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

RECIPE #68 – Moog Grandmother in a Loop

Once in a while I like to dwell into the looping territory. It’s all about repetition and improvisation. With a powerful looping tool a monosynth may became a polyphonic pad machine. You can add some sound effects and noise sweeps. You can go whenever your imagination guides you. This recipe is totally improvised, recorded in a first take, so you can spot some mistakes here and there. But who cares. It was fun!


– Moog Grandmother

– Electro Harmonics 95000 Performance Looper

– Roland Boutique TR-09

– Zoom Livetrack L-12 mixer

Hicut Recipe #68 Breakdown

MOOG GRANDMA: Well, the one and only harmonic instrument here. It does everything - bass, pads, sfx, arpeggios, you name it. The nice thing about this Moog is its built in reverb. It’s handy when you want to control the perception of space in a real time.

EHX 95000: One of the most capable loopers on the market right now. Plenty of tracks, MIDI implementation, faders. It’s like a recorder and a mixer in one. In this recipe it’s synced with the Roland and Moog so everything plays nicely in time.

ROLAND: Good old 909. What can I say. It delivers steady rhythm and acts as a master clock for the rest of the instruments.

Hicut Recipe #68 Connections

AUDIO: Roland goes straight into the mixer. Moog goes into the looper and then, as a stereo signal, into the mixer.

MIDI: Roland is a master clock here. The MIDI cable goes into the Moog, and then via MIDI through into the EHX 9500.

CV: Some basic CV patching allowing me to use the hipass filter.