WALDORF… Tricks from Snyxol

(by: snyxol ÄT web DOT de)

HERE are some very useful Tips for XT/Microwave .. some are suitable for others also..

BIIIG thanks to Snyxol, who sent those to me.. because of the high useability I just asked him to put it here.. so.. here they are!!! Very helpful..!!!

> Subject: [MW2] tip: smooth hard sync

>

> if u want to hard sync waves without getting a harsh spectrum, do this:

>

> choose for osc. 1 triangle and ringmodulate!

>

> when modulating osc 2 pitch this results in a very smooth sweep, because the

> triangle fades

> the syncing jump out, thus the resulting signal is continuous.

>

> try it especially with the wavetables: resonant 1/2, resoharm, organs, chorus,

> softsaw!

>

> greets to all microwave users,

> snyxol

>

>

>

>

> Subject: [MW2] tip: soft sounds with waveshaper filter

>

> with waveshaper, modulating filter cutoff makes the spectrum change very very

> fast,

> resulting in agressive and crazy sounds (when using other waveforms than

> square).

> but if u want slower, softer sweeps, try this:

>

> let cutoff constant.

> modulate only the drive = output volume of the mixer (wave 1 mix, if this is

> the only

> used source).

>

> a sweeping spectrum with odd harmonics only can be made with triangle or

> square (the latter one filtered).

>

> cool example: osc1: triangle; filter 1 extra: a harsh wave from heavyfuzz,

> distorted or

> clipper;

> try emphasing the bottom harmonic with the filter.

> it sounds similar to a hard sync sweep.

>

> cheers,

> snyxol

>

>

> Subject: [MW2] tip: S&H

>

> To obtain the same timbre on every note pitch, keyfollow must modulate S&H

> Rate with Amt.

> +56.

> it´s nearly harmonic, but still metallic (well, that´s the intention of S&H)

> when setting

> S&H Rate to 91 (or add -24, -12, +12, 24, etc.) and osc pitch to okt = semit =

> det = 0.

>

> example: killer robot voice with above settings and wavetable Chorus2;

> modulate the

> wavetable by envelope!

>

> regards,

> snyxol

>

>

> Subject: [MW2] tip: overflow and sin(x)

>

> the overflow clipping can also be used for soft (pre-filter-) distortion by

> applying the

> sin(x)>LP12 filter. the owerflow jumps disappear.

>

> regards,

> snyxol

>

>

> Subject: [MW2] tip: unisono spread mod.

>

> here is a trick how to modulate unisono spread by LFO, envelope, modwheel

> o.w.:

>

> don´t use the normal spread; take instead a not synced random-LFO as spread

> source.

> these random values are different in each voice and are mostly more or less

> homogen

> distributed.

>

> example: fat saw lead, the fatness slowly modulated by LFO 1, and LFO 2 is the

> spread source:

>

> poly, unisono, spread = 0

> LFO 1:

> Sync: on/Clock (!!!) (phases must be equal in all voices)

> rate: 20

> shape: sin/tri

> LFO 2:

> Sync: off (!!!) (phases must be different in all voices)

> rate: 0 (but at the beginning u must set it for a short time to a bigger

> value)

> shape: random

> Mod 2:

> Src: LFO 1 (or envelope, modwheel, etc.)

> Amnt: +46

> Dest: M3 Amnt

> Mod 3:

> Src: LFO 2

> Amnt: 0 (or other value for asymmetry)

> Dest: Pitch

>

> happy tweaking!

> snyxol

>

>

> Subject: [MW] tip: pitch independ. phasing

>

> ### pitch independent detune phasing rate ###

>

> (i´m not perfect in english, but i assume the phase drifting effect caused by

> detune is

> called „phasing“ (?))

>

> if 2 oscillators have constant (not modulated) detune, the phasing rate is

> bigger at bigger

> pitch, more exactly: phasing rate depends exponentially on pitch and doubles

> after each

> oktave.

> but for certain sounds a constant, pitch independent phasing rate would be

> desireable.

>

> here is a solution that achieves it: (drawback: it needs the modwheel or one

> of the CCs

> W,X,Y,Z to set detune)

>

> osc.s: same wave, exactly (!) same pitch, no detune

>

>

> mixer: both waves at same level (63)

>

> modmatrix:

> mod 3: src: modwheel; amnt: +17; dest: Osc2 pitch

> mod 4: src: keyfollow; amnt: -45; dest: M3 Amount

>

> the modwheel sets the phasing rate.

