This synthpatch explains how I feel today.

“Snore” patch from Peter Speer on Vimeo.

I am definitely still feeling last weekend and it’s Tuesday night! This synth patch in the uber cute Doepfer Mini Case explains what I should be doing right now: zzzz.

“I was trying to make a breathe-in/breathe-out snoring sound with the Mini Case… Moog Rogue (audio only), Doepfer A-119, A-140 and A-132-3, Plan B ELF LFO, Frostave Resonator and Blue Ringer, DIY multiple.” – Peter Speer

If you have not been to the Doepfer site your crazy: click here

The Doepfer A-189-1 Voltage Controlled Bit Modifier.

Deopfer Modular Synthesizer

There is a fantastic new Doepfer module expected to be released in May. The A-189 Voltage Controlled Bit Crusher / Modifier makes some serious noise. It has a A/D converter which Doepfer A-189-1takes your incoming signal and makes it digital. Once in the digital realm it reduces and shuffles the bit order of the incoming sound.

It offers several voltage controlled algorithmic functions like voltage controlled bit crunching, bit shifting (with/without carry over), bit exchange, rectifying, absolute value and calculating operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. –

Because it’s part of a modular synthesizer system it has various inputs. You can send an LFO or ADSR into the module to effect different parameters. Voltage control over the bit crusher and sampling rate is awesome! Analog control into this digital module is xxxx. The digital module has 16 different modes which all sound different from each other.

Here are two audio samples from the homepage:

To see a great video of Dieter Doepfer at NAMM 2008 head to Sonic State. The A-189-1 show begins at 4:55: click here

The projected price is 80 euros (no brainer!). For more audio samples click to:

photo credit: kedasc

The Doepfer R2M Midi Ribbon Controller.

Deopfer R2M

A few weeks ago I walked out of my apartment in Berlin and down Schönhauser Allee to Alexanderplatz. At Alexadnerplatz sits one of the coolest analog synthesizer stores in the world called Schnieders Buero. It’s full of amazing toys and Herr Schneider loves to show them all to you.

Deopfer R2M Control BoxAt Schnieder’s I got focused on the Doepfer R2M Midi Ribbon Controller. It consists of a control box and the Ribbon Controller itself. The Ribbon Controller is fantastic. It’s rests nicely inside a sculpted metal bar. The “position sensor” as Doepfer calls is a substantial 50cm long. The sensor is also pressure sensitive. The control box allows you to hook the Ribbon up to any Midi sound source such as a hardware synth, software synth, or effect plug-in. Being that this is a Doepfer product it also allows the Ribbon to control things via CV hence any real analog synth with such inputs.

You may have seen the R2M in a magazine review or on the Doepfer website but oh baby to touch it is to understand. This thing is really fun. It feels great and the pressure sensitivity works as you would want it to. It turns any decent sound source into a nice playable “instrument”. The control aspect and concept reminded me a little of the Perséphoné by EOWave which was also sitting in Schneider’s office.

Perséphoné by EOWave

I began to realize the R2m could breathe new life into my workflow. It can see myself arming a long track in Ableton Live’s arrangement view and rocking out an extended solo part. The control unit allows you to set up different modes such as Trautonium.

“Trautonium” mode: in this special mode only a single note on message is generated when the position sensor is touched. After that only pitch bend messages are generated until the finger is lifted off.”

You can also adjust the Ribbon’s scaling, Pitch Bend resolution, Pitch Bend width, quantization and Gate parameters. Are you getting some ideas yet?

More and more desk and laptop musicians are looking for new fresh ways to interact with there music. I highly recommend trying the R2M out.