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Beli Bat - 80's Synthwave Funky Live Jam

Reader Beli Bat did some funky 80's jamming on his hardware, with KORG iPolysix and Rozeta.

Video Description:

This time i drifted from my usual musical domain, because i missed playing bass and to pay tribute to a genre i like so much... Synthwave!

As usual i don’t like to use pre recorded patterns. So everything is played, looped and sequenced before your very eyes.

About the setup:

The TR-8s drum machine plays the drums with a kit made of mixed Linndrum, LM1, Drumtrax and 707 samples.
The Minibrute use its arpeggiator and is played live.
The Minilogue XD is used to play a wobbly pad, played and then looped through Ableton Live.
The classic synthwave bass sound is made by iPolisyx app on the iPad, sequenced by Rozeta bassline with notes triggered on the Nanokey Studio.
The Waldorf Rocket is the source of the sweet 80s chords lead in the last part of the jam. It is played live using Push 2 pads.
In the first part of the track are my beloved Fender Telecaster for funky rhythm chords and my trusty MusicMan Sting Ray for the groovy slap part.

There are 2 expression pedals, connected to an iRig Blueboard, i use to control the Minilogue XD and the Minibrute filter cutoff plus a whitenoise sample filter cutoff, for transitions.

Ableton Live is used as a master clock, as a midi 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 mostly Ableton stock and Soundtoys plugins.

Video is a continous take from two cameras (an iPhone and an iPad). I put together the two videos with the audio track in Ableton and then saturated the color in iMovie.

Reader Comments 2

Pretty successful. Especially as a piece which apparently didn’t need too many takes. Could hear some Air or some such.
It’s kind of interesting that there are so many devices used here. Presumably, you could do it all in Ableton. Or most of it (if not all) on the iPad. What’s cool about it, then, is partly that it’s not a “proof of concept”. The iPad is useful for its (limited) bit. Not too sure what the iPhone crazy visuals are about. That’s part of a personal process, one assumes.
The overall result is pretty cool.
February 04, 2020  | favorite_border Enkerli
On February 04, 2020 - @Enkerli said:
Pretty successful. Especially as a piece which apparently didn’t need too many takes. Could hear some Air or some such.
It’s kind of interesting that there are so many devices used here. Presumably, you could do it all in Ableton. Or most of it (if not all) on the iPad. What’s cool about it, then, is partly that it’s not a “proof of concept”. The iPad is useful for its (limited) bit. Not too sure what the iPhone crazy visuals are about. That’s part of a personal process, one assumes.
The overall result is pretty cool.
Thank you so much Enkerli!
It took something like 6 takes to get the perfect one (the less unperfect at least).
You are right, I love Air and maybe they influence me continuously, in this case a lot of credit goes to Daft Punk also :)
Sure, the whole live jam can be done in Ableton or on the iPad but it would be hard to have all controls at hand, that’s what i love of my setup and what pushes me jamming more and more. The iPad music environment was my only way to make music for long time, though. So think i will never leave it alone and quit all the wonderful apps i got in years.

About the visuals, well i love some trippy lights in front of me while playing, let’s say it inspires me :D
Thank you for watching and for your feedback, much appreciated!
February 05, 2020  | person belibat
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