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YES. A thousand times yes.
This is a glorious and damn near bottomless instrument. It's rare to find a piece of kit that takes you back to the wide eyed days of 1st exploring playing or recording music...and that's exactly what this does.
For everything it does? WAY too much to fit in a review however:
If you'd like to hear about it's origin you can do that here:
For more on what the Morphongene is you can read that here. The Morphagene is a next generation Tape and Microsound music module that uses Reels, Splices, and Genes to create new sounds from those that already exist. It is informed by the worlds of Musique Concrète, where speed and direction variation were combined with creative tape splicing to pioneer new sounds, and Microsound, where computers allow for sound to be divided into pieces smaller than 1/10 of a second and manipulated like sub-atomic particles.
Having voltage control over every parameter, the Morphagene is most dynamic as a digital audio bu er for the modular synthesist. The Morphagene is comprised of a pair of tool-sets, which work well together: Tape Music Tools allow for sounds to be recorded on the y, layered using the internal Sound On Sound (S.O.S) function, manually cut into pieces using the Splice function, and re-organized with the Organize control. Once it is spliced up, it is possible to create nearly in nite variations of the original loop by modulating the Organize parameter. Vari-Speed allows for the speed and direction of playback to be controlled continuously with one control signal.
Gene-Size and Slide make up the Microsound Tools. Gene-Size shrinks the Splice’s “playback window” into gradually smaller pieces called Genes (aka particles, grains, granules). A control signal, such as the Wogglebug Smooth CV applied to Slide, moves through those pieces in a nonlinear fashion. Using Slide, random access of the audio bu er is possible. Morph allows additional textural control via the staggering or layering of successive Genes and, at extreme settings, randomized pitch up and panning. This yields interesting sonic results, particularly when combined with Functions such as Vari-Speed and Organize. It is possible to record Tape and Microsound manipulations into brand new Splices as if using two independent machines: one for playback and one to record. The Morphagene also allows for the storage and recall of multiple sound bu ers in the form of Reels, stored as .wav les on a microSD card. Each Reel can be up to 2.9 minutes long and may consist of up to 300 Splices. The end result is a sampler/ looper/audio bu er that is able to exist within a modular synthesizer system, and o er a vast amount of Real-Time sound manipulation in a fast and tactile way.
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