kkonkkrete's Serge M-odule demo video

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kkonkkrete's Serge M-odule demo video

Post by cebec » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:15 am

Saw this on the Serge list and Matrixsynth and wanted to post it here for anyone who missed it. I think he did a good job covering a lot of bases and keeping the momentum up with judicious editing. I think the sound quality of the Serge is represented pretty well, too.

This is a 'Creature' and 'Sequencer A' in a shallow boat with power distribution and PS2a power supply.

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Post by Kent » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:36 am

Beautiful! Arg!

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Post by flippantminister » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:42 am

ohhhhhhh the serge lust... i do lie awake at night dreaming of selling off my euro gear for serge...

this is great though. there are not enough m-series videos out there. thanks for posting.

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Post by D/A A/D » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:14 am

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Post by parasitk » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:54 am

Very nice! :sb:

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Post by tragedybysyntax » Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:39 pm

Not that anyone cares but I promise you my soul 2009 I will step my foot into serge m-class. Just badass.... ;)

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Post by sandyb » Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:37 pm

oh my - that was very good :love:

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Post by felix » Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:20 pm

Wow, that was awesome!!!...and the last thing I needed to see this morning after pouring over the serge-fans site last night.
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Post by felix » Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:07 pm

Great...I was sneaking peaks at this and serge-fans.com all day today.

And I joined the Serge list.

At least I feel a little safer now that the Buchla lust is finally subsiding.
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Post by brandon daniel » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:29 pm

felix wrote: And I joined the Serge list.

At least I feel a little safer now that the Buchla lust is finally subsiding.
Backing down the banana family line, this is progress. You'll be down to a manageable modcan A lust in no time.

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Post by felix » Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:17 am

brandon daniel wrote:
felix wrote: And I joined the Serge list.

At least I feel a little safer now that the Buchla lust is finally subsiding.
Backing down the banana family line, this is progress. You'll be down to a manageable modcan A lust in no time.
Either that, or have banana-fied all my euro modules.
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Post by Roycie Roller » Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:25 am

The thing that strikes me about this video (apart from it being well done), is how many sounds this small system can make. And for a large part of it, he hasn't even started stacking jacks. You could easily make a couple of records with those two m-odules alone.
I particularly love the last few chaos patches.

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Post by felix » Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:12 pm

Roycie Roller wrote:The thing that strikes me about this video (apart from it being well done), is how many sounds this small system can make. And for a large part of it, he hasn't even started stacking jacks. You could easily make a couple of records with those two m-odules alone.
I particularly love the last few chaos patches.
Yeah it's quite impressive. There was stacking of jacks, but that still does not detract from its impressiveness.
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Post by felix » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:10 pm

Here's some Creature info from the "Serge Spreadsheet" that's making the rounds. It sheds some nice light on the TimeGen OSC, which is one that I was sure I hadn't wrapped my head around yet.

In researching the Serge modules/panels, I'm continually stunned by the number of features that each one can do. I was well aware of the awesome power that is the Universal Slope Generator, but all the other modules have *at least* two features, with the average at like 4.
Serge Spreadsheet wrote:Cross-Fader (XFAD)

The CROSS-FADER (XFAD) is an equal-power cross fade unit. The module has two signal inputs. As one signal increases in level at the output under manual or voltage control, the other signal decreases in level at the output. This effect is used to accurately fade one sound in while fading another out. Cross-fading with voltage control permits a smooth transformation between two different timbres. If a sound and its reverberated image (available with the Wilson Analog Delay) are sent through the cross-fader, the reverb mix can be voltage controlled. This effect can be used to modify the spatial characteristics of a sound event, from immediate presence to distant ambience. In addition to the cross-fade function, a VCA controls the output amplitude.

Variable Q VCF (VCFQ)

The VARIABLE Q VCF (VCFQ) is an excellent general-purpose VCF offering simultaneous low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch (band-reject) outputs. The resonance (Q) of this filter is dynamically variable by manual or voltage control. The VCFQ has two signal inputs. One incorporates an automatic gain control to prevent the filter from overloading at high Q settings. The second input has a level control so that the percussive effects of overloading the filter can be exploited. When a pulse is applied to the Trigger input, the filter will ring, producing a damped waveform similar to that produced by striking a resonant object. The nature of this ringing is controlled by the Q and the filter frequency. Percussive effects ranging from clicks to the sound of wood blocks and bell tones can be produced and controlled. This ringing effect can be used in conjunction with signals applied to either of the audio inputs to achieve highly controlled complex tonal qualities.

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A nice bit of flexibility is the "LO" setting that turns it into a CV processor! ... Recent updates to the filter's circuitry are noticeable as well - Its much easier to get tube-type harmonic warmth just by nudging the gain control. The feedback and overdrive characteristics have also been tweaked to be more musically useful... This filter will not oscillate unless you patch it up for feedback... Hi-Lo range switch for fantastic and unique audio/cv applications - hit it with a pulse, get an unbelievably slow damped sine wave. Calibrated 1 v/oct and attenuated cv inputs, just like the oscillators... Since it's a multimode filter, it's 12 dB/oct rolloff. You may want a LPF with more 'bite' in some applications. I think the bandpass and allpass sections of this filter have 6 dB/oct rolloff.

