Sunday Synth Jam: Reader Alex Juno has a new Yamaha RY30 – a vintage drum machine that offers a fairly sophisticated sample-based synth engine. He programmed custom sounds for it and then created this improvised industrial jam.
Here’s what he has to say about it:
“It starts off entirely live with no programmed parts, just playing the pads, and then about half way through a loop does come in, because I ran out of hands!
A little delay was added at the beginning and end, and a little bitcrusher in the middle for flavour, then i compressed and limited the whole thing so it was nice and loud 🙂
Juno also shared his thoughts about the Yamaha RY30:
- “I quite like the basses you can get out of the machine, these are a good use of some of the stock synthetic waveforms that come in the ROM, saw, pulse, etc and combine nicely with the powerful and classy digital filters.
- Most of the odd pad sounds I made came from combining a waveform with the filter set at max resonance, you get this weird self oscillation which deviates slightly in frequency depending on the waveform used.
- For the pad sound in the middle, i used two such filters on each pad, tuned in minor 3rds, which created a quite unstable and unique dual note timbre on the pad.
- I love the noise on this unit, it’s a looped waveform that gets very unstable and glitchy when you pitch it up 4 octaves, with slight bit of velocity to pitch, it leaves nice artefacts!
- Mashing 16s on a bass sound and playing with the pitch wheel = instant win.
- Pitch envelopes are great fun!