TECHNIQUES

This is a collection of examples that aim to show some specific uses of our modules – by themselves or combined in different systems. An introduction explains the reasons behind each example; a list of “ingredients” and “directions” offers a thorough, step-by-step guide for patching; a short video shows the whole process, with some extra features such as oscilloscope views.

  • All
  • 321
  • 333
  • brenso
  • CGM
  • FALISTRI
  • FUMANA
  • sapèl
  • usta

Timbre Randomness

Sometimes it's all about having fun. And with SAPÈL and BRENSO, it's A LOT of fun!⁠ Simply patch the Random Clock out to the Ping input, then route the S&H out to the four Timbre parameters through the Timbre Modulation Bus.⁠ Then, sit back and enjoy this ever-changing rhythm! INGREDIENTS 1 BRENSO 1 SAPÈL DIRECTIONS…

Spectral Sequencing

USTA has 16 outputs, FUMANA 16 bands. Let'stake advantage of this coincidence!⁠ We patched every CV and gate output to an individual band VCA. We set all the four tracks to the same clock, then we used raw CVs and gates to animate the spectra of our BRENSO oscillator.⁠ INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 FUMANA 1…

Timbre Sequencing

Another dialogue between USTA and BRENSO: this time, we patched some Raw CV outputs to various CV inputs of the Timbre section. As a result, the fairly simple sequence of the beginning becomes surprisingly alive! INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 BRENSO DIRECTIONS Write a melodic pattern on Track 1 CV A Patch Track 1 CV A…

Voltage-Controlled LFO

BRENSO trigs USTA that controls BRENSO that... Ok, back from the beginning!⁠ We set the green oscillator to LFO and used its square output as a clock for our USTA sequencer.⁠ Then, we used the saw output to control the amplitude, but first, we added a positive offset with the 321, so that it would…

USTA Chords

A simple, yet effective way to get some arcade-like chord stabs with the USTA sequencer! INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 FALISTRI (envelope) BRENSO or FALISTRI to taste (sound sources) 1 333 CGM DIRECTIONS On the USTA sequencer, select a track and push the Navigation Encoder to access the Track Menu. Scroll until the CV B option,…

TZFM Modulator Sequencing

Here's an advanced use for USTA’s Raw Voltages!⁠ In this patch, we use two sequences to achieve a complex, through-zero FM BRENSO patch.⁠ The first sequence outputs pitch voltages and controls the carrier and modulator frequency (through BRENSO’s integrator).⁠ The second track has a faster sequence that outputs raw voltages to the v/oct input of…

Wavefolder Ratcheting

In this video, we’re throwing some gates into the Wavefolder Ping input—and nothing else. No envelopes, no VCAs... all the articulation comes from these two modules!⁠ INGREDIENTS BRENSO USTA DIRECTIONS Patch the CV A output of USTA’s Track 1 to BRENSO’s yellow V/oct input. Patch BRENSO’s Final Output to your favorite output section. Write your…

Linear Through-Zero Frequency Modulation

In this patch, we’re doing some massive linear FM: the yellow oscillator is our carrier, and the green one is our modulator.⁠ TZFM is a special kind of frequency modulation that allows the so-called “negative sidebands” to be played, too. The result is a richer and cleaner tone!⁠ INGREDIENTS BRENSO DIRECTIONS Patch BRENSO’s yellow Sine…

Source and Wavefolder

BRENSO’s waveshaper gets a mixture of the two wavefolders, which you can control through the Source knob. Then, it folds them again, and again, and again, in an explosion of overtones. You can use the symmetry control to push it even further!⁠ INGREDIENTS BRENSO DIRECTIONS Patch BRENSO’s Final output to your favorite output section. Set…

Pulse Shaper

Here’s Brenso’s second waveshaper, and there’s a lot under the hood!⁠ First, a comparator generates a pulse wave, either from the triangle core or from the result of the first waveshaper. In this way, you can have different phase relationships, and you can also obtain a pulse-width modulation by working on the source material, rather…

Triangle Shaper

The Triangle Shaper is the first part of BRENSO’s Timbre Section. It morphs the triangle wave to a quasi-sine and a sort of logarithmic waveform. (This last one is quite similar to what you can achieve with FALISTRI when you set both the rising and falling stages to the Log shape.)⁠ The difference is subtle…

