Do you need more music gear?

We all love adding new instruments, effects, processors, computers, mixers, samplers, recorders, display cases, and cables (well really, cables?), but we should all take the time to ask ourselves if we really need more gear! As musicians, part of the fun in being creative is getting a new tool to express ourselves. There are companiesContinue reading “Do you need more music gear?”

Nothing but Drifters

I just picked up the Cooper FX: Arcade… and have been putting several of the cards through their paces to see what kinds of sounds I can get out of them. So far, enjoying the tape effects, lofi effects, and getting some quite interesting distortion. Definitely feels like a pedal I can take on theContinue reading “Nothing but Drifters”

MPC Forums Synth Pop Challenge Sounds

I recorded off some of the sounds that I used on the OP-1 as key groups into the MPC Live mk2. They are not going to sound exactly the same, but it should be pretty close. Definitely go into the key group and change the release to taste, as I pretty much left them asContinue reading “MPC Forums Synth Pop Challenge Sounds”

Track – MPCBB #290 – Heavy Drag

I put this track together for MPC Forums BB #290. It was a quick flip on the MPC Live mk2… and although I did a lot of chopping, I literally just went with the loop that I pulled and then just dropped percussion all around it. There isn’t too much to say about this becauseContinue reading “Track – MPCBB #290 – Heavy Drag”

MPC Forums OP-1 Question…

Over at MPC Forums Danoc was asking a bit about the OP-1… here’s my response. It’s the Teenage Engineering OP-1. It has taken on the status of being an overpriced (released in 2011’ish at about $799 USD, today sells new for $1299 USD which was the latest price hike in 2019) piece of hipster musicContinue reading “MPC Forums OP-1 Question…”

MPC Forums Synth Pop Challenge – Systematic Noise

This is my third pass at a Synth Pop track. I did some cool stuff on the MPC Live, but it is definitively not Synth Pop. Something I will absolutely put together as a finished track, but both tracks strayed from the Synth Pop sound way too much, and I decided I’d give it oneContinue reading “MPC Forums Synth Pop Challenge – Systematic Noise”

Track – STBB #704 – Where is Molly

I just got kind of into the dark vibe of the sounds after pitching things down. I suspect the vocals are take it or leave it… and I definitely could have cleaned them up a bit. I guess it could come across as some mumbling or something, but that wasn’t my intent. I also thinkContinue reading “Track – STBB #704 – Where is Molly”

Track – STBB703 – Greatest Destiny

This track… well the rule was to use the sample… and do something outside your comfort zone. I rarely put any kind of silence in my track, so I wanted to force myself to have breaks throughout the song, but have it sound as natural as possible. Most of the track was put together onContinue reading “Track – STBB703 – Greatest Destiny”

Track – MPCBB289 – Long Way to Go

A bit of a scramble this one… but had fun listening to the song and picking out the parts I liked. All done on the MPC Live mk2… only software intervention was to load Fission so I could just cut the track to length and do a quick fade out. I promise 😀 This timeContinue reading “Track – MPCBB289 – Long Way to Go”