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JWM - First MiRack Experiment

So I finally deep dove into modular synthesis to produce a very simple drone within MiRack (it's like having a full Eurorack on the iPad but for a mere fraction of the cost)! I first set up the modules in the standalone version. Then I opened AUM and loaded the patch within the MiRack AUv3. Nothing else was added except one of AUM's low pass filters to filter the drone in and out.

I expect my next drones to grow in complexity as I continue my journey with modular synthesis. It's a lot of fun! Cheers and enjoy!

P.S. Here's a screenshot of the setup!

Comments

  • Damn… imagine what a physical rack of hardware like that costs? And it sounds just like the air conditioner in my first apartment…. Rich in mechanical parts ready to fail.

  • Wow, what a set-up.
    Modular synthesis can really be super complex.
    Your journey is very interesting.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Rene

  • edited June 17

    That’s the good stuff, mate, well done! Love the setup. Many of my favourite modules in there. Welcome to the never ending rabbit hole! It takes some time and patience to build things, but you just can’t beat the feeling of accomplishment from creating something completely from scratch and the absolute control and customisation that modular provides. Really opens up the doors to the imagination and experimentation and forces you to focus more closely on everything. It’s the most intimate, engaging and involving form of sound design. Extremely addictive! Get ready for some very late nights! 🤣

    Glad you’re getting into it. Looking forward to following your modular journey. Love it! 👊😃

  • Congratulations on taking the plunge!

    It’s going to be quite a journey, and hopefully really good fun and highly fulfilling.

  • Am I to understand that the appeal of this modular workflow is the same appeal that draws people to build things (legos etc) ? Forgive me, I am trying to understand. Because I listened to the track for a brief time and then skipped ahead and heard the same thing. I feel like a person could achieve the same thing just by hitting the “latch” button on their favorite evolving synth patch and hitting record. Track length being the same length of time as it took to make. So I don’t understand the desire to spend copious amounts of time learning how to build something to achieve the above results, UNLESS the goal is simply to learn and dive in and nerd out for its own sake. Which is absolutely cool. But if the goal is to make listenable music then I am at a loss to understand.

  • @db909 said:
    Am I to understand that the appeal of this modular workflow is the same appeal that draws people to build things (legos etc) ? Forgive me, I am trying to understand. Because I listened to the track for a brief time and then skipped ahead and heard the same thing. I feel like a person could achieve the same thing just by hitting the “latch” button on their favorite evolving synth patch and hitting record. Track length being the same length of time as it took to make. So I don’t understand the desire to spend copious amounts of time learning how to build something to achieve the above results, UNLESS the goal is simply to learn and dive in and nerd out for its own sake. Which is absolutely cool. But if the goal is to make listenable music then I am at a loss to understand.

    Excuse me. I'm a beginner to modular synthesis, thank you very much.

    To everyone else, I'll answer you all later on tonight.

  • Really enjoyed this. Keep it up!

  • @McD
    LOL! A good way to put it. And a physical rack like that probably costs in the thousands mate.

    @ReneAsologuitar
    Yep, definitely a lot of setup for a simple type of drone, but nevertheless it's a start. I actually probably could've stuck to one instance of "clocked" and used all three outputs rather than three instances of "clocked", but next time I'll try again better.

    @Spidericemidas
    LOL! Thanks mate. :) And cheers. Yep, plenty of late nights to come, if my body and mind would let me stay up late that is. Ah well, that's what the calendar app is for, to schedule some modular playtime. ;)

    @bygjohn
    Thanks mate. :) I hope it's a lifelong journey and that I never truly master modular synthesis in full. I hope to get better at it and create more complex patches, but my above track isn't so bad for a start.

