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PreenFM2 / More PreenFM2 Praise and Feature at the ISSTA Conference
« on: October 29, 2018, 11:02:31 PM »
Just a quick note to let you know that I am performing with the PreenFM2 at the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA). In fact, the PreenFM2 will be my ONLY sound source during the performance. I have designed a Max for Live patch that allows me to degrade, morph, and/or scramble sets of parameters on the synth. This is similar to a device I designed for the Yamaha TX81Z. This process creates an algorithmic approach to the sound design. I wrote more about it here:

And there's an audio teaser for the performance here:

Thanks again, Xavier for creating and maintaining such a special instrument!

PreenFM2 / Temporal Patch Morphing for the PreenFM2
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:49:50 AM »
Hi all,

I'm currently working on a Temporal Patch Morpher for the PreenFM2, similar to my TX81z Patch Degrader (, but better because of greater value ranges within NRPN and the PreenFM2 handles much faster streams of MIDI data (also 6 ops and 12 mod matrix slots! -- so far I'm only using the first four).

It's essentially a Max4Live patch that interpolates parameter values. This happens over time units that can either sync to Ableton Live, or be free running between 15 and 2000ms. Virtually every parameter can be included in the morphing, or left out via a checkbox. I've been getting some really incredible results using this thing, so I'll share some sounds in the near future, and perhaps the patch once it's finished.

Here's a screenshot of the work-in-progress to give you a rough idea of what it does. More soon!



PreenFM2 / Simulating Karplus Strong with PreenFM2
« on: May 01, 2017, 07:45:02 PM »
Hi all,

I'm quite fond of the sound of Karplus Strong synthesis, but don't have any hardware that can "officially" do it. I've gotten some similar plucky vibrations out of the PreenFM2 without actually trying to simulate Karplus Strong. SO, It seems like the PreenFM2 might be pretty good at getting something that resembles Karplus Strong using FM and perhaps even using custom waveforms. I'm gonna take a crack at this when I have a spare couple of hours and share what I come up with. In the meantime does anyone have any thoughts on how to approach this problem?



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