Arpeggios Without Arpeggiator

IDEA

One of the best ways to foster creativity is to constrain yourself into a small environment and try to get the most out of it: in this case, we show you how to get arpeggios without having an arpeggiator.

We used just two FALISTRI and we took advantage of the selectable behavior of the green generator. The left FALISTRI is set ‘to rise’ and it is used as an envelope generator, while the right one is set ‘On Rest’ and it is used as a “formant” oscillator.

Dramatic modification of the green generator’s time results in a sweep through different frequency divisions, which reminds of a sort of arpeggiator.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 FALISTRI
  • 1 External CV / gate controller
  • (Optional) External delay

DIRECTIONS

  1. [First FALISTRI – Formant Oscillator] Set the green generator’s reset switch ‘On Rest’
  2. Set the yellow generator in ‘Loop’ mode and its time scale to ‘Short’.
  3. Set the ‘Rise’ and ‘Fall’ knobs to 11 or 12.
  4. Set the green generator in ‘Transient’ mode and its time scale to ‘Short’ as well.
  5. Patch the external controller’s CV output to the yellow generator’s V/oct input.
  6. Patch the yellow generator’s EOR to the green generator’s Trig input.
  7. Patch the 4QM out to your favorite output section, or, optionally, to an external delay pedal.
    (Now the green generator will be triggered at audio rate by the yellow one, which will also control the amplitude modulation. By increasing the green generator’s time scale, you will notice a frequency division. It is because it resets ‘On Rest’ and when its time is longer than a wave cycle of the yellow generator it waits until the next impulse to restart.)
  8. [Second FALISTRI – Complex envelope] Set the green generator in ‘Transient’ mode and its time scale to ‘Long’.
  9. Set the green generator’s ‘Rise’ knob fully counter-clockwise and its ‘Fall’ knob to 2 o’clock.
  10. Set the yellow generator in ‘Transient’ mode and its time scale to ‘Long’.
  11. Set the yellow ‘Rise’ knob to 1 o’clock and its ‘Fall’ knob fully counter-clockwise.
  12. Patch the green generator’s EOR to the green generator’s Trig in.
  13. Patch the green generator’s unipolar output to the 4QM input #2.
    (In this way, the green envelope recalls the yellow LFO and controls its amplitude as well.)
  14. Patch the external controller’s gate output to the green generator’s trig input.
  15. Patch the 4QM output to the first FALISTRI’s V/oct input.
    (Now the complex envelope will control the formant frequency, thus shifting across different frequency divisions. Adjust the formant ‘Rise’ and ‘Fall’ knobs to obtain different sounds and “arpeggios”.)