Richard DeHove

So I love the Erica Synths DB-01 so much I bought another one! But then I thought I'd better separate them a bit so got two cheap Joyo EQ units. What you hear in this jam is just the two DB-01s going through the EQ units and the delays. Left unit gets an EQ and the DuoTime; the right unit gets an EQ and the Rubberneck. There are no other instruments, no other processing, no limiting or compression, not even any volume changes applied in the DAW. Apart from cutting out some boring bits and errors what you see it what it is.

The left unit is on a very simple 16-step pattern with a synced LFO and put in drone mode. The right unit has an unsynced LFO and a 64-step pattern. From time to time I play the units manually in keyboard mode (which overrides the pattern), and a couple of times the right unit as an arpeggio.

Certainly it would be better with further processing and drums but I thought it more useful to leave it exactly as played where you can directly see the effect of all the knob movements. Sometimes a very slight movement can have a big effect. The sub-oscillator is especially quirky.

Drone mode on the DB-01 is simple and obvious yet can add a lot of power and variation to even the most simple patterns. Here drone mode is combined with a saved scale and a synced LFO. You could easily adlib an entire song!

Effects used here are only what you see: a Carbon Copy Deluxe and an MXR Phase 45. The DB-01 is otherwise alone and unprocessed: no EQ, compression, limiting, volume change etc. And of course, just a single track.

You might also be interested in my three-part tutorial series on the DB-01:
Part 1 Essentials: https://www.bitchute.com/video/1SksCnyw5dxi/
Part 2 Advanced: https://www.bitchute.com/video/hRulSpqxRDQC/
Part 3 MIDI and CV: https://www.bitchute.com/video/mf9FuCD4lSTe/

My site: https://richarddehove.com/
Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

A complete walkthrough of all 100 patches. Every patch includes a variation via the modwheel. Everything was played live in one take - no overdubs, MIDI or automation. See the little keyboard and modhweel bar which shows exactly what I'm doing. Of course there are absolutely no external effects or processing of any kind. (The little clicks you hear at the end of some sounds is me changing the patch before the last sound has completely finished).

This set homes in on some of the unique strengths of ArcSyn: the incredible 16-step LFO lane, self-generating randomizations, ambient evolving textures, moody keys and leads, and syncronizing multiple LFOs to create deep BPM-locked layers. You'll find sweetness here, weird modulating pads and textures, deeply ambient minimalist bleeps, heavy drums, and penetrating BPM bass.

Even after five years ArcSyn is still my favorite softsynth to program and play. I'm sure you'll see that come through with this soundset.

Sound categories:
0:00 Solo sounds
2:27 BPM synced
10:09 Textures
19:44 Arps
20:41 Bass (many more in the Sync category)
22:20 Keys
30:00 Lead
34:00 Pads
38:31 SFX

To purchase please visit my site:
https://richarddehove.com/soundware/altair-4-soundset-for-arcsyn/
Homepage: https://richarddehove.com/
Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon, including this soundset: https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove
And for people who read to the end: use the coupon code fiveyears for a $5 discount :)

Is there anything more tedious and boring in the studio than updating firmware? In the interest of making it less painful, here's a complete walkthrough. Note that the cable from the player's headphones out to the DB-01 happens to be a regular Eurorack patch cable (ie mono), so going stereo out with a mono cable obviously had no adverse effect. Also, the angle of the video may be a little deceptive - make sure you're going to the CLOCK IN port on the DB-01.

(As of this upload date the current software version is still 1.05. I am testing a new version that hopefully eliminates an intermittent freeze bug I was experiencing. There may well be other changes in the firmware but I haven't been told of any.)

0:00​ Check the current firmware version
0:23​ FM to 9pm position
0:32​ Switch on while holding Select and Back
0:58​ Reduce media player volume to avoid distortion
1:30​ Plug in the CLOCK IN cable before switching on!
1:45​ Press play on your mediaplayer
3:13​ Horrible squeal finally ends
3:29​ Check the new version number

My site: https://richarddehove.com/​
Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

The Hydra tremolo and reverb combo pedal tested on a Rev2 synth. Not an exhaustive tutorial but more a taster of the three modulation modes and three reverbs. I bought this pedal myself at full price, so not a paid review or an affiliate. The Rev2 was set to about half volume, straight into the soundcard and then into Reaper. There was absolutely no post-processing of the sound in anyway - no compression, no eq.

