Formants have this strangely pleasing effect that is somewhat intangible. We know it is not a voice, but the hint of vocal sounds pique our interest. There are many ways to go about this, you might decide to use a wavetable oscillator loaded up with some vowel waveforms. Or maybe you want to run your drum mix through a vocoder to add some formant timbres. Wavefolding, modulated at audio rates, can yield interesting vocal results. Multi-peak filters, like fixed filter banks or many other options out there can also supply you with some rich vocal-like sounds. One of the most tried and true methods is an audio rate modulated resonant filter. Here is a patch example for how to achieve this effect
This month we challenge you all to explore various vocal synthesis techniques. Create a patch exploiting at least one formant or vocal synthesis technique. You are, however, free to use as many techniques as you like. You are free to write an entire song or simply create a single sound. Your submission can be structured or unstructured. You can you any equipment as long as you also use a modular synth in your submission.
HOW TO PLAY
THIS PATCHABLE RUNS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER – DEADLINE DECEMBER 31ST
- Create an original piece of music. It does not have to be a complete track. Ideas are welcome.
- Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0021 in the track title and the number of the patchable you chose. A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0021
- Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, December 31st.
- Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.
PLAY YOUR PATCH LIVE
Saturday, Dec 30th is the next Patchable Performers live show. If you would like to play that show please do not post your patchable until after the event. Instead contact @saddleuptherobots or @vcloki on Discord to apply for a time slot.