Korg Gadget 2 - Synth

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23 Gadgets

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Pseudo flanging.
For an effect that’s reminiscent of a flanger, but less metallic and slightly grittier, set the oscillator (sync) modulation source to LFO, the mod amount to 115, and the LFO speed to 0.80. Then, experiment with the oscillator tone parameter. The result will be a very slow flanging effect that sounds fantastic in conjunction with the synth’s delay and works well for subtly shifting drones.

Tone shaping. Because Berlin is a monophonic synth that works equally well for bass and leads, skip the sync modulation controls entirely and focus on the tone and waveform parameters. Then, use EG1 to modulate the filter cutoff in a traditional manner. This is a fantastic resource for plucked effects and synthwave basses.
Berlin Prophet-5 squawks Monophonic Lead synth. a pair of hard-synced analogue oscillators.

Designed to produce tearing hard sync leads

Pump: Amplitude modulation optimized to emulate sidechain compression on a quarter-note kick drum.
Repeat: Sixteenth-note sawtooth amplifier modulation for rhythmic pulsing.
Glide: Portamento/Glide, always-on, no legato behaviour.
Bottom: Blends a duplicate set of oscillators, one octave lower.
Twist: Pitch envelope with variable depth, both positive and negative.
Diffuse: Unison detuning amount.
Filter: Cutoff frequency for a slightly resonant lowpass filter.
Brussels Roland JP8000 supersaw Supersaw leads for EDM and trance music

Yamaha-style FM. Setting both of the oscillators to sine waves with all other parameters at their default and filter cutoff at maximum will give you a classic starting point for traditional FM synthesis. Start by setting oscillator 1’s VPM depth to 50, then click through each harmonic, noting the similarities to iconic DX7 presets. For example, a harmonic setting of 3 is close to the DX “jazz guitar” preset, while a harmonic setting of 5 delivers its “marimba” sound. From there, tinker with the VPM envelope depth and the filter envelope settings.

House fans take note: by setting the VPM harmonic to 2, depth to 10, and VPM envelope depth to 40, you’ll have the perfect starting point for the “future house” bass sound.

Classic subtractive. By leaving the VPM settings at zero for both oscillators, you’ll create a standard virtual analogue signal path, with individual waveforms and pitch for each oscillator and the bonus of an integrated chorus and delay.

Hybrid approaches. Starting with the classic subtractive approach described above, you can create thick, evolving textures by selecting triangle waves for both oscillators (the carriers), which will deliver a brighter FM result when you tinker with the VPM depth and envelope amounts. By using slow filter envelope settings with long attack, decay, and release settings, its sound becomes extremely complex. The “First Evolution” preset in the Factory 2 bank is a great example of this technique.
Chiang Mai Variable
Phase Modulation

produce bells, plinks, glassy pads and FM–style basses, all tamed by a low–pass filter

Each of the two oscillators is a discrete FM modulator/carrier pair, with the level, waveform, and pitch parameters governing the carrier, and the associated VPM parameters controlling a modulator that can be tuned to any of 24 harmonics, in addition to the sub-harmonic octave (0.5 setting). These modulators also include VPM (FM) depth and an envelope modulation-depth parameter that is tied to the filter envelope. Both modulators use the same envelope

Saw/Square. The oscillator waveform is continuously variable between sawtooth and square, which are actually two discrete oscillators that are slightly detuned. Accordingly, settings between -20 and +20 exhibit a slight phasing which can be cool for keeping a repeating pattern subliminally interesting.

Gate/Env. While the panel diagram appears to correlate the envelope/gate parameter to the filter, it actually switches the amplifier between gated (no envelope, full sustain) and the shared ADSR.

Bite and Gnaw. These filter parameters apply distortion to the filter, with Bite serving as a classic 303 overdrive and Gnaw behaving like a Minimoog-style feedback loop.

Effects. All of Chicago’s effects are clearly labelled, with the exception of Decimator which is actually a bit-crusher.
Chicago Roland TB-303 integral effects that recall Korg’s EMX1 Electribe.

built in tube overdrive simulation

A nice arpeggiator and scale selection actually allows for the rapid creation of some pretty inspired acidic hooks.

