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Luftrum + ANA2 = Bliss

Using samples from Luftrum with permission,  in pure field recorded oscillation mode,  combined with ANA 2 using pure triangulation wave oscillation and variable  pulse width modulation   …we now have a Padded Drone Sound 😀 I have yet to use FX. Many Modulated roads to travel .                                                                                                                                                                    …Before the Rain 

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Before-the-Rain

before the rain

Update: 1/6/2018: The Drone, Before the Rain , has been exponentially improved beyond the sound example above, and sounds much much better :) …Learning curve combining 6 Oscillator Wave-table & Sample capability achieved …Be prepared for some Ambient Madness 😀

Ambient ANA 2

Yesterday, I had to make a choice between two virtual Synthesizers, both recently released, and both on sale for a limited time …The U-He Repro, or Sonic Academy’s ANA 2.  As many of you already know, U-He makes some tremendously realistic superb emulations of classic Synthesizers using virtual circuit technology. DIVA being their breakthrough with this technology. Sonic Academy on the other hand does not, and uses their innovation to create DSP in house. I tested the Demo’s of both, and although U-He’s Repro 1 & 5 are both absolutely amazing, they were both exactly what they intended to be …Emulations of classic instruments. A few new features, but in the end Prophets. OK, A lot of people are thinking, “well yeah a Prophet is awesome, why not grab the software since you don’t have the hardware” …I agree, Prophets ARE awesome!

There are quit a few reasons I chose Sonic Academy’s ANA 2 over Repro. Before I explain, I must say that I am more of a “Futurist”, and less of a “Nostalgic” traveler. It’s already been done, ages gone past, and we consistently attempt to rewind toward a sound we are comfortable with. So it seems. I ventured within Dave Rossum’s Z-Plane Filter Technology and Function Generators while the masses continued toward 2-Pole variables, to no regret. Not that the latter are worse, or the former better, just that “it hadn’t been done before”, thus sat on the horizon of an un-explored journey into sound-design.

From my research, it has been dubbed that ANA 2 is more of a “SynthPop, Acid, Dance” machine. To the likes of such nobles as Serum and Dune. I wondered, with so much functionality, (functionality beyond Repro), could I make the very first “Ambient” soundbank, and break the stereotype? One of the biggest reasons I chose ANA 2 over Repro was functionality …We’re talking about 3 importable Wave Oscillators and 3 importable Sample Oscillators  with more parameters and Modulation Routing’s than I have experienced in quite awhile.

The choice was clear “Future” or “Past”. How about both. I have sampled the many Electronic Instruments I have had the honor of playing over the years just waiting to be used. Including the rare Ensoniq Mirage  Sound Process Operating System to name a few. What if I were to “import” my rare samples into ANA 2 as sound sources, using ANA’s parameters, and the wave tables with a total of 6 Oscillator Ambience. One could create an Ambient Pad and Drone synchronizing within one single sound indeed (before modulation). After just a few hours, ANA 2’s architecture became natural, although I have barely scratched the surface for sure, I was able to use the rare samples I have, and ANA 2’s wave platform in an attempt to create this theoretical ambient soundbank experiment. Far from perfect, and much learning and mastering to accomplish I give you my first 3 ambient sounds using Sonic Academy’s ANA 2:

Using the Ultraproteus Sample “Rainforest” and 3 Waves:                     “Digital Rainforest”  …Update 1/6/2018: Digital Rainforest has been exponentially improved, sounds even better than this sound example, and has been renamed  “Life on Kepler-186f”.

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Digital Rainforest


Using an Ensoniq Mirage Sound Process Sample and 3 Waves:     “ANA Sweeper” …Update 1/6/2018: ANA Sweeper has been exponentially improved, sounds even better than this sound example, and has been renamed “Interstellar Dust”.

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Using the Casio-CT Cathedral Sample and 3 Waves:                             “Glimmer Pad” …Update 1/6/2018: Glimmer Pad has been exponentially improved, sounds even better than this sound example, and retains the name “Glimmer Pad”.

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Much Much more to come, as I master this process …With Much better results in the future, as this was just the first few hours with this beautiful beast :)

Ev Luth Kirche

My lady Connie asked me one day “how exactly do you do what you do”. She patiently sat down in the studio, as I walked her through what was involved to begin designing a sound. She took care of the selection of a sound source and then I proceeded to teach her how to adjust the parameters involved for frequency modulation. She looked at me after I walked her through adjusting a few parameters and she said, “there’s a lot to this”, I smiled and said, “Thank you for allowing me to show you one part of a larger structure”. Connie had one request …”Design a sound to go with the Church” (a photo she had taken, and won prizes for).

It was a challenge,  but after much Band-Pass Filter, Effect and Equalizer manipulation, I think I have it. The Birds that land around its structure, the Bell that Tolls, and the Angelic Atmospheric Pad surrounding its presence all there, of course “Ambiently” 😉 . For the one that I Love <3 …Ev Luth Kirche

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Ev-Luth-Kirche.

