The Cycle Of Life by Spite Zoo published on 2013/05/12 18:33:53 +0000 well it's all gone rather Ambient Dubstep" now hasn't it? Was actually meant to be finishing off a totally different tune this weekend, but got distracted and ended up producing this instead! It started out as a session of getting to know the Cyclebox in a few different modes. Can't remember exactly which ones I used in the end, but it sure is fun. At points the main bell-like FM'd patch almost sounds like steel drums. Which was nice. oh yeah, and i was using the PERCUSSIVE mode, modulating the PH2 (env length) from the a149-2 random module. I have also made good use of the ADDAC207 quantizer, which gives a nice coherence to the harmony/ melodies in the track We're basically looking at a couple of jams, using the Cyclebox into the Echophon as the main starting point (the warm bell-like/ steel drum kind of sound that starts the piece off). The sequencer is the Moskwa, with it set to play the steps randomly. there is also a random gate that makes it pause every now and then, and it lingers nicely on a single note every time this happens. Another random gate is triggering the z4000, which is controlling the FM amount. one of the a149-2’s random outs is modulating the WET/ DRY mix on the Echophon, which is a neat trick....always forget about that option. There is also an e350 track, which is sent through the Vermona Retroverb Lancet - (bandpass filter i think). It then goes into my WMD Compressor prototype, and that is sidechained to oblivion from a click track on the computer. It is driven quite hard, adding a nice saturation to proceedings I layered up another Cyclebox track - this time going through the WMD Multimode VCA, and then onto the Echophon. The MMVCA is cool, in that you can crossfade between two different sources, and i've done that on this sound: the envelope that is CV-ing the MMVCA makes it crossfade between the LEAD and LAG outputs of the Cyclebox. Messing with the Attack on the envelope adds a nice spikiness to the crossfade, as one wave is doing the punchy attack, and one the sustain/ release. After all this I needed a bassline, and turned to the DPO to get some warm fuzziness on the go. That provides the gnarly low end "wobbles" that underpin the track from about 01:30 onwards. I sent it into the a124 Wasp filter to add even more instability, and gradually tweaked that until it is sloshing about like a sewer! I also used the 4ms PEG to control the waveshaping (and later the FM indexing and Exp. FM). It is being pinged by some random gates from the a149-2 - a neat trick that produces all sorts of chaotic results. The left side pings the right side, which is set to a faster division. The OR output is used to modulate the DPO's waveshaping etc.. It gets pretty damn ugly!! It turned out pretty well in the end I reckon, and is quite listenable for me!