SynthWave Machine

Last night I had this idea to create a fun experimental retro preset for ANA 2, and after noodling around for a little while, here we have it …SynthWave Machine! This preset is best experienced using the Mod Wheel and one key only, especially within the C2 to C4 range. This preset includes 3 new Morphable Wavetables, and 1 Retro Drum machine Loop:

  • Ah Ee III* – used as a morphed LFO synth effect
  • Hi Sub Warbler* – used as a morphed LFO drifting bass
  • Twister* – used as the Pad, and Mod Wheel twists it away
  • YIS-SynthWave** – a nostalgic Kawai R50 drum machine rhythm

To install just add the content within the folder structure I’ve placed in order for you within this package.

WINDOWS Users : C:\ProgramData\Sonic Academy\ANA 2\
MACOS Users : yourmacosHDD/Library/Application Support/Sonic Academy/ANA 2/

As you will soon find out, this preset is a “one trick pony”, but was fun to create and play around with. I hope you all enjoy the preset, and find use for the new Wavetables within your future projects.

Happy Halloween!

Click here to download SynthWave Machine for ANA 2

SynthWave Machine a fun experimental retro preset for ANA 2
SynthWave Machine a fun experimental retro preset for ANA 2

Used in the creation of this preset:

* Created using Serum FM Wavetable Studio
* Created using Serum FM Wavetable Studio
** Sampled by Yisraelee CC Sampling Plus 1.0
** Sampled by Yisraelee CC Sampling Plus 1.0

Tranquility Base

Tranquility Base is the site on the Moon where, in 1969, humans landed the Apollo Lunar Module “Eagle”, and walked on another celestial body for the first time. Tranquility Base has remained unvisited since then. This soundtrack pays tribute to that moment in history. Apollo 11 mission recordings used: Courtesy NASA

This soundtrack also features new custom sound design using Sonic Academy’s ANA2 as a “sneek peek” into my ANA2 Ambient Project.  Still a work in progress, and no release date yet, but coming together great!

Above the Stratosphere is a powerful 5 Oscillator Airy Analog Pad that morphs into a Crystalline Atmosphere using the Mod Wheel.
Above the Stratosphere is a powerful 5 Oscillator Airy Analog Pad that morphs into a Crystalline Atmosphere using the Mod Wheel.

Updated Resources

I just wanted to let everyone know I’ve had the chance to update a couple of resources with new material. The Ensoniq Mirage, and Yamaha DX-100 Downloadable Sound Files I have available.  The updated material includes:


Yamaha DX-100:

  • Yamaha DX-100 Schematics
  • Yamaha DX-100 Service Manual
  • Yamaha DX-100 Voice Programming Guide

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Ensoniq Mirage:

  • Mirage Parameter Reference Card OS v3
  • Mirage Starter Guide by Peter Sansom
  • The Ensoniq Mirage Advanced Samplers Guide
  • The Ensoniq Mirage DSK Service Manual
  • Transoniq Hacker #039 (Sound Process OS Edition)
  • Mirage Links.txt (OS Tools & Resources for your Mirage)
    • –> Follow the links provided for hidden treasures 😉

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There have also been a few issues reported that the Mirage Disk Writing Utility wasn’t loading properly, and after experimentation, have discovered how to correct this.

The Mirage Tools Version 1.0 Disk Writing Utility was coded for 32 bit systems, but will work on a 64 bit system by performing a little trick. I currently use Windows 8.1 – 64 bit. What I did is found the command prompt program “cmd.exe” in the: “C:\WINDOWS\system32” folder.

I then copied and pasted it to the folder mwrite.exe was located, then “dragged and dropped” mwrite.exe directly into cmd.exe and it opened perfectly. So if anyone is having this issue, try that, it should work.


I wanted to thank Ted Tudor, Jason Champion, and the great people of the Facebook Ensoniq Users Group by helping to add more resources within these archived updates for everyone.

Dance Of The Yundi Tsundi

In the old days the medicine men would travel to the rock caves to meet with the Yundi Tsundi and share in their secrets. The medicine men would stay in the mountains for seven days and nights, telling stories around the campfire. On the seventh night, at the darkest hour, as the drums beat louder and louder, the Yundi Tsundi danced around the fire circle, and chanted sacred songs. The Yundi Tsundi then told the medicine men to return their secrets that had been shared with them that year. The medicine men placed the secret formulas in the hands of the Yundi Tsundi, and left the cave to return to their people. The medicine men would return again and again, to receive and return the spirit gifts of the Yundi Tsundi for their people.

This experimental Ambient Composition was purposefully mastered using low levels to maintain that “distant dreamy ambiance” along with various sound effect processes such as multiple delays, convolution reverb, and custom sounds using CZynthia, a 32-BIT Virtual Phase Distortion Synthesizer plug-in created by AlgoMusic:

CZSynth

CZynthia Specifications:

  • Two Phase Distortion Oscillator sections each offering two sets of 8 waveforms.
  • Three 8 stage envelopes each synth for control of pitch, phase and amplitude.
  • LFO (BPM synced or free running) offering 22 waveforms, rate and delay with pitch and phase destinations.
  • Pulsar module for algorithmic style pitch/phase modulation. (BPM synced)
  • Ring modulation, detune and transpose controls
  • Volume and panorama controls for stereo imaging and master volume.
  • Scale generator for force scaling of notes. Choice of 8 scales with root key selection.
  • Powerful multi FX section offering 7 simultaneous stereo effects: EQ, Rotor, Metal, Wah, Delay, Chorus, Reverb.