Darwin KORG M1 PCM Synth.
loads of preset cards

Interval tunings. Because VCO 2’s tuning knob is strictly for detuning, you can’t access intervals directly. Workaround? Patch the modular envelope generator to VCO 2 pitch, set everything except sustain to zero with maximum modulation amount, then use the sustain level parameter to dial in your interval.

Self-oscillation. Dublin’s filter resonance will self-oscillate at maximum, even with no oscillator or noise signals present. Setting filter keyboard amount to maximum allows it to track the keyboard chromatically (with cutoff as tuning control). While this technique is great for emphasizing oscillator harmonics, it’s also an impressive solo resource in conjunction with the integrated overdrive and tone controls.

Rhythms. Dublin’s dual LFOs can be tempo-synced, making them extremely useful for rhythmic effects. Experiment by patching these to the inputs for VCO 1 waveshape, the various mixer volumes, and/or the cutoff frequency.
Dublin Moog-based
Monophonic synth with virtual patch cables

This one will look after all your weird bleeps and bloops.

Ebina Taito Arcade Synth

3 monitors arcade machine

cooperative R-Type
Inspired by the Darius arcade cabinet and Nina Warriors.

FM tone generator sounds

here are two non-ambient textures you can create with Helsinki. For both of these patches, select the LPF12 filter mode, set the cutoff to maximum and the envelope to sustain only, with attack, decay, and release at zero

Transistor organ. You can re-create the ’60s Farfisa/Vox sound by selecting the sawtooth waveform then adjusting the oscillator octaves (low, high, higher) like drawbars for classic rock and new wave organs.

Chiptune/GameBoy. For 8-bit video game sounds, use the above organ technique, but with square waves selected for the oscillators. For bonus points, add a touch of noise and experiment with the Lo-Fi effect, which is actually a bit-crusher.
Helsinki Plyphonic Ambient synth Pad machine

could well have just been called Boards of Canada

Ambient with lo-fi and huge reverb.
all of the oscillators have a minute amount of very slow pitch LFO applied to them.

With lower cutoffs and extreme reverb settings, this adds a semi-chorused motion to the sound. Dry, the effect sounds a bit like a decaying vintage synth. Additionally, the multimode filter eschews keyboard tracking, so adding resonance is useful for colour, but doesn’t follow the pitch. This is worth noting when creating noise-based patches.

Kamata NAMCO CUS30
game chip
Wave Table Synth

The synth also has a breakout easter egg. You long press the 'page select' button.

draw your own 4-bit waves

Once you’ve selected and tuned each of your oscillator elements, there are two independent sine/triangle LFOs for modulating the overall mix. The end result is optimized for spacious, morphing pads and evolving leads.

While Kiev’s range of options is exhaustive, the best way to quickly understand its tonal possibilities is to set the A/B and C/D LFO depths to zero, and then select four timbrally distinct oscillator samples. From there, set each to a different octave, so their tones are easily distinguished. Finally, use the glowing yellow icon in the X/Y grid to mix between the four tones. This will let you hear what’s actually going on in the synth.

Once you have a feel for that aspect of its architecture, start experimenting with the dual LFO's depth and rates before moving to the more traditional multimode filter and envelopes.

Also worth noting is Kiev’s comprehensive array of effect options. While most are aptly named, here are translations for three more exotically named processors:

Decimator: Bit-crusher
Grain shift: Stuttering effect
Talk Mod: Formant Filter
Kiev vector synthesis
with 4 oscillators
digital pad machine brought to life by vector synthesis and Kaoss Pad–inspired filter controls

combines vector synthesis (which traditionally uses single-cycle waveforms) with sampled instruments, allowing you to tune and blend up to four of them on an X/Y axis.

The sampled options, such as “EtherBel,” are a bonus, as many of them include attack transients for added impact.

for those who haven’t played with vector synths before, you’re in for a treat. They are GREAT for specially intricate drones.

