Korg Volca Modular splitter set for patch cables – in the DelayDude Shop!

Modular Splitter1The big modular systems are famous for the possibility to use adapter cables to split or to combine several signals. Thereby, you can create really crazy sounds. Continue reading “Korg Volca Modular splitter set for patch cables – in the DelayDude Shop!”

Korg Volca Modular – Midi-In Mod – in the DelayDude Shop!

Midi in mod

The Korg Volca Modular is a nice little gimmick, but unfortunately the only Korg Volca unit that lacks a midi input. The Midi-In mod makes the toy become a real instrument. Continue reading “Korg Volca Modular – Midi-In Mod – in the DelayDude Shop!”

MOOG Minifooger MF Drive RESONANCE MOD – ladder filter Demo video

This is a video about the Moog Minifooger MF Drive RESONANCE MOD – ladder filter which is now available in the DelayDude.de shop.

It is no secret anymore: The Moog MF Drive has a “Moog Ladder-Filter” inside. But regarding the resonance, the toggle switch of the standard circuit only allows to choose between two fixed settings. Continue reading “MOOG Minifooger MF Drive RESONANCE MOD – ladder filter Demo video”

Moog Minifooger MF Drive RESONANCE MOD ladder filter – Now in the DelayDude shop

MF Drive Mod 4It is no secret anymore: The Moog MF Drive has a “Moog Ladder Filter” inside. But regarding the resonance, the toggle switch of the standard circuit only allows to choose between two fixed settings. Continue reading “Moog Minifooger MF Drive RESONANCE MOD ladder filter – Now in the DelayDude shop”

Korg Volca – unoffical firmware

Tips & tricksThe Korg Volcas are pretty flexible devices that received a little firmware-update last year.
But there are also unofficial firmware versions for the Volca FM and the Volca Sample, which I have tested as well.

Installation

Similar to the installation of the official updates, the update mode must be activated while the Korg Volca is started. Therefore, you have to keep the buttons Func and Play pressed while you switch the Volca on. Now, you can connect the sync-in jack of the Volca with the audio-out of the computer.
The volume of the computer ought to be quite loud, but not maxed. I mostly use a level of 80%.
By using an adequate media plays, the firmware can be played back as an audio file via the computer. In this case, it is important to deactivate all further sounds (like emailbox or likewise). Otherwise, you will get an error message.
After the update is finished, the Volca needs a re-start.

Volca FM 1.09

For the velocity function is a decisive characteristic of inspiring FM sounds, a FM synth actually is supposed to provide such a feature.
Unfortunately, Korg has not implemented this feature by now.
Alternatively, you could complement this function for external keyboards via using a specific Retrokits RK-002 midi cable.
The unofficial Firmware 1.09 add the velocity function to the Volca. The keys of the internal keyboard do not send velocity information, but by connecting an external keyboard, the respective data can be sent to the FM.

Another interesting feature is the patch changes note on/off. While it is deactivated, a played tone can be sustained, even though you select another sound. Until now, the sound has been stopped in this case. Now, a fluent transition between different sounds is possible.

Besides, there have been new control change orders added. For example, the free assignment of the mod wheel, various chorus settings, the loading of patches and pattern as well as subdivisions of the tempo.

The firmware runs quite reliably. Only some posts on the internet revolve around the problem, that the Volca switches itself of with this firmware. The reason is a flat battery or the power supply does not provide enough current. The FM needs more than 100mA to work reliable. The unofficial firmware might need a little more current; thus, you should keep the capacity of your power supply in mind.

All of these new features can be deactivated in the global menu. Ant those, who don’t like the firmware anyway, can downgrade the Volca to the official firmware easily. The Korg Volca support website offers a free download of this file.

Volca Sample Beta 7

Regarding the Volca Sample, the process of the installation of the Beta 7 firmware update is identical. You can replay all samples chromatically as well as using the “sequencer channel” to select all of the 10 sounds via the midi keyboard. As with the Volca FM, you can also activate velocity.
It can be selected just like pitch and note triggering via part or pattern.

New control changes for reverb, mutes, pattern-changes, reverse and so on have been implemented. Besides, there are also to new reverb algorithms.
Many of these new parameters can be changed directly in the live mode. It is not necessary to enter the global setup and re-start the device. By keeping the func button pressed, you can select a respective function through the sample pot.

