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Axoloti Modular Synth – DIY Clavia Micro Modular-Style (Indiegogo Projekt)

Axoloti is a DIY Modular synth project that has a lot in common with the  Micromodular , Micro Modular Modular Synthesizer by Clavia

here’s what it does an looks like – the GUI – much like the Nord Modulars…

and here’s his speech at the 31C3

(not that fast but listen to it! he’s at the ccc explaining it to nerds not among synth / musicians)

the basic thing is this piece of hardware with MIDI, some buttons and a little display – and it reacts to OS X, Windows and Linux. hope this thing will be done and made, so just do it!
And of course this is not closed source like the Clavia. It’s an ARM Cortex M4F. ARM is sort of the real antagonist to Intel. It’s a Processor. Not a DSP. But it’s the number cruncher. Can be compared to fast Tablets and Smartphones but would need a lot of details – in fact it is a fast load of power for doing a modular synth.

check this out it is easy to “read” as a synth guy: and don’t get shocked it’s not just windows – its ALL platforms! participating is about 60€ – just to give you an idea. plus shipping etc.
you might add a front panel, and solder some potentiometers, faders, leds and switches to the GPIO pins.


Dieses “kleine” Projekt erinnert sehr stark an den Clavia Micro Modular und basiert auf einem kleinen Board mit ARM A4 Prozessor- die Aktion hier handelt von dem eigentlichen Kern (Core) – und wird passieren, wenn du das Projekt bei Indigogo unterstützt. Da es bisher keinen Nachfolger gibt und Clavia keinerlei Signale gibt den G3 zu bauen, vielleicht einfach mal ein belgisches Modularsystem? Und offen! Denn hier hält keine Firma die Quellen zusammen und “closed source” mäßig zusammen, weil – könnte ja mal wieder irgendwann kommen (kommt aber nicht, kann man sicher sein, erstmal).
Komplett würde es durch die “Control” genannte Einheit, die noch nicht so weit ist und vielleicht als nächstes weiter entwickelt werden könnte, je nach dem wie erfolgreich das Projekt wird.

UPDATE: it did work! there’s enough money to run the first batch and a little more – the official site is http://axoloti.be
UPDATE: 19.Jan: about 480 will be made

Forum-> Axoloti – DIY Micro Modular? – auf Indiegogo


an older patch



ok – this is not part of the indiegogo thing.. but it may help to understand the “nord modular” similarity – but this is not yet ready. this is sort of the control part and therefore referred to as “control”

The advantage of Axoloti Control over a midi controller is that you don’t need to midi-map parameters in order to tweak your patch. It can show parameter names and real world units rather than just midi numbers. Or show a oscilloscope waveform or edit a step-sequence



the midi i/o etc. being part of it is smaller – it’s this one – it’s the basic thing you need to do the work. so – this is what isn’t like the nord – it’s not one machine you could buy (of course) but the most important stuff is in here. referred to as the core. hence the name.


Forum • Axoloti – DIY Micro Modular? – auf Indiegogo.
what is in it so far..

audio input
audio output
digital in (including optional pullup or pulldown configuration)
digital out (push-pull or open-collector)
analog in
digital PWM outputs
pulse-width modulation
saw with sync
square with sync
lowpass biquad
bandpass biquad
highpass biquad
lowpass 1st order
highpass 1st order
controller in
controller out
keyboard (incl. velocity, release velocity, polyphonic pressure)
bend in
bend out
channel pressure
1,2,3,4… input mixer
Logic operators
similar as in Pure Data
Delay lines
similar as in Pure Data
bandpass-filter based spectrum analyzer (constant-Q)
FFT-based spectrum analyzer
Square root
Soft saturate (non-antialiased)
infinite gain clipping (alias-free)

another demo and patch – which is quite easy to understand

this one features samples – re-organising a breakbeat (I did this a lot on other systems so it is a good demo)
look at it – it’s a lot easier than coding / clicking that on Max or PD – looks like a want one to me..

Alpha Juno Fans ho(o)vering over this

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Synthesizer-Magazin: SynMag #45 am 17.7.2014

SynMag #45 Mitte Juli 2014 (ca. 17.7.)


SynMag Das Synthesizer-Magazin: #45



Roland TR8 – Instant Electro oder – ein guter TRhronfolger?