Phase Shift

USTA allows you to use ANY CV to shift the phase of one sequence in relation to its clock. You can use a DC offset to obtain a more laid-back sound (if you feel like Dexter Gordon), or any random CV to add some non-destructive degree of unpredictability.⁠ INGREDIENTS USTA 2 FALISTRI CGM External FX…

Root Shift

Time to play modal!⁠ The Root Shift is a modulation that takes any incoming CV and shifts the root of your quantization mask. The result is a dramatic change in the song mood, but if you route the same CV to the Pitch Shift modulation, you will transpose the whole scale!⁠⁠ INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1…

Voice Spread #1

We’ve seen the 333 as an audio mixer, but it does pretty good also with CVs! In this patch, we’ll use the 333 in two ways. One section will multiply the keyboard gate, which we’ll use to trig SAPÈL the main envelope. Another section will mix the keyboard CV with the N+1 values generated by…

Pitch Shift

Ok, time to deal with external CV modulation! USTA features two independent CV input, whose signal can be internally routed to several destinations (independently per track, of course). Here we take a look at the Pitch Shift destination: the incoming voltage is used to shift the notes. Remember two things: 1) the resulting pitch is…

Quantization

Blip-blops are fun, but what about playing actual melodies?⁠ The USTA sequencer allows you to quantize your sequence to a selected scale and root note. You can also choose the quantization direction!⁠ INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 FALISTRI 1 321 (Optional) DIRECTIONS Set up a basic USTA patch as described in CV, Gate, Length. Set up…

-6dB Switches

The three sections of the 333 are semi-normalled, meaning that each one is routed to the first input of the following one. If you patch three sources to the second or third inputs of the three separate sections, you can combine the functions of the three -6dB switches, thus making the red section 1/4 lower…

Song Mode

We’ve seen how to change the pattern loop settings, and how to recall other patterns on the fly temporarily, but there’s another option that let you organize your sequences in a fixed form: the Song Mode. INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 FALISTRI 1 FUMANA (Optional) CGM and reverb (Optional) DIRECTIONS Set up a basic usta patch…

Sidechain #1

In this patch, we’ll use the yellow envelope to control the decay of our kick drum. By inverting the envelope and adding an offset (with the 321), you can use it to sidechain other sounds (such as the bass, or the reverb). But what if you want to control the response time of the sidechain…

Coarse and Fine Tuning

The Coarse/Fine button lets you change the pitch of quantized voltages by intervals of 1 octave, or the value of the unquantized ones by steps of 0.5V. Add the ‘Esc’ button, and it will become the Fine control: now you can fine-tune your notes by cents of semitones or your raw voltages by 1mV steps. INGREDIENTS…

Stage Loop

Stage Loop is a special feature that allows you to repeat a specific section of your sequence. You can define the first stage of this section, the length (up to 16 stages) and the number of repetitions. Whenever the playhead crosses the Stage Loop section, it will start looping, then it will move on to…

Gate Variation

Want to add some spice to your groove? It’s time to check the Gate Variation, then! Once you have selected the Gate layer, push the button a second time to access the Variation Index layer, and a third one to access the Variation Range. Here you can define the degree of gate unpredictability per stage!…

CV Variation

In music as in cooking, some degree of unpredictability is always welcome. This patch explores the other two CV layers, called ‘Variation Index’ and ‘Variation Range’. They allow you to add some motion to your sequence, without going too much off the track! INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 FALISTRI DIRECTIONS Set up a basic patch as…

Pattern Recall and Pattern Mix

What should you do when you have more than two patterns? You can cycle through them, of course, but that may become boring. You can arrange them in a song, but someone might find it stiff.⁠ What about momentarily changing the order of your pattern loop? With #USTAsequencer it’s possible! Just enter the Play Mode…

Keyboard Input

If you enter Composition Mode, patch a Gate signal to the AUX input, and a pitch CV to the CVA input, USTA will store the notes you are playing on your controller – stage by stage! But the coolest part is that all the features of the Composition Mode are still available: this means that…

Composition Mode

Composing a song might require a lot of patience: here’s why USTA features its Composition Mode.⁠ When USTA is not playing (and you are not in any of the menus), just push twice the track buttons: all the gate channels will immediately get high, and you will be able to hear the individual stages one…

‘Set All’ and ‘Shift All’

Infinite wave shapes at your fingertips when Falistri is used as oscillator! Both generators can morph their rise and fall shape from EXPO to LOG, independently and regardless of their times – at audio rate, this becomes a fully functional wave shaper. INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 FALISTRI (Optional) 333 and FUMANA for further sound design…

