Battle of the Bass-Machines

Nikolaus Gradwohl2017-05-08T07:48:43+02:00

Korg Volca Bass vs Roland TB-3

a battle of the Bass-Machines recorded and mixed using Bitwig-Studio

Battle of the Bass-Machines

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New Track: The World you don't see

Nikolaus Gradwohl2017-04-28T07:04:56+02:00

for every world you know there is at least one that go unnoticed ...

Listen to my new Track on soundcloud

The world you don't see

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New Track: Seven meets Four

Nikolaus Gradwohl2017-04-11T05:58:49+02:00

a 7/4 loop meets a 4/4 loop in this polyrhytmic exploration, featuring my Mother 32, 0-Coast, MiniNova and Streichfett

seven meets four

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Synth Jam - Mar 27

Nikolaus Gradwohl2017-03-28T06:13:24+02:00

This is a recording of a jam session - using my moog mother, 0-Coast, volca bass, volca beats and Bitwig studio

Synth Jam - Mar 27

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New Track: Melody in D-Minor

Nikolaus Gradwohl2017-02-27T05:18:10+01:00

I created a new track using only my hardware-synths and introducing my new Moog Mother 32 to the studio. The Arpeggio, Bass and Beats are from the volcas. The melodie lines are from the Mother 32, the 0-Coast and the MiniNova. The Pad sound is from the Streichfett and the horns are from the MX61.

melody in d-minor

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Volca Sample Live Jam

Nikolaus Gradwohl2017-02-14T05:03:16+01:00

I'm currently building a new set of samples for my volca sample and this is the first video jam of me using it. For the baseline I used 3 tracks and I programmed the same note sequence but transposed it on each slot - this way I don't need 3 storage slots on my volca to change the base chord. And I noticed that I need to practice a bit more :-)

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Volca + Streichfett Jam 01.2017

Nikolaus Gradwohl2017-01-16T06:14:20+01:00

This is my first volca+streichfett jam this year - recorded and mixed using bitwig-studio

volca + streichfett Jam 01.2017

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Ode to Repro-1

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-11-17T05:05:40+01:00

The first track I recorded using u-he's newest plugin Repro~1. Every synth track is created using the plugin - the Drums come from a Volca-Sample

The repro~1 is a neat little monosynth plugin and is an emulation of the sequential circuits pro-one. The plugin is currently in beta and you can download and test a version till december. I absolutely love how the filter distorts when you drive it a little to hot and use the feedback knob and I immediatly bought a licence after hearing the "Ancient Electromagnetic" Preset :-)

This little plugin will find its place in my workflow.

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Ode to Repro~1

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Volca Beat Snare Mod

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-10-10T05:04:59+02:00

After considering it for ages I finally dared to mod my volca beat and solder a capacitor on the (in)famous C78 solder point, to fix the snare sound.

volca snare mod

The solder pads are REALLY tiny and solding smd stuff is WAAAAY outside my comfort-zone, but it was totaly worth it. The snare sounds a lot more 808-ty and I really like it.

Unfortunately I forgot to shorten the wires on the capacitor as you can see in the photo, so I used a bit of tape to prevent the wires from shorting something on the board (and I will absolutely not unsolder and resolder it :-) )

A detailed description how to mod the volca beat can be found on hackaday at

https://hackaday.io/project/9863-korg-volca-beats-2-standart-mods

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Launchpad Jam Session 2016-06-05

Nikolaus Gradwohl2016-06-05T15:23:13+02:00

I recorded a jam session using a Volca Bass, a Volca Keys, a Streichfett, 2 Launchpads, u-he ACE and Bitwig Studio. I learned that I need to place my camera very carefully when recording these sessions to prevent my neon-lights or the launchpad led repeat frequency to interact with my camera. And I learned that a DSLR is very unforgiving to dust on a synth :-)

Launchpad Session June 05

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