My site: https://richarddehove.com/
Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

The DB-01, good as it is, doesn't have sustain. But there are ways to achieve long sustained notes, as well as mixtures of long and short envelopes in a single pattern.

You might also be interested in my three-part tutorial series on the DB-01:
Part 1: https://www.bitchute.com/video/1SksCnyw5dxi/
Part 2: https://www.bitchute.com/video/hRulSpqxRDQC/
Part 3: https://www.bitchute.com/video/mf9FuCD4lSTe/

My site: https://richarddehove.com/
Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

A new pedal by a pretty new company. I bought this because it was super-cheap, but also because it was true stereo with knob-per-function. Turns out it was pretty good. Well, except for the "Mod" style which added a weird high frequency noise.

0:00 Intro and knob functions
1:18 Room
1:55 Saving a preset
2:36 Hall
4:17 Church
6:58 Cave
9:00 Plate
10:35 Spring
12:16 Mod

This isn't a full run through of every knob combination, just a feel for what it sounds like with some typical synth sounds. The levels vary a bit but that's what happens with different sounds, especially with a Moog filter! I tried to balance things as best I could but didn't use anny processing of any sort on the sound (no EQ, no limiter, no compressor etc). Finally, I have no affiliation with Flamma or any other company and I paid full price for the pedal (US$78 including delivery!)

My site: https://richarddehove.com/
Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

Gloomy, anguished track featuring the 01/IV doing drums and the repeating bass squelch, me bashing metal together (then later pitched down), sampled unhappy crowd noises, and the Sub37 doing all the rest. Wasn't sure about the genre. 'Dark Ambient' was what I settled on although perhaps it has too much thump and clunk for anything claiming to be ambient? Maybe Electro-Industrial, Electronica, Dark Wave or even synth wave? All genre advice appreciated.

The track was written at DubDub studios and mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering.

If the metal clunk sounds appeal then you can download 16 free samples, most of which were used in this track:
https://richarddehove.com/download-one-shot-metal-clunks/
A full pack of 60 samples is available at the same link for $4.

If you like this track you might consider downloading it from one of the usual music providers, Spotify, Apple, Amazon and Deezer being some of many:

Fear Has Brought You Here:
https://music.apple.com/us/album/fear-has-brought-you-here-single/1527684331
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FXK73K7
https://open.spotify.com/album/7hjlQigLb9BhhcJ7IASw4j
https://www.deezer.com/en/album/167075962

My site: https://richarddehove.com/
Finally, if you read this far you might even visit my Patreon page where supporters can download all my music as well as all the original raw metal hits I made for "Fear" by bashing on an empty skip:
https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

The quote at the start says: "We've worked so hard; we've come so far." The reply is: "Just keep the faith and courage you've always shown". Music is primarily made from the Sub37 along with patches from my Omnisphere Human Voices Redux library and the Insolidus choir library. You can doanload the song at all the usual online music stores - a few choices below. Patreon subscribers of course can download the 320K MP3 direct. Video uses footage from the 1936 movie "The Shape of Things to Come" based on the HG Wells book.

Just Keep the Faith:
https://music.apple.com/us/album/just-keep-the-faith-single/1527688608
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FX11NX9
https://open.spotify.com/album/2bss9m45CRwNY7Wb99LieR
https://www.deezer.com/en/album/167075702

Omnisphere Human Voices Redux patch set:
https://richarddehove.com/soundware/human-voices-redux-for-omnisphere/

My website: https://richarddehove.com/
Finally, if you read this far you might even consider visiting my Patreon page:
https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

The DB-01 makes an interesting and unusual drum machine, keeping sync beautifully while being manually played. It also uses features which tend not to get as much love in the usual bass-duties mode, such as the triangle wave, drone mode and FM.

