A collection of tasty synth recipes. Instruments and effects mixed together to form a tasty treat.

RECIPE #63 – Calm down, Medusa…

I like this recipe. It’s almost soothing in a way. Medusa’s triangle waves bring back some nice memories. It’s like playing an old video game. Which one? It’s for you to decide.


– Polyend Dreadbox Medusa

– Korg Monologue

– Roland Boutique SH-01A

– Strymon El Capistan

– Electro Harmonix Cathedral

– Zoom Livetrack L-12 mixer

Hicut Recipe #63 Breakdown

MEDUSA: A different approach here. I’m using poly mode in this recipe. Well, most of the time. First two bars are in mono mode. I use all the six oscillators - analog and digital, all of them set to triangle wave, which, by the way, sounds awesome! And that’s all! The prerecorded sequence consist mostly of the Major Seven chords.

ROLAND BOUTIQUE SH-01A: Yes. One of my favourite boutiques in a recipe. AGAIN. But it has a very capable sequencer which I like. I preprogrammed some arp-like sequence here. The signal is treated by the Strymon delay.

KORG MONOLOGUE: This thing is a really nice bass machine! Cut’s pretty easy through the mix and does its part perfectly. There is a prerecorded sequence. Korg is playing the root notes. Some portamento and mild modulation is involved. No sync this time. I just set the same tempo on this machine.

STRYMON EL CAPISTAN: I like this delay. It’s precise and yet it has some human touch to it. It processes the SH-01A’s sound making it stereo.

EHX CATHEDRAL: Yes, I like this reverb. Mostly because it sounds good without any tweaking. It’s set up on the aux channel as a stereo effect send.

Hicut Recipe #63 Connections

AUDIO: All the instruments except SH-01A go straight into the mixer. SH-01A is treated by Strymon delay and then the signal goes into the mixer.

MIDI: Medusa acts as a master clock here. Roland is a slave. Easy.