A Modular Inspired By Attack On Titan
Bloodlines is a monophonic modular synth inspired by the comic book Attack on Titan. It is made from a number of new modules, with unique top / bottom patch port designs.
It includes 173 Rack file presets inspired by the comic, and 120 categorized as synths, sound effects, drums, or noise.
To install this instrument, the "Bloodlines Modules" folder must be copied to your Blocks folder, and the "Bloodlines Racks" folder needs to be copied to your Racks folder. Please see the included "Read Me" file for detailed installation instructions.
This was made to be a versatile instrument which can be played with a midi keyboard, the built in sequencer, or both.
It excels at complex melodic leads, distorted basses, and strange generative sequences. Its sound can evoke feelings of horror and hopelessness, the intensity of aerial battle, or the thrill of victory.
It features graphic backgrounds of two of my favorite Attack on Titan characters, Levi and Mikasa, the two surviving descendants of the powerful Ackerman bloodline. More images from the comic can be found within the structure view, but be careful, these contain spoilers!
Patching this instrument is easy and fun. Inputs are marked with blue labels, and outputs are marked with white labels.
Tone generation can be achieved by routing noise or another sound through one of the two resonant filters, or with one of the three included oscillators. These include a self modulating dual oscillator, a pulse generator, and a sine / saw auxiliary oscillator.
A unique quintuple envelope module, a dual LFO, and an interesting sequencer are provided for modulation. The sequencer uses probability to easily create variety with gate and CV sequences.
Eight VCAs can be used for attenuating signals, and a three channel mixer is provided for combining them. Wavefolding and Thrash-buffer style distortions are available for voltage mashing, and a pair of delays are included for adding ambience.
Many additional processing options exist within the "Utilities" Block. These are mostly automatic, with no editable parameters. Simply route your signal through the inputs and outputs to perform the process. These include essential tasks such as mixing, mirroring, absolute value, sample and hold, ring modulation, and clipping.
A and B style Blocks modulation is available, with sources shared throughout all the modules. This helps cut down on wire clutter. The inputs for these modulators are found on the "Note In" Block, and the buttons to enable the mod sliders are found on the "Output" Block.
All audio should eventually be routed to the "Output" Block. This Block is hardwired with its own two channel mixer, panning modules, Metaverb style reverb, gain, color, and clipping effects.
Thank you to Benjamin Poddig for his ZDF Ladder filter and DPW oscillator designs.
Thank you to Michael Hetrick for the basis of the sequencer, diode ring, and voltage mirror.
Thank you to Colugo_ for Thrasher.
Thank you to Sandy Small for Orrery.
Thank you also to everyone on the forums that helped me make improvements.