Audiowerkstatt – MIDI Zeitversetzter und Raumkrümmer (DIN-Sync, MIDI-Clock)

Bastl Instruments Trinity – Kästchensystem für den LoFi Sound

Clavia Nord Lead A1 – Ist minimaler auch besser? Wie gut seht er zwischen Nord Lead 2x und 4?

Modular Synthesizer Meeting Happy Knobbing 2014 – Advanced Gearporn!

Elektro für 100€ – Geht das? Ja!

(upcoming: Moog Theremini)

Die andere Seite

Ableton Dark Synth und Vocalism – Additiv und “was mit Stimme”…

Xils Lab 4 – Der doppelte EMS mit vierfacher Matrix

Cakewalk Waveshaping in Mega-Deluxe (von Windows zum iPad): z3ta+

“it’s bigger on the inside”: Monoplugs B-Step Sequencer

Cakewalk Sonar DAW X3 Check für die Windowsinsel

Buchtipp Elektronik in der Popmusik

Menschen & Studioporn

Jam El Mar

Patrice Bäumel

The Horrorist

Erik Seifert

Pyramid Peak

via SynMag – Das Synthesizer-Magazin

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23-26.1.14 USA, NAMM 2014 – Overview – Übersicht

start hoping, wondering, wishing for news..
wie immer können wir jetzt schon wünschen und spekulieren und bangen.und auf einen G3 Modularsynth mit Sampling hoffen und das alles: Forum • 23-26.1.14 USA, NAMM 2014.
important highlights @ NAMM 2014 so far:

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Clavia Nord Lead A1 – Analog Modeling Synth – reduced to the – minimal maximum

Clavia were the people who introduced the term “virtual analog”, now it’s time to change the claim but – what has changed? this time it isn’t just a synth that has the structure of a Prophet 5-kind of Poly Synth and it’s approach to be controlled by twisting knobs – no – this time it is more emulation and simulation of existing synths like Moogs and Rolands.

but they want it to be less than any Nord Lead ever made – but with FX this time – Clavia Nord Lead A1, A1R  as key and rack version.
lead a1 panel

nord a1


this 4 octave Nord Lead A1 is a lot like the classic ones but they add the filters from the Lead 4 (moog and tb=roland) filters – simplified. One LFO, simple routing and the OSC section with several kinds of synthesis techniques – on the lower one the way those 2 OSCs interact (sync, FM..) – with fx, simple envelopes. the Arper has it’s own clock – which is good – but there is no 2nd LFO anymore. this is not for synth nerds – right?

3 scenarios:

1) Nord Lead 2x will be dicontinued – the A1 will be replacing it as the low price end, the Nord Lead 4 being the top end – even though without aftertouch (which I don’t understand in a 1.7€k Synth)?

2) all 3 models will stay in the shops, the A1 sold unter or about the same price as the Lead 2x..?

-> so it’s about which one is the lead synth or replacement – to me the nl4 could be seens as the new Nl2 without aftertouch and drum mode but with fx and patch darwinism AND those analog modeling filters – found it very nice to use and very “hi-resolution” sounding.

since the nl4 is new it’s not about replacing the nl4, so – maybe starting a new kind of series. but..? this A1 thing comes at 1600-1650€ – so this is not the low end (atm), so – this must be a new kind of category. but it has only the FX and some labeled filter types, everything else is reduced to .. the min.

3) imagine yourself.. but to me it only makes sense they want to drop the NL2x and replace it – lower the price and hope they are ok with one LFO (why?) – I don’t know. over 1k€ this will be the hardest job ever.
why don’t you just send us the G3 modular – take my money and ..

in short – I don’t understand the concept of an entry level synth at this price – this time it’s for those not reading this blog, right? is there anybody out there who found the NL2 too complex? ..
note – the comparision chart does not mention filter envelopes and more – feature wise this synth is not on top – it’s not even comparable to simple analog synths – I don’t believe that price tag!

but the positive aspects:

1) That red knob is multi-functional – the dial under the 2nd display gives access to more than one – it has shape, dual osc tuning and all that stuff.
2) the simplified user interface may help – after understanding it and things not in the NL4 will come – almost!!
3) the chorus and ensemble from the Logan String Synth sounds very beautiful
4) LED display changes colour to show it’s in performance mode
5) it sounds good and hi-resolution
6) it sort of changes and helps the entry level user to get an idea of a synth with a smaller amount of controls

an official said: no, this is a new kind of synths – it’s not gonna replace the NL2x or NL4 – and also may come in a rack version later (depends)..


