Music Technology

Sylvia and I did finally spend a few hours today working on the 1st song on our album. This should have been a very simple process of creating a very chaotic sound for this 1st, very stressful, “why have you and I been separated” song. For some reason we still don’t entirely understand though, the 2 main pieces of music gear that we want to use on this song would not talk to each other properly.
Although I connected the “Gate Out” (start the sound) of the ARP 2600 to the “Gate In” on the Roland System-1m, that more recent piece of gear would NOT start sending its sound out. This was partly “my” fault. Because the ARP’s keyboard had developed some erratic keys, I removed it several months ago. Because it’s been a LONG time since I entered that room of my mind which keeps the “analog synthesizer” experiences in place, I had forgotten that the “Gate Out” on the ARP only works if its keyboard is connected.
Even with that, I did my best to create a “Gate Signal” (a strong “start your engines” voltage) on the ARP, using an amplified Square Wave, but the Roland unit would NOT fire (start).
So we turned back to using the ARP by itself and created a Patch (overall sound) which is chaotic and quickly produces “stress”, which is what this song calls for.
The other unit we want to use is currently in Washington state. We shipped our “BeatStep Pro” (by Arturia) off to be fixed or replaced because 1 of its Sequencers was not sending out a “Gate” signal.
In the “analog synthesizer” world, a “Gate” signal tells a synthesizer to “start”, or “send your sound out” and keep it going out until the “Gate” signal stops.

Think of a synthesizer’s “Gate” as a long or short table being rolled-through a swinging door. The door opens when the table 1st hits it and remains open until the entire table has gone through it. Then the door swings closed as it normally would.

Think of the table being made out of cardboard and when I amplified it, this strengthened the table and now it’s made out of solid wood… and can more-easily open that door.
Here’s some information on the ARP 2600:
Here’s the link to the Roland System-1m:
The “BeatStep Pro”:
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Categories: analog synthesizer, ARP 2600, Arturia BeatStep Pro, Gate signal, musical equipment, Roland System-1m | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

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