I wasn't intending to record an album when I started this. I was recording my explorations of software synths, as I might record a practice session. If something interesting happened, I might want to make something out of it later.
At random, I chose the K200, designed by Krakli. When I saw it was an FM synth, my expectations immediately lowered. I have never enjoyed their sound. The most popular, the DX7, was heard on many '80s pop tunes. I found them saccharine and painful to listen to. However, I'd heard that beyond the presets, you could do a lot with them. Here was a chance to dive in and try.
Despite the old advice, I went straight to the presets. This was not a DX7, and the makers might have done something different. To my surprise, I found a lot of them were downright inspiring. Had I spotted this was from the makers of Cygnus, the synth that's all over "The Watermelon Seed", I might have relaxed from start.
Before I was done checking everything out, I had plenty recorded to base an album around.
I set some ground rules. I would complete the album using only the K200. Also, no effects except what was built into the software; this included mixdown. It was difficult for me, but that's the point of a challenge. The end result is something I am very happy with, otherwise I would have shelved it.
I have about 63 minutes worth recorded. I picked the ones I felt worked best together, and have saved the rest for future work- without constraints. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy these. The K200 is a great synth and I plan to use it more. Thanks to Ian Webster and Armin Kujashi for coming up with such a cool instrument!
released February 19, 2017
All sounds performed and composed by Greg Segal, on a Krakli K200 software synthesizer. K200 designed by Ian Webster, presets by Armin Kujashi.