Pattern Loop

Virtuous cycle or vicious cycle? In Pattern Mode, it’s up to you!⁠ Each track of the USTA sequencer has 32 patterns of 16 steps each. By editing the First and Last pattern, you can choose the ends of your pattern loop, on the fly!⁠ INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 FALISTRI 1 FUMANA 1 333 CGM DIRECTIONS…

Raw CV

Music is not just about notes! For this reason, USTA features a second layer for control voltages, which by default outputs ‘Raw’ CVs, i.e., unquantized. (This setting can be changed, but for now, let’s stick to that.)⁠ In this patch, we demonstrate how CVB can add expressiveness and dynamics to a series of musical events…

Edit & Performance Mode

Composing and performing are closer than they seem – both in life and in USTA!⁠ Sound by an amplitude-modulated FALISTRI further processed into FUMANA.⁠ INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 FALISTRI (Optional) 333 and FUMANA for further sound design DIRECTIONS Set up a basic USTA patch as described in CV, Gate, Length, OR (optional): Set both FALISTRI’s…

Gate Colors

Gate, ratcheting, pause? With the USTA sequencer everything is –literally– at your fingertips.⁠ Push the rotary encoders when any Gate layer is selected to switch between the gate colors.⁠ When blue, the encoder defines the time a gate stays high, from very short to an actual tie with the following stage, when green, the gate…

CV Colors

If you want to add some color (pun intended) to your sequence, you just need to push the rotary encoders!⁠ Every CV value of every stage can be played in three ways: in the ‘Blue’ one, #USTAsequencer outputs the generated value; in the ‘Green’ one, USTA slides from the previous stage’s value to the current…

Clock and Ratio

Let’s dive a little bit more into the time domain!⁠ Each of the four tracks of the #USTAsequencer can work at its own internal clock, or with a common external one.⁠ Once the clock is defined, you can select which ratio (multiplication or division) the track should run at: polyrhythms are literally at your fingertips...⁠…

Stage Vs. Gate

Gate length or stage length? Are they the same thing? Not with USTA. If you are a little confused, fear not! This video explains everything you need to know about these essential concepts.⁠ INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 FALISTRI DIRECTIONS Set up a basic USTA patch as described in CV, Gate, Length. Select the GTA layer…

CV, Gate, Length

This simple patch explores the main features of the USTA: how to select tracks, how to edit CV, Gate, and Length – but most importantly, how to get your sequence running!⁠ INGREDIENTS 1 USTA 1 FALISTRI DIRECTIONS Set FALISTRI in Synth Voice mode (steps 1-7). Patch the CVA output of Track 1 to the green…

Hold

It’s time to push those buttons!⁠ It is true, we added buttons to FALISTRI and SAPÈL so that you can manually trig the envelopes or the S&H. But there’s another reason: if you hold them pushed, you can give to your patch a very dramatic effect by momentarily “freezing” it…⁠ INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL…

Random Clocks #1

Random trigs with some SAPÈL self-patching!⁠ In this patch we’ll use the yellow main clock out to control the green one, then we’ll add some cross-patching within the yellow section to achieve some unpredictability.⁠ INGREDIENTS 1 SAPÈL 1 FALISTRI DIRECTIONS Set FALISTRI to the ‘Synth Voice’ configuration (points 1-7). Patch SAPÈL’s yellow Main Clock out…

Ratcheting-Like Effect #3

What about trying some random repetitions? In this patch, a random ratcheting-like effect is obtained by using SAPÈL’s Random Clock to trig the envelope controlling the amplitude, while the clock density (or the ratcheting number) is varied through cross-patching. INGREDIENTS 1 SAPÈL 1 FALISTRI DIRECTIONS Set FALISTRI’s green generator to ‘Loop’ mode. Set the green…

Bouncing Ball

Summer is over, but we still want to play!⁠ In this video, we’ll see how to recreate the classic ‘Bouncing Ball’ patch – using only two FALISTRI!⁠ INGREDIENTS 2 FALISTRI DIRECTIONS Set both generators of the first FALISTRI in ‘Loop’ mode and their time scale to ‘Long’. Set the yellow generator’s ‘Rise’ knob fully counter-clockwise…

Quadrature #1

At audio rate, FALISTRI’s cascaded frequency dividers can work as sub-octave generators! Patch the EOR output into the first frequency divider input, mix all the (bipolar!) outputs into your 321 and fatten up your sound with every possible blend of three octaves! INGREDIENTS 2 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL DIRECTIONS [FIRST FALISTRI] Set FALISTRI’s green generator to…

