Mostly Serge Tune (with patch notes)

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Mostly Serge Tune (with patch notes)

Post by beatcleaver » Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:25 pm

I hope that this has enough Serge to warrant posting here. The Serge patch makes up the majority of the track. I've still got a long way to go but this one is a bit of an improvement over previous efforts I think.

I figured that I like to see people post their Serge tracks here, so why not do the same. I've written up as much detail on the patch as I can remember below.

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Main voice...Two panel Serge of mixed vintage
Sub bass...Noise Engineering Loquelic Iteritas, Random*Source Serge VCFQ
Kick... Left side of the Malekko/Richter Dual Borg
Lead lines...Roland SH-101
Sequencing...Tip-Top Audio Trigger Riot, Make Noise Rene, Doepfer clock dividers and VC switches

It's a more a more "traditional" style track I guess: four note basslines, lead melody type of thing. I used a two panel Serge, a few Eurorack modules and a 101. I have a swamp sequencer panel too but didn't use it here. For some reason I sequenced this with the euro sequencers. No good reason, just for something different. Recorded to stereo via a small Mackie mixer.


The Serge voice and the Loquelic share the same gate and CV sequences. The Trigger Riot supplies the gates, Rene supplies the pitch CV.

The Serge voice gets more gates patterns from the Trigger Riot than the Loquelic. The Serge also has a 10 step gate sequencer. More on that below.

Three patterns from the Trigger Riot provide the main gate sequence. Two patterns are fed into a Doepfer switch and a third pattern into the VC input switches between first two. The resulting pattern feeds the gate sequence for the Serge and Loquelic.

The Trigger Riot also provides two further gate patterns that go directly to the Serge. I don't think I used any probability settings for these gate sequences, they're all at 100%.

For the kick rhythm there's another Trigger Riot pattern with some probabilities at 10% for the occassional extra kick, and some of the regular kicks with 95% probability so occassionally don't fire.

If you haven't used the Trigger Riot it's essentially four tempo synced clocks (or square LFOs if you like) per pattern. For each clock/LFO you can adjust its time base, offset and pulse width (and a few other things). As each clock rises and falls at different rates and widths, they are ORed together and can interact to create quite complex patterns. It has its limitations but overall it's a gem.

For pitch CV, four rows on Rene are used as separate four note sequences. These correspond to the three sections of the overall track plus one row used as a transition.

Another gate pattern from the Trigger Riot into the Rene X axis loops through the four notes. I triggered the Y axis manually to step down a row to the next sequence.

Main Voice / Serge...

The main gate pattern from the Trigger Riot triggers one half of a DUSG which is used as a volume envelope.

Same gate pattern is used as the clock input for a 10 step gate sequencer. Only 8 steps are used (step 9 into reset) but using a pattern rather than a regular clock pulse meant the steps didn't loop evenly on the bar. Most steps are used to modulate something in the voice, so even though the pitch sequence loops evenly on a number of bars, the modulation doesn't.

Main voice is an NTO tri into each part of a triple waveshaper in turn, into an Extended Range VCF, into a Resonant EQ, into UAP VCA

One of the band outputs of the ResEQ is fed back into a dual processor for attenuation, then into the top left input of the top of the triple waveshaper

Raising the level of this feedback gives a "broken" quality to the audio, kind of like static being mixed in. Raising the level of the top waveshaper had a similar but slightly different effect. In the last section where the octave drops, by turning down the top waveshaper level, most of the notes drop out, or struggle to break through the static.

One half of a DUSG at audio rate, FMs the NTO via a ring mod used as a VCA.

Other side of the DUSG is being triggered from multiple steps on the step sequencer, the output providing the envelope modulating the ring mod/VCA.

Another gate pattern triggers another DUSG half, output going to the VCF cutoff.

One of the DUSG envelopes is multed into the DUSG VC in which changes the audio rate DUSG half going into the NTO FM input. This particular modulation causes a lot change in the audio rate DUSG and via FM a lot of change in the NTO.

One step on the step sequencer hits the aux pitch input on the NTO which is tuned to raise the pitch an octave for the duration of that step. Since the modulation sequence doesn't loop evenly on the bar, the pitch goes up an octave in time with the sequence but not at a particularly regular interval.

