Basic Synth 1 Fall 2015



Thanks to everyone who attended. See you next time.

Dr. StrangeKnob & Pailo LP

Portland Pailo Strange

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Modulation and LFO Clinic


We have had two great back to back clinics @ Control Voltage. People are getting involved with the modular and having a great time. Remember that these classes are free, and 1 hour long. They cover basic synth concepts and there are attached notes on the Downloads Page of the information.

See you soon.

Filter and FM Clinic


Thank you Portland for the amazing response to my modular clinics. Next one is two weeks away on VCA, AM, and Envelope Generator. Don’t miss out.

Oscillator Clinic


Thanks for stopping by this saturday. Two weeks from now will be Filter and FM. The download section had the Synth Basic 1 PDF.

Synth Basic 1

Another basics of synthesizers is FREE @ this Saturday at 1pm. It is an intro class, it’s free, and you get to learn on the eurorack modular system. It’s a good time to come out, and meet some people who love the modular, and learn about some modules. There is a free download in the Downloads section called Basic Synth 1. Go and download it now!!!

See you Saturday.

Sonic Potions DIY

So here are some shots of the Sonic Potions build. A few tips would be,

1. Start in a well lit area with plenty of table space.
2. Have a solder sucker, wire braid available in case.
3. Take your time and follow all instructions.
4. Have needle nose pliers, and sharp snips.
5. DO NOT USE the only 200ohm Resistor. Change it to 10k.
6. Choose any an ultra Brite LED color instead.
7. The LED mod allows the GATE OUTPUT JACK to truly send 5volts.
8. Enjoy the build pictures posted below....











This is a big year for music and creation. We have a few records coming out this year that are fun and a brand new take on some pop hooks. Check out the Records page for more info on the new songs. We are adding some new artists to the crew too so remember the Artist page has images of the musicians we support. Contact Joseph if you have anything you need as far as Ableton files, samples for the Octatrack, A4 syses files, and anything regarding modular synthesizers. More links can also be found on out Websites page.

Nice to see you back and hope 2015 is a blast.

NAMM 2015

It was great seeing all of my old friends and meeting some awesome new people this year. So many new synths and pieces of great gear to look at. It was a long road to Anaheim but after all of the flying around and setting up, it was worth it. Here are some of my shots as seen on the Instagram feed.







Basic Synthesis 7



Topic: Full Voices

Control Voltage
3742 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland OR 97227
1-2pm Free

Summing Mixer

Worked on putting together the analog summing mixer last night. Took me a bit to get used to it but the idea of modular mixing just seems so fitting. Radial Workhorse is pretty flexible and has a great build. The modules they make are amazing too. Got the PreMax and the PreComp to start with and had amazing sounds on the first day. Its a noticeable sonic difference running all of the channels to my monitors direct. There is DSUB out on the box too which is going to be interesting patching to converters.

Basic Synthesis 6


Topic: Controllers

Control Voltage
3742 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland OR 97227
1-2pm Free

Just want to say thanks for all the support Portland. Teaching
Synth Basics at Control Voltage has been a blast, and I hope this continues for a long time.


Basic Synthesis 5


Topic: WaveFolding

Control Voltage
3742 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland OR 97227
1-2pm Free



Great seeing old friends and new one’s at Chicago’s premier synth event KnobCon!!! Everyone was showing off amazing gear. The eurorack crowd is an amazing group of people and here are some of the shots me and a few other people took. Raul Pena from Raul’s world of Synths took the shot above with me and I/O Music Technology’s owner Guy Taylor. Below are some of my shots.









Basic Synthesis 4


Topic: Sequencers

Control Voltage
3742 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland OR 97227
1-2pm Free


Basic Synthesis 3


Topic: Filter and Modulation

Control Voltage
3742 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland OR 97227
1-2pm Free

Thank You Portland x2

Thanks to everyone who came out to learn about Digital Oscillators, and folding Wavetables. I had a blast teaching, again. The next two clinics are being planned right now and the dates will be announced soon. Check here or at for more information.


