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Post by pedx1ng » 10 Jun 2008 11:16


Some time ago I got Karma partly because I thought it would be a good way to learn more about synthesis and modular synthesis, and partly because the sounds it can create are quite interesting. I haven't really been able to get the most out of it though, which is entirely due to my own limitations. I am an amateur hobbyist. I know the basics of subtractive synthesis and I've read articles and a book or two, but I'm far from skilled.

Anyway, I think you've done a great job with the program and I don't have any major complaints there (although I'd like to re-iterate my FR request for an easier way to see patch cable routing! :wink: ), and you did a good job with the manual, which I read entirely, but some things are still confusing to me.

So anyway I think it'd be great if you did some basic tutorials which tackle common sound design tasks. For an example of the type of problems I run into, here is an example. I like to go through the presets and try to deconstruct how certain sounds are made. I was messing about with "303 like27" from the bass bank. I liked the sound, so I figured I would try to decouple it from the pattern sequencer. I thought it would be pretty straightforward. Just disconnect that module, and replace it with a normal note controller, right? Well, when I do that and play notes, I just get rhythmic clicking sounds. :? I know, I am clueless, and it is embarassing that I couldn't figure out such a simple tasks. Which is why I think it'd be great to have some tutorials for noobs like me.

Another question, is it possible to use the Step module to create trance gate effects? If so can you provide an example?

Thanks for your time.

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Post by Argitoth » 10 Jun 2008 16:36

I could create tutorials.

You want to use KarmaFX as a trance gate?

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Post by MadGonzo » 10 Jun 2008 16:43

what kind of trance gates?
the cheesy same-as-always modern sound? ie. gabriel & dresden
or the good old "gating" which just cuts sound levels?

there are inbetweens and rarities that are hard to make
essentially by mixing several gates with different level gaps that sounds great
but it just takes more time than its worth most of the time, unless you just made the melody of the year

for a regular trance gate, try controlling a filter cutoff or level with ie. a step sequencer modulator
and its best to add a new filter just for that purpose to avoid messing up the original sound

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Post by pedx1ng » 10 Jun 2008 23:37

Argitoth wrote:I could create tutorials.

You want to use KarmaFX as a trance gate?
It'd be sweet if you could. I downloaded your patch bank preview and I dig your sounds.

As for the trance gate, wrong tool for the job? Anyway, I just like to learn how things can be accomplished, even if they are done in non-standard ways. Actually I really like that when people take existing tools and use them for things they weren't intended for and get interesting results.

Hey MadGonzo, thanks for the infos. I just wanted to know if it could be done and it seems like it can so I have some experimenting to do.

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