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WC Olo Garb: NEWS for September 2019



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Thanks, and why so long

So here it is, a new demo after 6 years of slumber. It's too early to say whether my comeback will change into something stable for years to come and whether creating music will again be my main activity, nevertheless it looks promising and I would like to thank all of you who helped me get to this point by reaching out to me, by words of encouragement, by answering my questions, and most importantly by patiently supporting me via Patreon or Paypal donations. It is a factor that binds the whole thing up and makes it work, simple as that. Because when you give me a bit of your money, you transfer a bit of your energy to me, which I then transfer, or convert, into a synth demo. Otherwise I would have to put that energy into my day job and would have little left for the creative stuff. And it takes a considerable amount of energy for me to make a demo, because I treat it more like a short film (or an EP album). I cannot explore and understand an instrument and then present a visually & musically coherent and entertaining piece in one week or even month. I'm thinking about scaling down the visual / editing element and concentrating more on pure sound design (it would mean demos appearing more frequently), but I'm not sure this is what we all want and enjoy. This format means blood, sweat and tears, but I guess striving for the unattainable perfection is paradoxically one of the joys of life.

My reviews of synths

I won't be making a review of the JD-XA, at least not now. It was borrowed to me by a friend for 3 months, so I don't feel I have discovered the instrument (which is quite deep) to the extent that would make the review sensible. And I have not played anything in the past 6 years, so there is nothing that I could compare the JD-XA to. It would be stupid to write about a new instrument when my brain contains memories of Yamaha AN1x or Virus TI. Besides, I'm not really an expert, I don't even have an oscilloscope or a decent 24bit/192kHz this and that, so I'm not sure it is legal to voice any opinions:) My one sentence review is this: sell your crap and buy this synth, it sounds great (although a bit hi-fi), makes creativity easy and covers the ground of half of the other older synths out there.

How I see our Patreon relationship

Notwithstanding its huge advantage (the fact that it exists) I have a personal problem with the Patreon thing and the way it is structured, or generally used / perceived. I don't want to create any elaborate 'tiers' with promises, because that would basically boil down to wrapping myself up like a finished product, killing the fun of it and dividing people into categories according to the amount of money they have. One might think that instead of one video I could do five: "Roland - unboxing", "Roland - first impressions", "Roland - demo trailer", "Roland - demo", "Some tricks how to make your Roland sound better", etc, and keep my fans and supporters engaged, give them more. But the more non-demo videos I do, the longer you would have to wait for the next demo. Besides, would you really care to watch all that stuff? IMO it's just a distraction, vacuous entertainment. I know there's a huge market for it, but I won't be selling drugs or snake oil. All I can give back at this stage is a demo (coming in one or two pieces) and a "thank you" for your energy, and I hope this energy will be proven to be well spent when it comes back to you in a form of inspiration and a renewed desire to dig at your synth and create something that works for you and your art. To find a golden mean and create a sense of fairness, I have decided to offer my new patches for free download to my (at least 1 month long) patrons, while everybody else can get them for E/$25 if interested (is the price ok for 200 sounds?), just write me an email or mention 'JDXA patches' in your paypal transfer. All my patches for all my older synths stay free.

Buying and loading my Roland JD-XA sounds / patches

My paypal address is [wcologarb at tlen.pl]. The price is E/$25. Just send a transfer entitled "jdxa patches" and I'll send those back to your email.

The whole set of my sounds fills up the JD-XA (256 sounds), although some of the sounds come in variations, so let's say there is around 200 original patches.

I have exported my patches using two options: as a backup file, and as individual files in SMF (*.mid) format. If you want to use the backup file, just copy the whole "ROLAND" folder onto your pendrive and insert the pendrive into your JDXA (read the owner's manual about this procedure, otherwise you risk damaging your instrument).

If you want to use the SMF option, here's how to do it: you load the SMF files into the Roland Librarian software on your computer by using the menu File->Import SMF. Each sound will show up on the Librarian list as "WC OLO GARB". Then you select that sound on that list and send it to the JDXA (you push the "Write->Selected" button). Remember that if my sound was saved in slot P10 in my JD-XA, then you will have to scroll the Librarian list all the way down to "P" to see this "WC OLO GARB" sound. It's quite cumbersome, but it seems that companies have abandoned the more straightforward sysex format for whatever reason. To make it easier to locate my sounds from the demo, they come with the names according to this format: "wcog_jdxa_12_diamondlove_g10" where:
[12] means it is the 12th sound in the youtube demo,
[diamondlove] hints at the visuals used in the demo for that sound,
[g10] is the location in the synth's memory (the location on the Librarian list).

Remember to "set up midi devices" (USB) in your JD-XA before importing the sounds (again, read the owner's manual).

Some of my JD-XA patches may sound strangely different yet the same when played on your JD-XA. That's because of the random LFO phase. When I press a key on the demo, the LFO was, for example, at 0 degrees. But when you press a key on that patch, it may happen that your LFO is at 180 degrees at this specific moment, so the modulation / groove will "flip" upside down.

Bye and see you soon

Of course I am always open to suggestions if you think that I might do things in a better way. I don't follow all the trends or technological improvements, it drains too much of my energy. I'm much more away from the happenings of the "normal / modern" life now.



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