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Jason
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Joined: 03/23/2012 - 21:32
Don't be constrained by 6 machines......

Sometimes you get so deep in a song and adding this and that, and then suddenly you realize that you are out of room for machines. You just want to add "that one more thing" and you're stuck between adding it or cutting a machine out or what-have-you.

This happened to me last night, because I really wanted to load up alot of extra elements to my piece. I found a workaround.

I will usually have certain channels/machines set up for certain functions. 2 for percussion and drums, 1 for basses, 1 for background music elements/pads/atmos etc..., 1 for FX and misc and 2 for forground music elements and leads. Well there's your six.

Now if you look at your sequencer (and piano roll if you use it --- I do alot more frequently these days) you will notice gaps, some of considerable size. That open space can be used for extra elements a.k.a. "that one more thing". Yeah? yeah? well I don't want to use the same effects or insert or reverb on "that one more thing".... Automation recording is your friend here. You can toggle fx on/off, change delay tempo and feedback. Insert FX can sit dormant (wet level off or depth level off) or activated from a dormant state. Toggle pan or generate "hand-made" stereo "chorus" modulation effect with the "width" knob, stutter effect (PCMSynth/SubSynth if you have it set up and in a dormant state).

Using automated recording in a creative fashion can extend your imagination beyond six machines..... the only drawback is if oyu mess up an automated recording, you'll have to redo it for that recorded function.

I usually have a notepad handy for notes and planning and mapping for event recordings like this to help reduce any frustrations.

I almost exclusively use PCMSynth for my stuff here, but don't think you can't load music elements and other sounds into BeatBox (doesn't have to be just for drum sounds btw...)

Hopefully you understand something I blabbed about here..... This method came in real handy today on one of my tracks I'm currently working on.

Rej - Dev
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Awesome stuff Jason, I really

Awesome stuff Jason, I really like this idea of milking the most out of the tool with creative tricks. Thanks for sharing.

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I nearly always use pcm

I nearly always use pcm instruments in this way. Another tip is to load individual samples into the pcm synth rather than a single instrument. This way you can have several instruments or sound fx on one channel. You can set the root note and upper / lower notes. Sometimes it really limits the range you can use but for fx or single notes you can get several different sounds on one instrument

Jost aus Soest
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Joined: 02/17/2013 - 03:50
More machines?

BTW: Are there any plans to get more machines/channels?

The devices are getting more and more powerful... wink

Oleg
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Joined: 07/13/2013 - 14:11
jblann1  I almost exclusively

jblann1  I almost exclusively use PCMSynth for my stuff here, but don't think you can't load music elements and other sounds into BeatBox (doesn't have to be just for drum sounds btw...)

+ 1 Yes, I agree, I use Beat box not for drum samples only, but for any FX 

 

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Yup, many users here have

Yup, many users here have done just that, and the ability to pan each sample seperately.. I hope some day soon (as I requested in the FR forum) for the ability to pan individual samples in PCMSynth. When that happens I will be able to take my PocketKit Project to a whole new level with new content packs created just for drums and percussion (my second instrument skill next to keyboard instruments) I have some things Im working on right now I may put up demos soon for PocketKits, and preparing Builderz Project to possibly move onto Phase II as well....