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Baccharis - Waterwheel - MIDI Mandolin iPad Live Jam

YouTuber Chris Hale did some impressive live looping with his mandolin and iPad. This one starts off quite slow, but it builds into a beautiful piece.

Video Description:

A 6/8-feel live jam with polyrhythmic tuned percussion, generative melodic lines, and evolving ambient drones.

Primary human performance components are playing the drones through the midi mandolin, manipulating them through the synth parameters, looper and gate effects, and the starting and stopping of the sequenced rhythmic and melodic parts.

The basis of the drones is a SynthMaster One patch combining a wavetable on one oscillator with white noise and a delay. This output is sent through the Perforator gate effect by Bram Bos and the Enso looper by Audio Damage. The electric mandolin playing monophonic though the i2M midi converter triggers a latched root-five pattern in StepPolyArp to hold notes indefinitely, which feeds into QuantiChord, building dense chords before entering the gate and looper. The volume of SynthMaster One (controlled with the foot pedal), its oscillator and filter parameters, and the output level of the loop are all controlled live during the performance, using the Eventide TimeFactor as a midi controller.

Tuned marimba-like percussion is an Axon 2 neuron drum sequencer pattern triggering the factory 'Waterwheel' patch of SynthMaster One with internal effects. An instance of Riffer controls the muting of the Axon voice channels while Atom Piano Roll is used to send a 'kill switch' sequence to Axon's voice channels, muting them all in series. The hi-hat is Axon's internal voice.

Several instances of Riffer running semi-random sequences quantized to pentatonic minor send notes to Animoog for the repeating melodic accompaniment part, and to SynthMaster One playing the 'Soar With Me ARK' Arksun preset as a lead voice. Animoog is faded in and out of the mix with a MIDI Mod envelope, and its volume also modulated with a Rozeta LFO. Another instance of Rozeta LFO with random modulation bypasses and engages the Riffer sequence playing the SynthMaster One lead part.

All parts were performed, mixed, and recorded live in AUM on the iPad to a single stereo track with no overdubs.

Mastering in Ableton Live with the 'Wide and Warm' plugin for compression.

recorded 6-29-20

Reader Comments 3

Nice Chris! (A friend from Beaverdam)
StepPolyArp unit needs to go on saleee badlyyy

Please some1 get their devs to bring a saleeeeeee
July 09, 2020  | person_outline Pandemic Hottie
Tim, thanks for featuring the vid here! If anyone wants to check out the mastered version of this track and other iPad live jams, visit my Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/baccharis1 ...and a few posts on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/baccharismusic/
July 10, 2020  | person Chris Hale
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