0:00 Creating a simple starter pattern
0:25 Adding pitch envelope
0:42 Copying and adding steps
1:38 Adding accents
1:46 Modifying the pitch envelope
2:22 Changing octaves
2:57 Filter modulation
3:29 VCA on drone mode & tweaking
4:17 LFO on the filter
4:40 Square wave nmode
5:08 Adding noise
5:27 LFO for basic beat
6:24 Step Roll mode
6:58 Fun noodlings
9:00 Changing the Arp pattern style
9:20 Arp in latch mode

You can down a free pack of 16 one-shot hits from the DB-01 here:
https://richarddehove.com/download-one-shot-hits-for-erica-synths-db-01/
If you like them, then there's the full pack of 78 one-shots for just $4 available on the same link.

You might also be interested in my three-part tutorial series on the DB-01:
Part 1 Essentials: https://www.bitchute.com/video/1SksCnyw5dxi/
Part 2 Advanced: https://www.bitchute.com/video/hRulSpqxRDQC/
Part 3 MIDI and CV: https://www.bitchute.com/video/mf9FuCD4lSTe/

And if you've got this far perhaps a visit here too:
https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove
On Patreon you'll also find some DB-01 loops in wav format

Part 3 of a tutorial series for the Erica Synths DB-01 Bassline synth. The tutorial covers such things as MIDI control, CV in, CV clock and pattern chaining. A short jam toward the end shows a small sample of the range of sounds when paired with a Moog DFAM.

0:00 Playing from an external keyboard
1:08 Keyboard mode
1:35 Setting the MIDI input channel
2:20 Portamento
2:45 External control of the arpeggiator
3:08 External control of step roll mode
4:03 Chaining patterns
5:05 Sync to external clock
5:46 CV inputs
6:10 Pitch CV in
7:05 Fixing knob lag
8:00 A Throbbing Gristle moment
9:50 DFAM pitch input
15:02 Filter CV input and jam

https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

Part 2 of a tutorial series for the Erica Synths DB-01 Bassline synth. The tutorial covers the more advanced functions such as step roll and randomization.
0:00 Step gate length
1:24 Accents
2:59 Slides
3:52 Pitch envelope
5:21 Filter modulation
9:26 Transpose
10:30 Scales
11:43 Arpeggiator
16:00 Arpeggiator patterns
17:58 Arpeggiator step roll
22:03 Randomization
23:12 Randomization parameters
24:03 A classic mistake!
25:25 Randomization customization
32:30 Saving randomization settings

https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

Part 1 of a tutorial series for the Erica Synths DB-01 Bassline synth. The tutorial covers basic operations in the order in which you may need them. In this video:
0:00 Intro and setting the BPM
0:40 Enter notes
0:48 Play, Pause, Resume, Stop
1:00 Change the note / octave
1:35 Basic controls
2:32 Swing amount
3:08 Quick save
4:27 The configuration menu
5:10 Set the clock
5:31 Set the MIDI in channel
5:43 Set the MIDI out channel
5:51 Send MIDI clock
5:57 Bar follow mode
6:25 Set the output volume
7:00 Tuning, Backup, Calibrate, Reset
7:17 Check the firmware version
7:35 Set the sequence length / bars and steps
9:17 Bar follow in action
10:20 Copy and paste multiple steps
12:47 Copy and paste single steps
13:59 The LFO: shape, sync, reset
18:05 FM level and the LFO
19:10 - Demo jam using FM and the LFO -
24:11 Saving, copying and deleting patterns
27:00 Banks
28:50 Copying patterns from bank to bank

https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

This track uses vocal samples. In case you have trouble making out the words, here they are (all taken from members' diaries from the 1912 expedition):

"Captain Scott is now laying in this tent with a frozen foot. I'm afraid he'll never walk again. If the wind drops, Birdy and I are going to try to reach the next depot and return.

"We have come together 1,800 miles and are now only eleven miles from stores in plenty.

"God knows I'm sorry to be the cause of such sorrow to anyone in the world, but everyone must die.

"Among ourselves we are unendingly cheerful, but what each man feels in his heart I can only guess.

"I'm just going outside. I may be away some time.

"Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would stirred the heart of every Englishman.

"Seems a pity, but I don't think I can write more. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.

"All is for the best to those who love God.
"All is well, all is well."

The track was written using Akai sampled cello and bass; the classic Symphony of Voices set and several ensembles from Reaktor by Native Instruments.

