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CW! my very first synth

Introducing CW, my very first synthesizer. She’s actually an FM synth and a mini in the simplest of descriptions. This is going to be one of my year-end goals, to craft at least one decent and workable sound from scratch. Ok, so why a create a sound from a synth? Why not just use the available presets out of the box? There are reasons as to why.

Actually, my 10 year old daughter already has a Yamaha entry level keyboard E-343 bought 4 years ago. My goal was two-fold, for her to appreciate a musical instrument and for me to learn it. She initially learned a few simple melodies and I thought her some basic chords.  I started to seriously study the chords last March 2017. Two years have passed and I haven’t really gotten far enough, at the very least , to even separate my left and right fingers independence. I just think having a 61-key full size keyboard isn’t going to help me fast track my progress.

Ever since I’ve known that Yamaha released a series of mini portables last 2016, I can’t help but think if this is really my only solution. Working 5 days a week, far from home…not enough time to lay my hands on E343…no dedicated time for practice even during weekends…I just felt that If I had one of these, I could always carry it around…play during breaks at work, while riding a bus…yeah….kidding…its really not possible to play it in a bus, given that they’re usually packed with commuters all-day.  

Fast forward 2019, I was lucky to be chosen to be seconded here in Sydney. I got the extra funds to buy myself one of the Refaces. Initially, I thought I’d be needing the CP, the electric piano, but I realized It would be better if I venture more on both piano and keyboard disciplines in one instrument.

The Yamaha Reface DX! And I name her, CW. CW is for cold water. CW is for refreshment. CW is for cold water, major lazer and justin and that Neptunica trap remix by No Copyright Sounds which I randomly discovered while listening to Major Lazer’s “Get Free” single. God! That song was phenomenal. CW is for crashing waves against the sands. Like sound waves vibrating…sine waves, saw waves, square waves, triangle waves… like FM synthesis that kind of stuff.

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CW has 37 HQ mini keys primarily built to create sounds based on FM synthesis. Though, it has 32 preset voices, the power of this machine lies in its programmable interface. Here, I can experiment and craft my creations by adjusting each of the 4 available operators: its level, feedback, frequency and also diving into in-depth adjustment of their Envelope Generators, rating, LFOs, and EG Pitch. Oh my, it even has a bunch of effects to add: chorus, reverb, flanger, phaser, delay and distortion.

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I wish there was an arpeggiator. The looper helps in live jamming but a glaring limitation is that I can’t overdub the recorded loop with a different voice patch. It means that whatever the current voice is active, the loop will change to that and live overdub as well. I hope they release a new software patch so that users could have an option to change that.

It has Octave control and pitch bender, though I think being a synth, there should be a mod wheel.

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Many Thanks for the staff in Turramurra Music in Sydney. Very friendly and professional. Knows their stuff well. I got this for 489aud originally priced at 689aud. Not bad mate!!

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It’s really weird that I…

It’s really weird that I always chance upon seeing the clock at exactly 3:33pm or 3:33am. Sometimes I see 4:44pm…some sort of meaning? Not really sure.

Teenage Engineering’s Pocket Operator-12

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I’ve just discovered an ultra portable drum machine while searching portable synthesizers in YouTube… and I never thought that it would be so small and light, it was designed as minimal as it can be. So minimal it is by default devoid of any casing. It is just a circuit board with buttons and knobs, an old-school LCD screen and the 2 AA batteries are exposed. It comes with a built-in mic and tiny speaker.

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Pocket Operator – 12 “Rhythm” or PO-12 for short is a drum machine with a 16-step sequencer with built-in Analog drum samples. The machine can synthesize the samples with limited parameters and can be a cool gadget that gives you something to get your rhythmic imaginations into actual sound.

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I’m really thinking how it can work together with Reface DX. But then again I might consider focusing first on my keyboard basics.

Haissttt,…..

but I just love the concept of the machine. So tiny yet so powerful!

 

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D A Em7 G/A A7 (2x)

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D-A-Em7-G/A-A7 (2x)
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F#m-G/A-
F#m-G/A-
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C
D-A-Em7-G/A-A7(2x)

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A7sus4-A7

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D-A-Em7-G/A-A7 (2x)
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F#m-G/A-
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D-A-Em7-G/A-A7(2x)

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A7sus4-A7
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A7sus4-A7(2x)
Em7-A7(2x)

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D-A-Em7-G/A-A7(2x)
D-A-Em7-G/A-A7(2x)

 

I’ve Been In Love Before

 

that drum loop…

What is it with that song “Human” by Human League that really gives me the feels.  Whenever I hear that song, it always hits me like a truck on a freeway and sends me into the void where I can only float infinitely.

That drum loop that has consistent breaks paired with sustained synthesizer pads plus melodic electric piano sounds. Oh… and that lyrical essay from start to finish.

An absolute classic!