I recently installed a Hinton SwitchMix and it is a true game changer! My mind is blown beyond any expectation I had for it. Here is a first self-playing patch with a lot of random sources.
The core of the patch outside the matrix is fairly simple: Two Cwejman QMMF4 bands are set up as cross-modulating oscillators, they’re mixed together with a VCA4MX and then go to a third QMMF band for some lowpass filtering. The signal is then routed to another VCA4MX just to have a VCA in the path, from there to a SPH2 with a slow-ish modulation, and then L + R out to the DAW, and the mix out goes to a Doepfer A199 spring reverb (all mixed together with a VCA2P). The clock is provided by a RG6 which triggers a CTG-VC, with a bit of modulation on the clock with the random saw (via the internally normalised path on the RG6).
The matrix provides all the modulation routing. On the inputs, we have 1) a D-LFO at low audio rate, 2) the pre output of the QMMF4 providing the lowpass filter, 3) the normal S/H out of the RG6, 4) the high S/H out of the RG6, 5) the inverted RG6 random saw (slightly attenuated with another VCA4MX channel), 6) the normal random saw, 7) the CTG-VC and 8) the ring-modulated output of the D-LFO (with the second LFO set below audio rate). The outputs go to 1) the VCA in the signal path, 2) the attack and 3) the decay of the CTG, 4) the first D-LFO and 5) the second D-LFO channel’s frequency, 6) the first and 7) the second QMMF4 oscillator, and finally 8) the QMMF4 filter band. Now think about the options for manually playing the patch there are available at the matrix… :)
Finally, there’s a keyboard CV from an Arturia Keystep that is routed to the main frequency input of the QMMF4. On the matrix, the point opening the CTG to the VCA and filter are always open, as well as some random modulations to the D-LFO and the inverted random saw to the CTG attack and decay (so that the times get longer when the clock gets slower). For the recording, I only manipulate the matrix and the keyboard, no tweaking of any knobs or something - all done in one go without any edits. As always, a bit of delay, reverb, EQ and compression in the DAW to bring it all together.
Expect more matrix mixing goodness soon, this is basically just the first patch I did with it. I’ve been jamming it for days now, it’s countless hours of fun :) I’m very impressed. Hope you enjoy it and cheers!