Mark Mosher from Modulate This! has been posting up some fun and educational one off experiments with synth patches which are aimed at “one patch performances.” This means that only one instance of a particular synth is used with a healthy bit of automation to play out a complex song or sequence over time.
Operator seems to be ideal for this type of patch as a result of its sophisticated oscillator routing architecture, allowing you to potentially have 4 different sound generators playing complex patterns on top of one another.
Additionally, you can choose to route oscillators to one another at the expense of unique voice playback. For instance, you might set oscillator D to modulate C, and then output only the audio of C. If you do something similar with B modulating A, then you could create two complex, frequency modulated voices playing back independently. A concrete example might include dedicating one pair of oscillators to a high hat sound and the other pair to a kick drum.
The easiest way to accomplish separate looping patterns for each oscillator in Operator is by utilizing the “Loop” drop down in the lower left corner of each oscillator’s detail screen. There are a number of different ways you can set this up, either looping every x milliseconds or at tempo sync’ed beat intervals. Most people will want to opt for the “Beat” setting which allows the repeats to be measured in predictable intervals.
I could go on and on about this, but I’ve covered this stuff in depth in my Ableton Operator series as well, including an in depth look at creating one patch performances (to borrow Mark’s phrase).
Here’s the video demonstrating Mark’s patch:
Be sure to head over to Mark’s post and leave a comment if you enjoy the video. He’s doing a whole series on these one patch performances; this is information that will be especially useful to readers who are looking for neat ways to make their live performances more dynamic.Ableton Operator Inspiration From Mark Mosher by Nick Maxwell