The Haarlem Sessions

In the Summer of 2016, Federico Solazzo visited us because he was curious about the C15. He is a very experienced and versatile musician, a proficient synthesizer expert and sound designer. We decided to give him one of our C15 pre-production units for a few weeks. We wanted to find out how the C15 would inspire him in the way he plays keyboards and designs sounds.

In October we brought a C15 to his home in The Hague (NL). Federico started to explore the instrument and created a collection of his own presets. We asked him to think about a number of music pieces or improvisations that would show some characteristics of the instrument in a video recording session.

As a location we chose Studio Helmbreker in Haarlem (NL) where Federico had recorded the latest album with his band "Azure Hiptronics". The main room has a great sound and atmosphere.

We were very lucky that two other members of the band - Luciano Poli (bass) and Satindra Kalpoe (drums) - joined in for some of the pieces. The recording took place on the 6th of December, 2016. Bowie Verschuuren was the man behind the camera. All tracks were recorded 100 % live; no overdubs or effects were added - only slight EQ-ing and limiting was used.

Please check the text under the videos describing the control elements Federico was using when playing that piece.

A Visit to Haarlem

Solo Session

Plucking a Bell

Pitchbender on decay and damping of the comb filter.

Orchestral Drama

Pedal 1 on brightness, pedal 2 on octave mix and distortion.

Xylesta

Ribbon morphing to a more diffused and sustaining sound.

Wah Clav

Pedal on filter cutoff and on flanger.

FBK Sitar

Eastern tuning scale. Aftertouch on feedback and pedal on damping.

Sandstorm on Mars

Ribbon on oscillator fluctuation (noise) amount.

Old Pipe

Pedals on fluctuation and feedback of the oscillating loop. Pitch offset with soft velocities.

Überton

Continuous sustain pedal on release times.

Baroque Circuit

Pedal 1 on exciter spectrum and ring modulation. Pedal 2 on signal mix and saturation.

Porta Brass

Aftertouch first on saturation, then on detune. Pedal on brightness (phase modulation).

Trancy World

Pedal 1 on release times, fluctuations and filter. Pedal 2 on detune and reverb.

Band Session

Caribbean

Ribbon 1 on exciter brightness, ribbon 2 on decay and damping of the comb filter.

Saraswatish

Pedal on reverb size and mix. Aftertouch on decay and damping. Pitch bender also for vibrato.

D-n-B

Pedal cross-bending the oscillators by one octave, pedals on waveforms and filter.

Funk Anaki

Velocity on the filter.

Rough Wave

Ribbon 1 on cabinet (distortion) mix, ribbon 2 on feedback.

Gtr Blues

Aftertouch on gain and feedback, ribbon on decay. Pitch bender also for vibrato.

Slow Plucked

Pedal on reverb size and mix. Aftertouch on decay and damping. Pitch bender also for vibrato.

Turkish Sketch

Oriental tuning scale.

Early Audio Demos

In mid of December 2015 we invited Jojo Büld, a professional keyboard player and composer, to play the C15. It was his first time with the instrument. Below are some audio clips from the recordings of his spontaneous improvisations. The last audio file is a collection of snippets (played by Stephan) that reflects the noisier side of the instrument.

Soft Pianos

Slow Song

Rock Groove

Dreamy

Ska Element

Soft Ice

Distorted

Bright Pianos

Stomping

Funky

Walking Blues

Bi Son

Off Beatl

Waltz

Metallic Pianos

Regga Lotta

Funk Groove

Jazzy Chords

Jumping

Echoic Reggae

Clavinets

Fast Groove

Funk Element

Offbeat

Organs

Boogie

Power Drive

Reed Dance

Synths

Filter Pad

Overblown

Flute Flange

Sustained Chords

Brass

Plucked Strings

Cemb Groove

Oriental Figures

Oriental March

Acoustic Rock

Swinging

Western Polka

Rock Amp

Funny Dance

Plucked Bass

Percussion

Wooden Waltz

Glassy Arpeggios

Metallic Waltz

Metallic Melody

Metallic Chords

Vibrating

Porcellain

Skin Drum

A collection of strange and
noisy snippets

Snippets

Video Archive

Here you find a video of our presentation at the Superbooth 16 and a video which we posted on our blog in January 2015.

A video of our presentation that we gave together with Jojo Büld at the Superbooth 16 trade show on March 31st. It was produced by Project Nerd as part of a live stream from the Superbooth.

A visit at Nonlinear Labs

A video about our work and the dual approach to the user interface of our first instrument. It was released in January 2015. Brian Smith (big brain audio) gives his impressions of a visit at Nonlinear Labs, where we showed the state of the product development at that time.