Jedes Mal, wenn Clavia was ankündigt, dann hoffen wir auf einen G3, ein Modular mit Samples. Das ist schon seit Jahren so, es kam entweder ein neues Klavier. Der Nerd ist traurig.
so, dann kam der NL4, das wurde auch Zeit – ihm fehlt der Aftertouch und man muss sich entscheiden, ob man FM, Sync ODER Ringmod will – oder – nein – es gibt gar keine Ringmodulation. Dafür aber Effekte, den Drum Mode sollte man vergessen – was man beim NL3 aber mit einem geschickten FM-Modus abdeckte und etwas mehr Filter-Option. Im NL4 kann man zudem den wirklich hochauflösenden Sound absolut als Pluspunkt zählen und verkneift sich dann Aftertouch, obwohl die neuen alle teurer sind. Aber jetzt – jetzt ist alles weniger als beim NL4 und die Kosten 200€ weniger – Also – wenn man da wählen muss – dann NL4 oder NL2x – und zwar wegen Aftertouch und Drummode oder Hi-Res-Sound und Effekten. Nur an was denken wir bei den nächsten verdeckten Bildern? Sind die, die man mit dem A1 ansprechen will überhaupt empfänglich für Rückseiten-Fotos vor der Messe?

Alles vereinfachen, damit man nichts falsch machen kann.
“es ist nicht gefährlich – es ist ja für Kinder”-
Und wenn man was falsch macht, fallen alle Kühe um?

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Clavia G2 -ebook/Patches: Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space

this is a new ebook focussing on patches and how to patch on the Clavia G2..

yes, the G2 has Delays an Reverbs already, but what can be done with other modules to have “room” and “space”?..

stereophonic, spectral stereo, pseudo stereo,ambiophonics, phasebrato, complementary Comb Filters, sample delay, can control, Shift register and Multiplexer modules, creating single delay presets, simulating ‘old way’ delays, basic feedback delay, basic cascading delays, mixer taps, damping, digital comb filters, delay experiments, 8 tap delay architectures,delay matrixes, switchable spaces, resonators,resonator matrixes, swirls, waveguide  reverbs, physical modeling, modulated air pressures

here is how it sounds like..

experimental things..

find it and more here: Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space.

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Nord Lead 4 – Performance Synthesizer

as said, there will be a Nord Lead 4 – Performance Synthesizer.- here it is. it seems there is no drum mode like the nl2 had and which I really loved and found very handy and intuitive.
the price tag is around 1.650k€ rack and 200€ more for the keyboard.
->Synth Database NordLead 4 & NordLead 4R

nordlead 4 rack
nordlead 4 rack

Key features – underlined: the specials

  • 4-part multi-timbral with 4 separate outs.
  • 2-Oscillator Virtual Analog Subtractive synthesis with Frequency Modulation, Hard and Soft Sync and True Voice Unison.
  • Morph and Variation performance controls.
  • Wavetable synthesis, including unique Formant Wavetables.
  • 12/24 dB Low-pass, High-pass, Band-pass filters section plus transistor and diode ladder filter simulations.
  • 2 LFO/Arpeggiator sections and Mod Env section with flexible routing possibilities.
  • LFO, Arpeggiator and Delay can be synchronized to the Master Clock (or external MIDI-Clock).
  • Crush, Talk and Distortion, Reverb, Delay effects (available per slot)
  • 2x oversampled sound engine.
  • 49-key velocity sensitive keyboard (C-C) (Not Nord Lead 4R).
    Forum:  Neuer Clavia Synth @ Messe FFM 2013

NordLead 4

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Clavia Nord Lead 4 coming (at MusikMesse 2013)

just some drone noise on http://nordlead4.com/

the noise links are

so it’s quite an idea what Clavia may bring us next month.. and yes, the NIC says it is owned by Clavia, so this is not a hoax. see you in Frankfurt – I will be that at booth A58 Synthesizer-Magazin ;)
Forum • Neuer Clavia Synth @ Messe FFM 2013.

