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The best thing about standalone MPC is its power. The Operating System is committed to delivering a stable environment. Often, when I get a new piece of gear the first things I do to it are to see my limitations. I want to know how much I can get away with before it is no longer useful. I think that you should be able to make music sound good with just a hand held walkman. However, when given the opportunity to make things big, I jump at the chance to do so.
In this video I open up a drum program and I then open up 9 Sample based Instruments. The sample based instruments tend to have the most content to them because there are layers and the samples sound is layed out over the entire keyboard. I do the video blind. I’ve played probably all of the content once but don’t have the patches memorized. The labeling is pretty good so I get a solid idea of what the sound will be. However that is all I am basing my choices on. If I was doing a session at home I would spend some time with each sound. Using eqs and compression I try to find the right spot for the tone.
Quick record technique.
In this video I am trying to find tone by octaving up and down my performances. It’s a lazy way to record. But sometimes effective. I have another video that does the same thing that shows how the randomness can be very conducive to creativity.
Part of my creative process
I tend to make a lot of notes when I am writing music. I then try to strip back the performance and make it something that is more listenable. The reductive ability of the MPC allows me to do this. In this video I also demonstrate a bit of my creative process.
If there is something that you would like me to push the MPC to do please let me know. I am always open to suggestions for content. I have had a chance to play with the CV gate out puts as well. I’m headed out to Vancouver next week and am hoping to meet up with a friend who has a lot of cool synths. Stay tuned.
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