    @scadet
    Thank you so much mate. :)

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @db909 said:
    Am I to understand that the appeal of this modular workflow is the same appeal that draws people to build things (legos etc) ? Forgive me, I am trying to understand. Because I listened to the track for a brief time and then skipped ahead and heard the same thing. I feel like a person could achieve the same thing just by hitting the “latch” button on their favorite evolving synth patch and hitting record. Track length being the same length of time as it took to make. So I don’t understand the desire to spend copious amounts of time learning how to build something to achieve the above results, UNLESS the goal is simply to learn and dive in and nerd out for its own sake. Which is absolutely cool. But if the goal is to make listenable music then I am at a loss to understand.

    Excuse me. I'm a beginner to modular synthesis, thank you very much.

    To everyone else, I'll answer you all later on tonight.

    Sorry I wasn’t trying to offend, just curious as to what drives folks creatively. Seems I failed at getting that across.

  • @db909 said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @db909 said:
    Am I to understand that the appeal of this modular workflow is the same appeal that draws people to build things (legos etc) ? Forgive me, I am trying to understand. Because I listened to the track for a brief time and then skipped ahead and heard the same thing. I feel like a person could achieve the same thing just by hitting the “latch” button on their favorite evolving synth patch and hitting record. Track length being the same length of time as it took to make. So I don’t understand the desire to spend copious amounts of time learning how to build something to achieve the above results, UNLESS the goal is simply to learn and dive in and nerd out for its own sake. Which is absolutely cool. But if the goal is to make listenable music then I am at a loss to understand.

    Excuse me. I'm a beginner to modular synthesis, thank you very much.

    To everyone else, I'll answer you all later on tonight.

    Sorry I wasn’t trying to offend, just curious as to what drives folks creatively. Seems I failed at getting that across.

    Ah, now that makes a lot more sense what you were getting at. Well, that's definitely a question as old as time. :) On a broader scale, I think creativity is a form of communication, a desire to challenge oneself to do something novel, and a personal sense of accomplishment and pride that drives an individual to create. Take our ancient ancestors. Back in the days we used to dwell in caves, our ancestors used paintings on walls to communicate dangerous creatures, successful hunts, UFOs (kidding :lol: ), etc. Eventually this evolved into both language (written and aural) and art (painting/drawing and sculpture), both of which have evolved greatly over time. Music is definitely another form of communication that has greatly evolved over time, and much like language, there are many forms and definitions of what music is. Western Classical music upon which a lot of modern music is based is simply one form of music, even though it seems to me to be the most widely used system of music in today's world (although correct me if I'm wrong).

    As for me, what drives me personally to be creative is a constant drive to never stop learning, to never stop growing, to achieve a sense of satisfaction with what I do, and to communicate with others somehow. To challenge myself to greater and newer heights. I know that sounds corny and cheesy, but hear me out.

    When I was a young boy, I always wanted to be a CPA, an accountant, and be that guy making 6 figures a year. I also loved learning but hated recess. One day, Dorothy Danforth (I think "Danforth" was her last name), a piano instructor, visited our classrooms with the exciting proposition to learn piano from her during recess, and you didn't have to ask me twice to take that as my cue to get out of recess. :lol:

    I took to the piano almost immediately and blew through that Alfred Basics book within a week rather than months. :lol: To the point Dorothy Danforth would assign me special pieces of music to learn to the point I learned the first movement to Mozart's Sonata K. 545 at age 10. Then the creative bug bit me - what if I could communicate my feelings in the form of music? So I started writing my own piano music. (Granted a lot of my early piano works used the Alberti bass motif since I was obsessed with Classical music. :lol: )

    Then around my mid teens, a couple years after I started listening to Dance, House, and Trance music (all of which used to be labelled under "Techno" back then), my parents bought me a tape of "today's greatest hits 1997" that had "Encore Une Fois" by Sash! on it (the Future Breeze Edit that is). When I heard that track, my jaw dropped. I immediately sought out an album by Sash!, found their "It's My Life" album, heard "Ecuador", and it changed my life. That's how I wanted to make music and communicate my feelings.

    So I entered my Dance music phase of learning to create music. :lol: Along the way, I accidentally learned to produce and engineer music since there was no orchestra playing the music for me and I couldn't afford to have a producer produce it for me. Ah, my FL Studio days back when it was Fruityloops. This lasted until about 2012/13 or so when I entered a very bad block. This was also around the time I started messing around with an iPad 2.

