Posted a new DAWless Jam up on the YouTubez today. DAWless = Making music without a Computer Digital Audio Workstation (or a DAW). But here's the rub... I used a plug in from the computer. But I controlled said plugin from my hardware sequencer.. not a DAW.. So does that still count? Meh... who knows! I threw the question out there on a few synth groups, so the internets will decide. Regardless... It's a cool little jam to check out (read beyond for more technical details). Click the pic below to give it a watch and listen
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I consider this my first "true" song using my DAWless setup. The brains is the Squarp Pyramid, seems to be a hardware sequencer on Steroids. Through it I controlled the following devices:
Prophet Rev2 via MIDI - used for Pads - I picked up some 3rd party sounds for like 6 bucks online. Dude, that pad is ridiculously awesome. Very organic. Very nuanced. THIS is why the REV2 is awesome. It's a powerful analog synth.
Moog Subsequent 37 - Played live - You can see me jamming on it for the lead, it went through the GFI Specular Tempus effect pedal for the delays. It was a custom patch I made from Scratch. The filter was opened up using my Moog expression pedal, and rolling up the modulation wheel gives it a cool tremolo effect. The patch is affectionately named "Izz Lead," after my daughter Isabelle. :-)
Elektron Syntakt - via MIDI - used for drums and the opening little bell. The bell had this crazy intonation randomness I loved. Made it sound organic.
Korg MS20 mini - via CV in and out, played the cool little synth string parts. Couple it with the GFI Specular Tempus effect pedal, to give it the nice delays. I love that pedal!
Omisphere 2 Software Plugin - via USB - This played out that little bass rhythm that really brought the track together.
Tried to put emphasis in the video as to what was playing what.
I usually do stuff DAW style, and when I write my stuff it's in a linear fashion. Record segments, complete a section and then move on to the next section. But the Squarp uses Pattern based sequencing. You need to have a pre set number of measures that loop, then you build on that. On top of that I was using the Pyramid to only trigger the Elektron Syntakt, and I was using the Syntakt's internal sequencer, to build out the drum patterns. However, the bell which was sourced from the Syntakt, was controlled through the Squarp. Really cool and flexible, once you get it all going.
I'm hoping to get a better handle on all this gear, but the challenge is a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed making this. Even stitching the video together. Hope you guys liked hearing about this. Until next time...
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