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Roland Kuit – Laboratory of Patching – electronic book (HTML+Patch Files) for Nord Modular G2 series

patching modular synths, in this case the Clavia G2 is quite easy, as long as you refer to the standard synths you know and possibly let yourself be influenced or inspired by the synths made to date and all those yesterday ones as well. but if you want more out from the machine, want to get inspired or just want to get an idea how an oscillator could be optimized to play with on your patches – this is for you. this is based on HTML so you can watch it in your browser, it’s not meant to be a PDF or “ebook” like ePub – just to be sure what you get filled with countless patch images and the patch files themselves…

right, it is not free and be sure you need some time to read and to really dive into. you may have some experience – I’d recommend to know your synthesis before – like you may have understood your Microkorgs, Jupiters and maybe some Dotcom classic synth or your nice old Roland 100m?
yes – you matched to use them but you always thought there is more to squeeze out of it.

what to expect:
1) an introduction to all kinds of music relevant to “electronic music” of all times since it isn’t just about synthesizers or electronic sounds nowadays, everyone can buy a nice app or purchase a synth for 350€-800€ and don’t ask for “electronic music” which is as much information about the music as “i listen to music with guitars”.

2) anyway – get you copy and start with the music and even examples first, now it’s time for the first chapter – basics. here it’s getting a bit more academic – see all the waveforms, the modules and what they produce – here you go – filters, oscillators, just like manual but tells everything on the Nords components and modules to work with and what you may choose best..
later on – after all those standard modules you find small sets of modules that help to understand how they work and you just need to re-built in on the demo or your own G2, some of those may work on the old Nord Modular and Micro Modular, but this book refers to the G2.
want to know, what is it you may learn here? well, for the envelopes 3 envelopes that trigger each other in a sort of cascade (nice trick!) so it is getting a lot more on tips and tricks now – also some triggering hints given – so there’s plenty of stuff like this starting in the middle of the first basic introduction we might find usefull in our next patches since the next patch may be cool enough to be the only one on stage (check Aalto synth if you need some good inspiration)
later on you’ll find how to model “patch panels” like the MS20 had and how it looks like on the G2 – the whole patch – your screen may need at least the resolution of a current Macbook Air (1360) to see it all without scrolling sideways, but it’s all arranged well. there is an ARP2600, EMS Synthi A to be modeled as well – as far as structure goes, it won’t sound like them, it’s not about emulation (just to mention it here).

additive synthesis is explained as well, and it’s not just some oscs assigned to a mixer and just some envelopes added, but almost some basic approaches to additive synthesis at a glance, and there is more formant and voice synthesis, AM, simple and more complex as well as FM of course ending up in a DX21, sync’ed FM, creation of waveforms by sequencers and everything you need to know about synthesis  from waveguide to phase locked loops as an oscillator technique. it’s just SOME modules but you may want to know which one, right? yeaah’ here you go! granular synthesis is in, too! I remember building my first granular synths on the G2, I had a different approach – so it’s nice to see another one… btw learn about what granular really meant in the sense of clouds and grains! no samples envolved!

3) there’s 2 “genre” chapters in it like dance / techno. this is about sequencing, drum sounds, bass lines and creating fatness from oscs and add some extra stuff, including rhythmic variations – the better patches dealing with LFOs that make the groove…
and did I mention you do not have to repatch it all? there’s PCH2 files all over the place – well sorted – so you just need to open the folder and give it a listen and turn and tweak those patches until you like it or understand it and make your own additions…
this is not bound to genres – but to popular music in a very open way of understanding. so – …

4)  now it’s getting more and more interesting and more special – there’s one chapter just on amp / ringmod, learn about brown noise to be fed into and make subtle noises, nut just NOISE! this is about electronic patching not just how to use a ring modulator and some bellish results. so why not making the echos more coloured, nebula kind of drone with some little random texture? here it is..

