OMEGA Series Patch Banks
— Factory patches click here —
Edge—the hardest possible—and swell set the tone for the first bank out of the "factory set" box. Fit, fancy, and flashy colours come to mind when I consider this programming effort and its amazingly robust attack transients—some relying on inverted envelopes... super well made, like a woman I know. All she needs is a little appreciation and eternal vigilance at the tenderness switch. For those that claim the Omega's envelopes lack snap and punch, the trolling stops here. Polyrhythmic LFOs, and extensive controller routings shift shapes around and add nuance.
This CODE Cadix patch bank (burned into RAM bank 4) should appeal to all Omega programmers; the classic wurlys, organs, multi-layered pads, synthetic drum smashes, super subs, and gleaming eventful FX, are as useful as they are inventive. Cadix is co-designed with cool cat Catero Colbert (no relation) and the brilliant, beloved Brian Scroggins. I really like the percussive patches I Brian and I hammered out in this set, the "Drum 'n' Lines," "Utililcus Percatifs,"—which take full advantage of the slicing, complex, and clangorous crossmod. We left a bit of room for some boomy analog kicks too...
Standard in the CODE, inspiring as a starting point, or play as they are set, for the standard issue Omega.
A little time spent in the chocolate-scented city of Chicago several springs ago (well, the tulips were out) jump-started this OB-8, JP-8, Arp Solina, SH-7, CS-80, Mellotron, Crumar/Farfisa emulation emanation, uncovering secrets too long kept by this surprisingly versatile and clear-voiced synthesizer.
Things get off to a cool vintage start with a few lead patches (appetizers before main)––some inspired by my brief stint as Kanye West's Stage Manager and Jeff Basker's (a musician's musician) backline tech. From there we progress to classic OB-8 bells and fork out the meat of the bank. Haunting muted Robert Shaw-like choral colors, MSR's Mellotrons, warm-filtered sweeps, B3 with Leslies in full effect, a holiday of strings, Farfisa organics, Elke String synthesizer templates (channeled from youth-memories shaped in my parent's Market St. music store in San Francisco), locked-to-clock L.F.O. theatrics, CS-80 heft and hue, some 2008 colors, and a smattering of shimmering, slithering, simmering FX, should keep you up late and creative like your used to do...
This little bundled bank of 23 Sub-bass patches and 21 External Input processing templates/patches dives down deep and back up, to open up the auto-triggering/locked to MIDI clock, secret world of processing possibilities. These Subs are the inspired result of one of those instant friendships that lead to nowhere and the External In templates powered the C.O.D.E.-Filtered Theriot demo.
Patches are individually loadable so you don't need to burn out a whole nother (remember nother goes good with hopefully) bank to work 'em in. K?
From the Why Haven't We Done this Before?—or at least thought of doing this before file. Alright, maybe we did... think of this b4, but until Omega C.O.D.E. owner Senil targeted me for his classic 70s, 80s (and some 90s) synth classics reproduction needs, nothing got done.
Grease up your mod and pitch wheels; get your boogie ready party train people. You're gonna to need 'em where you're goin' with this essential black music funk kit. In the mid 80s Jeff Barr and I lived on a steady diet of heavily modwheeled Prophet-5 stabs––got to those first, then "Let it Whip" synth stabbin' and leadin,' Grand Master Flash's "Message" illest analog, "Love Thing," Freak Show," "Showdown," "Body Work," "Hit & Run," "Street People," "You're the One," "Let's Groove," "Burn Rubber," "Dropped a Bomb on Me," "Electric Boogaloo" push through, progressing backwards and forwards towards Stevie's immortal "Livin' for the City / Talking Book" leads and "Boogie on Reggae Woman," "Isn't She Lovely," "I am Singing," "Have a Talk with God," "That Girl," "Shame," bass alchemy.
Garys Wright's dynomite ARP 2600 "My love is Alive" funky bass killin' demanded entry, along with Herbie's gritty "Chameleon" bass growl and "Rockit'" computer love. Postmodern spin and cognitive FX 'round out this funktified patch bank. I think the plucky GX1-ish "I Wish" lead is my favorite. One Soul.