With NAMM starting tomorrow with press day, we’re trying to pad our numbers with a new tutorial video using Maths! So please Like, Share and Subscribe to our channel, especially since we’ll be bringing you a lot of details from the NAMM Show this week! Speaking of NAMM, we’ve seen even more announcements this week, from the likes of Waldorf, Strymon, Mark Verbos and of course, Make Noise (all of which we will be covering in the next days and weeks…) But for today, we’re trying to distract ourselves from the NAMM-demonium (groan) with another exploration of Maths.
Maths most common usage is as a basic Attack/Decay Envelope. And while it is very well suited for this purpose, with a little bit of modulation of the channel inputs, Maths can step beyond simple Envelope generator. By modulating the Fall Time and Cycle mode, our basic Attack/Decay shape can be manipulated to sound like a full hit, a softer ghost note, a rest or even rolls and ratchet effects.
First, we start by modulating the Fall Time using a 4 stage sequencer to get some repeating motion from the Envelope shape, resulting in a predictable loop of the changing Decay time. For more interesting and West Coast inspired results, try sending a timed random CV source to the Fall Time, like the Wogglebug.
While we demonstrate this Envelope modulation using a Kick Drum, there are many applications of this method. Applying these Rise and Fall shapes to open a VCA for a melodic synth part can breathe a lot of life into otherwise stale patterns. Try some different uses of this method and let us know in the video comments how you used it!
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