    2019 was when I got my spark back and I started producing music all over again, but this time in NS2 in an iPad environment. I started to teach myself how to write better lyrics and started producing better vocal tracks. Then my interest waned. In Spring of last year, I rediscovered Gadget as Gadget 2, and I challenged myself to produce tracks solely using the sounds contained within Gadget itself, including posting a "Korg Gadget LE" challenge to see if I and others here could produce full songs within those limitations.

    Bruh, June of last year I heard "Inxtro" by Richie Hawtin, and I had the same "I want to do that" spark of creativity I felt when I first heard "Ecuador" by Sash! This time, I wanted to dive into Minimal Techno, and so I went through that phase during Summer of 2021. Then in late June of last year, I saw this video...

    ...and I said "that isn't Ambient. Hold my beer". :lol: Thus started the pre-journey to making Ambient. I produced a handful of Ambient pieces in Gadget, a couple in NS2, and one in Drambo. Then I reverted back to some EDM in November/December of last year, lost interest in January, and had a creative block last me until I saw the OP-1 Field. At first, I wanted to blow my savings on that machine, but when I figured out I the reason I wanted the Field was to live produce Ambient, I dove into Koala Sampler, and then AUM and Gauss, and then Loopy Pro. Then I blew my savings on a new 12.9" iPad Pro instead (I also needed a new sheet music reader since my 2017 Pro is getting long in the tooth :lol: ).

    Now that I have a grasp on that, the next step (at least that makes logical sense in my mind) is to build generative drones and Ambient and see what I can make doing that. My rudimentary drone above is nothing really spectacular compared to others' drone pieces, and I'm not pretending it is one bit. Rather, the point of building that was to see if I could build a generative drone at all, and that in of itself is what gave me that sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction.

    Modular synthesis is like learning yet another musical language if you will, a new way to learn how to communicate. Right now, that above drone is akin to me speaking babble (baby language). We all start from somewhere. :)

    Not sure if any of this above drivel makes any sense, but if it does, hopefully it helps answer your curiosity mate.

  • Great job diving in head first!

    I sometimes like taking just a module or two and slipping them into a Drambo rack.

  • @jwmmakerofmusic that absolutely makes sense. Funny, I started on FL Studio as well and turned to iPad around the same time 2013 ish. I suppose we’re all searching for our next rabbit hole to explore. Cheers

  • @Edward_Alexander said:
    Great job diving in head first!

    I sometimes like taking just a module or two and slipping them into a Drambo rack.

    Nothing wrong with that either. I imagine I'll be using Plateau a lot in various non-modular Ambient productions. :)

  • @db909 said:
    @jwmmakerofmusic that absolutely makes sense. Funny, I started on FL Studio as well and turned to iPad around the same time 2013 ish. I suppose we’re all searching for our next rabbit hole to explore. Cheers

    Cheers mate. :) And yes, the rabbit hole analogy basically sums it up.

    So what made you fall away from FL Studio mate?

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @db909 said:
    @jwmmakerofmusic that absolutely makes sense. Funny, I started on FL Studio as well and turned to iPad around the same time 2013 ish. I suppose we’re all searching for our next rabbit hole to explore. Cheers

    Cheers mate. :) And yes, the rabbit hole analogy basically sums it up.

    So what made you fall away from FL Studio mate?

    Well I’m not a keyboard player and I caught wind of Soundprism’s existence and thought wow this is great to be able to play all these harmonies on the touch screen with just a couple of fingers and then I thought I wonder what else they got on here and the rest is history. It was all so much more fun that screwing around in FL painting notes in the piano roll and always moving the damn vst windows out of the way and dealing with all the crap that comes with a PC. Mine wasn’t super powerful at the time so I would get cpu crackles if I used to many tracks and I just wasn’t inspired using FL anymore. But it got me started so I’m grateful for that.

