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CV on Analog Four

If you got an Elektron Analog Four (or Analog Keys) and devices that can be operated via CV (control voltage) and Gate trigger connections, here’s how to do it, e.g. connect Moog Minitaur and Arturia MiniBrute to sequence, automate and processes them on Analog Four.

1. Connect a stereo ¼” (female) to CV Output A and B on Analog Four, and dual mono ¼” to Pitch CV (tip) and Gate (ring) of the Minitaur.
2. Connect Audio Out on Minitaur to Audio Input Left on Analog Four.
3. On Analog Four, select track Trk 1.
4. Select Osc 1 > IN L.
5. Pass all frequencies on 2-pole ladder filter: Filters > FRQ 127 and RES 0, and 2-pole multi mode filter: Filters > HP2 > FRQ 0 and RES 0.
6. Set the envelope on Amp > REL INF (if you don’t plan to use the Osc 2, sub oscillators or filter self-oscillation of the Analog Four).
7. Select track CV.
8. Set CV > CV A > TRK > TR1 and CV > CV B > TRK > TR1.
9. Select CV A configuration page, and set:

TYPE > PITCH V/oct
NOTE 1 > C 3
VOLTAGE 1 > 1.448 V
NOTE 2 > C 6
Voltage 1 > 4.634 V

10. Select CV B configuration page, and set:

TYPE > GATE
POLARITY > V-TRIG
LEVEL > 5.0 V

11. Connect a stereo ¼” (female) to CV Output C and D on Analog Four, and dual mono ¼” to Pitch (to VCO) (tip) and Gate In (ring) of the MiniBrute.
12. Connect Master Out on MiniBrute to Audio Input Right on Analog Four.
13. On Analog Four, select track Trk 2.
14. Select Osc 1 > IN R.
15. Pass all frequencies on 2-pole ladder filter: Filters > FRQ 127 and RES 0, and 2-pole multi mode filter: Filters > HP2 > FRQ 0 and RES 0.
16. Set the envelope on Amp > REL INF (if you don’t plan to use the Osc 2, sub oscillators or filter self-oscillation of the Analog Four).
17. Select track CV.
18. Set CV > CV C > TRK > TR2 and CV > CV D > TRK > TR2.
19. Select CV A configuration page, and set:

TYPE > PITCH V/oct
NOTE 1 > C 5
VOLTAGE 1 > 1.004 V
NOTE 2 > C 8
Voltage 1 > 4.004 V

20. Select CV D configuration page, and set:

TYPE > GATE
POLARITY > V-TRIG
LEVEL > 5.0 V

Set up the old king SH-101

If you got a Roland SH-101, the set it up like this:

1. Connect a stereo ¼” (female) to CV Output A and B on Analog Four, and dual mono ¼” to CV In (tip) and Gate In (ring) of the SH-101.
2. Connect Output on SH-101 to Audio Input Left on Analog Four.
3. On Analog Four, select track Trk 1.
4. Select Osc 1 > IN L.
5. Pass all frequencies on 2-pole ladder filter: Filters > FRQ 127 and RES 0, and 2-pole multi mode filter: Filters > HP2 > FRQ 0 and RES 0.
6. Set the envelope on Amp > REL INF (if you don’t plan to use the Osc 2, sub oscillators or filter self-oscillation of the Analog Four).
7. Select track CV.
8. Set CV > CV A > TRK > TR1 and CV > CV B > TRK > TR1.
9. Select CV A configuration page, and set:

TYPE > PITCH V/oct
NOTE 1 > C 3
VOLTAGE 1 > 0.986 V
NOTE 2 > C 6
Voltage 1 > 3.956 V

10. Select CV B configuration page, and set:

TYPE > GATE
POLARITY > V-TRIG
LEVEL > 5.0 V

Note that the voltage levels are roughly set. Also bear in mind that it seems that some split cables use left for tip and right for ring, while others directly contrary.

Tune Other Gear

If you got other gear, then connect a tuner to the audio output, select CV A configuration page and start with:

TYPE > PITCH V/oct
NOTE 1 > C 3
VOLTAGE 1 > 1.000 V
NOTE 2 > C 6
Voltage 1 > 4.000 V

Then just tweak the voltage settings – 1 V per octave in the mid range – according to the tuner, this usually works.

Lastly, don’t forget to check all four voices on the KIT > POLY CONFIG > VOICES to use Analog Four as an analog polysynth while using the two external sound sources of your choice.

P.S. I totally missed this, but this blog, Holy Bot, turns four years today, yay!

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I made this with an old friend. Angry German kid, hard synths and tripping drums. Deutsch Schwedische Freundschaft.

I made this with an old friend. Angry German kid, hard synths and tripping drums.

