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Animoog Z’s randomizer is phenomenal

Animoog Z’s randomizer is phenomenal.

Trick is understanding how it works:

Deselecting the different categories means those categories remain unchanged when you hit random, but also when you select a patch.

So a good way to go about things is to choose a type of patch you want (pad, bass, etc.) and find one (a preset, not a random one) you’re liking the way things sound and move, then deselect Orbs, Envelopes, and LFOs which will help you maintain the patch type.

You can also select specific patch categories and timbre types to isolate them, and turn a bass patch into a pad patch for example, by deselecting the envelope in the randomizer section to keep the pad style envelope.

And as stated, when you choose a patch it also only loads what you have chosen in the randomizer section! Cool for quick variations of patches, and you can switch back and forth between the two methods: patch selection or random, isolating timbres along the way too.

If that sounds complicated, biggest thing is getting Orbs, Envelopes, and LFOs to your liking and deselecting them. Because with those randomized you tend to get a lot of same sounding patches when randomizing, ones with a lot of movement. With your preferred movement held in place you can then change the color (timbre), effects, and mod assignments for some great results.


  • edited November 2022

    Yes it is amazing ... but also I didn't initially realise it affected patch loading as well, and wondered why all patches began sounding very similar! It was down to the categories I had disabled.

  • edited November 2022

    this is brilliant...and settings?! thanks for sharing, getting amazing sounds now, though still not sure what you mean about the sound categories though

  • edited November 2022

    @tsferro said:
    still not sure what you mean about the sound categories though

    There are three different places where you can isolate your selections, from left to right:

    1. The Presets Tab - Where you choose your preset, and if you choose specific tags it will narrow down the list of preset shown. Good for isolating certain preset types.
    2. The Timbre Tab - Good for isolating specific timbres.
    3. The Random Tab - Yes, tucked away in the settings. When you deselect a category (Orb, LFOs, etc.) those settings remain fixed when you either hit the random button, or when you choose a preset.

    Then the strategy for patches is:

    1. Go to The Presets Tab and find a patch you like, one you will be using as a starting point.
    2. Go to The Random Tab and deselect: Orb, Envelopes, and LFOs. This will lock those settings in place, which is important because if those three are randomized they tend to go a bit haywire, resulting in similar sounding patches with lots of chaos and movement.
    3. From there you can go to The Timbre Tab to isolate timbres if you want.
    4. Then you can go back to the random button and tap away until you get something you like, or…
    5. You can also skip step 4 and go to the The Presets Tab and choose different presets, which will load everything from that preset, minus the Orb, Envelopes, and LFOs.
    6. You can also skip step 1, and instead set the Orb, Envelopes, and LFOs yourself before moving on to step 2.

    Hopefully that explains it a little better. Main thing is step 2, but obviously you can isolate other things on The Random Tab, like Effects and Mods if you want something specific like maybe reverb or delay to stay locked in place.

  • Addendum: Turning Animoog Z into a quasi sampler

    1. Create a short sample that is 16384 samples long, which is 16 single cycles in a row according to the manual (bottom of page).
    2. Use the settings indicated in the manual: 48 kHz sample recording, with note played at 46.875 Hz which is F#2.
    3. Good desktop editor to use is Edison from Image Line (FL Studio).
    4. If you can't find exact snap to zero, a very brief fade in/out will do.
    5. Import file into Animoog Z's Timbre editor and set it to every timbre slot. This essentially treats it like a sample from left to right, with the obvious variation being how you have the Orb page set up.
    6. In the Random setting highlight every box except Timbres and Envelopes, setting up the envelopes to the type of preset you want (pad envelope, key envelope, etc.).
    7. From there you can either run through the different presets, which will load everything but your created Timbres and Envelopes, or just hit Random.

    Creating a full table 16384 samples in length all at once not only saves you time but also provides enough variety, again depending on how you have the Orb page set up. If you want more variety, you can simply add different timbres which will give you variety along the Y axis.

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