I’m considering purchasing Elements for use as a principal sound generator in a project which (among other things) involves studying various microtonal systems and relationships. For this a predictable and precise pitch output is very important. As I don’t have prior experience with modular synthsizers, I would be greatful to learn wether the choice of Elements is ok for this.
My worries come from experience with the venerable VL70m physical modelling synth which produces slightly unpredictable pitches, and due to a comment about Elements I came across on another forum but which I didn’t completely understand (will link to it below).
So, my first group of questions is about input pitch discrimination.
Is the module capable of distinguishing pitches/voltages at the V/Oct input that are only 2-3 cents apart?
Is the pitch discrimination even (same in cents) across the whole range or does it differ between the low and high registers?
Secondly, I’d like to know if the pitch of the output is `predictable’.
I understand that the Geometry, Coarse and Fine parameters influence pitch.
So, granted these three are kept at a fixed value, does the pitch of the sound coming out of the Elements correspond simply and predictably to the pitch at the V/Oct input, or does it ‘float around’ due to the state of other exciter’s and resonator’s parameters?
In other words, if I first set the Geometry parameter and tune the module via Coarse and Fine knobs, and then feed a V/Oct signal which corresponds to an “A-14 cents flat” (just intoned major third above F), will the pitch of sound from Elements really be 386 cents above `12TET’ F ? (I can tolerate a fluctuation of a few cents, but no more than that).
Many thanks, and apologies if my inexperience with these modules made me ask silly things…
PS The post that got me confused is here:
The mention of `atonal’ got me worried if I will be able to control the module easilly or not…