>

> happy synthesizing,

> snyxol

>

>

> Subject: [MW] tip: pitch indep. phas. – 2

>

> ### pitch independent detune phasing rate – part 2 ###

>

> now i have a better implementation that doesn´t need the modwheel:

>

> osc.s: same wave, exactly (!) same pitch, no detune

>

> mixer: both waves at same level (63)

>

> modmatrix:

> mod 3: src: maximum; amnt: -17 (or whatever); dest: Osc1 pitch

> mod 4: src: maximum; amnt: +17 (or whatever); dest: Osc2 pitch

> mod 5: src: keyfollow; amnt: +45; dest: M3 Amount

> mod 6: src: keyfollow; amnt: -45; dest: M4 Amount

>

> you set the phasing rate by the amounts of M3/4, both must have the same

> absolute value and

> M3 must be negative and M4 positive.

>

>

> happy synthesizing,

> snyxol

>

>

> Subject: [MW] tip: freq. as mod source

>

> ### frequency as modulation source ###

>

> frequency can be suitable to modulate FM Amnt, detune, etc.

> this is the way to convert keyfollow (pitch) to frequency:

>

> mod matrix entry: src: keyfollow; amnt: +/-45; dest: M1/…/4 Amount

>

> the trick is that the amount of a mod has a logarithmic scale => keyfollow is

> exponentialised => frequency.

> works only correctly with +/- 45.

>

> happy synthesizing,

> snyxol

>

>

> Subject: [MW] tip: FM Amount

>

> FM is linear and FM Amount is pitch independent => at higher pitches the

> impact is weaker

> => timbre is pitch dependent.

>

> it´s also possible to keep the timbre independent of pitch by making FM Amount

> be

> proportional to the carrier frequency:

>

> FM Amount = 0;

> mod 1: src: maximum; amnt: +59 (or whatever, must be >0); dest: FM Amount

> mod 5: src: keyfollow; amnt: +45; dest: M1 Amount

>

> or if u want to modulate fm amnt, modulate M1 Amount, or exchange in M1

> maximum by sth.

> like LFO, env., modwheel,…

>

> happy synthesizing,

> snyxol

>

>

> Subject: [MW] tip: comb+ filter

>

> ### comb+ filter / envelope driven mono chorus ###

>

> on the MW2 u can emulate a comb+ filter without resonance (mono chorus)

> modulated by

> envelope/LFO/whatever:

> the mod source (in this example: free envelope) shifts the relative phase

> between both

> osc.s.

> it behaves the same as a 1-osc-synth with comb+ filter.

> if the stages of the envelope have different slopes, the fatness changes

> between them.

> when applying additionally the normal chorus, u can get a brain away blowing

> fat phasing.

> sounds cool with saw, sqr and chorus2.

> the case of sqr is particularly interesting: the sum of 2 phase shifting

> square waves is

> a symmetric PWM pulse wave, containing only odd harmonics; the free envelope

> controls the

> pulse width.

>

> osc.s: same wave, exactly (!) same pitch, no detune

> phase 1: 3°

> phase 2: try out!

> mixer: both waves at same level (63)

> trigger2: mode: poly; assign: normal

> modmatrix:

> modifier 2: src 1: modify #4; type: filter; param: 120

> modifier 3: src 1: modify #2; src 2: modwheel; type: *

> modifier 4: src 1: free env; type: diff

> mod 1: src: modify #3; amnt: -36; dest: Osc1 pitch

> mod 2: src: modify #3; amnt: +36; dest: Osc2 pitch

> mod 3: src: keyfollow; amnt: -45; dest: M2 Amount

> mod 4: src: keyfollow; amnt: +45; dest: M1 Amount

>

> set the mod depht of phase with modwheel, and set startingpoint of phase

> modulation

> with the phases of both oscs.

>

> that´s how it works:

> mod 1..4: see „[MW] tip: pitch independ. phasing“ and „[MW] tip: freq. as mod

> source“.

> to move the relative phase the oscs must be detuned.

> the phasing speed is proportional to the frequency difference (not detune!) of

> the

> oscs.

> mod 3/4 make the frequency difference pitch independent.

> modifier 4: the slope of the free envelope must be proportional to the phasing

> speed => the

> env must first be differentiated and then it must modulate the frequency

> difference.

> modifier 2: before the differentiated envelope modulates the frequency

> difference, it is

> smoothed to reduce abrupt fatness changes between the stages.

>

> happy synthesizing,

> snyxol