Here it is – a stylish box full of potential. My Patchblocks programmable synthesiser has arrived!
It’s a tiny wee thing – here it is dwarfed by my Logitech G9X mouse.
After about an hour charging via the USB it is good to go. The software, downloaded for the website is use to build and audition patches which are then loaded onto the Patchblock as firmware.
The software utilises a modular patch system that of course i’m familiar with. It’s more Max/MSP than Nord Modular though as some minor maths / problem solving is required as inputs need different inputs. For example the basic waveforms are +/- .5 but the pulse width is 0 to 1 and phase is 1 to 128. So in this patch i’ve got two oscillators that are toggled between pulse and triangle. I’m multiplying the potentiometer input value (0 -> 1) by 500 to provide an audible frequency for the oscillators. I’m also using a “Walk” which is like the drunken walk from CDP. It produces random values between boundaries. In this case i’m using it to modulate the pulse-width and provide “drift” to the triangle oscillator.
In the following example i’ve recorded a live improvisation with the aforementioned patch running through MasterFX on the iPad. It’s a cool app for the Patchblocks as it processes the left and right outputs from individually, mixing them back into to a stereo signal. This was then recorded to Logic and output for Soundcloud.
If you want the patch send me a message with your email.