Another interesting feature is the SAMP. It assigns 100 samples to the midi keyboard. Thereby, you can use all samples at the same time or rather program them via midi.
Thus, the Sample becomes a fully adequate sampler.
Of course, you can play polyphonic samples as well. Similar to the Digitakt, you can adjust the probabilities of a trigger. The standard setting is set to 100%. By reducing the probability, each pattern becomes a diversified part of the song.

Last but not least, there is the drone mode. It allows to set the decay of all samples to the maximum and thereby enables you to create some kind of infinite mode while you are looping.
This unofficial Beta 7 firmware runs stable and reliable. Because of the numerous features, I really recommend this type of firmware.
And it also applies in this case: if you don’t like the new firmware, you can go back too the official Korg firmware easily and for free.

7 questions to Yoshi Ikegami (Boss)

7 questions toI guess, there is no guitarist/ bass player in the world, who doesn’t own at least one BOSS pedal. And the effects that are produced under the leadership of the company’s president, Yoshi Ikegami, accompany me since my first days as a guitarist.
Therefore, it is a special honor for me that he took the time to answer to the 7 questions of the Delay Dude. Continue reading “7 questions to Yoshi Ikegami (Boss)”

SUPERBOOTH 2020

Superbooth_2020During the period from April 23 through April 25 it is again time for the SUPERBOOTH in Berlin if the circumstances regarding Corona permitt.
At this legendary synthesizer exhibition, you will find numerous exhibitors presenting well-known and new friends, workshops and concerts.
This year, there will also be new area, exclusively for DIY.
On the outdoor area will be presentations and artistic installations.
I am really looking forward to turn the pots and to dive into the world of synths.
More than 260 exhibitors from all over the world will present their analog and digital devices from the field of music instruments, synthesizers, drum computers, software and effect pedals.

As mentioned above: if Corona allows us to visit the SUPERBOOTH 2020, click here to get your tickets.
And, of course, there will also be the boat shuttle again. This time, accompanied by concerts and DJ sets.

Drums without a drummer

Tips & tricksEspecially if you are playing your guitar mostly at home, sooner or later you will reach the point where you start thinking about some kind of rhythmical companionship. And fortunately, there are numerous options for a tactful backing that work without a flesh-and-blood drummer. Continue reading “Drums without a drummer”

My recommendation: free plug-ins for virtual studio technology -part II

Tips & tricksSooner or later, every guitarist will start to record his/her own songs. By now, there are numerous nice programs that are able to transform your computer at home into a small record studio.
Furthermore, there is an almost endless assortment of effect plug-ins which allow to modify your sound additionally.

In the second part of this article, I would like to present numerous plug-ins to create more crazy and bizarre sounds. Continue reading “My recommendation: free plug-ins for virtual studio technology -part II”

Stereo analog delays

Tips & tricksDelay pedals, analog as well es digital ones are ten a penny.
Mostly, they provide numerous features like tap tempo, modulation and tone pots. But are there any stereo analog delays, too? Continue reading “Stereo analog delays”

Moog Minitaur + EHX POG2 = Moog Sirin?

This is a video about how to simulate the lead sounds of the Moog Sirin by using the Moog Mintaur in combination with the EHX POG2.
The Moog Mintaur is a brilliant synth, which is famous for its perfect bass sounds. But, because of its construction, the range of the Minitaur is limited.
The Moog Sirin is an updated version of the Minitaur and offers a wider range that reaches lead sounds.
But do you have to go and get a Sirin right away? Check out this video and find out…

7 Questions to Ilja Krumins (Gamechanger Audio) – The Interview

This time the “7 questions to …”- interview comes around on video.

Here are 7 questions to Ilja Krumins from Gamechanger Audio.

Many thanks to Ilja for the interview.

And for those, who are looking for one of these georgeous guitars you can see in this video, just click here.

Gamechanger Audio Motor Synth – Is Ilja going to destroy the speaker?

Ilja Krumins from Gamechanger Audio explains at the Superbooth 2019 how the Motor Synth works and gives a demo of how the Motor Synth may sound like.

Find out if Ilja is going to destroy the speaker.

Many thanks to Ilja for the interview.

Eventide Rose Delay with a synthesizer (Superbooth 2019)

This is a demo of how to use the Eventide Rose Delay with a synthesizer.

Special thanks to Collin Bevan from Eventide who answered to my questions at the SUPERBOOTH 2019.

SUPERBOOTH 2019

Here are some impressions from the SUPERBOOTH 2019 in Berlin.