5) sample and hold is much more than just creating arpeggios, stepped random goodness – it can control envelopes to be triggered by very very certain sources of uncertainty! this is for all of you into glitch, IDM, experimental but also into textured drones and a lot more to be fuzzed, chaotisized in a gentle way, just not like on your old ARP2600, there’s much more since you got as many modules as you want – but most patches are not about the number of modules – it’s again what you might now get inspired again by some cool thoughts about randomness, stepps and triggering events by it!
this may be another good chance to make the G2 sound more “analog” as well..

6) algorithmic sequencing and simply changing sounds a different way (Microwave XT users may still love some of those XOR and OR to be attached to LFOs and filters or even oscillators: Logic Modules, this is what happens here, so it will affect sounds and composition structure and possibly makes you create a synth with just a few knobs that change sounds and melodies / patterns to more than variations and possibly mix those to become one interface for both!
Drums that trigger special are in here as well…

7) audio processing doesn’t stop too early as well, there’s reverb simulations via Delays and now’s the time to plug ins drum loops, guitars and harps to be processed by filter banks, vocoders to make something that you may no longer make in guitar rig or buy another FX plugin.

8) the experimental corner may be the most interesting one if it’s about BIG tips and tricks and inspirational things. more complex patches, drones, very special effects

9 to end) – the second part

note that this is a 2 part book- so if you went for the 1st the second won’t repeat the 1st content, it is just like the other chapters – the more you dive in the more creative patches be shown – first things like using sync and wave wrappers with FM within 2-8 modules – just to show you another way to combine interesting osciilators – as long as it is about oscillators and filters this is the succession of where you left off – you haven’t had enough of what others do with their G2 or modular synths? this is a load of simple but helpful additions for a mix of all synthesis methods and how to start an interesting synth with that is NOT AT ALL a minimoog.

same with sequencers and LFOs in the next chapter that introduces a lot of special modules like the DA converter to get very much “shaped” and “organized” random sources which will be valuable for your own sounds! pattern with clock delayed feedback – how does this sound to you? it’s still about 10 modules used, get some quantizers, delays, clock dividers and envelopes into the right place here! learn how to tune the chaos and add even more clever logic modules to get even 8stage tuned patterns and learn how and where to put those level modules to get the right trigger to and from those modules to get the trigger series you want – and tune it!


audio processing and audio / shaping will be what adds coloured reverbs, matrix controlled delay stacks for spectral effects and vocoders with modal resonators (modal synthesis is also on topic with the release of Reaktor 5.(5) – it ends up with resonanting neurons and analog feedback and several methods to generate matrix glitches and shifts of any kind.


10) 8-Delay Feed forward filter feedback, 24 digital coefficients filter, 3D Logic sequencers, Digital Bode phaser. are made in here as well, you might be interested how these work and you will get an answer and working patch with this! so this one is not just a “virtual book” it’s a load of patches that you can use and modify.

yes, you may imagine – this wasn’t made over a week or some nights, this is some of the audio demos.. roughly.
so the second part is for real geeks, if you felt like you are inspired – this may still impress you. as long as you are not one of the 3 or 4 big names I know about G2 patch programming, …

get your copy here: Roland Kuit E-Books

yes, it is 110€ each, discount for students and mass orders (10 or more) if you make a nice group buy, maybe start one in the forum!!! – it’s not “cheap” in a sense of anything – but as you might just see from what I wrote about it you may get the idea whats behind it… – if you want to be on top into the G2 to be on the same level of reaktor, MAX/MSP and others but without the need of a computer on stage this may be the best you can buy.


1) this is made for the G2, you do not have to patch anything yourself, it’s all there as PCH2 files

2) the old Nord can do some but not all of this since it doesn’t has long delays and a lot of modules are different but some of it may be suitable enough to “port” the patches to via brain! – re- patch it !


note to those who may know my tutorial / an alle die meine Lern DVD noch nicht kennen oder / und über dieses e-book im HTML Format nachdenken – dieses Buch fängt eigentlich da an wo ich aufgehört habe, und mein Kurs basiert auch nicht wenig auf dem G2 und / aber auch anderen Synthesizern und richtet sich mehr an Einsteiger, Roland geht den Schritt und richtet sich an die, die wirklich sehr viel wollen: 
if you are german and want to get an easy to learn course you might still get my “hands on synthesis” DVD at DVD-Lernkurs FIRST, – to be honest – this one starts where I left off!! that’s the truth!!

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