Octave Blends

At audio rate, FALISTRI’s cascaded frequency dividers can work as sub-octave generators! Patch the EOR output into the first frequency divider input, mix all the (bipolar!) outputs into your 321 and fatten up your sound with every possible blend of three octaves! INGREDIENTS 1 SAPÈL 1 FALISTRI 1 321 DIRECTIONS Set one of FALISTRI’s generators…

Random Clocks #2

Clock randomness and dummy cables! Normally, the external clock input doesn’t handle fluctuating voltages as trigs. Fear not! You can still use the Gate / CV in to trig your SAPÈL! This works together with the internal clock: if you want total randomness, you can use a dummy cable to block the clock generation and…

FUMANA Feedback #3

What about a FUMANA Feedback AND a spectral transfer – at the same time? In this patch we’ll use the feedback trick to emphasize the modulation of an oscillator over a pink noise. It works great when vocoding, too! INGREDIENTS 1 FUMANA 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL 1 321 1 CGM – Channel 1 CGM –…

Percussion Sounds #3

Parametric scanning for creative percussion sounds. In this patch we’ll take advantage of two separate envelope outputs of the same FALISTRI channel to shape a pink noise into some percussive sounds. The key element here is the Parametric Scanning function available in the lower section of the FUMANA filter bank! INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL…

Kick Drum #2

Creative kick drum sound with FUMANA’s envelope followers! In this patch we’ll process a low sound from FALISTRI through FUMANA’s filterbank, we’ll use a random trig from SAPEL as modulation source and then feed some of the resulting envelopes back into FALISTRI to modulate the tone. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL 1 FUMANA DIRECTIONS Set…

Clock Bursts #2

Clock bursts, but without losing the beat! Use the Global Rate of Change to create expressive clock bursts through the Random Clock out – this won’t affect the steady pulse of your main clock.⠀ INGREDIENTS 1 SAPÈL 1 FALISTRI DIRECTIONS Set FALISTRI’s green generator to ‘Loop’ mode. Set the green generator’s Time Scale switch to…

Fumana Feedback #2

A sort of resonating FUMANA through controlled feedback. In this patch we’ll use a 321 to blend together the signals to be filtered and the fed-back signal. It allows us to control the amount of the two signals and also their phase! INGREDIENTS 1 FUMANA 1 SAPÈL 1 321 1 CGM – Channel 1 CGM…

Synth Voice

FALISTRI can work as a self-sufficient synth voice! The four-quadrant multiplier can work as a pretty simple VCA. The yellow unipolar output and the green bipolar one are semi-normalled to the two inputs: this means that the yellow generator can work as an envelope, and the green one as an audio-rate oscillator. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI…

Fumana Feedback #1

How to make a non-resonating filterbank resonate. In this patch we’ll set two separate feedback loops using the ODD and EVEN outputs and the Direct Out of the CGM Channel. It is possible to flip the phase to get more interesting tones. Add some reverb for instant-70s-psychedelia! Watch out, screaming tones ahead... (This patch draws…

Fluctuating Random & Global Rate of Change

Fluctuating random is not just fluctuating random… Each of the two fluctuating knobs (marked by a dice ⚄) also controls the density of the random clocks. It can be very useful in crowded patches! INGREDIENTS 1 SAPÈL 1 FALISTRI DIRECTIONS Set FALISTRI’s green generator to ‘Loop’ mode. Set the green generator’s Time Scale switch to…

Percussion Sounds #2

More percussion sounds with FUMANA and various noise sources Fumana’s modulation input welcomes trigs as well, which provide a lovely “woody” tone reminding some kind of lopass gate. INGREDIENTS FUMANA SAPÈL FALISTRI DIRECTIONS Patch SAPÈL’s pink noise to FUMANA’s Main Input. Set all FUMANA’s band faders to the lowest position. Patch SAPÈL’s main clock to…

Formant / Sync

This patch explores the different behaviors of FALISTRI’s green generator, but at audio rate! When it is is set ‘On Rest’, it will ignore all the incoming trigs until it has reached its ‘Rest’ stage; when its frequency is lower than the master oscillator, it will divide its frequency in a ‘formant-like’ effect. INGREDIENTS 1…