VC TimeGen Oscillator (TGO)

The Creature is actually the first STS offering to include the new VC TimeGen Oscillator or TGO for short. The TGO is a joy to work with. The left side of the TGO is designed to be more readily used as an audio oscillator, providing a warm melange for the filter to work with. The right side is like that of a Serge Dual Transient Generator and can be used for many things depending on how it is patched. It can be a Non-linear lowpass filter, Envelope follower, Sub-harmonic generator, Linear/Exponential portamento, Linear/Explonential AR envelope generator, Linear/Exponential ASR envelope generator, Voltage controlled LFO with either triangular or pulse waveforms and lots more. Besides this multi-purpose utility, the right side is no slouch in the audio realm either. In one patch I locked it to the pitch of the left side while modulating its timbre from the top half of the SSG patched to act as a triangle wave LFO - beautiful! Its easy to see why Rex Probe characterizes the left and right function cells of the TGO as female and male voices...rather poetic but very appropriate! The TGO has rock-solid tuning capability and both sides are capable of exponential FM.

The wave outputs are as follows:
Left (Osc) cell:
Blue Jack = Reverse Saw Wave with an extremely fast rise
Red Jack = 50% duty-cycle Square Wave with rise/fall individually intoned
Right (TG) cell:
Blue Jack = Triangle Wave with VC Variable-Symmetry from a normal Saw to an Inverted Saw
Red Jack = VC Variable-Width Pulse Wave

Smooth / Stepped Generator (SSG)

The SMOOTH & STEPPED FUNCTION GENERATOR (SSG) is a complex multi-functional module to provide various slew and sample functions.

• The Smooth section will place a positive and negative slew (glide) on a changing input voltage for lag effects, voltage controlled portamento, and non-linear, low frequency filtering. With the CYCLE jack patched to the input, the Unit will oscillate yielding a voltage controlled triangle wave LFO. A high level into the HOLD input will hold the current output level, whether the unit is oscillating or processing an external control voltage. This is identical to a track-and-hold function.
• The Stepped function can be used as a sample-and-hold with voltage controlled slew rate limiting. Slew rate limiting limits the size of the step at the output. With the step size limited to a small value, if the input is a random voltage, the output is a random voltage also, but it will only vary slightly from step to step, gradually covering the entire range of the input random voltage. No large changes in the output will be allowed. With the Cycle jack patched to the input and a trigger applied to the Sample input, complex staircase waveforms are generated.
• The COUPLER is an internal comparator comparing the Smooth and the Stepped outputs. This is useful for generating complex control voltages and for patching a random voltage generator. In fact, the Random Voltage Generator module is a Smooth & Stepped Generator internally patched to function exclusively as such. If random voltages are often used, a Random Voltage Generator is a more space-efficient module, but if they are used seldomly, the Smooth & Stepped Generator can be patched when needed (but can be used for other functions when not used as a random voltage generator). Note that a Noise Source is needed for use of the Smooth & Stepped Generator as a random voltage generator.
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Post by carbon111 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:29 pm

kkonkkrete's video is awesome!

This is exactly what got me hooked on the Serge and why I sold my Dotcom...

Even just the Creature by itself is capable of a huge variety of sounds. This is all just one simple patch:

http://www.carbon111.com/serge/creature_patch1.wav

This is what it looked like:

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Post by berfmurret » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:51 pm

*sigh*..

and i just started my euro rack...

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Post by tragedybysyntax » Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:47 pm

lol... how do you think I feel man? I've got almost 3 fracs full of my 4 in the case and an ALMOST full first euro box. I"m hopin on the serge in 2009. Hard to decide between the creature or the wave processor. Depends on where my system is at the point of which I start my m-class. Most likely the wave processor as I hope to have a 2nd VCS in my system.

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Post by Bricks » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:08 pm

I've been trying to figure out how to build a few of these sounds. I'm especially interested in the stuff around 1:44

I can't figure out the full make of that section. Sounds like a low pass filter is sweeping the sequence, and probably being modulated by the Smooth-Stepped Function Generator. Of course, I could be off about that.
In either case, part of that bubbly/gurgly timbre eludes me. Almost sounds like there's some kind of feedback involved. A similar tone shows up again around 1:52. Perhaps its just the texture of the Serge filter?

Also intrigued by the crackles and fluid going on around 2:45 to 3:30ish.

Anyone have any good thoughts on the architecture of these sounds?

I bet I could probably get some of the same textures going on my modular between the dual cyclotron, dalek, noisering, AFG, and model 13.

or maybe I should just get around to populating my wogglebug board!

in the meantime, off to noodle.

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