Dyson Sphere’s

What if we, as a civilization, could collect all of the sun’s energy? If so, we would use some form of Dyson sphere! Physicist and astronomer Freeman J. Dyson first explored this idea as a thought experiment in 1960, as a “Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infrared Radiation” in Science as a way for an advanced civilization to utilize all of the energy radiated by their sun. It is an artificial sphere the size of an planetary orbit. The sphere would consist of a shell of solar collectors or habitats around the star, so that all (or at least a significant amount) energy will hit a receiving surface where it can be used. This would create a huge living space and gather enormous amounts of energy.

This sound pays tribute to Freeman Dyson, and his idea that this hypothetical mega-structure could be possible, given the technology and unity that would be needed to accomplish such a feat of stellar proportions. Using Lunaris with 4 Oscillators. 3 of the Oscillators were used to create a Science Fictionally Synchronized Dance of Rhythm, Light, and Sparkling Energy whipping about using all 3 “Mod/Seq” sections for each Oscillator, all 3 of the rhythms being synchronized, yet unique. The final Oscillator gives us the pad, which completes the sound itself. And as always, the Modulation wheel is definitely used to change the structure of the sound.                                                    …Inside the Dyson Sphere:

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Life Inside the Dyson Sphere

High Pass-Low Pass Dust

Well, I have heard that High Pass Filters are useless during my sound design travels… Low Pass combined with High pass however are not…  Equalized and Filtered with Envelopes in place. Let’s just “Pass” some “Cosmic Dust” through the “Filters” of perception :) . Interstellar Dust Storm FX:

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The faint light extending up from the horizon just below centre of this photo is known as zodiacal light, caused by sunlight scattering from cosmic dust in the plane of our Earth’s orbit. A second band of light can be seen at the horizon on the lower left. This red light is airglow, produced by the Earth’s atmosphere. Airglow is caused by processes taking place in the upper atmosphere, including cosmic rays, recombining photoionized atoms, and various chemical reactions between oxygen, nitrogen, hydroxyl, sodium, and lithium atoms. The third and final band is the Milky Way, our home galaxy, high in the sky. This band consists of billions of stars of all kinds. Many of them are hidden to the human eye behind large layers of interstellar dust, giving the Milky Way its characteristically mottled look. At the centre of the image stands ESO Photo ambassador Babak Tafreshi, watching the light spectacle unfold around him. His fellow photo ambassador Yuri Beletsky captured this image during the ESO UHD Expedition in 2014, as Babak travelled through the Chilean desert to visit the sites of ESO’s telescopes.
The faint light extending up from the horizon just below centre of this photo is known as zodiacal light, caused by sunlight scattering from cosmic dust in the plane of our Earth’s orbit. A second band of light can be seen at the horizon on the lower left. This red light is airglow, produced by the Earth’s atmosphere. Airglow is caused by processes taking place in the upper atmosphere, including cosmic rays, recombining photoionized atoms, and various chemical reactions between oxygen, nitrogen, hydroxyl, sodium, and lithium atoms. The third and final band is the Milky Way, our home galaxy, high in the sky. This band consists of billions of stars of all kinds. Many of them are hidden to the human eye behind large layers of interstellar dust, giving the Milky Way its characteristically mottled look. At the centre of the image stands ESO Photo ambassador Babak Tafreshi, watching the light spectacle unfold around him. His fellow photo ambassador Yuri Beletsky captured this image during the ESO UHD Expedition in 2014, as Babak travelled through the Chilean desert to visit the sites of ESO’s telescopes.

Pad & Drone Morphing

Getting back to simplicity whilst combining complication, what would a beautifully designed simple pad sound like morphed into a drone. Using the Modulation Wheel a simple pad can evolve into something more. And holding the Modulation Wheel at the half-way point, you Transcend as the two become one. It’s a technique that requires 4 oscillators for ultimate success …two as the Pad, and two as the Drone, using Amplification Modulation, Core Synthesized Sounds, Field Recordings, and Soundscapes combined …Transcendence:

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Transcendence

Trans-4Osc

No Words …Just Sounds

Words not needed for this sharing, sound is everything …Randomly chosen for display from the trove of creation …Same theme extended to unique individualistic quality. Lunaris,  the absolute Pad Machine :)

Reflections of Star Light:

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Reflections of Star Light

Athenian Acropolis:

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Athenian-Acropolis

Modular Matrix:

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Modular-Matrix

Vishnu:

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Vishnu

The City I (Yes there are 2. The second is even deeper :) ) :

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The-City

Inception:

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Inception

Whispers in the Wind:

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Whispers_in_the_Wind

Radiant Redwoods

As a tribute of having the honor to wander around our “gentle giants” …I give you the “Radiant Redwoods“. A place of true proposal, and true love <3

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Redwoods

Mystic Dawn

As you awaken to the sound of a new day, let Mystic Dawn sweep you away :)

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Mystic-Dawn

Astral Journey

What might it sound like when your soul lifts out of your body, and travels within the Astral Realms? As you lie down, relax, and enter deep slumber, everything around you slowly morphs into the uncanny. Time itself is meaningless, and voices from the void speak to you intangibly. Welcome to the Astral Journey. Using Lunaris, the modulation wheel will take you there, then bring you back :)

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Astral_Journey