On Rest / To Rise

Explore this “hidden feature” of FALISTRI’s green generator! A switch on the PCB lets you choose between two different retrig behaviors: ‘on rest’ retrigs the green envelope only if it has reached its End of Fall; ‘to rise’ simply recalls the rising stage from whichever level the envelope is in, just like the yellow generator.…

Complex Envelopes #2

It is possible to make the two sections of FALISTRI interact with eachother: in this patch, the yellow generator’s Loop state is activated by the green envelope, which controls its frequency and amplitude as well. INGREDIENTS FALISTRI (2) DIRECTIONS (First FALISTRI) Set the green generator to ‘Loop’ mode and its time scale to ‘fast’. Patch…

Clock Bursts #1

A simple but effective way of creating clock bursts with SAPÈL. Use the unquantized S&H to modulate the clock rate, and the probability distribution to regulate the clock density. INGREDIENTS 1 SAPÈL 1 FALISTRI (For sound generation) DIRECTIONS Set up FALISTRI to the plain ‘Kick Drum #1’ configuration, without CV over the yellow ‘Fall’ level.…

Percussion Sounds #1

Use FUMANA with FALISTRI and SAPÈL to create cool percussion sounds! FUMANA can transform a simple noise source into many different percussion sounds – at the same time! In this patch we’ll go through a handful of possibilities: claves, shakers and cymbals. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL 1 FUMANA DIRECTIONS Set both FALISTRI’s generators to…

Accents #2

Another way of adding some spice to your patterns! Use SAPÈL’s S&H to modulate the Fall time of FALISTRI’s envelope: when applied to some white noise, it will provide a sort of open/closed HiHat sound. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL DIRECTIONS Patch SAPÈL’s white noise to 4QM input 2. Set FALISTRI’s yellow generator to ‘Transient’…

Accents #1

Add some dynamics to your patterns through FALISTRI’s MAX out! This patch uses both SAPÈL’s clocks: the main one provides the steady pulse by triggering FALISTRI’s green envelope, the random one trigs the yellow envelope which adds some extra accents: the two envelopes are blended through the MAX output. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL DIRECTIONS…

Ratcheting-Like Effect #2

This time we’ll get a more spicy ratcheting-like effect! SAPÈL’s n+1 output provides voltages tuned in octaves. If the target oscillates below audio rate, it will simply double its frequency, with interesting ratcheting effects. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL DIRECTIONS Set FALISTRI’s green generator to ‘Loop’ mode. Set the green generator’s Time Scale switch to…

Ratcheting-Like Effect #1

Get some ratchets out of that envelope! FALISTRI’s frequency divider provides gates out of incoming trig signals. In this patch, they are used to automatically change the generator’s mode, from transient to cyclical, and back. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL DIRECTIONS Set FALISTRI’s green generator to ‘Loop’ mode. Set the green generator’s Time Scale switch…

Complex Envelopes #1

Some bell-like sounds with two FALISTRI together! The left Falistri generates an articulated modulation thanks to its MAX output, the second one provides a ringing tone with a sort of exponential FM, modulated by Sapèl. INGREDIENTS 2 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL DIRECTIONS (First FALISTRI) Set both generators to ‘Loop’ mode. Set their Time Scale switch to…

Pitch Smoothing

Here are some behaviors of FALISTRI’s four quadrant multiplier! Its two inputs are normalled to the yellow unipolar and the green bipolar outs. This means that if the green generator is used as audio oscillator, the yellow one controls its amplitude. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL DIRECTIONS Set the green FALISTRI’s generator to ‘Loop’ mode.…

VCA / AM / RM

Here are some behaviors of FALISTRI’s four quadrant multiplier! Its two inputs are normalled to the yellow unipolar and the green bipolar outs. This means that if the green generator is used as audio oscillator, the yellow one controls its amplitude. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL (for additional modulations) DIRECTIONS Set the green FALISTRI’s generator…

Kick Drum #1

Get a simple but heavy synth kick drum out of your FALISTRI! By using the green generator as oscillator and patching the yellow attenuverted in its V/oct input, you will generate a very snappy drum sound with controls over decay time, pitch modulation and tone! Add some SAPÈL for a wilder sound. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI…

Waveshaping

Infinite wave shapes at your fingertips when Falistri is used as oscillator! Both generators can morph their rise and fall shape from EXPO to LOG, independently and regardless of their times – at audio rate, this becomes a fully functional wave shaper. INGREDIENTS 1 FALISTRI 1 SAPÈL (for pitch variations) DIRECTIONS Set one of the…