How to setup some basic patches from scratch. The examples are designed for the Microwave II/XT, but should also work (with some minor changes) on the Microwave I.
This is a short excerpt from the book by Uwe G. Hoenig - “Microwave in der Praxis”
First, all parameters are reset to reasonable start values with “Init Sound V1.1”.
The Oscillators Octave is switched to -1, because we want to play bass, don't we?
Startwave should be sawtooth on both waves. A detune -7 / +7 gives a nice beat.
The filter cutoff frequency is first set to zero, and then will be controlled by the Envelope Amount at full range.
A decay of approximately 65 and sustain equal 0 produces the desired sweep.
To make the sound a bit more interesting, the following values are entered:
And finally, here comes the most important parameter:
That's it, we programmed our first patch! Although it sounds a bit dump, it is perfectly suited as a basis for some more sophisticated ones.
(Based on the Sweep-Bass patch above)
Two sawtooth waves slightly cross tuned, filtered and amplified with a smooth envelope – simple, boring and effective.
(to be continued)