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Now with More VL (was: Alex “Synth Breath” Enkerli)

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2 months 3 weeks ago #4 by Enkerli
Trained as a sax player since the mid-1980s, I’ve been a wind controller player for some time (both my first WX11 in 1996), but it’s only fairly recently that I found ways to make wind controllers really work for me. At this point, breath control is a core part of my musicking. Enough so that I eventually decided to create "SynthBreath" accounts here and there.
I’ve also been an enthusiastic adopter of MPE. Apart from wind controllers, MPE devices have really grown on me. (I’ve been using Lightpad Blocks but I recently got a Sensel Morph and I also have an Eigenharp Pico.)
To me, there’s an obvious complementarity between breath and MPE. However, to this day, I haven’t found a synth which really integrates the two approaches to expression. There are some neat synths which are specifically meant for wind controllers (VL70m being the classic but I really like Chet Singer’s Silverwood Tenor Sax ensemble for Reaktor.) Few of them are properly polyphonic and none of them supports anything close to MPE.
On the other hand, there aren’t that many cool synths which support MPE, and those that do don’t make it very easy to use breath efficiently.

Apart from musicking, my professional identity revolves around ethnography and techno pedagogy. My dayjob is in Public Engagement, which is both quite distinct from User Research and quite compatible with it.
Speaking of beta testing, I’ve participated in some tests and have frequently been asked to provide feedback on a variety of creations. In the case of Respiro, I’d be quite interested in going through some type of testing process or even something more experimental.

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2 months 3 weeks ago - 2 months 3 weeks ago #7 by imoxplus
Hey Alex....wow nice introduction... Welcome to our forum..... Let's work together to grow-up our new baby Respiro...
Last edit: 2 months 3 weeks ago by imoxplus.

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1 month 1 day ago #170 by Enkerli
Just bought a VL70-m (and WX5, though that one is already having issues). Patchsurfed a bit and some of those sounds are quite satisfying. Several similarities with Respiro in terms of the Physical Modelling (though it also sounds very different in the type of control which is applied to what parameters).
Like Respiro, I find that the most interesting sounds tend to be those which are neither emulative of acoustic instruments nor too synthy. In fact, running Respiro and the VL70-m together sounds pretty good to my ears.

I’ll probably focus on just a few sounds and get just a bit deeper into the sound design. I just started trying the VL-wiz editor and it really sounds like it could be a joy to use. However, my Mac (running macOS Mojave) complains that the app will require an update (to 64bit). Wonder when that will happen.

I’ll probably chime in about Respiro-related use after getting more play with the VL.

It took me a while but I’m glad I found out about @adminIMOXPLUS (through the wind controllers group on Facebook).
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1 month 1 day ago #171 by imoxplus
Yes, combining (layering) the Respiro and VL sounds is a great way to achieve even more expression..
A new release of Respiro is in the making.... we aim to get it ready around end of next week....considerable amount of the requested improvements are included... also this will finish the introductory price...

My hope is to find time in Q4 2019 to start working on an update of the VL-Wizard......
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1 month 17 hours ago #172 by puremusic
Great to hear that about VL-Wiz Rudy. I'll be looking forwards to seeing what next you do with it!

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