VCA.MUS.3

Lesson Summary 

Construct a similar setting  to VCA.MUS.1 and evaluate the scientific principles behind that specific timbre.

Vocabulary 

None.

Exercise 

Recreate a Beatles Moog setting with the Werkstatt.

Materials 

1 x 10kΩ Potentiometer

Jumper Cables

Hardware 

First we need to match our Werkstatt settings to Figure 1. 

 

 Figure 1. Beatles - Maxwell's Silver Hammer settings

 

 

Then we need to add a control potentiometer for our VCA modulation.  By connecting the LFO OUT to our 10kΩ potentiometer we have a level of control over how much modulation voltage is sent to our VCA.  

 

  Figure 2. LFO through 10kΩ potentiometer.

 

Listen to the verse from Beatles song Maxwell's Silver Hammer.  Now listen to the isolated version, this provides us with the studio tracks from the original recording so we can hear the synthesizer settings clearer. This is an example of an early use of Moog synthesizers in popular music.  By matching Figure 1 and fine tuning the potentiometer in Figure 2 we should be able to get close to this historic Moog sound.  What is going on in this Werkstatt setting? What are the dominate features of the produced timbre?

Audio 
Practice 

Find a song that uses electronic musical synthesis and do your best to emulate a sound from that song.  Explain what processes you used in the Werkstatt, and how the sound was manipulated focusing on manipulating the VCA. 

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