Basic Synthesis 2


Control Voltage
3742 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland OR 97227
1-2pm Free

Rytm Update

They updated the OS. Better go update your machine!

Thank You Portland!

It was a great turnout and we learned a ton about modular synths. See you at the next one!!!


Basic Synthesis 1


Control Voltage
3742 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland OR 97227

PDX Music Clinics

Some new events are starting soon hosted by Pailo and a few others from Topics range from Subtractive Synthesis, to Ableton, to Elektron workflow and tips. There are also posts on the PDXMusicClinics site about tips and tricks to get your mind into concepts that our instructors will cover.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the latests music gear, from top notch users willing to share their specialized techniques.

Thank You OSU


OSU and Ableton Live

Note on the download page.

Student Breakout Sessions
2-2.45pm: First 45 min student breakout session:
An introduction to Ableton Push (Jeremy – 20 mins), Motion Sensor integration with Live 9 (Nate Asman)
3-3.45pm: Second 45min student breakout session:
incorporating modular synths with Live 9 (Joseph)
4-4.40pm: Third 40 min student breakout session:
Drum Racks in Live 9 (Jeremy – 20 mins) and Instrument Racks in Live 9 (Joseph – 20 mins)

5-6pm: Break

Evening Public Presentation
6:30-7.00pm: Jeremy Highhouse presents
7:00-8.00pm: Joseph Cerimeli presents 
Clocking the Modular with Ableton Live: An intro to timing, modular synths, and computer functions in electronic music
8.00-8.30pm: Nate Asman performance/presentation
Monome, Live 9 and alternative controller integration


Pasted Graphic

A eurorack Sampler that uses

Akai Pro

Look at some of their MusicMesse gear.

Producing OTB Release

Getting ready to release a summer single EP with all of the Outofthebag artist. Be on the lookout. It will feature Pailo, Bedford, Walkingstick, JQuest, Chili, Dylan C, FuturLuv, Tallest Towers, and some special guests.

Pailo Free EP

Pailo Download



Bought a few new Elektron pieces of gear for the Outofthebag studio. Really happy with the performance of their sequencers and the flexibility each one has to offer. Recently found a Monomachine SFX60+, Octatrack, and Analog Four. They are all completely different and have some amazing strengths outside of the computer world. I hear people complain about sub menus and other things but all in all they have an awesome way of creating interesting sounds on the fly without ever having to stop the machines. Got rid of some old stuff to embrace the new. I had some heavy gear but this has all been a great replacement.

1. The basic “menu diving” that everyone is worried about seems to come down to 5-7 menus. My muscle memory serves me well from years of playing instruments and different instruments and sequencers. Learning these little boxes was fast and intuitive. Everything was right where i needed it to be. Lights for indicators. Mutes. Performance settings. Keyboards. Octave changes. Transposition. If you think it should be on the box it is and then some. The knobs were smooth and have a quick edit also for more dramatic changes in sound.

2. The final sound is very clean and polished. If you are used to working in DAWs i think the
Elektrons sound even better. 24/96khz is the standard of the Octatrack and it seems so clean you have to “color” sampled sounds to make it sound different than the original. Its that clean. If you are used to working in an RME or Apogee world, you will quickly be happy with your purchase because it is comparable. Its nice bringing them into high quality recording gear because if you push the VCA’s you will get some drive.

3. There are a ton of nice new interesting
effects. You probably are tired of the effects you have used a thousand times in plug form. These boxes have a host of new effects that are trigger lock enabled DSP. You can lock every step to change the effects parameters in real time and save that information. Or change them over time with all types of LFO’s and Envelopes.

Hope this is a good detail of some of the fun i am having.

Monomachine SFX60+ - Tons of FM synths, Virtual Analogs, Wavetables and VO Synths.
Analog Four - 4 Dual voice analog machines with two filters, two LFOS, two Envelopes.
Octatrack - *track Sampler/Midi Sequencer Granular Heaven. MicroSound.