Friday, May 16, 2008

Resonance instability = fun


I was fiddling with the polivoks vcf's resonance this evening and came about a startling setting. Something I can only describe as a sustaining vinyl needle slip.

The only modules in this set up (as shown to the right) are a Livewire Dual Cyclotron -> PlanB Model-15. the Model-15 pulse out -> Polivoks vcf -> Model-13 set fully open (vca-only setting).

The polivoks settings are static, no modulation inserted into the unit of any kind. The input attenuation is at about 60%. Luckily (or not, depending on your opinion) I'd been recording the patch. I brought the cutoff down slowly, once the "needle scratch" is sustained I touched nothing else. The circuit eventually stopped and restarted the oscillation on its own.

It doesn't sound pretty, thats for sure. but we likes it.




3 comments:

felix said...

Awesome! The Metasonix TM-7 makes a very similar sound.

I've always wanted to get that kind of sound, but responding accurately to 1v/Oct so as to play via keyboard.

To many people it just sounds awful, but I think it would make a great sound for a lead or bass line.

TJ Milian said...

dig it.

synchromesh said...

Last time I heard a sound like that there was a rubber balloon involved. But that Polivoks filter is definitely very cool (AFAICT).