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Drone Ambient Modules?

Post by JVT9 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:07 am

Just wondering if anyone has any advice with modules that help create interesting drones/pedals.

Obviously I can make these sort of sounds out of almost anything (which I already do) however, I'm sure there are many other modules out there that I haven't yet tried.

I find its very easy to make dirty/granular sounds with my setup but I'm looking for something a bit more smooth and pleasant, rich in harmonics evolving. etc...

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Re: Drone Ambient Modules?

Post by z3r01 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:13 am

JVT9 wrote:...but I'm looking for something a bit more smooth and pleasant, rich in harmonics evolving. etc...
The Synth Tech E350 fits this purpose perfectly. Get some attenuators if you are going for the E350, cos the greatest rewards of using the E350, comes with using subtle modulations.

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Post by exper » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:16 am

Shapeshifter. All the evolving, layered, harmonically rich drones and textures you could ask for. It can be lush (detuned/chords with wavetables, resonator/delay or glitchy/noisy w/ analog wave folding.
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Post by ddoyen » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:20 am

Definitely the e350. Modcan dual frequency shifter is great for drones too especially running the pair in parallel with an unprocessed/processed elsewhere oscillator.

Oh and reverb. I use a Strymon BigSky but there are lots of great options

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Post by karmadelic » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:37 am

+1 for E350 ... I have 2 of those ... :hihi: ... but you MUST use some attenuators with this module , and use slow modulation ... imho

shapeshifter can be pretty awesome too

and I run everything through my space reverb for drones

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Post by CKresse » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:38 am

Any Harvestman, Intellijel or mutable instruments modules that would be good for drones?
BTW, thanks for the post, I was wondering myself...

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Post by plogbidman » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:39 am

BTW what is your actual setup ?

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Post by Daisuk » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:43 am

Shapeshifter all day long. Wipes the floor with the E350. ;)

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Post by CKresse » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:45 am

plogbidman wrote:BTW what is your actual setup ?
In my case it will be a MN system 1 or 2, later shared system

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Post by EGA » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:50 am

MI Braids in the WTx3 mode with slow modulation does a good polyphonic job. Love it in combo with Doepfer Waveshaper and Synthrotek EKO :]
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Post by 337is » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:01 am

plogbidman wrote:BTW what is your actual setup ?
+1

I agree with all the wavetable love. I'll add the mighty Erthenvar PatchChord to the list of suggestions.

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Post by wirelesswine » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:07 am

+1 I like the e350/shapeshifter/braids recommendations.

I would also put out Epoch Modular's Benjolin on the list. I am getting one just for that purpose.

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Post by Grrr » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:14 am

+1 on the Shapeshifter. I've only just got it and drones are all have been using it for so far. It's so good in that department that it's distracted me from exploring any of its other features

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Post by JVT9 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:32 am

plogbidman wrote:BTW what is your actual setup ?
Thanks everyone.... interesting stuff. Here's my set-up so far.. dissect!

http://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/31834

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Post by R.U.Nuts » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:54 am

Seeing your modular I assume you use a fair amount of external signals to run through it. Try hooking up a EHX superego before it and run anything into it. Instant drone galore. :omg:

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Post by 337is » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:58 am

You have some great tools there. If you not read through this thread, do so. It's exceptionally useful reading on some creative interactions between the Phonogene and Echophon:

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After reading it myself, this dronework emerged from my setup when applying some of the principles:

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Post by plogbidman » Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:30 am

I love my A-152 for making my drones... :tu:

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Post by Sinamsis » Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:48 am

Another vote for the Shapeshifter and the Echophone. Gotta have delay. Pitch shifted delay even better. You might throw a LPF (I find my Aion 904a warms things up nicely) in as well before or after the delay. And a lush reverb like the Strymon Big Sky (I unabashedly am obsessed with Strymon) or maybe an Erbeverb? A slow modulation source like a quadrature LFO or Doc Oc to give it some movement.

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Post by duck1887 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:00 pm

+1 on the Patch Chord, I just got one and it's already provided some fine droneage.

Not sure how to use the Benjolin for drones exactly -- it seems kind of gnarly, soundwise. Maybe as a CV source? In any case, wirelesswine, let us know how that goes!

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Post by severence » Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:14 pm

i have only just got the benjolin but i am very much enjoying the drones you can tease out of it, it can be really soft as well as gnarly...

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Post by 337is » Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:52 pm

Damn severence, that is lush and beautiful. Sounds like Tuvan Throat singing in parts. Well droned.
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Post by gottberg » Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:57 pm

Synchrodyne!

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Post by onurkalaycioglu » Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:02 pm

surprised no one mentioned the erbe verb yet. no input erbe verb is a drone beast. check out this video leisure cove posted the other day. also braids has a lot of options for droning out too.

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Post by MrNovember » Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:02 pm

I just listened to an amazing drone piece in another thread (viewtopic.php?t=123905) using a Verbos Harmonic Oscillator

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