[sharing] early serge modular envelope generator emulation


    May 11 2015 | 4:34 pm
    I keep working on a timing and event generation system inspired by serge modular music system and analog modular synthesis in general.
    Here is an emulation of the early serge modular envelope generator. You can see it on the far right of Doug Lynner's mystery serge http://www.serge.synth.net/gallery/dl/pic/mystery_3_l.jpg
    You can watch this video, he explains how it works on this same panel. creating polyrhythms with two of these envelope generators. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psLT_xTa5I0
    and some explanations by Ken Stone
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    It features 6 main inputs. It's a ramp/triangle envelope generator. The first input is the start, or trigger input. The second one is the rise length of the triangle. The third is the falling length of the triangle. The fourth is controlling the length of the triangle. The fifth is an hold function, while a pulse is fed to it, it freezes the envelope to it's current state. (it works only while the window pulse is on, see the sixth parameter) The sixth generate a pulse delay in correlation to the length of the envelope. a seventh parameter was added to cycle the envelope generator, to turn it into an LFO.
    I decided to split the rise and falling parts of the envelope to be able to later process them independently (exponential/logarithmic shapes)
    It never re-triggers while the envelope is on, generating nice rhythm events/pulse divisions, related to the start trigger. you can use more than one to generate polyrhythms.
    The interface on the patch is shitty, the same goes for the parameter ranges. If anyone wants to try on making a nice interface, he is more than welcome.
    Here is the patch. I hope you'll enjoy it ! Don't hesitate to leave a message.

    • Dec 14 2017 | 1:04 pm
      Thanks for sharing, Bertrand! Excellent!
    • Jan 12 2019 | 12:54 am
      Hi. This is what I've been looking for.
      I'm not very good at gen~ and I'm trying to get it to retrigger. How would I go abouts doing that?
      thx
    • Jan 14 2019 | 8:01 pm
      Hi, you can find some discussion of that here: https://www.yofiel.com/software/cycling-74-patches/adsr-envelope
      The gen library contains the patch and is $15. If you dont want to buy it, the design is fully illustrated.
    • Jan 16 2019 | 7:02 pm
      you are lucky, I've been interested in re-creating it again, so here is the new version. it's badly documented, if you can't use it, I'll make it more user-friendly. there's one more input, so you can use it as an actual slope generator, or you can trigger it like an envelope with the second input. there's a re-trigger mode, as you wanted, it's on by default, but you can change it. the positive and negative slew values are inverted, the smaller, the longer. It's on exponential mode, it can easily be linear if needed, but it sounds better as it is when used as an envelope generator. enjoy !
    • Jan 16 2019 | 10:11 pm
      Nice. Gig coming up next week :)
      Looking forward to take this baby for a spin.
      thx
    • Jan 17 2019 | 6:05 pm
      Loving this.
      good job
    • Jan 18 2019 | 12:17 pm
      good to know you like it ! and If you find some crazy use and abuse of it, don't hesitate to share.
    • Jan 28 2019 | 12:54 am
      I’ve attached a youtube clip of a impro jam in my livingroom, where I’m using the patch to send CV to Moddemix via Expert Sleepers ES-8. Somewhere in the beginning, where you can see me fiddeling with the Launch Control, I’m using the patch in cycle mode. I like the Maths module in this mode :)
      Anyway, probably not the craziest way of using or abusing the patch, but still :)

      Vetrarjazz prep video

    • Aug 03 2020 | 6:16 pm
      Bertrand, did you ever make an annotated version of your patch? I'm not familiar with [codebox] so some simple explanations of what the code is doing would be handy to learn from!