If you would like to give CZynthia a try, you can download this, and many more free VST Synthesizers by AlgoMusic at Westgate Sounds by clicking here.

The Planet Deep Scan: AmbieticA Bank 1

One of the latest Kontakt Libraries I’ve had the chance to play with this Summer is Atom Hub’s latest release: “The Planet Deep Scan“.  From Atom Hub’s description:

Immerse yourself in the vintage sci-fi audio world of The Planet Deep Scan, successor of the acclaimed ambient library, The Planet! In contrast to the previous sample collection and its mostly dreamy and mellow approach, The Planet Deep Scan focuses on a dark, textural content aimed at easy, intuitive
creating of evolving sound textures and soundscapes in a vintage, lo-fi fashion.

This is what interested me the most with this release. There are already quite a few “dreamy and mellow” ambient libraries out there. The “vintage lo-fi” approach really works well with this library, and will add a different sound which will mix perfectly with the “dreamy and mellow” types.

The The Planet Deep Scan’s interface is perfect for creating your own sound design endeavors which include 4 “Scans”, (Oscillator sources), and the ability to Pan and Tune each Scan individually. All 4 Scans are controlled using a basic Attack, Release envelope architecture, which suffices. The interface also provides 9 very usable effects, including a Filter section to sculpt that final sound.

With such an intuitively programmable interface, and very uniquely sampled sound sources that this release provides, I couldn’t help my inner sound design artist, and took advantage of this great combination. Now at 21 new presets that include Synth Pads, Ambient Drones, and Spacey Leads, I decided to release them for free for everyone who has The Planet Deep Scan.

Download: Atom Hub – The Planet Deep Scan – AmbieticA Bank 1

I sincerely hope you enjoy these new sounds as much as I did creating them,

Michael

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Cosmic Synthesizer GUI

One of the most beautiful things I love about artistic development, is that you can expand beyond what you consider your primary art-form, and create, using an alternate sense, to help develop and expand your primary art-form, giving further inspiration to continue creating on two levels, becoming one in the end result…

As mentioned previously on another post, I considered including a possible new Graphic User Interface with the new Ambient Sound Bank I’ve been working on using Sonic Academy’s ANA2. Well, at this point, I would say that possibility is a definite yes. My latest work on creating a “Cosmic Theme”, perfect for spacey ambient sounds, is proving successful. But this is only the beginning of an even more possible second GUI, that would more resemble an old Analog Synthesizer GUI. One step at a time right? I always tend to get ahead of myself lol. Here’s what I have so far for ANA2’s “Cosmic theme” GUI:

The Main Synth Panel:

Buttons are now 3D and glow "ANA Blue" when they are on, including FX buttons, brightness reduction within nebular displays, and of course more nebula within alternate FX and browser panels, along with the new "Cosmic" logo.
Buttons are now 3D and glow “ANA Blue” when they are on, including FX buttons, brightness reduction within nebular displays, and of course more nebula within alternate FX and browser panels, along with the new “Cosmic” logo.

The Patch Browser Panel: 

Click on the image to expand. *hint* It shows upcoming sounds within this release ;)
Click on the image to expand. *hint* It shows upcoming sounds within this release ;)

The ARP and CMD combo Panel: 

The "CMD" or Chord Memory Device along with the Arpeggiator is a powerful combo needed in every Synth!
The “CMD” or Chord Memory Device along with the Arpeggiator is a powerful combo needed in every Synth!

I’ve completed much more, but these images give everyone a rough idea as what to expect using the “Cosmic Theme”. I find this theme very inspirational creating Ambient Drones, and Pads. 😀

Lord of the Sky

I thought it was due time to create a post, and share at least one sound creation. Why not one of the sounds I made today …”Lord of the Sky”. Using Sonic Academy’s ANA 2, I wanted to create something with a realistic Analog sound. This sound uses 5 out of 6 available Oscillators as follows:

OSC 1: Saw Soft (HD Wave – Sonic Academy)
OSC 2: Saw OB (HD Wave – Sonic Academy)
OSC 3: Saw 101 (HD Wave – Sonic Academy)
OSC 4: Chimes 4 (Sample – Sonic Academy)
OSC 5: Bird Symphony (Sample – Luftrum)

To get that Deep Low End/Resonant Analog sound, I used 2 emulated Oberheim Low Pass Filters in Series, combined with the main 3rd Low Pass Filter in the chain, and used special Modulation Routing techniques to “Morph” both the “Sky” sound and Filter Frequency/Resonance using the Modulation Wheel as such:

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No effects were used except ANA 2’s internal Equalizer. My latest emulated Analog Pad …Lord of the Sky:

      ANA2_Lord_of_the_Sky

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