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Let's Play with Skaka (and Velvet Machine)

If you search for Tim Webb on the site you get very few relevant results, despite my name appearing on every single post in the by-line. I've been doing some behind the scenes tweaking of the site's search function and it is kind of weird that none of my videos are results when you search for my name.

In-between coding and weird search algorithm experiments, I took some time to play with Skaka this week!

Video Description:

Klevgränd's new Shaked Percussion app Skaka is not quite a percussion app. I try to respect it in its native habitat, before taking it off into some weird directions! I do this with the help of Yuri Turov's new not quite a reverb app, Velvet Machine.

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Reader Comments 3

I've only watched a few minutes, but it looks like you're using it wrong.

Each sound in Skaka is a patterned loop. 12 slots, each with it's own sample set, pattern and trigger note (corresponding with the 12 half-steps of an octave). Any C will trigger the first loop, any C# triggers the 2nd loop and so on.

So you don't trigger it with a single step of a 16-step sequencer, you trigger it with long held notes and it will loop as the note is held.

The pattern editor is amazingly flexible. The presets are all good. You'll probably find the pattern you want in the presets. You can take any pattern you like and change the instrument (from say tambourine to egg shaker, etc).
October 30, 2020  | favorite_border stub
Hmmm! That explains some of the behavior I discovered when screwing around with the duration settings in the sound design options. I think if you stick with it, you'll see that I do make use of the loops... even if I get there in a way that may not have been Johan's intended path.
I've enjoyed using this plugin. At first, I was frustrated that when I tried to edit the pattern, it kept creating new hits. It's fiddly for sure. But you have to set the grid (magnet) and horizontal switches so it won't do that.

It has this feature that you can change the grid value as you edit and it won't change existing hits. So you can mix beat divisions and do your own thing-- drag things late or early.

I hope they keep adding new sounds in subsequent updates. There's great potential for continued expansion of this tool.
October 31, 2020  | favorite_border stub

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