Up A Gear

Exactly what I need to do in 2016 – go up a gear.

This is the littleBits Synth Kit again. It’s amazing what this thing can do. I’m putting it through the BigSky and a Behringer RV600 for a bit of presence, but even without effects the patch sounds pretty impressive.

There are three sounds coming out of littleBits. I have the keyboard module pushing one oscillator. The output of that oscillator I’m splitting. One channel goes to the filter and the other to a further oscillator. The filter is being modulated by the Korg SQ-1. That’s the main sound of the piece. I’m not using the SQ-1 for pitch modulation this time. The other channel is basically the first oscillator modulating the second. That’s the big sound that comes in at 1:20. From the modules left over – a Random module and a filter – I set up a bit of percussion, the snare-like sound you can hear from the beginning. That’s also being driven by the SQ-1.

The BigSky is in shimmer mode, but with a very short delay. Shimmer mode allows you to double, actually triple up the pitch at various intervals. So it’s producing an extra voice one octave lower and one an octave higher.

The Volca Beats is doing the drums. More Volca next time.