This video shows how to use Expert Sleeper's Silent Way Voice Controller with Numerology.
The Silent Way group of plugins allows you to use a "DC capable" audio interface
as a CV control source for analog synthesizers. There are a number of advantages to
- Easy, reliable oscillator calibration for better tuning overall.
- When generating CV values for automation, you are no longer limited to the 127 steps
of MIDI CC messages. This allows you to generate very smooth and accurate control values.
- You do not have to worry about "saturating" a hardware MIDI interface by sending it
too many messages at once.
As of version 2.2, Numerology provides integrated support for Silent Way by including direct
hardware audio input and output routing in the module. This makes setup very
quick, as you don't have to create separate I/O channels to route audio around, as you
do in some other hosts.
In addition to basic setup, calibration and sequencing, this video also demonstrates how to use the
Pitch Glide feature in the MonoNote sequencing module (which makes it easy to generate controlled
pitch bends), and an advanced oscillator
cross-modulation technique: Two modulation sequencers are used to generate a slowly moving,
complex signal controlling the pitches of two oscillators in a cross-modulation configuration.
This setup provides a very controllable and repeatable way to explore this unusual synthesis technique.
In addition, the Numerology module that hosts Silent Way has direct inputs for Numerology's
digital CV signal streams. These signals are used to control Silent Way parameters
which in turn are converted into analog CV signals you can use with
analog synthesizers. This gives you a direct translation from the world of Numerology CV's
to analog CV's, opening up all sorts of new possibilities:
- You can use Numerology's Interval sequencers to generate separate pitch CV's for oscillators
within a single synth patch, allowing you to create paraphonic sequences.
- You can combine multiple CV generators in Numerology (Sequencers, LFOs, and Envelopes) to
generate complex control sources.
- You can use Numerology's Stack preset mechanism to setup custom presets for different
- You can setup MIDI control over preset changes and almost all Numerology parameters
so that you can control everything from a hardware controller.
The trick to being productive with Silent Way is to be organized. Give yourself some "Studio Tech" time
to get everything setup and running properly, then when you're ready to start composing, you can
focus solely on that. Here are some general tips:
- Dedicate a group of inputs and outputs on your audio interface for use with Silent Way.
- Label both ends of your cables clearly, this makes it easy to track down connection
- Setup a Numerology project with one or more "template" stacks for use with Silent Way, that
will make it easy to start a new session quickly.