We are going to take our breath data stream, send it to the CV outs on the back of Thor, and from there, to our devices. Finally, I will show you a technique to control the amount of breath data that is sent to each output, and control this via the front panel knobs on the combinator.
Technique Number 3: Thor Routing
Step By Step
- Create a new Combinator by dragging a Combinator from the tools window over to the rack. (You can show the tool window by pressing F8)
- Add a line mixer 6:2 by dragging it from the tool window to the combinator. I start every combinator with this device- you never how many devices you are going to add, and this sets us up.
- Add a Thor Polysonic Synthesizer by dragging one from the tools window to the Combinator window while holding the Shift key so that nothing is auto-routed. We aren't using the Thor for its sound but for its CV signal routing capabilities. Label this device 'BC Router'
- Select the Thor and choose 'Initialize Patch' from the 'Edit' menu.
- Set oscillator 1 to Off and set Filter 1 to Bypass. Set polyphony to 0 and release polyphony to 0. The patch should look similar to the one in the picture below.
Set up the Source as Breath, the amount as 100 and the Dest to CVOut1-4 just like in the following picture:
8. Next, we'll add our breath response. Flip the rack around and from the Thor, connect CV out 1 to the Filter Modulation Input on the Malstrom. Route CV Out 2 to Index, Route CV Out 3 to Shift, Route CV Out 4 to Level. The connections should look like this (click the image for full size):
Scaling the breath response
The other downside to this technique is that you have to remember which output is routed to which input. We can get around this downside by using the Combinator Rotary knobs to adjust the Breath output scaling.
Combinator Scaling of Breath Input
Here is the completed patch. Don't forget to add some reverb! For the final touch, try adding a UN-16 Unison, but I'll leave that up to you.