Qwertybob: Winner of the Curve 2 Sound Design Challenge
Complex, deep and huge creative possibilities — the Jury praises Underground Electronics, the winner preset of the Curve 2 Sound Design Challenge
. Its creator Stephen Builta aka Qwertybob is a long-time Curve user, who continuously shares his presets with the community. We asked him how he came to work with Curve 2.
As with all of Curve's sounds, Qwertybob's sounds are free to all users.
Cableguys: Hi Stephen, when did you start making music and creating sounds?
My background is mainly in classical piano due to childhood piano lessons (thank you Mom and Dad!). During the same time I avidly enjoyed video games and the chippy electronic sounds stuck in my head like glue. I found out about VST instruments while exploring MIDI files on the computer and slowly worked my way to using them.
How did you come to work with Curve 2?
The idea of editable curves for use as oscillators grabbed my attention at first, but the integration with the "LFOs" (not really "low frequency" as they are tunable up to kHz!) is what I liked the most.
And I love to browse through the presets to see the unique ways other users utilize Curve 2. Seeing the secrets of a preset in Edit mode jogs my creativity and clues me in on useful techniques for working with the synthesizer.
Your preset "Undergrounds Electronic" is a very complex and deep sound. What was your idea behind it?
I really wanted to push Curve 2 to its limits and see what I could get — to make a preset where I could spend significant time playing with the macro knobs and still discover new sounds.
Do you have any suggestion to users of Curve 2?
Play with the curves. Apply liberal use of the modulation matrix and the macro knobs. Sometimes changing multiple things at a time can trigger new ideas. Stretch the limits of the synthesizer, your own imagination, and don't forget to have fun!
To get Qwertybob's sounds, just open Curve 2
, hit the Sync button and you can check them out for yourself!