The ALGODRONE is probably the module that got me really thinking about getting an AE Modular. However, most demos I found are pretty much the ALGODRONE alone, how well does it play with other toys and tunes?
From the thread on tracking I gather that when using it as a dirty wave-table-style oscillator you can use the frequency to tune it within maybe one octave. What if you use slower or for longer algorithms to generate melodies? I would guess they are widely out of tune, is it a problem? Are there some clever patching possibilities with QUANTIZER?
Post by Maximillius001 on Jul 1, 2021 22:29:25 GMT
Hellooo! Hope you're doing well.
Well, the Algodrone. That's the module that really sold me on AE too, but it's pretty different to what I expected.
It's one of those things that you really need to play with to understand properly. If you'd like, I could try and do a demo video for it to try and explain it and how I like to use it?
I love the Algodrone inside a patch as a pulsing backdrop with a bit of movement. Notes sometimes shift around as part of the preset, but I never really use the CV in - I just tune it up to the note I want and leave it be, getting the variation from the parameters.
Other modules it works great with - spring reverb is top of the list for me! That can make really otherworldly sounds, mad stuff.
I have no idea what's going on with the Algodrone but I love it too. A few things I do. Putting it through a slow envelope with a quarter attack and quarter delay. Using an LFO into Size. Modulating the Gate with an oscillator. Normally I don't use cv input either but I've just discovered hooking up the BIot module into Cv has cool results.
I don't have my Algodrone yet but in the meantime I use the grains module with a customized bytebeats firmware and it is part of almost any patch I built either as drone/scrape source by feeding it into the multifx set to deepspace or by using it to generate a fluctuating clock pulse by feeding it into the midi beat divider. Anything bytebeats is an absolute indispensable module in my AE rack.
I most often use the Algodrone as a combination of audio and CV generator. I usually turn the frequency really low and then use the output to modulate parameters on other voices (e.g. VCO pulse width, filter cutoff, etc.). Of course you can send the CV through a 2CVTOOL and quantizer as well to keep the note values in check. The cool thing about the Algodrone is that it can be both chaotic, but also noticeably repetitive. So I think it's often more musically useful than a totally random module, like S&H with a noise input.
At the same time I also use the output signal as ambiance/background audio in the patch. It sounds great through filters (very pingy sometimes), the LOWPAG and the lofi delay for example. It's adds a little bit of sonic salt ... or dirt ... to the soup
I have never had an issue with playing a VCO with ALG. I use ALG for basses and usually layer it with another osc. ALG is great because you never know what sound you'll make. Every tweak is different. Don't know if I was in the tuning thread but the tuning really isn't that bad. If you stick within a 2 octave range for example, it's not an issue. The tuning over a larger range, yes it may be. Each VCO is different. Some hardly drift.