  • @db909 said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:

    @db909 said:
    @jwmmakerofmusic that absolutely makes sense. Funny, I started on FL Studio as well and turned to iPad around the same time 2013 ish. I suppose we’re all searching for our next rabbit hole to explore. Cheers

    Cheers mate. :) And yes, the rabbit hole analogy basically sums it up.

    So what made you fall away from FL Studio mate?

    Well I’m not a keyboard player and I caught wind of Soundprism’s existence and thought wow this is great to be able to play all these harmonies on the touch screen with just a couple of fingers and then I thought I wonder what else they got on here and the rest is history. It was all so much more fun that screwing around in FL painting notes in the piano roll and always moving the damn vst windows out of the way and dealing with all the crap that comes with a PC. Mine wasn’t super powerful at the time so I would get cpu crackles if I used to many tracks and I just wasn’t inspired using FL anymore. But it got me started so I’m grateful for that.

    Me too. FL Studio in its heyday was really awesome, but despite being a keyboard player, I only recently started doing live performances (even if just recorded into AUM). Modular synthesis is a lot of fun to build stuff from the ground up in MiRack, but I think my next piece will return to form with Gauss. There's just a magic quality about Gauss that's hard to describe.

    I'm an idiot by the way. I forgot that Soundprism exists! But, now they have produced Audanika, the successor to Soundprism, and since it's only 5 quid, I think I'll buy Audanika and give it a whirl in AUM! I'll record something into Gauss, and produce another Ambient piece of music!

  • I'll be damned @db909 , lol. There's no way to record the output of Audanika afaik. It's neither AUv3 nor IAA nor Audiobus compatible. Looks like I'll have to do things the more convoluted way - screen record something, extract the audio in Koala, duplicate that a couple of times, trim the recording to whatever I want to keep, play it back (maybe through Koala's effects which would give it some flavour), load that recording into AUM's file player, record into Gauss, then go from there, lol. Sounds more complex than it actually is, but DAMN does Audanika sound beautiful! Welp, time for me to shut up and put up. :lol: Here we go...

  • @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    I'll be damned @db909 , lol. There's no way to record the output of Audanika afaik. It's neither AUv3 nor IAA nor Audiobus compatible. Looks like I'll have to do things the more convoluted way - screen record something, extract the audio in Koala, duplicate that a couple of times, trim the recording to whatever I want to keep, play it back (maybe through Koala's effects which would give it some flavour), load that recording into AUM's file player, record into Gauss, then go from there, lol. Sounds more complex than it actually is, but DAMN does Audanika sound beautiful! Welp, time for me to shut up and put up. :lol: Here we go...

    Yeah I’d stick with using the midi out to play whatever synth/sound in whatever host you have. It’s just basic old school iOS midi: make sure you have both apps opened and adjust the midi out/in settings where required. It does sound great by itself though. Allegedly there will be an update someday with all the rest of the typical goodies, but I haven’t heard a status update on that several months

  • @db909 said:

    @jwmmakerofmusic said:
    I'll be damned @db909 , lol. There's no way to record the output of Audanika afaik. It's neither AUv3 nor IAA nor Audiobus compatible. Looks like I'll have to do things the more convoluted way - screen record something, extract the audio in Koala, duplicate that a couple of times, trim the recording to whatever I want to keep, play it back (maybe through Koala's effects which would give it some flavour), load that recording into AUM's file player, record into Gauss, then go from there, lol. Sounds more complex than it actually is, but DAMN does Audanika sound beautiful! Welp, time for me to shut up and put up. :lol: Here we go...

    Yeah I’d stick with using the midi out to play whatever synth/sound in whatever host you have. It’s just basic old school iOS midi: make sure you have both apps opened and adjust the midi out/in settings where required. It does sound great by itself though. Allegedly there will be an update someday with all the rest of the typical goodies, but I haven’t heard a status update on that several months

    Yep, unfortunately that seems to be the case with Audanika, but I did exactly what I said I'd do and got Audanika's audio into Gauss. 😂 I'm nothing if not a mad scientist at this point.

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