MODULAR TECHNO LEAD
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This lead is one of the most interesting modular sounds I have created so far. It’s subtle but delicate! Read my nerdy tutorial below - you can recreate this with Eurorack or any other modular, provided you have all the modules you need for this patch...!
"Here’s what I did: At first glance the lead sounds like a typical Moog line with a vibrato LFO controlling the pitch of the oscillators. But what you can see especially towards the end of the video snippet is that what sounds like a vibrato is in fact a multiple note sequence on the 960 sequencer module that runs very fast. In this case the sequencer is not synced to the MIDI tempo, but I am modulating the speed of the internal sequencer clock with my left hand. When it runs faster it sounds like a vibrato, and at lower speeds the individual notes from the sequence come through, then you can really hear this is not a mere vibrato but actually a melody.
While this is very cool to begin with, the complexity of the patch does not stop here. The sound is set up for amplitude modulation (AM synthesis), which means that the original mono signal from the oscillators is split after the filter into two VCAs, one for the left, and one for the right channel. These VCAs are being modulated with an LFO, whose positive and negative outputs go to both VCAs. In turn, at low LFO speeds, the result is a panning of the signal in the stereo field. But when the LFO runs at audio speed the resulting ultra fast panning means the VCAs are breaking up, producing a whole new range of harmonics. This has to be tuned very carefully so that the result doesn’t become a complete harmonic disaster.
To ensure this the LFO who controls the VCAs has to be controlled itself by the same pitch control voltage that the sequencer is sending to the oscillators. And when this locks in it gives a very beautiful additional harmonic spectrum, and also a super wide „natural“ stereo image. All the harmonics are wandering around in the panorama at their own individual speed, and this results in a super wide synth sound where the stereo width is actually a part of the synthesis itself.