Reader Belibat did a much needed Uplifting jam with his collection of gear, an iPad, and an iPhone!
Just wanted to make some uplifting music, something danceable, something that can help during these times. Major chords, a driving bass, cheerful vocal chops and an exciting rhythm. I sincerely hope you and your beloved are well!
Here are some info about the setup:
In the beginning you’ll see and hear a live recording/looping of a paper sheet and some handmade clicks, thanks the the Røde NT1000 microphone.
The Roland TR-8s plays the drums with a kit made of heavily tweaked stock sounds + some foley percussion i recorded. The onboard shuffle control is used to add groove to the pattern. I created a custom Ableton Effect Rack, controlled by a pedal, to create the snare fills. There’s a lowpass filter cutoff, mapped on a Nanokontrol 2 knob, to bring in or out the whole drumkit.
Decided to dig deeper into Patterning 2 Probability feature (on the iPad) to create a soundscape of random and homemade water drops. But this time i used it also to underline the drum fills, with an additional snare sound, controlling its volume with an expression pedal.
The iPhone app is TC-11, where i used a touch controlled patch to add something to the watery texture in certain moments.
The Minilogue XD is used with a Sine Bell patch i created, to play an arpeggio that can be changed into a flutey pad turning the filter envelope counter-clockwise. Midi Notes are played on its keyboard and recorded/looped into an Ableton Live midi clip.
The Minibrute plays the sub-bass, using its own sequencer with the trig feature so i can play its keyboard and record the midi clip in Ableton.
The Waldorf Rocket doubles the Minilogue XD with a supersaw sound, the filter cutoff is controlled by a pedal, to underline transitions and fills.
This time i used Push 2 to record/launch clips but also to play some vocal chops i created putting samples in simpler or in drum racks. These vocals are modulated using their delay/reverb wet parameters and some filters, all mapped to the Nanokontrol 2 knobs.
Finally, there are a pedal controlled noise sweep, and an impact sample mapped to one of the Nanokey Studio pads.
The two expression pedals control these elements during the performance:
- Minilogue Xd filter cutoff
- Waldorf Rocket filter cutoff
- Patterning 2 app snare sound volume
- Snare fills Effect Rack wet/dry
- Noise sweep bandpass filter cutoff
As usual Ableton Live is used as a master clock, as a midi and audio sequencer and for effects.
All audio tracks are passed through an Mbox Pro 3 soundcard or using usb audio, and then recorded in Ableton.
Effects are Ableton stock plus Soundtoys and Native Instruments plugins.
Video is a continuous take from two cameras (an iPhone and an iPad) plus some added shot of the pedals.