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  • #16
    hey i can't quite get around to reloading the samples in the blofe at the mo to get that specific sample, but there are some already in there that have a similar effect (i already happened to have a throat singer loaded in so thought it was easy to give a demo before ).

    Here's a demo of the throat singer sample (left channel) being fm modulated by various samples at various pitches (right channel) so you can get a feel of how samples are effected . Some of the electrical hum or gong samples at low pitches sounded a bit like the airplane cruising at altitude kinda, so might give you some idea. The effect can be pretty subtle... I think it would take a bit of experimentation to get results that you -really- wanted, as in they sound good. With the drum samples, it sounded kind of musically effective as the modulator is so percussive - but with sustained waveforms it tends to sound more warbly, which can be interesting but maybe irritating after a point.

    Later on in that sample i'm modulating the pitch of the Osc 2 sample with a sine wav, which sounds pretty crazy. Modulating the fm amount with the sine wav doesn't have a dramatic effect necessarily, but again results seem to vary widly depending on sample used.
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    • #17
      Here's a demo of the throat singer sample (left channel) being fm modulated by various samples at various pitches (right channel) so you can get a feel of how samples are effected . Some of the electrical hum or gong samples at low pitches sounded a bit like the airplane cruising at altitude kinda, so might give you some idea. The effect can be pretty subtle... I think it would take a bit of experimentation to get results that you -really- wanted, as in they sound good. With the drum samples, it sounded kind of musically effective as the modulator is so percussive - but with sustained waveforms it tends to sound more warbly, which can be interesting but maybe irritating after a point.

      Later on in that sample i'm modulating the pitch of the Osc 2 sample with a sine wav, which sounds pretty crazy. Modulating the fm amount with the sine wav doesn't have a dramatic effect necessarily, but again results seem to vary widly depending on sample used.



      The electrical hum and gong sounds were actually things I was going to try and had previously downloaded from Freesound.org with the intention of pitching and using as sample sources, so those were excellent selections. We think alike

      Btw, the drum kit approach was actually inspiring as hell. I love syncing pads and bass patches to rhythmic sound sources. I've grown addicted to doing that with the Moogerfooger Freqbox. I'll record a single note and use a loop to trigger the oscillator. Then, after doing multiple different passes, I'll create melodic chords tightly locked to rhythmic input. This soft of takes that dynamic and puts and entirely different spin on it. I could take the verse or chorus loop of a song and modulate a pad in an interesting way. Fantastic :thu:

      It's really looking like the Blofeld is my type of synth. Thanks for posting all these again. You're awesome man!
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      • #18
        Really close to pulling the trigger on this. My only reservation would be that this means I'd have 3 keyboards on stage; my Virus TI, whatever stage piano I end up getting, and the Blofeld. I was planning on a Kronos, as that would provide a lot of space consolidation, but I still feel that the architecture of the Blofeld is the most versatile for sample manipulation. The Kronos's ability to interface with samples goes as far as the Nord Wave's, albeit with a better effects section. The Blofeld actually seems capable of sounds that nothing else can do.....
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        • #19
          The blofeld is really nice - but it can be a drag having to load in all samples again when you just want to add one or modify one, so maybe add that to the consideration.. I have no idea how this works on the other boards, but I kind of imagine that perhaps they might be more flexible in that area, given their higher cost and with the nord its specialisation as a sample thing. (although the nord wave isn't 16 part multitimbral i think? though this might not be so important if you have several boards)

          Also, if you have other keyboards maybe you could consider a module instead of the keyboard version? its a nice looking keyboard, solid and with aftertouch. The 'free' button can be useful too. But it lacks some features like expression pedal input and transmitting midi start/stop.

          Sounds like a fun set up whatever you get - although 3 keyboards and accessories to carry could become a drag too! Would be a good looking wall of synth on stage though
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          • #20
            Quick question uiua_audiovisi, can you use a loop to trigger a pad's volume? I'd like to be able to play a pad, have a loop as a sample oscillator, mix the sample oscillator out, and have the volume of the other two oscillators pulse into audibility in time with the loop. I'm basically trying to replicate what I do with the Moogerfooger Freqbox, but just do it more quickly. If this isn't really possible that's cool, I'll just sample some Freqbox passes into the Blofeld. It would just be great to be able to do this more quickly.
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            • #21
              Not sure that i totally get it, but i can think of 2 ways that might do something similar -

              You couldd make a note of the bpm of the loop when you made it (eg. 90), then you would also probably want to set key tracking on that sample on Osc1 to 0 (as any other pitch would make it go faster/slower i'm pretty sure, unless you'd mapped in seperate loop samples for other note pitches). Then in the arpeggio section or multimode section set the tempo to 90bpm (for example) and one or more LFOs clocked to 1 bar (or however long). Then in the matrix set lfo to up Osc2/3 levels (which would have been set to 0). This would mean the sounds would fade in and out (according to the shape of the lfo). Though it sounds like you don't want the fade out?

              In that case you'd probably just use envelope 3 or 4 set to adjust osc2/3's levels in the matrix (which are again set to 0 in the patch), and by ear adjust the attack so it fades in over the duration of the loop. You could also use the looping envelopes adjusted by ear to approximate the loop lenth of your sample for some interesting things too, perhaps.

              Or you could combine those 2 methods, using the env3 for a fade in, but setting an lfo (at whatever speed, but probably faster than the env) also to affect Osc2/3 levels - that way you'd get the 'pulse into audibility', without it pulsing out again if you didn't want it to.
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              • #22
                Got my Blofeld today and so far I love it, even if I've barely scratched the surface of it. One thing I am curious about and wanted to ask the other owners is when playing it and I use either the mod wheel or the pitch bend, the tiny LEDs flicker. The one that's lit will flicker a tiny bit and usually one or two of the ones that are off will flicker a little too. Not a huge deal, just curious if it's common or unique to mine.
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                • #23
                  that happens on mine too - i think its normal and ok... hope so!
                  congrats on the purchase - hope you enjoy
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                  • #24
                    Thanks, good to know. It's amazing how easy it is to waste time with this thing.
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                    • #25
                      Blofeld in black, ordered today

                      Thank you very, very much uiua_audiovisi, you really helped me make the decision.
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                      • #26
                        Congrats, I'm really happy with mine. The hardest problem I'm having right now is not GASing for more gear and fully learning the stuff I have.
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