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#301

Great tip dinraum! I found some really interesting sounds when trying the process 1-6 several times


#302

I just worked out a way of using an LFO as a psuedo “dynamic delay” when using Synth Sampler:


- Choose a good sample for your synth (I used a piano)
- Increase the ADSR release so it has a bit of tail to it
- put an effect on the effect slot (I used reverb)
- on the LFO slot, use a “value” type
- set the speed to 3oclock, the amount to 30, the destination to waveform playback (the faded blue dot)
- when you play legato you won’t really hear the LFO, but when you release the key (allowing the release to play out), the LFO will reverse the playback and give a delay-like effect
- you can then adjust the time to suit your tempo/vibe

#303
I just worked out a way of using an LFO as a psuedo "dynamic delay" when using Synth Sampler:

- Choose a good sample for your synth (I used a piano)
- Increase the ADSR release so it has a bit of tail to it
- put an effect on the effect slot (I used reverb)
- on the LFO slot, use a "value" type
- set the speed to 3oclock, the amount to 30, the destination to waveform playback (the faded blue dot)
- when you play legato you won't really hear the LFO, but when you release the key (allowing the release to play out), the LFO will reverse the playback and give a delay-like effect
- you can then adjust the time to suit your tempo/vibe

Oh yeah! I found this a while ago, but forgot about it. Really cool effect tho!!! Does it work in drum sampler? Probably not, hey. Cause there is no standard adsr


#304

if you download this patch and drag it on your device, you get instant access to the filter fx from the custom firmware. you can then change the synth engine via shift + 1 and apply the fx to other synths.

https://op1.fun/users/theredbear/patches/cluster_pad


#305

Awesome !


#306

Awesome, but actually the same like the iter patch without the new (?) synth engine…


#307

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#308

Hi @Jordi, welcome. =)


That’s the filter FX I think (check @jack_hightower’s post above). Also, this thread is only for tips…

#309

Oh, I see. Sorry about that!


#310

just made a fun discovery, i’ve never really gotten into the rewind/fast forward cuckoo style tape tricks because i resent having to come back in exactly on the downbeat or the loop regardless of where the chord progression “should be” in your head.

turns out even though you can’t use the arrows to glitch the tape in tape stop, you can get a similar effect with the blue encoder. so you can wind all around the tape without having to worry about counting or coming back on the 1.

quick demo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXp8VhuEkqc

super rough sketch but with more practice (and subtlety…) could keep tape tricks a lot fresher


#311

This is fresh :slight_smile: gonna do it


#312

Instead of importing tuned instruments (e.g. pianos, guitars, etc) using the Synth Sampler, use the Drum Sampler so that you can sample each note in a two-octave range.


#313

I discovered something interesting the other day. When using the synth sampler, I’m generally pretty careful about levels, making sure I’m not clipping and getting any nastiness. I threw that out the window and cranked a sample up to full volume (+24) and it sounded amazing! Crunchy digital distortion with a very pleasant character.

To hear what I’m talking about, I think a simple sample is best. I haven’t tried this with more complex things but it sounds wonderful with a sine wave sample patch made like this -

Make a patch using the FM synth that’s just a sine wave, so blue knob all the way down. Record it onto the tape. Return to patch and detune it a little and record again on next tape track. Do it again, detune it further, apply some vibrato or tremolo, you get the idea. Just layer up a few sine waves and use detuning and whatnot to create as much or as little movement in it as you want. Then feed the resulting sound into the sampler.
Now, crank that volume (Shift + Red) and listen to the beauty that ensues! I used a delay after it but different effects will respond differently to the high level you’re feeding them. Play around and make it nice.

This patch sounds really full and thick for bass, but the leads are also really cutting and defined. It might be one of my favorite mono patches I’ve made on the OP1. I need to experiment doing the same with drum samples…

Lastly, if you want a little more crazy, I set the LFO to tremolo and cranked the speed and raised the volume mod. A little bit of crazy amplitude modulation to top it off and you’re all set. Enjoy :slight_smile:


#314

I misread one of the posts above and thought “wow, how didn’t I think of this before”. And then today I re-read the post and realized it’s about a different technique than one I though. So…

Fake delay

Maybe this is obvious - it kind of is in retrospect - but you can use the newly added Tremolo LFO shapes to create a fake delay for certain types of sounds. Just choose any patch with sharp attack, no sustain and a long decay. Then dial Tremolo amplitude to around 80 or -80 (for some weird reasons amplitude of certain LFO shapes is inverted). Add a bit of a down slope to LFO’s envelope. That’s it. The sound will play out normally, but LFO will shut it down at regular intervals. Each interval will be quieter than the last one due to decay. It will sounds like an echo fading out. The remaining 20% of the amplitude and LFO envelope add a bit of a smudge to it so the whole thing doesn’t sound overly synthetic.

Lazy Patch (De)tuning and Amplification

You can use wheel LFO to detune, amplify and even distort any patch. Just dial its type past Synth and FX, all the way to that little speaker icon. Green color is pitch, the rest are variations on amplitude control. Red does some sort of distortion. I really wish the position of the wheel was saved along with the patch.

Even Lazier Patch (De)tuning and Amplification

If your patch doesn’t have an infinite sustain you can use Tremolo for a similar trick in a fashion that is saveable. Dial LFO rate to the lowest setting and play with pitch/amplitude settings.

Weird Patch (De)tuning and Amplification

Crank Tremolo rate all the way clockwise. Then use Shift+Red to select the shape of a square wave with short duty cycle. Bam! Your setting now affect the whole patch, regardless of how long you sustain it. You can make it louder, quieter or change the pitch. And you can save this setting. The downside is that it adds a bit of “buzzing”, but that can also be a plus if you’re looking for certain kinds of sounds.

I highly recommend everyone to play with high-frequency Tremolo of various shapes. Interesting stuff.


#315

Dont know if its a trick but recently I discovered something interesting to make a synth or drum patch:


- Ive recorded a sample on op-1 from radio-signals, bits and bites
- Pitch it down with Tape to -24
- Put some reverb effect on it
- Recorded it into the Album
- Re-recorded it back as a Synth patch
- And here you go, you have a new weird patch or can re-re-resample everything

#316

Unless you live tweak Tape while recording to Album, I believe you can switch this part, can’t you ?
Actually, I even think you can Lift you 6s on Tape and Drop it on Synth Sampler directly…


#317
just made a fun discovery, i’ve never really gotten into the rewind/fast forward cuckoo style tape tricks because i resent having to come back in exactly on the downbeat or the loop regardless of where the chord progression “should be” in your head.

turns out even though you can’t use the arrows to glitch the tape in tape stop, you can get a similar effect with the blue encoder. so you can wind all around the tape without having to worry about counting or coming back on the 1.

quick demo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXp8VhuEkqc

super rough sketch but with more practice (and subtlety…) could keep tape tricks a lot fresher

Great tip, love that beat also !!


#318

http://eelcatch.com/lfo-buddy/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa-6hXD6pw0

#319

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCNheQupLOs


#320
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCNheQupLOs

I wonder if the ear was on…