Welcome to the soundset for a semi-modular system Moog Sound Studio: DFAM + Mother-32.
“DM Generative” is a collection of 25 patches. This genre of sound design is very popular inside modular culture, and Moog Sound Studio suggests a good set of features to enter this club.
Controlled chaos and randomness, probability, non-repetitiveness, tempo break, pattern uniqueness, short and long sounds alternation, unexpected changes, silence and density, harmonic and fx-like tones, freaky splashes during a sequence – all these things are included in the soundset.
That was a hard work. Each patch took me up to 2 hours. I tried to find interesting combinations of settings and patching. Hope you will enjoy the results.
Generative timbre may be a good addition to (or a lead part of) ambient or techno tracks, jams and performances. You may also record fragments into your DAW or sampler, slice it to one-shots or make loops – you’ll get a unique material for further processing.
The main point of the soundset is the high level of interconnection. In this patchbook, the timbres of the synths are soldered and can’t exist separately:
- they modulate each other with LFO and Envelopes
- a sequence from one synth change parameters on the other one
- gates and triggers interact to break predictable patterns
- audio signals from VCOs may be used as modulation sources to create harmonies/intervals or – crazy experimental inharmonic tones
- or they may be used just as audio sources sent to the other synth for processing with its different filter and envelope, giving them a ‘second life’.
The soundset is presented in PDF format. Each page contains notes that explain how the patch works, what parameters are worth tweaking during playback, and how to develop the timbre during a performance. If you make all the settings consciously and try the things mentioned in the notes, you will learn a lot about the synths and discover their true depth.
To recreate these patches, you need up to 15 patch cords.
There are audio examples of all patches inside the folder with the soundset. Audio examples for a patch are presented in three variants: DFAM only, M32 only, and both together.
The patches don’t include Mother-32 patterns.
For the video demo, I added delay and reverb to the synths and background pads to put the timbres into a musical context.