Two steps from the step sequencer hit the portamento input of the NTO causing glides, again, not necessarily at the same regular interval.

Most of main voice is the same NTO modulated differently on each step: more/less FM, pitch raised an octave, portamento on/off, gates into the triple waveshaper, modulation into the vcf.

Bass / Loquelic / VCFQ...

Fairly simple patch, a slow Xoac Devices Batumi LFO heavily attenuated into the one of the Loquelic inputs and a similarly slow, unsynced LFO into the VCFQ cutoff. This just provides a bit of low end to the main patch. You can tell which part is the loquelic as it slides in under the main patch around 30s in.

Kick / Dual Borg...

Left side of the dual borg, resonance somewhere between 90-100%. Make Noise Maths into the EXT input. Intellijel Quadra as the volume envelope, Mutable Instruments Veils as the VCA. To me, the Dual Borg makes one particular type of kick particularly well. Don't know how to describe it. "Natural" sounding for want of a better term. Hard to dial in though. The resonance on the borgs is such a screamer.


My 101 has some issues. The resonance isn't working at all. The sound used here is the saw into filter type of lead, with a little portamento. The LFO slowly modulates pitch slightly. I played the lead lines by hand during mix down as I didn't have any CV sequencers left unused. I didn't expect this to be the best recording I had, so I can't say I played the parts especially well.

Thanks for listening.
Last edited by beatcleaver on Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:48 am, edited 4 times in total.

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Post by MindMachine » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:09 pm

Gorgeous tune. :boat:

Really nice construction and tones. Interesting to see the hardware breakdown.

Do mind if I ask which Serge modules your panels are comprised of?

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Post by hydrophilos » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:28 pm

Really digging this--the opening is lovely

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Post by beatcleaver » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:23 am

MindMachine wrote:Gorgeous tune. :boat:
Thanks. I really appreciate that.
MindMachine wrote: Really nice construction and tones. Interesting to see the hardware breakdown.

Do mind if I ask which Serge modules your panels are comprised of?
It's a pretty basic system, but being Serge, capable of so much:

One NTO, two DUSGs, a Tripple Waveshaper, Ring Mod, Extended Range VCF, Resonent EQ, 10 Step Sequencer, Dual Processor, 2x3 Mixer, 4 channel VCA & output.

Parts of the panel were kit built around 77-78. I bought it in the mid 90s and got a few modules added by STS when I lived in Oakland. They also redid the kit built parts and brought them up to spec. It hasn't had any attention since then though. Still going strong.

Having two DUSGs make a big difference to a small setup. Four envelopes/lfos that easily stretch into audio rate to become VCOs or audio rate mod.

[edit] Almost forgot the Bi-Directional Router. Using that, the gate sequencer and a few end gates from DUSGs you can create a lot of variation. Not just rhythms either. The Serge circuits seem to be designed such that you switch an audio rate signal on and off with a gate into this and it doesn't necessarily glitch on the gate edge.

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Post by hongaars » Mon May 13, 2019 3:09 am

very nice.

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Post by YE'OLDE BOY » Mon May 13, 2019 5:31 am

Really lovely, great track well balanced everything is sitting nicely (I tend to over do the bass).
And the length is just right as if you want more just listen again.
well done inspirational :yay:

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Post by beatcleaver » Mon May 13, 2019 6:19 am

Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it :tu:

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Post by syncretism » Tue May 14, 2019 7:49 am

I love how dialed-in this is. Classic IDM sounds, reminds me of Morr Music.

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Post by Gringo Starr » Fri May 17, 2019 12:31 am

Well done. :yay:
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Post by Borellus » Fri May 17, 2019 3:18 pm

Really nice... :tu:
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Re: Mostly Serge Tune (with patch notes)

Post by Brian2020 » Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:31 pm

Great track. Thank you for providing such a detailed patch breakdown.
Now I just hope I can find more of your recordings.

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Re: Mostly Serge Tune (with patch notes)

Post by transistorresistor » Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:46 pm

totally dig this!

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