mkasthe wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:13 pm
James_Fredrickson wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:30 pm
I've been using the Sinfonion as the harmonic and melodic center of a jazz fusion inspired machine with 5 available parts/voices. This whole system was built around the Sinfonion. It's definitely a game changing module for melodic and harmonic improvisation.
1) Awesome content, thanks for sharing!
2) Like I commented on the video on YT, would be awesome to get some patch notes even if at a high level. Always interested in how other people are patching their Sinfonion to the rest of their system / how they sequence the various quantizers / etc.
Hi, thank you for the interest! I'll try and list the meat of the melodic patching
Pitch CV: The melodies and bassline pitch data are sequenced by hand from 1 of 3 Voltera Metron expanders. The sequences are looping every 1/2 measure. Both the pitch data of the bass and the lead melodic voice is multed and sent to a Doepfer mini switch. The switch allows me to send either pitch data (or no data) to Marbles in external processing mode. The 3 outputs of Marbles and the original melodic pitch cv are sent to a WMD triple switch. The triple switch allows me select the original or the Marbles version of the pitch for the bassline, lead voice, and the second voice. The switch output is then sent to the Sinfonion. This gives me the option to send the bassline or lead melody to each other or to the second voice. This also gives me the ability to easily transition between "songs" by carrying over melodic lines from one section to the next.
Pitch Manipulation: The Marbles and the Volteras can be wiggled to influence the direction of the melodies globally or individually. I'm also sending trigger outputs for the bassline and the lead voice to trigger the sample and hold circuits on both channels of a Sapel. I'm taking the sampled 2n from each channel of the Sapel and feeding these into 2 Quadratts in attenuverter mode. The output from each Quadratt is sent to a cv input on the Sinfonion set to pre-transposition for the lead voice (channel 2 on Sinfonion) and the second voice (channel 3 on Sinfonion). By wiggling the Quadratts and the 2n knob on the Sapel I can essentially solo either melody up or down in pitch. I find the random 2n output on the Sapel to be extremely musical.
Pitch Sequencing: The pitches are divorced from their rhythms. The rhythms for the bassline, both lead voices, and the arpeggiator voice are coming from a Tetrapad and Tete set in euclidean mode. The tetrapad is being recorded in overdub mode and looped every 1/2 measure. The tetrapad gate outputs are sent to Ladik gate Skippers. The CV output from each pad is used to control the probability of the Skippers. This gives me realtime recording probability of notes! The Skipper output is then being sent to a 4 channel MI Braches clone. I'm using the branches output as a manual, global note probability. One channel of the branches is also controlling the probability of sending/splitting gates between the lead melody or the arpeggiator. The gates for the arpeggiator and voice 2 are also sent to a Plog for an AND and XOR logic which makes sure they never trigger at the same time because they can clash a bit. I experimented with many different loop lengths. I tried shorter loops lengths thinking they would give me less repetitive patterns, but they quickly became way too chaotic. And longer loops became very difficult to meaningfully manipulate.
Anyways, this is the quick and dirty! I'd love to discuss anything more in depth, but got to run an errand now
btw, here is the Modulargrid: https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/1087978