markmosher-ambient-02 on Flickr.
It ends up that blofeld feeding Octatrack is a pretty sweet ambient jam rig
The first song on my new album will be the title track “Dormant”. I’ve played it out before to experiment with arrangements. I used to perform it on Maschine, and now have a super bad ass version for the album played on Ableton Push. It’s in a state now where I can perform the song live using only Push with live sequencing for drums and one bass line. All other parts are played live. I’m playing 7 or 8 VSTs in Ableton racks split across the grid. I’m rehearsing it this week and will lay down the album version over the weekend by recording three takes playing all the notes and automation live, and pick my favorite one. It will be a great set opener. Woot!
I’m experimenting with Camel Audio Alchemy to use it more like a modular synth. So this sound is all Alchemy.
In this work in progress, I resynthesized a 1 bar drum loop into Additive and Spectral engines. I then manually hacked on the additive partials to alter the harmonics over time from the original drum sound. I used the sequencer to modulate the pitch of the OSC.
I then route this through two filters in series. Filter 1 is low pass. Filter 2 is a ring modulator with drive (Alchemy is semi-modular and allows you to swap in ring mods and more in the filter slots). At the end of the signal chain I add Mod FX1 (Short delay with built-in LFO modulation) for some chorusing and a reverb.