Readers send in their own favourite synth sounds and details of how to generate them. Synths featured this month are the Yamaha DX9 and Roland JX3P.
This month's MIDI supplement has meant that Patchwork has had to be reduced (temporarily) to just one page, despite our receiving more patches than ever before! Feedback from readers indicates that not only are the patches published proving useful in their own right, but that they're also being used as building blocks for creating new sounds or being modified to suit another synth. If you'd like to share a gem with readers, send your submission (preferably on an owner's manual patch chart including a blank one for artwork purposes) to: Patchwork, E&MM, (Contact Details).
Roger H. Knott, Hertfordshire
1. The patch may be achieved either with the PG-200 programmer, switched to manual, or by using the JX3-P edit facility.
2. The indicator column refers to the bank buttons A to D or, where appropriate, the Tone Selector indicators 1 to 16 which are set using the sens knob.
3. DCO-2 tuning (elements A-8 and A-9) is best accomplished 'by ear'.
Steve Howell, Cardiff
We managed to 'extract' (!) some DX9 patches from regular contributor Steve Howell, which should help to break the DX7 domination in Patchwork (though DX7 owners should be able to make use of these patches also).
'Chinese Bells' was originally set up to re-create 'glass' from Peter Gabriel's 'San Jacinto'. Steve comments that 'the sound utilises heavy key-rate and level scaling for drastic tonal change over the keyboard. At the upper end the sound is very delicate, whilst at the bottom range it could be described as 'clangy'. Note also that Operators 1,2 and 3's envelopes are 'copied' with only a small adjustment.'
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