A Sweet Bass Synth Patch For Axoloti

Man, we just can't get enough Bass Synth action around here. We love nyash - whether it's a big thick D'Angelo tone or a Rice Krispie Treat 303 we never have enough low-end. When we got the Axoloti last fall we started mucking around with our perfect bass synth - this was more-or-less why we picked up the chip in the first place.

This is pretty much where we've landed. Not gonna lie, it's a dumb-ass synth. A stack of oscillators feeds a Low Pass Filter, and then the LPF feeds some "stomps." Stomps are Axoloti nomenclature for "fx modules." They are my most reached-for objects. This synth sounds good when it plays basslines. If you play a bassline lemme hear it!

Be careful with this synth - it's starting out in a relatively tame place. There's several volume knobs. If things aren't working out for you as you turn knobs add in some scopes - one after the filter bank, one out of the VCA handling the envelope, one after the FX, one after the output.

So, Axo fans, who here makes modules? Want to discuss making a LPF, or showing me how?

As per the usual hit the button for a DL. If you caught Sleepery at Knobcon you've already played with this little firecracker.


Traktor v2.11 Sequencer Lemur Control Interface

Native Instrument's Traktor got an update last night, and alongside Ableton Link support (woo!) they've given us four four-track sequencers (woo-hoo!) They're capable sequencers, with per-deck swing and per-deck per-track sequence length - polyrhythmic remixes of We Found Love are yours to achieve with minimal headache.

The rub is that they didn't give us anything in the software interface that'll let us turn on and program these Linked-in sequence machines. If you own one of their big fancy stems controllers or an F1 they've provided mappings. For the rest of us they leave it to you to get down and dirty.

So we did! We made a Lemur template and a TSI that let you control Step Sequencers on Remix Decks on both Deck C and Deck D.

Download link BELOW THE INSTRUCTIONS - Please read these, it's a hairy feature.

Installation -

Open the .jzml in the Lemur for iPad app. Do this via the computer-based editor. It's easy, just open the file in the editor, open the app on your iPad, and then hit the "play" button in the editor software on the PC. You should see your iPad's name - click "connect" to sync your file.

If you don't see your iPad's name follow common networking troubleshooting steps.

Once you've got the file installed point Midi 1 at Daemon 1, both input and output.

In Traktor, import the TSI file in the zip. Select Lemur Daemon 1 for both input and output.

If you haven't already make at least either Deck C or Deck D into a Remix Deck - both at the same time works great, too!

Here's how the template works - 

C sequencers are on the top, D sequencers are on the bottom.  

Hit "play" on a deck, let's say Deck D. 

Hitting "Sequencer Off" will turn the Sequencer "On" - the text is a monitor of current status. Below the text a bar will start running - this is approximate sequencer position.

Load a sample into the top of each "Remix Slot" in the upper-left cell of Deck D. Do a kick drum. 

The sequencers work Maschine-style - lower left hand is step 1, upper right hand is step 16. Tap cells 1, 5, 9 and 13 in the lower left-hand grid matrix. You should hear something! Now jiggle the fader underneath it all the way up, all the way down, and all the way up again. This fader sets pattern length.

All the matrices work the same. If something seems funky, clear the pattern by tapping your activated steps. Sometimes I find I need to slide the pattern length on boot. best of luck, if there's any questions use the form on this page to reach out.


Axoloti DJ MultiFX And Lemur Controller

We love the axoloti - it's a modular synth and effects unit, and the designer ships them for under $100USD. They sound great, they're easy to work with, and we want to use them more often.

So why not make a multi-fx with a Lemur controller?

If you'd like a copy of this file and a Lemur template reach out to ted@savag.es and we'll send it over. We'd offer this file for download, but then we wouldn't have a chance to get to know you! We want to have more axoloti homies.

Drop us a note in the notes form on the bottom/side of this page, we'll get you the most recent version.

MODEL 1 EQ Ableton Rack

We made an EQ rack that work's like the one Richie Hawtin put in the forthcoming Model 1 mixer. It's a fun little sound isolator, which we've tuned to work well on a master channel or drum bus. We've also packed a master channel we find ourselves using all the time lately. Enjoy it!

A quick note - there's a Utility in there with our "stereo to mono" setting. You'll want to adjust this to suit your needs. Additionally, the HPF (bass kill knob) and LPF (treble kill knob) actually turn off the filter at the respective top and bottom of the frequency sweeps. This is happening so that you can also use the knobs as a kill switch - bring the low "all the way up" and high "all the way down," and you'll find the filters deactivated.