Bi-Timbral Stereo Trick With The Novation Summit

In his latest video, synth guru Chris Calcutt (-Calc-) shares a trick for getting interesting stereo field effects with the Novation Summit.

By taking advantage of the Summit’s Aux outputs, you use the two synth engines to create interesting binaural effects.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

“Figured I’d make a video about a little Summit “Hack” I’ve been using for a while now. Summit can be an absolutely KICK ASS stereo instrument with very powerful stereo behavior.

Just use the same preset on parts A and B in a Bi-timbral Multi, and then use the two sets of outputs. Take Part A to the left side and Part B to the right side of your mixer and hey presto…. Stereo power at your fingertips.

With Part A and B’s oscillators independently generated you can get some great oscillators out of phase stereo stuff going on then you can process the left and right channel either together or independently from the two synth engines if you like.”

9 thoughts on “Bi-Timbral Stereo Trick With The Novation Summit

  1. Cool and informative video. Wish I had a Summit to play with this. I would hesitate to call this a “hack” though. That term should be reserved for functions, alterations, or uses that result in something that was unintended by the manufacturer. I would categorize this more as, “how to maximize the stereo field capabilities with the aux outputs.” Apologies, but can’t help snickering at the part where he says – and I paraphrase – ” another way to get a stereo sound out of your patches is to use the stereo effects at the end of the signal chain.”
    On a more productive note, there are other synths out there with extra outputs that you can apply these techniques to. Consider that you may already have one.

    1. So its an hack by your definition
      Part B and the Aux out are intended to play different sound.

      I never read about this technic before but i was thinking about it last year since i have a synth that can do that (evolver) and i love it for this.
      The UDO super 6 and dave smith prohphet X came out with this feature cutting the polyphony to half.

      Come to think of it, I wrote a comment about this technic in a UDO6 video (I think on youtube) And just a weeks after, Calc made this video.
      So maybe we think a like or maybe he read my mind/comment ?

      BtW, you don’t necessarily need another output (Aux Out) If you have a synth with multitimbral that can just pan each part to L/R.

  2. I assume this is one of the people that does look for likes and subscribers. He failed to answer a simple question about the equipment. Same with loopop and some others.

    It’s clearly they don’t care for certain questions and only reply on what they like. Imo a big fail if you respresent a certain product.

    Positive encounters:Espen Craft, who on the contrary does reply on questions.Matt Johnson even answered all the question’s when he went live on youtube.

  3. i find it hard to believe that the summit isn´t multitimbral, given the fact that my good old access virus snow can make 4 sounds simultaneously. it is somewhat laughable.

    1. It is. (2 part multitimbral)
      Anyway compering any analog synth to digital synth is nonsense especially when you compere voice count dependable features.
      Analog is more about the sound of the past then the features of today (or even the 90’s). If you want versatility download a plug-in.

  4. So its an hack by your definition 🙂
    Part B and the Aux out are intended to play different sound.

    I never read about this technic before but i was thinking about it last year since i have a synth that can do that (evolver) and i love it for this.
    The UDO super 6 and dave smith prohphet X came out with this feature cutting the polyphony to half.

    Come to think of it, I wrote a comment about this technic in a UDO6 video (I think on youtube) And just a weeks after, Calc made this video.
    So maybe we think a like or maybe he read my mind/comment 🙂

    BtW, you don’t necessarily need another output (Aux Out) If you have a synth with multitimbral that can just pan each part to L/R.

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