Smod (with Katrin Hesse)

In lack of a real article here’s the corner of the bedroom. Not much have actually changed sinced the last man cave shoot. (I’ve bought and sold some gear, such as another SH-101, another Juno-106 and a Kick Lancet.) The latest addition to the setup is the mighty Analog Four. I’ve also made a couple of tracks in this corner of the world. The item on the far left of the desk is a sewing machine – not mine though.

Analog Synth Filter Test

I’ve made a low-pass filter test of sorts. Very unscientific though.

I ran an old monosynth through three popular modern synths: Arturia MiniBrute, Moog Music Minitaur and Elektron Analog Four.

The sound source is the Roland SH-101 with both waveforms plus the sub-oscillator simultaneous triggered on C1. The gate signal controls the VCA, envelope and modulation are turned off, and key follow knob is set to 100%.

The audio signal is sent to the filter circuits of the different synths. The test pattern is defined as follows:

  1. A “clean” tone feeds into the filter for a few seconds, with frequency cutoff set to 100% and resonance at 0%.
  2. Manual filter cutoff sweep with resonance at 0%.
  3. Manual filter cutoff sweep with resonance at 50%.
  4. Manual filter cutoff sweep with resonance at 100%.

First off is the SH-101 internal 4-pole 24 dB per octave low-pass filter.

Next up is this unmodulated audio signal going into the MiniBrute and processed with the multimode Steiner-Parker filter, set to 12 dB per octave slope in low-pass.

On the higher resonance level, self-oscillation occurs and the volume peaks. (I had to put a limiter at -6 dB threshold to keep the volume at bay). The filter sweeps follow the same order as earlier.

The second external filter in this test is the Moog ladder filter (4-pole 24 dB per octave low-pass) of the Minitaur. Again the filter sweep follows the same order as above. The volume level drops noticeably on the higher resonance settings.

The last filter is the Analog Four’s ladder filter, another 4-pole 24 dB per octave low-pass.

The audio signal pass through the synth’s second filter unaffected (the 2-pole multimode filter is set to 12 dB per octave high-pass with minimum frequency and no resonance).

Maybe I’m doing something wrong here, because the audio signal seems to loose some decibels both in the treble and in the bass. Anyway, the flattest response is obtained when resonance is somewhere around 25, not 0.

On the last filter sweep, the resonance is set to 85 (out of 127), because the self-oscillation is going crazy over 85, and only the filter sounds. And the volume raises dramatically.

That’s the test for what it’s worth, I know the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The input level of the synths differ some, which makes a comparison hard. I should probably mention that the audio signal is running through a Mackie 1202VLZ4 mixer before being recorded using high-grade Cirrus Logic converters. This might have some affection and coloring on the signal.

I’m ready now.

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Thought I’d finish this track, but I didn’t and I won’t.

It’s a half-baked attempt with some analog hardware (Moog Music Minitaur versus Arturia MiniBrute versus Gakken SX-150 Mark II) and sampled drums.

It’s less than a minute.

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Some time ago I got an Arturia MiniBrute. Initially I was a bit perplexed by how the Steiner-Parker multimode filter worked. Anyway, here’s a short demo made of 100 percent Brute sounds (some external effects are added though).

All drum sounds – programmed in some kind of UK garage fashion – are designed on the synth, often utilizing the Brute Factor.

The rest is merely a single setting, multitracked as four-voice polyphonic. The lead is rich of harmonics with mixed waveforms and a bit of the signature Ultrasaw and Metalizer wave shaper.

P.S. If you’re interested, there are more demos of soloed synths like this at Synth Farm, https://www.facebook.com/groups/synthfarm/.

Seq / Arp

Another post about the mighty MiniBrute. Here’s a tip how to hack the arpeggiator to act as the sequencer like on the newer SE model.

Just send the SysEx command: F0 00 20 6B 04 01 75 01 3E 01 F7  to your MiniBrute to enable the sequencer. And if you what the arp back, or if you have a SE version, then send F0 00 20 6B 04 01 46 01 3E 00 F7.

This information was published on one of the developer Yves Usson’s personal sites. You may also wanna visit for more information about how you can send SysEx et cetera.

Speaking of the MiniBrute. Right now I’m in the beginner’s phase, that is, messing around and making lots of noise, but not any songs. I experiment and come up with many sounds that are good enough, but there’s no saving patches on the MiniBrute. (I could take pictures of the knob settings, but I know I would never look at them.)

So it’s a different approach and workflow from what I’m used to, it’s more about improvising and jamming. Now I need to find a way to capture ideas and process them into compositions. I guess it has to do with some kind of multitracking. 

Anyway, it’s fun and I’ve hooked up the MiniBrute to my volcas (sample, bass and keys). The whole band is playing, I don’t even have to start any DAW.

P.S. About the image, well I had no printer at home, just my mad skillz.

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