've seen yet.

Video Description:

Korg Volca Kick Analog Kick Generator

Bring the low end beef of Berlin straight to your studio or live setup with the all new VOLCA KICK from KORG. If you are a techno inspired producer looking for that elusive low then VOLCA KICK has you covered. From punchy popping kicks and monstrous subsonic rumbles to grinding dissonant low end grooves the VOLCA KICK goes way beyond providing you with just kick and bass drums. Borrowing circuitry from the legendary MS series of synths to bring you sonic grunt and flexibility, pairing that with the inspiring VOLCA sequencer in this ever popular form factor and you have an accessible creative powerhouse.

All new TOUCH FX gives you sound instant creative twist ideal for live performance or inspiration in the studio. Intuitive drive and tone controls allow you to dial in the drive and sculpt your sound. VOLCA KICKs analogue circuitry gives you that fluid organic sonic punch you simply cannot get from a digital sound source. Check out some examples below.

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DesertFishHQ - Melodic Techno

DesertFishHQ posted this excellent Melodic Techno, which he developed on his Elektron RYTM with help from Strom.

Video Description (from Reddit):

Lately been messing with Strom for Analog Rytm. Amazing app, really shows you how capable the machine is with randomizing kits and patterns. i found out the coolest machine is BD Sharp which sounds synthy and plays chromatically and in tune very well. i used to think BD Sharp was for making fart kicks!!! So eventually stacked the note on three slots and sequenced them in a polyrhythmic fashion with odd steps. Beware though, if you randomize the wrong things u could potentially make the machine divide by zero and glitch the universe, or blow your speakers at least with feedbacks and resonances.

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