Article from Electronics & Music Maker, August 1984
Readers' favourite synth sounds and the means to reproduce them. Instruments featured this month include the Roland JX3P and Korg Poly 800.
This is where E&MM hands over the controls. Although we continue to receive a great many different patches for a variety of synths, we are definitely missing a few (eg. the OSCar, SCI Pro One and Six Trak, Korg Polysix, Kawai SX210, Yamaha CS5/10/30, etc), so if you're the proud owner of one of these synths (or indeed any of the more regularly featured models), send your favourite patch (preferably on an owner's manual patch chart including a blank one for artwork purposes) to: Patchwork, E&MM, (Contact Details). Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
Steve Clarke, Surrey
Derek Kelly, Stockport
Petras Saduikis, Nottingham, & Robert Crozier, Lancs
Martin Russ, Ipswich
Martin describes 'Funkmaster' as a 'fast, funky-feel twang with lots of thump'. (Quite.) The timbre has some of the elements of a detuned clavinet combined with a plucked bass sound, and some touch-sensitivity is included to give a brighter sound when pressing the keys faster.
Algorithm 16 is used in this voice. Operator 1 is the only carrier and is modulated by three sources. Operator 2 is used as a low frequency vibrato oscillator, and serves to give some movement within the sound. Operators 3 and 4 give the main thump/twang sound as well as giving a heavy bass bump. The velocity sensitivity of Operator 4 gives a brighter metallic sound with increasing key velocity.
Operators 5 and 6 give an additional bright fill effect which can sound like reverb at certain settings of Operator 5's output level. For an output level of 73 there is almost no effect on the final sound, at 83 the twang is brighter and at 93 has a hard cutting edge, but by 99 the contribution from Operators 5 and 6 is not only very marked but also quite intolerable!
In performance the touch-sensitivity resolves into two levels: soft = muted sound, hard = bright. Staccato playing brings out the percussive nature of the sound, and heavy left-hand octaves emphasise the bass thump. Legato playing reveals an unexpected sustain, giving away the non-acoustic nature of the instrument. In fact, the combination of heavy click/twang and a silky sustain sound gives a sort of manic Hammond organ!
(Well, he did try to keep it brief.)
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