Kingston chiptune polyphonic 8 bit game sounds

Lexington ARP ODYSSEY Duophonic synth.

has features of all 3 ODYSSEY revisions
- the 3 rev. filters
- drive circuit
- 6 effects

Lisbon Polyphonic synth Electronic music
- synth engine
- 5 different efects

Memphis Korg MS-20 semi-modular monophonic

- 2 osc + ringmod
- hp/lp filter
- patch section with external signal processing for external audio input

To get started with this, select the Init Miami patch and set both Carrier and X-Mod oscillators to triangle waves, X-Mod level to 100, and X-Mod depth to 100. From there, experiment with the following tuning settings (either positive or negative): 0, 1.46, 2.50, 3.96, and 5.00. These will yield the most harmonically rich results with minimal sideband inclusions. From there, tinker with the X-Mod depth and waveforms for both oscillators.
Miami   Monophonic Wobble Synth
for nasty dubstep basses

if you set the wobble amount to zero, it’s an excellent X-Mod lead synth with glide and stereo width

the LFO sync automates REALLY well

Milpitas Korg Wavestation with loads of preset cards

Montpellier Korg Mono/Poly 4 VCO Analog synth

Filter tracking. Like Dublin, Phoenix’s filter includes keyboard tracking and resonance that approaches self-oscillation. Setting the keyboard tracking to maximum (100%) and increasing the resonance allows you to use it as a third oscillator to emphasize any harmonics present in the main oscillators, but unlike Dublin, it’s polyphonic.

Amplitude modulation. Because the Phoenix LFO rate extends into the lower audio regions, it’s possible to create ring-mod effects by applying modulation to the amp destination. Additionally, adding a touch of S&H audio-rate modulation to the filter or pulse-width is an excellent tool for adding grunge and analogue-style chaos.

Oscillator thickening. While there’s an excellent Unison mode for supersaws and thickening, this can make your CPU work harder (especially on older iOS devices). As an alternative, set both oscillators to pulse, then add PWM via the LFO with a rate of 2.50 and a depth of ±2.50. From there, set Osc 2’s detuning to around 40 for a more economical approach to thick, warm pads.
Phoenix Oberheim OB-8 Subtractive analogue polyphonic synth.

Big 80s style leads and chord sounds abound, and it’s not a slouch for bass sounds either.

Pompei Korg Polysix 6 voice polyphonic synth

- single VCO (saw, pw, pwm) + sub-osc
- vcf/vca
- 1 eg
- chorus, phase, ensemble
- chord mem, arpeggiator, unison

Stockholm REASON
Dr. Octo REX Player
Sample Loop Player

Vancouver Mellotron 90 Preloaded sounds
- acoustic instruments
- synths
- voice
- sound effects

import your own sounds into 2 sample oscillators

Double sample layering, playing samples across the keyboard with samples transposing according to pitch and we can even get some granular action going.

Warszawa Korg Electribe Wave Wavetable synth: repeatedly play fragments of short waveforms and change the waveform position during playback.

Wavetable OSC > Filter
2 modulation units

Noise modulation. One of the sources in the modulation matrix is a noise generator. Try adding a miniscule amount (±0.10 is a good starting point) to cutoff or oscillator pitch for analog grit. Resonance is another useful destination, but requires more extreme modulation settings to get the full effect.

Rhythmic effects. Like Dublin, Wolfsburg has two LFOs that can be tempo-synced and phaselocked to key events, but it offers a wider range of destinations, making it superb for polyphonic rhythmic patches (“Pulse Rhythm” is a good example of this). Start with a pair of sawtooth LFOs at different tempos, like 1/8 and 3/16, and then assign each to different parameters. Cutoff, output level, resonance, and noise level are all solid options.

Performance customization. With velocity and keyboard tracking as modulation sources, it’s possible to create dynamic performance patches with Wolfsburg. While velocity modulation is an obvious choice for output, cutoff, and envelope times, try applying keyboard tracking to envelope decays for plucks and bells that get longer or shorter in different keyboard ranges.
Wolfsburg   polyphonic synth

sampled analog synth waveforms

two capable oscillators, multimode filtering, two LFOs, integrated effects and a four-way modulation matrix.

tons of modulation capabilities and a pretty deep sound.


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