I’m looking for a way to recreate what Biggy Veira from GusGus is doing on his Doepfer modular system. It’s heard across most of their music but particularly in the album 24/7 and maybe mostly in the songs On The Job and Add This Song (the extended version).
Basically, he uses a joystick (two of them actually) to modulate the pitch of an oscillator relative to its base, if that makes sense. If the midi note is C for that trig, the sound is C + whatever value the joystick provides.
However another essential part of the trick is - the joystick values do not glide smoothly but they jump from set value to set value (I think 3rd, 5th, 7th notes) across a musical scale (major, minor etc.)
I once managed to achieve a similar effect with Digitone, assigning keystep’s modwheel to ratio. It worked because Digitone’s FM ratios are set values, rather than free flowing, if you know what I mean.
But can I achieve something similar with a midi joystick controller (and where to find one) and Analog Four?
And if not, what’s my best bet that doesn’t involve building a eurorack?
Any comment is appreciated.
Sorry if the terminology is off some places, English is my second language.