10 Soundware Mixer Feedback model Y EM-90A K KONTAKT-VONG
Repurposing audio mixers as oscillators and tweaking onboard settings, he induces gradational shifts between timbres such as squealing, serrated noise akin to low pitched sawtooth waves, and many others, ranging from euphonic to discordant, sonorous to shrill. More radical forms of interaction with his sounds involve methods such as tampering with cables and on/off switches.
The timbres generated by the mixer used in Mixer Feedback model Y EM-90A K can be described as “like a vintage analog synthesizer”, according to Taichi Furudate. He also characterizes the feedback as “uncontrollable”. Perhaps the most peculiar in the design behind this particular model is the onboard drum machine (patches based on its loops, along with their corresponding Standard MIDI Files, included). Also present is a spring reverb, which can be excited by beating the large, heavy mixer. Despite its limited usability as a conventional mixing device, apparent with the absence of pan pots (separate switches for the left and right outputs provide the only means of panning), the by-product of its very limitations is its suitability as a no-input mixer, allowing for performance techniques not possible with other models.
The sound design executed in Kontakt 5 transposes mixer feedback to the realm of synthesis. The sampler’s formidable tapestry of DSP tools were savvily exploited to contort the captured audio to synthesizer paradigms (tuned patches based on seamlessly looped tones and drum kit presets) and into noise instruments, yielding patches ranging from stunningly simple to stupendously intricate. As a universal feature within the sound set, MIDI cc#1 was programmed to trigger vivid timbral transformations.
LIST OF PATCHES