This is the original mix from my first album. On the CD the vocal track was omitted and the track titled "Worlds Beyond Number", but here is the original full version as it was intended. All is explained on my Patreon page (as well as a 320K MP3 download). This track is not available anywhere else commercially.
https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

A dark ambient / space music track. The track features mainly in-the-box production with the Pro-One, Pro-5 and ArcSyn VSTi synths. Sampled words include (in order): "Your planet is about to be attacked. Some of their secret agents have infiltrated your most restricted areas; your governments, your scientific laboratories. You and the others have no choice but to submit. Your mind is becoming quite blank. You feel that don't you?"
Track was written by Richard Dehove at DubDub studios and mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering
If you like this track please consider downloading it from one of the usual music providers, Spotify, Apple and Deezer being some of many:
https://open.spotify.com/album/6Rhx91s53J2DCalxCIqR6u
https://music.apple.com/us/album/infiltration-single/1527687742
https://www.deezer.com/en/album/167075892

Finally, if you read this far you might even consider visiting my lonely Patreon page!
https://www.patreon.com/richarddehove

The first exo-planet was confirmed in 1995. As of November 2019 there were 4,044 confirmed exo-planets and another 4,026 candidates in 3,003 solar systems. NASA estimates that there are at least 1000-billion planets in our galaxy and that small rocky worlds are extremely common. This song is dedicated to the planet-hunters.
Track 2 from the CD "The Way to the Stars"
CD and MP3:
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On Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2Zq6Ac...

Apple Music and iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the...

Amazon:
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Discogs:
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A song which contemplates what thoughts or realities might happen for those in long-duration suspended animation in space.
Track 5 from the CD "The Way to the Stars"
CD and MP3:
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/richarddeh...

On Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2Zq6Ac...

Apple Music and iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the...

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Richard-DeHove...

Discogs:
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This song uses spoken samples from the visionary Elon Musk. Video footage is mainly SpaceX footage and animations, plus some NASA footage and visualizations. The shot of the sci-fi rocket landing at sea is from the 1959 Soviet movie 'The Sky Calls' about cooperation in space and a mission to Mars.
Track 6 from the CD "The Way to the Stars"
CD and MP3:
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/richarddeh...

On Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2Zq6Ac...

Apple Music and iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the...

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Richard-DeHove...

Discogs:
https://www.discogs.com/Richard-deHov...

Tribute and ode for the great Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
Track 3 from the CD "The Way to the Stars"
CD and MP3:
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/richarddeh...

On Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2Zq6Ac...

Apple Music and iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the...

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Richard-DeHove...

Discogs:
https://www.discogs.com/Richard-deHov...

Proxima B is the closest known exo-planet. It's 4.2 light years away orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. The Breakthrough Starshot project is considering sending a flyby probe to the system on a journey that would take about 30 years.
Track 9 from the CD "The Way to the Stars"
CD and MP3:
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/richarddehove2

On Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2Zq6AcvK7Pa0eOcpfYdD2M

Apple Music and iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-to-the-stars/id1294566835

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Richard-DeHove/e/B001LIAWRQ

Discogs:
https://www.discogs.com/Richard-deHove-The-Way-To-The-Stars/release/11043316

Deezer:
http://www.deezer.com/us/album/49706702

A song about alien abduction with some vocal samples taken from the 1954 public domain sci-fi movie Killers From Space.

Track 7 from the CD album "The Way to the Stars"
CD and MP3:
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/richarddeh...

On Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2Zq6Ac...

Apple Music and iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the...

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Richard-DeHove...

Discogs:
https://www.discogs.com/Richard-deHov...

Song includes samples from the flight director's loop in the first few hours of the Apollo 13 crisis. Video and audio is all from the Apollo 13 mission. ps: 'Failure is Not an Option' by Gene Kranz is a fantastic read and a real insight into the incredible early years of NASA.

Track 4 from the CD "The Way to the Stars"
CD and MP3:
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/richarddeh...

On Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2Zq6Ac...

Apple Music and iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the...

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Richard-DeHove...

Discogs:
https://www.discogs.com/Richard-deHov...

My personal favorite from the the CD. Listen out for the funeral oration about halfway through.
Track 8 from the CD "The Way to the Stars"
CD and MP3:
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/richarddeh...

On Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2Zq6Ac...

Apple Music and iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the...

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Richard-DeHove...

Discogs:
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